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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.

5 Real Life Lessons That Made In Heaven Makes Us Contemplate on

Amazon Prime has been grabbing all the attention now when it comes to the New Gen Indian audience. While at one point, Indian viewers had no other alternatives rather than to rely on Netflix for some great original content, Amazon Prime has gradually grabbed all the limelight. With some successful series of lined up contents like Breathless, Mirzapur, Four More Shots etc. the Indian section of audience, not relying on the Saas Bahu daily soaps has finally achieved something truly satisfying their modern appetites for entertainment. And recently out of this Entertainment Pandora’s Box, released one of the most anticipated series by Zoya Akhtar “Made in Heaven”.

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The “Gully Boy” fame director has been winning all the applause for her incredible direction in various films and “Made in Heaven” definitely adds a feather to her success crown. While most of the audience has accepted this recently released web series with a broad outlook considering how it mirrors the real turbulences in marriages, many of them have also criticised it for its explicit & wild depiction of sex, use of raunchy dialogues and definitely unusually abusive vocabulary. However for me, ‘Made in Heaven’ stands out to be another realistic sketches by Zoya Akhtar of the so-called polished and successful marriages that seem to be made in heaven but are actually grounded on harsh human reality.
The story has a setting of South Delhi where Tara and Karan are running a successful wedding planning organization, “Made In Heaven”. Karan belongs to an ordinary middle-class family while Tara Khanna is married to one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the country, Mr. Adil Khanna. However, both of them are trying to invest on their own dreams and curate a successful business with their venture of Made in Heaven. This 9 episode web series deals with several subplots with the main plot of Tara, Karan, Adil and Faiza{ Tara’s best friend and Adil’s secret extra-marital alliance} running parallel with full force.
The best part of this entire web series is how beautifully Zoya Akhtar pronounces the nuances of the apparently perfect marriages that are established in the urban strata of the South Delhi society. Every episode deals with a particular negative tone that are usually present in all the metropolitan based weddings, but take a backseat amidst the glitz, glamour and wealth spent on the ceremony.
Elaborating much on the plot might deviate you from the main subject. For me, “Made in Heaven” is more than an ordinary web series as helps you to contemplate on several issues in real life. I would love to take this as a story that leaves you behind with a number of lessons to consider.

Karma Never Lets Anyone Escape

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The foremost and perhaps the most important lesson that Zoya wants to portray is how Karma takes its course. Whoever you are, whatever you might have achieved in life, Karma won’t let you go from its vicious circle. So when Tara’s husband cheats upon her, we cannot let go off the fact that how Tara had earlier seduced Adil into a marriage by breaking his prospective engagement. Similarly Karan gets back his results of embarrassing his gay partner Nawab years later when he himself gets arrested for his homosexual relationships and atrociously abashed by the public, media and surely the police. The bottom line remains nobody gets exempted from Karma’s rules.

Your Soulmate Might Not Necessarily Be Your Romancing Partner

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While we always tend to identify our husband or wife as our real soulmate, sometimes true friendship might lie outside romance, as portrayed by the beautiful equation shared by Tara and Karan. While they are business partners, professionally involved in “Made in Heaven”, simultaneously they stand out to be each other’s’ soulmates without pronouncing the strong bonding shared between them explicitly. Karan rushes to Tara’s help when her husband Adil meets with an accident and his extra-marital involvement gets revealed and Tara hurries to Karan’s assistance when he gets arrested. In fact, these two have remained together through every thick and thin. Their chemistry is not limited to the fine barriers of a love relationship or just a professional alliance. They count on each other blindly for every sort of support, financially, psychologically or even physically. The mere presence of each other for each other validates their solid chemistry.

Never Forget Your Roots

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Zoya Akhtar maintains the fine art of subtlety while addressing some of the major realities of life. Taara might be married to one of the best blue-blooded families in Delhi and initially she gets lost in the polished tones of the urban society where she wins all the fame and success with her husband’s wealth but unfortunately there isn’t any happiness. However as the series moves on, Taara’s lost happiness is discovered in the teenage lanes of Purani Dilli where she used to enjoy her delicious, unhygienic golgappas, get herself groomed in the grooming classes and finally her sister’s home where there might be little wealth but there is never-ending happiness in the petty things of life.

Never Be Guilty of Your Identity

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This might seem to be quite an unrealistic lesson but the truth lies in the fact that that if you do not respect your choices, nobody will. Karan could have easily surrendered to the injustice and unethical invasion of privacy by his landlord. However he returned to the same house abiding by the terms of the legal agreement and confronted the situation with complete honesty. He had realised the intensity of the mistake he had committed in his childhood. He accepted that he was a gay not only in front of his family and the entire media but also started spreading the word about gay rights among his fellow listeners. Had he obliged to the wrong that the society has done to him, the same conditions would have followed that happened with his landlord.

Nothing is Above and Beyond Wealth

One of the best ways of Zoya Akhtar’s attack against this shallow society is the fine art of irony she executes throughout. While Taara’s husband claims to love her blindly{which definitely isn’t true considering the kind of extra-marital relationship he shares}, he remains extremely professional and materialistic when it comes to the monetary profits and loss ratios of “Made in Heaven” where he had invested. You might call it core professionalism, but at the same time, it’s quite hard to accept a man who wildly makes love to his wife at night, puzzling her the next morning with his series of questionnaires regarding “Made in Heaven’s performance charts.
Apart from these lessons, every episode is an endeavor of Zoya to chart out the vicissitudes of Indian marriage where there is glitz and glamour along with unending chains of hypocrisy and greed. There resides a fine juxtaposition of contradictory traits throughout every episode. Where there is love, there is greed, where there is trust, there’s betrayal and the chain goes on. While Made in Heaven remains to be one of our best web series, we are eagerly waiting for the genius Akhtar to bring on the sequel to the masterpiece soon.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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 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.

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  • 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.

Anurag Basu Cooked Up A Sudden Story and It Isn’t Delicious Enough! Jagga Jasoos Review

 

So Anurag Basu finally has arrived with a new film after years and I was too excited to try my luck. So right after a hectic day, I hopped into a nearby theatre for a quick dose of relaxation and what did I get?

An utter plate of disappointment offered to me with some peppy, melodious music.

So let me elaborate a bit so that you understand what’s in store for you when you walk into the theatres with some incredible expectations.

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I won’t unfold you the entire story but would share tits and bits and believe me these bits are enough strong to forget your movie plans. So Katrina Kaif adopts a storytelling mode to reveal the mysterious tales of Jagga aka Ranbir Kapoor. And there we come to learn how Jagga met his father “Tooti Frooti”. It was under his mentorship Jagga could learn the most significant chapters of life. But unfortunately, one fine day,  Tutti Frooti aka Saswata Chatterjee leaves behind Jagga in a boarding school without any further explanation. And then on, Jagga became the mystery solver, Jagga: the Jasoos.

From solving trivial mysteries like murder of his English teacher to the cracking of the secret route for arms migration, Jagga had established himself as quite a professional detective. And one fine day, Jagga comes to know that his father Tooti Frooti is no more. But the detective instincts in Jagga make him believe that his dad is still alive. And then begins his journey to search Tutti Frooti and in this course he finds a bigger mystery is waiting for him: The case of Mr. Bashir Alexander.

Who is he exactly, I won’t reveal, but all I can say is it is this thread that Anurag Basu leaves behind unstitched probably to bring out a sequel to this one.

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Katrina and Ranbir’s meeting seem to be accidental but in the due course they become great friends and definitely mutual love interests develop( quite predictable ). Shruti Sengupta aka Katrina is a journalist whose latest story centres around the illegal migration of arms and during this episode she happens to meet Ranbir, who not only helps her getting her story bites but also saves her from the possible life threats. Later Katrina accompanies Ranbir in his journey to find out “Tutti Frooti” his dad, as she is the only one he can look upto for help and also a complete replica of his dad in her attitude and behavior.

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The problem is if the narrative had been plain even with a pinch of flashbacks then still it could have been acceptable. But Anurag Basu decides to disclose the mysteries of arms and ammunition through the narrative of Katrina and that too in front of kids who fall between the age of 6-10 years. And just like us, they too were completely bored by Katrina’s story.

What Could Have Been Great:

As soon as you move into the theatres, you are into the world of lyrical ballads. Ranbir is unable to speak smoothly and he stammers, but surprisingly when he sings, he does it like a pro. Moreover even in some serious situations, Ranbir tends to forget his stammering and speaks in his usual flow. The problem is despite there’s some great music in the movie but there’s excess of it. But as the saying goes: Nothing of excess is never good enough.

The movie takes us to different locations from the scenic landscapes of Manipur to the traditional streets of the City of Joy and even to destinations of Kenya and Morocco. But nothing seems to impress us much.

As usual Katrina falls short of her acting skills and seriously adds to the disappointing soup.

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Ranbir Kapoor perhaps had taken over the responsibility to compensate for the loss and thus his flawless acting does make you feel that your ticket money has not been a complete waste. Even Saswata Chatterjee had been a source of great inspiration with his commendable acting.

After Barfi, I was really looking up to Anurag Dada for some real good script but unfortunately all expectations went in vain. Had the script been a little more powerful, then definitely the film would have left a greater impact on our mind.

Rating:3.5/5