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  • 1. CENTRALwww.fashioncentral.pk 2013 Vol 6 Mumbai’s Racing event Alia Bhatt rocks bollywood British fashion awards 2012 TheKate moss party FASHION
  • 2. The team at fashioncentral media group is huge,always acting like a happy force and right now fired by the enthusiasm of this 6th magazine issue.Editors,content writers,photographers form a integral part of our friendly army,bursting with life and an urge to reach out to millions of literate set of viewers. January2013 Features 8 Mona Lizza Aka Sara Loren To Appear In Murder 3 Veena Malik Speaks About Her Offensive MMS Clip Sana Safinaz wins International Designer Award 2012 Ishq-e-Mamnoo viewed by millions in Pakistan Menswear Exhibition by Checkmate 10 Rabia dazzles as a stylist 30 Alia Bhatt rocks Bollywood, 42 Son of Sardaar Movie Review 44 Heroine Movie Review 58 Aliaune Damala Badara Thiam, a singer of prominece. 70 Nine Grammy Awards for Norah Jones 76 Lipstick helps to rock 90 The new Maserati Quattroporte is a high-performance sports luxury car Parties & Events Fashion Shows Int’l Fashion Shows Interview 14 Launch of Paridhi 16 Launch ofYogen Fruz 18 Brands Just Pret Lady of Luck Event in Dubai 19 The Designers Multibrand Store In JLT 36 Anita Dongre Menswear Launches Latest Collection 38 Gitanjali Hosts Mumbai’s Most Awaited Racing Event – Gitanjali 1000 Guineas 40 Oriental Glamour Fare Hosted by Mr. Sanjay Chadha Owner at Asia Kitchen and Jewellery 48 ZO Formal Launch 64 The Kate Moss Book Party 66 British Fashion Awards 2012 Misha Lakhani Collection Maheen Khan Collection Saadia Mirza Collection Obaid Sheikh Collection Mona Imran Collection Versace Pre-Fall 2012 Collection Michael Kors Pre-Fall 2012 Collection Max Mara Pre-Fall 2012 Collection Malandrino Pre-Fall 2012 Collection Diesel Black Gold Pre-Fall 2012 Collection 6 Ayesha Mustafa of Fashion Compassion seeks to change artisans lives 20 80
  • 3. The team at Fashion Central offers tons of gratitude to our dear viewers for staying in touch with us.Indeed you continue to keep up the flow of inspiration through lively and wholesome feedbacks which supplement our thought process and out come glowing strategies and puts on hold any repulsive trends that could be boredom oriented. Based on continuous demands,the magazine now finds a secure and exclusive space,right in the heart of fashioncentral.pk portal.A button leads you to the magazine,thereby eliminating unnecessary loops and at a click you are transported to fashion world frontiers that are sterling and stunning.We do hope the additional facility will satiate your craving for more and more. In return our urge to you is,just keep cuddling it give it your full affection.Like other beings,the magazine does yearn for affection! Dear fans,you have our assurance that this relationship will forth a lot of cheer and happiness to your lives. Anny From the editor
  • 4. AyeshaMustafa of Fashion Ayesha Mustafa of Fashion Compassion UK is a lady with awesome looks and a physique that oozes with curves,stunning enough to get accepted any- where in the world of fashion.Yet she has chosen to ignore that opportunity and has opted for a business that seeks to bring a change in the lives of creative artisans, by showcasing their creations and thereby enabling them to earn a sustainable living.When she was in Lahore, a couple of weeks ago, Fashion Central managed to get her attention and asked her to spell out her activities and plans for the eager Fashion Central viewers. Q.Share with us your mission and vision. A. Fashion Compassion works with socially responsible luxury brands from the developing world and the mission is to bring a change in people’s lives. In these parts of the world there are a lot of creative artisans whose work does not get the value it deserves and they struggle endlessly without improvement in income levels or their lives and the lives of their families. Recognising this,we at Fashion Compassion have initiated enough activity and managed to showcase their creations in a way that they earn a sustainable living. Compassion UK Q. How does the system work ? A.Well we use fashion as a catalyst for change. The ultimate consumer is told that each order placed is handled with love and care by artisans possessing immense ability.From the artisans an- gle they are trained to give the product their heart and soul and when it comes out for delivery it is unique and exquisite and a brand. Q. In the whole process who is putting up the money ? A.Well it is entirely my money at stake and risk. There is no dependence on outside sources. I am personally commited to the mission. 6Feature
  • 5. Q. Any details of the brands ? A.The details are many and to avoid dragging the interview, I will speak of a few. Allow me to high- light first the BESHTAR Brand.The inspiration for Beshtar comes from the resilience of a people living in a continuous state of war in Afghanistan. All the products and items are taken from everyday life in Afghanistan and reflect a fusion of East and West. Beshtar brand was created by designer Carole Naion to highlight products sourced in Afghanistan and include handmade burqadresses, shirts,jackets, capes, harempants, evening wear silk dresses, evening gowns and bags.These are exclusively available in Dubai and Uk thru fashion compassion. Another brand is Bhalo which is the Bengali word for good.This label relates to women’s clothing and accessories,made from naturally dyed cotton and silks. And the artisans involved in its production are women, widows and communities in Bangla Desh. Bhalo is a partnership between Shimul from Bangla Desh and Jessica Priemus from Australia. As for other brands, they are like Lost City, which employs skilled hand embroidery artisans from LucknowCity, and further there is Nawa, which aims at the poorer communities, Palestyle that relates to handmade Palestinian embroidery and Arabic calligraphy, Sougha, meant for the underprivileged Emiratis and a few others like Gunas, Numa, embellished truth and the Big Blue Bike. Q.What about your relationship with Pakistan. ? A.Well we launched a range of luxury handbags for the first time in Pakistan in late 2012 in Kara- chi and Lahore and showcasied Middle Eastern brands like Nawa, Palestyle and Sougha.
  • 6. Mona Lizza Aka Sara Loren To Appear In Murder 3 Pakistan diva Mona Lizza who is well known by her screen name Sara Loren in Bollywood will appear in upcoming Bollywood thriller film Murder 3. Mona Lizza made her Bollywood debut with Pooja Bhatt’s film Kajra Re two years ago and now she will be seen in the third movie make of Murder i.e. Murder 3. Directed by Mukesh Bhatt and produced by Mahesh Bhatt, Murder 3 is sequel of the 2011 film Murder. In the last two movies Murder 1 and Murder 3 Emraan Hashmi was the lead man whereas this time in Murder 3 Randeep Hooda will be playing the lead role along with two sensational actresses Aditi Rao Hydari from india and Mona Lizza from Pakistan. Murder 3 will be released a day after Valentine’s Day next year and Mukesh Bhatt’s son Vishesh is also making debut in this movie. Veena Malik Speaks About Her Offensive MMS Clip Raunchy Veena Malik is again in media’s chit chat with her steaming hot MMS clip with Rajan Verma, the director of her upcoming B grade film in India. Due to her anti-Pakistani and anti-Islamic actions, the scandal queen Veena Malik has already been the subject of furious remarks by her fans. But noth- ing stops her from using publicity tools to her advantage.Yes, she is once again getting attention through the vulgar MMS video clip, leaked by an unknown host on social networking sites. In the video she is found kissing and cuddling with Rajan Verm which also seems a promotional clip of her movie. It is a part of a song performed by both Rajan Verma and Veena Malik over the voice of popular singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. However when Veena Malik was asked about this MMS, she narrated, “I am very upset about the MMS that was leaked portraying me wrongly. It takes lot of energy and hard work to achieve a high level of excelence. I have been shooting day and night for my upcoming Telugu movie NAGNA SATYAM which is based on a true story and I am also preparing for the promotion of my forthcoming film THE CITY THAT NEVER SLEEPS which is being produced by Satish Reddy and directed by Haroon Rashid. I am also looking forward to the release of MUMBAI 125 KMS directed by Hemant Madhukar, DIRTY PICTURE in Kannada and my film SUPER- MODEL is in post-production stage. 8Feature
  • 7. Sana Safinaz wins The Best International Designer Award 2012 Ishq-e-Mamnoo acceptable to millions In Pakistan The globally acclaimed Pakistani duo designers Sana Hashwani and Safinaz Munir of fashion brand Sana Safinaz have been awarded the “Best International Designer of theYear” award in Dubai. At the fifth Annual Masala Awards in Dubai, the much acclaimed Pakistani fashion designers Sana and Safinaz were honored with ‘The Best International Designer Award 2012’.The designers have been nominated for the second time in this award category. Though Sana Safinaz were not present at the award ceremony, Sophie Cho- udry presented their International Designer 2012 award to Frieha Altaf. Drama serial Ishq-e-Mamnoo is getting more and more poppular amongst the Pakistani audience due to its glamorous cast and modern screenplay. In the latest array of Pakistani dramas the drama serial ISHQ-E-MAMNOO really stands out and his viewed in millions of houseolds.The drama has been dubbed in Urdu and the audience associates with the cast.The man behind dubbing the drama is none other than Khurram Jamshed and Fusion’s Immu. Khurram Jam- shed aka KJ, who is known for his 20 years hardwork in Pakistan’s music industry, is also gaining success for his title song for Ishq-e-Mamnoo. Owing to the fame of the song KJ has also decided to make a solo video of the song. Menswear Exhibition by Checkmate A trendy, new, local menswear brand called Checkmate launched itself in Lahore, offering men both formal & casual shirts made from the finest Italian and Egyptian cotton. The Ethnic collection is inspired by Pakistani art including truck art, sozni, ajrak etc., and through this collection; Checkmate wants to express and celebrate the great pride it holds in being a Pakistani brand.The 14th Decem- ber exhibition was inaugurated by State Minister for National Food Security, Sardar Moazzam Jatoi, who also has an avid interest in fashion.The exhibition was opened to the public and they responded in large numbers. Upcoming Checkmate lines include Rook, Pawn and Queen (for women), which will be launched early 2013, and at a later stage, Checkmate plans to offer knitwear and accessories to complement its collections.
  • 8. BUTT RABIA Rabia is stylish in her own way; she makes the world of fashion models a value adder.Her dazzling fashion shoots are enough to make her fashion models stand out. Fashion models easily carry both western and eastern outfits in a representative way on the ramps and shows. 10Feature
  • 9. Pakistani Fashion models are not only limited to showing their talent within the national boundaries but are reaching out to international frontiers.The touch is multi-dimensional with adequate variety.The frequent ap- pearance of Pakistani Fashion models at the international ramps gives them a status of immense importance. In the Fashion industry internationally, Pakistani Fashion models are making their prominent position. Besides many experienced fashion models Pakistani Fash- ion Industry always wel- comes young bloods. One of the up-coming fashion models is ‘Rabia Butt’.
  • 10. Rabia is a girl with the spirit to be among good fashion models; as she is stylish in her own way. She really makes the face of the magazine worth to consider. Her dazzling fashion shoots are enough to make her stand among other Pakistani Fashion models. Like other fashion models, she also carries both western and eastern outfits in an appeal- ing way on the ramps and shows. Rabia’s fashion shoots reveals the beauty of her face. Her tall figure makes the dress more beautiful when she carries. She has good sense of elegantly holding the de- signer’s outfits. It means that fashion models secures the reward of the designer’s work in a true sense.
  • 11. Launch of Paridhi 14EVENTS
  • 12. Launch ofYogen Fruz 16EVENTS
  • 13. Brands Just Pret Lady of Luck Event in Dubai 18EVENTS
  • 14. The Designers Multibrand Store In JLT 19EVENTS
  • 15. Misha Lakhani Collection
  • 16. Maheen Khan Collection
  • 17. Saadia Mirza Collection
  • 18. Obaid Sheikh Collection
  • 19. Mona Imran Collection
  • 20. Alia BhattBollywood is undoubtedly famous for cranking out some pretty gifted top actors and actresses on the big screen of whom 19 year old young Alia Bhatt is one. 30Feature
  • 21. Alia Bhatt is a sizzling model who has managed to rock Bollywood, through a great performance in Karan Johar’s movie Student of theYear that turned out to be a big hit. By virtue of being the youngest daughter of a celebrity director producer Mahesh Bhatt, she was picked up with open arms, in the film world and she in turn responded magnificently, immediately making an impression in her debut. In the process she got accepted by big actors like Varun Dhawan and Sidharth Malhotra. AliaBhattstirredthe newgenerationwith hercutelooks,dimples onbothcheeksanda glowingsmilebacked upbyapromising attitude.Evenasa childshehaslonged anddreamtof perusingacareerin actinganddrama. Alia Bhatt has never been interested in her studies as she was an average student but had keen inclination towards sports especially handball, music, dancing, television, movies and always took part in extra circular activities. Alia is a very good charcoal painter and relaxes herself like this.The most interesting part is that she will continue her studies in Mumbai. She is a next generation’s talented young lady who played a marvelous and effortless role. Her role in Student of theYear is very nice. She plays role of young innocent brat who loves to show off her bags, dresses and herself.
  • 22. Gymandexercising This cutie pie is not into a lot of exercising but works intensely on toning her body and frame. She understands and follows a proper routine for muscle toning workouts and swimming. She is not totally a freak when going to gym but at least 4 days a week is ideal for her. Not many people are aware of the fact that this 19 year old has a big crush on actor Ranbir Kapoor. She openly admits that this man is her biggest ever crush and just can’t stop dreaming to work with him. She says.“I have always loved Ranbir and I love him even more after ‘Barfi!’ Alia Bhatt has made her mark because of her innocent, child-like appearance but her sexiness remains constant with these childlike looks. Miss Bhatt is also a fashion icon for many other women and obviously the teenagers of this current time.
  • 23. Anita Dongre Menswear Launches Latest Collection Anita Dongre launched her latest menswear collection – a magnificent blend of traditional and modern design style at her new store at Palladium, Mumbai. Amongst those who came to congratulate Anita Dongre on this special oc- casion were family and friends including Aditi Rao Hydari, Purab Kohli, San- jay and Ambika Suri, Namrata and Vikram Shroff, Sangeeta Bijlani, Sagarika Ghatge, Nina Manuel, Sona Mohapatra, Anil Dharker, Raell Padamsee, Pradip Jetha- ni, Atul Ruia and others. This collection showcases a range of suits, tuxedo suits, vest coats, breaches, shirts, formal trousers, bandgalas, bandis, fusion wear like short sherwanis with trousers and classic Indian sherwanis. 36EVENTS
  • 24. The uber stylish western wear from the Anita Dongre Menswear collec- tion draws its inspiration from classic tailoring, sharp cuts and styles while the classic Indian and fusion wear is inspired by traditional Indian royalty.
  • 25. Gitanjali Hosts Mumbai’s Most Awaited Racing Event – Gitanjali 1000 Guineas Gitanjali Group, India’s leading Jewellery & Lifestyle brand hosted the Gitanjali 1000m Guineas at the Turf Club, Ma- halaxmi Race Course in Mumbai last day.The high-profile extravaganza witnessed a blend of luxury, glamour, sports and music. New generation bollywood actress Shazahn Padamsee was present to give away the trophies to the winners.The evening was followed by a power packed performance by the International pop star Iriana. The Gitanjali Derby spells style and entertainment to the crème de la crème as well as racing aficionados.True to its brand as- sociation, Gitanjali Group made sure that the glitterati in Mumbai enjoyed their Sunday afternoon which was filled with thrill and excitement. Bollywood actress Shazahn Padamsee amongst others added the glamour quo- tient as they awarded trophies to the winning jockeys. The grand evening culminated with a foot tapping musical performance by Pop singer Iriana. Her musical interpre- tations are unique expression of sentiments, melodies, rhythm , softness of emotions that awakes imaginations and memories. Commenting on the event, Mr. Mehul Choksi, Chairman and Managing Director, Gitanjali Group said, “It has been our endeavor to make the Gitanjali Derby a prestigious and most awaited event in the current racing season. Through this unique association we aim to blend glamour and style into the racing sport.” 38EVENTS
  • 26. Oriental Glamour Fare Hosted by Mr.Sanjay Chadha Owner at Asia Kitchen and Jewellery Designer Musskan Agarwaal It was an afternoon of food and fashion at The Asia Kitchen hosted by Mr. Sanjay Chadha owner The Asia Kitchen and Jewellery Designer Musskan Agarwaal. We saw full brigade of many known names enjoying ori- ental delicacies and witnessing sneak peak of Musskan’s new jewellery line. Among the guests who attended the event were prominent names like Meenakshi Sood Dutt, Neha Chadha, Jattin Kochchar, Gunjan Kochchar, Aamer Zakir, Rooma Sekhri, Salloli Kumar, Mania Bhasin, Rach- na Kohli, Leena Badani, Kanika Jain, Sid- dharth Arora, Rupali Gupta, Mehek Gupta, Tanu Bagai, Reena Ahanthem, Deepankshi Maini, Niket & Jainee, Designer Bhumika Sharma and more. 40EVENTS
  • 27. Son of Sardaar Movie Review This Diwali it’s double dhaka: Ajay Devgn’s Son of Sardar (SOS) versus Shah Rukh Khan’s Jab Tak Hai Jaan. Now, we are not comparing the two here, that is for you to do, we will simply let you know if it is worth selecting SOS as your Diwali movie choice. Directed by Ashwni Dhir (Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge), produced by Ajay Devgn and with music by Himesh Reshammiya, on the surface SOS is the film of the ‘masses’, whilst Jab Tak Hai Jaan looks to be the film of the ‘classes’.This one is a comedy potboiler, whilst the other is a romantic saga. This one is set in Punjab, whilst the other waltz’s through London. So with the comparison’s over, here is what we thought. The story in a nutshell is Sardar Devgn travels home to Punjab from the UK, to lay claim to his ancestral land. On the train journey there it is love-at-first-sight, with Sukh (Sonakshi Sinha), following which he ends up as a guest in her mad-house only to discover there is an old deadly family feud with his own, which requires his death too.The only safe option is to live-in with the enemy and the only safe haven staying within the four walls of their house, as whilst he is their ‘guest’ they will not touch him, but step outside and his life is on the line. SOS is a remake of a South Indian movie called ‘Maryada Ramanna’. Like the original, the remake also packs in action, drama, humour, songs and dances, which all equal one big masala affair, akin to Devgn’s other films of the same genre.This film falls very much into the ‘leave your brains at home’ genre. On the acting front starting with Ajay Devgn, we have seen play the Sardar before, but this is no Legend of Bhagat Singh. Here Devgn is playful, strong and romantic all in extreme doses and delivers the right tone for the film as a whole. On Sanjay Dutt, so okay, this is no Kancha fromAg- neepath, nor is it Munna Bhai, but despite that Sanju Baba does exactly what is expected from him – he gets angry and he has a laugh, both convincingly. Sonali is spot on as the village belle and although is still a delight to see, she is close to becoming stereotyped and repetitive.You can easily let her off on this occasion, as she is both funny and sweet, but she does need to watch her film selections. Juhi Chawla is still an absolute delight to watch and is a warm addition to the cast. So the minus, well…with running time of around 2 hours and 20 minutes, short by some standards, SOS could have done with a bit a trimming in some places. On the music side, there are a couple of hummable tracks, mainly the beautiful ‘Bicharan’ and the fun ‘Pow Pow’, but other- wise not exactly a musical blockbuster. Directorially Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge by Ashwni Dhir was a far more superior and sophisticated product, which had some great comedy, SOS is not necessarily a step back, but definitely a step in another direction, as far as film making is concerned. In the UK we call it marmite (a food substance), you will love it, or you will hate it! Perhaps a more apt desi descrip- tion is sweet or salted lassi.You either prefer sweet lassi, or you prefer salted lassi, or maybe even both. Hell, why not have a cocktail of sweet and salty! In any case that is the verdict with SOS. If you loved Wanted and Dabaang, or even Devgn’s own Golmaal series and his recentBol Bachchan then SOS is definitely for you. 42Feature
  • 28. Heroine Movie Review Madhur Bhandarkar has already made his trademark sala- cious forays into the worlds of bar dancers (Chandni Bar, 2001), pavement dwellers (Traffic Signal, 2007), journal- ists and socialites (Page 3 2005) big business (Corporate, 2006), fashion (Fashion, 2008) and criminal lowlifes (Jail, 2010). With Heroine, he turns his attention to the film industry, a world in which he himself has operated since at least 1995, when he landed an Assistant Director’s job and a small role in Rangeela. You might think, if you are an optimist, that this, finally, is a milieu Bhandarkar actually knows.You might hope that his insiderness will somehow translate into a more nuanced film than the cliché-ridden creatures he has been trotting out for years, to be whipped by our collective righteous indignation. Reader, you would be wrong. Heroine contains every single one of the Bhandarkarian tics we have come to watch out for over the years. Beauti- ful, successful women who are incurably insecure.Tick. Gay fashion designers whose real purpose is to provide gossip to said insecure women.Tick. Unprincipled bitchy journalists who care only about their next scoop.Tick. An endless parade of high-society parties in which every effu- sive airkissing photo-op comes with its own catty onlooker: oh, where would we be without those? Caricature is the name of Bhandarkar’s only game, and he can’t give it up so easily. So we get our tragic heroine, Mahi Arora played by Kareena Kapoor. She’s gorgeous and young and rich and at the top of the Bollywood stakes, so really she ought to be pretty happy with her life. But she’s in love with a married superstar who still hasn’t got his divorce, insists on keeping their affair a secret and doesn’t do anything to “control” his catty wife when she’s being nasty.This appar- ently is enough to drive poor lovely Mahi up the wall, out of the relationship and then, quicker than you can get the tears into your eyes, to the fringes of the industry of which she was the reigning queen. And why is this supremely successful woman so ridicu- lously vulnerable? Ah, it’s because she comes from a broken home, which in Bhandarkar’s book apparently also explains how and why she rose so quickly up the film industry ladder. But perhaps that’s nothing to be surprised about, because Bhandarkar’s vision of the film industry is not about actually providing believable portraits of flawed, real-life human beings. It’s about stringing together a bunch of stereotypes and sensational incidents that will let us, the middle class audience, sit back and bask in the warm glow of being so much better off—and just plain bet- ter—than the scum of the earth that sit about in the award functions we watch enviously on television. So we’re informed that actors only perform in award func- tions if they’re guaranteed an award themselves, that top heroes (and their wives) can push heroines in and out of big banner projects based on how obliging (or harm- less) they are on the sexual front, that character artists are treated as second class citizens—even when they’re lifetime awardees. 44Feature
  • 29. But somehow, the more he attempts to shock us, the flatter Bhandarkar falls. Perhaps it’s the ridiculous overstatedness of his vision, which singles out the film industry as den of evil, as if gender hierarchies and power games and hypoc- risy and corruption are somehow the sole preserve of Big Bad Bollywood. Perhaps it’s the bizarre excess of some of what he wants to feed us: a rival actress gets her boyfriend to offer himself up to a bisexual businessman so she can take a jewellery endorsement away from Mahi; Mahi later gets her own back by getting her embroiled in legal trouble for misreporting her age on her passport. Or perhaps it’s just because Bhandarkar is not content to show us all this, he has to also announce it at intervals of about five minutes.“Is glamour industry mein kaun fraud nahin hai!” says one party commentator.“Confidence ke saath bolo to film industry jhooth ko bhi sach maan leti hai,” says Mahi’s PR agent.“Film stars ki friendship tumse nahi, tumhariposition se hai,” says Mahi to bitchy journalist, etc, etc. Or perhaps it’s simply the fact that there is a law of diminishing returns operating here. Like Randeep Hooda’s cricketer character who unnerves Mahi at a party by knowing her favourite colour, drink and holiday destination without ever having spoken to her, we already know far too much about film stars. How can an industry whose most minor peccadilloes are fed to us in bite-sized pieces every day, by newspapers and magazine gossip columns and 24-hour-news televi- sion, still continue to shock us? Heroine shows occasional glimpses of another sort of film, the film it could have been if it abandoned its showy histrionics and sensationalising generalisations for some- thing quieter and more specific. Kareena’s Mahi is most believable, for example, when she’s shown dealing with her mother (Lillete Dubey)—freezing Dubey’s politician love interest when he tries to win her over with offers of a Padma Shri, or being annoyed and defensive when her mother lectures her about her love life. Her rocky relation- ship with superstar Aryan Khanna (Arjun Rampal in an almost subtle performance) is not bad in its quieter, sadder moments. Kareena has always been decent at total emo- tional collapse—think the once-bubbly Geet’s pale, stony- faced, in-shock avatar from Jab We Met, and you have a sense of how this film will end. The depressingly bad character actors who destroy the first hour or so of the film are replaced—not wholly but very substantially—by others who lift their one-note roles into watchability by dint of sheer presence. Govind Namdeo as Kareena’s quietly devoted oldstyle manager Rashidbhai plays off the contrasting image of Divya Dutta as the hard-as-nails, new-age PR manager who turns Mahi’s career around. As for Ranvir Shorey, I can’t think of anyone who could have made a stereotype like the Bengali ‘art film director’ as endearing as he does. And then there’s Shahana Goswami, who lights up the frame from the mo- ment she enters it, filling out a thankless role as the ‘art film actress’ Promita with a natural ease that makes Mahi’s actorly inferiority to her seem all too real. Watching them all, one wishes Bhandarkar would actu- ally act on the homilies he’s just delivered about character actors and unfair hierarchies in Bollywood. But that, of course, will never be.
  • 30. ZO Formal Launch It was an evening of food, fashion & fantasy at Zo, Hauz Khas Village. Evening saw the hosts Mr Ankit Pasricha owner of zo, Fashion Designer Anu PD and Wife of DCM German Em- bassy Gladys A-M-K welcoming the guests and making them enjoy the serene environment created at zo. We saw full brigade of many known names enjoy- ing Mediterranean delica- cies and witnessing sneak peak of Anu PD New Fash- ion line over fashion walk. Among the guests who attended the event were promi- nent names like DCM German Embassy Mr. Cord Meier- Klodt, Alexandra Tomasikova Katrina Tomasikova (wife & daughter of Ambassador of Slovak) High commissioner Mr. Chandradath Singh & wife Mrs. Anita Singh, (Ambas- sador of Slovak) , Ms Cynthia Campetto , Mr Sunil Sethi FDCI President, Ms Vesna Jacob, Rooma Sekhri, Mania Bhasin, Rachna Kohli, Thenny Mejia, Shalini Kochchar, Sonia Bajaj, Theatre Actor Aradhana Dhawan, Musskan Agarwaal, Models Victoria, Ex Miss India contestant Par- vati Tampy, Seema Dua, Shiri, Haruka, Ritu Sood, Mad- havi Gupta and more. Guests were entertained by Live band performance by Jass B’stards and Stiff Kittens Inc. 48EVENTS
  • 31. Kristen Jaymes StewartKristen Jaymes Stewart is an Ameri- can actress who achieved famed for her role as Bella Swan in The Twilight Saga. Over the past decade her famous films are Panic Room, Speak, Into the Wild, The Messengers, Adventureland, and The Runaways and lately in 2012 she was the star of Snow White and the Huntsman where she made a great impression. More success in 2012 was attained in the film On the Road.
  • 32. Stewart’s romantic life has been subject to a lot of scrutiny and since she remained quite about her affair there was much controversy and hearsay.
  • 33. Stewart was born to parents who are directly linked to the television and movie houses. She was lucky to be raised in Los Angeles, California, which is home to so many celebri- ties. Since her whole family worked behind the camera she aimed to become either a writer or director and never considered acting as an option. And during her conversa- tions she rightly concedes “I never wanted to be the center of attention, I never sought out acting, but I always prac- ticed my autograph because I love pens. I’d write my name on everything”. The earlier years afforded her an opportunity to take part in minor roles, but having done them extremely well she got noticed not only for awards but also for bigger roles. The first real success came through the film Panic Room in which she played the diabetic daughter of a divorced mother (Jodie Foster). After Panic Room’s success, Stewar t was cast in another thrill- er, Cold Creek Manor, playing the daugh- ter of Dennis Quaid’s and Sharon Stone’s characters. She was again nominated for a Young Ar tist Award for her performance. It was revealed that at about this time in her career, she had to be homeschooled due to her irregular sched- ule, which was affect- ing her grades. She said, “I star ted home- schooling because my teachers were failing me. I think it was just resentment – I made more work for them. But homeschooling is great; you can study what you want, which allows you to get more excited about what you’re doing”.On December 6, 2011, Kristen Stewart was named number one on Forbes magazine’s list of Hollywood’s Best Actors for the Buck. On January 13, 2012, she became the face of a new unnamed Balencia- ga perfume and on June 29, it was announced that the perfume will be entitled “Florabotanica”. In 2012, Stewart starred as Snow White in the film Snow White and the Huntsman and Stewart appeared as Mary Lou in On the Road, the film adaption of Jack Kerouac’s cult classic novel of the same name, which enabled her to become the highest paid actress in 2012 with total earnings of $34.5 million. She earned $12.5 million each for last two installments in the Twilight series, including royalties. She is also ranked #7 on AskMen’s list of Top 99 Women for 2013. Stewart currently lives in Los Angeles. Apart from acting, she is also interested in attending college in the near fu- ture, saying, “I want to go to college for literature. I want to be a writer. I mean, I love what I do, but it’s not all I want to do”. It was in 2012 that her relationship with Robert Pattinson was acknowl- edged. When Us Weekly published photos of Stewart having an affair with her Snow White and the Huntsman director, Ru- pert Sanders.The day the photos were released, Stewart issued a public apology to Pattinson, stating, “This mo- mentary indiscretion has jeopardized the most important thing in my life, the person I love and respect the most, Rob. I love him, I love him, I’m so sorry.” Her life continues to be a success story and with her amazing talent she is likely to be pursued by her fans and the big ones of the movie world.
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  • 35. AKONAliaune Damala Badara Thiam, better known as simply Akon ( born April 16, 1973), is a Senegalese American R&B recording artist and songwriter.
  • 36. According to Forbes, Akon grossed $21 million in 2010, $20 million in 2009 and $12 million in 2008. He rose to prominence in 2004 following the release of “Locked Up”, the first single from his debut album Trouble. His second album, Konvicted, earned him a Grammy Award nomina- tion of the single “Smack That”. He has since founded two record labels, Konvict Muzik and Kon Live Distribution. Akon often sings hooks for other artists and is currently credited with over 300 guest appearances and 45 Billboard Hot 100 songs. He has worked with numerous perform- ers such as Dr. Dre, Michael Jackson, R. Kelly, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Quincy Jones, Eminem and Whit- ney Houston. He is the first solo artist to hold both the number one and two spots simultaneously on the Billboard Hot 100 charts twice. He has had six Grammy Awards nominations and has produced many hits for artists such as Lady Gaga, Colby O’Donis and Leona Lewis. Lady Gaga and T-Pain are two artists who were given their chance at fame by Akon. Music careerAkon’s alleged three years in jail saw him begin to recognize his music abilities and develop an appreciation for his musical background. Music mogul Devyne Stephens, president of Upfront Megatainment first heard about Akon when the rapper Lil’ Zane brought him along to Stephens’ rehearsal hall, a place that at the time saw talents such as Usher and TLC being developed. The relationship between Stephens and Akon began as a friendship and mentorship, with the young artist regularly stopping by to ask for advice, but when Akon lost his deal with Elektra Stephens signed him to his production com- pany and began grooming him professionally.The songs Akon recorded with Stephens were brought to the atten- tion of Universal’s imprint SRC Records. In an interview with HitQuarters SRC A&R Jerome Foster said, “What caught my attention right away was “Lonely”, and I said, ‘this kid is official - this is a huge record.” Foster and SRC CEO Steve Rifkind immediately boarded a private plane to Atlanta to meet the young artist. Akon knew of Foster’s work as producer Knobody and so there was a mutual respect for one another and the pair hit it off. Akon’s solo debut album, Trouble was released on June 29, 2004. It spawned the singles “Locked Up” and “Lonely”, “Belly Dancer (Bananza)”, “Pot Of Gold”, and “Ghetto.” “Locked Up” reached the top 10 in the U.S. and the top five in the UK.“Ghetto” became a radio hit when it was remixed by DJ Green Lantern to include verses from rappers 2Pac and The Notorious B.I.G.The album is a hybrid of Akon’s silky, West African-styled vocals mixed with East Coast and Southern beats. Most of Akon’s songs begin with the sound of the clank of a jail cell’s door with him uttering the word “Konvict”. In 2005, he released the single “Lonely” (which samples Bobby Vin- ton’s “Mr. Lonely”).The song reached the top five on the Billboard Hot 100, and topped the charts in Australia, the UK and Germany. His album also climbed to number one in the UK in April 2005.When music channel The Box had a top ten weekly chart, which was calculated by the amount of video requests, Akon’s “Lonely” became the longest running single on the top of the chart, spanning over fifteen weeks. Akon then released another single featuring with a New Zea- land rapper, Savage with the single Moonshine, which had become a success in both New Zealand and Australia, becom- ing number one in the New Zea- land charts. In 2005, He made his first critically acclaimed guest appearance onYoung Jeezy’s debut album, Let’s Get It:Thug Motivation 101, with the song “Soul Survivor.” In Decem- ber the same year his manager, Robert Montanez was killed in a shooting after a dispute in New Jersey.
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  • 41. American Songwriter Magazine has referred to Little Broken Hearts as the “most dramatic and rewarding departure she’s made in her career.”
  • 42. Norah Jones(born Geethali Norah Jones Shankar; March 30, 1979) is an American singer-songwriter and occasional actress. In 2002, she launched her solo music career with the release of the commercially successful and critical- ly acclaimed album Come Away With Me, which was certified a diamond album in 2002, selling over 20 mil- lion copies.The record earned Jones five Grammy Awards, including the Album of theYear, Record of the Year, and Best New Artist.Her sub- sequent studio albums, Feels Like Home, released in 2004, Not Too Late, released in 2007, the same year she made her film debut in My Blueberry Nights, and her 2009 release The Fall all gained Platinum status after selling over a million copies and were generally well received by critics.Jones’ fifth studio album, Little Broken Hearts will be released on May 1, 2012. Jones has won nine Grammy Awards and was Billboard magazine’s 60th-best-selling music artist of the 2000–2009 decade. Throughout her career, Jones has won numerous awards and has sold over 40 mil- lion albums worldwide.Billboard named her the top Jazz artist of the 2000–2009 decade, establishing herself as one of the best-selling artists of her time. Born in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York, Jones is the daughter of Indian sitar player Ravi Shankar and American concert producer Sue Jones. She is the half-sister of Grammy nominee Anoushka Shankar. After her parents’ separation in 1986, Jones spent her childhood with her mother in the Fort Worth suburb of Grapevine, Texas. She attended Colleyville Middle School and Grapevine High School before transferring to Booker T.Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas.While in high school, Jones sang in the school choir, participated in band and played the alto saxo- phone. At the age of sixteen, with her parents’ consent, she officially changed her name to Norah Jones. Jones always had an affinity for the music of Bill Evans and Billie Holiday, among other ‘oldies’. She once said, “My mom had this eight-album Billie Holiday set; I picked out one disc that I liked and played that over and over again.” She began singing in church choirs and took piano lessons as a child. She still attends church. She considers herself spiritual and appreciates the rituals of her church but does not consider herself the religious type. She attended Interlochen Center for the Arts during the summers.While at high school, she won the DownBeat Student Music Awards for Best Jazz Vocalist (twice, in 1996 and 1997) and Best Original Composition (1996). Jones attended the Uni- versity of North Texas (UNT), where she ma- jored in jazz piano and sang with the UNT Jazz Singers. During this time, she had a chance meet- ing with future collabora- tor Jesse Harris. She gave a ride to a band playing at the university whose members happened to be friends of Harris. He was on a cross-country road-trip with friend and future Little Willies mem- ber, Richard Julian, and stopped to see the band play. After meeting Jones, Harris started sending her lead sheets of his songs. In 1999, she left for New York City. Less than a year later, she started a band with Harris, which made her famous.
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  • 44. ipstickBeauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin. That or a kick-ass red lipstick.” ― Gwyneth Paltrow. Emma Stone, Gwen Stefani, Christina Aguilera and Angelina Jolie all have one thing in common they have mastered the art of Rocking Bold Colour with confidence. Ladies we all have one of those days when giving ourselves full makeover can seem a bit of a Hassel, some mornings we are in super rush when we barely get time to make ourselves a cup of coffee! But still want to look glamorous? All you need is a right shade of lipstick and you will Rock!
  • 45. Rouge or Red isn’t going anywhere this season, its back, and hitting the celebrity circuit with power- ful ruby punch, dark berry, terra cotta and maroon.Ladies if you want to stand out from the crowd looking G.L.A.M.O.R.O.U.S here is a brief guide to get Best Rouge Lips. YSL Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Satin 9, Rouge Laque: If you have been looking for the long last- ing Lip Gloss, the one that is not too sheer or sticky but just right! Think Satin! This Lip Colour looks gorgeous on any skin tone, and makes you look sophisticated & Classy! Bobbi Brown Lip Colour In Hollywood Red, 94: For Brunette and Dark Blondes This is the perfect Winter Red for you all.This is the longest lasting lipstick there is in the market. GIORGIO ARMANI LIP MAES- TRO IN CHINESE LACQUER, 402. This elegant red colour combines with luxurious formula to give you not dry but Matt finish that looks super sexy.This warm shade of Red would be perfect for Brunettes and Dark blondes. Mac Lipstick In Lady Danger: Every make-up artist suggests the blondes amongst us that this orange-red is the Mix all the blondes should go for.The colour has cool satin finish and it would still look gor- geous even after you have eaten a hot dog or soda! Chanel Rouge Allure In Passion: You expect nothing but the Best from Chanel. Chanel returns to timeless feminine beauty step with Rouge Allure which in- novates, surprises and reinvents Lipstick. This particular shade suits all the beautiful ladies out there, whether you are blond or brunette. Estee Lauder Pure Colour In Scarlet Siren: This colour feels and looks so incredible, that it leaves your Lips wanting more.True Vision Technology takes ordinary col- ours and makes it extraordinary. That classic Forties raspberry toned juicy red that looks utterly glamorous on brunettes, particularly the darker shades.
  • 46. Fashion is not necessarily about labels. It’s not about brands. It’s about something else that comes from within you.”—Ralph Lauren. Fashion allows us to express our- selves without saying a word. Fashion designers from all over the world made it pos- sible for us by giving us various choices of styles and colours to express ourselves the way we want! There is always something for someone. So when it comes to lipsticks, although it is all about Rouge Lips this winter but there are no limits, explore as many colours and brands you want.
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  • 52. Maserati Quattroporte The new Maserati Quattroporte is a high-performance sports luxury sedan that reinterprets the design features of classic Maseratis in a contemporary design language. 90Feature
  • 53. Its style was born out of the guiding design principles of Maserati: harmony of shapes, dynamism of lines, Italian elegance.
  • 54. More generous in size when compared to the previous model, the new Quattroporte has a design that is at once graceful and sinuous, fashioned to bring out the sporty nature of the car. Some of the elements character- izing the previous model have been purposely maintained: the front grill, the three side vents, the triangular C pillar. At the same time new style and functional features were introduced: the strong belt line that runs through the entire side of the car giving the new Quattroporte a look and feel that is at once muscular and elegant with frameless doors and three side win- dows. Inside, the design of the Quattroporte aims at essentiality, stressing the simplicity of lines and the full functionality of the in-board instrumenta- tion. Functional elements are blended with soft quality surfaces made of prestigious woods and refined leathers.” - Lorenzo Ramaciotti, Head of Maserati Design Center Maserati Quattroporte: All-New Next Generation Powertrain “The innovative Maserati proprietary engines of the all-new Maserati Quat- troporte have all been designed and developed by Maserati and Ferrari engineers in the heart of Italy’s motor valley. As a matter of fact, they are going to be produced in the Ferrari plant in Maranello that has been syn- onymous with cutting-edge technology and passion for well over 60 years. Passion is indeed the middle name of a whole new generation of Maserati engines that will equip the all-new Maserati Quattroporte and the models that will soon follow her on the market.The passion and state-of-the-art technology that is at the heart of all the new Maserati engines that will be mounted on the next generation of Maserati products have produced en- gines that are not only more powerful than ever, or more exciting to drive than ever - bust also more eco-friendly than ever before.” - Paolo Martinelli, Maserati Powertrain Director Maserati Quattroporte: Key Technical Features“Refined technical solutions, an explicit attention to the most challenging targets in terms of performance, comfort, efficiency and safety - these are the key elements of the all-new Maserati Quattroporte. Maserati engineers have worked - with a competence matched only by their passion - in chassis designing and engineering, weight reduction, ergonomic enhance- ment to develop a car capable of fitting different powertrain architectures and transmission configurations for the most diverse driving conditions but always maintaining Maserati’s trademark best-in-class driving comfort. The results is the all-new Maserati Quattroporte, a luxury sports sedan that reaches new heights in terms of performance and handling, driving enjoyment as well as respect of the world we live in: the best performance ever in the long history of Maserati’s four-door flagship sedan are matched by the unprecedented success in the quest for an eco-friendly automobile. All this done, of course, as you may expect from Maserati, in the spirit of the most severe active and passive safety conditions.” - Roberto Corradi, Maserati Vehicle Development Director