05XL01A.qxd 2/4/2014 7:26 PM Page 1 c m y b wednesday | february 5 | 2014 | ludhiana TRIBUNELIFE+STYLE DANCE WITH ME! After three months of non-stop dancing and entertaining the viewers, Rithvik-Asha took the golden trophy home on Nach Baliye 6. The couple was pitted against three other PAGE 2 Þ strong contenders. SHAHID LOOKS BRAND NEW The wait is finally over! The much-awaited look of Shahid Kapoor in Vishal Bhardwaj and Disney UTV's Haider is out. Shahid sports a neat buzz-cut in the movie that will see him PAGE 3 Þ play desi Hamlet. LOSE SOME, WIN SOME! Celebrities are under extra pressure to look good all the time. Kareena Kapoor is one example. PAGE 3 Þ ART MEETS ARCHITECTURE Painting is Anubhavsom's calling! While he has worked through myriad themes, his latest has fetched him accolades from the people in Chandigarh. PAGE 4 Þ An artist & a lady Raseel Gujral, daughter of renowned artist Satish Gujral, is a celebrity in her own right. A noted signature in the realm of interior design, the glamorous lady, who has recently launched her label, might soon have a permanent address in City Beautiful... PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN Little hero ART SAKE: Raseel Gujral PHOTO: MANAS RANJAN BHUI Nonika Singh I T ’ S hard to say whether she is more beautiful or her art is. Stunningly attractive, interior architect and designer Raseel Gujral is the perfect ambassador and model of her bright funky and in-yourface work. Subtlety is certainly not one of her virtues and she makes no bones about being bold and bright. Or being a maximalist. No wonder she best describes her work as, "it's me." And if that 'me' also includes being the daughter of renowned artist Satish Gujral so it be. In fact, she wears her illustrious surname up her sleeve and is totally unapologetic about who she is. Before we can move further to her new signature line Casa Paradox, she quips without batting an eyelid, "Aren't we all products of our background?" Only hers made her privy to matters of art and artist first hand. Her first childhood memory is certainly of sitting on a drum and watching her father paint passionately. Extremely proud of her celebrated father, especially his pioneering ability and versatility to move from one medium to another with effortless ease, she learnt many lessons from him. The DNA that she imbibed from him is perhaps the reason why she could branch out from designing homes into establishing her own interior decor line that among many things also includes furniture and Original thought An interior designer of over 25 years of experience, Raseel Gujral, who has transformed spaces of the rich and famous with her inimitable signature style, has a ready piece of advice for aspiring designers. "Find your voice and if you don't have one, assist someone. Don't ever become a copycat." graphic prints. But by no stretch of imagination is she his shadow. Nor does she, the niece of former Prime Minister I K Gujral, claims to have ever used her exalted status to seek clients. She is adamant, "Not even a single client of mine is from the social group I move in. I don't even carry my business card when I socialise." On the social level she might have kept her personal and professional lives separate, but when it comes to business the two merge seamlessly for her business partner is none other than her life partner Naveen Ansal. The husband-wife team certainly works well. Hubby dear, in-charge of administrative aspects, doesn't interfere in her creative decisions at all. But work invariably does land up home. Come to think of it, it's not work really but a stress-buster to which she religiously devotes two hours a day in her studio. Thinking and designing her art, a confluence of Indian and Western sensibilities, is something she enjoys thoroughly. Do people agree it is art...more pertinently has India woken up to this definition of art? She answers, "First, what is the yardstick of art? By that logic only art that is on canvas is pure art. For me this is everyday art, drama of daily life." Besides, she asserts, we must understand what India thinks is not the world view of art. So in Paris, where she recently exhibited, she not only got laudatory reviews but also buyers. Actually, her work has many takers in India too. Her clients are literally the who's who of the country. In Punjab too she has an avid following that includes many a political bigwigs. Soon, she intends to open shop in City Beautiful as well. And in case you are wondering, you bet her own home is only done up with her furniture. As for her clients who engage her for her design skills, one assumes she wouldn't force her dramatic art on them. But she proves us wrong, "Of course I do for I am the best." Jokes apart, between her signature and the clients' needs and personality, she does draw a line though often the two do fuse. After all celebrity clients come to Raseel for who and what she is… in short the woman who lives life Maharani-size! And through her deco designs, they hope to capture and relive some of the larger-than-life experiences. firstname.lastname@example.org Fun quotient PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN SCREEN ACT: DEV JOSHI IN BALVEER PHOTO: PRADEEP TEWARI Gurvinder Singh ON SCREEN: WAMIQA GABBI In Ishq Brandy actress Wamiqa Gabbi plays a chirpy Punjabi girl Amarjot Kaur ACT BY ACT: Mukundilal and Indumati of Lapataganj fame Rohitashv Gaur, who plays Mukundilal in popular television show Lapataganj, says the focus is more on humour than on satire… Gurvinder Singh The endearing characters of Mukundilal and Indumati have enjoyed immense popularity addressing each other with Ee ji and Oo jee, much in sync with the rustic feel on the popular television show Lapataganj. Such is the demand that the show was resumed again even after it went off air for a while! "The show is even more popular now," says Rohitashv Gaur, who plays Mukundilal, in Ludhiana. "Earlier the series was based on the writings of Sharad Joshi, who targeted several social issues. Audiences with a literary bent of mind would watch the series then, but now the focus is more on humour than on satire. The TRPs have undoubtedly increased since it was started again," he adds Content that is slapstick has sure gained precedence over with a more literary one! "It is difficult to be very satirical and direct in this country, as some issues are very sensitive and one can face litigation. Our serial is doing well as we celebrate life of the ordinary people," he says. When it comes to looks, Wamiqa Gabbi takes the cake, the bakery and the baker's son. And she talks about her upcoming Punjabi film, Ishq Brandy, which is a comedy film, she says, "Eversince I was born, I knew I would become an actor. As a child, my parents would take me to the theatres and that cultivated my interest in acting. When I first worked with Amit Prasher for my first Punjabi film, Tu Mera 22 Mai Tera 22, he was impressed with my acting skills and asked me to work in his second film too. Thus, the film, Ishq Brandy happened." Wamiqa has been a theatre actor and she made her onscreen debut with a Bollywood film titled Sixteen. "The film that was released last On a high year has received five nominations, including best story, best female actor (Isabelle), best ensemble cast, best debut director and best editing," says Wamiqa. "In Ishq Brandy, I am essaying the role of a chirpy Punjabi girl, who talks a lot and often drifts from the subject of conversation. It is an extremely funny film, which is an out and out entertainment. It does not really have any message to give," she says. Wamiqa expresses the urge to work in films which showcases her talent. "I do not want to become a superstar. My prime motive is to be recognised by the audience as a good actor. Also, I would really want to do serious roles and meaningful films," she says while adding, "For instance, I really liked Lunchbox, Shahid and even Shudh Desi Romance. I really wish I could play the role of Nimrit Kaur in Lunchbox." When quizzed on who she admires as an actor, Wamiqa says, "I admire Hrithik Roshan and Aishwariya Rai, but when it comes to acting, I like Parineeti Chopra and Ranveer Singh." Talking about her future plans, she says, "I am on a three-film contract with Param Hans Creations, who produced Sixteen, and am waiting for the release of my Punjabi film—Ishq Brandy, opposite Roshan Prince," she signs off. email@example.com Dressed up like a superhero, he crushes the enemy with his magic, fights the evil forces and flies to parilok…little Dev Joshi has earned a huge fan-following amongst kids as Balveer. A calm and confident Dev has been on stage for a long time. All of 13, Dev has been facing the camera and acting for over a decade, doing advertisement films and plays since the age of three. Hailing from Ahmedabad, Dev acted in various Gujarati plays before he got an offer for advertisements at the age of seven. He has done various television shows, including Hanuman and Shani Dev, apart from many advertisements. "I always liked the superhero character Shaktimaan and am happy that I got an opportunity to play a similar character. Children love magic and fantasy, but the inherent message of victory of good over evil is most important," he says. To balance studies and acting, shares his mother Devangana, they have to go back to Ahmedabad every 10-15 days. "He attends school where teachers, the principal and students help him with notes. Besides, he studies on the sets and online. He wants to become a pilot when he grows up, for he likes fighter planes," she says. "We have to ensure that limelight does not get the better of him," she adds. Dev Joshi, who plays Balveer in a popular children's show, has a huge fan following. In Ludhiana, we catch up with the young superhero… firstname.lastname@example.org c m y b
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