02022019-LSTL-01.qxd 2/1/2019 8:24 PM Page 1 c m y b ISHA IN THE SPOTLIGHT Bollywood actress Isha Koppikar poses at the Lakmé Fashion Week (LFW) Summer Resort 2019 in Mumbai. AFP TRIBUNE What a gift! Famous rapper Drake has gifted $10,000 in cash to two female McDonald’s employees at a store in Los Angeles. IANS LUDHIANA | SATURDAY | 2 FEBRUARY 2019 Dream come true Actor Riteish Deshmukh says it was a dream for him to work with actors Madhuri Dixit Nene and Anil Kapoor together. Riteish will be seen sharing screen space with the two veteran actors for the first time in the forthcoming movie Total Dhamaal. The Housefull actor posted a selfie on Twitter with the two stars on Friday and captioned it: “Smiles say it all... It was my dream to work Madhuri Dixit Nene (and) Anil Kapoor... But getting to work with both of them in the same film, that is a dream. Love them both.” Total Dhamaal is the third film in the comedy entertainer franchise Dhamaal. The second was An outfit by designer Pooja Monga A date with horror... Salt of the soil Pooja Monga’s sustainable stance wins her a spot at Lakme Fashion Week Mona S Going minimal Pooja Monga’s designs are inspired from YugoslavianAmerican designer Zoran Ladicorbic. “His is minimal philosophy without any adornments,” she shares. “So much so that the clothes are designed in a way that there is no need for even buttons or zippers, which do not biodegrade easily, and usually end in landfills,” adds the designer, who specialises in minimal, sustainable work-wear. HE calls herself a business mind, with a heart in the service of ‘green’. Meet Pooja Monga, who finds freedom in simplicity. Her designs are minimal, silhouettes nonrestrictive; built by using sustainable practices. No wonder, within a year of stepping into the fashion scene, her capsule collection made it to prestigious Lakme Fashion Week, while winning at the ‘ Fashion for Earth’ initiative. LESS IS MORE An MBA, she had a fair stint of consumer market, having worked on sustainable lifestyle and product design. Knowing well that it’s the economics that makes the world go ground, she stepped into the fashion industry to offer a simpler, natural alternative to the crazy consumerism that mars the fashion craze today. SALTPETRE BORN PREP UP Pooja Monga ing her business acumen with a designer for the art of garment-making. A business mind, Pooja trained herself to get ready for the fashion industry. Starting with the basics, she learnt weaving at a Weaver Service Centre at Mumbai. Next was the art of dyeing from colourful Gujarat, followed by trad- ❝ Ready to roll — Saltpetre was born! Since Pooja’s parents call Chandigarh home, she’s connected to the city and her company is registered here. Saltpetre refers to ‘salt of the Earth’. “We were made to blend with the Earth, not to dominate it,” says Pooja. Right from the raw material to technique used to transportation and packaging, this brand goes all green, all ethical. LAKME CALL Saltpetre won Circular Design Challenge at Lakme Fashion Week Summer/ Resort 2019. Pooja Monga was one of the eight winners selected out of the 900 entries. Her black and white capsule OUR CHOICE OF RAW MATERIALS, SUPPLIERS AND ALL OTHER PARTS OF OUR SUPPLY CHAIN IS DIRECTED AT MINIMISING THE IMPACT ON THE EARTH collection is inspired by Japan’s Zen monochrome paintings, “The design — all in white, black and grey have been produced using scientifically validated sustainable processes.” Giving viewers a thrilling weekend experience, &TV’s weekend fiction show Laal Ishq has garnered eyeballs with its unusual stories pertaining to paranormal happenings. Well-known television actress Shikha Singh is all set to play a ghostly avatar on the show. Being her first tryst with the supernatural genre, Shikha is all excited. “From the roles I have previously played on the screen, this character is different as well as challenging for me. The genre that pertains to horror takes a lot of energy and is mentally draining for artistes. Today, the scripts have become content-driven, which enhances an actors’ performance and makes it look flawless. The entire dynamic of a horror show gives an actor a variation in the roles that they get to play on the screen. Laal Ishq definitely gives me an opportunity to showcase much more talent than I would on a daily soap.” SUPERNATURAL ENERGIES Talking about her own belief REUSE & RECYCLE Rather than the clothes ending at landfill, the company arranges pick up at the customer’s doorsteps to reuse, repurpose and recycle, in that order. “We facilitate loop-back of used Saltpetre clothes into the system through donation to Goonj.” Backed by a team of artists, designers, storytellers, scientists, engineers and strategists from around the globe, with belief in same ideology, Pooja is a happy taking further steps in the shared pursuit of simplicity and sustainability. “We enjoy blurring the lines between art, science and commerce to create products that simplify lives,” she signs off. A check on piracy As Finance Minister Piyush Goyal on Friday announced that the government will include an anti-camcording provision in the Cinematography Act to control piracy, members of the Hindi film fraternity lauded the government for it. “A lot of films are stolen from cinema halls. So, we really appreciate this move,” Uday Singh, Managing Director, Motion Picture Association, SAID. Calling the provision a “significant step”, filmmaker Anees Bazmee, who has helmed films like Welcome and Mubarakan, said the ‘anti-camcording provision’ is the need of the hour as piracy is one of the causes for the loss of revenue. It will be B-Town filmmakers rejoice over anti-camcording provision announcement Double Dhamaal. It is directed by Inder Kumar. The film also stars Ajay Devgn, Arshad Warsi and Jaaved Jaaferi. It is jointly produced by Inder Kumar along with Ashok Thakeria and Ajay Devgn. —IANS helpful in taking strict action against the offenders.” National Award-winning filmmaker Omung Kumar said the anti-camcording provision is a “good step towards curbing film piracy in our country”. “The anticamcording provision which prohibits the illegal filming and recording of films in theatres and otherwise should c m y b Television star Shikha Singh is all-eager to essay a role in supernatural show Laal Ishq in supernatural elements, Shikha says, “I do believe that a parallel universe exists and that there are energies around us that affect us in a good or a bad way. These energies have a great impact on our day to day life as well.” The story in Laal Ishq revolves around the friendship of Veebha and Meera, who live in an orphanage, and are best of friends. The two are very close to each other. Over a period, Veebha and Meera find out that they have fallen in love with the same man named Bharat. Bharat on the other hand loves Meera, which makes Veebha jealous. In the bid to win Bharat and out of jealousy, Veebha kills Meera and marries Bharat. Meera’s soul doesn’t liberate and because of this, Veebha starts to experience paranormal activities as Meera’s soul gets inside her. Meera makes Veebha confess to her crime and exposes her wrongdoing to Bharat. — TNS In a happy space Actress Ankita Lokhande, who has made her big screen foray with Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi, is one of the few who have stood by the film’s lead actor-director Kangana Ranaut. She says she feels almost like her on-screen character Jhalkaribai, who guards Rani Laxmibai — the character essayed by Kangana — as far as possible. The movie, which released last week, has been through its share of controversies. While actress Mishti Chakraborty has been vocal about being unhappy about how her role has shaped up definitely help in controlling and eventually preventing film piracy.” National Award-winning filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar took to Twitter and lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Government for initiating Anti-Camcording provision in the Cinematography Act to fight piracy and for the single window clearance for film shootings. “This will help the film industry in a big way,” he added. — IANS in the final cut, Ankita says she has no reasons to complain. “I don’t really think I need to react on it. I am in a happy phase and that’s how I am. We all have done hard work towards this film. Sometimes it is okay that results don’t come out the way you expect them to, and I am not saying this just because I am getting praise. “But even if it would have happened to me, I would have been positive. This is my debut film. I understand as an actor... I have always been positive about things,” Ankita said. Great experience For her, Manikarnika... has MADHUR BHANDARKAR OMUNG KUMAR been a great experience. “I have loved Manikarnika... and I have loved Kangana for what she is. Most of my scenes have been shot by her, and that’s for sure. I respect her for that. I think I am becoming Jhalkaribai, and I am really guarding my Rani Laxmibai, because she is Rani Laxmibai... she has proved herself. I am playing my character here also in my real life. I am actually protecting Rani Laxmibai,” Ankita said, asserting that she stands by Kangana amid all the brouhaha. The actress spoke on the sidelines of the Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2019 edition in Mumbai. She was excited to attend the gala. — IANS
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