18LS01A.qxd 4/17/2014 8:12 PM Page 1 c m y b friday | april 18 | 2014 | chandigarh TRIBUNELIFE+STYLE EVERYBODY LOVES THIS ONE! While the deposits of the long gone hippie era still continue to find much influence in today's blues, the advent of the true blue neo-classical trance blues is making quite a statement in the music scene. PAGE 2 Þ NET WORTH Actor Gautam Rode has launched his website as well as his Facebook page to interact with his fans. He says, "I am on Twitter and it's been a great experience as I get so much love from my fans.” PAGE 3 Þ LEADING ON Piyush Sehdev entered Sapne Suhane Ladakpan Ke in November and within few months he has become the lead of the show. His character has progressed well and is now accepted by the viewers. He talks about his journey. PAGE 3 Þ Lawfully drunk??? CUPCAKE FEAST Sonam Kapoor ate cupcakes for a scene in Dolly Ki Doli and then she ordered hundred cupcakes for herself and for the entire unit to enjoy because she loves cupcakes and sweets. She means business Ashima Batish Is 25 the right age to drink alcohol? The government thinks so! However, youngsters are in no mood to mix drinking with legalities Jasmine Singh HIGH TIDE: GAVIE CHAHAL An actor and a gentleman Mona Actor Gavie Chahal is in a happy state these days. The couple of films that he is working in are on the floor and he is happily juggling the roles of a terrorist, an army personnel and a Rajasthani villager! In Chandigarh, for a shoot of a film, Gavie opens up on his work and personal life… Chosen as the brand ambassador for Ma Boli International Punjabi Film Festival, Vancouver, 2014, Gavie considers it a matter of great pride, “My home base is Mumbai now, but I am connected to my roots. What better than getting our mother tongue the due it deserves?” says the actor. He will be in Vancouver for the three-day festival, and looking forward to it. He will also be shooting for a film Jugni Back to Roots in Canada, a film being simultaneously made in English and Punjabi. Gavie is twotiming Bollywood and Pollywood and that leaves him with no time for himself. Three of his Hindi films are on the floor — Black Currency (he plays the head of a militant organisation); in Ghul Makai (he plays a Pakistani army officer); in Sakoo he plays a Bishnoi villager. “All the three roles are so different that people now call me a versatile actor.” He is more relaxed with Punjabi films. Both Yarana and Pyaar, Yaar and Panga are centred around friendship. While the first one is an action film, later is a comedy. Though Gavie is happy playing on both the turfs, he wishes Pollywood to be more professional. “I understand the problems. The audience is not yet open to new cinema and producers have to earn benefits to sustain. But I am looking at the brighter picture in the future.” Happy at being recognised finally (he was honoured for his role in Ek Tha Tiger by Journalists Association of India), Gavie is happy putting in more and more hard work to earn for his family. While most actors are quiet on their marital status, Gavie isn’t the one to be on guard. “I don’t want to unnecessarily expose my family. But yes if you ask me I am father to two beautiful sons — Jasbir (6) and Fateh (3). And I can afford to be in shoots constantly because my wife Gurminder manages the home front,” says Gavie who takes his family on shoots as much as he can! F REEDOM of choice… Talk to any youngster about imposing a limit on the age for drinking, marriage, time limit for discotheques and the first argument that comes to their mind is the freedom of choice. They definitely don’t need anyone to tell them when to start. It is a matter of choice for them. So, when someone mentions that the legal drinking age is 25, youngsters would just smirk or laugh it off! They don’t care to get into the legalities of this, no one is consulting the log books either. It is no big deal for them. Irrespective of a defined legal age for drinking, young boys and girls on the contrary are taking to boozing at a much earlier age. Is their something wrong with this? Is it okay to ignore the law? Youngsters definitely have much to offer on this, including the restaurant or bar owners, who take the politically correct way out. THINKSTOCK Age no bar For parties, they certainly don’t need an age to hang out with friends! “This is the point,” Karanvir Arora, a student of mechanical engineer, Tangori, can’t hold his excitement, “These days, right after the school, youngsters start partying, hostel get-together, parties, college trips, peer pressure, name a thing that doesn’t encourage drinking. Do you think a group of boys sitting together would care to check the drinking age?” No matter how reasonable Karanvir sounds, most people are of the view that youngsters are not responsible drinkers. Rash driving, eve teasing, youngsters most of the times don’t know how to handle drinks and end up messing up their own life. Saranpreet Sandhu, 24, and his two friends who have returned after completing a one-year hotel management course in New Hampshire, ridicule the whole idea. “We know what we are doing. If we can make a choice for our career or which girlfriend to date then why can’t we decide when to drink. Most of our friends started when they were 21,” he adds. “Besides, if you still think I am being silly, then tell me which school or college gives education on harmful effects of drinking. Is their any effort to educate the youngsters? In fact, what most movies show is a heart-broken actor drinking to forget his lost love! They say the best poetry is written when one is drunk,” he turns to his friends for a hi-five. The legal age for drinking, however, varies from one state to the other. Recently, the Delhi government was thinking of lowering the drinking age to 21 from 25. Amanpreet Kaur Dhinsa, an orthopedic surgeon and a mother of two young girls, takes an objective look at the situation. “Do you think kids wouldn’t drink if parents scold or keep a strict vigil on them? More than defining the age for drink- c m y b ing, the debate should be on enforcing rules related to drinking. Drunken driving or imposing a ban on certain places, eating joints could solve the problem.” Sensible step All said and done, youngsters do find their way out despite the ban or rules. Restaurant and hotel owners also find themselves in a difficult spot when it comes to not serving drinks to youngsters of a particular age group. Ginny Chawla, managing director, The Altius Hotel, says “We should promote responsible drinking. At our place we ensure this at least. We give an electronic card to the customers. They have to produce this card to buy drinks. And we don’t give this card to anyone below 25 years of age. Sometimes, people forget their identity card, or if someone below 25 accompanies a friend and takes drinks then there isn’t much we can do,” adds Ginny who has created a web page PUBLIC ( people united for better life in city) to promote better living in Chandigarh. “Youngsters should understand drinking is for fun and not to mess up.” firstname.lastname@example.org Keeping busy now has a different meaning for Bipasha Basu. In between shooting for films and advertisements (she is the face of at least six products) and fitness CDs, she finds time to visit the office of The Trunk Label every day, at least when she is in Mumbai. When she is shooting outside Mumbai, she operates her office from her laptop. As the creative director of the label, which is an accessory brand, Bipasha knows that she has a huge job at hand. “The idea is to introduce people to fashionable accessories, which are pocketfriendly. But with stiff competition in the e-commerce segment, I am sure it is an uphill task,” says the actress, who is loving her new job profile of an entrepreneur. If competition bothers her on one hand, on the other, it keeps her going. “There is competition in every field but your products need to stand out, only that’s the way to have a strong client base.” In The Trunk Label, she finds her dreams of owning a fashion brand, coming true. “I jumped at the opportunity when the Label Corp team approached me with a business proposal.” As a part of the creative team, she ensures that the design of each product is unique and not a mere replication. Also, as the brand ambassador of the label, she has her responsibility increased manifold. “Since, I am the face of the brand, I ensure that whatever CREATIVE DIVA: BIPASHA BASU we produce promises quality. Also, I am much disciplined because I know my employees will now look up to me for motivation.” As for her con- nection with the fashion industry, Bipasha has walked the ramp for many of her designer friends, initially as a model and then as a showstopper when she became a celebrity. That she says helped her develop a keen eye for designs. After being a part of the glamour industry for so long, she has learnt how to deal with the pressure of being a public figure. Her personal life has made headlines in the past and is continue to do so as she is going around with Harman Baweja. “Those who understand that I keep my life personal, I respect them. Those who don’t, I don’t bother to give them any clarifications. I just let it be,” says the actress, who is loving the attention she is getting, this time as an entrepreneur.
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