26082022-LSTC-01.qxd 8/25/2022 10:44 PM Page 1 c m y b VIJAY WAS SCARED OF WOMEN! Actor Vijay Deverakonda made a shocking revelation that he was once ‘extremely scared’ of women, so much so that he couldn’t even look at or talk to them. He said: “I was extremely scared of women till I was about 18 years old... I couldn’t look at a woman in the eye or have a conversation.” IANS TRIBUNE Dating game Life Reality TV star Kim Kardashian is open to dating again. The 41-year-old star recently split from comedian Pete Davidson after nine months. IANS CHANDIGARH | FRIDAY | 26 AUGUST 2022 Apolitical tana-bana The six-yard heritage of saree is weaving an exquisite yarn in political circles Mona Jason in a ‘quirky’ role Hollywood star Jason Momoa is excited to play a ‘quirky’ villain in Fast X. Cast as an antagonist in the latest movie of the Fast and Furious franchise, the 43-year-old actor can’t wait for the next phase of his career. “I’ve never played a character that’s quirky and androgynous. He’s very sadistic and funny. It’s very bizarre,” Momoa said. The Game of Thrones star added, “I haven’t played a villain in a very long time.” Meanwhile, Jason will reprise his role as Aquaman in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) sequel Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. He informed that the film would be a ‘brothers’ journey’ between his alter ego, Arthur Curry, and the hero’s half-brother, Orm Marius, played by Patrick Wilson. The project will see Momoa reunite with Ben Affleck, who is reprising his role as Bruce Wayne/Batman in the film, and he is excited about it. — IANS Hema Malini and Smiriti Irani Droupadi Murmu A S the newly elected President of India, Droupadi Murmu addressed the nation in a traditional Odisha handwoven saree with a red stripe on one side and a green stripe on the other, with temple border on the other, she reaffirmed saree as the de facto attire for women politicians. Over the years, the humble handloom has cemented its place even in political circles; sustainable and stylish, a saree checks all the right boxes, including being ‘vocal with local’! If a political stalwart like Indira Gandhi consulted handloom exponent Pupul Jayakar for her eclectic saree collection, Jayalalithaa and her envious 10,500 collection of sarees is the stuff dreams are made of. Lately, it was Smriti Irani as textile minister who brought visibility to this garment. Member of Parliament Mahua Moitra loves her sixyard woven beauties too. “Indian handlooms rock — wearing the most beautiful Pochampally cotton saree from Telengana, gifted to me on recent IT committee tour by @KTRTR,” she had tweeted sometime back. Recently, it had been Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who talked about her love of Sambalpuri and Bomkai sarees: “Silk or cotton, Odisha-handloom sarees are one of my favourites — the colour, the weave, the texture, just so good.” Priyanka Gandhi Reviving a heritage Sonia Gandhi Mahua Moitra Pure elegance Original melody Big B to make debut as music composer with R Balki’s Chup The upcoming film Chup will mark the debut of veteran superstar Amitabh Bachchan as a music composer, director R Balki divulged the details as the film is set to release on September 23. Talking about the same, Balki said, “Chup is special for more than one reason. For me the biggest reason is it marks the official debut of Amitabh Bachchan as a music composer.” Big B and Balki have a long-standing association and the superstar has worked with him in almost all of his films. The director then revealed how the music composing debut for Big B unfolded, “Amit ji saw Chup and played an instinctive original melody on his piano, as he relived the film. It was his way of expressing his feelings for the film. This composition, his gift to the film, will be the end title track of Chup. I don’t think there can be an artiste whose sensitivity can beat his. — IANS Fashion designer and textile revivalist Gaurang Shah has designed sarees for actor and Member of Parliament Kirron Kher on screen, for shows, and on the ramp as the showstopper. “Kirron Kher has been the finest ambassador of an Indian hand-woven saree. She has been an ardent admirer of our weaves, textile heritage and innovation. Inspired by Indian weaves and prints, she always wore our designs, as she believes it strikes the perfect balance between heritage textiles and contemporary attitude,” beams Shah. “For her, there is nothing more beautiful than a handwoven saree, and she has always had a ‘Gaurang’ saree in her vast collection. resents a certain region, helps in connecting better with masses,” he adds Designer Siddhartha Bansal admires Union Cabinet Minister Smriti Irani’s vast collection. “Smriti Irani wears her handloom sarees quite elegantly. Hers is a very soothing, calming and yet interesting approach, lending her simplicity and style while being very elegant,” he says. Over the years, Irani has represented the range of Indian weaves rather well. “It only speaks of how she understands the significance of our rich heritage. It’s heartening that she and other political leaders across board not just garner attention for artisans, but also promote their work,” adds Bansal. Pratibha Patil Kirron Kher During many interactions, we have had during our presentations and shows, she had said ‘I have always endorsed the saree.’ Nothing matches its elegance and she carries the saree with great elan. Kher is fond of exquisite sarees, ranging from Kanjee- Brahmastra will take Indian culture to the world, says SS Rajamouli varams, Maheshwaris Uppadas,” he adds. In sync with tradition Designer Narendra Kumar cites the example of Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and the current President Droupadi Murmu as the Stating that a film like Brahmastra will take Indian culture to the world, SS Rajamouli, director of RRR and Baahubali, says what he liked the most about Ayan Mukerji’s upcoming magnum opus is that it is a commercial way of telling the story of astras. In Chennai, the ace director, said Brahmastra is not only one of the most-awaited films, but also one of the costliest productions of the year. Rajamouli said, “As children, we heard about these astras but have never seen their splendour. That is what Ayan has dreamt.” —TMS women who wear the rich, traditional Indian weaves the best. “It is advantageous to be promoting or seen as promoting Indian textile. The trend isn’t limited to women who have a rich variety of sarees to choose from, but also men who are increasingly opting ‘Honour & great responsibility’ Milind Soman to play Sam Manekshaw in Emergency Back in time to After Anupam Kher, Shreyas Talpade and Mahima Chaudhry, now Milind Soman has been roped-in to essay the role of Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw in Kangana Ranaut-directorial-cum-starrer Emergency. Sam Manekshaw was the Army Chief during the Indo-Pakistan War of 1971. Talking about Milind Soman’s role in the film, Kangana Ranaut says, “Milind Soman’s overpowering screen presence and talent were ideal to play this important role. Milind adds, “I am looking forward to working under her direction. Playing Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw is a big honour and a great responsibility.” — TMS c m y b for bandhgala, bundi and Nehru jacket in khadi,” he says. While politicians today have embraced all kinds of attire, including Western, Kumar insists sarees will always hold a special place. “Being seen in Indian weaves, where each kind rep- Khushi Shah, creative director, Shanti Banaras also talks about Irani’s beautiful Banarasi and Patan Patola collection, “The former textile minister wears exquisite handloom pieces and also urges people to do the same. In 2016, Smriti Irani started the #IWearHandloom campaign to revive India’s textile heritage. She has also been associated with our brand and purchased Banarasi sarees from us during her trip to Varanasi.” Ritu Kochhar, Founder Director INIFD, calls saree the ‘national dress’. “Handloom has long shed its humble tag. Many designers are now experimenting with handloom, exploring collections in khadi, silk, cotton and cotton silk, and becoming the voice of the voiceless artisans. Now that sustainability has become the buzzword, clients like to know where their cloth comes from.” Vikas Bhansali from Asopalav India makes a point about Chief Minister of West Bengal and her saree style — a white cotton with a narrow monocoloured border: “Mamata Banerjee has remained devoted to the Dhaniakhali, a unique style of handwoven saree from Hooghly district. The leader, who is currently the sole woman in charge of an Indian state, has become associated with the Dhaniakhali sarees, which have even earned the moniker “Mamata saree.” No more, please! Idris Elba ‘sick and tired’ of James Bond questions Hollywood actor Idris Elba is annoyed by people frequently quizzing him about portraying James Bond. Tipped to replace Daniel Craig as 007, the 49-year-old actor confessed that he is frustrated with the constant questions about the rumours. A lot of times it’s really lazy journalism. And people try to use it as clickbait like ‘what’s he gonna say this time?’ I try to say the same things. Every now and then I just tease them... “I have no more answers for it. I just tell people - don’t ask me that,” Idris said in a podcast. Elba believes he has answered all the questions about playing the legendary spy and finds it ‘lazy’ that he is constantly asked about it. The actor said, “A lot of times it’s really lazy journalism. And people try to use it as click-bait like ‘what’s he gonna say this time?’ I try to say the same things. Every now and then I just tease them, but every now and then I’ll give them some philosophy on why I don’t want to do it or why it’s a rumour. But most times now I tend not to talk about it.” — IANS Super-slick avatar John Abraham’s look as a villain in Pathaan unveiled With just five months to go for release, Yash Raj Films dropped the first look of John Abraham as the villain in Pathaan. The film will hit cinemas on January 25, 2023. Director Siddharth Anand says, “I have always believed in the fact that the villain’s projection should be as big, if not bigger, than that of the hero’s.” — TMS
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