Kangana Ranaut who shot to fame with Gangster and Woh Lamhe didn’t mind doing some seriously sensational scenes. In Woh Lamhe there is a scene in which she throws off her panty at Shiney Ahuja. That shows the actress is lion hearted when comes to doing bold scenes.

Now she is doing a film titled Fashion under the direction of Madhur Bhandarkar. In this film Kangana is playing the character inspired from the real life story of Model Gitanjali Nagpal.

If the buzz is to be believed Kangana appears top less in this film! Taking a cue from Carol Gracia’s infamous wardrobe malfunction Madhur has canned a similar scene on Kangana where she drops her top while walking on the ramp. Kangana didn’t use a body double for this scene!

Madhur is not willing to reveal too many details about this scene. If this scene successfully comes out of Censors, no doubt Kangana is going to create ripples all over!


Designer Rajesh Pratap Singh gets candid about the fashion scene

He likes to keep it simple, his clothes, life, and almost everything else. But there’s something about Rajesh Pratap Singh that sets him apart from everyone else, and no, his love for the occult isn’t what you think it is!

“I am who I am, its too late to change now…plus the way I look at it, it’s all about making clothes’. Everything else is rubbish,” he shoots back sipping a black coffee when you ask him about all the other wine drinking-bottom pinching designer lot around him. “We’re not a circus for society women in the evening, we in fashion need to start taking ourselves seriously. The way things are right now, even our ministry doesn’t take us seriously.”

“I know it’s an insecure industry, but that doesn’t mean it’s not tough, we still have to work our butts off in our factories, but there is an impression that we as an industry have to battle,” Pratap goes on. “I’ve been trying to raise funds for my show in Paris, and everywhere I go, people say, you’re a designer, you’re rich, and I’m like hello…”

Wait-a-minute — Paris? “Yeah, I’ve been selling there for about three-three-and-a-half years now, and since we had to begin somewhere, we thought we’ll start at Paris next March, considering it’s a market I know. It’s really, really expensive. Paris has been doing fashion for a decade, we’re still just about getting there. We in India are zipping through but how old are we in terms of fashion? We started in the 80s!”

According to him, the problem is that we in India don’t take our designers seriously, “Why do you think Tarun has to go to an Italian manufacturer to get shoes for his show? Because an Indian design house wouldn’t do it – they’d make up a fictitious name like Peter England and market it rather than tie up with Indian designers — it’s retarded.”

However, ask him whether fashion at large lives in a sort of Utopia, untouched by realities of India and he agrees and disagrees, “Fashion has always been like that, when you walk out of the doors of a fashion week that’s how its always been — there is a stark contrast. Fashion was never a communist or socialist concept, it works on the ‘I have it, you don’t principle’… even in Russia, which is now the biggest fashion buyer now, not Paris anymore.”

Fashion not for the masses?

September 11, 2007

WIFW, like most fashion weeks across the world, remains a ‘by invites only’ event. People behind the show explain why…

Call it snob value or the demand of business, but fashion remains for a select few. As two events – Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week that wrapped up yesterday at Pragati Maidan or the ongoing New York Fashion Week – proved yet again.

The online schedule for the event in New York clearly states , “Entry by invite only. Not open to public.” And WIFW also had the same condition. This , in turn, left a lot of visitors to Pragati Maidan wondering why they can’t have a peep into the world of glam even after buying the entry ticket.

Anjum Singh, who came to Pragati Maidan for book fair, is one such visitor. “I wanted to have a look at WIFW but the security guard asked for an invite . If I have taken a ticket at the gate, why should I have to have an invite too?” she asks. But the truth is that the event remained ‘strictly by invites’ . “But aren’t we the people they are creating all this for?” she asks. Explains Sumeet Nair, executive director, FDCI, “I would not call it an exclusive event but then, it was not meant for public entertainment either. We had hired this space in Pragati Maidan for a private affair, which was fashion week. And this event was strictly for fashion business.”

The fact remains that major fashion weeks around the world are for buyers and media as business remains the focus. Although Milan has large LCD screens all over the venue for the people to have a look at what’s happening.

“People who do not understand what fashion is all about think that this is another mode of entertainment. Like someone SMSed me that they needed passes for the Lara Dutta show. I had to explain that Lara is not a designer, she is an actress,” says Rathi Vinay Jha, DG, FDCI.

Designer Falguni Peacock explains the lack of LCD screens thus, “Here people start commenting on the type of dresses you wear, it will take time before they adjust to fashion the way we see and show it.”

Shobhaa ruffles designer feathers
Shobhaa De is not impressed with what designers are showcasing during the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week. And so, she has been ripping them apart after watching their shows on telly. She has been hosting a show on a news channel and has been making a lot of designers wonder what exactly happened.

Rina Dhaka was amongst a few of the designers who chose to speak out. “Someone should tell Shobhaa that she can’t sit in Mumbai and judge a clothing line. On TV, you can’t make out the drapes and silhouettes. It is bizarre! If she so wants to comment on our work then she should have come here and seen the collections up, close and personal. One understands a collection only after seeing it with the naked eye, and the hand feel. The lady is not even here. She is sitting in front of the TV like Big Brother and making judgments. She herself doesn’t know how to design clothes, how can she comment like this?” It is up to Shobhaa to answer these charges now!

Last week at an AIDS Awareness Campaign in Jaipur, India, a small group of right-wing Indians managed to shift the attention from fighting the spread of HIV to an inane case of obscenity against Hollywood actor Richard Gere.

Gere, who kissed famous Indian actress Shilpa Shetty on the cheek, now has a warrant out for his arrest due to his violation of obscenity laws.

Here is the video, for those of you who missed it on the TV.

Most Indians can agree on the absurdity of this case. Deeming Gere as obscene and vulgar is the work of a minority of fundamentalists trying to create a commotion and hardly the views of the entire country.

In Gere’s defense, he was mimicking a dance routine from his recent film “Shall We Dance.” He has since apologized for his behavior not realizing the media attention he would receive.

But it’s not just the Indian media that have blown the situation out of proportion. Friday, Gere’s kiss was all over American broadcasts as well, giving India negative publicity.

This silly news story depicts a very inaccurate display of Indian society and culture. Stories such as this falsely makes Indians appear narrow minded and prudish in their behavior.

I’m so tired of American media wrongfully characterizing the Indian public. Several times in the past, American media has focused on stories focusing on just a fraction of India’s one billion inhabitants.

For years I’ve been angered by news images of Indian poverty acting as if primitive village life is the norm for the entire subcontinent.

Oprah Winfrey occasionally features stories revealing the mistreatment of women, insinuating all women in India are uneducated, battered and treated as slaves.

These types of imperialist broadcasts depict Indians as people begging for enlightenment when that is hardly the case.

India is a thriving nation and has made so many invaluable contributions, and Indian culture is prevalent across the world.

Yoga, which has ancient origins in India, is practiced by people all across this country. Indian spices and cuisine are hugely popular. Americans order gallons of Indian chi tea.

I see Indian fashion all over campus. Brightly colored Indian bags replicating saris, traditional Indian dress, are carried by several girls. Colorful ornate jewelry has been a staple in India fashion and is only now becoming popular in this country.

Some of the brightest minds have come out of India contributing to the fields of science and technology. The computer software industry is booming in India. The educated, literate, successful and cultured Indian is a better stereotype than what the media likes to display.

I wish the media would broadcast a broader image of India and all its splendor. A few protestors trying to get attention in India coupled with a ravenous American media is a combination for misrepresentation.

India is not a primitive society that is scandalized by a kiss on the cheek by a Hollywood actor.

While India may pride itself in being a moral country, this is a gross exaggeration of the people.

The government on Thursday banned fashion television channel FTV for two months starting April 1 for allegedly beaming ‘indecent’ programmes.The transmission or retransmission of FTV on all platforms has been prohibited throughout the country with effect from April 1, an official statement said here.

The channel has been banned for showing programmes that were against good taste and decency, denigrate women and likely to adversely effect public morality, it said.

The statement said government has noticed that some cable operators were transmitting or retransmitting a satellite channel — FTV.Com India, which was reportedly telecasting programmes such as Midnight Hot.


The said programme was against good taste and therefore, the government banned the channel in the country exercising powers conferred under the Cable Television Networks Regulation Act, 1995, the release said.

The government had earlier banned AXN; a channel owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment, on January 17 this year but had lifted it after the channel’s apology.

A record 87 designers will showcase their autumn-winter prêt and diffusion lines at the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week (WIFW) here March 21-26.

“WIFW will see designers hailing from across different regions of India, making it a truly national event,” Rathi Vinay Jha, director general of the event organiser Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI), said in a statement Thursday.

“Having perceived the value in our event, our list of participating designers has consistently grown at each event,” she added.

“WIFW, an event dedicated to the business of fashion, will also preview some of the best established and upcoming names among models, choreographers, hair and make-up teams,” Jha stated.

According to Atul Chand, vice president for marketing of principal sponsor ITC’s Lifestyle Retailing, “we are extremely pleased to present an amazing array of talent who will showcase their creations.

“The coming together of India’s leading designers at this unique platform is a reflection of the event’s stature and grandeur,” he added.

Among the designers participating are Abraham & Thakore, Aki Narula, Ashima/Leena, Ashish Soni, Ayesha Depala, Rohit Gandhi & Rahul Khanna, Deepika Gehani, Deepika Govind, Falguni & Shane Peacock, J.J. Valaya, and Kavita Bhartia.

This apart, Manav Gangwani, Mandira Wirk, Manish Arora, Meera Muzaffar Ali, Raghavendra Rathore, Rajesh Pratap Singh, Ranna Gill, Rina Dhaka, Ritu Kumar, Rohit Bal, Satya Paul, Shantanu & Nikhil, Suneet Varma, Tarun Tahiliani and Varun Bahl will also feature at the event.

Said Ranna Gill of the fashion week: “Its my eighth year of participation in WIFW. It’s been a long journey since its inception to what it is today and I am happy that the shows have gone from strength to strength.”

According to Tarun Tahiliani, “as an Indian designer this is the premier and most comprehensive fashion week of the subcontinent that has opened many doors besides the most serious buyer profile”.

Rohit Bal said he was “always extremely happy to be part of WIFW and look forward to participating in March”.

According to Preeta Singh, CEO of event management firm PDM that is assisting in organising the event, “WIFW has promised proven support to the Indian fashion industry by constantly innovating to meet the needs of both the designers and buyers.”

FDCI, a not-for-profit organisation, is the apex industry body in the field of fashion design in India.

Its primary objective is to provide a cohesive platform for Indian designers and act as the mouthpiece of the industry at all relevant platforms, in a bid to promote Indian fashion – at home and abroad.

FDCI is also instrumental in facilitating designer-corporate tie-ups aimed at expanding the designer prêt market in the country.

Fashion Fest 2007, held at Chennai between February 12 and 13, 2007 and inaugurated by actor Sarat Kumar was a resounding success showcasing dresses, jewellery, accessories and lifestyle statements presented by 25 fashion designers.

The designers chosen from across India, showcased collections prepared with a view to present trends, colours and designs for forthcoming season.

Fashion Festival – the biannual exhibition, was staged in Chennai to present latest trends in fashion and lifestyle from various parts of India, said Arti Bagdy, the organizer, at the inauguration.

The fest is also held to provide a common platform under one banner, to established and upcoming designers to showcase their collections which are affordable and wearable to people at large, she said.

On display were exquisite sarees by Anushka’s from Kolkata, Shubh-Prabha from Benaras, Pachrangi from Jaipur, Plums from Pune and Maya from Mumbai, tunics and Indo-Westerns by Anubha’s Kiah from Chennai and Molly Designs from Mumbai along with Pakistani suits by Nona’s exclusif-Delhi and hand painted garments from To be Two from Auroville.

Poshaak from Delhi, Threads Redesign from Jaipur, Kanchili from Jaipur and Sanskrutie from Chennai wer presented with an ethnic touch.

Exclusive precious and semi-precious jewellery by Sheel Jewels from Mumbai, JNC from Bangalore, Silver Point from Mumbai, Jusra and Rising Jewels from Jaipur while paper handcrafted jewellery was introduced by Mahalaxmi Creations from Chennai complemented the collection.

Elegant handbags and footwear was brought by Mizu from Mumbai and ANZ designs from Mumbai.

Home furnishings were were brought in by 19 sides and Jesia Bed Line both from Delhi.

Fashion festival will be returning with more and fresh talented designers and their collections in August this year, informed Arti.