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Fashion entrepreneur and designer Pernia Qureshi will bring her eponymous label to the Modista trunk show on April 28 at Roda Al Murooj, along with 50 other labels.

After working as a costume designer for the Bollywood film Aisha in 2010, Qureshi launched her label two years later, a fusion of Indo-Western ensembles. Qureshi also launched a website, Pernia’s Pop-Up Shop, the same year, showcasing creations by more than 500 designers.

The kuchipudi (Indian classical dance form) dancer has also starred in filmmaker Muzaffar Ali’s period drama Jaanisaar (2015) alongside Imran Abbas Naqvi.

She spoke to Gulf News tabloid! about her upcoming exhibition, her love for fashion, and her advice for up and coming designers looking to break into the industry.

How and when did your passion for fashion begin?

I have always had a keen interest in fashion. I grew up with an extremely stylish mother and have always looked up to her. I decided to join the fashion industry professionally in college after I did a couple of internships in magazines. In my early days in the field of fashion, [Indian fashion designer] Tarun Tahiliani was actually one of the first people who encouraged me.

What were some of the challenges that you faced on this journey of yours?

The fashion industry is a place where more than education, internships and on the job training make a difference. I have learned everything I know by interning under some very talented and powerful women in New York. There was always a lot of competition and [a] number of girls were ready to take my place so it was a challenge for me to constantly be on my toes and perform to the best of my abilities. In the end, however, I was the one who gained the most from this so all of it was worth it.

Tell us a little bit more about your label Pernia Qureshi.

Pernia Qureshi label is something I began simultaneously with Pernia’s Pop-Up Shop. It is a label that reflects my personal style, so it is very feminine and a little bit flirty.

What should we be looking forward to from your Dubai visit?

You should be looking forward to a brand new collection from [the] Pernia Qureshi label. There are beautiful summer pieces in pastels and some fun prints in easy breezy silhouettes.

Where do you draw inspiration from?

I find inspiration everywhere, but vintage stores and movies are definitely a strong source of inspiration. Other than that, I think about what I would like to wear in the coming season and build a collection around that. Not to mention, I have a small but lovely design team who supports me.

What encouraged you to launch your fashion website, Pernia’s Pop-Up Shop?

I launched Pernia’s Pop-Up Shop six years ago when there was no place to buy Indian designer wear online. I felt like there was a gap in the market and it would make for a good opportunity. I also wanted to do something for the fashion industry and for the amazing talent we have in India. Pernia’s Pop-Up Shop provides a global platform to upcoming, as well as established Indian designers for the world to see, appreciate and shop.

How was your experience working as a costume designer for the movie Aisha?

It was extremely busy and stressful but at the same time a wonderful experience. It was the beginning of my career as a professional and I learned everything on the job. I did not even know what a costume breakdown was when I was signed onto the film. I had to do a quick crash course on filmmaking and costume design and then do the best job according to my ability. I am so grateful that all my efforts were so vastly appreciated.

How do you bring about the balance needed in combining the traditional Indian attire with the Western style?

I am naturally drawn to cleaner silhouettes and Indian wear that’s not too fussy so when I design our festive collections they are a modern representation of traditional Indian wear.

Tell us a little about your book Be Stylish with Pernia Qureshi. What makes it different from other fashion guides?

Be Stylish is the only fashion guide for Indian women or women from this part of the world. I specifically designed the book keeping in mind South Asian body types and culture.

You are also a dancer. How do you juggle between both, dancing and handling your fashion career?

I commit my mornings to dance and I do all other work post lunch. This, of course, changes at certain times when there is something important or big happening in either aspect of my life.

Would you rather be a model or a designer or a dancer?

If I had to choose only one I would be a dancer.

Do you have days when you don’t feel like dressing up? How do you overcome that?

I wear sweatpants and chill.

What are your plans for the future?

I am building a few more in-house brands like Pernia Qureshi label at different price points, which will also cater to different markets in terms of aesthetics. Pernia’s Pop-Up Shop is adding new dimensions to our business with Pernia’s Pop-Up Show, an offline shopping festival and [a] studio, an offline store with weekly rotating collections.

On the dance front, I am constantly building my portfolio with a few performances within India and also with my first international performance, which will happen this year.

The details

Modista will be held on April 28 at Roda Al Murooj, Dubai, from 10am to 8pm. Entry is free.

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“Make your own design identity, invest in a good quality shoot and have strong social media skills,” Pernia Qureshi’s advice to aspiring designers.Read more at:marieprom | prom dresses cheap uk

Shakespeare Apr 24 · Tags: fashion

What’s your favourite project?

[The] Angelina movie. My best. I’d wished for a long time to meet her, so I feel like [through] working with her I built my confidence… For me it was exciting to learn something different [compared to] the movies that I’d worked on in the past, like [special makeup effects for] explosions, like [cut off ] legs, something I’ve never seen before.

What’s it like working on a movie?

Working on a movie takes a long time… For people that aren’t used to working on movies they feel it’s hard work because we need to get up so early in the morning, we need to stand by the whole day with only a one-hour break for lunch. It’s hard. Working on an island on a movie is not like here – here we have air conditioners. It’s hot and you cannot stop. You need to follow the schedule.

What do you enjoy most about working in the field?

I like special makeup effects. I feel like it’s different from beauty… It’s always developing, so I feel I always need to develop myself too. I want to learn more – I watched Game of Thrones and [thought]: I want to do that. I read that [some of the makeup work] takes eight hours. Before, I thought that makeup couldn’t take that long. For each movie the makeup is always different. It makes me want to learn more about special effects. Here, not many people learn about it.

Do you think the reputation of the beauty industry in Cambodia has improved in recent years?

In the past people always judged makeup artists. They always thought that it was not a serious job. In the past, when I told people that I’m a makeup artist they thought that it’s cheap work for Cambodia. But now they think that makeup [artists] can earn good money… People know me, because they know that I always like to create makeup by myself. And people think it’s cool and contact me to do photoshoots, interviews on television, stuff like that. Before, people didn’t know about it. In the future I think people will be more interested to learn about beauty, even the boys. They join makeup classes. They want to become makeup artists.

What is your advice for aspiring makeup artists?

If you want to become a professional makeup artist you need to always learn more and more. It’s not only [about] completing the course. It’s about learning the skill, learning about the product and also how to deal with the customer and always keep professional. Some customers are not easy, so I teach people to be patient when you do makeup on someone. If you want to become a professional makeup artist, you cannot get angry.Read more at:prom dresses cheap uk | graduation gowns uk

Shakespeare Apr 17 · Tags: fashion

Her eyes wide with wonder, one year-old Addie Parisek gave serious attention to her matching pink pacifier as she regarded the large crowd watching her as she strutted her stuff as the youngest model in the 2018 Spring Fashion Show Thursday.

Sheila Fawbush, extension agent for families and consumer science, smiled as she glanced around the large room at the Shelby County Extension Office during the show’s intermission, packed with nearly 100 people.

“We were really pleased with the turnout, considering the snow yesterday,” she said.

The show, which also included a silent auction, is hosted by the Shelby County Extension Homemakers.

“We had an interesting array of clothing this year,” said Fawbush.

Most of the outfits came from three shops that provided clothing for the show, Christopher & Banks, Goody’s and Sandi’s Styles.

The first two are located in Shelby County and the last in Middletown.

Terri Decker-Monsour, manager of Christopher & Banks, located in the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass, checked her reflection in the mirror as she adjusted her floral print jacket and pendant on a long chain – both items from her shop – while getting ready to hit the runway.

“I enjoy modeling in the show and it’s really nice when people come in the shop later and tell me they liked my outfit,” she said with a smile. “So this gets people to come to our shop as well.”

Other models participate because it’s a fun thing to do as family, said Mary Spinks, who has been taking part in the show for the past 10 years with her granddaughter, Jenna Newby.

“I think she’s learned a lot about fashion over the past ten years, but I don’t know how much has come from me,” Spinks said with a chuckle, as Newby adjusted a Derby hat from Sandi’s Styles.

Spinks said she was wearing the dress she wore in Newby’s wedding last year, glancing around the dressing room where some other family members were present as well.

“I guess you could say it’s a family thing for us,” she said, smiling at them.

Back in the main room, Vivian Overall waited eagerly for three of her outfits to be modeled in the second half of the show by Darlene Arington, Diane Howerton and Debbie Hembree – the latter two also wore matching turbans.

“The two dresses, the purple and red and the gold came from Nigeria and the maroon with the gold trim came from Cairo, Egypt, and they were all hand made,” said Overall. “My missionary couple from Nigeria brought the first two as gifts for me and the last one was a gift from my exchange student from Cairo.”

Carol Stine, organizer of the event – her husband, Phil, along with Rusty Newton, acts as escort for the models – said she was pleased with the event.

“Everybody had a great time.”Read more at:http://www.marieprom.co.uk/cocktail-dresses-uk | http://www.marieprom.co.uk/cheap-prom-dresses-online

Shakespeare Mar 28 · Tags: fashion

Don’t forget to save your feet from the harmful rays of the sun. Besides going for regular pedicures, it is essential to apply sunscreen and let your nails breathe sans nail paint once in a while, say experts. Shikhee Agrawal, head trainer at The Body Shop India; and Trishla and Rajeev Surana, co-founders at Colour Me Mad, have given few tips for your feet care:

Trim your nails: Go for proper, neat and short nails for maximum foot care. File them if that’s easier.

A pedicure helps you get rid of dead and hard heel skin. It is important to pamper your feet and take care of the dead skin by regularly undertaking pedicure or clean up with a scrub and apply foot cream for nice smelling feet. Also, soak your feet in lukewarm water mixed with baking soda for about 15 minutes which will make them clean and smell fresh taking any odour away

Scrape off the dead skin growth from the corner of the nail and paint some almond oil for super nourishment.

Let your nails breathe from time to time. This can help stop discoloration, if your interests is towards dark nail paints.

To deal with foot sweat, you can use antibacterial foot washes and deals with foot odour. Spray peppermint foot spray to relieve yourself from foot sore or stress. If you wear closed shoes, make sure you change your socks every day. Another thing to keep in mind is to wash your feet few times a day so that you always have fresh feet.

Do not just halt to ankle, go on to put sunscreen on your feet as well. These not only protect your feet, but also protect protein made nails that are more defenseless to sun damage.

Make sure you wear either breathable material like leather, cork and canvas or else shoes made with mesh so that air can circulate in your feet keeping it fresh.

If you have sunburnt feet then apply aloe vera based lotions or gels for relief.Read more at:MarieProm UK | http://www.marieprom.co.uk/graduation-gowns

Shakespeare Mar 21 · Tags: fashion

Don’t forget to save your feet from the harmful rays of the sun. Besides going for regular pedicures, it is essential to apply sunscreen and let your nails breathe sans nail paint once in a while, say experts. Shikhee Agrawal, head trainer at The Body Shop India; and Trishla and Rajeev Surana, co-founders at Colour Me Mad, have given few tips for your feet care:

Trim your nails: Go for proper, neat and short nails for maximum foot care. File them if that’s easier.

A pedicure helps you get rid of dead and hard heel skin. It is important to pamper your feet and take care of the dead skin by regularly undertaking pedicure or clean up with a scrub and apply foot cream for nice smelling feet. Also, soak your feet in lukewarm water mixed with baking soda for about 15 minutes which will make them clean and smell fresh taking any odour away

Scrape off the dead skin growth from the corner of the nail and paint some almond oil for super nourishment.

Let your nails breathe from time to time. This can help stop discoloration, if your interests is towards dark nail paints.

To deal with foot sweat, you can use antibacterial foot washes and deals with foot odour. Spray peppermint foot spray to relieve yourself from foot sore or stress. If you wear closed shoes, make sure you change your socks every day. Another thing to keep in mind is to wash your feet few times a day so that you always have fresh feet.

Do not just halt to ankle, go on to put sunscreen on your feet as well. These not only protect your feet, but also protect protein made nails that are more defenseless to sun damage.

Make sure you wear either breathable material like leather, cork and canvas or else shoes made with mesh so that air can circulate in your feet keeping it fresh.

If you have sunburnt feet then apply aloe vera based lotions or gels for relief.Read more at:MarieProm UK | http://www.marieprom.co.uk/graduation-gowns

Shakespeare Mar 21 · Tags: fashion

The inspiring renowned label of trendy fashion extravaganza in designer exhibitions across India is said to enrapture the fashion world this season by showcasing unique and highly anticipated designs of exotic & alluring collection of 100 renowned creative designers from across India this season in the city.

Desire exhibition is known for its diverse and highly specialized extravagant designer ensemble is well known for presenting a rich blend of rustic traditional & contemporary cutting-edge amalgamation. Desire is loved for its noble unique works that have created a significant unparallel in ever increasing market demand.

Actress Sita Narayan inaugurated the Desire designer exhibition which has wonderful collection. The exhibition will be held from March 14 to 16 at Taj Krishna.

The ‘exhibition of desire’ is a highly specialised and uniquely creative module that speaks of irrefutable repute and style. Speaking on the occasion, organiser Anita Agarwal shared her view that Desire is a trademark vogue exhibition that has always captivated the fashion world.

The brand desire is a majestically personified concept that is driven to excel in every aspect of haute couture making itself the ultimate fashion abode”.Read more at:green prom dresses | pink prom dresses uk

Shakespeare Mar 15 · Tags: fashion

n 1818—before the existence of the Brooklyn Bridge or the establishment of the city of Chicago—Henry Sands Brooks opened a clothing store in what is now known as the South Street Seaport in New York. His shop dressed the luminaries of the day, including Abraham Lincoln, who wore a Brooks Brothers topcoat at his second inauguration and again 5 weeks later when he was assassinated. Today, after two centuries of shaping the way men dress, the Brooks Brothers brand is building on its pioneering past.

“People have known the brand their whole life, and yet when I tell them it’s 200 years old, they can’t believe it,” says Brothers owner, chairman, and CEO Claudio del Vecchio, an Italian billionaire who purchased the company 17 years ago. Del Vecchio attributes the brand’s staying power—​surviving two world wars and the Great Depression—​to its adaptability and innovations.

Those innovations have included the first off-the-rack suits in 1849 (before that, suits were strictly made to order), the first button-down polo shirt in 1896 (which quickly replaced the standard detachable linen collar), and the introduction of lightweight seersucker and madras materials in the early 1900s (offering men a welcome relief from the woolen suits worn year-round). In 1909, Brooks Brothers established what were likely the fashion world’s first pop-up shops when it opened a seasonal summer branch in Newport, R.I., and a temporary location in Palm Beach, Fla., later that winter.

That pioneering spirit continues today with the ongoing development of materials and designs that deliver performance, from a tailored topcoat that is ultralightweight yet exceptionally warm to wrinkle-resistant sport coats. Among the most recent innovations are sweaters made on hosiery machines to eliminate any seams. Throughout its product line, says Del Vecchio, the brand uses the same top-quality materials as its Italian counterparts (it’s the largest worldwide customer of the high-​quality fabric supplier Loro Piana) but delivers greater value. “This jacket is $495,” he says, pointing to a soft, lightweight blue blazer. “The same model at Zegna is $2,000.”

Whether it’s value, innovation, or just the lasting appeal of a high-quality design, Brooks Brothers’ most famous item, says Del Vecchio, remains one of its most popular: The brand produces about 250,000 oxford button-​down shirts in its North Carolina factory every year.Read more at:red prom dresses | white prom dresses

Shakespeare Mar 8 · Tags: fashion

She possessed a simplicity that represented the women of her times, oozing a mix of cinematic and natural charm, gave measured performances in an era when being melodramatic was the order of the day. Krishna Kumari, who passed away on Wednesday, had a lot in her kitty to command an exclusive space in Telugu cinema.

As an actress, she didn't take long to come out of her sister's (‘Sowkar’ Janaki) shadow, often knew her strengths and limitations which helped her career progress at a good pace.

Besides social dramas, her sharp and chiselled features made her an instant favourite for devotional dramas and folklore. That he she had begun her career with a film in a similar space-Navvite Navaratnalu helped her gain that image and it was no wonder that her worthy acting prowess was often overshadowed by her beauty.

Aware actor

Perfectly secure, she knew her space amid the illustrious company of Savitri, Jamuna, Saroja Devi. Like her counterpart Jamuna, she avoided character roles or the elderly parts for long and made her comeback after marriage with Manavudu Danuvudu; but her last film being K Raghavendra Rao’s Jyothi (1976) explains the distance she maintained from cinema ever since.

Telugu cinema remained her focus though she went on to act in Tamil and Kannada films with popular actors including Sivaji Ganesan and Rajkumar. She worked three shifts a day for nearly three decades acting in 200 films. Krishna Kumari had mentioned Gudi Gantalu, Vagdhanam, Punarjanma and Kulagothralu as her favourite films to many. ANR had labelled her a ‘director's heroine’ in many an interview.

Interestingly, her meteoric rise in Telugu films also coincided with the unofficial boycott of actress Jamuna from NTR and ANR’s films for a few years.

Savitri was no doubt in her prime then, but Krishna Kumari was a talent not many could ignore. This is the time she was seen in some of her most memorable films to date — Bandipotu, Vagdhanam, Bharya Bhartalu, Chikkadu Dorakadu and Pelli Kanuka to name a few.

Despite starring in several hit films with ANR, she was best known for her on-screen pairing with NTR, with whom she did 25 films. Some of her career best hits like Apta Mitrulu, Devantakudu (later modernised as Yama Gola), Lakshadhikaari came with him. She was equally sought after for her films with Kantha Rao. Vithalacharya considered her a favourite in his pet genre — foklore.

Many roles

In her social films, she played a woman who reflected a contemporary outlook and stood by her ideals — Chadvukunna Ammayilu and Doctor Chakravarthy to name a few. This doesn’t discredit her success in playing the damsel-in-distress parts to good effect too. In characters that came with certain sancticity, it was easy to identify her with the parts in Sri Tirupathamma Katha, Vinayaka Chaviti and Yashodha Krishna.Her successful outings in the South gave her a break in Hindi with Kabhi Andhera Kabhi Ujala, a newspaper in the North had addressed her as ‘one of the most beautiful girls the salubrious South has thrown up so far’.

Friends and family

Bhanumati was an actress she looked upto and went onto share screen space in Antasthulu as well sparking off a friendship that lasted till the former’s death. Actress Nutan who she had met on the film sets of the Hindi project also lent her voice to Krishna Kumari for the film Chilaka Gorinka. Many also remember Krishna Kumari for the reason that a young Jayalalithaa had made her rangapravesham at her house warming ceremony. Her sister Sowkar Janaki had often admired her for her loyalty to the family. She was remembered by her co-stars for the dishes she cooked — kheema and fish being the most popular. As she reaches the stars, she is assured to find fitting company.Read more at:red prom dresses uk | white prom dresses

Shakespeare Jan 25 · Tags: fashion

Simple certainly doesn’t mean boring when it comes to choosing the right gown for your big day. While embellished and edgy looks continue to trend, some brides are returning to pared-down styles in classic silhouettes—without sacrificing the “wow” factor. Season, setting and theme may all influence the design decision, but ultimately, many brides are looking for ways to express their true uniqueness.

″ ‘Simple’ means different things to different brides,” says Heather DiMasi, co-owner of White of Dublin. For some brides, it may mean casual and relaxed; for others, timeless and classic or sexy and sophisticated. It may even say, “I want my dress to look as if it belongs in an art gallery, with its crisp lines and structure.” With so many interpretations of simplicity, simple is not really so simple after all, DiMasi says.

Many brides are looking for styles that give them the flexibility to be selective with accents and details that personalize their look. Fit-and-flare styles, A-lines and drop-waist A-lines are all popular silhouettes, enhanced with features like unique trims at the hemline, straps or sleeves that add interest.

Low backs with beading or buttons and long trains also are popular, because they make a statement during the ceremony that guests can appreciate from their position behind the bride and groom.

“Trains turn a simple gown from evening formal to bridal,” says Kelsey Brown, owner of Ivy Bridal Studio in Dublin. “I think brides love having that freedom and simplicity to their gowns.”

Understated styles also offer the ability to play around with dramatic accessories, she adds. That might include a cathedral-length veil with Swarovski crystals or heavy lace, or a belt or sash that adds a touch of glitz. Pops of color can also be brought in with jewelry or shoes.

Vanessa Foreman Carter, who wed Matthew Carter on March 11, 2017, says a simpler gown style enabled her to don different looks at the ceremony and reception.

“I didn’t necessarily have an exact vision of my dress,” she says. “I wanted my look to be cohesive with the tone of our wedding: timeless classic. But most importantly, I wanted to feel like myself.”

Gravitating toward A-line styles, Foreman Carter knew she wanted lace detailing and a little bit of sparkle. When her bridal consultant paired a lace jacket with one of the gowns she tried on, it led her to the notion of two looks: the lace piece for a more conservative look at the ceremony and a sparkly belt for a bit more fun at the reception. “To make this work,” she says, “the dress needed to be simple.”

A faille de soie scoop neckline gown with a pleated skirt and pockets from LUXEredux Bridal Boutique in Columbus achieved Foreman Carter’s goals for style and comfort.

″[I was] overwhelmed by the response from my family and friends, especially given its simplicity,” she says. “Brides, including myself, put a lot of pressure on themselves to find ‘the dress.’ When everything finally came together, it was the perfect dress for me!”

A simple dress provides a blank canvas for brides to achieve their vision and really shine, says DiMasi. “You know yourself, your venue and how a dress makes you feel when you put it on,” she says, advising brides to be true to that feeling.

Consider fabric choices that fit your comfort level and the season of your celebration. Lace, crêpe, satin, chiffon, silk and even tulle are all great options for simpler gowns and offer pros and cons depending on your needs and wants.

And don’t assume that simple comes with a lower price tag, advises Brown. The price of a gown depends on the quality of the material it is made out of, the designer and how it was constructed, so it’s a good idea to work with your bridal consultants to focus on dresses within your budget regardless of their outward aesthetic complexity.

While a number of factors may affect your decision, choosing the right dress ultimately comes down to finding the one you feel the best in.

“More times than not, brides find more than one beautiful gown,” says Brown, “but if she doesn’t feel that bridal feeling, it’s not ‘the one.’ ”

Kortney Belt, who married Andrew Belt on Oct. 7, 2016, at the High Line Car House in the Brewery District, had a vision for the perfect dress but says that nothing was immediately grabbing her attention.

“We wanted our wedding to have an old Hollywood feel, and choosing a dress that would complement my body and stand the test of time was important,” she says. Her goal was to find something unique that would work well with her bridesmaids’ peplum-style dresses and fit with a rustic venue, but after having little luck in stores, she turned to the David’s Bridal website.

A chic, contoured dress with a sleek silhouette caught her eye. “When I saw it, I knew it was the one,” she says. The ivory dress, made of a heavy polyester, had a high neckline and T-strap racerback, with a thick silk belt wrapped behind to become a trailing bow.

One of the benefits of selecting a simpler gown was the unexpectedness of it, says Kortney. “Having an evening wedding meant we needed to up the glam factor, and this dress really wowed.”

She recalls a compliment she received about the dress in a memorable email from their photographer, Dan Buckley, after the wedding. “He said my dress was one of the best he’s ever seen, because it wasn’t just bridal; it was high-fashion. Hearing that from someone who’s around brides all the time meant so much to me and further confirmed I chose the right gown for our day,” she says.

When choosing your dress, sometimes less is more, says DiMasi. “Having a simple wedding dress, whether structured or flowy, can often have more of an impact than a dress that is overly fussy.” While you may hear competing opinions about different styles, the only opinion that really matters is your own.

“Whatever style you choose—simple or extravagant—the important part is that you love your gown and that it is a representation of you,” says Brown.Read more at:green prom dresses | purple prom dresses uk

Shakespeare Jan 17 · Tags: fashion

Remember Pooja Chopra, Vidyut Jamwal's leading lady in Commando? The former Miss India was in the city recently to attend a friend's wedding. We caught up with the beauty-queen-turned-actress on her way to airport for a heart-to-heart chat in which she spoke about why she loves Hyderabad, her upcoming film Aiyaary and her desire to venture into Tollywood. Excerpts:

I love all things Hyderabadi!

What fascinates me about Hyderabad is its people — they are really nice. I have a bunch of good friends here. And the food is just amazing — the biryani, the Osmania biscuits, the Irani chai, I love everything. Recently I went to the Old City and went around the markets of Charminar. It was so unlike Mumbai! I gorged on rusk toast sold on carts and bought loads of bangles from Laad Bazaar. I had blast and felt spoilt and pampered.

I want to act in Tollywood!

What I love most about the Hyderabad is Tollywood. I have heard so much about the work culture, discipline and talent that thrives here, it's exceptional. I want to venture into Telugu film industry and do good work. I am waiting for a Tollywood director to offer me a good project. And if the film features Mahesh Babu, Venkatesh, Nagarjuna or Bunny, I am not going to charge anything (laughs ). It's going to be a fangirl's wish coming true!

I play an army woman in Aiyaary

Once you win a beauty pageant people start seeing you as a Barbie doll. But I have a lot more to offer than just a pretty face or a fit body. My next film, Aiyaary will prove my acting chops. It was offered to me after director Neeraj Pandey was impressed with my work in his short film Ouch. I am playing an army intelligence officer, Captain Maya Sanwal in the film. It's a completely performance driven character. Maya is a no-nonsense, highly disciplined and motivated girl who is extremely dedicated and focussed about her work. The film revolves around the equation between Manoj Bajpayee and Sidharth Manhattan who play the mentor and protege respectively. My character is the link that connects the whole fiasco in the film.

We had a blast shooting in Kashmir

We were floored by Kashmiri cuisine. Early in the morning, after coming to the sets we used to place our order for lunch and look forward to it the whole time. And in-between we would binge a lot. Neeraj sir is a very serious taskmaster. So we used to be in character during the shoot. But once it's over there was no stopping us. Siddharth would set off to explore the place on cycle; I loved to explore the picturesque scenery of Kashmir, especially Pahalgam, on foot.

We shot with real BSF Jawans!

Neeraj sir was keen on using shooting with real BSF jawans, not junior artistes. Working with them was a life changing experience. They told us stories — heart-wrecking ones. "Hum jab jung ke liye upar jate hain base camp se, hum ek dusre ko gale lagke kahte hai, kismat mein rahi to fir milenge aur haste haste chale jate hai", told one jawaan. It broke our heart. We wondered how these people can be so brave! They told us stories about how their friends stepped on the landmines and were shredded to pieces, bodies bhi nhi mili. That day our respect for the Indian Army increased by 10 times. We sleep soundly in our homes every night because they are guarding us putting their lives on the line, leaving their families, friends and everything behind. We have decided to meet BSF jawans as part of our promotional campaign, thank them for their deeds and put a smile on their faces. I am looking forward to it.

I found a mentor in Manoj Bajpayee and a friend in Sid

Manoj sir ke saath toh mentor-protege relationship baan chukka hai; though he doesn't consider me one. If I go to him and ask for advice, he would say, "Merese to pucho mat. Aaj bhi Ouch dekhke sochta hoon yeh ladki ne kya performance diya tha. Tum mere student lagti nhi ho. Tum aapne aap se bohut achha karogi." And then I would run to Neeraj sir. With Sid it was more fun. We would kid around, play finger fight, push each other to prove who's stronger.

My mother is my hero!

People look outside to find their hero, but my hero is at home, my mother. She is not just a home-maker, she brought us up in midst of a lot of difficulty. She has been through a lot and I salute her for being the strong woman that she is. Not many women have the courage to walk out of their marriage and raise two kids all by themselves. And that too in India of 30 years ago, it was even more difficult. The reason I am determined, focused and ambitious is only because of her.Read more at:vintage prom dresses uk | princess prom dresses uk

Shakespeare Jan 4 · Tags: fashion
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