A designer with five decades of work as her repertoire, an Indian couturier who way back in the 1970s set up her own label, Saz, pat in the middle of Manhattan. A grand lady who lives in a home listed as a palace in the famed book Le Palais De L’Inde. A revivalist who has done utmost justice to the craft of silver furniture. Adarsh Gill, the more you speak of her, the lesser justice you do to a dynamo I have known for the last 20 years. For one her energy is inimitable. I can count women on my fingertips who, at her age, get up each morning with such a ‘zest to do’.
All set to discover, create, launch and restore. So often she calls, in the wee hours, wanting to know if crafting a new line of colonial furniture would be a stream worthy to produce. Or if at her flagship store, she should have more bridals or uber chic Westerns… As she laughs, “I am a young old woman.” In her palatial home I have met Emanuel Ungaro, in India for a no meet press quiet mission.
Had a sit-down meal with actor Sanjay Khan, who is like her family and bonded with the veritable who’s who of the country. All this over a sit-down meal served on her vintage table, bought from a Maharaja with the finest Chinese cabinet by its side. Over the finest French wines, the best fish curry and yummy chur chur parantha (a house specialty) you can hope to devour knowledge of exactly where the global lotus eaters are holidaying, partying or simply idling their decadent life away. However, it is her sharp design sense, her understanding of silhouette, her hawk eye for detailing, and her mastery over embellishments, textural treatments and embroideries that make Adarsh Gill one of the few truly couture labels of India. Born to a leading, traditional, affluent Sikh family, Adarsh found herself and her sister married off to an industrialist family in Panama at age 17.
Mother at age 18, Adarsh, in her mid20s, found herself fending for herself in New York. “Those days it was rare for anyone to venture to London… Panama sounded like many moons away. But we loved the life there. The energy of the many rich Indian families who had made their fortune in Latin America in the late 1960s, early 1970s.” She moved to the US in the mid-1970s.She set up her label Saz and sold out of Manhattan’s trophy stores like Neiman Marcus and Macy’s. Adarsh Gill travelled to Paris in the mid-1980s. In the fashion Mecca of the world, Paris, she found a new design space for her designs. Able to blend the European colour palette and design sensibilities with the rich treasure trove of Indian handcrafting techniques, she slowly became the chosen beader for every fabled couture house worldwide.
From Dior, to Ungaro, to Balenciaga, Hermes, she was creating luscious embroideries for them all. Living the high life in uptown Paris, in a chic apartment and coming back to India to be with family, especially her sister, when she did get homesick. A need, an urge to return to her roots brought her back to her country and her palatial, colonial home in Lutyens’ Delhi that has three wings, a swimming pool, gardens on each side and a kitchen garden full of organically grown herbs and vegetables. Filled with rare art, a few Ravi Varmas, Indian miniatures, a rare Tanghka and a few works by contemporary masters, this home is a perfect space to view the mastery struck by Adarsh Gill Homes, her design oeuvre through which she showcases the finest vintage furniture made from solid silver, encrusted onto the finest rose wood and sculpted, beveled, chiseled to ornate, ornamental designs reminiscent of both the Art Deco and Victorian era. She continued to complete her couture commissions for Parisien design houses but alongside started her own label: Adarsh Gill.
Flagging off the first signature store in Mumbai, she dressed the Indian crème de la crème. A master of both, the structured and tailored silhouettes of the West and the great Indian drape form of the East, her fashion sense is a fusion of oriental forms and Western elements. A creator of veritable heirlooms, Adarsh Gill recreates the life lived by the Indian Maharajas of yore. Her colours, textiles, embroideries and embellishments exude an understated elegance that allows the wearer to subtly shine through.
From rich Velvets to the finest Lamés, French Chiffon to Lace, statuesque silhouettes meet sensual forms and whisper like drapes complete the picture perfectly. Adarsh Gill blends world influences into one fashion statement. In her hands, lifestyle finds a new meaning. Like past influences finding a new vocabulary and costuming blending into the informality of today.
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AKSHAY KUMAR TO PLAY LORD SHIVA IN ‘OH MY GOD 2’
MUMBAI: Superstar Akshay Kumar has started shooting for ‘Oh My God 2’, directed by Amit Rai, and he will essay the role of Lord Shiva in the film. On Saturday, Akshay took to Instagram and announced the project. He also shared the first poster of the film wherein he can be seen donning Lord Shiva’s avatar. “Karta kare na kar sake shiv kare so hoye. Need your blessings and wishes for #OMG2, our honest and humble attempt to reflect on an important social issue. May the eternal energy of Adiyogi bless us through this journey. Har Har Mahadev,” he captioned the post.
Apart from Akshay, the movie also features Yami Gautam and Pankaj Tripathi. Akshay also shared a glimpse from the film’s set in Ujjain. Sharing a clip, he wrote, “brahmaand ka praarambh jahaan, brahmaand ka prasthaan jahaan, aadi aur anant kaal ke svaamee , bhagavaan mahaakaal ke aashirvaad lene tapasviyon ki nigari Ujjain pahunche main aur mere mitra @pankajtripathi #OMG2.”
VICKY CONGRATULATES ‘KOOZHANGAL’ DIRECTORS FOR FILM’S OSCAR ENTRY
NEW DELHI: Vicky Kaushal congratulated Tamil film ‘Koozhangal’s’ producers, Nayanthara and Vignesh Shivan, as their movie became India’s official entry to Oscars 2022. Taking to Instagram, Vicky wrote, “Congratulations Vignesh Sivan, Nayanthara, and Team #Koozhangal! Go for glory!”
On a related note, Vicky’s latest film ‘Sardar Udham’ along with Vidya Balan’s ‘Sherni’, Yogi Babu’s Tamil movie ‘Mandela’, and Martin Prakkat led Malayalam film ‘Nayattu’ were also shortlisted for India’s official entry to Oscars 2022. However, only Nayanthara and Vignesh’s ‘Koozhangal’ (Pebbles) could make the cut. Presented by Nayanthara and Vignesh’s Rowdy Pictures, it has been helmed by debutant director PS Vinothraj. The movie follows the journey of an alcoholic father and his son who are on their way to bringing back their wife-mother, who has left home. It stars actors Karuththadaiyaan and Chellapandi in the lead roles.
Elated about his film becoming India’s official entry for the 94th Academy Awards, Vignesh tweeted, “There’s a chance to hear this! And the Oscars goes to…. Two steps away from a dream come true moment in our lives. #Pebbles #Nayanthara @PsVinothraj @thisisysr @AmudhavanKar @Rowdy_Pictures Can’t be prouder, happier & content.”
JOHN CENA IN TALKS TO STAR IN ACTION-COMEDY FILM ‘FREELANCE’
WASHINGTON: Actor and former wrestler John Cena is currently in negotiations to star in Pierre Morel’s action-comedy film ‘Freelance’. It is due to start early next year in Colombia and will likely be among the in-demand packages at the virtual AFM, which gets underway on November Writer Jacob Lentz of ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ fame will be making his feature writing debut. Cena is set to appear in ‘Fast and the Furious 10’, the sequel to Hulu’s ‘Vacation Friends’, and HBO Max’s ‘Suicide Squad’ spinoff series ‘The Peacemaker’ which will commence airing in January, as per Deadline.
RAJINIKANTH TO BE CONFERRED WITH DADASAHEB PHALKE AWARD
NEW DELHI: Megastar Rajinikanth will be conferred with the 51st Dadasaheb Phalke Award on 25 October. He will receive the prestigious award for his stupendous contribution to the world of Indian cinema. The news was first announced by BJP Rajya Sabha MP Prakash Javadekar in April, this year. Reminding fans about the same, the official Twitter account of Directorate of Film Festivals, India wrote, “@rajinikanth fondly called as Thalaiva by his fans, will receive the 51st #DadasahebPhalkeAward, India’s highest film honour, on 25 Oct.”
For the unversed, the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for 2019 should have been announced last year but was postponed because of the Covid-19 pandemic, as were the National Film Awards for 2019.
The prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke, awarded for excellence in cinematic achievement, is the highest honour in film and is awarded by the government. Rajinikanth who is also the recipient of Padma Vibhushan, the second-highest civilian award of the Republic of India, has featured in Bollywood as well as South Indian films and has a humongous fan following.
PRIYANKA SHARES CONDOLENCES FOR CINEMATOGRAPHER ACCIDENTALLY KILLED BY ALEC
MUMBAI: Priyanka Chopra Jonas, on Saturday, shared her condolences for cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, who lost her life due to the prop gun firing incident on the set of ‘Rust’, which involved Hollywood actor Alec Baldwin.
During the production on ‘Rust’, Baldwin had fired what was described as a “prop firearm” at the Bonanza Creek Ranch in New Mexico, resulting in the incident, where Hutchins died and the film’s director Joel Souza also got wounded. Priyanka took to her Twitter handle and shared a photo of the late cinematographer, and along with it shared a heartfelt note. She wrote, “I’m so shook. I cannot imagine what everyone involved in this tragedy is feeling. There are no words. No one should die on a film set. Period. My heart goes out to Halyna Hutchins family and everyone who knew her.”
Sources told a local newspaper that Baldwin was questioned by investigators following the incident. However, no charges have yet been filed in connection with the case, which is under investigation, Juan Rios, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office, said in a statement, reported Fox News.
TIGER, KRITI HEAD TO LONDON FOR ‘GANAPATH’ SHOOT
MUMBAI : Tiger Shroff and Kriti Sanon have headed to London to shoot Pooja Entertainment’s ‘Ganapath’. The two were all smiles as they stopped and posed for pictures to the paparazzi at the airport.
Produced by Vashu Bhagnani and Pooja Entertainment in association with Good Co., ‘Ganapath’ is being directed by Vikas Bahl. Touted to be an action-thriller, the film will be going on the floors soon.
‘Ganapath’ will see Tiger and Kriti sharing screen space again after their debut film ‘Heropanti’ and music video ‘Chal Wahan Jaate Hain’ Kriti will be seen in some high-octane action sequences and stunts for the film. ‘Ganapath’ will be released on 23 December 2022.
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