With the world undergoing a sea-change in its consumption habits, fashion has not been left unaffected. Popular designer duo Pankaj & Nidhi were quick to observe the change in the sartorial needs of Indians in lockdown, battling the pandemic’s terrible second wave. Hence, for their Spring / Summer collection this year, the designers had a simple mantra – to create clothes that were comfortable yet stylish.
Designer duo Pankaj and Nidhi
Aptly titled ‘Kalico’, their latest collection was inspired by Calico textiles – the woodblock printed or painted floral patterned textiles that originated in the city of Calicut or Hyderabad in the 16th century. Also sometimes referred to as Chintz, these prints are traditionally worked on superior quality cotton known for its durability and comfort.
“With our Kalico collection, we aim to create silhouettes that invoke the idea of calmness and peace. Keeping in mind these difficult times, we wanted to design a Pret collection that is breathable, comfortable, chic yet soothing and affordable. Our clothes are made with soft, flowing, undulating fabrics to ensure that life in quarantine mode continues to be lived in perfect harmony. The selection offers a delicate interplay of soft dainty prints to bring out the romance and modernity of these exclusive designs,” explain the talented designers.
This Spring / Summer collection is an assortment of easy, breezy and soothing garments in a mix of natural colours and mellow hues. Each piece is carefully crafted with detailed hand embroidery on linen and cotton fabrics, making it pleasing to the eye without any fluff or fuss. The designers unabashedly claim that their forte lies in, “keeping the classiness intact through impeccably demure and universally flattering outfits.” The silhouettes in the collection are perfect for work-related zoom calls or for lounging at home.
Their design sensibilities arise from their creative bent of mind and educational background. Pankaj Ahuja graduated with top Honours from the National Institute of Fashion Technology (N.I.F.T.). He won the ‘Uma Nath Gold Medal’ for showing excellence in academics and the ‘Ritu Kumar’ Award for the Best Graduating Collection of 1995. He was also the recipient of the first ever Smirnoff International Fashion Award in 1994.After garnering these prestigious institutional accolades, he worked with one of India’s leading designers as the Head of Design for a period 10 years. During his tenure there, he met and married his colleague Nidhi, who herself is a bright and creative alumnus of N.I.F.T. She holds the distinction of having worked with one of India’s leading export firms, ‘The Creative Group’, which designs and produces work for some of the biggest designer labels in Europe. In 2006, the couple took the plunge and become business partners by launching their eponymous label Pankaj & Nidhi.They received their first recognition together in October 2010, when they won the Grand First Prize at the International Apparel Federation’s, ‘International Fashion Awards’, held at the World Apparel Convention in Hong Kong that year. From there, they have gone on to win numerous noteworthy awards, and have received recognition nationally and internationally through the years.
Their brand signature is to make great quality pieces with unique designs that are known for being comfortable, and their muse is the independent-minded woman of today. For the Kalico collection especially, they chose to focus on fabrics and silhouettes that can be worn if one is lounging at home or spending a warm sunny day outdoors. The classic pieces can also hold their own during outings and small get-togethers when things return to a semblance of normalcy.
“We made sure this collection is easy to style, comfortable and luxe – it is very unique and versatile. Our creations are spontaneous and aim to charm both the viewer and the wearer. Above all, we love to be generous with the use of colour, inspired by the symbolic and cultural objects around us. At the same time, we strive to ensure that the craftsmanship we deliver is impeccable and speaks a contemporary language for women who love freedom and authenticity and are on a constant quest for originality,” they say, signing off with a smile.
The summer ‘Kalico’ collection consists of numerous ensembles, such as soft jackets, playful cropped shirts, easy-to-style pocket dresses, stylish co-ord sets, and versatile tunics, to name a few. ‘Kalico’ and all previous collections of Pankaj & Nidhi are available on their website www.pankajandnidhi.com, shipping across India and the globe, as well as in Pankaj & Nidhi stores in Mumbai and New Delhi.
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SUNNY, AMEESHA EXPRESS GRATITUDE TO FANS AS ‘GADAR’ CLOCKS 20 YEARS
Sunny Deol’s ‘Gadar: Ek Prem Katha’ clocked 20 years on Tuesday and the star thanked the audience for making his film ‘an event’.
The 2001 film, that also starred Ameesha Patel in the lead, became an instant hit. The Anil Sharma directorial did not just impress viewers but also registered huge numbers at the box office. The actor-politician took to Twitter to express gratitude to all his fans who made the film a ‘historic’ affair. Sunny tweeted a video song from Gadar, ‘Musafir Jaane Wale’, featuring him and Ameesha.
Sharing the video, he thanked viewers for showering the action love story with so much love. Sunny wrote, “We made a film, you made it an event! #20yearsofGadar, I express my gratitude to everyone who made our film historic.”
Taking to Instagram, Ameesha uploaded a series of posts recalling her acting stint on the project. In one of the posts, she shared a few unseen moments from the set and captioned: “Gadar…behind the scenes of the most iconic film that Bollywood has seen till date…thank you all for the love..20 years of Gadar.”
Released on 15 June, 2001, ‘Gadar’ was a romantic drama set against the background of India’s partition. The film also featured late Amrish Puri and Lillete Dubey.
On the occasion, Lillete too took to social media to remember her work in ‘Gadar’.
“15 June 2001…. 20 years since ‘Gadar’ opened on this day. And what a storm it created.Remembering the making of the film and especially my wonderful co-star who also came from theatre — the man with the deepest baritone Amrish Puri,” she wrote.
DECIDED TO PRODUCE ‘LAGAAN’ AS NO ONE WAS READY TO DO IT, REVEALS AAMIR
Superstar Aamir Khan is celebrating 20 years since the release of his iconic film ‘Lagaan’. The movie, helmed by Ashutosh Gowariker, was nominated for the Oscars and appreciated by critics and audiences alike. Reminiscing about the journey of making the film, Aamir recalled that no one was ready to back it. Ashutosh narrated him the film’s script a few times and he enjoyed it but was not ready to produce it initially as he did not want to dive into film production. Every time Aamir would meet Ashutosh he would bring up the film but was told that no one was ready to produce it. He finally took the plunge to produce it and act in it after listening to the script again in the company of his parents and ex-wife Reena who enjoyed the story.
A DOCUMENTARY ON SALIM, JAVED IN WORKS
NEW DELHI: A documentary titled ‘Angry Young Men’ based on the lives of legendary screenwriters Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar is in the works with superstar Salman Khan’s production banner SKF (Salman Khan Films) teaming up with Farhan Akhtar’s Excel Entertainment and Zoya Akhtar’s Tiger Baby Films. Indian film critic and trade analyst Taran Adarsh shared the news on his Twitter handle. “Salman Khan – Excel – Tiger Baby join hands… Salim-Javed Documentary… #SalmanKhan, Excel Entertainment (#FarhanAkhtar, #RiteshSidhwani) and Tiger Baby Films (#ZoyaAkhtar, #ReemaKagti) to make documentary on #SalimKhan and #JavedAkhtar… Titled #AngryYoungMen,” he tweeted. The collaborative project that will capture the magic of the era that Salim-Javed created together will be helmed by Namrata Rao. Famously called as Salim-Javed, the duo has scripted many commercially and critically accepted films ‘Patthar’, ‘Dostana’, ‘Seeta Aur Geeta’, ‘Sholay, Mr India’, ‘Don’, and many more.
AKSHAY’S ‘BELL BOTTOM’ GETS A RELEASE DATE
MUMBAI : As lockdown restrictions are gradually easing in several parts of India amid the decline in Covid-19 cases, the ‘Bell Bottom’ team has decided to release the film in cinemas. Taking to Instagram, Akshay Kumar on Tuesday shared that ‘Bell Bottom’ is scheduled to release on 27 July theatrically. “I know you have patiently waited for the release of ‘Bell Bottom’. Could not be happier to finally announce the release of our film. Arriving on the big screens worldwide. ‘Bellbottom’ on 27 July,” he wrote. The movie was earlier slated to release on 2 April 2021. However, it got delayed due to the second wave of Coronavirus.
Directed by Ranjit M. Tewari, ‘Bell Bottom’ has been touted as a spy thriller. Vashu Bhagnani, Jackky Bhagnani, Deepshikha Deshmukh, Monisha Advani, Madhu Bhojwani, and Nikkhil Advani have produced the project, that also features actors Vaani Kapoor, Huma Qureshi, and Lara Dutta Bhupathi.
‘Bell Bottom’ has always managed to lead the change from the beginning. Even last year, it hit the headlines for being the first Hindi film to be shot and completed during the pandemic with exemplary on-set Covid management. Akshay has several projects in his kitty including ‘Atrangi Re’, ‘Raksha Bandhan’, ‘Bachchan Pandey’, ‘Sooryavanshi’, ‘Prithviraj’, and ‘Mission Lion’.
ADITI GETS NOSTALGIC ABOUT HER TELUGU DEBUT FILM
NEW DELHI: Three years ago on Tuesday Aditi Rao Hydari made her big Telugu debut with ‘Sammohanam’ and left everyone amazed with her performance. An Indian Telugu-language romantic drama, ‘Sammohanam’ once again established Aditi has one of the most bankable and versatile Pan Indian actresses in the country. Hailed as a strong debut in Telugu cinema, Aditi was heartwarming in the film. Aditi exclaimed, “Firsts are always special. I heard this story over a phone call with (director) Mohan Krishna Indraganti. I loved the story and said yes immediately. There were lots of well-meaning people who told me to do a more typical big-ticket film as my first Telugu film. I loved ‘Sammohanam’ and I went with my gut and I’m so happy that I did.”
I WAS REJECTED FROM 250 AUDITIONS BEFORE ‘MARDAANI’: TAHIR
MUMBAI: Tahir Raj Bhasin recently revealed that he was rejected 250 times before he was signed on by Aditya Chopra for ‘Mardaani’.
Tahir said, “Anything that’s worthwhile takes time and this is something I understood when I first came to Mumbai. I was rejected from some 250 auditions over 3 years before Mardaani but I used this as positive fuel and feedback. It meant I needed to grow and growth came from workshops and hours of practice.” He added, “The improvements that came as a result of obstacles prepared me to be propelled when the time was right. Strength lay in getting hit and in the will to keep moving forward. Today’s world is all about that simple message. We have all been affected directly or indirectly by an unforeseen time and courage is to make ourselves better, fitter and stronger for the test of time to come.”
Despite the overwhelming number of rejections, Tahir never lost hope and believed he was destined to shine in Bollywood. He said, “To be honest, I never saw my initial time in Mumbai as a struggling phase. It was an aspiring phase. I was visualising a dream and aspiring to make it real and it’s the hardship and journey that make the successes worth celebrating.”
Tahir’s upcoming projects include ‘Looop Lapeta’, ‘Bulbul Tarang’, ‘Yeh Kaali Kaali Ankhein’, and ‘83’.
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