I belong to the era of jewelry lovers who only wore silver that was crafted as an ode to the tribal women of Rajasthan – those brazenly beautiful women whose billowy skirts, knot blouses and large odhnas offered you a peep into their sumptuous bejeweled selves. Their bold bangdis (bangles) enhanced their dusky arms full of tattoos that were an ode to the ancient craft of pointillism. Their intricately etched tadagis (silver belts) were worn just below their shirts like daamans, the long necklaces often embellished with mirrors, and a series of anklets and armlets that added to their boho look.
I recall saving up as a college student to buy myself a row of clean lined bangles or an all silver arsi ring with a mirror in the middle that almost worked as a rear-view mirror for the women of yore when in their ghunghat.
As time went by and classicism was branded as vintage and neo-modern influences took over silver ornamentation, one settled to wearing silver studded with semi-precious stones, gold-plated to look like a copy of gold ornaments, filled with kundan and deemed too alien for simple fashion seekers like me.
All this, until the brand of Sangeeta Boochra came alive, bringing silver back to its roots, all thanks to the design sensibility of a self-taught silversmith Sangeeta Boochra. A designer born and bred in Rajasthan, who married into the family of the silver king of India, Seth Kistoor Chand Boochra, she gave a fresh lease of life to the silver atelier set up in 1897 by the family under the name of Silver House. The most preferred by royals and global celebrities for its silver art objects, this house of design moved to designing jewellery only in 1960 when the visionary son, Seth Lalit Kumar Boochra, saw an opportunity and converted it into a jewellery manufacturing company.
“And this legacy was ably taken over by my mother, Sangeeta Boochra, in 1994 when she joined hands with her father-in-law, Lalit Boochra. Today, she is in the record books for creating over 10,000 designs in silver, many a recreation of the originals,” shares Abhineet Boochra, her son and the marketing head of the brand.
Sangeeta came with a design background and education. She gave the brand a new face and approach. The uniqueness of the brand is that every piece is handmade and no machinery is used. Each craftsman has his own style in creating jewelry, which makes it even more unique and individualistic.
The brand has been loved by royal families of the world, industrialists, politicians, and celebrities—from royals and dignitaries like Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth II of England, Maharani Gayatri Devi of Jaipur, the Nizam of Hyderabad, the Wadiyar dynasty of Mysore, the Gaekwads of Baroda, the royal families of Patiala, Rajkot and Kota, US President John F. Kennedy to Hollywood celebrities like Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Sofia Vergara, Monica Bellucci, Salma Hayek and Audrey Hepburn and Bollywood stars like Deepika Padukone, Aishwarya Rai, Priyanka Chopra, Vidya Balan and Alia Bhatt.
The next big step came when Abhineet, a graduate in gemology who has worked with Bvlgari and Chopard, decided to go on a multiplication drive. Today, the brand can be found in over 35 stores across India but remains rooted to creating what they call, ‘unfiltered classical designs from the heartland of India.’ The Sangeeta Boochra design sensibility looks at reviving the traditional techniques of beaten silver, carved, filigreed, embellished and bevelled. The classical techniques are adapted and simplified for a modern look.
Shares Sangeeta, “Most of the jewelry we make is rooted in and a reinterpretation of truly tribal and rural designs. My designs originate in and are inspired by my travels to the interiors of the remotest of regions of Rajasthan, to the state of Gujarat, and to the green pastures of the South. This is all interpreted in shiny ornamented forms.”
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MIKE TYSON TO FEATURE IN THE MOVIE ‘LIGER’
MUMBAI: Boxing legend Mike Tyson will feature in Dharma Productions’ much-anticipated film ‘Liger’ starring Vijay Deverakonda and Ananya Panday in lead roles.
‘Liger’ has been hogging the limelight ever since its inception but due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the makers of the movie held its shoot. In the latest development, the production house announced on their official Twitter handle that their much-awaited film will also feature boxing legend, Mike Tyson. The news comes a day before the film’s director Puri Jagannadh’s birthday.
Sharing a video, introducing the master of the ring, the production house tweeted, “Introducing the master of the ring to the Indian screens! Kicked to announce that the dynamite @MikeTyson has joined the cast of #Liger! #NamasteTyson #HbdPuriJagannadh.”
The professional boxer, who hogged worldwide headlines when he became the youngest ever heavyweight champion in boxing history in 1986 at the age of 20, is widely considered one of the greatest heavyweight fighters of all time. The makers earlier held a spine-chilling teaser unveiling Vijay in a never seen avatar in the film due to the Covid situation.
‘Liger’ was slated to get a worldwide theatrical release on September 9 in five languages – Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam but was also postponed due to the rising Covid-19 cases at that time. Earlier in January, Karan Johar, who has co-produced the project with Vijay, shared the official poster of the movie, unveiling the first look of Vijay as a boxer.
JOHN’S ‘SATYAMEVA JAYATE’ TO LAND IN NOVEMBER
MUMBAI: As the Maharashtra government recently allowed the reopening of movie theatres in the state, makers of John Abraham-starrer ‘Satyameva Jayate’ seized the opportunity of locking the film’s release date.
Taking to Instagram, Emmay Entertainment announced that the second part of ‘Satyameva Jayate’ will arrive in theatres on November 26. “Do Takke Ki Jaan lene 56 inch ka JIGARAA nahi, 56 inch ka HATHODA chaahiye! #SatyamevaJayate2 releasing on 26th November 2021,” the post read.
Directed by Milap Zaveri, the film was supposed to release on May 13, on the occasion of Eid along with Salman Khan’s ‘Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai’. Divya Khosla Kumar is also a part of the sequel to ‘Satyameva Jayate’, which revolved around a vigilante who killed corrupt police officers, and an honest officer is called to hunt him down after the body count begins to rise.
WE ARE GENETICALLY COORDINATED: SHAKTI AND MUKTI MOHAN
MUMBAI: Work can be fun, especially with someone you have known your whole life. For siblings, Shakti Mohan and Mukti Mohan, getting opportunities to work with each other always acts as the cherry on the cake. In a recent conversation, the ace dancers, who are currently judging Zee Cafe’s ‘Dance With Me Season 2’, shared their experience of working together.
“We lived under the same roof and grew up together…we have had different interests… Shakti di completely moved into the dance field whereas I started doing acting. However, it’s the dance that is an integral part of our lives. It has made us much closer,” Mukti said.
Speaking about her bond with Mukti, Shakti quipped about being “genetically coordinated” with her. “We are genetically coordinated. We complement each other very well. It’s always amazing to collaborate with Mukti. When we work together we always try our best to make it fun. While shooting for ‘Dance With Me’, we pulled off each other’s legs, we revealed our childhood secrets and whatnot,” she shared. Mukti also believes that she coordinates well with her elder sister. “The bond we share is always complementing each other. Sometimes one person can be dull and the other one quite energetic, but in our case, nothing has ever happened like that. I guess it’s in our DNA to be coordinated with each other,” Mukti laughed.
SHILPA SEEKS MONDAY MOTIVATION FROM HER KIDS
MUMBAI: Amid the ongoing porn racket controversy surrounding her husband and businessman Raj Kundra, actress Shilpa Shetty has been vocal on social media about practising yoga for mental peace. The actor has also shared this wisdom with her little children.
Taking to her Instagram handle on Monday, Shilpa shared a super cute video in which her son Viaan can be seen teaching yoga to her daughter Samisha. “Kids are like wet clay. We must mould their approach towards a healthier lifestyle early. Inculcating the habit of enjoying a balanced diet, staying fit, and gaining control over the mind & soul is crucial. That’s exactly what I’ve tried to do with Viaan; and now, to see him take over the role and teaching his little follower, Samisha, makes me so proud,” she captioned.
Shilpa further called the sight of her children bonding over exercise as her “Monday Motivation”. “Seeing them bond over Yoga is truly the kind of Monday Motivation I need to stay fit and healthy… with them and for them. Have a great week ahead, my #InstaFam,” she added.
MADHAVAN’S NEW FILM TO ARRIVE IN APRIL 2022
MUMBAI : Actor R Madhavan’s much-awaited ‘Rocketry: The Nambi Effect’ has finally got its release date. It will be out on April 1, 2022.
Madhavan not only acted in the film but also has directed, written, and produced it. Sharing the release date of the film, Madhavan took to Instagram and wrote, “We are elated to inform you that the much-awaited Rocketry: The Nambi Effect will be released worldwide in theatres on 1st April 2022. We have made this movie with a lot of love and dedication and are grateful for all the support that you have shown us so far- Team Rocketry.”
‘Rocketry’ is based on the life of Indian scientist Nambi Narayanan, a former ISRO scientist and aerospace engineer who was caught in the throes of a spy scandal.
It has been shot simultaneously in multiple languages including Hindi, Tamil and English, and will also be released in Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada.
AYUSHMANN’S ‘CHANDIGARH KARE AASHIQUI’ RELEASE CONFIRMED
MUMBAI: Bollywood actor Ayushmann Khurrana’s upcoming movie ‘Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui’ has been confirmed to hit the silver screens on December 10, 2021, as the Maharashtra government recently allowed the reopening of the movie theatres in the state.
The news was shared on Twitter by film critic and trade analyst Taran Adarsh, who tweeted, “AYUSHMANN KHURRANA: ‘CHANDIGARH KARE AASHIQUI’ ON 10 DEC 2021… #ChandigarhKareAashiqui #AyushmannKhurrana #VaaniKapoor.”
The upcoming film, which features Ayushmann along with actor Vaani Kapoor, marks the first-ever collaboration between the duo. ‘Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui’, which wrapped its shoot in late December, last year, was the first Indian film to complete the entire shooting during the coronavirus pandemic.
The movie by ace filmmaker Abhishek Kapoor is a modern-day love story that will feature Ayushmann portraying the role of a cross-functional athlete, while Vaani will reportedly essay a transgender character. ‘Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui’ has been produced by Bhushan Kumar’s T-Series in collaboration with Pragya Kapoor’s Guy In the Sky Pictures.
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