September brings with it plenty of festivities and fun. No industry celebrates this time of the year better than the fashion industry, with designers launching their exclusive winter-festive collections. Delhi-based Sawan Gandhi, Creative Director and Founder of his eponymous Indian-wear label, also launched his collection ‘Taahir’ this week. In a candid chat with The Daily Guardian, he shares insight into his design journey and his new line. Excerpts:
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Sawan Gandhi – Creative Director and Founder
Q. Tell us about your journey in this business so far. What makes you stand apart in this competitive industry?
A. Soon after college, I decided to pursue my interest in the creative field and stepped into the fashion industry. With no prior experience or knowledge, I started my own label in 2011 with a few creations which I shared with my relatives and friends. I was always intrigued by my mother’s collection of lightweight chikankari sarees and their understated elegance, which is where most of my design inspiration stems from. My first showroom was launched in 2013 in Hauz Khas Village, followed by my flagship store in Mehrauli which was inaugurated in 2017, and now we also retail on our website www.sawangandhi.com.
I term my signature style as consisting of ethereal ensembles, soft colour palettes, and intricate craftsmanship and I believe these components give my designs a distinctive flair. My creations offer a young perspective to Indian attire while relying on beautiful old-world elements. I draw inspiration from vintage styles and combine them with our signature chikankari embroidery and sequin work. Also, I ensure that our garments are wearable and light.
Q. What does label Sawan Gandhi stand for as a brand?
A. Our philosophy is to make every occasion unconventionally beautiful. We do this by using soothing colours that are sure to make the wearer stand out in a crowd. Each outfit is designed so that it can be styled in multiple ways, which also engenders a sustainable approach towards fashion choices. Ever since I started out, I have tried to consciously step away from the heavy looks adorned by brides and grooms by using traditional techniques and contemporary hues to elevate each creation.
I believe a loyal client base is the bedrock of any label and word of mouth has been our primary source of PR since the beginning. My clientele includes customers from across the country and our collections are showcased at multi-designer showrooms like Aza, Ogaan, Pernia’s Pop Up Shop, and Fuel. Along with this, our brand also has an international presence in London, Jakarta, Bangkok, Dubai, Canada, and Los Angeles.
Q. Tell us about your latest collection? What techniques have you used for this collection?
A. My latest collection ‘Taahir’ has been curated specially for the new age Indian wedding. Breaking traditional rules of Indian weddings, the collection highlights the radiance of festivities and celebrations through lightweight attire, soft palettes, and flowy drapes. The colour palette is in themes of ivory, beige, soft pinks, blues, and yellows. It’s a fusion of traditional with chic with interplay of light and shadow, structure and fluidity, volume and lightness, to create subtle drama.
Our outfits make people feel confident in their own style and individuality. An array of alluring colours, appliqué motifs, subtle tonal embroidery highlighted with Swarovski crystals and hand-dyed beads used by our studio artisans, gives each outfit a reflection of bespoke elegance.
Q. Many celebrities and eminent personalities have been spotted in your clothes. What do you believe attracts them to your work?
A. Some of the prominent personalities that have adorned Sawan Gandhi garments include Madhuri Dixit, Sara Ali Khan, and Kriti Kharbanda, amongst a few others. I believe they are most attracted to the light wearability our clothes offer that allow them to look and feel gorgeous. It has been great to witness the evolution of our brand in the fashion industry and it makes me feel really positive and excited.
Q. What have been your biggest challenges in recent times? How have you overcome them?
A. Lockdown weddings are a recent trend and now the focus has shifted from big fat Indian weddings to small intimate weddings. Fortunately, the excitement and happiness of the occasion is the same even though there has been an indefinite halt to larger gatherings and festivities. These micro weddings take place in more relaxed environments and in turn need relaxed outfits in beautiful colours to complement the various functions.
Q. What have been the most rewarding moments for you so far?
A. Watching my designs being recognised in the Indian fashion industry and witnessing my collections being received so well internationally fill me with tremendous happiness and contentment.
Q. What are you working on next?
A. Currently, I am working on my next cocktail wear collection which we’re hoping to shoot by the end of this month.
The interviewer pens lifestyle articles for various publications and her blog www.nooranandchawla.com. She can be reached on email@example.com.
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SUNNY, AMEESHA ANNOUNCE SEQUEL OF ‘GADAR’
MUMBAI: The wait is finally over! Sunny Deol and Ameesha Patel are all set to make you nostalgic with the sequel of their iconic film ‘Gadar: Ek Prem Katha’.
On Thursday, Sunny took to Instagram and shared a teaser poster of his upcoming project with a promise of announcing “something very special” on Dussehra. Ameesha, too, shared the same poster on her social media handle. The two have not mentioned ‘Gadar’ anywhere in the post. But the poster, which has the number ‘2’ and a line ‘The Katha continues’ written on it, clearly indicated that the announcement is related to the film’s sequel only. For the unversed, 2001 released ‘Gadar’ was directed by Anil Sharma. The period-action drama was set in 1947, the time of partition in India. It mainly revolved around Tara Singh (portrayed by Sunny), a Sikh truck driver from Amritsar, who falls in love with Sakina (portrayed by Ameesha), a Muslim girl hailing from a political family in Lahore, Pakistan. Fans became super excited after seeing Sunny and Ameesha’s posts. “Gaddar 2 biggest blockbuster paji,” a social media user commented. “Gadar part 2… Wow,” another one wrote.
TAAPSEE TO VISIT STATUE OF UNITY TO PROMOTE ‘RASHMI ROCKET’
MUMBAI: We are all aware of celebrities visiting different places in the country to promote their upcoming projects. Taapsee Pannu’s upcoming film ‘Rashmi Rocket’ will be releasing on 15 October. The trailers and songs of the movie have been well received and people are waiting to watch this spectacular movie the moment it releases. Taapsee, Priyanshu, and Abhishek Banerjee will be visiting Ahmedabad in a day for special promotions and it is also reported that while promoting her movie the stunning actress may visit ‘The Statue of Unity’ in Baroda. It seems the team of ‘Rashmi Rocket’ plans to pay homage to this monument which is one of the greatest symbols of unity. ‘Rashmi Rocket’ primarily deals with the issue of gender testing in sports. The movie is based on Rashmi, an incredibly fast runner who dreams of crossing the finish line as an athlete and making a mark for her country. However, she soon understands that the race to the finish line has multiple obstacles and what seems like an athletic competition turns into her personal battle for respect, honour, and her individual identity. The central topic of the movie is gender testing in sports.
GURU AND MRUNAL’S ‘SNOW FIGHT’ ON THE SETS OF ‘AISE NA CHHORO MUJHE’
MUMBAI: Guru Randhawa and Mrunal Thakur had an amazing time on the sets of their next single ‘Aise Na Chhoro Mujhe’. While the entire team was under layers of clothes freezing in -10 degrees, both the artists were having snow fights and riding on the snowmobile all around the location. Guru and Mrunal were having such a blast on the set while filming in Kashmir, so much so that director Aashish Panda had to intervene and remind them they were shooting for the music video and had to get in their character. Both these artists, who have paired for the first time together for a music video, got along like a house on fire and completely forgot that the cameras were still rolling. Going by the camaraderie Guru and Mrunal share, we can’t wait to watch ‘Aise Na Chhoro Mujhe’ to catch their electric chemistry. Presented by Bhushan Kumar’s T-Series, the love song penned by Rashmi Virag and composed by Manan Bhardwaj, is an achingly sweet romantic track that tells a modern-day Romeo-Juliet story.
RAJKUMMAR BAGS NEW FILM ‘BHEED’
MUMBAI: Rajkummar Rao is all set to work on a new film titled ‘Bheed’. The upcoming project will be directed by Anubhav Sinha. Excited about the film, Rajkummar said, “I am thrilled to be working with Anubhav Sinha. It’s a matter of great honour and privilege to collaborate with a filmmaker who has such a distinct voice. Reuniting with Bhushan Kumar feels like coming back on home turf after the success of Ludo last year.”
Anubhav is extremely happy to get Rajkummar on board. “Bheed is one of those titles that the whole team jumps at the moment you propose it. To me, casting was crucial. Raj is a very intriguing actor. He is one of the very few actors who can be so successfully transparent in a story. There always was a keen desire to work with him and I am looking forward to it. I am honoured to have a solid collaborator like Bhushan on my side who is such a strong pillar and a sturdy sounding board,” he shared.
‘Bheed’ is touted as a socio-political drama, which will be shot across Lucknow. It is expected to go on floors in November. Also, the movie is jointly produced by Bhushan Kumar’s T-Series and Anubhav’s Benaras Mediaworks.
4 ACTORS WHO HAVE PUT INDIA ON THE GLOBAL MAP
MUMBAI: Cinema is a universal language. A film’s story and emotions speak to the audience. Holding the statement true, many B-town actors and actresses have found acceptance and love with their international ventures. While legendary actors like Irrfan and Om Puri have made a dent with their work in Hollywood, we have a younger generation of stars following their lead.
Here’s looking at four new-age actors who have put India on the global map with their acclaimed projects:
Ali Fazal became a hit in the west within no time. The actor, who is soaking in the success of ‘Mirzapur’, made a debut with ‘Fast and Furious 7’. Later, he played the lead in ‘Victoria and Abdul’ alongside Judi Dench. Ali also has ‘Death On The Nile’ in the pipeline.
Touted as a powerhouse performer, Huma Qureshi ventured into international space with Zack Snyder’s zombie action-thriller ‘Army of the Dead’. Released on Netflix, the actress made a lot of noise for her impactful performance in the same.
The young actor Priyanshu Painyuli is garnering love from all across for his phenomenal choices. The actor, who left everyone mighty impressed with his character Robin in ‘Mirzapur’, featured in American drama ‘Extraction’ in 2020. Priyanshu is gearing up for the release of ‘Rashmi Rocket’.
Actress Elnaaz Norouzi, who stunned the audience with her portrayal of a Cam-Girl in ‘Chutzpah’, will feature in an Apple TV+ and Emmy Nominated drama series ‘Tehran’ with Oscar-nominated star Glenn Close. Meanwhile, Elnaaz also has a thriller titled ‘Sangeen’ in India on the horizon.
REMEMBERING KISHORE KUMAR’S ICONIC SONGS
MUMBAI : There are a handful of celebrities in the showbiz who leave a strong imprint on everybody with their exemplary persona, and late legendary singer Kishore Kumar is one of them. Born as Abhas Kumar Ganguly and fondly remembered as ‘Kishore Da’, the versatile singer died at the age of 58 on 13 October 1987 but his memories are still etched in people’s hearts. Other than being one of the most accomplished singers of his time, he was also a screenwriter, actor, composer, director, and producer.
Paying an ode to the evergreen cinema gem on his 34th death anniversary, here are a few of his iconic songs that have been remade in Bollywood films: ‘Pal Pal Dil Ke Pas’ is the song from the cult classic ‘Blackmail’, it is still considered one of the best songs of Kishore Kumar’s career. It was recreated two times. ‘Dil Me Choopa Lunga’ is an evergreen song from the 70s sung by Kishore Kumar for ‘Darling Darling’. The song was re-used for ‘Wajah Tum Ho’. ‘Dil Kya Kare’ is the song that belongs to the romantic drama film ‘Julie’. The track was recreated for ‘Kaabil’. ‘Bachna Hai Haseeno’ is the iconic song sung by Kishore Kumar that belongs to the musical drama film ‘Hum Kisise Kum Naheen’. The song ‘Bachna Ae Haseeno’ was recreated and also the title of the film.
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