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“Bollywood trends changes into high fashion” – Suman Guha

Fashion Designer and stylist Suman Guha recently released his latest collection in a contemporary photoshoot.

Suman has worked with the best photographers of our country. He has done 400 + runway shows and fashion shows all over the globe with platforms like Bombay Times, Lakme Fashion Week and many more. He also got a nomination for National award. He has over 38 movies to his credit and worked with the top directors of the Indian Film Industry.

In a candid interview with Zalak Shah, Suman tells us about his latest venture and his future dreams of showcasing at the Milan Fashion Week.

Costume tailored by Raj, Costume assistance by Shabbir and Hair and makeup by Kadambari.

First things first, tell us about your collection a bit.

Actually, more than a collection, I would say it’s about current trends of Bollywood changing into high fashion.

What’s your inspiration behind it?

See, there are a lot of outfits you can’t wear shown in typical Bollywood films, there’s a particular trend followed by the Bollywood industry. But the masses can’t wear such high-fashion designs shown in Bollywood all the time. On the other hand, when you see Hollywood movies or international movies, they always wear such clothes that attract. My intention is to change this concept and to make this easy; I want to popularize Bollywood outfits. Women usually wear typical outfits which are regular with the masses.

How long have you been working on this concept?

I have always tried new things. I started working on this concept after watching an amazing collection at Milan Fashion Week about a fusion of winter wear. I thought why not try Indian lehengas with winter wear. Whenever you go to a winter wedding, people do wear Indian outfits but not paired with winter wear. It’s never showcased though. This is precisely why I wanted to try this, Indian outfits with fur.

What has been your fondest memory while making this collection?

Sometimes while making designer sarees, we don’t always think if it’s economical. Whatever we think or visualize, should be economical. If I think about something made with bird feathers, it’s not practically okay. It’s criminal to use bird feathers or ostrich feathers. Fur is artificial and timeless. But previously we used to use leopard prints, deer horns, bird feathers which is not right. This is why I thought of a practical and economical way instead of an unethical one. The idea is to be economically viable in the market.

How has the lockdown worked or not worked in your favour?

So many new ideas have come to mind but there’s also an obstacle of not being able to go out, execute them. I think people should use this time that they can’t otherwise get with their daily pre-lockdown routines. For me, it was a bit hectic but it was okay if you think about using it productively. I took this time positively and worked on a lot of ideas, some of which got executed and some which didn’t. I couldn’t do this in my previously hectic shoot schedules. I got a lot of time for it due to the lockdown.

Describe your collection in three words.

Stylish. Colourful. Close to Nature.

Which Bollywood character do you think would suit your collection the most?

Kangana Ranaut’s character from Krrish 2. Her character was a bit alien-y and wore some clothes like my collection. Her costumes were very unusual and not popular in the market. My collection is very applicable to her character.

Do you think having virtual fashion shows is a viable option?

Depends on the audience. The audience should be up-market for it. If you don’t up-market your taste in fashion and culture, there will be no growth. If you see Titanic, the costumes were so particular and very well done. Here as well, there are a lot of high-budget movies, but not ready to experiment with looks, outfits and colours, for reasons unknown. Now-a-days, some directors have started doing it. Bollywood movies have very less budgeted costume departments; they’re not given much importance. Only a few directors emphasize on the looks of the characters.

Can you give us a hint on your future collaborations?

I can’t say about the future now. But I’m always working towards walking at the Milan Fashion Week. No Indian fashion designers come in the top search results on Google in that sense. There are international brands like Elie Saab, Versace, Dolce & Gabbana on the search results. This is because the contribution of Indian fashion designers is less in comparison. I want to showcase an unusual collection with a different theme so we come in the limelight too. That is my dream – when you Google Milan Fashion Week, you should be able to see Indian names in the search results.

Graphic Biography of Lakshmibai: खूब लड़ी मर्दानी launched

Campfire Graphic Novels – the pioneers of Graphic novels in India has launched the most awaited Graphic biography of Lakshmibai, the Rani of Jhansi.

This graphic novel biography of Lakshmibai portrays this remarkable woman as she was, without resorting to mythical exaggeration, and depicts how she led her band of troops against the British forces in the backdrop of the Indian uprising of 1857.

The 1857 uprising is considered by many to be India’s first war of independence. The role of Lakshmibai, the Rani of Jhansi, in that uprising has been an inspiration for future Indian freedom fighters and her name has passed into legend as that of a fearless woman who resisted the might of the colonial British forces.

Unjustly deprived of her kingdom by the British, Lakshmibai, ruler of the princely state of Jhansi, mounted a brave resistance against the British while being unwillingly drawn into the sepoy uprising of 1857. Her leadership and bravery captured the hearts of many, friend and foe alike, and till this day, she lives on as a symbol of hope against tyranny in the hearts of countless Indians.

Official First Look Poster Of Manikarnika – The Queen Of Jhansi Released

“Campfire Graphic Novels will publish its latest title in the Heroes series Lakshmibai: खूब लड़ी मर्दानी. This 112-page graphic novel biography of the Rani of Jhansi tells the inspiring story of one of India’s most famous warrior queens. Her bravery and sacrifice would sow the seeds of further rebellion that would eventually free India from the clutches of colonialism.  Campfire hopes that this book will inspire readers to learn more about their nation’s history and the heroic deeds of those before us” said Ms. Girija Jhunjhunwala, Director, Campfire Graphic Novels

Make-up Man Santosh Gilbile debuts in Bollywood with MANIKARNIKA

Renown make-up man of Marathi films and theater Santosh Gilbile debuts in Bollywood with MANIKARNIKA.

Santosh started his career as an actor in plays. But in short span of time he understood that acting is not his cup of tea. Once when he went to watch a play, he saw his friend doing make-up of the artists. Santosh also stepped in as make-up man starting with children’s plays. Then there was tome of looking back. His journey went on from plays to many Marathi films.

Santosh worked for films like Killa, Ek Hazarachi Note, Ringan, Chi. Va. Chi. Sau. Ka., Shala, Rakshas, Salaam, Youngrad, Babu Band Bajaa and many more. He won many awards for his art.

Santosh also worked as Make-up Designer. He says, “There is difference between doing make-up and designing make-up. Make-up designing is very challenging as you have to make the actor what writer-director has picture in their mind. Secondly Theater and films are two very different mediums. You have to be more careful while working for films because camera shows your work closely.”

About debut Bollywood film Santosh says, “MANIKARNIKA was very challenging film as it is period film as well as biopic. I enjoyed working for my debut Hindi film.”

Jassie Gill enthralls his fans at the International Kullu Dussehra Festival

At the recently held International Kullu Dussehra Festival in Kullu (Himachal Pradesh), the open ground was swamped with people who could not stop grooving to the electrifying performance by popular singer-composer-actor Jassie Gill.

Jassie Gil has a fan boy moment

The crowd-puller Jassie with his charisma and spectacular voice mesmerized the onlookers, especially the female populace with his electrifying performance. The crowd danced to the tunes of chart-topping numbers of recent times including Nikle Currant, Guitar Sikhda and True Talk among others thumping their feet nonstop and kept asking their favorite singer for more.

Jasbir Jassi performed at Cannes film festival

Interestingly, Jassie who entered in Bollywood with debut film, Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi and will be soon seen opposite Kangana Ranaut in Ashwiny Iyer’s Panga, performed in front of 30,000 crowds touted as the highest ever in the last three decades.

Jassie Gill to feature in Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari’s ‘Panga’!

Jassie Gil has a fan boy moment

Jassie Gil is on a high ,not just owing to the success of his Hindi debut but also because he happened to meet his biggest inspiration.

Gil, who made his big Bollywood debut with Happy Phirr Bhaag Jayegi , that opened to encouraging collections at the box office, recently met superstar Shah Rukh Khan.

The actor- singer is a huge fan of Shah Rukh Khan and meeting him was right at the top of his wish list . Producer Aanand L Rai, impressed with his hardwork and dedication decided to surprise Jassie and arranged a meeting between him and Shah Rukh Khan.

Says a source, “Despite working around a tight schedule Shah Rukh Khan took time out from his busy schedule to meet Jassie. The two interacted at length , clicked pictures and spoke about the movie. Shah Rukh Khan even wished him luck and gave him some career advice.”

Jassie Gill to feature in Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari’s ‘Panga’!

While Jassie Gill’s highly-anticipated debut film, Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi releases this week, the popular Punjabi singer-turned-actor has already signed his next Hindi film, to be helmed by critically acclaimed director, Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari (Nil Battey Sannata & Bareilly Ki Barfi fame).

Titled Panga, the family entertainer produced by Fox Star Hindi, will see Jassie sharing the screen space with Kangana Ranaut for the first time and is scheduled to release in 2019. The movie also features veteran actress Neena Gupta in a pivotal role.

Jassie says, “It’s a huge honour to be part of such a big project featuring talented actors. It’s quite an exciting script and I’m really looking forward to it.”