Mallika | Indian beauty? | Nice shirt for sure

The other film to release this week was Mallika.
I’m sorry I can’t tell you how it was because I missed the screening. 😛

I was first made aware of the film when I saw the poster.

Mallika poster

It instantly reminded me of the American Beauty poster.
I know one’s in a coffin and the other’s in a bed of roses.
They’re posing differently too.

However, this is not a game of spot the differences.
It’s whether you see the similarities.

Of course, for me, the spotting was followed by press releases and invitations to the screening.

My remote interest in the film was heightened when I found out Sammir Dattani was in it. I was quick to message him and confirm. He’s a sweet chap. We shot a Filmfare makeover with him.

You can read the story online here.

You might remember him as the ‘guy with the nice shirt’ from I Hate Luv Storys.

Top to bottom - Imran Khan, Sonam Kapoor, Sammir Dattani

(Image via idlehub)

Anyhow, all those connections later, I still missed the screening and I’m not exactly inclined to go watch it. Sorry. 🙁

We spotted Sammir wearing the t-shirt he wore to the makeover shoot at the I Hate Luv Storys special screening.

Well, aren’t they both sporting nice t-shirts? Be sure to tell them the next time!

I hope you enjoyed the post. If you spot a celebrity wearing the same outfit again, you can write in to me. If you would like a makeover, you can write in to me. And if you’d generally like to say something, it’s the same. 🙂

Wear your best shirt today! Alice might just be wandering. 😉

The fairy tale?

Update: While Purab awarded me the virtual Filmfare Award. Our 1st runner up was the girl with the pub hopping story. She actually saw Purab during the Janmashtami celebration. She’s now following him on twitter as he suggested. Our 2nd runner up was the boy with the filmy story of how Purab came to the city as a struggler. You can still make up a fairy tale and leave it in the comments section. 😀

Purab Kohli (the cute one from Hip Hip Hurray and the adorable one from Rock On!) loves to run contests on twitter. And I diligently attempt to answer them.

A friend was curious as to how I know him.

So, of course, in classic Purab style, we ran another contest.

Make up a fairytale. How does Dhruvi (me) know Purab Kohli?

Following are some of the clichéd, weird and hilarious responses.

  • One of the first responses was simply 3 words: Hip Hip Hurray! (via Mansi)
  • Another one was: “I think she finds him cute and stalked him back home.” (via Manjari)
  • This one was classic: “She must have interviewed him for Filmfare at some point.” (via Ruchika)
  • A little imaginative: “They met at a party, dated for a while, fell out and now just know of each other.” (via Vandana)
  • The fully dramatic one: “When Purab Kohli first came to Bombay as a struggling actor, he befriended Dhruvi and then maintained the friendship for her filmy connections.” (via Achint)
  • Oh, so melodramatic: “They were buddies, friends since childhood, fell apart with time and saw each other years later at a party. They fell in love. They are now secretly dating.” (via Yesha)
  • These thoughts came randomly: “They were both dining separately at a restaurant. He didn’t recognize her. She was club hopping. At the third club, he spoke to her and said he recognized her from the restaurant.” (via Manchal) – this one was Purab’s favourite.
  • This one was sweet: “She met him in Wonderland.” (via Sahil)

After all that build up, Purab thought the original story was quite dry.

But I didn’t think so. Perhaps, one of my favourite necklaces could be the reason. I was wearing this for the shoot and he decided we should make up stories to distract ourselves from focusing on the photographer.

Fairytale Necklace

So what is the story?

My version: A photo shoot. She was styling him. He was smiling at another girl. She looked on. He sang, ‘I will survive’. And just like that, <3 happened.

His response: “Supa!! And the Filmfare goes to… Dhan te nan… !!

That’s how it appeared in the magazine:

Makeover Story | 1
Makeover Story | 2

You can also read it online here

So, we were coordinating a makeover feature for the magazine.
Purab Kohli was our celebrity guest. We were styling for the shoot. And he was really very sweet. Doesn’t he look so cute as a Trekkie?

I hope you enjoyed the post. Fairy tales and makeovers are a lot of fun. You want one? You know what you have to do right?

Fashion for all | Shahid Kapoor

At Filmfare, we carry this page titled Instant Copy

Because everyone has a little fun when they see
more than one person wearing the same outfit

What is even more fun for me though
Is to randomly snap my friends, family and people off the street
Wearing an item of clothing previously seen on a celebrity

So, at a Filmfare photo shoot, I was taking behind the scenes photographs.
Shahid Kapoor was talking about his recent trip to Bangkok.
He had picked up funky t-shirts from Bangkok and preferred
To wear them for the shoot because a personal touch
Always adds to the styling. Don’t you agree guys?

Well, a couple of months later, I spotted him wearing one of the t-shirts
To a promotional event for his upcoming film then, Paathshala

Here’s the page from Filmfare.

Instant Copy | Shahid Kapoor

For the behind the scenes video shoot of the Filmfare cover shoot.
(That I recorded and colleague edited :-))

And after the press screening of Cats & Dogs,
a friend tagged me along to a gig at Firangi Paani.
The band Zedde was performing.

And here’s what we snapped of the lead vocalist and guitarist.

Zedde Live | Firangi Paani
In the Shadows | Zedde

Pretty cool, eh?
Although the t-shirt seems to carry a common graphic print,
I love the feel of it.
Shall locate it online for you guys. xoxo

And, now, time for a fun poll.

Hey, if you liked the post, leave your response in the comments section.
Or write in to me at
Signing off now. Keep it fun and filmy. Keep it stylish. Mwah.

Photographs: Dhruvi Shah

Independence Day | Aamir Khan

Truly, Aamir Khan has been a pioneer.

He has always been my most favourite actor.
I remember the first time I met him.
I was all of 9. Carrying an autograph book.
Hovering around as he sat across the chair from my dad.
Coyly shaking his hand. Smiling. Shying away.
It’s one of my most treasured memories.

if I’ve changed over the years.
Aamir Khan has made waves with his appearances.

I recently did an article on his changing faces.
I had the most fun doing it. The research made me love him all the more.

Aamir Khan | Changing Faces 1
Aamir Khan | Changing Faces 2
Aamir Khan | Changing Faces 3

The discussion that followed between Deputy Editor, Filmfare, Anuradha Chaudhury and me was a gush session on Aamir. We’re both huge fans.

You can check out the article in print in the Filmfare issue dated July 7, 2010.
Or simply log on to the website at Filmfare.

The following advertisement is what I would like to accompany the article:

And I love this look of his for personal reasons 😛

Right after the production of my Filmfare article,
I went for a party to celebrate board exam students’ results.
Quite fitting. And an uncle made me take a spot poll.
What is everyone’s favourite Aamir khan look?
The popular answers were:
Andaz Apna Apna, Dil Chahta Hai, Rangeela, Rang De Basanti & 3 Idiots.

What is your favourite Aamir Khan look?
Leave your answers in the comments section. I would love to read!

Photographs: Dhruvi Shah

Style on Celluloid

I used to do this column at Filmfare.

To search for my articles and work, go to the press page, click on Filmfare.
You will be redirected to the website where you can simply search my name.

Coming soon: An extensive archive of Glamfare

Over the years, I have come to realize most of Indian fashion is cinema inspired.
While films like Aisha are the raison d’être writers are inspired to write columns,
smaller films like Peepli Live help to study the art of costume in film.

As promised, an analysis, general, stylistic and aesthetic of both films: coming up!

PS – Check every week this time (Friday afternoon – IST)
for posts under Fashion in cinema/ popular culture.

For your reading pleasure, I have posted my previous column.

Glamfare | Style on Celluloid

My most favourite director, Imtiaz Ali, responded to the column via SMS.
And let me say, it was gooood.
Needless to say, it was one of the best days ever! 🙂