A noted name in the fashion industry, Rohini Gugnani specializes in designing Indian outfits for women of all ages. An alumnus of NIFT New Delhi, her collection reflects the rich Indian culture with a modern look. She has been featured in many leading magazines of India, such as Femina, Fimfare, Vogue, Elle and Cosmopolitan, amongst others. A recipient of Best Indian Bridal Wear Award by an Indian Wedding Magazine, the fashion designer has also won an award of the Popular Evening Gown Designer by Popular Brand Awards, recently.
About the label:
Her label “Rohini Gugnani” caters to the need of contemporary brides, who want to fuse their looks with modern shades like gold, ivory, blue, green and red. Her collection includes bodylicious bridal gowns, youthful anarkalis, sexy lehenga- cholis and gorgeous sarees. The wedding collection, in particular, features lehenga-cholis, Concept sarees, anarkalis, and suits-salwars which are essential for an Indian wedding wardrobe. With an option of getting the outfits custom design as per the wedding themes or with personal choice, there is ensemble available for all occasions like sangeet, mehendi, haldi and other wedding rituals including the wedding and the reception. Each piece is enhanced with decorative embellishments, texturing and detailing, as well as a fusion of styles in a vibrant color palette. Each one is created specifically such that no two are alike.
Her designs have a range of work—bandhej, embroidery, zardosi, zari, cut, sequin, crystal, bead and kundan Work on sarees. The fabrics she uses are luxurious like silk, velvet, dutch silk satin, pure lakhnawi chikenkari sarees, embossed satin, glass nylon and blended fabrics like satin crepe with elegant embroidery and embellishment provided the classy look in her different collection. Her collection is ready to wear or can be customized as per wedding themes requirements. All these designs are created by master artisans using techniques which have been perfected over the centuries.
What inspires her:
Her research and experiment with different inspiring artworks in India have given couture which is highly rich in Indian heritage and says a lot about our culture without saying a word. From heavy embroideries and crystal work on Anarkalis, to traditional and modern drapes in saris, Rohini has given a new meaning to traditional craftsmanship in a modern frame, which attracts the modern brides.
A regular presenter at India Runway week and many others, this immaculate beauty has created a niche for herself in a short span of time. A fashionista to the core, she is ruling the fashion circuit in Delhi with her perfect aesthetics of design that she incorporates in her work. “My label targets the modern brides and grooms who are all geared up to celebrate the most precious occasion of their lives. Ornately embellished sherwani designs, chic Indo- western suits by her can add a traditional yet dapper look to all the men who are ready to walk down the aisle,” she says. Her creations were recently worn by Bollywood actress Sunny Leone who donned a long high collar neck full sleeved black lace gown with trails designed by her during the 61st annual Filmfare Awards 2016.
Yesha Rughani from Hero Gayab Mode On
Working during a pandemic is no easy feat, but actor Yesha Rughani, who was last seen in Muskaan, says that all precautions are being taken on the sets of her brand her show Hero Gayab Mode On. Talking about it, she says, “I think new normal has become a lifestyle now. Whether I am going for work or something else, I have to follow precautions. Obviously, you are scared. But on the set, we take many precautions, medical people are there, they check us every day. The makeup and hair stylists are wearing their kits. So, I think overall it’s a secure working environment. I hope everybody stays well and fit.”
The actor is back on the sets after almost a year and is loving it. “We wrapped up Muskaan’s shoot in December last year and this show is launching December. We have started shooting from November so I think almost a year. It just feels too good to be back and I think I have been missing being onscreen. I missed shooting and I am loving the feeling of getting on the makeup chair, the entire routine, listening to action, cut, roll each and every minute detail of shoot life. It’s fabulous to be back,” she says.
In fact, she’s got a lot of appreciation for her look too. “I rejuvenated myself during this break. I got into this healing thing where I was on a strict detox and my skin healed, my hair, my body healed. I was in my comfort zone and used to wake up on time and follow a proper routine, even though there was a lockdown. I had ample time in the lockdown to take care of myself. I am fresh as a flower now and all set to rock again. For the new look, I am getting really good reviews because people are seeing me like this onscreen for the very first time. My first two roles were very different. So, seeing me in a totally different avatar with short hair is exciting. I have really lost weight, there is a different kind of look and feel to the role. I am getting a very good reaction and I am loving it,” she says.
Meanwhile, Yesha started a balloon business too during the lockdown and plans on balancing both her acting and business venture. “Lockdown has, of course, changed our lives in many ways from being able to value things to be grateful to life, self-healing and taking care of yourself, self-discipline. I ventured into a new business. I love to be very busy so I think it wouldn’t be a problem to manage both the things. I have my sister also who is taking care of this business, apart from me. I think it works for us. I also carry my laptop and everything to shoot so that if I get some time, I make some designs and send them across. I think it’s going to be fun to manage both,” she says.
Rina Charaniya(Rii) on Remake of Old Songs
From “Dus bahaane 2.0” to “Dilbar”, and “Aankh maarey”, remakes have made its way back to the industry, and while some love to dance to the jazzed up beats, some are still a fan of the old songs. And it’s not just the audience, but even the singers have a divided opinion on this. “Phir mulaqaat”, and “Judaa” singer Rina Charaniya, who is popularly known as Rii, accepts that the remakes are made considering the current audience taste, but reveals that she will not do a remake with twisted lyrics just to look cool. She also revealed that if ever she sings a remake, she will try to maintain the beauty of the original song.
“I have no problems in doing a remake, but I strongly feel that you can never make a song better than the original. If I ever make a remake then I will first see that we are matching with the original on some level and not changing it entirely. Secondly, I will not put any nasty lyrics in it, because of late people have started twisting it to match the taste of the audience. So if that’s being done, then I will not do it because I don’t want to spoil a song or the beauty of it. Those old songs were written by some great writers and lyricists, so I will not twist the lyrics and sing them just to look cool,” she said. When asked what she feels about so many remakes being made these days, she said that it’s because it gives a good business.
“When you lack original content, you make a remake. If a song is already famous and is loved by the masses, then I don’t think changing the music or the lyrics here and there can make it better. Original will always be the original, and you can never make a better version of it. But labels have the rights for it and they do it, and there is one section of the audience that happily accepts it too. Some people enjoy it, and to cater to that audience remakes are made. And it also results in good business,” Rii said.
The singer also asserted that remakes also give a guarantee of a sure-shot success, and said, “Today’s generation is very fast, they don’t have time for anything. And our brain also works like that. If you see today, only 20-30 percent of the people love 90s music, else everyone wants to hear fast-paced songs. So people play with your brains through music.”
“On top of that, I feel that remakes are made because you already have a famous song, it’s a super hit in the market, and then you want a song which you know will be a sure shot success. You are confident that even with a little twist people are going to like it, if not love it, so they make a remake. And it gives them good business. So it’s less about art now and more about business, and making money,” Rii concluded.
Celebrity Hair and Makeup Artist Florian Hurel on COVID
The glamour and entertainment industry was shut because of the nationwide lockdown imposed because of the COVID-19 outbreak. And celebrity hair and makeup artist Florian Hurel, who recently resumed work, says we need to live with the situation now and also adapt ourselves to it.
“COVID-19 is still in here. We have got to live and adjust to the situation. I believe we must learn to live with it now. But, we also need to be aware of the consequences if don’t follow the precautions carefully,” he said.
Florian asserted that we need to take care of the elderly and said, “We got to protect ourselves but we should also think of the others around us, like the elderly, who are more prone to infection caused by the virus. So while working, PPE costumes, masks, and hand sanitisers are very often used.”
Asked to comment on how it affected the industry, he said, “Yes, we are all very affected by the situation and most of us haven’t earned anything for the last 4 months. It’s critical. I believe things will get back to a new normal soon.”
Florian has worked with celebrities like Vidya Balan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Sara Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone, and Anushka Sharma, to name a few. He says he keeps himself positive by having positive people around him and added, “I keep myself busy thinking of new projects as well as working out a lot.”
Aditi Rao Views on ‘Sufiyum Sujatayum’
After releasing on the OTT platform of Amazon Prime Video on the 3rd of July, 2020 film ‘Sufiyum Sujatayum’ touched a lot of hearts with it’s magical and musical romantic-drama narrative. The film has a stellar cast of Jayasurya who plays the role of Rajeev, Dev Mohan who plays the role of Sudfi, and Aditi Rao Hydari, who plays the role of Sujata, the mute girl.
When in an interview with a leading portal, actress Aditi Rao Hydari was asked what does she feel about the success of ‘Sufiyum Sujatayum’, she said, “So the fact that people are liking it and watching it multiple times, the kind of messages and artwork on the film that we receive, are really amazing. The film is being watched by non-Malayali audiences, who told us that we will watch more Malayalam films now.”
The film has received substantial commendations from the audience and the artwork and messages they are receiving further hold testimony to that fact! The magic of Sufi is prevalent in the film especially through its beautiful songs that captured the essence of the scene and amplified the emotions of the scene.
The film is written and directed by Naranipuzha Shanavas and produced by Vijay Babu under his banner Friday Film House. The film is shot by cinematographer Anu Moothedath and edited by Deepu Joseph. Sufiyum Sujatayum is brought together by executive producer Vinay Babu.
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