Rohini Nair

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‘Discovering my own sound was nerve-racking’


It’s late Monday morning and against the backdrop of outfits that belonged to the Spice Girls and rhinestone headgear that was once worn by Elton John, a gaggle of excited fans are discussing their me

‘Shilpa is the wind beneath my wings’


For a man who set up his first company at the age of 18 — emerging from a middle-class upbringing in London to being ranked the 198th richest British Asian — penning a book titled How Not to Make Money seems like a bit of an irony. But that’s perhaps the effect Raj Kundra was aiming for.

Hair’s the star for this stylist


Celebrity hairstylist Alison Dace has been responsible for creating the iconic looks of actors like Jennifer Aniston, Adam Garcia and Faye Dunaway, among others.

Unheard, unspoken stories of cinema


An actor does his best. But what unfolds in front of the camera — that’s a mystery nobody has been able to unravel — says Amitabh Bachchan in an interview with Bhawana Somaaya.

Glitz, glamour bring end to fashion gala

By the afternoon of day five, the final day of the Lakme Fashion Week’s 2013 winter/festive season, the “source” area — where the actual business of the event occurs, the designers’ stalls had begun to wear a slightly abandoned look.

Day 4 dedicated to Indian textiles


Day 4 of the Lakme Fashion Week’s winter/festive season began with the question “How do heritage and traditional Indian textiles fit into the modern fashion industry?”

Ghagra pants rock the runway


Manish Malhotra’s schedule has been packed to the rafters but the jetsetting designer isn’t complaining. “It is not an easy game to create two big collections back-to-back. The creative process took place sometime back and I have been working on them for a while. However, the process of making a collection is what creates frenzy,” Manish says.

Gold shines on winter runway


He’s been known for his “Midas touch” when it comes to couture, so it’s fitting then, that Vikram Phadnis’ new line at the Lakme Fashion Week’s winter/festive season is inspired by “gold radiance”.

Shaadi ke shenanigans


With just days to go before her winter/festive show at the Lakme Fashion Week in Mumbai, Anushree Reddy is bound to be feel the pressure. But the 29-year-old Hyderabad-based designer doesn’t let that show, displaying only a boundless enthusiasm for her second stint at LFW.

‘I’ve never felt a moment’s regret’


“When they asked me what kind of music I’d like them to play in the operation theatre, pat I answered, ‘Bollywood music!’ The doctor looked at me and said, ‘Really? No bhajans or anything devotional?’ I said, ‘Why? Do you need a little more divine power to assist you? No? Cool then, Bollywood music it is!’”

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I want to begin with a little story that was told to me by a leading executive at Aptech. He was exercising in a gym with a lot of younger people.

Shekhar Kapur’s Bandit Queen didn’t make the cut. Neither did Shaji Karun’s Piravi, which bagged 31 international awards.