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Issue: Aug 2012

Remembering Rashtrapati Bhavan

Hi Reader!, As I write this, India has got itself a new President and we wait with bated breath to judge how much Pranab Mukherjee will change the perception of India’s most august post. As a kid I visited the Rashtrapati Bhavan three times (all three times we were invited because my father was being bestowed with medals by the Government of India) and I remember each time being awestruck by the regality of the building, the formality of the ceremonies and the high tea that followed in the stunning gardens there. It was also the first time I set eyes on the then Prime Minister of India, Rajiv Gandhi and have no qualms stating that I immediately fell in love. Yes, the Rashtrapati Bhavan fuelled my first big crush! Abhay Deol continues on his path of proving that though he’s a Deol, he has a more significant part than playing the family’s signature Punjab da sona putar roles. He is the face of alternative cinema today and even flirtations with commercial blockbusters like Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara can’t dent that image. To Abhay’s credit, he leaned in that direction from the day he entered the industry. There is huge respect for his conviction and unwavering commitment to India’s new cinema, but in this interview he admits to be a tad exhausted with that image. Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla are not just one of the pioneers of the classic Indian style, but also one of the most enduring success stories of Indian fashion. As they celebrate 25 years of their label, they take an unabashed, provocative look back at their lives together. The great masters of Indian art, Akbar Padamsee and Sakti Burman, both colossus in the field of Indian art, open up to Hi! about their creative endurance over many decades; do read what they think of the young turks in the business. Some young cricketers threaten to run torrid on the field and we catch them before they slip off to Sri Lanka for the series. Happy Reading!

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This article first appeared in August 2012 issue of Hi! BLITZ magazine

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