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Winters are in full form with their yummy food, thick blankets and foggy streets. Our favourite TV actors tell us about the importance of winters in their lives.

Himanshu Malhotra:

How special are winters for you? 

I love winters, they are one of the most beautiful parts of my life; the food, the deserts, all the Punjabi food, chole bhature, paratha makkhan…everything I love. Also, in winters, the food gets digested quickly as there is no humidity and since I am a mountain person, I like it.

Do you really enjoy the chilled weather or do you wait for it to just get over?

I absolutely enjoy the chilled weather

Which is your favourite destination to enjoy winters?

It’s Delhi because the winters there are very good. I also want to visit Switzerland or maybe London, where the winters are very cool. I went to Gulmarg a few days back and it was fantastic, it was beautiful and serene.

What are your winter memories where you grew up?

Winter memories have been seeing my surroundings covered in fog, especially on New Year. We would still go out on New Year eve. It used to be extremely cold and we would have heaters on everywhere. We would have coffee in the car. In the afternoon, I used to sit in the balcony and have oranges and look at the kids playing downstairs. So, all these memories are very close to my heart.

Your favourite snacks in winter?

Whether it’s winter or summer, my favourite snack always is gulab jamun. I love it.

Krishna Bharadwaj:

How special are winters for you? 

Who does not find winters special? Growing up in Ranchi, which is a hilly area, winters have always been special for me. Winters affect me mentally, physically and psychologically. Mentally, I feel cozy all the time, physically, my skin is dry always and you have to use lots of moisturisers and all of that. Psychologically, it reminds me of my childhood and I have lots of memories associated with winters.

Do you really enjoy the chilled weather or do you wait for it to just get over?

I enjoy the chilled weather totally. The chills and thrills of winter give me something which I like experiencing every year.

Which is your favourite destination to enjoy winters?

My favourite destination would be my hometown Ranchi because it’s chilling there in the winters, with the temperature of 0° C. I have many memories there and I would love to relive them and so I would be visiting my hometown soon.

What are your winter memories where you grew up?

Coming from Ranchi, my first memory is of the fog which we used to have over there. We could never see anything early in the morning every day because of the fog. Then the smoke coming out of our mouth used to excite us. Those new wintery flowers on the trees, sleeping under 2-3 blankets, crying for not taking a bath because of the cold and then having food with ghee.

Your favourite snacks?

 All the sweets ghevar, gajar ka halwa, Matar ki kachori, tilkut and many more.

Shehzad Deol :

How special are winters for you? 

I have been a Delhi kid all my life, winters are something that I am used to. It is very special for me mainly because I get to wear my favourite clothes. I love wearing jackets and blazers. I love getting dressed perfectly and I get to enjoy that a lot because of winters.

Do you really enjoy the chilled weather or do you wait for it to just get over…?

 I enjoy chilled weather. I am a Delhi kid, we don’t have an option.

Which is your favourite destination to enjoy winters?

London, always and forever… In India, Delhi is my favourite winter destination as I have not travelled much in India.

What are your winter memories where you grew up?

When I was a kid, I used to wear socks and switch on the heater, cover myself with a double blanket and watch TV. We would have typical winter food such as saag and paratha with Makhan and guchuck.

Your favourite snacks in winter?

 I am not really a big foodie but I like parathas with Makhan.

Mohit Malhotra :

How special are winters for you? 

I absolutely love winters, I have grown up in Delhi so I have always enjoyed the winter time and wearing warm clothes. Though I miss that in Mumbai now.

Do you really enjoy the chilled weather or do you wait for it to just get over?

I really enjoy winter weather. I wish it stays longer.

Which is your favourite destination to enjoy winters?

It would definitely be Europe, it’s the best during winters. Though last year, I was in Lake Tahoe where I enjoyed some skiing. It was a wonderful experience.

What are your winter memories where you grew up?

I remember during winters in Delhi how while watching TV as a family, we’d put a heater under our blankets to even get warmer and enjoy our cup of hot chocolate. It was so much fun.

Your favourite snacks in winter?

I’d say hot chocolate is my all-time favourite.

Manasi Varma:

How special are winters for you? 

Very special because my birthday falls during winters, on January 11th. So I love winters.

Do you really enjoy the chilled weather or do you wait for it to just get over?

I absolutely enjoy the cold weather because your skin remains so good and your mood is also good because of it. You, finally, get to wear jackets, especially in Mumbai, otherwise, you get sick and tired of the heat.

Which is your favourite destination to enjoy winters?

I had gone to Canada recently, about a year ago for an event, and that was during November. It was snowing so much and I went to this beautiful place called Banff. It’s actually like heaven on earth, you feel like you are walking into a painting when you see the beautiful scenery.

What are your winter memories where you grew up?

I am a Bombay person, so my winter memories in Bombay are actually nothing much. But my grandparents used to stay in Delhi when they were alive, so whenever we used to go to Delhi, we would enjoy the winters as the weather there is really very cold.

Your favourite snacks in winter?

It’s not a snack actually its a fruit,  I like strawberries,  there are so many strawberry desserts I get to eat or even a strawberry smoothie so I really enjoy strawberries in winter.

Shweta Rohira :

How special are winters for you? 

I love winters as there is a change in wardrobe which brings in newness and change is something to always look forward to. I love the cold breeze and wind.

Do you really enjoy the chilled weather or do you wait for it to just get over?

I really enjoy the chilled weather though I feel cold easily it’s still fun you get to wear jackets, pullovers, boots etc

Which is your favourite destination to enjoy winters?

I usually love to travel to new destinations and from my past travels, I loved New York in winters. My favourite winter places are Shimla and Mahabaleshwar in India

What are your winter memories where you grow up?

There are loads of them but my most favourite is my first winter holiday in Kashmir with my parents, enjoying the snow. They had covered me from head to toe in woollen clothes.

Your favourite snacks in winter?

Gajar ka halwa is my favourite, and the Sindhi in me loves khoya ka halwa. It’s a speciality of Sindhis which is specially made during winters. I love my Dadi’s recipe. I think she makes it the best. I like it so much that I usually even refrain from trying the other ones.

Pooja Madan:

How special are winters for you? 

Winters are special because one can eat fresh gajar ka halwa and gajak. We Bombayites can dig out our few winter clothes, full-sleeved ones and wear them proudly. So, it is a great feeling.

Do you really enjoy the chilled weather or do you wait for it to just get over?

I enjoy a few days of dipping mercury and actually don’t crib for more.

Which is your favourite destination to enjoy winters?

Bombay will always remain my favourite because I can’t bear too much cold and the weather here is just perfect for me to enjoy.

What are your winter memories where you grew up?

I grew up in Bombay and winter meant looking forward to my grandmother visiting us because it gets very cold in Saharanpur, where she used to stay. We always used to be excited about her visit.

Your favourite snacks in winter?

Hot pakodas with chai is what I enjoy the most

Kishori Shahane Vij:

How special are winters for you? 

I love winters because they make you look fresh. Mumbai hardly experiences winter but this year, its nice and chilly. Sometimes you feel like wearing a jacket in the early mornings or late nights and that gives a feeling that global warming has not really harmed our Mumbai winters.

Do you really enjoy the chilled weather or do you wait for it to just get over…?

I enjoy the chilled weather, but not the kind of weather when it’s really cold. It should not get into your skin and bones and then you feel uncomfortable. One winter, I went on a holiday to Switzerland with my family. We wore lots of jackets and thermals and all that but the weather was good and the snow around was wonderful. It was a very rare scene that we experienced and we made some snowballs and threw at each other for fun.

Which is your favourite destination to enjoy winters?

Switzerland is my favourite destination in winters because America and other places become too chilled, we can’t survive there. I like to go to Switzerland when the winters are subsiding, so you experience the snow in a few jackets. You don’t have to hide totally in woollen wear.

What are your winter memories?

Once during my childhood, my mom, dad and my sisters and I had gone to our uncle’s place and it was somewhere in the Nasik Farmlands. Over there, it was so cold and we were not prepared and we were literally shivering. So, our aunt gave us lots of woollen clothes and they lit the bonfire in their backyard and then she made some hot kababs and all. My uncle also gave us one spoon of brandy. As kids, it was really exciting to have one spoon of brandy!

Your favourite snacks in winter?

I love tandoori chicken and tandoori roti. Tandoor gives you warmth also if you are having a barbeque session. I am not so fond of Bhajiyas but sometimes hot Vada Pav and Bhajiyas will also pass if I am very hungry because winters really make you feel hungry.

Moon Banerrjee  :

How special are winters for you? 

Winter is my favourite weather and Delhi Winters are very special to me.

Do you really enjoy the chilled weather or do you wait for it to just get over?

Yes, I enjoy this nip-in-the-air-kind of weather. I definitely don’t enjoy the heat so I don’t wait for winters to end.

Which is your favourite destination to enjoy winters?

Delhi is my favourite destination during winters for food, fashion and the winter sun.

What are your winter memories where you grew up?

I have spent my childhood in Jamshedpur with my bua, so I definitely miss her delicacies which she served in winters. Every evening, she would make various kinds of snacks and we would sit on my terrace on khatiyas and have theses with piping hot tea or masala milk.

Your favourite snacks in winter?

Kolkata style samosa and hot tea are my all-time favourite.

Rohitashv Gour :

How special are winters for you? 

Yes, winters are very special for me because when I used to stay at Shimla, it used to be chilled. I got used to winters and then when I came to Mumbai, I realised that there is no winter here at all.

Do you really enjoy the chilled weather or do you wait for it to just get over?

I feel really happy when it is winter in Mumbai. When I was in Shimla, it used to snow there and we used to wait for it, that was my beautiful childhood spent in Shimla.

Which is your favourite destination to enjoy winters?

My favourite destination is Kasauli because now also there are not much places where houses or buildings are built. There are many trees there and the place still looks beautiful. So that’s my favourite destination.

What are your winter memories where you grow up?

As I used to stay in Shimla, it used to snow a lot there, so the whole house used to get covered from outside. Our door used to get fully covered with snow, our mom used to tell us to clean the snow so that we have a way to pass by. I remember how slippery it used to get and we used to laugh at each other when we would slip!

Your favourite snacks in winter?

In Shimla, we used to have Mutton Pakode and we used to enjoy a lot eating it. Our father also used to make us drink a little brandy at night. We used to drink tea again and again and eat mutton pakode with it.

Abhishek Tewari :

How special are winters for you? 

I am a total winter person and I just love winters. It’s my most favourite season of the year.

Do you really enjoy the chilled weather or do you wait for it to just get over?

Of course, I enjoy it. I never want winters to get over. I love to dress up, winter dressing is my favourite.

Which is your favourite destination to enjoy winters?

My favourite destination is Italy. I was in Europe for a long time and I loved all the artistic scenery and everything there. Especially Italy, Paris, Switzerland and Europe. I love it in winters.

What are your winter memories where you grow up?

Once I went to Italy and Venice when I completed college and had the best time. There was festive season going on there and we had this Masquerade Dance. I really enjoyed that winter.

Your favourite snacks in winter?

The streets were flooded with the smell of homemade cake that became my favourite dish in winter.

Tarun Khurana :

How special are winters for you? 

As I am a winter-born child and brought up in Delhi for a good 20 years. So winters are really special for me.

Do you really enjoy the chilled weather or do you wait for it to just get over?

I love winters. Eating roasted peanuts and gajak with family and bonfire with my cousins was my favourite thing to do in my childhood.

Which is your favourite destination to enjoy winters? 

Kashmir and Manali are my favourite winter destinations.

What are your winter memories where you grow up?

Bonfire outside my house, wearing winter clothes and roaming around with my cousins and friends in the fog and playing games. Even though we used to shiver, we loved it.

Your favourite snacks in winter?

My favourite snack in winter is Chole Bhature. I love it.

Munisha Khatwani :

How special are winters for you? 

Winters are really special even though in India we don’t have too much of them. But at least the weather becomes pleasant in Mumbai. You definitely feel that change.

Do you really enjoy the chilled weather or do you wait for it to just get over…?

I really enjoy the chilled weather because I can’t take the heat. So this weather is good for me.

Which is your favourite destination to enjoy winters?

Something like Kashmir or some cold place in India or in a foreign country.

What are your winter memories where you grow up?

We used to go very often to London so my winter memories are connected with London. We used to go and spend a lot of time over there and it was great.

Your favourite snacks in winter?

Pizza, burger, pasta; all good carbs-related food. I think that’s what everyone looks for, anything that gives you comfort.

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After Stuttgart & Indo-German Filmweek, Lihaaf all set to premiere as Opening film in MIFF (USA)

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After Stuttgart & Indo-German Filmweek, Lihaaf all set to premiere as Opening film in MIFF (USA)

Indian International Filmmaker Rahat Kazmi’s film, Lihaaf (The Quilt), which successfully premiered in 16th Indisches Filmfestival (Germany) and in Indo-German Filmweek (Babylon, Berlin) has received yet another news for World premiere in USA as opening film in an International film festival.
This time, the team has received invitation to screen their most acclaimed film as opening film of the festival in the prestigious Montgomery International Film Festival (USA) which is being held from August 18 to 25, 2019 in USA.
Based on Ismat Chughtai’s most celebrated story (published in 1942), the film is garnering appreciation worldwide. The director of the film took special permission from Chughtai’s family to make this film, which gives it supreme authentication. Nonetheless, housefull screenings in Germany and Berlin is a proof of the team’s hardwork and dedication to give justice to the story.
Montgomery International Film Festival (USA), popularly known as MIFF, will begin its screening with Lihaaf, which means the film has been chosen as the opening film of this glamourous international film festival. It is a proud moment for the entire team.
The theme of this year’s festival is-Return to Art House Films, which aims to foster a community of free-thinking filmmakers, who are pushing the boundaries of sound and vision into a new frontier. The director of the movie, Rahat Kazmi has opened a new window for the audience to peep into Ismat Chughtai’s life through Lihaaf as the story is based on true events.
Ismat Chughtai (1915 to 1991) was believed to be one of the most powerful voices in Urdu literature of the 20th century. She was known for her free and fearless explorations of feminine sexuality and middle-class morality in her writing.
Not to forget that the poster of the film was launched in Cannes 2019 which caught attention of international press. Since then, the team is being invited worldwide for special screenings and Q&A rounds post premiere. The response is overwhelming.
The talented casts of the film include Tannishtha Chatterjee who has played the role of Ismat Chughtai, Anushka Sen as younger Ismat, Sonal Sehgal as Begum Jaan and Namita Lal as Rabbo. Kashmir based actor Mir Sarwar who came into limelight after playing main antagonist in KESARI is playing the nawab (male antagonist) while shoib Nikash Shah plays the character of Manto in the film whereas veteran actor Virendra Saxen will be seen as famous urdu writer M. Aslam. The film is co-written by Rahat Kazmi and Sonal Sehgal, directed by Rahat Kazmi and produced by Rahat Kazmi, Tariq Khan, Zeba Sajid, Namita Lal, Umesh Shukla, and Ashish Wagh and co-produced by Oscar-winner Marc Baschet and Cedomir Kolar.

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Sukhmani Sadana enjoys a much deserved break in the US

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Tv Host and Writer Sukhmani Sadana who wowed audiences with her role in Sacred Games and Manmarziyaan this year finally went on a holiday to the US and spent quality time with her brother. She first visited Texas and later several cities like Vegas, Los Angeles, New York, Buffalo, Chicago, Arizona and Washington DC. “I needed a break because I had been continuously writing and acting for some project or the other for almost a year. And because I host travel shows, I thrive to visit different cities and understand its culture and traditions. I found my visits to the museums in DC very informative and I thoroughly enjoyed the grand fireworks on July 4. NASA in Houston was a learning experience since I just wrote a film script called Rocketry which is on this subject.” While she went to these beautiful places, she also visited the Niagra Falls and Grand Canyon with her family.

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Bollywood film ‘Oxygen’ gear up for first-ever World Premiere

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It is a proud moment for the entire ‘Oxygen’ team as the film has been selected for World Premiere in Caleidoscope Indian Film Festival of Boston, the USA from September 5 to 8, 2019.
Caleidoscope Indian Film Festival is organized by Indian Arts Boston Inc, a non-profit Massachusetts organization and is the largest Indian Film Festival of USA. It provides a unique platform for upcoming art-house and differentiated films from the Indian sub-continent to be discovered and appreciated by a mainstream global audience. Over the past five years, Caleidoscope has screened, even premiered several defining films of the Indian film industry including Chittagong, Teenkahon, Lipstick Under My Burkha, A Death in the Gunj, An Argumentative Indian and so on.
Directed by Shoib Nikash Shah, the film is a portrayal of the moral ambiguity of corruption among low paid government employees. The dilemma of low salaries and tempting deals offered to grossly underpaid and under-employed officials and the resultant struggle of honest officers with the established system forms the central plot of the film.
This would be the first-ever world premiere of the film Oxygen and the team is extremely happy since the Festival, which receives around 300 submissions every year from filmmakers around the world, has selected this film for the Competition round as well, apart from screening. Caleidoscope is one of the few festivals that provides monetary awards to filmmakers for its top competitive section.
On this occasion, we had a word with the female protagonist of the movie, Namita Lal of Lihaaf fame, who was absolutely delighted with the news. Sharing her excitement, she said, “I’m amazed to know that our film has been chosen not just for the screening but also have been invited to participate in the Competition round. Besides, for an international Film Festival to pick up a movie based on such a theme is also overwhelming.”


Showering light on the film’s theme, the director-cum-lead actor, Shoib Nikash Shah of Mantostaan fame said, “The film talks about environmental preservation and enlightens on ground level corruption which is the basic conflict around the globe and also about conservation of nature which is the ultimate need of the hour. Nevertheless, the film raises a lot of relevant questions throughout.” He expressed his gratitude towards the Festival organisers for selecting his film to premiere in a prestigious Film Festival.
The cinematography of the film, which has been shot in the beautiful and small region of Poonch and Surankot (J&K) has been done by Luxmi Chand Chauhan while the music has been contributed by Shubhdeep Singh. Produced by Rahat Kazmi Films, Nutzaboutme Pte Limited, Singapore and Shoib Nikash Shah, the shooting of the film completed in January but its release date is yet to be announced.
The film would be screened on September 7 at 2:30 pm in Rhode Island College and the entry ticket is free but available only on prior registration. For more details, please visit: www.indianfilmfestivalboston.com

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