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Kapoors add star factor to Lakme Fashion Week

Plus: Big B honoured with state award; Verma claims horror movies now respected; Naeem Khan makes fashion week debut; Guneet Monga honoured in Hollywood.

Lakme Fashion Week's star power included, from left, Shahid Kapoor, the designer Kunal Rawal and Arjun Kapoor. PUNIT PARANJPE / AFP
Lakme Fashion Week's star power included, from left, Shahid Kapoor, the designer Kunal Rawal and Arjun Kapoor. PUNIT PARANJPE / AFP

Factor to fashion week

The Bollywood actors Shahid Kapoor and Arjun Kapoor were guest models at Lakmé Fashion Week in Mumbai this weekend, where they trod the catwalk for the designer Kunal Rawal. Arjun, sporting a black kurta and pyjama, broke into some Bollywood dance moves during his walk, dancing to the tunes of Ram Lakhan. He even pulled off the signature dance steps that his uncle Anil Kapoor performed on the original song. Rawal said his collection, which included printed shirts, jackets and jump suits, was for modern, young men. – IANS

Big B recognised with state award

The veteran Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan is to be given a prestigious Andhra Pradesh government award for his contribution to Indian cinema. Bachchan was selected for the N?T Rama Rao National Award for his illustrious career in the movie industry. Other stars of Indian cinema will also be honoured with prizes. The filmmaker Shyam Benegal was selected for the B?N Reddi award for his directorial excellence, while the veteran Telugu actor Satyanarayana, known for playing villain roles and supporting characters, will get the Raghupathi Venkaiah Award. The date of the ceremony has not yet been announced. – IANS

Verma: horror movies now respected

The director Suparn Verma says horror movies are finally being regarded for their artistic merit in Bollywood. Verma claims that as popular movie stars such as Bipasha Basu take on roles in horror films, the genre can only become more popular. “With Bipasha kind of starting it off, A-listers have started doing horror cinema,” said Verma, whose latest horror movie Aatma stars Basu as well as Nawazuddin Siddiqui. The director adds: “[Horror] was treated as B-grade cinema. Today it has become
respectful.”
– IANS

Naeem Khan makes fashion week debut

The Indian-American designer Naeem Khan made his first foray into an Indian fashion event when he showcased his new collection at Lakmé Fashion Week. “I am so happy to be here. This is like the highlight of my year,” he told reporters. “I look at India as a huge market. I am testing the waters through this show. I really want to be here,” said Khan, whose clients list includes Michelle Obama, Beyoncé and Eva Longoria. The collection featured dresses with detailing on the neck and sleeves, long gowns, smart trousers and skirts in black, red and multicoloured patterns. – IANS

Guneet Monga honoured in Hollywood

The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles has announced that the Bollywood movie producer Guneet Monga will be this year’s recipient of the Annual Industry Leadership award. Monga, the chief executive of Anurag Kashyap Films and Sikhya Entertainment, will receive her award at an event on April 11 at the House of Blues in West Hollywood. “I see this as a new milestone and hope to continue doing my best,” Monga said in a statement. – IANS