What a crazy month it's been! Tons of your favorite stars have been in town and me and the crew have been there to get you all the exclusives!
First up, I caught up with Punjabi superstar DILJIT DOSANJH who was promoting his latest film role in PUNJAB 1984. The role is a far cry from his usual romantic-comedies. If you are a fan of his work, get ready to be blown away by how different he appears in the film. Warning: have your tissues ready!
I then had the opportunity to meet a legend from the Bollywood world...you may know her as DREAM GIRL or you may know her as HEMA MALINI. Yes, HEMA MALINI.
I was stunned to hear the legendary actress, dancer, and now politician was in town to star in her own live theatre production of DURGA. Upon meeting her, I can definitely say she is ageless. She looked youthful and sharp and even though I know she had a grueling busy schedule with rehearsals, interviews, travel, etc, she had and amazing amount of energy. I'm still kind of in shock that I actually got to meet HEMA MALINI.
P.S Did you know she discovered Shahrukh Khan? YUP! She spotted him as a small time TV serial actor and thought he was perfect to be cast in a film she was producing at the time, DIL AASHNA HAI. Amazing right?
From Bollywood actresses to Bollywood singing stars, next up I interviewed the talented (and funny!) musical duo VISHAL-SHEKHAR. The guys were a blast to interview. Now only are they humble and sweet but they aren't afraid to have some fun and be cheeky. In the media world, that is soooooo appreciated! They had a live concert and brought with them as a special guest, Neeti Mohan. Neeti is seriously one of the sweetest girls I have met. In fact, we chatted a ton off camera like any two young women. We talked fashion, exchanged beauty tips (she does her own makeup at her concerts!), and even chatted about food. Yup, we are both foodies! She and I got along so well that I almost forgot what a powerful voice she has until I went to the concert and she opened up the show belting out her biggest hits including my favorite song, ISHQ WALA LOVE. Love her!!!
You all know in my media world, no two days are alike. So this month has had a ton of Bollywood but of course we changed up gears and headed to the recent Toronto Mayoral election debates. The election is months away still but these debates have been soooo interesting. ROB FORD is finally done his rehab stint so he just recently joined the debates with all the other major mayoral candidates. The major issues were jobs, transportation, and engaging youth. I spoke with many attendees and most of them feel like the City of Toronto does not have communication within the organization. Almost everyone I spoke with told me that they had transit issues. They were spending too much time trying to get to work. Some of their areas don't have access to the GO-Train or TTC so it makes it very difficult for them to work outside of their areas. Those that do have cars spend hours stuck on Toronto's congested roads (I know that feeling). It was definitely an interesting experience at the debate. Let's see how this race heats up as further debates are scheduled and we get closer to voting day!
Whew! There you have it, just a peek into how crazy busy I have been covering all the events and people that matter to you. Don't forget to catch all the action on ATN!
You all know how excited I get when Indian fashion comes to Canada! So you can imagine how excited I was to learn International Fashion Festival Toronto was coming back! I hosted the Fashion Preview Night where we all got a little taste of what to expect when the festival comes in August. A mini fashion show with special appearances by Miss Femina India 2013 Navneet Kaur Dhillon and former Miss Femina India national director, actor, supermodel, and now event choreographer Marc Robinson. Loads to expect in August including some of your fav Bollywood stars like Bipasha Basu!! Here's a look at my night at IFFT fashion preview night. Photo credit: Ali Nice PhotographyShare
WHAT AN AMAZING NIGHT!!!
I was delighted to be a presenter at the Anokhi Magazine 11th Anniversary Awards show. I presented the Music category and handed out Anokhi awards to four very talented acts. What was really fantastic presenting these awards were that I got to present to all musical acts that I have previously met and even interviewed!
DJ Fizza received the award for 'Most Promising Deejay Of the Year'!
Musical artist Priya took home the award for 'Musical Artist of The Year.'
R&B's hottest male artist Abbas Hasan, is awarded the 'Musical Artist Of the Year Award'.
The fourth and final award honouree in the music category was world renowned fusion music band Culture Shock.
A highlight was when I got to experience my very first Shantanu & Nikhil fashion show!!! Oh My GOSH!!! Their collection was absolutely STUNNING! Every piece looked like it was meant for royalty. The entire show was choreographed brilliantly to showcase every gorgeous piece. I vowed to one day rock a Shantanu & Nikhil piece one day. I also had a chance to chat with the talented designers and they are so down to earth and sweet. Great guys!
I must say congrats to the multi talented RAJ GIRN and the entire ANOKHI team for putting on such a fantastic event and continuing to celebrate and support the best of South Asian talent. I had an absolute blast (I have the raspy voice and achy feet to prove it!).
I LOVED my red carpet look for Anokhi. My super talented GLAM SQUAD Rav Brar and her team at Rav B Beauty Concepts did my hair and makeup. Love it!!!
Check out the gallery for more pics from Anokhi!
The 2014 Wedding Season has kicked off and that means....wedding shows!!!
Mark your calendars. The annual Kismet Wedding Show is on Sun Feb 9 and I am back HOSTING the fashion shows! Come say hi and check out the hottest fashion trends this year. Plus don't forget to check out what outfit I wear. I've had a chance to start looking at some of the designer collections and I have to say, it's going to be a tough decision on my outfit but I know you guys will love it. Last year's outfit was such a hit but this year it's all about going bigger and better!
See you on Feb 9th!
The Anokhi Anniversary Event is back and I'm thrilled to be co-hosting this year's awards! Anokhi magazine is celebrating their 11th anniversary with a big awards bash. I can't wait to reunite with some of my fav past celeb interviewees like Superwoman, Abbas Hasan, Culture Shock, Gabe Grey and many more!
I'll see you Saturday!
Normally when Bollywood stars get married, we get to see some videos and photos via their PR reps (if we are lucky). Sometimes we get just one official wedding pic and in cases like John Abraham, we don't even get any public confirmation they are even hitched.
So this is a real treat. A wonderful recap of Esha Deol's wedding is now online! I loved watching Esha and her hubby Bharat Takhtani giggle and beam at each other....don't they look so in love?!!! Gaah, and to see Dharamendra cry as her dholi left....I'll admit I choked up a bit (...fine a lot!). It's a reminder that no matter who you are and what your normal demeaner is like, weddings and in particular seeing the bride set off for her new life is so emotional. I'm a sentimental sap, what can I say?
Here is the wedding video! Enjoy!
Whew! The inaugural "SHOP FOR A CAUSE" charity shopping event is a wrap! What an incredible experience planning and executing the event!!!
Fashion, beauty, décor, and gourmet treats were popular items! Eager shoppers took advantage of one day discounts and browsed the latest trends for the holiday season. Getting a head start to the holiday shopping season, shoppers also indulged in spa and nail treatments, makeovers, henna art, astrology readings, and even sampled gourmet cupcakes and chocolates. Shoppers also received a free Lavish Dulhan magazine and were entered for prizes ranging from organic coffee holiday packs to cosmetics to one-of-a-kind jewellery pieces.
The only one of its kind, “SHOP FOR A CAUSE” is a unique one-day-only shopping event created to raise funds and awareness for the Canadian Cancer Society.
Flato Home Products was a presenting event sponsor and showcased their new line of affordable high quality holiday gifts for bedrooms, living rooms, and kitchens.
Shoppers were also treated to an energetic fusion dance performance by the talented ladies from Diva Diverse dance team.
I was asked numerous times when I took the initiative and created this charity event. Well, simply put, it was to give back to the community. Cancer touches EVERYONE. It's still one of the leading causes of death and it's a devastating experience to go through. I wanted to create something positive and fun where people could come out and support the Canadian Cancer Society and all of the amazing work they do for families affected by cancer.
A massive THANK YOU to everyone who came out, shopped, donated, and especially to those who volunteered their time.
This year was the first event and I'm already looking forward to making "SHOP FOR A CAUSE" bigger and better next year! Stay tuned folks...
Enjoy some of the photos from the event!
And we're off!
This week I'm promoting my upcoming SHOP FOR A CAUSE charity shopping event in support of the Canadian Cancer Society. All this week I'm making stops at various TV and radio stations to spread the word. You may have seen my TV commercial on ATN. We are also featured on MyBindi.com and Suhaag.com. Then you'll see me popping up on all your favorite TV shows!
I'm so excited to have each and every one of you come check out all the amazing vendors. We have a CHOCOLATE ZONE, SPA ZONE, MAKEUP ZONE, BEAUTY ZONE, HENNA ZONE and of course all the fantastic clothing, jewellery, and accessories vendors. Lots of sampling and prize giveaways! I'm telling you, there is something for everyone!!!
So make sure to mark your calenders: NOVEMBER 23 from 11 to 6 pm at the Radisson Plaza in Mississauga. Grab your friends and family and COME DOWN!!!
Can't wait to see you! XOXO
I'm hosting a charity shopping event and would LOVE to see you there!
You may have heard the rumors and it's true! I am hosting the inaugural SHOP FOR A CAUSE in support of the Canadian Cancer Society on Saturday November 23rd from 11 am to 6 pm at Radisson Plaza in Mississauga. ALL proceeds will go to the Canadian Cancer Society.
It's a shopping event so come down to shop shop shop! There will be a variety of vendors selling clothing, jewellery, accessories, etc at special one day only discounts and promotions.
It's a FREE entry event so come out, bring your friends and family, and show your support. The Canadian Cancer Society will also be on site with their own booth and collecting individual donations.
This is such an important event for me. My family has been affected by cancer as I lost my dad and some family friends to the disease. The Canadian Cancer Society was such a source of support for my family during such a terrible time. They do amazing work supporting families affected by cancer so I'm so passionate about helping raise funds to help them continue all their efforts.
Everyone is touched by cancer and together we can help join in the fight against cancer. So please mark your calendars and grab your friends and check out the event. Of course I'll be there hosting so please be sure to say hello to me!
Here is the official invite. I look forward to seeing you all on November 23rd! Don't forget to 'LIKE' our official Facebook page here!
Reading through the news and spotted this piece that makes you believe in miracles and never giving up hope. Mumbai's Ganesh Raghunath Dhangade got lost when he was six years old and lived a life as an orphan as he had no means to find out who his parents were and where they lived. You would think it would be impossible to find his family given he had no info on them but twenty four years later...he found them! Amazing story. Read the story via the link below.Share