He says he doesn’t need an introduction. In justification, he adds, “I’m one of India’s leading fashion choreographers, having choreographed more than 2,000 fashion shows.” Meet Kaushik Ghosh — the man who choreographed the first Chandigarh Fashion Week in 2010, which featured as many as 36 top designers of the country. In city on Wednesday, Kaushik talked about the reason for coming down to Chandigarh and his stint in the world of fashion.
After a gap of eight years, Kaushik is set to conduct a workshop to groom individuals for an entry into Bollywood and fashion modelling. The workshop would be conducted in association with the upcoming Grooming Zone Institute of Performing Arts in Sector 34, he tells us. “The auditions for the workshop and a seminar would be held on August 30, and the workshop would be held from August 30 till September 8. It will be divided into two groups — one for those aged between five and 14 years (junior group) and the other for those aged between 15-30 years (senior group),” he informs. The venue of the workshop has not yet been decided, adds Kaushik.
Charging R7,999 to the seniors and R6,999 to the juniors, Kaushik says the workshop will include guidance in portfolio building, client meetings, PR management, interviews, art of facing the camera, backstage management, grooming and styling. “I have conducted more than 400 such workshops all over India,” says Kaushik, adding that the winners of the workshop would be awarded with a one year modelling contract with the modelling and fashion show agency owned by Kaushik — The Roots. “The candidate will get to walk the ramp with India’s supermodels,” he smiles.
The grand finale of the workshop would be held at the launch of Grooming Zone Performing Institute in the city, where a mega fashion shows featuring India’s leading models would be held.
Kaushik will soon wear the director’s hat with his upcoming Hindi film based on the life of a male model. Says Kaushik about the film that goes on the floors in December, “When I saw Fashion, I felt I couldn’t relate it to the fashion industry at all. It was more scripted than real. How often do you comes across a female model taking drugs on the roadside?” he asks. Claiming that his film is based on true facts, Kaushik goes on to talk about the issue of casting couch.
“I think casting couch is exaggerated and mostly used as a publicity gimmick. I won’t name people, but I recently came across a model from Nainital who is the boyfriend of a renowned fashion designer. Such people pretend to be gays just for the sake of publicity. Also, a lot of people use sexuality as a ladder. Stereotypes suggesting designers are usually gay makes many aspiring youngsters start to act like one. These people act like gays when they are struggling and become straight as soon as they get famous,” he laughs. Kaushik surprises us in more ways than one.