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Hola 2011

As the year draws to a close it’s probably the greatest time to reflect. And so, this year-end-column calls for some nostalgia…

entertainment Updated: Dec 26, 2010 16:37 IST
Miss K

As the year draws to a close it’s probably the greatest time to reflect. And so, this year-end-column calls for some nostalgia…

A departure from last year’s list of resolutions and grand plans, this year I chose to reflect on the year that was.

2010 was the year I shot my first film. The film didn’t see the light of day; neither did my first boyfriend but they were still my firsts!

It was also the year I found love! More importantly, 2010 was the year I found myself. I have truly began to listen to my heart, and steer clear of the voices in my head.

Lessons learnt:

Quality not quantity
This year I chose to be picky about the work I did and therefore shot for a grand total of just two ads. One with Anurag Kashyap and the other with his namesake, Anurag Basu.

Oh! Didn’t I tell you about the Anurag Basu one? That’s cause I’m shooting for it today and tomorrow! Merry Christmas!

It’s not what you do, it’s how you do it.
The year entailed the same things, auditions, meetings, workouts, but something had changed — my approach. Doing the task at hand to the best of your ability whether it’s that tricep dip or that fairness cream audition, mindfulness is the key. Something I owe to yoga.

Our lives are defined by opportunities, even the ones we miss.
I also got very close to getting a film this year. I didn’t mention this earlier for fear of it getting jinxed. But now that it has anyway, what the heck! The film was surrounded by the hyped launch of a sporting sensation and the role wasn’t the kind you come across too often.
(a) Since it was a lead that a famous actress dropped out of
(b) The role was of (hold your breath!)— a high class hooker and item girl by day! A bar girl/ kotheywali role stands a huge chance of bagging a National Award, especially in our country (think Tabu for Chandni Bar, Rekha for Umraao Jaan).

But considering it would’ve been my debut role, I stood a higher chance of being type-casted than nationally felicitated. After a lot of debate and discussion, I eventually lost the role to a slightly more established actress and a known name on the small screen. It slipped out of my hands.

But I guess everything happens for a reason, and only in retrospect do we realise that it’s generally for a good reason. Hmm.

Overall, 2010 was a more focussed year, high on learning. I hope to make the best of the coming year and hope you do to. Here’s wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a splendid 2011!

Red carpet trends

At the Golden Globes this year, bright colours and soft silhouettes are expected to replace the tight-fitting, shimmery gowns we're accustomed to seeing at the do. According to celebrity stylists, the 2011 awards could be the first one in a long time where designers break the red-carpet mould. “A lot of the spring collections had vibrant, beautiful colours. Hopefully we will see a lot of that, plus softer silhouettes,” said Jessica Paster, who predicts Dolce & Gabbana and Dior to be the chosen celebrity label at the January awards show.

The contenders for the 2011 Golden Globes were announced this Tuesday. They include Hollywood favourites Natalie Portman (Black Swan), Angelina Jolie (The Tourist) and Anne Hathaway (Love and Other Drugs). People Style Watch delineated the actresses’ contrasting styles: “Portman continues to tap into her feminine side with elegant frocks by Jason Wu, Rodarte and Lanvin, while Jolie has taken to more sophisticated silhouettes from the likes of Atelier Versace.” Portman is expected to wear a Dior frock, given her recent appointment as the Miss Dior Cherie fragrance spokesperson in 2011.