Dressed for the occasion
While the tall and beautiful Sonam Kapoor chose an elegant grey figure-hugging dress with a front knot paired with a pair of black leggings for Monday evening’s Hindustan Times panel discussion on ‘Is it the best time to be young in India?’, actor Jimmy Shergill added jazz to his style, teaming his casual attire with a red scarf and glasses.
Three-time Hamirpur MP and BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur looked dapper in a formal suit, while author Amish was all smiles and comfy in a grey coat teamed with a pair of jeans. Kiran Bedi exuded power and poise in a practical gold and black Indo-western outfit. The panellists didn’t take long to bond as HT entertainment and lifestyle editor Sonal Kalra in an elegant black and white check sari moderated the discussion.
Sonam’s chemistry with Milkha
The svelte Sonam Kapoor was every bit her chirpy self, snacking on a bar of chocolate as she chatted with 86-year-old Milkha Singh, her ‘love interest’ in ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ soon after she walked in the hall.
A hush descended as women stared at the big screen wondering if the chocolate would well be her dinner. The chemistry between Sonam and the legendary athlete was apparent as the two were engrossed in a conversation unmindful of the envious glances till a fan interrupted them for an autograph on a copy of the Hindustan Times.
Shameless in politics and Bollywood
Actor Sonam Kapoor is known to shoot from the lip. In a rather politically incorrect remark, she drew a similarity between politics and Bollywood as three-time MP from Hamirpur Anurag Thakur, who is also the BCCI secretary, said she should try a career in politics too.
“In politics and Bollywood, one has to be shameless,” Sonam said before bursting out in laughter. Thakur tried to counter her saying politics was an accountable career where MPs had to go to the people every five years to prove their performance. “Well, that happens for actors every Friday at the box office too,” was the prompt retort.
Milkha is Fauji to the core
At 86, legendary athlete Milkha Singh was not only the oldest member in the gathering at the HT Youth Forum but also perhaps the fittest.
After a 24-minute speech, he stood on stage for nearly an hour, felicitating the young achievers and exhorting them to win laurels for the country. He said had it not been for the Indian Army, he wouldn’t have heard of the Olympics or Commonwealth Games. “The army made me what I am,” he said. True to his word, he spoke in Hindi and added that he had run 80 races at international events but chose to speak in the national language.
Meet Jasjeet Singh Shergill
While announcing the names of the panellists, compere Sonam Chhabra introduced Jimmy Shergill as Jasjeet Singh Shergill.
For a while, there were blank faces around till Jimmy explained that he was actually Jasjeet and that he was better known by his nickname in Bollywood.
“In fact, the credits of my first movie, Maachis, mentioned my name as Jasjeet Singh Shergill. I’ve been Jimmy after that,” he said amid cheers.
Anurag to don uniform
Actor Jimmy Shergill wanted to join the defence forces after passing out from school in Nabha but destiny had something else in store. “I wasn’t good at maths so I couldn’t make it,” he admitted dejectedly.
Hamirpur BJP MP and BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur was quick to share that Jimmy could still don the uniform, for real. “Yes, join the Territorial Army. I’ve qualified and will be joining next month,” said a beaming Thakur. “I’m sure you’ll pass the test and make it too if you try now,” he said encouraging the star. And we thought actors had it all.
(Contributed by Yojana Yadav)