BY ANUJ RADIA

The team of forthcoming Bollywood war-film Paltan graced their presence at the Stardust Achievers Awards, which was held at London’s opulent Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane on 1st June.

During this star-studded evening, Hindi movie dignitary Vyajayanthimala was commemorated, whilst Hema Malini launched her biography ‘Beyond The Dream Girl’ in London.

Arjun Rampal, Sonu Sood, Luv Sinha, Harshvardhan Rane and Gurmeet Choudhary along with Director J.P. Dutta, the team of Paltan conquered the red-carpet of the awards. Asian Style managed to get a tete-a-tete with some of the stars themselves.

Harshvardhan, who has been missing from the UK promotional spree, managed to make it to the final leg of Paltan promotions in London. Talking about this, the Sanam Teri Kasam actor told us:

“I’m now getting used to entering at the last moments for this film because I was cast for the film in a similar manner [after Mr Abhishek Bachchan opted out]. Now, I’ve reached at the last moment of promotional event and this is God’s way of telling me that I just have to keep trying and I will always get through [smiles].”

In addition the Paltan team, it was wonderful to see two legendary actress in Hindi cinema – Hema Malini and Vyjayanthimala honouring the red-carpet with their ethereal and elegant presence.

Veteran actress Vyajaynthimala, who is best known for her performances in Bollywood classics like Devdas, Madhumati and Sangam (to name a few) has seen the industry churn and evolve over time.

As a result, the legendary actress was commemorated with the ‘Lifetime Contribution to Cinema’ Award. Humbled upon receiving this trophy, Vyajayanthimala shared a few words with Asian Style:

“I have always tried to be myself. It’s nice to be natural and I’m a very open person. There’s no ego or anything like that. I don’t go to the skies when I get praise. Everything is by God’s grace and elders’ blessings.”

Hema Malini launches biography in the UK; Esha Deol Takhtani makes film comeback with Cakewalk

Hema Malini, who is celebrated for roles like Basanti in Sholay and the sister double-act in Seeta Aur Geeta (again, to name a few), saw her biography being launched in the UK last night. Reflecting on the biography, ‘Beyond The Dream Girl’ Hemaji stated:

“Being here in the UK with you all is very special. For that, I would like to thank Ram Kamal Mukherjee, who has written this book. Ram had already written one book and it was a big surprise to me. Sometime back Ram told me he’s going to write another book. Then he told me about ‘beyond’ the dream girl, which I didn’t know what that meant.”

She added: “He told me after joining politics and becoming an MP, certain things have happened on my life, which I didn’t even realise, but from the outside, Ram understood some of those things. So all that has been documented in the book.”

Esha Deol Takhtani was amongst other celebrities present and the event. Esha is all set to make her comeback with a Hindi short feature film. Titled Cakewalk, this project will also be directed by Ram Kamal Mukherjee.

Talking about her comeback project, Esha told Asian Style: “I was very excited, especially because this is the first time after giving birth to a baby. So it’s been [literally] a cakewalk and I had a wonderful time playing my character. I chose to this because it has a beautiful message not just for all the women, but also the men out there.”

Ram also exchanged a few words about the short film. He said: “Cakewalk is a journey of a lady, which most ladies go through mostly in India. The main character’s name is Shilpa Sen (played by Esha), who is a chef and it is a 22-minute film.

It’s a story one day, 24-hours in a life and how every day is so difficult for everybody and it is not a cakewalk. So you need to see the film to understand what are the waves and situations that the character faces in those 24 hours in her life.”