‘They told me Masaba is not a name, it’s a coun­try’

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Snigdha Ahuja ■ snigdha.ahuja@htlive.com

In the thriv­ing in­dus­try of de­signer fakes, Masaba Gupta, the print queen of In­dian fash­ion, sud­denly en­coun­tered her­self at La­j­pat Na­gar — she dis­cov­ered that aside from be­ing a per­son, she was also a coun­try!

In a Face­book Live con­ver­sa­tion with Hin­dus­tan Times, the 27-year-old de­signer said, “I had gone to a fab­ric store in La­j­pat Na­gar (South Delhi) and this guy comes up to me and says, ‘Madam dekho, aaj naya Masaba print aaya hai, aapko dekhna hai (Madam, there’s a new Masaba print that has come in, do you want to see it)?’ So I said, ‘Lis­ten, I am Masaba!’ And he’s like, ‘Lis­ten, what are you talk­ing about? There’s no such thing as Masaba. It’s a coun­try where the prints come from.’”

And what’s her take on the copy­cat be­hav­iour? “I love it,” she said. “The fact that I’m able to pro­vide some­one [with a] liveli­hood is great. It’s not eat­ing [into] my mar­ket, so it doesn’t mat­ter. It is just mak­ing the brand stronger.”

The con­ver­sa­tion turned to Bol­ly­wood, and Masaba, as the daugh­ter of noted actor Neena Gupta, was asked if she ever thought of join­ing films. The de­signer replied that while she grew up sur­rounded by Bol­ly­wood, her mother’s hon­esty kept her away from the in­dus­try. “My mother told me that you are not that con­ven­tional a face, and that you’ll find it hard for peo­ple to ac­cept you in Bol­ly­wood. I took that advice, be­cause I don’t like be­ing sec­ond in any­thing. I like to be on top of my game.”

PHOTO: VIDYA SUBRA­MA­NIAN/HT

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