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De­signer Ranna Gill’s feath­ery eye lashes in her Spring Sum­mer 2021 line show­cased at Lo­tus Make-up In­dia Fash­ion Week brought to mind Mai­son Valentino Spring Sum­mer cou­ture 2019 show’s feather rimmed eyes by makeup maven Pat McGrath. When con­tacted, Ranna says that she was in­spired by the Valentino eyes though she tweaked the feath­ery treat­ment in her out­ing. “Valentino was the ref­er­ence point. I loved that show. And for the past seven months, I’ve been dream­ing of flow­ers and feath­ers,” says Ranna. Makeup artist Am­bika Pil­lai, too, ac­cepted that the Mai­son Valentino was the brief given to her by the de­signer. It’s sur­pris­ing though that the ‘trib­ute’ finds no men­tion in any of the cap­tions of the de­signer’s show.

Nikita Deb

The cult ’90s show Cap­tain Vyom is all set to make a come­back in a re­newed avatar. Orig­i­nal cre­ator, Ke­tan Me­hta, who helmed the sci-fi su­per­hero se­ries back in the day, confirms the news and says that it is a “very ex­cit­ing de­vel­op­ment”. “It is af­ter 20 years that we are rein­vent­ing that con­cept. Cap­tain Vyom was the first In­dian sci-fi se­ries and an en­tire gen­er­a­tion of kids en­joyed it at that time. It was also In­dia’s first en­counter with space age. Now, with In­dia get­ting into space, it is an in­cred­i­ble con­cept to be rein­vented for the younger gen­er­a­tion,” says Me­hta, who won’t be spear­head­ing the fran­chises but will be cre­atively in­volved in the five-part film, and fivepart web se­ries.

The se­ries star­ring ac­tor Milind So­man had a huge fan fol­low­ing back in the day, and Me­hta be­lieves that it is the best time to bring it back. “We are per­fectly placed to reimag­ine the mytho­log­i­cal and su­per­nat­u­ral el­e­ments of the show. So, a fresh In­dian per­spec­tive to the space age should be ex­cit­ing,” he adds.

Since the ’90s, the vis­ual ef­fects and an­i­ma­tion in­dus­try in In­dia has only seen an up­ward growth. And Me­hta says that it is now time for the in­dus­try to take the big leap, and com­pete in the global mar­kets. “Cap­tain Vyom was the be­gin­ning of vis­ual ef­fects in In­dia. It was the first such show and since then, the en­tire sce­nario has changed. In­dia has emerged as a strong player in the an­i­ma­tion game. The vis­ual ef­fects in­dus­try has re­ally de­vel­oped in the last 20 years. So, we are ready to cre­ate con­tent for the global au­di­ences. It is time that we took the big leap in the world of sci­ence fic­tion,” signs off Me­hta.



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