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Masala! - - CONTENTS - LEKHA MENON, ED­I­TOR

Fit­tingly, the most event­ful month of the year was the last month of 2018. In Dubai, for the Asian com­mu­nity, it never gets big­ger or bet­ter than the Masala! Awards and that’s how it was that glo­ri­ous night at Fort Is­land. Ka­reena Kapoor daz­zled, Kar­tik Aaryan charmed, Navraj Hans and Grini rocked while the elite au­di­ence of Dubai raised a toast to us and the win­ners. This col­lec­tors’ is­sue is ded­i­cated to the win­ners - on and off the stage. To the achiev­ers who con­trib­ute to the great­ness of this na­tion. And to the stars who ful­fill our fan­tasies. Of course, cap­tur­ing all the glam was the pa­parazzi in this case, led by the most sought-af­ter pa­parazzo, Vi­ral Bhayani (an in­flu­encer and celeb in his own right) who flew in to cap­ture the Masala! Awards through his lens. Catch all the ac­tion from the big night in this power-packed edi­tion (pg 24-63).

In other news, 2019 looks ex­cit­ing al­ready. My bet in Bol­ly­wood, is on the prover­bial ‘out­sider’ who it seems, is here to stay. (Nepo­tism, bye-bye?). The prime ex­am­ple is Kar­tik Aaryan, our spe­cial star at the Masala! Award who is on a golden run. His next movie will be out in March and per­haps this will be his real test af­ter the sur­prise su­per-suc­cess of Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety. His boy­ish en­thu­si­asm cer­tainly won me over (pg 28).

Also, don’t miss our in­ter­view with the star of the mo­ment, Sara Ali Khan. Can­did, sweet, re­fresh­ingly hon­est and in­tel­li­gent – this is a starkid with a dif­fer­ence. We asked her about the con­stant com­par­isons with the other star child with a golden spoon, Janhvi Kapoor. Her re­ply will leave you stumped (pg 22).

If you are back from your hol­i­days, then don’t miss all the ac­tion in Dubai. And Jan­uary 2019 is an ac­tion-packed month. From con­certs to the big Dubai Shop­ping Fes­ti­val (DSF), you will have your hands full.

Wel­come to 2019!

... THE FASH­ION TRENDS THAT WILL ROCK 2019

THIS MONTH WE WANT TO…

...AP­PRE­CI­ATE SARA ALI KHAN WE HEART THIS GIRL, SHE IS SPE­CIAL!

.... EYE KAR­TIK AARYAN HE FROM THE MO­MENT KAR­TIK CHARMEDMASALA! AWARDS AR­RIVED FOR THE

CELEB PHO­TOG­RA­PHER VI­RAL BHAYANI FLEW DOWN TO COVER THE AWARDS NIGHT

...WATCH THE MU­SI­CAL MUGHAL-E-AZAM

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