Qissa-e Parsi: The Parsi Story
There is something about the Parsis—their wry humour, their distinct laughter and their inimitable wit. They embody life and eccentricity.
Qissa-e Parsi: The Parsi Story is a documentary film by Divya Cowasji and Shilpi Gulati that candidly portrays the Parsi community and celebrates their culture. The soft-hued documentary is an intimate canvas of the history of the dwindling community, their lives, the matters in question, their significant contributions to society and what it means to be a Parsi.
Directors, Divya and Shilpi have been working in the field of documentary filmmaking for the last four years. Former students at the School of
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The Collection: Lakme Fashion
The Designer: Accessory designer Kanika Sachdeva started with the basics. After wrapping up school, she enrolled herself at The National Institute of Fashion Technology where she learnt about the different aspects of the fashion world and the dynamics of the craft. She later applied for a Masters in Design & Atelier from University for the Creative Arts, Rochester, where she explored the field even further. In 2013, after a brief stint at working with London based designers, Anya Sushko and Rachel Freire, an experience that equipped her with immense skill and knowledge of running a brand, Kanika established Square Loop,
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Contextualize yourself in one line?
I am a seeker in quest of a balance between humanity and aesthetics.
If you had to look back on Umrao Jaan and give a blurb on the film to someone of today’s generation, how would you sum it up?
Footsteps on the sands of time, getting clearer with passing
An event from the past that has most influenced you?
Discovering the Sufiana kalaam of Kashmir—it is discovering poetry, music, time and timelessness in the same breath.
Freedom for you means?
End of human subjugation; a sense of being equal, feeling equal. In refined terms, humility.
Can you deconstruct your upcoming film, Jaanisaar?
It is based on a slice of history, which the people of our country should be aware of. It depicts the aftermath of 1857 as seen 20 years later, which could be a kernel for a sense of equality and the right to freedom.
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