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India is a ‘Feminine Country’ for me, says French Footwear Designer Christian Louboutin

Christian Louboutin think Indians are very emotional and diverse at the same time

French footwear designer Christian Louboutin. Facebook

Mumbai, October 28, 2016: World famous French footwear designer Christian Louboutin considers India a “feminine country” as he finds the people very emotional and diverse.

“I tend to give a gender to every country. Coming to India was a childhood dream. When I first came to India at the age of 16, I visited Chennai. It was so amazing! I watched films and those characters were so emotional. I think Indians are very emotional and diverse at the same time. Perhaps that’s why India is a feminine country for me,” Louboutin said here.

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The designer — known for the famous red soles on his designs — was speaking at a panel discussion on Fashion and Film at the Jio MAMI 18th Mumbai Film Festival on Thursday. The discussion, moderated by filmmaker Karan Johar, also involved fashion designer Prabal Gurung and actress Katrina Kaif.

Commenting on Louboutin’s thoughts about India, Katrina said: “You found our country emotional perhaps because not only women, but men also don’t shy away to express their emotional side on screen or in reality. On the other hand, the projection of overtly emotional man is rare in west.”

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Coming from different cultural backgrounds, all the panellists explored the fascinating connection between fashion, films, and the influence of Bollywood in their lives and creative thoughts.

Katrina said that her fashion in films changes “according to the demand of the character”.

“That is not my personal choice. I played a character in Prakash Jha’s ‘Raajneeti’ where I wore cotton saris. I think fashion in films is very character-based,” she said.

Gurung said: “One’s look does not define an individual’s talent. So there is no point in saying that a well-dressed actress is not a well read one. It doesn’t have to be mutually exclusive. Having said that, film is a visual media, like fashion. So it a tool of communication.”

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Karan Johar, who is known for his glamorous films and extravagant clothes that his actors wear, said his late father Yash Johar used to criticise his investment on clothes for “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai”. But later, those clothes became a trend.

“I went to London to shop for my films and obviously the budget got higher because of that. I wanted my characters to look in a certain way. And I am very proud of all the looks of my film, of how my actor actresses look. My father thought I am mad. Now you can see, it’s a trend,” he said. (IANS)

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Raja Chari: Indian American Astronaut chosen by NASA

Raja Chari, an American of Indian descent, has been chosen by NASA as one of the 12 astronauts for a new space mission.

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  • Raja Chari is an American of Indian descent chosen by NASA for the new batch of astronauts
  • Currently, he is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force
  • Chari will have to go through two years of astronaut training which begins in August

June 06, 2017: NASA has chosen 12 astronauts out of a record-breaking 18,300 applications for upcoming space missions. An American of Indian descent, Raja Chari, has successfully earned his spot in the top 12.

The astronauts were selected on the basis of expertise, education, and physical tests. This batch of 12 astronauts is the largest group selected by NASA since two decades. The group consisting of 7 men and 5 women surpassed the minimum requirements of NASA.

Born in Waterloo, Iowa, Chari graduated from Air Force Academy in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in Astronautical Engineering and Engineering Science. He went on to complete his master’s in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The astronaut is also a graduate of US Naval Test Pilot School.

Currently, Raja Chari is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force. He is the commander of 461st Flight Test Squadron and director of the F-35 Integrated Test Force at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

After Late Kalpana Chawla, Lt. Col. Raja Chari is the second Indian American astronaut chosen by NASA.

The 12 astronauts will have to go through two years of training. Upon completion, they will be assigned their missions ranging from research at the International Space Station, launching from American soil on spacecraft by private companies, to flying on deep space missions on NASA’s Orion Spacecraft.

The US Vice-President Mike Pence visited the Johnson Space Centre in Houston to announce and congratulate the new batch. Pence also said that President Trump is “fully committed” to NASA’s missions in space.

by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2393