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Popular Director, Sportsperson, Singer turn fashion

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

Observing that wannabe models should groom themselves before aiming high in the fashion and film circuit, 'Proloy' director Raj Chakroborty today said "The turf is ready like never before but not for everybody."

Raj, having given a string of hits to Bengali film industry merging content with masala, turned up as the show-stopper of global 'FFACE' ramp, first time for a director, flanked by achievers in varied walks of life from international footballer Chima Okerie to contemporary Bengali folk rockstar-turned lyricist-turned music director Surojit with city models and upcoming actors sashaying the ramp.

"Industry has become far more positive than ever before and full time actors are also doing up modelling stints.

But to start with one must be able to handle any situation," Raj, directing centuries old period film 'Yoddha' starring Dev, explained.

He, however, felt the number of fashion shows/events celebrating the success of Tollywood is still few and far between here.

Football veteran Chima, loath to call himself as an outsider having been part of the city and its social life for years, said "This is for the first time I turn up as a show-stopper in a fashion extravaganza in my life. The fashion scenario here has grown beyond imagination. ' "Passing through a phase Kolkata now has a night life not known to people outside," he said.

Popular actors Sayani Dutta, Ridhima Ghosh, having got critical acclaims for their portrayals in recent flicks by new age directors from 'Laptop' to Moitreyee Devi-named 'Na Hanyate' walked hand in hand as two emerging female faces of Tollywood.

"It was a fatafati (amazing) experience," Sayani, back from Sweden where her films were screened before the European film buff, said.

"FFACE is a platform created for the young, fresh and talented in the field of film, fashion," having in its core committee all prominent city socialites with Raj, the blockbuster trend setter with debut 'Chirodini', as one of the mentors.

First Published: Mon, May 05 2014. 23:39 IST