April 14, 2009 12:45:04 am
At the eighth edition of the Hindu College alumni awards held at The Lalit Hotel,the members of the Old Students Association old and new chatted with one another and reminisced the days when they were young. While actor Arjun Rampal,who graduated in 1993,came clean about his lack of interest in theatre and stage fright after he picked up an award for his contribution to the film industry,Imtiaz Ali,the gangly director of Jab We Met,spoke about his leftist leaning during college.
The evening,presided over by Lalit Bhasin,president of OSA,also saw sundry witticisms,as members took an occasional verbal jab at old time rival St Stephens College. It is always a delightful moment for the alumni to come together and celebrate success in their respective areas, said Bhasin. Actor Tisca Chopra was spotted sitting next to cricketer Saba Karim,while Loveleen Tandon,casting director of Slumdog Millionaire,chatted with Ali and Rampal. I have some great memories of college. I loved cinema and was a big fan of theatre. Active participation in debates gave me a lot of confidence. I remember sitting with Imtiaz and another friend and discussing our future plans, recalled Tandon,a 1994 Sociology graduate. She picked an award for her contribution as casting director of Slumdog Millionaire. While Ali was awarded for being a young achiever in films,Chopras work in films and television was acknowledged.
The college has produced many film personalities such as Manoj Kumar,Alok Nath,director Vishal Bhardwaj and singer Mukesh, shared Bhasin. Rampal,dressed in a black suit,graciously obliged the guests for photographs and Ali chatted with Professor Kavita Sharma. During our time the principal PC Verma told us that if you are part of two productions you could miss classes, joked Ali,who is gearing up for his next film Love Aaj Kal. The chief guest Yash Chopra,though not an alumnus of the college,said he enjoyed every bit of the evening. Some of the leading lawyers in attendance included Justice GS Sistani and Ravindra Bhat.
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