Gargi Duggal – A Woman Making her Mark across the Globe

Living abroad is what most people dream of, but it isn’t always easy to leave your family, friends, and culture at home and wander off to build your career in a different country. How can one stay connected to their roots without being physically present? Gargi Duggal, a resident of America, is one such person who stays grounded to her foundation while exploring a new lifestyle in the west.
Gargi has a niche for dancing since she was two years old. Her dance journey began in Nadiad, a small town in Gujarat. Her mother inspired her to dance, and by the age of five, she passed her first dance exam. Later in her life, she pursued her dream and received a Bachelor’s degree in Bharatnatyam, a well-known traditional Indian dance discipline.
The virtuoso has been gifted with multiple talents, as she has the ability to manage her time. Gargi Duggal is an excellent role model for this vital skill, and she can keep up with her hectic schedule. Her day consists of working at her IT job, running Gargi Productions, managing an abacus-based business, and being a mother to her two girls. The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule but to schedule your priorities. “Complete your primary tasks first and then take it from there,” Gargi says.

Talking about how immigrants can establish themselves in a foreign country, Ms. Duggal says, “India is my motherland, it has cared for and fed me for my initial 26 years. My fatherland is America, and it is where I moved after getting married. In the west, I have more opportunities and my interests flourished. Nothing, however, happens overnight; there is always a great deal of perseverance and passion. You are the only person that will never leave your side; motivate yourself to put your best foot forward every day. You need to tell yourself that no matter what comes your way, you are going to fight it out and reach your ultimate peak of triumph.”

Ultimately, scheduling and being determined to succeed are the two ingredients needed to achieve success and become an icon. Gargi Duggal has meticulously executed her skills and has received numerous awards. Sushmita Sen, Miss Universe 1994, presented her with the “Woman of Substance” award in March 2019. She has been a radio jockey with Radio Salaam Namaste and a media professional with Toppick Media since she enjoys a variety of jobs.

Shaan, Mohit Chauhan, Sukhwinder Singh, Indie Route Band, Varun Behl, Rohit Verma, Lauren Gottlieb and Manushi Chillar (Miss World 2017) are some of the celebrities Gargi had the opportunity to interview. Ultimately, she is not only a complete collection of skills, but also a symbol of women empowerment in today’s world!

      

Gargi Duggal –  A Woman Making her Mark across the Globe

Subhayu Chakraborti Director Says Indian Cinema Is Evolving

Exclusive Interviews by veteran journalist Of Bollywood

We are keen to know your journey to world of Cinema. How has it been to be known as a Film director?

-It has been an interesting journey. I have come from the Visual media background. So for me it’s a dying need to make a film. It just occurs to me naturally. I feel that Cinema is a powerful medium and can help in conveying interesting stories and concepts that, I have come across, to my audience.

Filmmaking is a laborious job. So what keeps you motivated?

-For me, film making is not a laborious but a creative job. You are a like a craftsman. It’s a creative process. When you see an art form taking shape which you’ve envisioned, the sheer joy you derive out of it is beyond expression. That is something which keeps you motivated.

As a filmmaker, who are your sources of inspiration?

-Christopher Nolan and James Cameron

How much importance do you give to the script of the film before signing up the project as a director?

-The ground should start from the script. It is a main ingredient. Therefore I work closely with a writer of the film right from the beginning and work on minute details of the script. I would prefer to work on dark stories.

And how about casting?

-Indeed it is important. If the script is the foundation then cast is the body of the film. The people you select for the roles make the proper body of the movie. This implies i-depth research. You should feel that this character is going to play this role apt or is just the one made for that role. At this stage half the battle is won.

What projects do you have coming up?

-Naira, Silbon, The Hara-kiri, One is a company-two is a crowd.

Do you think that Indian Cinema is evolving?

-Yes to a greater extent. After Covid pandemic, Cinema is going Digital. We see huge opportunity in OTT platforms. Fresh content is going to play a key role and new talent is going to help filmmakers too.

Is the taste of audience changing too?

-Yes. Very much. Days of the rosy dream sequences are gone. Today’s audience believe more in realistic and factual content.

Whom would you love to work with? Why?

-Tapsee. She is a versatile actress and give justice to the character she is playing. I feel that as director, one can mold her as per the character requirement of the movie.

What do you think of OTT?

-As I said, as result of Pandemic, OTT’s proved to be a boon. It is the future of Cinema. OTT offers direct streaming services to viewers. Due to this apart from traditional viewers, target audience is changing who have got different taste which welcomes new content and different movie experience. People are getting more access to web series, short films through this OTT platform. So one should look forward to OTT platform with better scripts and fresh content.

    

Exclusive Interviews by veteran journalist Of Bollywood

DR SANDEEP MARWAH HONOURED IN DUBAI

He’s in the news again! For all the right reasons though. Seven World Record holder and a media baron Dr Sandeep Marwah of Republic of India was honoured for his untiring contribution to World Peace and Unity through art and culture by The Abrahamic Business Circle in a grand event at Hotel Taj at Dubai, UAE.

“Dr. Sandeep Marwah, case study in 27 countries, is in media for 40 years, studio business for 30 years and in education for 27 years. His contribution to the world media, films, art and culture has no comparison. Seven times he has been presented with Honorary Doctorate for his research and execution of innovative ideas in media and entertainment industry. Chair for more than hundred organizations and bringing almost 100 countries together to work for love, peace and unity through art and culture has made him an icon on his own rights and merit. He has been bestowed upon more than 800 awards from all over the world. Nominated by 60 countries as their cultural representative with different names and titles is another World Record,” a citation read by Fatima Sotto, Managing Director of The Abrahamic Business Circle.

The award –The Most Inspirational Personality of 2021 was handed over to Dr. Marwah by renowned businessman and social worker H.E. Mohammed Al Ali and H.E. Dr. Raphael Nagel founder and Chairman of the Abrahamic Business Circle under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Juma Bin Maktoum Juma Al Maktoum.

Dr. Sandeep Marwah is teacher to 19000 media professionals from 145 countries of the world. He is the founder & Chancellor of AAFT University of Media and Arts. Nominated as National Chairman for Media and Entertainment Committee BIS Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Government of India, presently performing as Chief Scout for India and President International Chamber of Media And Entertainment Industry. He is also Chair for Indo UAE Film and Cultural Forum.

The award was presented in the august gathering of who’s who of Dubai including H.E. Franz Michael Skjold Mellbin Ambassador of Denmark to UAE, Raul Silva Managing Director and CEO Mojay Global Holding, H.E. Deng Deng Nhial Ambassador of South Sudan to UAE, Adnan Sawadi Stragic Advisor Knowingo, H.E. Sharifi Bahadur Mahmudzoda Ambassador of Tajikistan to UAE and H.E. Bogdan Kolarov Ambassador of Republic of Bulgaria to UAE.

Great going,Mr Sandeep..!

David Solomon Chairman of Solomon Capital Group, Ali Shabdar Reginal Director MEA ZOHO Corporation, Kian Choong Cheah Investment Advisor, Dr. Ben Hanson Consultant Solar Energy, Ronen Mikdashi Vice President Marketing Cybergym, Jon Salazar founder and President Gazelle Wind Power and Dr. Andrea Claudio Galluozzo di Capramozza CEO Hercules Holding & Co Founder of The Abrahamic Business Circle were also present there.

 

Great going, Dr Sandeep..!

… Nirmal Mishra Mumbai