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Draped in an elegant ensemble

Sonam Kapoor has always been known for her avant-garde fashion sense and she hit the nail on the head once more recently, at a promotional event for her upcoming film

The actress looked elegant in an ice-blue soft tulle sari. The garment was given an extra edge with pearl embroidery, which complemented the feminine feel and dreamy floral patterns on the sheer pallu. The outfit was designed by Shehla Khan, who is known for her supple fabric and delicate embroidery.

Sonam teamed the sari with a pearl-encrusted blouse with sheer straps. Pearl earrings completed the look. “Sonam epitomises elegance to me, in terms of style and versatility, I decided to dress her in a beautiful ice-blue sari which would beautifully complement her complexion and figure,” says Shehla.

‘Vidya Balan is a phenomenon’

Vivek Oberoi feels that women who are keen to empower themselves and be successful should take inspiration from actress Vidya Balan, who has set an example for others with her journey.

Vidya’s career graph has been interesting — after making an impressive Bollywood debut with period love story Parineeta in 2005, she made an unsuccessful transition to glamorous roles with ‘Heyy Babyy’ and Kismat Konnection.

The on-screen image didn’t go down too well with movie-goers, though, and she was declared down and out. But Vidya bounced back with the 2009 film Paa and after that, there was no looking back for her.

She essayed a variety of roles on the big screen in Ishqiya, ‘No One Killed Jessica’, ‘The Dirty Picture’ and Kahaani with aplomb. All these films were commercially successful and critically acclaimed.

And there’s no doubt that she’s earned herself a huge fan base, of which Vivek Oberoi is apparently a part.

“Have you heard of Vidya Balan? She is such a phenomenon. She chose that path and that’s why I admire her,” Vivek says. “She decided that she doesn’t want to be everybody else, she wants to do it her way,” he adds.

   The actor, who has been a part of movies like Yuva and Saathiya, feels that Vidya has achieved such a stature with successes that she could easily be tagged Vidya Balan Khan.

 “People were like — will she (Vidya) be able to do it or not? But she has done it, she has proved it,” says the 36-year-old, adding, “Now, you should call her Vidya Balan Khan because she is creating the numbers that people have never seen before. Hats off to her.”

Meanwhile, the actor is happy that the attitude towards women and girls is changing even in rural areas now.

“In the last six years, I have seen a lot of changes. Villagers, who earlier were of the opinion that there’s no need for girls to study, now want them to study and become independent. So, that is more important,” says Vivek, who has been associated with a lot of other social causes.

Emphasising the need for social and economic independence of girls, he adds, “The economic and social independence of girls is very important. There is a need to empower them, both socially and economically.”