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Talent show, The Voice, will be having its much anticipated launch in India this month. With judges Sunidhi Chauhan, Himesh Reshammiya, Mika Singh and Shaan and hosted by Karan Tacker, the show is expected to be a hit. After leaving the hit drama, Ek Hazaaron Mein Meri Behna Hai, he went on to become a contestant on Jhalak Dikhla Ja 7. He has now landed the role of hosting the first ever The Voice India. Sitting down with Anita Chumber, Karan spoke about the show, what viewers should expect and finding inspiration with Pitbull.

 

 

Congratulations on becoming the host of The Voice India, why did you choose to take up the role?

 

The voice has been a fantastic platform. I love the format of the blind auditions. In general I love being around artists and that’s the reason I took it up because I will be amongst great talent. In regards to hosting, I always follow my heart when I’m doing things.

 

 

What do you expect from the show?

 

The show is really vibrant. The set is brilliant. The whole idea of pressing a button when you like a voice is really exiting – I don’t think India has seen anything like this before. It will connect the audience. As a host I will be able to see the contestants before the coaches – its very differential. Here nothing materialistic matters. Their age, gender or their stories – none of it matters.

 

 

Have you worked with the judges, Sunidhi Chauhan, Himesh Reshammiya, Mika Singh and Shaan, before?

 

This is the first time I have worked with them, but I have met them before whilst hosting red carpet events. I know Mika from previous projects and he’s got a kind spirit and a very big heart. This is the first time I have met Sunidhi. They are all absolutely brilliant in the fields that they are in and I just feel humbled to be amongst them.

 

 

Recently we read a story that you have taken inspiration from Pitbull, tell us about it?

 

I like Pitbull – he is a very chilled out guy. I just love the guy’s energy and I like that about him. I am the kind of guy that is on his feet. So I was able to connect with the guy.

 

 

What personal touches will you bring to The Voice India?

 

My personal touches are me. I bring my heart to this show, or hosting in general. That’s what audiences will get an essence of.

 

 

What should viewers expect?

 

There will be a range of great talent and contestants will be coming from a variety of backgrounds. You have great coaches who are all having a crazy time on set. The way they fight for a contestant is very cute. The contestants are left speechless because it’s a very pivotal moment when you know people of that status are fighting for you. But the cheery on the top is that they get to see me!

 

How is it like on set?

 

Busy. On the set we have 105 contestants and the coaches are having a blast with them. Every time they pick someone – the way they end up bouncing is quite funny.

 

 

If you were a contestant on the show, which coach would you pick?

 

I would be grateful to be picked by any of the four!

 

Looking at the international series, which is your favourite?

 

I think season seven of the US version – that was pretty brilliant.

 

 

 

The Voice (India) will air June 6 on &TV

Having starred in both British dramas and Hollywood blockbusters, Martin Delaney has had a career as diverse as his new film! As well as popular shows such as Family Affairs and The Bill, Delaney has mingled with Hollywood heavyweights such as Clint Eastwood in the acclaimed hit Flags of our Fathers and Kathryn Bigelow in Zero Dark Thirty. The young actor now plays one third of the trio in his new comedy Amar, Akbar and Tony. His character, Tony, is on the hunt for his new love in the Asian community, the question is will he succeed? Delaney talks to us about diversity in film, working with an amazing cast and how to find the one!

 

Tell me a bit about your character Tony.

 

Tony is a Londoner with Irish heritage on his dad’s side, he’s lived in Southall all his life and been friends with Amar and Akbar since he was a kid. Tony’s a softie with a heart of gold, he tries but he’s not the brightest or most charming of the three. Living in a largely British-Asian community he’s become obsessed with Asian women. The question is will he find the Asian girl of his dreams? Or more to the point is the girl of his dreams looking for her “Caucasian prince”?

 

What drew you to this project?

 

The thing that drew me to the piece was the script and role, it read like a really fun script with room for light as well as moments of heart and weight. Of course the role was great fun. Tony being described as ‘the honorary Asian’ reminded me of moments in my life that were important. I worked in New Zealand some years ago and I was taken under the wing of the Maori boys, there were elements of the character that reminded me of this time. The fact that Tony would be my first comedic lead in film was of course exciting, not to mention that I am British Asian myself. I don’t look it as I’m Caucasian but my mum is Burmese and my dad is Irish. I identified with the strong family and friendship themes running through the piece.

 

Do you feel this film is an accurate representation of London today?

 

The piece represented London and in particular Southall very well. London is a melting pot of different cultures and communities and it’s used as a backdrop in a very positive light in Amar, Akbar and Tony. When I grew up in South East London/Kent border, culture didn’t keep me away from my friends of different race or faith and the movie echoes that.

 

You’ve starred in Hollywood blockbusters such as Zero Dark Thirty and Flags of our Fathers. Do you enjoy working on these big movies as well as local films such as Amar, Akbar and Tony?

 

I have and yes, they are incredibly enjoyable. I managed to do a few Hollywood movies now and I’m particularly proud of being part of the two you mentioned. Not only because Clint Eastwood and Kathryn Bigelow are wonderful directors and not to mention charming human beings, but because both those movies were nominated for Oscars with Zero Dark Thirty winning one. It’s lovely to be involved in all that! Zero Dark Thirty had some great cameos which lead to it also winning ‘Best Ensemble Cast’ at The Critics Choice Awards. Winning over fantastic movies like Les Miserables feels incredible and I’m very grateful. In those big Hollywood pictures I also tend to play American roles which I love to do where possible.

 

Did you, Sam and Rez become close friends during filming?

 

Sam, Rez and I got on so well during filming, I love those boys! I read somewhere that directing is 60% casting, well Shakyra Dowling along with the director Atul Malhotra did a top job with this piece because we all had such a blast and bonded in a truly natural and believable way. The girls are all fantastic too; it’s been a real pleasure and honour to work with them. I had worked with Laura Aikman and Amrita Acharia before in television and it was a joy to spend time with them again.

 

As well as comedy, are there serious moments the audiences can relate to?

 

There are serious moments of course, every story needs drama and conflict and Amar Akbar and Tony doesn’t avoid this. There’s a moment in the early part of the movie that puts strain on their relationship as friends. Not to mention the dramas involved with trying to find the girl of your dreams, I think everyone can identify with that. Love is never easy, but it’s always worth it!

 

What was it like working with such an ensemble and multicultural cast?

 

As I mentioned earlier, the cast were just incredible, every single member. We all had such fun together and were a really great team. It was a delight to work opposite Meera Syal and Nina Wadia too. Not only are they super talented ladies but really beautiful and generous people. You mentioned it being a multicultural cast, but it didn’t stop there. Amar, Akbar and Tony had the biggest multicultural crew I’d ever worked with and that was inspiring. In a time where diversity in British film is a huge negative talking point, Amar Akbar and Tony really did prove that there are no reasons why film can’t be more diverse.

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Karanvir Bhupal

The highly anticipated new series PREMature comes to screens and lifts the curtains on life’s struggles. Teenager Prem Mehta must overcome the death of his grandmother and sudden divorce of his parents to learn to grow up fast, however the strained relationship with his parents and constant obstacles make this a tough journey to make. Whether it is family, bullying, marriage or the trials of youth, director Rohith Katbamna brings a fresh and surreal window into the troubled lives of our characters. We sat down with debut actor Karanvir Bhupal who plays troubled teenager Prem. Karanvir talks about his new role, fighting your demons and what makes PREMature stand out from the crowd.

Tell me about your character and his role in the plot.

Prem is the lone wolf of the series, it’s a time where he’s carving out the rest of his life but with certain restraints. The death of his grandmother and separation of his parents add to his already dull daily routine. The role for Prem is simple, he is there to show that no matter what is thrown at you, you continue and try and bring the best out of that situation even if it means helping others first and thinking about yourself later. He’s just a boy realising its time to become a man and stand up.

In your own words, what is the overall theme of the series?

Honestly, that there is a light in that very dark tunnel.

Were there any aspects of the show that you could personally relate to?

Many, at times it was like I was portraying myself. Prem’s character has allowed me to contribute my own life lessons into this project, I guess it’s that realistic. Having had periods of my life which were quite dark I can sympathise with Prem and have a great respect for him. Depression, anxiety and death have a massive effect on one but it’s how you channel these things, what you do with them that separates you from the people that give up.

There was a lot of improvisation to make the dialogue sound real, was this easy to do as an actor?

To be honest it wasn’t hard at all, acting for me is a lot more than just becoming someone and learning their lines. It’s living and breathing them, actually taking the time out to think about why something should be said in a different way or why it should be changed, it’s all about being comfortable. I give props to Rohith for this as the script was amazing and he gave us ownership of the characters which allowed us to make certain dialogue choices.

Could you tell me a bit more about your acting background before PREMature?

PREMature is my debut project, however I had the chance some years ago to work with Rohith on a short, this was my first time meeting and working with him, I knew from that day I wanted to work with him again. A few years later I was given the opportunity to audition for Prem and here I am.

What drew you to this project?

The project will speak for itself when released, it’s so different, it’s real. The amount of heart that has gone into making PREMature is what blew me away. We’re all family, everyone who is part of this means a lot to me and I guess for something that was shot in a very tight eight weeks you would think we hardly got to talk to each other and build bonds, but we did. Everyone on the project wanted to be there, from love to tension everything was felt in the air.

What do you want the audience to take away from this series?

I understand that PREMature will not be everyone’s cup of tea however, it can change lives, I know for me and some of the cast this has been the case. If just one person attaches himself or herself to a character or a storyline, I honestly think we have all succeeded.

Finally do you have any future roles you can tell us about?

I wish I could, I’m going to let this sink in first because its huge for me, everything is all new to me and I’m loving it. I have nothing on the table right now but I would love to work with Rohith and Terry again given the chance, both great people who I consider to be family. But right now I’m enjoying the experience.

Actress Meera Ganatra

The highly anticipated new series PREMature comes to screens and lifts the curtains on life’s struggles. Teenager Prem Mehta must overcome the death of his grandmother and sudden divorce of his parents to learn to grow up fast, however the strained relationship with his parents and constant obstacles make this a tough journey to make. Whether it is family, bullying, marriage or the trials of youth, director Rohith Katbamna brings a fresh and surreal window into the troubled lives of our characters. We sat down with Meera Ganatra who plays Prem’s emotionally damaged mother Neelam. Meera gives us the low down on her role in the series and her experience shooting this unique show.

What attracted you to this project?

The director Rohith got in touch with me through Casting Call Pro which is an actor’s website where actors can apply for jobs they feel suitable for. I looked at the script for the pilot and I saw his previous work where he did a great documentary for South Africa called Hooking in Joburg, which was quite controversial but very real. Based on that I thought this guy has got something and I was able to meet him and get the job. PREMature is very naturalistic, emotional and has dark humour; it is very different to other TV shows that are out.

Tell me about your character and her role in this plot.

I play Neelam who is the mother of the protagonist and the series begins quite dramatically with her mother passing away and she finds out her husband has cheated on her again. Their marriage breaks down after 21 years so she has to find her feet again and cope with two major traumatic experiences. The relationship with her children and whole family is also affected by this, she has no control over the whole situation and she is very vulnerable and in a broken state. Throughout the series you will see how she copes with it, what she does and how she emerges at the end. There are things she does that may surprise you!

What was your experience like bringing Neelam’s issues to life?

As a performer you always want a character that is challenging and you can get your feelings into, I have been working on this project for the past couple of years since I first joined the series and filmed the pilot. So when we filmed the sixth episode I had done all my research on the character and been there and felt it. It is hard to do but when you really believe in the character you can bring reality to it. I have not experienced any of the things she went through but I am married with kids so you empathise with people who go through those experiences.

As a mother yourself could you relate in any way to Neelam’s storyline?

When you have a child in your life it is the most amazing experience any woman can go through. The relationship you have with your children is so precious and pure, but in this story the relationship with my older children is not broken but difficult and as a mother it is a very sad and frightening position where this child is growing up and moving away from you. You can feel very guilty and a breakdown of a marriage would also be difficult.

Do you feel the series breaks away from Asian stereotypes?

The series has got nothing to do with being Indian or Asian, it is about family and situations that could happen in any household that no one would really know about it. I play an Indian but it is not relevant at all because the director envisaged the series not to have ethnicity in the forefront. I could be a white woman and she would deal with it in the same way. It is nice to have a character who is not totally reliant on being Indian but you can still bring your culture and essence in because that is who we are. You are not pretending to be something.

Is it nerve racking making your TV debut?

Not really because I have done a lot of short films and corporate films before, this is just my first big six part series, but it was good as we were part of the journey and had time to get into the characters over time unlike short films I had done which were shot over a couple of days and then you’re done. This was easier as a result.

What do you want audiences to take away from this series?

I want them to enjoy the series, it is very real, dark, emotional and funny but at the same time you want the audience to relate to something in it. As it is based around a school there are young characters so younger audiences can relate to things going on in the school such as bullying or harassment. A female audience can also relate to the journey a woman has to go through and the things you are forced to do when you have a family and career, you can find your feet and be strong.

Catch PREMature on channels

Sky: 539
Freeview: 109
Virgin Media: 233
Freesat: 651

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New British Drama Airing on Community Channel About the Trials of Youth

Community Channel’s first ever drama, largely financed through a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign, PREMature is a graphic and emotional series that looks at the challenges young people face.

The first episode in a gripping coming of age drama, PREMature follows the life of a troubled teenager, Prem, as he struggles to cope following the death of his grandmother and traumatic divorce of his parents.

Set in Greater West London, this potent and graphic ensemble series, sees a teenager attempt to carve his own path to manhood, as both he and those around him venture in to the light and dark sides of life.

With turbulence in all parts of his life coming to a head, high school loner Prem is about to discover some harsh realities of growing up. Prem will see that he’s the underdog about to find out what it takes to truly mature in a life that’s already given him the middle finger.

Led by an outstanding cast of British newcomers, PREMature has an absence of stereotypes and token ethnic representations. Each strongly individual episode drives the story forward, to entertain and absorb, whilst hitting the viewer hard with moments of dark humour and surreal psychedelic sequences.

Rohith S. Katbamna, PREMature’s Producer, Director and Writer, explained the thinking behind the series’ concept,

“PREMature came about from two variables: A drama series I would want to see; and a rare experimental approach towards television content.”

“PREMature is in this sphere of creation where passion is the centrepiece. Narratively speaking, it’s a story that I took from points of my own life, applied real life situations, surreal and psychedelic sequences, asked the public for support, obtained a broadcaster and continued down the road less travelled.”

PREMature initially raised £35,000 through a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2014

kickstarter.com/projects/ligerfilms/premature-an-original-drama-series

Katbamna explains the difference that crowdfunding makes to a new series like PREMature,

“Instead of applying for funding judged by a small group of people who are likely not to be the demographic consumer of your content, and more inclined to stick with conventional, high concept easy-to-sell projects, crowdfunding has allowed project creators to go directly to it’s potential audience, and gauge a realistic and sometimes brutally honest response and realisation of how your project may be received.

“Crowdfunding can be as cutting and testing as the TV industry, but a sense of fulfilment washes over you – especially when a network of supporters outside of your friends and family, want to know more about what you’re wanting to achieve.”

PREMature is for mature audiences and starts airing from 22nd February 2015.
Written, Produced & Shot by Rohith S. Katbamna.
Co-Produced by Liger Films (Part of Terry Mardi Group)

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Shah Rukh Khan is set to host a new show for new entertainment channel &TV, which is part of ZEE Network.

Shah Rukh Khan to host 'India Poochega: Sabse Shaana Kaun?'
Shah Rukh Khan to host ‘India Poochega: Sabse Shaana Kaun?’

The quiz show, called India Poochega: Sabse Shaana Kaun?‘, has been described by the Bollywood superstar as “a unique show” giving “merit to the street smart ones.”

He said: “You might not be a scholar or a master in any field but if you are smart then this game show is for you. The channel has decided to bring on board innovative content that hopefully will personify the spirit of New Age India.”

The ‘new age’ game show, produced by Siddhartha Basu of Big Synergy, is set to alter the dynamics of the standard non-fiction format on current Indian television

The format of the quiz show is one which goes against the grain, challenging the conventions of the average game show. A first for the country, the show allows the common man to be at the forefront of both elements of the quiz show, by allowing him to not only take on the role of the ‘Asker’ as well as that of the ‘Contestant’.

The new channel, geared up to launch in India in March, will consist of a mixture of fiction and reality-based shows. According to reports, the quiz show, which is based on an Iranian TV show, will be launched alongside a number of other shows reported to be featured on the channel including the Indian version of The Voice, Swastik Production’s ‘Razia Sultan‘, and ‘Begusarai‘ produced by Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Productions and Jaaswand Entertainment.

Shah Rukh Khan at the launch of &TV channel
Shah Rukh Khan at the launch of &TV channel

Zee Managing Director and CEO Punit Goenka said: “&TV will offer a more substantial viewing experience to an audience that is always seeking fresh and relevant content. The channel extend our Hindi entertainment portfolio under the “&” bouquet and will add to the consolidation of our leading position in the entertainment industry.”

He added: “Zee is for the Hindi heartland and traditional viewers. &TV is for viewers with a contemporary mindset.

“As a new channel we will lead with innovation, try new things and new ways to meet the challenges of an increasingly competitive environment. We are thrilled to have Shah Rukh Khan as the host of our flagship non-fiction property and we are certain that the audience will enjoy a different side of their superstar!”

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The New Brit-Asian Reality Series

The brainchild of Gurinder Chadha, known for Bend it Like Beckham and Bride & Prejudice, this fresh, new, non-scripted drama series will chronicle the lives of a multi-generational cast within the British-Asian community and will air on Sky Living.

Shot on location in West London and the suburbs which are home to a rich, diverse population, in places such as Southall, Harrow and Gerrards Cross, Desi Rascals will tell the stories of a modern, dynamic and aspirational group of characters across a range of ages as they navigate their social, professional and family lives in a fast changing community.

The series will be rooted in the social media landscape, shot in real time and using social networks so the cast can interact with Sky Living customers as their lives unfold on screen. It will be shown twice a week at 8pm, with each episode directly influenced by how the characters and audience react to what’s just happened.

Antonia Hurford-Jones, Director, Sky Living said, “I am so excited to be bringing our customers a genuinely authentic and warm approach to the non-scripted drama genre with Desi Rascals. It has exactly the tone and sensibilities we look for in a Living show and I loved the idea from the minute I heard it. I am so excited to be working with the supremely talented Gurinder and Tony, telling the stories of a charming, smart, funny and previously untapped cast of characters.”

Gurinder Chadha, CEO Bend It TV, commented, “I’ve been wanting for a long time to create a show which allowed me to show the British Asian community in a truly three-dimensional way, exploring the relationships between generations and what it means to be British and Asian as values become fluid. I am pumped that we’ll get to see a show from where I grew up with people talking about their world and lives in their own words – I could never write dialogue as rich as this!”

Tony Wood, CEO, Buccaneer Media said, “Having been at the start of the British structured reality boom, it’s great to be back. Desi Rascals moves the genre on and brings the massive tale of young British Asians to a whole new audience. I’m thrilled to be working with Sky Living and Gurinder; this is a brilliant opportunity.”

Desi Rascals starts January 20th on Sky Living at 8pm

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Kim Kardashian Invited To Bigg Boss House

Reality TV star Kim Kardashian is set to grace Indian TV sets this weekend when she appears on Bigg Boss, India’s version of Big Brother.

Kardashian, who is visiting India for the first time this week, will be joining the remaining 12 participants in the eighth season of the programme, which commenced in October. According to Colors, the channel airing the show, her appearance on the show will be as a “guest to interact with the contestants”.

“Namaste India… main Kim Kardashian aa rahi hoon India… Bigg Boss ke ghar mein…”

[Hello India, I am Kim Kardashian and I am coming to the Bigg Boss house] the statement from Colors quoted Kardashian as saying.

The 34-year-old, who will make her appearance in the house in Mumbai on Saturday, is not the first western celebrity to appear on the show. Her predecessors include former Baywatch star Pamela Anderson and late reality TV star Jade Goody.

Hosted by Bollywood superstar Salman Khan, the show’s Indian participants include a number of models and TV actors.

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Business Woman: Nurun Ahmed

Fresh off The Apprentice, Peterborough born Nurun Ahmed spoke to The Asian Today about her journey before entering the boardroom. The business woman certainly has a hectic lifestyle as a marketing officer, fashion retailer and full time mother and carer. It’s a wonder how she gets it all done! Nurun reveals her motivation in life, why it’s ok to be the nice person and personal struggles that she overcame to make it to the top.

What made you apply for The Apprentice?

For the past ten years I have been an avid fan of the show and it was always my dream to go on and display my entrepreneurial flair. From a very young age I have always been business minded and I aspired to be like some of the previous candidates. Once I started my businesses I decided it was the right time to go for it. Also since the show was in its tenth year there was a rumour that the series might end, so it was now or never.

Do you have a favourite moment from the show?

That has to be Sarah’s idea of selling Lemons, I will never forget that! To this day if ever I’m at a restaurant and a waiter comes up to me and asks ‘would you like a lemon with that?’ I have to burst out laughing. That will stick with me for life!

What have you taken away from this experience?

Being on the show was an invaluable experience and it will stay with me for life, I was amazed to be among the 20 chosen from over 80,000 applicants. The whole process is very rigid and quite callous at times, it’s like being in a pressure cooker! I think I have learnt different skills from many strong candidates who are all talented in their own unique way. Some are quite abrasive and some are quite comical for example. What I have taken from Lord Sugar however is to focus on one thing and to do it really well, so I have fully concentrated on one of my businesses which is Scarfs Inc, where I sell scarves and accessories. Then there’s the new business which I would have propositioned to Lord Sugar which was Nurun Asian Spice, Bespoke Wedding Planning Services.

Do you feel you have encouraged other Asian women to embrace their entrepreneurial spirit?

Absolutely, one of my main intentions was to show that culture or religion should never hold you back from being a career or business woman. I am both a mother and carer and it has never stopped me. I want to encourage women from all backgrounds, no matter what their personal circumstances, to believe in themselves. People think you need to have a scholarship or be a rocket scientist to succeed in business which isn’t true, you don’t even need the best education; all you need is drive, determination and a plan. Just utilise all of your resources and you can succeed.

Has your background as an Asian woman has ever affected you in business?

In business no, there are so many talented Asian women out there who are making waves in the industry so I don’t think our background should affect us. We as Asian women have duties to our family for instance whether as a mother, daughter or wife, that’s a cultural trait we have that we cannot neglect. Asian women are very level headed, we can juggle all of these duties and wear these different hats (or scarves in my case!) On the show however, as a Muslim there were certain things I could not get involved in such as having a drink with the other contestants. It affected my experience but not my performance.

I tried to maintain good morals and virtues on the show by making sure I was a nice person, I do believe that I think with my heart more than my head. I don’t think anyone so far has ever taken advantage of the nice side of me, on the You’re Fired show Jo Malone praised my personality and said I was someone she would love to work with because that’s the kind of person she is in business too. Everyone has their own leadership style, Karen Brady is both approachable and personable in her own way, but also very straight talking. So you need a balance of being astute and personable as well.

When did you first become interested in business?

From the age of 12 I was always thinking ahead of the time by coming up with ways to improve certain businesses. For example when the Subway franchise first came to the UK, I suggested to my friends that we should have a halal selection in their menu. They said it would never happen and 6 years later, halal selections were introduced. Same with Nandos, I actually phoned them to suggest the idea of halal food which they rejected, and again years down the line they actually introduced halal food. So it’s all about thinking ahead in terms of business ideas.
Unfortunately I have had adversities in life, at one point I was practically poverty stricken and was a victim of domestic violence. I suffered emotionally, physically and financially, my self-esteem and confidence were completely stripped away. However I left that marriage and rebuilt my life, I remarried and now have a very supportive husband who helped me turn my dreams into a reality. I feel the problems I had to deal with set me back about 10 years which is why I am ploughing forward to do everything now. There is a Culture Couture fashion show in London where I will be a guest speaker on the issue of Domestic Violence.

How do you manage such a busy lifestyle?

I am one of those people who likse to make use of unproductive time. Even if I am walking to work for example, in that time I will make an appointment for my father, check my emails or phone an important contact. I will multitask with all of my important jobs, you have to be productive, efficient and set challenges for yourself. You won’t believe this but I get into bed well before 11:00pm! One thing I cannot give up on is my sleep which I love. Most people say you maximise yourself the most in the morning so my next challenge is to wake up earlier to get more done.

What is the next step for you?

I am concentrating on my next business which is the Bespoke Wedding Planning Services, I have also been in contact with Jo Malone for possible future business. There have been a few projects offered to me and I have been taking my time to see which ones are best, I am open to any opportunities coming my way. My heart goes out to women trapped in abusive relationships so I would also love to make a difference to vulnerable women out there in the future. Whatever I do next is going to be big, Lord Sugar said I am not ready to make the transition from small business to big business, so I am going to set that challenge for myself to make that transition.

You have to defy the naysayers in life, don’t let people say you can’t do it, show that you can do it! If you are learning from your mistakes and failures you are progressing. Some are destined for success if they were born into wealth for instance, but for others such as myself success is only determined by drive and determination. I don’t call myself an entrepreneur like Jo Malone or Sir Richard Branson, I am just an ordinary woman on an incredible journey. So watch this space!

To find out more about the Culture Couture show and issues of domestic abuse visit nour-dv.org.uk/fashion

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