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    PICS FOR AFTER DARK AT EVOLUTIONE-EXPRESS/P.RAVIKUMAR

    Pankaj and Nidhi

    Karishma Kapoor (2)

    Karishma Kapoor

    Usha Uthup and Vaijayanthimala

    Usha Uthup and Vaijayanthimala

    Harish and Avnish Kumar

    Harish and Avnish Kumar

    We ENJOYED every minute of our long weekend, which flew by in a blur of cricket, superheroes, delicious food and loads of colour. Party peeps gathered at different venues across the city to do serious justice to Holi this year, and kick off the weekend-long celebrations. The Park Chennai saw a crowd of more than a 1,000, unfazed by the sun, ready to party till they dropped, helped along I’m sure by the rain dance stage, and the gol gappas with a twist. Meanwhile, elsewhere the frenzy was of a different kind with superhero fans lining up for the opening show of the much-hyped Batman v Superman. Despite mixed reviews, every theatre in the city was packed, along with the usual pre-show scrambling for tickets. ‘Hard core’ would be putting it mildly, as the crowds proceeded to be at their raucous best through the movie.
    And while we’re on the subject of die-hard fans, there was more of that to be had at the launch of Neeru’s in Chennai, by its brand ambassador Karisma Kapoor. If you had any doubts as to the popularity of the actress, they would’ve all been cleared at the sight of the crowd that had gathered on Cathedral Road just to get a glimpse of the Bollywood beauty. Kapoor handled the mad rush with ease, said a few words about her Chennai connection and posed for photos with her fans. The crowd then headed down the road to Music Academy for Rock N Roll Chennai, a fundraiser and first-time collaboration between Usha Uthup and Anil Srinivasan. Loyal fans aside, music lovers and popular faces from films made up the audience, many of whom were there to support their friends. The set list was a great mix of multiple languages, progressing from retro to all of the latest hits. And no surprise, Uthup had the crowd engaged and singing along throughout.

    Anil Srinivasan

    Anil Srinivasan

    The weekend ended with a visit from designers Pankaj and Nidhi who were here to showcase their latest collection. Day two of their trip, post an exclusive fashion show, saw them meeting the ladies for some one-on-one time at Evoluzione. ‘Savannah Song’ inspired by the grasslands of East Africa, found takers of all age groups, an amalgamation of lots of new elements, yet retaining the duo’s signature style.

    Paloma Rao

    —  paloma@newindianexpress.com

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