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    Stella (Drama / Romance), MGM, 5.15 pm
    Cast: Bette Midler, John Goodman, Stephen Collins, Trini Alvarado
    Stella Claire (Bette Midler) is a young, single mum, known to be feisty and loose. Working as a waitress in a bar in Watertown NY, Claire is determined to give her daughter Jenny (Trini Alvarado), a good life. But when Jenny turns four, her wealthy upper class father resurfaces, wanting to start a relationship with her. Torn between the two starkly different worlds of her parents, Jenny has to make a decision that could change all their lives forever. Though it received mediocre reviews, Midler won a Razzi award for worst actress for the film.

    FridayFirstDaughterFirst Daughter (Romance / Comedy), Romedy Now, 9.25 am
    Cast: Katie Holmes, Marc Blucas, Amerie Rogers, Michael Keaton
    The only daughter of United State s president John MacKenzie, Samantha MacKenzie (Katie Holmes) leaves her sheltered life in the White House to attend college in California. Thrilled by the prospects of being away from home for the very first time, Samantha can’t wait to lead a normal life. She quickly makes new friends—her roommate Mia (Amerie Rogers) and classmate James (Marc Blucas), who are not affected by who she is. But there are some surprises in store for Samantha. All of Holmes’ gowns were by Vera Wang.

    FridayRedEyeRed Eye (Action / Thriller), Z Studio, 7.20 pm
    Cast: Rachel McAdams, Cillian Murphy, Brian Cox, Jayma Mays
    While aboard a flight from Dallas to Miami, Lisa Reisert (Rachel McAdams) strikes up a conversation with Jackson Rippner (Cillian Murphy). He reveals he is a terrorist and seeks her help in assassinating the deputy secretary of homeland security and his family, who are staying at the hotel she works at. When she refuses, he threatens to murder her father, forcing Lisa to make a choice. The framed photo of a younger Lisa in the beginning of the film is a still from the film Mean Girls in which McAdams acted alongside Lindsay Lohan.FridayTheTown

    The Town (Crime / Thriller), Movies Now, 12.45 pm

    Cast: Ben Affleck, Rebecca Hall, Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner
    Doug MacRay (Ben Affleck), Jem Coughlin (Jeremy Renner), Albert Magloan (Slaine) and Dez Elden (Owen Burke) are friends, making a living by robbing banks. On a heist, they take bank manager Claire Keesey (Rebecca Hall) hostage, but release her once they are safe. When they discover she lives in their neighbourhood, Doug follows her to make sure she doesn’t help the police. Soon they fall in love, but how long can Doug keep his secret? Hall found it challenging to keep a straight face when Affleck would direct in his full costume.

    Saturday, November 29

    26a12 Years a Slave
    (Drama / History) , HBO Defined, 10 pm
    Cast: Chiwetel Ejiofor,
    Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt
    Based on true experiences narrated in his memoir, the film follows African-American Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), who is abducted and sold into slavery. A free man working as a violinist and living with his wife and children, his life is turned upside down when he is forcibly shipped to New Orleans to work for plantation owner William Ford. He is violently reprimanded when he tries to assert his rights as a free man. Eventually he is sold to the sadistic Edwin Epps (Michael Fassbender) where he stays for a decade. Will he survive to reunite with his family? The hard-to-watch lynching scene was filmed at a tree that was actually used for lynchings, and is now surrounded by memorials to murdered slaves.

    TelewatchSaturday2Hercules
    (Adventure / Fantasy), Movies Now, 9 pm
    Cast: Kellan Lutz, Gaia Weiss, Scott Adkins
    The film tells the story of legendary Greek half-god hero Hercules (Kellan Lutz). Unaware that his father is not his mother’s husband the king, but the great God Zeus, and that his destiny is to overthrow the rule of his tyrannical step father, Hercules grows up in the palace. His obsession with Hebe, princess of Crete, who is betrothed to his brother, unravels him, ultimately leading to his exile, where he discovers his true identity. Calling upon his divine strength, he must fight his way back to the kingdom that banished him. Lutz was cast for the title role just weeks before shooting began, so adopted a special ‘caveman crash diet’ to help make his abs more prominent.

    TelewatchSaturday32 States

    (Drama / Romance),
    Star Gold HD, 9 pm
    Cast: Arjun Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Amrita Singh
    Boy meets girl, but the happily-ever-after seems far away, when Punjabi Krish (Arjun Kapoor) and Tamilian Brahmin Ananya (Alia Bhatt) have to persuade their parents that their match is made in heaven. After graduating from IIM-Ahmedabad, the pair decides that the best way to bring their families around is for Krish to move to Ananya’s hometown, Chennai, to take up a banking job. While his efforts at tutoring Ananya’s younger brother win him some support, it proves trickier for Ananya to make a good impression in Delhi when faced with Krish’s dysfunctional family. Ananya is styled as a girl with both traditional and modern heritage, and her Indian fusion outfits in the film were designed by Manish Malhotra.

    Sunday, November 30

    SundayTheSecretLifeofWalterMittyThe Secret Life of Walter Mitty
    (Drama / Comedy), Star Movies, 9 pm
    Cast: Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Shirley MacLaine, Sean Penn
    This is the story of a classic dreamer, Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller), whose job as a negative assets manager at Life magazine bores him, but a crush on co-worker, Cheryl (Kristen Wiig), keeps him going. Mitty works with photojournalist Sean (Sean Penn), who sends Mitty a new set of negatives and a wallet as appreciation for his work. But the no 25 image, that is to be used as the cover, is missing. Mitty discards the wallet and ends up all the way in Greenland, hunting for both the image and the photographer. But the journey turns out to be about more than a missing picture. In reality, the entire shoot which was meant to be Greenland, was shot in Iceland.

    SundayMadagascarMadagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (Animation), Z Studio, 10.50 pm
    Cast: Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith
    Alex (Ben Stiller), Marty (Chris Rock), Melman (David Schwimmer) and Gloria (Jada Pinkett Smith) are trying to get back to New York and, instead, their adventures take them across the pond to Europe. Hot on their tail is Captain Chantel Dubois (Frances McDormand), an animal control official, whose aim is to add Alex to her collection of stuffed animals. The lot join a travelling circus as a facade to allow them entry back home. They rope in the other zoo animals Gia (Jessica Chastain), Vitaly (Bryan Cranston) and Stefano (Martin Short) and try to get their act together. The monkey troupe is called King of Versailles, a reference to King Louis XVI, whose wife was Marie Antoinette. Hence the car’s plate reads EAT CAKE, referring to her famous speech during the French Revolution.

    27Mary Kom (Biopic), Colors, 6.30 pm
    Cast: Priyanka Chopra, Darshan Kumar
    A film that chronicles the life of boxer Mary Kom (Priyanka Chopra), it sees her struggle in what is considered a man’s game. It follows the five-time female World Boxing Champion and Olympic bronze medallist from her childhood—when she hid the fact that she wanted to be a boxer—to winning her maiden championship in 2008. Documenting the trials and tribulations she faced, as a woman, a mother of two, recovering from a blow to her face and coming back to win, Mary Kom throws light on the personal life of the champion. Chopra got her first credit as a playback singer for the song Chaoro, a lullaby in the film.

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      Stella (Drama / Romance), MGM, 5.15 pm
      Cast: Bette Midler, John Goodman, Stephen Collins, Trini Alvarado
      Stella Claire (Bette Midler) is a young, single mum, known to be feisty and loose. Working as a waitress in a bar in Watertown NY, Claire is determined to give her daughter Jenny (Trini Alvarado), a good life. But when Jenny turns four, her wealthy upper class father resurfaces, wanting to start a relationship with her. Torn between the two starkly different worlds of her parents, Jenny has to make a decision that could change all their lives forever. Though it received mediocre reviews, Midler won a Razzi award for worst actress for the film.

      FridayFirstDaughterFirst Daughter (Romance / Comedy), Romedy Now, 9.25 am
      Cast: Katie Holmes, Marc Blucas, Amerie Rogers, Michael Keaton
      The only daughter of United State s president John MacKenzie, Samantha MacKenzie (Katie Holmes) leaves her sheltered life in the White House to attend college in California. Thrilled by the prospects of being away from home for the very first time, Samantha can’t wait to lead a normal life. She quickly makes new friends—her roommate Mia (Amerie Rogers) and classmate James (Marc Blucas), who are not affected by who she is. But there are some surprises in store for Samantha. All of Holmes’ gowns were by Vera Wang.

      FridayRedEyeRed Eye (Action / Thriller), Z Studio, 7.20 pm
      Cast: Rachel McAdams, Cillian Murphy, Brian Cox, Jayma Mays
      While aboard a flight from Dallas to Miami, Lisa Reisert (Rachel McAdams) strikes up a conversation with Jackson Rippner (Cillian Murphy). He reveals he is a terrorist and seeks her help in assassinating the deputy secretary of homeland security and his family, who are staying at the hotel she works at. When she refuses, he threatens to murder her father, forcing Lisa to make a choice. The framed photo of a younger Lisa in the beginning of the film is a still from the film Mean Girls in which McAdams acted alongside Lindsay Lohan.FridayTheTown

      The Town (Crime / Thriller), Movies Now, 12.45 pm

      Cast: Ben Affleck, Rebecca Hall, Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner
      Doug MacRay (Ben Affleck), Jem Coughlin (Jeremy Renner), Albert Magloan (Slaine) and Dez Elden (Owen Burke) are friends, making a living by robbing banks. On a heist, they take bank manager Claire Keesey (Rebecca Hall) hostage, but release her once they are safe. When they discover she lives in their neighbourhood, Doug follows her to make sure she doesn’t help the police. Soon they fall in love, but how long can Doug keep his secret? Hall found it challenging to keep a straight face when Affleck would direct in his full costume.

      Saturday, November 29

      26a12 Years a Slave
      (Drama / History) , HBO Defined, 10 pm
      Cast: Chiwetel Ejiofor,
      Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt
      Based on true experiences narrated in his memoir, the film follows African-American Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), who is abducted and sold into slavery. A free man working as a violinist and living with his wife and children, his life is turned upside down when he is forcibly shipped to New Orleans to work for plantation owner William Ford. He is violently reprimanded when he tries to assert his rights as a free man. Eventually he is sold to the sadistic Edwin Epps (Michael Fassbender) where he stays for a decade. Will he survive to reunite with his family? The hard-to-watch lynching scene was filmed at a tree that was actually used for lynchings, and is now surrounded by memorials to murdered slaves.

      TelewatchSaturday2Hercules
      (Adventure / Fantasy), Movies Now, 9 pm
      Cast: Kellan Lutz, Gaia Weiss, Scott Adkins
      The film tells the story of legendary Greek half-god hero Hercules (Kellan Lutz). Unaware that his father is not his mother’s husband the king, but the great God Zeus, and that his destiny is to overthrow the rule of his tyrannical step father, Hercules grows up in the palace. His obsession with Hebe, princess of Crete, who is betrothed to his brother, unravels him, ultimately leading to his exile, where he discovers his true identity. Calling upon his divine strength, he must fight his way back to the kingdom that banished him. Lutz was cast for the title role just weeks before shooting began, so adopted a special ‘caveman crash diet’ to help make his abs more prominent.

      TelewatchSaturday32 States

      (Drama / Romance),
      Star Gold HD, 9 pm
      Cast: Arjun Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Amrita Singh
      Boy meets girl, but the happily-ever-after seems far away, when Punjabi Krish (Arjun Kapoor) and Tamilian Brahmin Ananya (Alia Bhatt) have to persuade their parents that their match is made in heaven. After graduating from IIM-Ahmedabad, the pair decides that the best way to bring their families around is for Krish to move to Ananya’s hometown, Chennai, to take up a banking job. While his efforts at tutoring Ananya’s younger brother win him some support, it proves trickier for Ananya to make a good impression in Delhi when faced with Krish’s dysfunctional family. Ananya is styled as a girl with both traditional and modern heritage, and her Indian fusion outfits in the film were designed by Manish Malhotra.

      Sunday, November 30

      SundayTheSecretLifeofWalterMittyThe Secret Life of Walter Mitty
      (Drama / Comedy), Star Movies, 9 pm
      Cast: Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Shirley MacLaine, Sean Penn
      This is the story of a classic dreamer, Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller), whose job as a negative assets manager at Life magazine bores him, but a crush on co-worker, Cheryl (Kristen Wiig), keeps him going. Mitty works with photojournalist Sean (Sean Penn), who sends Mitty a new set of negatives and a wallet as appreciation for his work. But the no 25 image, that is to be used as the cover, is missing. Mitty discards the wallet and ends up all the way in Greenland, hunting for both the image and the photographer. But the journey turns out to be about more than a missing picture. In reality, the entire shoot which was meant to be Greenland, was shot in Iceland.

      SundayMadagascarMadagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (Animation), Z Studio, 10.50 pm
      Cast: Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith
      Alex (Ben Stiller), Marty (Chris Rock), Melman (David Schwimmer) and Gloria (Jada Pinkett Smith) are trying to get back to New York and, instead, their adventures take them across the pond to Europe. Hot on their tail is Captain Chantel Dubois (Frances McDormand), an animal control official, whose aim is to add Alex to her collection of stuffed animals. The lot join a travelling circus as a facade to allow them entry back home. They rope in the other zoo animals Gia (Jessica Chastain), Vitaly (Bryan Cranston) and Stefano (Martin Short) and try to get their act together. The monkey troupe is called King of Versailles, a reference to King Louis XVI, whose wife was Marie Antoinette. Hence the car’s plate reads EAT CAKE, referring to her famous speech during the French Revolution.

      27Mary Kom (Biopic), Colors, 6.30 pm
      Cast: Priyanka Chopra, Darshan Kumar
      A film that chronicles the life of boxer Mary Kom (Priyanka Chopra), it sees her struggle in what is considered a man’s game. It follows the five-time female World Boxing Champion and Olympic bronze medallist from her childhood—when she hid the fact that she wanted to be a boxer—to winning her maiden championship in 2008. Documenting the trials and tribulations she faced, as a woman, a mother of two, recovering from a blow to her face and coming back to win, Mary Kom throws light on the personal life of the champion. Chopra got her first credit as a playback singer for the song Chaoro, a lullaby in the film.

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        Are We There Yet, Comedy Central, Monday to Friday, 9 pm
        Based on the 2005 movie of the same name, Are We There Yet? features a six-month-old married couple with issues to resolve. In the latest episode, Suzanne (the wife) deals with her two children who refuse to listen to her and decide to go out with friends and play video games. Will the marriage work or did they rush into this a bit too soon?

        Alastair Cook of England celebrates afteSri Lanka Vs England, Star Sports, November 29, 10 am
        After a disastrous series with India, Sri Lanka will look to get back into rhythm with the ODI series against England in Sri Lanka. With in-form batsmen Alastair Cook and Moeen Ali, England will look to breach into the subdued bowling attack of Sri Lanka. Catch live action on Star Sports.

        Dirty JobsDirty Jobs, Animal Planet, Friday, 11 am
        In the latest episode of Dirty Jobs, host Mike Rowe is in California, teaching us how to dig the perfect hole in the search for a blood worm. The episode also sees Mike giving us a lesson on how to take care of penguins. In the next episode, he is all set to get rid of rats and mosquitoes from a locality in California.

        100The 100, Z Cafe, Saturday, 7 pm
        This show is set in a world post a nuclear apocalypse, which killed almost everyone on Earth. One hundred surviving humans, living on a spaceship, are sent back to Earth to help get civilisation on track. In the latest episode, the grounders (aliens on Earth) experiment on humans, torturing them with radiation. Will they survive the invasion?

        neiThe Neighbors, Star World, Monday, 8.30 pm
        The Weavers decide to move to a new community in New Jersey. But to their dismay, they find out that their neighbours are aliens. In the latest episode, Amber, one of the Weavers’s daughters, decides to buy something special for her boyfriend, Reggie (the alien next door), setting off alarms in the minds of her parents.

        Blue Bloods, AXN, Monday to Friday, 9 pm
        Season five of Blue Bloods, the American crime-drama, is about justice. In episode eight, the show features a new crime—a rape case by an authority figure in a university. Will Frank Reagen, the chief of police, be able to crack the case and lock up the professor who was involved in it?

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          Are We There Yet, Comedy Central, Monday to Friday, 9 pm
          Based on the 2005 movie of the same name, Are We There Yet? features a six-month-old married couple with issues to resolve. In the latest episode, Suzanne (the wife) deals with her two children who refuse to listen to her and decide to go out with friends and play video games. Will the marriage work or did they rush into this a bit too soon?

          Alastair Cook of England celebrates afteSri Lanka Vs England, Star Sports, November 29, 10 am
          After a disastrous series with India, Sri Lanka will look to get back into rhythm with the ODI series against England in Sri Lanka. With in-form batsmen Alastair Cook and Moeen Ali, England will look to breach into the subdued bowling attack of Sri Lanka. Catch live action on Star Sports.

          Dirty JobsDirty Jobs, Animal Planet, Friday, 11 am
          In the latest episode of Dirty Jobs, host Mike Rowe is in California, teaching us how to dig the perfect hole in the search for a blood worm. The episode also sees Mike giving us a lesson on how to take care of penguins. In the next episode, he is all set to get rid of rats and mosquitoes from a locality in California.

          100The 100, Z Cafe, Saturday, 7 pm
          This show is set in a world post a nuclear apocalypse, which killed almost everyone on Earth. One hundred surviving humans, living on a spaceship, are sent back to Earth to help get civilisation on track. In the latest episode, the grounders (aliens on Earth) experiment on humans, torturing them with radiation. Will they survive the invasion?

          neiThe Neighbors, Star World, Monday, 8.30 pm
          The Weavers decide to move to a new community in New Jersey. But to their dismay, they find out that their neighbours are aliens. In the latest episode, Amber, one of the Weavers’s daughters, decides to buy something special for her boyfriend, Reggie (the alien next door), setting off alarms in the minds of her parents.

          Blue Bloods, AXN, Monday to Friday, 9 pm
          Season five of Blue Bloods, the American crime-drama, is about justice. In episode eight, the show features a new crime—a rape case by an authority figure in a university. Will Frank Reagen, the chief of police, be able to crack the case and lock up the professor who was involved in it?

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            From shopping festivals to new resorts and services, tips for smart holidayers you plan your holidays

            Air asiaWine and books
            Breakfast in Pune and lunch like a royal in Jaipur, courtesy Air Asia’s new flight routes. With Pune also added to the network, from Bengaluru, you have many reasons to pack in a wine-tasting holiday. And there’s no harm in booking ahead for the Jaipur Lit Fest either, from January 21-25. Promotional fares begin at Rs.1,499 from Bengaluru to Pune and Rs.2,999 from Pune to Jaipur. Daily flights from December 17. Details: airasia.com

            delorean-blackUber’s free rides
            The colourful Hornbill festival happening in Nagaland and the action packed International Tennis Premier league in Delhi are two of many events coming up. Rushing to the
            airport to join in? Hail an Uber on your smartphone. You get a luxe taxi ride and five free rides up to Rs.300 per ride till Sunday. All you need to do is select Uber wallet at payment option (promo code not necessary). Details: uber.com

            doha qatarRediscover luxe
            Kempinksi Hotels’ flagship resort in Doha, MarsaMalaz Kempinksi, The Pearl, is ready for guests. What you get, with your luxurious room or suite, is a secluded island with a private bay, water sports, an expansive Clarins spa and yacht jetties. The opulent Grand Ballroom is likely to see many big weddings and with six restaurants, the culinary choices abound. Rooms from Rs.42,000 per night. Details: 9744405334

            Xmas in Goacidade goa
            From mistletoe by the sea to a beach-front grill, Cidade de Goa is pulling out all the stops to make this Christmas memorable. Tucked away on Vainguinim Beach in North Goa, the deluxe resort has access to a 24-hour casino, Goldfinger, Ayurveda therapies, archery and more. There are fun options for the children as well. Their Discover package begins at Rs.12,000.
            Details: 0832 2454545

            Shopping marathon
            If you plan holidays around the Dubai Shopping Festival in January, The Oberoi has a package that includes complimentary transfers to Dubai Mall, a shopping bag collection service, and tips on deals. Plus, a deluxe room with breakfast for two. From January 2 to February 7, 2015, at approximately Rs.23,500 per night. Details: +97144441444

            ArcadiaFinding gravity
            So you need an excuse to visit Thailand this weekend? How about Gravity Thailand, an international dance and music festival, that begins tomorrow? Expect stage creations that give you the ultimate sensory experience, DJ talents such as The Bloody Beetroots, Roni Size & Dynamic MC, SKiSM, Far Too Loud, and Arcadia Spectacular offering a futuristic mechanical cabaret. Tickets are Rs.4,720 for regular entry and Rs.6,600 for deluxe entry. The show begins at 7 pm at Siam Park City. Details: 066 22623456

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              With some theatre, guitar and cheese making workshops, this week is going to keep you very busy. Also make time for some Capoeira

              The sacred touch
              Learn the Hawaiian style of massage with Kal Sang from the Tibetan Pavilion, Auroville. Participants will learn how to work with rhythmic strokes and focussed breath, leaving the client in a state of harmony. They will also learn to give a full body massage. The workshop will have an introduction to the Hawaiian huna aka philosophy and meditation. This weekend, from 5 pm onwards. Details: 0413 2622401

              ecr1Street act
              Theatre enthusiasts, sign up for a workshop that explores Indian mythological characters. At DakshinaChitra, it promises to be fun-filled and experiential, using theatre techniques and elements from the koothu tradition. On November 30, participants will explore Prahalada Charitram and its relevance today. The session will be conducted by Ganapathy Murugesan from Ritambhara, a Chennai-based outfit. At Rs.1,000. Details: 8870590006

              ecr3Science quotient
              Does the idea of a baking soda volcano appeal? Then take the little ones for the one-day science workshop to be held at Atithi Hotel. Children will be taught to build their own science laboratory at home, and experiment safely, along with other fun activities. On November 30, from 9.30 am onwards. Details: 9843321903

              ecr5Brazilian power
              Besides your usual karate and taekwondo, why not try something different to work on your energy, strength and flexibility. Capoeira, a Brazilian martial arts dance combining self defence, acrobatics and music, is a good option. At La Casita , till the end of December. At 7 pm. Fee at Rs.1,200. While at the activity centre, explore their other options like hormonal yoga and zumba. Details: 9159180875

              Laughter and tears
              Bertolt Brecht’s Schweyk In The Second World War  is a war vetran’s survival guide, which is both serious and hilarious. The musical play based on this epic drama comes to Pondicherry tomorrow. Directed by Ranjon Ghoshal, the play begins at 7.30 pm. At Sri Aurobindo Auditorium. Details: 0413 2622887

              ecr4Say cheese
              Besides their music and dance classes, Sita Cultural Centre is now holding guitar classes for children and adults. Learn basic chords in jazz, blues, reggae and rock. Also look out for their cheese making workshop by Marion Ducert, the cheese specialist from Mango Hill. Choose from either mozzarellaor ricotta, mascarpone cheese, butter and buttermilk. Every Monday, from 10 am onwards. Details: 9944016128

              — Team Indulge

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                With a new menu, Umami by Bidisha Samantaray and Leonardo Seghi reopens today

                GETTING a new address in Pondicherry is Bidisha Samantaray and Leonardo Seghi’s restaurant, Umami. At Labourdonnais Street, the owners have tweaked both the food and interiors. Samantaray informs us that a restored colonial house has been converted into Umami. “I have given it an urban, chic look—with cool colours, dim lights and high ceilings with wooden beams. So there is this blend of the old and the modern,” she says. About the things that went wrong at the earlier Umami, chef Seghi says, “Our kitchen was tiny. So we had a tough time catering to 60-70 people on a busy night. Also, I loved the idea of the restaurant being on the pavement, but there was too much dust. Our indoor space was not too private.” But the new version has it all.
                REST5Three to try
                Plenty of new starters—like crab balls, different types of crostinis and potatoe and olives finger—have been added to the menu. As for the main course, they have added pork vindaloo, hoisin chicken and vegetarian Thai red curry. For desserts they have coffee zabaglione. “We have a space dedicated to a fully-equipped and fun bar, with a large selection of wines, whiskey and cocktails,”says Samantaray.
                REST10Signature move
                According to Seghi, one of Umami’s signatures is Pollo Ripieno, a de-boned chicken stuffed with bacon, green olives and mushrooms, and served with a demi-glace sauce and mashed potatoes. One of the top movers, and Seghi’s creation, is the cacao ravioli stuffed with Gorgonzolla cheese. A must try is their lemon cheese cake. ‘‘Don’t look for the American version,’’ he warns.
                At Labourdonnais Street, lunch for two costs around `1,500 without alcohol. Details: 9787748481
                —MS

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                  Besides the usual tableware, Aurovillian Rakhee Kane makes sculptures and is inspired by her travel

                  Hailing from Baroda, Gujarat, Rakhee Kane didn’t want to be a run of the mill potter making cups and saucers. She wanted to create abstract sculptures. With a degree in fine arts from Baroda and a post graduate diploma from the National Institute of Design in ceramics, Kane says, “I’m a painter turned potter. It was quite challenging as I could only think two dimensionally, not three,” begins the 42-year-old. After a one-year course in 2005 with Ray Meeker and Deborah Smith of Golden Bridge Pottery, she learned about ceramics and got hooked.
                  5The pillar game
                  Her art works are inspired by her travels. “I once saw a lotus seed pod in a lake and made a piece inspired by it” she shares. Having built her kiln five years ago in Pondicherry,  she makes abstract objects, tableware, terracota toys, dolls, commemorative stones, tomb stones, pillars and sculptures. One of her biggest installations can be spotted on the third floor of Grand Hyatt, Chennai. “It was a big project with Meeker—an installation with 14 pillars, each 11 feet tall. It was physically challenging to fire them and install them,” she says. After completing four solo shows and several group shows, Kane talks about her working process. “I am not an intellectual person. Most sculptors take up social issues to make art. I’m very emotional and clay is a form for me to vent. Clay is very receptive,” she says.

                  22  Around the world
                  “Initially I wanted to become an architect, but I didn’t get through. So the next closest thing was industrial ceramics. Now my products feature in my husband, Dharmesh Jadeja’s (an Aurovillian known for his company, Build Aur) projects. He’s an architect,” she says. As for her upcoming projects, an Auroville festival is being planned in Chennai in March. “We will have exhibitions, art shows, seminars—everything one should know about Auroville. I will be taking part in the ceramic exhibition,” shares Kane, who follows the work of well-known sculptors Jane Perryman and Betty Woodman. Her next  workshop is with American soda firing expert, Ruthanne Tuddball. Comparing her life in Baroda and Auroville, Kane says, “People live life full size there. Auroville is a bigger community, but is very different. If there is a wedding in Gujarat, my entire locality would be involved. Here, it’s very quiet,” she concludes.
                  Toys start from `50 and sculptures from Rs.0,000 to Rs.2 lakhs. At Aavartan Pottery Studio, Auroville. A sculpture takes six months to make. Details: rakheekane@gmail.com

                  — Mrinalini Sundar

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                    Fierce and competitive both on and off screen, Jennifer Lawrence talks about The Hunger Games-Mockingjay Part I, Julianne Moore and taking her cues from men
                    IFE is good for Jennifer Lawrence. The   24-year-old earns £10 million a movie, has a $7 million, five-bedroom house in Beverly Hills enclave and is the most wanted by Hollywood directors right now.  All thanks to her Oscar winning performance in David O Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook, and her role as Katniss in The Hunger Games series. About the latest installment, The Hunger Games- MockingJay Part I releasing today, Lawrence, who has sung in the film, speaks about her character, working with Julianne Moore who plays President Coin and dealing with paparazzi. More from her:

                    Jennifer Lawrence2How excited are you for your
                    character in the movie?
                    I was excited for Katniss to come into her own as a leader, but she’s still a very reluctant hero. In the first movie she wanted to save her family. In the second, she tried to save her friends and herself. Now, she starts to realise the impact she has on the wider world.

                    What was challenging this time since there’s a paradigm shift in the plot of the movie?
                    As an actor, the challenge was having Katniss wake up in a brand new environment, where she has to rebuild herself from nothing. Katniss has not only left behind her old life as a District 12 victor, she has entered a world unlike any other. She has to get used to a new way of life in District 13.

                    Julianne Moore is playing President Coin. How’s your character’s relationship with Coin?
                    I think Julianne is one of the greatest actresses of all time, just absolutely phenomenal. She was even more impressive in person. She is such a sweet family woman and also hilarious. Our relationship is complicated. We share similar ideals, but with all she’s been through, Katniss feels she cannot fully trust her.

                    How did you adapt to the mannerisms of your character?
                    I borrowed from men, mostly, who were quieter than me…I know that’s a weird thing to say but I never really channeled a woman for Katniss. I was the only feminine part of Katniss and I felt like that was enough because I’m not very feminine anyway.

                    What have you kept with you as a memory from this franchise?
                    The bow! Our props director told me he would get a new one made for me but I wanted the exact same one that Katniss uses in the movie. It’s full of scratches. It means so much to me.

                    How was the singing experience in the movie?
                    I actually cried the day I was to shoot for that. I hate singing, for that matter I don’t even sing in the shower. In fact Liam Hemsworth was very sweet because he actually complimented me after the first take on the set and I told him to shut up.

                    What keeps teens hooked onto Hunger Games?
                    I think they like Katniss as a reluctant hero; the other characters are so incredible. The film has strong themes of empowerment and hope.

                    Hunger Games made you famous. How does it feel to be a star?
                    People treating you differently when you don’t feel any differently is really alienating. I find people who don’t change. That’s where I get my reality. Nobody treats you any differently [on set].

                    With the paparazzi following
                    you everywhere, was it difficult while filming?
                    I mean, paparazzi suck all the time. When you’re working, it’s distracting and when you’re not working, it’s annoying. I don’t feel like anyone is entitled to know what we’re doing on our weekends and for some reason, the world thinks they are. That’s just how I feel.
                    The Hunger Games- MockingJay Part I is releasing today.
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                      Yami Gautam looks forward to entering the Rs.100 crore club with Action Jackson, also starring Ajay Devgn

                      After being part of two sweet rom-coms­—Vicky Donor which was a runaway hit and Total Siyappa—which did moderately, Yami Gautam is all set to try something different with Action Jackson. Directed by Prabhu Deva, starring Sonakshi Sinha and Ajay Devgn, the film is expected to be a mass entertainer and be part of the `100 crore club like Deva’s previous offerings in Bollywood. Gautam, 25, has an impressive CV with some experience in television (Chand Ke Paar Chalo), followed by movies in the South like Ullasa Utsaha in Kannada, Nuvvila in Telugu, Hero in Malayalam and Gouravam in Tamil. Like the Bollywood princess, Kangna Ranaut, she hails from Himachal Pradesh. Looking forward to movies with Varun Dhawan(Badlapur) and Tamilselvanum Thaniyar Anjalum with Jai, (in which she plays a shop girl) she talks about life in Mumbai and the crossover to commercial cinema.
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                      “It’s been a good experience and has been different from what I had done. It is not every day that you get to work with Prabhu Deva and Ajay Devgn,” begins the actress. After realistic films, we wonder if the mass entertainer  Action Jackson, appealed to her sensibilities. “I don’t want to be typecast doing just a particular kind of film. While Action Jackson is an action entertainer, my next, Badlapur is different and real,” she says. Working with Devgn has been enjoyable for the star struck actress.  “We had a good rapport throughout the film. He keeps to himself and is quiet. The first scene I did with him was an action sequence,” recalls Gautam. As for her role in Badlapur, she plays Nisha, Dhawan’s better half. The film is a thriller and drama. “It is based on a real story. Varun plays Raghu and the trailer will be out on December 2, coinciding with my film, Action Jackson,” she shares. Also on her plate is a two-film contract with T series— an untitled film by Divya Khosla and Pulkit Samrat and another film with Vivek Agnihotri.
                      Film focus
                      Gautam has a long wish-list of directors she will like to work with, starting with Imtiaz Ali, Rajkumar Hirani and Vishal Bhardwaj. The eight-movie old actress also wants to try different genres, particularly period drama by Ashutosh Gowariker. IfAction Jackson succeeds as expected, it will be Gautam’s first film to make a huge box office impact. “I don’t like working with any pressure. Having said that, it would be great if this one turns out to be a massive hit,” she concludes, fingers crossed.
                      Action Jackson is scheduled to release on December 2.

                      — Mrinalini Sundar

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