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    His minda��s eye
    Ita��s hard to believe when you hear it now, but Hrithik Roshan says he was not a good dancer! His is the story of the insecure child who overcame his shortcomings to become a mega star. He recalls being a shy child who was never a�?good enougha�?. Over the years, he developed the tools to get over his fears. Primary among these is using the tool of visualisation. So when he was required to learn a song and dance routine for a film, Roshan would not ask for an additional day of rehearsal. Instead he would take that additional day to be in his own zone and visualise the routine and dance steps. a�?And thata��s how I would learn,a�? he says. a�?I would imagine myself doing those steps and I would be able to do them in front of the camera. If you focus on how to make it possible, then you get the right answers.a�? Now thata��s great advice from the Bollywood superhero.

    starkeedaA strugglera��s story
    Amit Masurkara��s debut film, Sulemani Keeda, opens today. Engineering student turned writer and then filmmaker, Masurkara��s slacker comedy stars Naveen Kasturia and Mayank Tewari as two struggling Bollywood writers in this enjoyable film. The idea for his debut film came from his own struggles as a writer, says Masurkar. a�?Four of my commissioned screenplays, written with some reputed directors, didna��t take off due to reasons beyond my control. This is when I decided to take things into my own hands and stop waiting for that elusive big break.a�? This is the story of Dulal and his hustler friend Mainak, who are from Delhi and are struggling in Mumbai, trying to get a break to write a big Bollywood film. a�?Their picaresque journey brings them to a position where they are forced to choose between their friendship, love and a big break,a�? says Masurkar.

    starbhopalRemembering Bhopal
    Thirty years ago, Bhopal and the world saw one of the worst industrial disasters unfold. The toxic gas leak affected thousands, many of whom are still suffering physically, emotionally or mentally. In 1999, Mahesh Mathaia��s Bhopal Express was among the first to shine a spotlight on the impact and ensuing injustice that followed the gas leak on the night of December 2-3, 1984. There have been a number of documentaries that have highlighted this tragedy and surrounding issues. Commemorating 30 years since the event, director Ravi Kumara��s film Bhopal: A Prayer For Rain releases today. Starring Hollywood actors Martin Sheen, Kal Penn and Mischa Barton alongside Tannishtha Chatterjee and Rajpal Yadav, Kumar says his film a�?aims to show the message of the disaster, while the audience is entertained by its thriller drama.a�?

    starcinemaGoaa��s verdict
    Last week, the curtains came down on another successful edition of the International Film Festival of India and its sidebar event, Film Bazaar, in Goa. The NFDC championed event has become a critical fixture on the annual calendar particularly for independent and first-time filmmakers. This year was no different as Film Bazaar attracted a host of fresh talent and established ones. From more than one hundred projects given a platform, some of the ones that came out trumps were Bangladeshi filmmaker Mostofa Sarwar Farookia��s No Landa��s Man, which won the NFDC Development Award, Raam Reddya��s film Thithi, which won an award in fiction category and Khushboo Ranka and Vinay Shuklaa��s documentary Proposition for a Revolution, which was awarded in the non-fiction category. Leta��s hope many of these projects find global recognition.

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      His minda��s eye
      Ita��s hard to believe when you hear it now, but Hrithik Roshan says he was not a good dancer! His is the story of the insecure child who overcame his shortcomings to become a mega star. He recalls being a shy child who was never a�?good enougha�?. Over the years, he developed the tools to get over his fears. Primary among these is using the tool of visualisation. So when he was required to learn a song and dance routine for a film, Roshan would not ask for an additional day of rehearsal. Instead he would take that additional day to be in his own zone and visualise the routine and dance steps. a�?And thata��s how I would learn,a�? he says. a�?I would imagine myself doing those steps and I would be able to do them in front of the camera. If you focus on how to make it possible, then you get the right answers.a�? Now thata��s great advice from the Bollywood superhero.

      starkeedaA strugglera��s story
      Amit Masurkara��s debut film, Sulemani Keeda, opens today. Engineering student turned writer and then filmmaker, Masurkara��s slacker comedy stars Naveen Kasturia and Mayank Tewari as two struggling Bollywood writers in this enjoyable film. The idea for his debut film came from his own struggles as a writer, says Masurkar. a�?Four of my commissioned screenplays, written with some reputed directors, didna��t take off due to reasons beyond my control. This is when I decided to take things into my own hands and stop waiting for that elusive big break.a�? This is the story of Dulal and his hustler friend Mainak, who are from Delhi and are struggling in Mumbai, trying to get a break to write a big Bollywood film. a�?Their picaresque journey brings them to a position where they are forced to choose between their friendship, love and a big break,a�? says Masurkar.

      starbhopalRemembering Bhopal
      Thirty years ago, Bhopal and the world saw one of the worst industrial disasters unfold. The toxic gas leak affected thousands, many of whom are still suffering physically, emotionally or mentally. In 1999, Mahesh Mathaia��s Bhopal Express was among the first to shine a spotlight on the impact and ensuing injustice that followed the gas leak on the night of December 2-3, 1984. There have been a number of documentaries that have highlighted this tragedy and surrounding issues. Commemorating 30 years since the event, director Ravi Kumara��s film Bhopal: A Prayer For Rain releases today. Starring Hollywood actors Martin Sheen, Kal Penn and Mischa Barton alongside Tannishtha Chatterjee and Rajpal Yadav, Kumar says his film a�?aims to show the message of the disaster, while the audience is entertained by its thriller drama.a�?

      starcinemaGoaa��s verdict
      Last week, the curtains came down on another successful edition of the International Film Festival of India and its sidebar event, Film Bazaar, in Goa. The NFDC championed event has become a critical fixture on the annual calendar particularly for independent and first-time filmmakers. This year was no different as Film Bazaar attracted a host of fresh talent and established ones. From more than one hundred projects given a platform, some of the ones that came out trumps were Bangladeshi filmmaker Mostofa Sarwar Farookia��s No Landa��s Man, which won the NFDC Development Award, Raam Reddya��s film Thithi, which won an award in fiction category and Khushboo Ranka and Vinay Shuklaa��s documentary Proposition for a Revolution, which was awarded in the non-fiction category. Leta��s hope many of these projects find global recognition.

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        Make this weekend count with a books meet, an art exhibition and celebrations for St Nicholas Day

        Dakshin spice
        In the mood for good South Indian food along the coast? The new restaurant, Southern Terrace, is a good option. Located near the Iskcon Temple on ECR, they offer dishes like appam, steamed dosa, vazhapoo vadai and poli. Non vegetarians can opt for jumbo prawns, pomfret, ladyfish, calamari and more. Open for lunch and dinner. Details: 24530661

        ecrbook2Print fantastic
        Want to customise your stoles and saris?A� DakshinaChitra is organising a block printing workshop, where participants will learn to create block prints on silk duppattas. The workshop fee is inclusive of materials, refreshments and transportation to DakshinChitra. From 10.30 am to 5 pm. Fee is Rs.1,500. Details: 24918943

        Managing books
        Herea��s something for the book worms. The 17th National Convention on Knowledge, Library and Information Networking is being organised by Developing Library Network and the French Institute of Pondicherry. The convention will cover subjects like managing libraries through open source software, followed by discussions on emerging technology trends in libraries, e-content and social media networking, among others. At Hotel Anandha Inn, starting on December 9. Details: 0413 2233000

        ecr4Vibgyor effect
        Pondicherry-based artist Greema Michael and her recent set of paintings are radiant and deep. She is having a painting exhibition called Teinte Vibrantea�� acrylic on canvas on soft pinewood frames. An art workshop by her is also being organised tomorrow. At Maison Colombani Art, from 9 am onwards. Details: greema22.222@gmail.com

        ecr_newPicasso edition
        Ever wondered how Pablo Picassoa��s life would be like? In the first part of BBC series, Modern Masters: Picasso, a four-part series dedicated to modern art, journalist Alastair Sooke travels through France, Spain and the US to see some of the artista��s great works. Talking to architects, fashion experts and artists, he finds out how Picasso has influenced our lives. At Cholamandal Centre for Contemporary Art, today, from 7 pm onwards. Details: 24494053

        ZOETERMEER-SINTERKLAAS-SNOEPGOEDNicholas night
        St Nicholas, the Christian saint whose feast is celebrated on December 6, is known as the a�?bringer of giftsa��. La Plancha will have special additions to the menu on this occasion. The European festival calls for pepernoten and hot chocolate, so drop in for a taste. Today and tomorrow from 6 pm to 11 pm. Details: 0413 4300333

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          The first edition of Auroville International Pottersa�� Market will see unusual products from 34 participants

          IF you visit the annual pottery market in San Deigo, Mexico, youa��ll find it more like a carnivala��with music, food and entertainment, along with Mexican folk art, traditional textiles and tribal jewellery. And yes, there are pots and tableware, too. We hope the first edition of the Auroville International Pottersa�� Market will reach the same magnitude. A first of its kind in Auroville, ita��s being organised by potters Ange Peter and Sabrina Srinivas from January 30. The duo promises products using different mediums of clay like terracotta, earthenware, high-fired stoneware, porcelain and slip-ware. The idea for the market was born from a simple discussion about the potters in Auroville.A� a�?There are over 50 potters in Pondicherry and Auroville, thanks to the efforts of Deborah Smith and Ray Meeker of Golden Bridge Pottery. Pondicherry has become one of the few epicentres of studio potters in the country. Raya��s courses have set many a potter on the path of studio pottery,a�? says Srinivas.
          mandala production - detail blue 2What to expect
          Taking inspiration from pottersa�� markets organised in cities like Baroda, Mumbai, Delhi and Bhopal, the two potters planned their event in Auroville. a�?We believe there is a future for pottersa�� markets as being great resources for potters and lovers of potterya��for exposure and discovery of new talents,a�? says Peter, who plans to make this an annual event. Only practising studio potters and ceramic artistes can exhibit at the market. The duo has three categoriesa��functional ware (which includes pots, plates, bowls, teapots, mugs and more), decorative pieces for the house and,A� experts offering sculptures and artistic works.
          PottersFood and first timers
          As of now, the market has around 34A� registrations from cities like Goa, Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Bangalore. a�?We suggest participants book their accommodations in advance as Auroville will be extra crowded on those days,a�? shares Srinivas. Visitors can attend the market and have food at the cafes in Auroville. For first timers and enthusiasts, there will be a stall offering hands on clay modelling. As for the organisers, Peter is an expert in functional wear, Haiyu slip-ware (a rare technique used by ceramic artistes) and has also made some sculptures. On the other hand, Srinivas concentrates on stoneware sculptures and is a painter, too.

          The Auroville International Pottersa�� Market will be held at the Visitora��s Centre. It will be outdoors, under the gazebos. The price ceiling for the market is Rs.4,000. On January 30, 31 and February 1. Participation fee at `3,000. Entry free for visitors.

          a�� Mrinalini Sundar

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            Dig into wood-fired sourdough pizzas and cake at the New Farm Fresh restaurant in White Town

            The New Farm Fresh , whichA� started a month ago in White Town is more than just a retail outlet. The owner Djanagui Alancon is thrilled about the 20-seater cafe that stocks Auroville products like Mango Hill cheese, Le Fern cheese, Naturellement jams, green tea and savories. Here is what we recommend from the menu:

            farm10Prawn Venetian: While their signature dishes include red snapper andA� pomfret fry, Italian pastas and homemade salads, their prawn Venetian-style gravy is unique. a�?I generally suggest having the prawns with garlic bread. It is not very spicy. I am not a chef, but I have learnt how to make different dishes in the past few years from friends and visting chefs,a�? says Alancon.

            farm7Sourdough pizza: Alacon says, their newly-introduced wood-fired sourdough pizza is very popular. a�?We serve original Italian pizza made with sourdough imported from the south of Italy. The sourdough ensures the pizza crust is easily digestible (by breaking down the gluten into amino acids) and it is absolutely delicious too. Our pizzas also come with a variety of great toppings like vegetables, chicken, seafood, ham (pork).a�?
            Mocha cake: Their new desserts include a Mocha Cake, a hit with coffee lovers. Alancon tells us that their Choco-Delight, a melting dark chocolate cake, is a limited edition for Christmas. The other options include Choco-Cheese Cake, tiny chocolate tarts, lemon tarts, truffles and more.

            Lunch for two costs `600. Details: 0413 2220500
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              Three facts not many would know about Exodus, the Biblical epic releasing today

              Indian connect: Indira Varma, will be seen alongside Christian Bale in Ridley Scotta��s Exodus: Gods and Kings, playing the High Priestess Miriam, sister of Moses (Bale). Varma born to an Indian father and a Swiss mother, made her film debut in Mira Naira��s film, Kama Sutra:A Tale of Love, in 1996, and has since done many leading roles.

              Croaking numbers: Enough has been said about the elaborate sets. In one scene, 400 frogs were brought on the set, with six frog handlers, a frog handler dog and a one-metre high frog fence. Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani, who plays Nefertari, Ramessesa��s wife, had to pretend to be asleep, even as a large bag of live frogs would be emptied over her head.

              Bale attack: The first movie Christian Bale chose to watch when he got the part in the movie was Monty Pythona��s Life Of Brian. In a recent interview, Bale described his character in the film as a a�?freedom fightera�� and a a�?terrorista�� against the slaveholding Egyptian empire. a�?[He was] absolutely seen as a freedom fighter. A terrorist, in terms of the Egyptian empire. What would happen to Moses if he arrived today? Drones would turn out after him, right?a�? he had asked.

              Exodus: Gods and Kings is scheduled to
              release today.

              a�� Team Indulge

              action-jackson-0aAction Jackson
              Director: Prabhu Deva
              Cast: Ajay Devgn, Sonakshi Sinha
              A story about a small time crook Vishy (Devgn), who finds a deadly secret that lands him in Bangkok to meet a dangerous Mafia don.
              Did you know? The actor, who has never worn a hat on screen in his 23 years in the industry, wore one in this film because the director asked him to.

              NOTED CARNATIC VOCALIST TM KRISHNA./EXPRESS/OSHO.G.K./(INTERN)One
              Director: Jayendra Panchapakesan Cast: TM Krishna
              This is a one-of-a-kind concert film that features Carnatic singer T M Krishna performing in forests, by lakes and on hills. Instead of the usual performances, this concert film will have 10 songs by Krishna in different languages like Tamil, Telugu and Kannada.
              Did you know? The film is completely shot in the Nilgiris, without any accompaniments.

              la_ca_1111_bhopal_a_prayer_for_rainBhopal: A Prayer for Rain
              Director: Ravi Kumar
              Cast: Mischa Barton, Martin Sheen
              This movie is based on the biggest man made industrial disaster a��the Bhopal Gas tragedy.
              Did you know? The film is inspired by a book Bhopal a�� Lessons Of A Gas Tragedy written by Sanjoy Hazarika. The director said, a�?a�?The book was so intriguing and thrilling that I was bound to take the first four pages as it is in my script.a��a��
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                With Bard inspired movies, concert films and live shows, PVR goes beyond mainstream films

                The Indian market needs variation when it comes to content. Keeping this in mind, PVR Pictures (multiplexes) has introduced some interesting initiatives like PVR Live (live and recorded events) and PVR Directora��s Rare (screening unusual films). The group first screened Mohit Raoa��s, Mind Reading, a live show in Bangalore and Hyderabad which proved to be a super hit. Its success persuaded the PVR group to screen movies like Matthew Bournea��s 3D Ballet Swan Lake and choreographer, Christopher Wheeldona��s live show Cinderella a�� Dutch National Ballet. According to Kamal Gianchandani, President, PVR Pictures, currently, alternative content like ballet films, concert films, theatre films, musical filmsa��live performances recorded around the worlda��are being showcased at various PVR multiplexes.A� Meanwhile, for music lovers, PVR has introduced concert films like Queen and One Direction and live performances by AIB and Pretentious Nights. As for the response for the movies PVR has showcased, Gianchandani says, a�?PVR Live was dynamic and thrilling. The screenings of Queen, Cinderella and Swan Lake, though, attracted a niche audience and created considerable word-of-mouth. The stand-up acts AIB and Pretentious Nights were sold out in a couple of days. One Direction a�� Where We Are a�� The Concert Film, was a blockbuster with approximately 8,000 viewers.a�?

                Joshua Richards, Antony Sher and Youssef Kerkour in Henry lV Parts l and llBard and more
                As for their upcoming projects, they have Royal Shakespeare Companya��s new work from artistes who believe in inspiring the youth with William Shakespearea��s plays like Richard II, Henry IV- Part I and Part II and Romeo and Juliet. Plus, the greatest ballet, Moulin Rouge, and a live show of Century Folk- Barmer Boys are on offer.

                Other initiatives
                Other than Directora��s Rare, that involves theatrical releases of more than 50 films, including Indian indies, international indies, cult classics and short film packages, there is another initiativea��the Oscar Film Festival.a�?Usually, people dona��t get to know about quality movies till they are recognised through awards. We filled this gap by getting the nominated Oscar movies to the cinemas for the Indian audience,a�? concludes Gianchandani.

                Moulin Rouge will be screened tomorrow at PVR Cinemas.

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                  Sowmya Rajendran and Niveditha Subramaniam explore clichA�s in cinema and the definition of normal in their new graphic novel, Nirmala & Normala

                  ON A dark stormy night, the hero spots his lady love for the first timea��drop-dead gorgeous and dancing in the rain. She kisses two children and distributes toffees to them. Hold on. Does this happen in real life? Well, this question is what got Sowmya Rajendran, 28, and Niveditha Subramaniam, 29 started on Nirmala & Normala. They reveal that the graphic novel was conceptualised during a phone conversation. While Rajendran is the author, Subramaniam is the illustrator of the book that follows two girls separated at birth. While one becomes a heroine, the other remains an ordinary person. Buddies from collegea�� Stella Marisa��the duo has worked on several picture books and comics. While Subramaniam lives in Chennai, Rajendran moved to Pune five years ago. Ask them about a film that is waiting to be made into a graphic novel, Rajendran says, a�?Queen. I loved the film, but it can be easily made into a book.a�? Speaking of which, here are a few things that rock their new book:

                  Sowmya and Niveditha5 clichA�s to recall
                  ? Why is the mother knocked off at the beginning of the movie? She is always poor, with a deadly disease.
                  ? While the hero is hurt and fighting for his life in the ICU, the girl walks in, cries, prays and kisses him, and boom, he is up.
                  ? The reel heroine is beautiful, but clueless about it. Plus, she never carries an umbrella in the rain.
                  ? Intellectual girls always wear cotton saris. In the book, when Nirmala plays an intellectual girl, she wears a white sari with block print!
                  ? Boys always have the money to chase the girl to the US and find her in just one day. Where do they get the money from? How do they know where she lives? And how do they spot her and woo her? Good question.

                  Nirmala & Normala is available at leading book stores. Rs.299. Details: amazon.in
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                    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
                    Director: Francis Lawrence
                    Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth
                    Rescued from the ashes of the 75th Hunger Games, Katniss (Lawrence) is taken to an underground rebel station. There she is persuaded by the President to take on the persona of a�?The Mockingjaya�� a�� a symbol of the rebellion. Though it is less action-packed than the earlier editions, it is a worthy sequel.

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                    0512UditaAnchor2Happy Ending
                    Director: Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK
                    Cast: Govinda, Saif Ali Khan,
                    Ileana Da��Cruz
                    This film sees writer Yudi (Khan) trying to get back to his former creative self, even as he rides high on his last hit book. But when his money runs out, he is forced to work with Armaan (Govinda) on a Bollywood script. The rest of the story is about how Yudi teams up with romance writer Aanchal (Da��Cruz) for a film. Average acting and a predictable plot make this one a no-brainer.

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                    review_3Kaaviyathalaivan
                    Director: G Vasantabalan
                    Cast: Sidharth, Prithviraj, Vedhika
                    A pre-Independence saga on the lives of theatre artistes, it captures the period feel realistically. It reflects the socio-political ethos of the era through the stage-dramas of that time. Woven in is a story of ambition and jealousy. A well-crafted screenplaya��with deft narration and a supportive technical crewa��makes it ideal fare for a discerning viewer. The actors put in their best, with Nasser towering above the rest. A crisper second half would have been to the filma��s advantage.
                    a��Malini Mannath

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                      The singer shares thoughts on his new single, his club tracks and the importance of YouTube

                      Travel does not deter singer Benny Dayal from giving interviews. In New York for the past few weeks, the singer is performing at different venues with his band, Funktuation, and is also writing songs. The 30-year-old prefers WhatsApp interviews these days. a�?I think it is cooler,a�? he sends a smiley. I begin by asking him about his new single, Aabhijaa, with city-based music composer Prithvi Chandrasekhar, scheduled to release this month. a�? Ita��s a simple yet soulful song. The song has evolved from what the initial idea was two years ago. It has come out really well,a�? texts the Mumbai-based singer. The college buddies have performed together several times in the past 12 years. According to Chandrasekhar, a�?The song has a newer sound, which is edgy. I would call it an electro pop song. It is a love-separation song. I am now working on the other songs in the album,a�? he says.

                      Benny (1)Musical note
                      Well-known for his foot tapping numbers like Pappu Cana��t Dance, Batameez Dil, Taxi Taxi and most recently Hrithik Roshana��s Bang Bang, Dayal has become the go-to singer for club tracks. a�?I just try and do justice to whatever comes to me. It is not like I miss melodies or anything. I like all genres,a�? he turns philosophical. A fire cracker when he dances on stage, Dayal is a trained Bharatnatyam and Kutchupidi dancer.A� On comparing a live performance to recording a song in the studio, Dayal texts back, a�?Studio has creators, while live performance has lovers. Ultimately, everything is a performance.a�? Dayal would love to work with musicians like Will I Am, Vishal Bhardwaj and Karsh Kale, and sees no difference between commercial music and indie music. a�?It is all music at the end of the day. I have never seen them differently. I will continue to work in both of them,a�? he says diplomatically, even as I type back feverishly to keep up with his speed. Ask him why a YouTube release is so important and he says, a�?It is kind of the radar today because YouTube a�?hitsa�� detect and confirm whether the uploaded file is a viral hit.a��a��

                      Looking back
                      Dayal has come a long way in the film industry. After constant struggle and getting rejected by established music composers, it was composer Pravin Mani from Chennai who taught him to sing professionally. However, it was the Madras Mozart, A R Rahman, who gave him his first break with Balleilakka in Sivaji, in 2007. After that there was no looking back for Dayal. a�?I am happy to have come so far. I look forward to climbing higher with patience and humility,a�? signs off the globe trotter.

                      Personal choice
                      ? Inspiration: Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, John Mayer, Michael Jackson ? Fashion: Linen shirts are the best. But I am more of a spur of the moment kind of a guy. ? Current crop of musicians: I think there is a new sound that comes out every day and there is a new energy. I think the youngsters these days are very bold.

                      a�� Mrinalini Sundar

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