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February 26 | Chennai
Enjoy Sunburn Arena with Grammy Award-winning DJ and producer, Afrojack at Confluence Banquets & Resorts. He often visits India on a five-city musical tour. He will be in the country for two musical weekends this year. Some of his best known numbers are: ‘Take Over Control’, ‘Give Me Everything’, ‘Run the World’, and ‘The Spark and Spree Wilson’.Tickets: Rs 2,250. Details: 044 30723071

Water fun
February 27 | Hussain Sagar
Celebrate winter with some kayakaying on waters of Hussain Sagar lake located in the heart of Hyderabad. The event is organised by The Yacht Club, Hyderabad. It’s on till February 28. Time: 9.45 am-8 pm. Tickets: Rs 750++ taxes. Details: 64640518

Royal tripsport upwater everywhere
February 29 | Khilwat
Enjoy a heritage walk to the exquisitely beautiful Chowmahalla Palace known for its intricate facade and glittering chandeliers. The walk is being organised by Seek Sherpa. Charges: Rs 4,200 for a group of 10. Time: 5 pm.
Details: 9643982934

Get sporty
March 2 | GachibowliRice times
Pro Kabbadi League is hosting the third edition of its tournament much like IPL T20 format. The matches are being held at SAAP Indoor Stadium. Time: 9am-8 pm. Tickets: Available on Bookmyshow.com. Details: http://www.buzzintown.com/hyderabad/events/pro-kabaddi-leaguepkl-2016

Rice & shine
February 26 | Banjara Hills
Syn at Taj Deccan is hosting Banh Xeo Vietnamese Rice Pancake Festival. Banh Xeo is a savoury rice pancake with the choicest of ingredients infused with local flavors and spices including baby shrimp, mushrooms, asparagus, tofu and more. It’s on till February 28. Time: 7 pm-12 am. Details: 66663939

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March 1 | Banjara Hills
Pictorial calligraphy artist P. Parmeshwar Raju presents an art exhibition entitled ‘Must Have Been Love’ at Park Hyatt. It’s on till March 5. Through minimalist approach, he will tell complex episodes. Time: 10 am-7 pm. Entry free. Details: 7702202517

Verse luck
February 28 | Banjara Hills
Lamakaan is hosting an open-air mic poetry at its premises. The participants have to register before the event. There will be performance poetry along with readings by city poets. Time Entry is free. Details: 9642731329

All that jazz
March 3 | MumbaiLamakaan
If you are interested in attending a workshop to learn Jazz and Hiphop music, then head to Bhaktivedanta Swami Mission School at Off Link Road. Conducted by Matt Steffanina and Dana Alexa from Los Angeles the workshop will be of two days. Time: 2 pm. Charges: `4,000. Details: 9256022330

Label collection
February 27 | Banjara Hills
The diamond collection of Yoube Jewellery is being launched at Park Hyatt. The collection comprises feminine motifs of flowers, hearts and butterflies with stones in pink and red. Designer Aakash Barmecha will be launching the collection at Label Bazaar. Time: 10 am-8 pm. Details: 9819793715

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    Today, Maalgaadi
    Add some funk to your wardrobe with Misho, the new collection from Mumbai-based designer Suhani Parekh. With architectural and geometric influences, each piece is handcrafted in sterling silver. The collection features rings, pendants, bracelets and earrings.
    From Rs 4,000 onwards. Details: 42103242

    Thank you, JapanTTD-Snip6
    February 26-28 , ABK – AOTS Dosokai
    Sample Japanese culture at the Japan Cultural Festival. Find Hina dolls, Ikebana (the Japanese art of flower arrangement) and bonsai exhibitions, alongside demonstrations of origami, judo, karate and more. Don’t miss A Night of Jasmine, the dance festival on February 26. At ABK – AOTS Dosokai, from today till February 28, 10 am onwards. Details: 23743575rehane

    Knives and forks
    February 27-28, The Park Hotel
    It’s time to don the apron and battle it out for the title of Chennai’s SuperChef this Saturday and Sunday. Organised by the Madras Cosmopolitan Ladies Circle 38, along with the Madras Cosmopolitan Round Table 94, there are three categories — adult, team and kids. Winners will bag holiday packages, among other prizes. Also on Sunday, winners will be declared during a special dinner. Registration at Rs 600 for a team of two and Rs 300 for individuals. At The Park Hotel. Details: 9791133083

    TTD-Snip9Exploring options
    February 29, The Raintree
    Want to study abroad? Vancouver Institute of Media and Arts could be one of your options. To explore the opportunities, head to The Raintree on Monday, where sessions on application procedures and scholarships, along with course details, will be conducted under the supervision of the president of the institute, Allan Phillips.
    Starting 7 pm. Details: 43939999

     

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    March 3, Madras Christian College
    Madras Christian College, Tambaram, is back with their annual fest, Deepwoods. March 3 will see Canada-based Miss Tara with EDM (from 3 pm, Rs 150). Mumbai-based rock band, Indus Creed will enthrall on the second day (Rs 150), while singer Sid Sriram will end the festival on March 5 (Rs 200). Expect around 25 food and display stalls, besides other events like script writing and band face-offs. Bring student IDs to participate in the contests. Details: facebook.com/deepwoodsmcc

    Luxe redefined
    February 27-28, ITC Grand Chola
    ITC Grand Chola will be the venue for the two-day HI5 Luxury Expo, starting tomorrow. With 12 segments catering to all lifestylTTD-Snip5e needs, expect fashion, jewellery and home decor and more. Cars like BMW and Rolls Royce and collections from designers Vivek Karunakaran, Osman Abdul Razak and many more will be on display. From Rs 5,000 – Rs 5 crore. Details: 2220000

    Floral diaries
    Tomorrow, Institute of Design
    Learn the language of flowers at the one-day flower arrangement workshop at the Institute of Design. Chennai-based Titti Mythili will teach flat and landscape arrangements with flowers like chrysanthemums, gerberas, zinnai and more. While the flowers will be provided, do bring three vases to take home your creations. Rs 2,250. From 11 am. Details: 2833 0588

    For the city
    February 27-28, Chennai
    Dedicate this weekend to lake clean-up drives, organised by the Environmentalist Foundation of India. Adambakkam and Thiruneermalai require your attention on Saturday (7 am to 10 pm), and Sithalapakkam and Arasankazhani lake on Sunday (at the same time). Gloves, buckets and masks will be provided to the volunteers. Details: 9677097824

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    March 1 -2, Hyatt Regency
    Style Bazaar is here to make your summer more fashionable. On March 1 and 2, find collections from designers like Golden Weaves from Delhi, Mumbai-based Styles and Beyond, and several others. Also, jewellery from Meera Jewellers and Canny Craft will add some bling. At Hyatt Regency. From Rs 500 up to Rs 50,000. Details: 61001234

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    From adventure of the planetary kind to a peaceful swim with turtles, we give you eight good ways to spend those extra 24 hours

    Bunk on the beach4
    Sign up for a night by the waves, with campfires, rustic food and a memorable sunrise. About 120 km from the city is Marakanam with its pristine beach, clear skies and, if you are lucky, sightings of shooting stars and satellites. Sam Subramaniam and his two camping veterans set out from the city at 4.30 pm and return at 9.30 am the next day. The hours in between are filled with pleasurable moments in tents, playing beach volleyball or frisbee, flying fancy kites, visiting a lighthouse or just stargazing.  At Rs 2,000 per head for a group of 15 to 20. Details: 9790000401

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    Can’t take the time off for the pampering at Palazzo Versace in Australia’s Gold Coast? Check into its newest property in Dubai instead. With Baroque-inspired furniture handpicked by Donatella Versace and Medusa and Greca motifs, the hotel has all the Italian artistry you need. The chandelier in the lobby, shaped by 3,000 kg of handblown Bohemian glass, is one such. Ask for the personalised butler. It’s just a ‘once in four years’ splurge, after all. Approx Rs 58,000. Details: palazzoversace.ae

    Lunch in styleBaked Alaska
    Everything needn’t be about doing something new. For some down time, head to The Park, to enjoy a special buffet lunch or dinner at 601. With a live jalebi counter, and specials like mutton rogan josh, murgh dum biryani and a dessert table starring the delicious baked Alaska, early birds are promised an extra something, too. The first 50 to walk in will be billed only Rs 601 (plus taxes), while the latecomers will have to shell out the regular fare, Rs 1,100 plus taxes. So set a reminder to be there on time, at 12 pm sharp. Details: 42676000

    Cosmic playCosmic1
    This May, Earth and Mars are headed for their closest encounter in a decade—in a phenFrogo microomenon called opposition. And February 29 night to the wee hours of March 1 is the ideal window for stargazers to start following the celestial phenomenon, says Raghunandan Kumar of Planetary Society of India. Week after week, Mars will get closer and brighter. So head to your rooftops, with binoculars and telescopes in tow, and spot the non-twinkling object next to the moon—that’s Mars. Details: ournewplanets.info

    Take flight
    If you’ve always wanted to fly a plane, here’s your chance. Frogo is inviting people to fly microlight planes under the assistance of a pilot, as part of its ‘Kiss The Clouds’ initiative. They will also shoot images and videos of your flight. The experience—at the Jakkur Airfield in Yelahanka, Bengaluru—has to be booked two days in advance, and is subject to availability. From 6 am onwards. Details: frogo.in

    Raise a toastCOCKTAIL6
    Say cheers with a cocktail created with the day in mind. Arun Kumar, the mixologist at Chipstead, the bar at the Taj Coromandel, has crafted the ‘February 29’. To hit the magic number, he’s shaken together Citadelle Gin (which incorporates 19 ingredients, including Mexican orange peel), Pimm’s No 1 (with notes of five tropical fruits and spices, like pomegranate), along with muddled white grapes, cloves, cinnamon, lime and vanilla syrup. The pièce de résistance is a piece of ice, filled with white grapes, as the garnish. Rs 600. Details: 66002827

    Swim with the turtlesTurtles
    How about making the best of our proximity to Sri Lanka, with a night at Owl and the Pussycat in Thalpe. Fans of the Edward Lear poem will love the island’s newest boutique hotel, owned by property developers Reita Gadkari and Shane Thantirimudalige. A short drive from Galle, it has 17 rooms outfitted with handmade pieces by artists, both local and from as far off as Argentina. Learn to fish with stilt fishermen or make a date with the turtles that live off shore. From approximately Rs 13,000.
    Flights begin at Rs 7,125 onwards.
    Details: otphotel.com

    Bike1Leap of faith
    If you are game for some adventure, contact Sunil Nanjappa of Houndcycles in Devanahalli, Bengaluru. A mountain biking expert, Nanjappa will help cyclists—from beginners to advanced—jump seven-18 feet up in the air on their MTBs, around Nandi Hills. You can get your own cycle or hire any of their super-sturdy KHS, Giant and Merida mountain bikes for Rs 1,000-Rs 5,000. Details: 09845057689.
    And if you wish to club this thrill game with an outing to Pune, dial Ajay Padwal. The professional mountain biker will also help you fly your MTBs off an upramp and land safely. Rs 1,000-Rs 1,500 for a three-hour session.
    At Pashan Hills. Details: 09823043393

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      Learn some dance moves as you sip on free cocktails, this weekend. Or make an appointment for a creative playdate

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      If you are acquainted with the chronicles of Jonah, from the Paulson’s group — think Jonah’s Bistro, Jonah’s Goes to Japan and so on — you will want to check out Jonah’s Goes Fishing that opens mid-March. On the cards is a lot of seafood (and vegetarian staples, too). Sign up for a bit of Pan Asian, Continental, Indian and so on—everything from a Cajun fish to a laksa, a Thai red curry and a Kerala fish curry, confides our cheery expat chef, Willi Wilson. Pricing will be reasonable, he promises. While their phone lines are still not up, you can call 30205571 for details.

      Sand play
      A hands-on workshop to encourage creativity in children, The World Game promises an hour of fun. Under adult supervision, the young participants will be given a box of sand and objects like dolls, marbles, animals and geometric shapes, to create anything their imaginative minds can think up. Between 9 am and 5 pm. Rs 2,500 per child. At Auroville Retreat. Details: 9843948288

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      Salsa MadrECR2-Snippet4aas is celebrating its second year anniversary. At the party at Drizzle, join Arun Srinivas and his team for a workshop on modern Latin and salsa. Meanwhile, ladies can avail two complimentary cocktails, while others get one free beer on buying two. Meal for two at approximately Rs 1,500. From 7.30 pm onwards. Details: 9789025118

      Hear him out
      Harsh Mander, the winner of the Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award, will be talking about his book, Looking Away — Inequality, Prejudice and Indifference in New India, at Sharana, White Town. Today, from 7-8.30 pm, listen to this writer-cum-social activist who just last weekend, raised hECR-Snip6is voice in support of the Right to Education act. Details: 0413 2226023

      Soul song
      Unwind with live jazz this Saturday, at La Plancha, as the duo Kranti and Edo G (from Auroville) take the stage with classic R&B numbers. Kranti, a member of European jazz and bossa nova bands, will add mellow vocals to Edo’s blues guitar at the Take 5 blues concert.
      From 8 pm onwards. Free entry.
      Details: 0413 4300333ECR-Snip5

      Latin breeze
      Kasha ki Aasha’s acoustic series, Pondy
      Night Out—every Saturday night at the art boutique and cafe—will feature musicians from the Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music, starting with faculty Pablo Lapidusas and Fabio Bergamini tomorrow. Catch the Argentinian pianist and the Brazilian drummer at 8 pm. Entry at Rs 100.
      Details: 0413 2222963

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        ser1 (24)Organic fibres and dyes give Serenity Beach’s newest boutique a distinct apser1 (18)ser1 (12)peal

        WHAT surprised French designer Vincent Déclety the most on his arrival in India, three years ago, was the number of people working with their hands. It triggered his curiosity for handloom and handicrafts which culminated in the launch of the ethical fashion brand, Indigenoser1 (7)us Industries, two weeks ago. Co-owned with Aadil Ansari from Ahmedabad, the brand retails from its sea-facing boutique on Serenity Beach.
        Be it grinding  roots and nuts into dyes or creating handmade paper tags from recycled fabric waste, it stays as close to nature as possible. “You will find only classic pieces like shirts, tees, chinos or skirts, but it is the fit, fabric and tones that set us apart,” says Déclety. Organic cotton, eri silk and handloom linen are fashioned into quirky staples like a pair of batik boxer shorts.
        Using natural dyes limits the colour palette, Déclety admits, particularly when screen printing tees. “But we are happy with the different shades we have for every colour, which is not easy to replicate with chemical dyes,” he adds. For instance, dried roots of the common madder plant impart an earthy red while the nut of the terminalia chebula tree gives a warm yellow. The latter also doubles up as a mordant—a substance that helps fabrics retain dyes longer.
        “Ultimately, we want to democratise the use of natural dyes by making these fabrics easy to wear and maintain,” says Déclety, adding the boutique will hold regular workshops where people can learn about traditional dyeing processes.
        From Rs 750. Shortly available online at indigenousindustries.com. Details: 96777129 20
        — Olympia Shilpa Gerald

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          Jacqueline’s Equestrian Challenge 2016 is back, starting today at Red Earth Riding School in Auroville.
          FROM scrubbing her neighbour’s windows to saving up for riding classes as a young girl, to founding a riding school that hosts one of South India’s most anticipated equestrian competitions, the one constant in Jacqueline Kapur’s life has been her unbridled passion for horses.
          Stables and paddocks are being readied at Red Earth Riding School in Auroville to welcome close to 100 horses and riders for the Pondicherry Equestrian Challenge 2016. Supported by Equestrian Promotion Private Ltd, this year’s edition repeats the format of the maiden event in 2014, and will be held over two successive weekends. While that spells rest and recuperation for the steeds, it is a chance for would-be spectators to sate their curiosity about this Olympic sport._MG_8590b
          Line up
          The smell of horseflesh and earth, the bracing early morning air, and riders attired in immaculate riding jackets cantering about, will set the stage for two major events: show jumping and dressage. The former will see riders of all ages attempting to jump courses of varying heights over both weekends, ending in a grand prix. More dramatic than dressage, show jumping is enjoyable even for spectators without much knowledge of the sport. Horse and rider have to clear obstacles, jump fearlessly over large fences and gauge sharp turns on a marked course. “How you adapt yourself to each individual horse matters. Often it is small things—like how you sit on the horse, where you place your leg, which side you lean—that build understanding between the horse and rider,” says Kapur.
          The International Dressage Development League (IDDL), scheduled on March 3 and 4, also tests the relationship between horse and rider based on prescribed tests, including movements choreographed to music. Natallia Rubashko, a Fédération Equestre Internationale judge from Belarus, will adjudicate the event. “Dressage demands intense concentration and not all horses enjoy it. Then there are those like Campera, my horse, who love to show off during the event,” says Kapur, mimicking her horse’s preening.
          Part and parcel
          Though equestrian carries an elitist tag given the expenses involved, participating riding schools in Chennai, Bengaluru, Coimbatore and Tirupur have made it possible for young and old riders to  compete at a national level, by sharing horses among contestants. The number of women participants every year has also been encouraging. “Equestrian remains the only Olympic sport where men and women compete on an equal footing, and no show jumping or dressage event has separate courses marked out,” concludes Kapur.
          From February 26-28 and March 3-6.  Details: 9566194586
          — Olympia Shilpa Gerald

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          Friday, February 26

          The Drop (Crime/Drama), Star Movies Select, 4.30 pm
          Cast: Tom Hardy, James Gandolfini, Noomi Rapace
          Marvin Stipler (Gandolfini) and his cousin Bob Saginowski (Hardy) undertake illegal money drops for Chechen mobsters at a bar in Brooklyn. The bar, called Cousin Marv’s, was previously owned by Stipler. A loyal partner, Saginowski soon finds himself embroiled in a deadly robbery that involves Stipler and the Chechen mob boss, Chovka. Meanwhile, while rescuing a pit bull, Saginowski befriends a neighbour, Nadia (Rapace), whose ex-boyfriend Eric Deeds also adds to his problems. Based on a short story called Animal Rescue, by Dennis Lehane.

          Ek Paheli LeFriday Ek Paheli Leelaela (Thriller/Drama), UTV Movies, 2.30 pm
          Cast: Sunny Leone, Jay Bhanushali
          Karan (Bhanushali), an aspiring singer and musician, is often haunted by dreams of being whipped. When he goes to a pundit to solve the mystery, he is told that the answer lies in his past life. Karan soon comes to believe that 300 years ago he was Shravan (Rajneesh Duggal), an artist’s aide who was in love with a girl named Leela (Leone). Leela is now Meera (Leone), a model who is married to a Rajasthani prince. Can Karan convince Meera about her past? Leone’s husband, Daniel Weber, plays a cameo in the movie.

          Saturday, February 27THE DROP

          The Fifth Estate (Thriller),
          Star Movies HD, 2.30 pm
          Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch,
          Daniel Bruhl
          Based on WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange (Cumberbatch), the movie tracks how he was contacted by journalist Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Bruhl) and how they started the covert website, where classified information withheld from the public is exposed online, while retaining the anonymity of the sources. From illegal activities in Swiss banks to secrets of the Afghan war, they reveal it all. But tensions mount when they disagree on the timing of the release of sensitive documents pertaining to the Baghdad invasion and the Iraq war, leaked by former US Army soldier Chelsea Manning. James McAvoy was earlier considered to play the role of Domscheit-Berg.

          Noah (Biblical/Epic), HBO, 11.14 pmla_ca_0102_noah
          Cast: Russel Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins
          With a Biblical theme, the story begins when God decides to cleanse the world with an apocalyptic flood. When Noah (Crowe) realises that the creator is trying to send him a message, he, with his wife Naameh (Connelly), and three sons set off to seek guidance from his grandfather, Methuselah (Hopkins). At Methuselah’s behest, Noah begins to build an ark in preparation for the apocalypse. But will everyone make it to the ark in time? This is the third collaboration between Crowe and Connelly, after A Beautiful Mind
          and Winter’s Tale.

          Pixels (Sci-fi/Action), Sony PIX HD, 9 pm
          Cast: Adam Sandler, Michelle Monaghan
          Mistaking video feeds from arcade games as a declaration of war by Earth, aliens send an army of video games—like Arkanoid and Galaga—to destroy our planet. Sam Brenner (Sandler), Kevin James (Cooper), Ludlow Lamansoff and Eddie ‘The Fire Blaster’ Plant have been playing the classic arcade games since childhood. Upon the attack, Brenner and Lamansoff are summoned by the government to train the Navy Seals to play the games as defense. However, the real challenge is Pac Man’s title character and the aliens look like they have the upper hand. Peter Dinklage (who pays Eddie) and Sean Bean (who plays an SAS officer) have both starred in the Game of Thrones.Sunday Tanu Weds Manu Returns

           

          Sunday, February 28

          Tanu Weds Manu Returns (Romance/Comedy),
          Zee Cinema, 9 pm
          Cast: Madhavan, Kangana Ranaut
          A sequel to Tanu Weds Manu, the story finds the couple in London, where Manu (Madhavan) is fed up with his wife Tanu’s (Ranaut) antics—especially after she gets him locked up in a psychiatric facility. He sends her a legal notice and, enraged, she decides to catch up with her old boyfriends back in her hometown. Meanwhile, Manu reaches Delhi and meets Kusum (Ranaut), Tanu’s look-alike and a state-level athlete. He falls in love and decides to marry her, much to Tanu’s displeasure. Things get complicated when Manu realises Kusum is getting engaged to another man. This is Ranaut’s first double role.

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            Cinema25-Poster1AligarhCinema25-Still1
            Director: Hansal Mehta
            Cast: Manoj Bajpai, Rajkummar Rao
            The movie is based on Aligarh Muslim University professor Shrinivas Ramchandra Siras. It follows the events which lead up to his suspension from the university on the grounds of being gay and the media frenzy that ensued.
            Did you know: Censor board chief Pahlaj Nihalani gave the film an ‘A’ certificate and accused the director of making an issue out of it for publicity.

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            Director: Alex Proyas
            Cast: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Brenton Thwaites, Gerard Butler
            Egypt falls in grave danger when the throne is overtaken by the God of Darkness, Set (Butler). Bek (Thwaites), though a mortal, decides to take matters into his own hands and along with God Horus (Coster-Waldau) wages a battle which decidCinema25-Still2es the fate of Egypt.
            Did you know: Butler and Coster-Waldau’s sandals, as admitted by Butler, gave them blisters and were more painful than bruises endured while filming action.
            Cinemas of India
            Catch up with national award winning movies like Quissa in Punjabi, Cinema25-Poster3Attihannu Mattu Kanaja in Kannada and three other regional movies at the Cinemas of India showcase organised by NFDC in association with and at the Indo Cine Appreciation Foundation. From February 29 to March 4.
            Details: 28212652

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              Actor Leonardo DiCaprio on the challenges of The Revenant and the lessons in survival.

              We all have rooted for Leonardo DiCaprio when it comes to winning an Oscar. With The Revenant, he is closest to getting one, erevenant-gallery-19-gallery-imageven fellow nominee Eddie Redmayne (nominated for The Danish Girl) agrees. In this action-adventure film directed by Alejandro Iñárritu, the 41-year-old plays a fur trapper, isolated from his fellow men, seeking revenge for the death of his son. The 41-year-old talks about all that has put him in the race for the most coveted trophy.

              What drew you to this role?
              Alejandro. Here, you have a linear story, somewhat of a campfire legend of American history: the American survivalist driven by instinct. But through Alejandro’s eyes it became a story of triumph, of the human spirit and what it is to overcome obstacles.

              The ‘bear sequence’ is an incredible sequence.
              This scene was profoundly moving because of Alejandro’s ability to put the audience in the middle of it. They will see it as if they are a fly buzzing around the attack. It’s almost like another sense is awakened.

              The period the film is set in is not well-documented which must have been challenging.revenant-gallery-18-gallery-image
              That’s right. Not only do cinema audiences not know much about this time period, expert historians don’t either. This is really because America hadn’t become America. This region was a wilderness, inhabited by indigenous people. The period depicted in the film saw the first infiltration of the white man into this untouched region and how it was manipulated for capitalistic purposes.

              Tell us about working with Alejandro.
              He is a genius of filmmaking. He’s an old-school filmmaker and an outsider. While he’s been within the industry, he’s been influenced by a lifetime of studying cinematic history and other great masters.

              Was it a tough shoot?
              Definitely, for example it was filmed in natural light. We rehearsed most of the day and then shot during the few hours of natural light. There was constant extreme weather, or cameras not working because it was 40 degrees below zero, or the snow melting in unprecedented warming period because of climate change in the territory causing the landscape to go dry within five hours. At one point, we shut down for weeks.

              You and the cast had to go for a boot camp and learn new skills?
              We worked with specialists to learn about the muskets we used, which take a minute to reload. I learned how to start fires using the elements, how to eat, or how to survive cold temperatures.

              Do you think this is a political film?
              I think those elements are there. Oil companies go into Papua New Guinea or the Amazon or Canada and kick the native indigenous people off their lands or poison their lands and cut down their trees. So yes, there is that theme embedded underneath the film and it’s hopefully something people can pick up.
              The Revenant releases today.

              — Team Indulge

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                Director Dungarpur is on a mission to preserve India’s film heritage.

                THE second edition of the Film Preservation and Restoration Workshop began yesterday. An initiative of archivist Shivendra Singh Dungarpur’s Film Heritage Foundation (FHF), he is excited that, along with the International Federation of Film Archiving (whose support they had last year too), this year, National Film Archives of India (NFAI) has joined hands with them. “Amitabh Bachchan (brand ambassador of FHF) just texted me his appreciation for the same,” shares the 47-year-old.
                “The most essential rule in film preservation is that films need to be preserved in their original condition. For example, a movie on celluloid needs to be preserved on celluloid only,” shares the National award-winner. You can pick up more rules at the documentation and cataloguing session by Thelma Ross (Museum of Modern Art, New York). “Special attention is being paid to non film archiving,” points out Dungarpur, with sessions like how to look after film posters, photographs, lobby cards, etc, conducted by representatives of the George Eastman Museum, New York.
                This 10-day affair, has 48 participants, among whom are Ira Bhaskar, professor of cinema studies at JNU, and author Rajesh Devra. Classic movies like Do Bigha Zamin and Andha Naal will be screened every day.
                “Archiving as an art form has always been neglected by the film industry,” he says. Hence, the focus of the workshop—to preserve our film heritage—will remain the same for years to come.
                Till March 5. At NFAI. Details: 25652259

                — Seema Rajpal

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