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    The Huntsman: Winter’s War
    Director: Cedric Nicholas-Troyan
    Cast: Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt, Chris Hemsworth, Jessica Chastain
    Being a prequel to Snow White and the Huntsman, Charlize Theron reprises the role of the evil queen Ravenna, and Liam Hemsworth is seen as the Huntsman. Emily Blunt takes the role of Ravenna’s royal sister Freya. The movie starts off as a prequel and jumps to being a sequel with most of the narrative being liftedfrom Disney’s Frozen. Hemsworth and Chastain, Freya’s best soldiers, provide the romantic angle in the narrative. While Frozen’s Let it Go isnot sung in the movie, it is advisable to let this movie go.— Team Indulge

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    Director: Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari
    Cast: Swara Bhaskar, Ria Shukla, Ratna Pathak Shah, Pankaj Tripathi
    The film revolves around the life of Chanda (Bhaskar), who is a school dropout and works as a domestic help so her daughter Apeaksha (Shukla) can achieve great things in life. This film reveals the frustrations of both the child and the mother but also depicts their relationship beautifully. A sweet and heartwarming film, it’s definitely worth a watch. — Team Indulge

    Vetrivel-Movie-Stills-5-534x462Vetrivel
    Director: Vasanthamani
    Cast: Sashikumar, Nikhila, Miyan
    It’s about a simple guy who, while helping his younger brother sort out his love life, gets into serious trouble. The plot’s innumerable characters, subplots, twists and turns have been woven in seamlessly. It may fall short in form and style, but makes up to a large extent through its content. The role suits Sashikumar like a glove. The women characters are bold and sensible and well played. It’s a wholesome, fairly engaging family entertainer.—Malini Mannath

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      Spot the croc
      April 30 and May 1,
      Madras Crocodile Bank
      Think learning about crocodiles is fun? The 2D1N ‘What’s that crocodile?’ workshop states the same, too. With the breeding season underway, learn about the nesting habits of the Nile crocodile and marsh crocodile, witness how they are fed and even get to collect eggs from their enclosures, under expert supervision, of course. From 15 years and above. Rs 3,500. Details: 9791257916

      SnakeScaly tales
      May 13 – 15, Chennai Snake Park
      The STORM (Scientific Training on Reptile Management) workshop will see Bengaluru-based Gowri Shankar, who has hosted shows on king cobras in NatGeo Wild and BBC, in the city. In the fifth edition, get familiar with snake rescue protocols, relocation of these reptiles, legal issues and conservation implications. Registration closes tomorrow. From 9.30 am onwards. Details: 9940488880

      Ripple effectS10_ rowing
      Till May 28, Madras Boat Club
      It’s time to hit the open waters. S10 Health, the healthcare delivery platform, in association with the Madras Boat Club (MBC), is holding a month-long summer camp that will teach rowing and sports nutrition. Featuring both practical and theory sessions, the camp will be facilitated by captain Abraham Kandathil of MBC. Six to 14 years. Rs 2,000. From6 am to 8 am. Details: 40510510

      Malabar Cuisine
      Malabar connect
      May 4 – 6, Food Consulate
      Join home cook Mariam Shibila as she demonstrates Malabari dishes like erachi pathiri, kakkorotti and kai kirda, at a three-day cooking workshop. She will also share cooking tips. At the end of the programme, take home her recipe booklets. Rs 1,750. 10.30 am onwards.
      Details: 9962966066.

      Table Top DayGet on board
      Tomorrow, Cafe Home Pitch
      Celebrating TableTop Day in the city, the Chennai Board Gamers gives you a chance to learn and play board games like Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride and King of Tokyo. First-timers needn’t worry as volunteers will help you get started on the board, card games and dexterity games. In Adyar. 15 years and above. Rs 200. Details: 9840126737

      Horse RidingMy little pony
      From May 3,
      Madras Riding School
      If you love horses, here’s your chance to learn how to handle them. Riding coach S Alagesan will teach you the nuances of riding—mounting and dismounting, balancing on horseback, besides identifying and feeding them. Three years and above. From 7am to 8 am. Rs 1,500 onwards. Details: 9841626126

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      Sail away
      From May 4, Royal
      Madras Yacht Club
      This is your chance to learn to sail, through a workshop that teaches basic knots, ocean safety, and how to recover from a capsized vessel. Designed for children and adults, it will end with a regatta, giving participants an opportunity to race alongside expert sailors. They will also receive certificates from the Yachting Association of India. Rs 5,000 onwards. For seven years and above. Details: 9791040668

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        As the heat becomes overpowering next month, find respite at the Radisson seafood lunch or the Sunch at The Sunway Manor.

        728_chemmeen_roast_keralaSomething fishy
        Coastal cuisine from Kerala and Karnataka take centrestage at the Waters Edge Cafe, Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay, this Saturday and Sunday. While Kerala brings you meen moilee (fish curry), chemeen pollichathu (prawns) and Kozhikode biryani, Karnataka offer fish ajadina, chicken indad and more. 1,600 plus tax. Details: 27443636

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        Want your child to pick up some new skills? There are cooking, gardening, zumba and other lessons, at La Casita’s summer camp. Packages start from Rs 2,000. At the dance and culture centre, for children between seven and 17. From May 3 – June 3, 10 am to 12 pm. Details: 07639405194

        Buffet counter
        Open House restaurant, at The Sunway Manor, is planning to make your undays special. At Sunch, their brunch buffet, expect Indian, Italian and fast food options. Apart from soups and sandwiches, the spread will include biryani and pastas, kati rolls and pizzas. Don’t miss the complimentary glass of juice or beer. For desserts, fill up on good old ice creams and caramel custard. From 11.30 am to 4 pm. Rs 899 plus tax. Details: 0413 2281608

        wall plateYour datewith murals
        Learn the delicate art of mosaic murals and ceramic plate painting from contemporary artist Asma Menon at DakshinaChitra. On May 7-8. The workshop costs Rs 2,500 (inclusive of materials, refreshments and transportation). From 10.30 am
        to 5 pm. Details: 24462435

        DanceandtheDivineDance and the divine
        Bharatnatyam aficionados are in for a double treat this evening, with a short film and a performance at the Alliance Francaise auditorium. Arts writer-cum-researcher, Rupa Gopal, will screenher short film, Devadasi — A different
        woman while seasoned dancer Roja Kannan will follow with a demonstration on the same theme, narrated by Gopal. At 7 pm. Details: 0413 2338146

         

         

        SummerrootsSummer roots
        At KalariGram’s summer camp, children will be introduced to ancient art and knowledge, but couched in a way that will appeal to young minds. The fortnight-long camp will include activities like theatre, kalari and Vedic maths. For children aged seven years and above. From May 1-15, between 8.30 am and 6 pm. Rs  1,500 (Rs 4,500 for residential).
        Details: 0413 2622091

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          The action hots up before the American presidential elections, with some of the biggest names in entertainment going over to the enemy’s camp.

          With the kind of impact Hollywood celebrities have on social media, their opinions count. However, though top contenders for the 2016 US presidential polls — Bernie Sanders, Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump — have a list of celebrity backers to boast of, the stars are known for their frequent volte-face. From singers like Katy Perry to comedian Sarah Silverman, we look at some big names who have changed sides this year.

          Katy Perry3Katy Perry
          Hilary Clinton is not new to the race to the White House. She had contested the last time, too. But what is different now is that singer-songwriter Katy Perry, who was in camp Obama in 2009, is supporting her this time. While she had performed in a concert for Obama—wearing a dress themed around him—Perry did the same for Clinton last October, in Iowa, wearing a white dress with an embellished campaign symbol. With themed manicure posts on Instagram, selfies, more dresses and even more rallies, this American musician is ‘roaring’ for the election’s only female candidate.

          HollywoodSNip-1Sarah Silverman
          For comedian Sarah Silverman, Hilary Clinton was the best suited to sit in the Oval Office. She even donated $2,700 (the maximum amount allowed by law) last year, towards her campaign. But then the 47-year-old started to #feeltheBern, and introduced Sanders to a waiting crowd at Los Angles last August. She citied Clinton’s ‘donation-taking’ as the reason for withdrawing support. Now, Silverman is going all out for the Vermont senator—from tweets and T-shirts, to an appearance on Real Time with Bill Maher and a video she made for him last month.

          Susan SardonSusan Sarandon
          Having extended her support to Bill and Hilary Clinton in the past, Susan Sarandon has now migrated to Bernie Sander’s side. The American actress has been addressing rallies—like the one in Iowa, in January—and, without naming Clinton, expressing her dislike for the candidate. Last month, on MSNBC’s All in with Chris Hayes, the 69-year-old declared that if Sanders were not an option, she would rather vote for Trump. A Twitter spat with Clinton supporter Debra Messing was also in the mix.

           

          WillFerrellWill Ferrell
          Bernie Sanders has a long illustrious list of celebrity endorsements up on his website, among which is featured Will Ferrell. But we were confused when the actor-comedian made an appearance in Nevada this February, urging crowds to vote for Hilary Clinton. The 48-year-old clarified that he was just endorsing the ‘democratic process’, but when an official video surfaced of Ferrell urging Nevada to vote—with none other than Bill Clinton—there was no doubt left in anyone’s mind as to where his allegiance lay. Needless to say, his name doesn’t feature on Sanders’ list anymore.

          Neil Young

          Trump launched his campaign early last year with a video featuring several iconic songs, including Neil Young’s Rockin’in the Free World. When the singer-songwriter’s bandmates confirmed over a tweet that Trump had no permission to use the song, mud-slinging ensued. Trump then posted a photograph with a smiling Young on Twitter, proving that they were friends. But in a surprising turn of events, in June last year, the Canadian musician gave Bernie Sanders permission to use the same
          song. Way to declare one’s loyalties, we say.

          — Compiled by Seema Rajpal

           

           

           

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            From Scarlett Johansson to Jonah Hill, meet the actors who are all set to show how multifaceted they are.

            While some popular award-winning actors are poised to don the director’s hat soon—including Ben Affleck (working on a solo Batman movie), Johnny Depp (crafting a documentary on Rolling Stones frontman Keith Richards) and Denzel Washington (creating an African-American race relations movie called Fences) — we take a look at those who are making their directorial debut circa 2016.

            Breaking through
            Katie Holmes has always been keen on making her mark. And she has managed to do just that with her directorial debut, All We Had, an adaptation of Annie Weatherwax’s novel centered on the life of a mother and her mid-life struggle with alcohol addiction. Having premiered at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival this month, the movie is already making waves. “It was hard work shifting between acting and directing,” shares the Dawson Creek star, while adding that the captive nature of the story, coupled with the support of her team, served as the source of inspiration for getting the project done quicker that expected.

            Living large
            Feted for his hilarious performance in The Wolf of Wall Street, Jonah Hill’s acting prowess has improved since Superbad. So when the opportunity came knocking, he put himself up for directing his first feature film, Mid 90s, and penned a script of his own to go with it. While not much is being revealed about the plot, the actor does confirm that it is a coming-of-age movie set in Los Angeles. “I want to make sure it’s done correctly; I am not going to just throw together a sloppy movie. This is where I want my career to end up,” adds the 32-year-old, when asked about his directorial aspirations.

            Jennifer LawrencePsychedelic ride
            Besides her upcoming performance in X-men: Apocalypse, the young actor has a lot going on this year. Project Delirium, her first directorial venture, is a drama based on the horrific mental warfare experiments performed on US soldiers during the Cold War, and will hit screens soon. “It’s funny, but I’ve wanted to direct since I was 16 and always thought I should start taking steps towards that. If I had tried to do it earlier, I wouldn’t have been ready. Now I actually feel ready,” shares the 25-year-old, who recently won a Golden Globe Award for her performance in Joy.

            Old-school roadtrip
            HBO’s Entourage fame Kevin Connolly’s yet-to-be-released directorial debut is a grand affair, with its production handled by Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way Productions. A road film, titled Dear Eleanor, it follows two girls who set out on a journey in the early ’60s to see their hero, Eleanor Roosevelt. The movie’s additional charms include Patrick Schwarzenegger as one of its lead cast members. “To keep myself more in tune with the film, I assembled a lookbook with production designer Chase Harlan using images that illustrate the film’s story. I always had it (with me) in a backpack so I could look at it and remember what I am doing,” shares the 42-year-old.

            Recreating the 40s
            With her husky voice chilling us to the bone in Jon Favreau’s remake of The Jungle Book, Scarlett Johansson has once again cemented her position as one of Hollywood’s best new-gen actors. Naturally, taking the director’s seat is an important shift. She is working on Summer Crossing, an adaptation of Truman Capote’s book of the same name. “It is not Fifty Shades of Grey. It’s not hot off the press. So we can give it the time it deserves to be properly prepped,” adds the 31-year-old, commenting on the delay in production.

            Jodie FosterThe reunion
            Certain characters stand the test of time. Not many who’ve seen Silence of the Lambs can forget FBI agent Clarice Starling. The talented actor who made it all possible, Jodie Foster, now turns director for the crime thriller, Money Monster (set to release next month), starring George Clooney and Julia Roberts. Incidentally, the two actors are starring together after a 12-year hiatus. “Landing George and Julia as the protagonists in Money Monster was a godsend. The two most-loved movie stars in Hollywood. I mean both of them are really, really fun to work with, too,” Foster shares.

            —Arya P Dinesh & Anoop Menon

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              Mother’s Day
              Director: Garry Marshall
              Cast: Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, Julia Roberts
              The film follows the dilemmas faced by single parents
              Sandy (Aniston), Jesse (Hudson) and Bradley (Sudeikis), and the career-driven but childless Miranda
              (Roberts), as they try to figure out parenthood
              and its perks and pitfalls.

              Did you know: The entire segment featuring Roberts was shot in just four days.

              10-cloverfield-lane-image-110 Cloverfield Lane
              Director: Dan Trachtenberg
              Cast: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Goodman,
              John Gallagher Jr
              In the second film of the Cloverfield franchise, Michelle (Winstead) meets with an accident and ends up in Howard’s (Goodman) bunker, who convinces her to stay and take refuge from the toxic air outside.
              Did you know: Bradley Cooper doesn’t make an appearance, but lends his voice for Ben, Winstead’s boyfriend in the movie.

               

              Manithan-Movie-Stills-6Manithan
              Director: I Ahmed
              Cast: Udhayanidhi Stalin, Hansika Motwani,
              Prakash Raj
              A struggling lawyer, often ridiculed in court,
              takes up a hit-and-run case against a famous and
              powerful lawyer. But when justice is on his side,
              can anything stand against him?

              Did you know: The other title that was considered for the remake of the Hindi movie, Jolly LLB, was Shakti.

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              Sustainable label, Sense Organics, is now retailing in India, with 100 per cent cotton clothes.

              IT WAS way back in 1996 that Bengaluru-based Sense Organics, the organic kidswear brand, was launched. Interestingly, Germany was its very first market. Having gained a foothold in the Western European nation, the label then made inroads into other countries and is currently available in 11 nations across the globe. The label is finally retailing on home turf from early next month.

              Benefits of fairtrade
              Run by Sreeranga Rajan, Sense Organics was never sold in India in all of its 20 years of manufacturing in the country. So why start now? “I feel that it’s only now that the Indian market is ready for something like Sense Organics,” explains Rajan, CEO, whose family has a cotton farming business, based in Tirupur. “There is an urgent need for organic kidswear brands in the country and we hope to fill the gap,” he adds. With products that are completely organic, and made from 100 per cent cotton, the business is sustainable in more ways than one — they function on wind energy and advocate zero wastage, with all excesses converted to paper, which is used for packaging. “I have seen the havoc conventional cotton farming wreaks on the environment and the farmers themselves. My label is a way of giving back to the community,” shares Rajan.
              The designs, conceptualised by Rajan and his team of experts, are vibrant, colourful and fun. “We have a core collection available throughout the year and one seasonal collection at any given time. Right now, we have a line of summer-friendly clothes. We’ve unusual hues, such as powder blue, peach and crimson,” he shares. Expect quirky and adorable prints like pineapples, palm trees and Hawaiian dancers among others. Geared towards young, environmentally conscious parents, garments include dresses, T-shirts, trousers, hats, bibs, baby grows, bodysuits and gowns.
              Skin deep
              The label also addresses parents’ need for organic skincare with products such as body shampoos, baby lotions, and healing and nappy balms that are free from chemicals.
              Rs 549 upwards. Details: sense-organics.com

              Stepping up
              With the Show Your Label week by Fairtrade India in full swing, Rajan has opened up his factories in Bengaluru and Tirupur, to let the public know how their clothes are made. Also joining Sense Organics in this initiative is Pondicherry-based Anjali Schiavina of Mandala Apparels. “I feel it would benefit customers if they see the processes involved, interact with the workers who cut and sew and turn fabric into something that can be worn,” says Schiavina.

              — Rashmi Rajagopal

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                Sustainable label, Sense Organics, is now retailing in India, with 100 per cent cotton clothes.

                IT WAS way back in 1996 that Bengaluru-based Sense Organics, the organic kidswear brand, was launched. Interestingly, Germany was its very first market. Having gained a foothold in the Western European nation, the label then made inroads into other countries and is currently available in 11 nations across the globe. The label is finally retailing on home turf from early next month.
                Benefits of fairtrade
                Run by Sreeranga Rajan, Sense Organics was never sold in India in all of its 20 years of manufacturing in the country. So why start now? “I feel that it’s only now that the Indian market is ready for something like Sense Organics,” explains Rajan, CEO, whose family has a cotton farming business, based in Tirupur. “There is an urgent need for organic kidswear brands in the country and we hope to fill the gap,” he adds. With products that are completely organic, and made from 100 per cent cotton, the business is sustainable in more ways than one — they function on wind energy and advocate zero wastage, with all excesses converted to paper, which is used for packaging. “I have seen the havoc conventional cotton farming wreaks on the environment and the farmers themselves. My label is a way of giving back to the community,” shares Rajan.
                The designs, conceptualised by Rajan and his team of experts, are vibrant, colourful and fun. “We have a core collection available throughout the year and one seasonal collection at any given time. Right now, we have a line of summer-friendly clothes. We’ve unusual hues, such as powder blue, peach and crimson,” he shares. Expect quirky and adorable prints like pineapples, palm trees and Hawaiian dancers among others. Geared towards young, environmentally conscious parents, garments include dresses, T-shirts, trousers, hats, bibs, baby grows, bodysuits and gowns.
                Skin deep
                The label also addresses parents’ need for organic skincare with products such as body shampoos, baby lotions, and healing and nappy balms that are free from chemicals.
                Rs 549 upwards. Details: sense-organics.com

                Stepping up
                With the Show Your Label week by Fairtrade India in full swing, Rajan has opened up his factories in Bengaluru and Tirupur, to let the public know how their clothes are made. Also joining Sense Organics in this initiative is Pondicherry-based Anjali Schiavina of Mandala Apparels. “I feel it would benefit customers if they see the processes involved, interact with the workers who cut and sew and turn fabric into something that can be worn,” says Schiavina.

                — Rashmi Rajagopal

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                The edgy designer weighs in on some of the biggest trends of the season.

                Known for his flamboyant sensibilities— endorsed by stars like Deepika Padukone, Kriti Sanon, Shraddha Kapoor and Sonakshi Sinha—Nikhil Thampi is no stranger to success. Having just showcased the Lakmé Salon Show Stopping Illuminate collection, at the recently-concluded Lakmé Fashion Week Summer Resort 2016, he lets us in on the biggest trends for the season.

                Thampi1Sunny side up
                “I believe that there are a couple of things one must invest in this season. To start your day, having the perfect pair of reflective sunnies on to suit your outfit can really add that star element to even the most casual outfit,” says Thampi. We believe this golden yellow pair from Ray Ban is the perfect way to take on the heat. Rs 7,990. At Lenskart, Anna Nagar. Details: 42690912

                Demure effect Thampi6
                “My personal favourites are mono chromes in nude. White, blue and washed army green are perfect pair ups,” informs the designer. This stunning bustier from Archana Rao brings together a mix of nude shades that will work perfectly with a pair of fitted trousers. Rs 9,000 approx.
                Details: thesecretlabel.com

                Thampi5Sweetness and light
                “Organic fabrics are always a favourite in every wardrobe and should be an essential in yours. Imported poly-blend fabrics are also doing the rounds as they suit most body types,” shares Thampi. This ecru and indigo-printed deconstructed shirt from Urvashi Kaur is made from organic cotton and will keep you cool. Rs 14,200 approx on perniaspopupshop.com

                Shine bright
                “To make heads turn, I’d go for some metallic separates like a gold jacket, lamé shorts and foiled shirts,” shares the designer. Make a statement in this paillette-embellished jersey jacket from Lanvin, which is a perfect mix of gold and silver, for those who are on the fence.
                Rs 2 lakh approx on netaporter.com

                Keep it simple Thampi7
                “I am not a big fan of embellishments myself, hence you will always see simple clean lines with clean cuts from my label. Simplicity to me exudes luxury and that has always been one of the key elements of the NT label,” he tells us. This non-fussy outfit from his latest collection strikes the perfect balance between elegant and edgy. Rs 25,000. At Atosa Fashion Store, Mumbai.
                Details: 022 26052509

                Thampi4Cut it out

                “Cold shoulder cut-outs are trending at the moment as it has the ability to elevate any basic shape. It’s almost like the blush pink of lipsticks this season—very young, fresh, chic and classy. Moreover, this trend suits all body types and, hence, can be paired with many silhouettes—from a plain white shirt to a tailored jacket, from a little black dress to an embellished evening gown,” says Thampi. This crop top from Nishka Lulla sums up the trend perfectly. The hakoba top comes with a bandeau and denim skirt. Rs 32,000 approx.
                At Mahim, Mumbai. Details: 24455096

                 

                Thampi2Fringed and friendly
                “Some things that are my absolute favourites this summer are cut out jackets, fringed jackets and fringed bags ,” he reveals. Take the fringe trend head on with this striking bucket-style backpack from Zara (`2,990). At Phoenix MarketCity, Velachery. Details: 30083700

                Text: Rashmi Rajagopal Lobo



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                  Tale spin
                  Stories boost imagination and creativity, and they are fun. Tomorrow, Alliance Francaise is organising a storytelling session. Facilitated by Sowmya T, a French language professor, children can discover a new world of French fables. This will be followed by interactive activities and games. From 11 am-12 pm, at the library. For five to 16-year-olds. Free entry. Details: 28279803

                  All in oneArtsandCrafts
                  The children’s summer workshop at Zorba Studio is just right for your little ones. Offering Zumba and arts and crafts sessions—by city-based dance choreographer Anusha Swamy—yoga and more, the 10-day programme is for five to 14-year-olds. May 6-16, at the studio on Harrington Road. Rs 5,000. Details:  9244923450

                  Page turnerSurpanakha
                  Want a break from real-world political absurdity? Pick up Surpanakha, a self-published book penned by Hariharan Iyer,  a finance professor based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. A modern-day political thriller, it revolves around conspiracies, revenge, and the life and career of a Tamil Nadu chief minister. Rs 199. Details: amazon.in

                   

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