Liam Hemsworth on Independence Day, both at age 7 and now.
HOLLYWOOD actor Liam Hemsworth, in the news recently for his relationship with pop star Miley Cyrus, will be back on the screen with the much-awaited sequel to the 1996 cult classic Independence Day. Here, the 26-year-old Hunger Games actor talks about what it was like working with the original star cast and the challenges of special effects on the sets.
Who is Jake Morrison?
Jake Morrison has a bit of a chip on his shoulder. He lost his parents in the first attack and sort of spent his life thinking about the return of these aliens and preparing for it. He joins the military and becomes a fighter pilot, quite a good one, but he makes a silly mistake and has his wings clipped temporarily when he’s sent to the moon to work as a forklift driver.
How was it working with members of the original cast?
It was great. Jeff (Goldblum) is amazing. I had a few scenes with Bill (Pullman), he’s such a genuinely kind and fascinating guy. I really enjoyed spending time with him after work. As President Whitmore, he gave one of the most iconic speeches we’ve ever heard in a film.
You’ve had experience with movies that have visual effects. Was this one different?
It wasn’t too different from The Hunger Games. Some amazing sets were built and there are also a lot of special effects that come into play. The flying scenes were always tough because you’re sitting in a spaceship set and then you’ve got to navigate your way through the scene just hoping for the best. You do feel quite vulnerable and out of place, because most of the time you’re not reacting to another actor, you’re reacting off what someone is telling you is happening, which is a whole different art.
How strange is it to appear in a sequel to something you watched as a child?
It was definitely a bit of a mind trip at first. I was seven years old when I saw the original film, so to be doing the second film 20 years later, it’s something I never dreamed of. It was a fun, exciting day turning up to work with Jeff and being part of this special, big, epic movie.
Independence Day: Resurgence releases today in India
Titli actor Shashank Arora gears up to explore a new genre, with sex comedy Brahman Naman.
SHASHANK Arora is a busy man. While the star is excited about the upcoming sex comedy, Brahman Naman, by director Q (Quashiq Mukherjee), the 27-year-old actor is also starring in Rock On 2 and will share the screen with Irrfan Khan and Waheeda Rehman in The Song of Scorpions, which is directed by Anup Singh. There is more, the third movie in his kitty, Bicky, is the first Indian movie to be shot entirely on an iPhone! Here he talks to us about playing the protagonist in Brahman Naman and is candid enough to admit, “I think it will be a battle to get this movie commercially released in India.”
Not subjected to certification by CBFC yet, the movie is set to release worldwide on the online platform, Netflix, on July 7. The film promises to take you back to the 1980s and explores gender segregation and the social taboo that surrounds the topic of sex in the country. This satire that made it to the Sundance Film Festival 2016 is written by Naman Ramachandran and is based on his formative years as a quizzer. The Titli actor essays a nerdy quizzer, along with his friends Ajay (Tanmay Dhanania) and Ramu (Chaitanya Varad). They want to win a quiz competition in Kolkata and aim to lose their virginity on the way.
That 80s show
Arora, who played a totally different character in Titli explains, “Content wise, Brahman Naman is as socially relevant as Titli. We Indians need to talk about sex. This movie also speaks about patriarchy very much like Titli but uses comedy as a medium.” Expect to see comical sexual content like the lead character, Naman making out with a fridge and a ceiling fan. To get into the skin of his character Arora watched several movies from the 80s, as he says quizzing was something he had to do some research on to try and understand Naman’s passion. He adds that the movie is relevant to our times, as we still need “to look at ourselves in the mirror before we get the dirt off our face.”
Talking about the release of the movie online, Arora feels that Netflix is already the next big thing and it’s just that India is only catching up now. “Comedy and cinema in general is a powerful medium which can be used not only to entertain but also affect the mindset of a civilization,” signs off Arora.
Brahman Naman releases on Netflix on July 7
Having composed music for the Suriya-starrer Shri about a decade ago, his training in music cannot be questioned. But the former Merchant Navy officer’s ambition was to become a film director. Biding his time composing jingles for commercials and making short films, Ramnathan has finally made it. His debut film Vithaiyadi Naanunakku, releasing shortly, is a dark psychological thriller involving just two characters, with him essaying one of them. “It’s a neo-noir style film,” he informs. Intriguing and suspenseful, it has brilliant performances by the two actors.
Kali Venkat who has played supporting characters in various films, gets to play one of the leads in Raja Mandhiri. The story, centered around two siblings, has Kalaiarasan of Madras fame playing the other role. Kali gets his own romantic track and a catchy song picturised on him too. “I related to the role as the incidents seemed like those that had happened in my life,” he says. The film, a rural- based entertainer (releasing today), is directed by debutant Usha Krishnan.
After the wait
With his rising star status, a couple of films Bobby Simha had signed earlier and which got delayed due to various reasons, now seem to be making its way to theaters. Like Metro, where Simha plays the antagonist and shares frames with Shirish and Sendrayan. Directed by Ananda Krishnan (hitting theaters today), it’s reportedly a stark and realistic depiction of a crime scene in a metro like Chennai. A bike-car chase is said to be one of the highlights of the film.
Ghazal night June 25 | Rajendra Nagar
Ghazal singer Pankaj Udhas will be in town for Hyderabad Arts Festival. He will perform some select melodious ghazals for the evening at PBEL City Grounds. Entry to the event is free, but prior registration is required. Details: hyderabadartsfestival.com
Dine well June 25 | Jubilee Hills
A new restuarant’Out Of the Box’ is coming up in your neighbourhood. The place has mixed variety of interiors and caters to the guests with their exclusive cuisine. The restaurant is spread on two floors. The detailing of the furniture is to watch out for as you order their mouth watering delicacies and relish the same. Details: 33194138
Happy times June 25 | Gachibowli
Link at Sheraton Hyderabad Hotel brings ‘Happy Hours’ back for its guests. You can grab delicious cakes, pastries, bread and other goodies for half the price. Time: Every day from 7 pm-10 pm. Details: 49251111
World music June 26 | Different venues
Goethe Zentrum Hyderabad begins its acclaimed World Music Day at different venues in the city such as Lamakaan, Our Sacred Space, Gallery Cafe, Vidyaranya School and more. Various artistes from different genres will be performing. Time: 10 am onwards. Details: 23350473
Earthy touch June 27 | Secunderabad
If you wonder about those terracotta artefact and crave to create something of your own, join the pottery workshop at Our Sacred Space. You can learn to mould vases, pots, glasses and small pitchers. Time: 5 pm onwards. Charges: `1,000. Details: 9030613344
Drenched canvas June 28 | Baghlingampally
A celebration of monsoon on canvas is going on at Ailamma Art Gallery. It is a group exhibition by various artists. They have used various media to depict their art works. Entry is free. Time: 11 am – 6.30 pm. Details: 665644122
Starry nights June 29 | Banjara Hills
Watch the sunsets, moon-rise and a dark starlit sky right under the roof. At Birla Planetarium enjoy the show with family and friends. Charges: `35. Time: 7.30 pm. Details: 23235081
Act two June 30 | Banjara Hills
If theatre attracts you and you believe you can act, join theatre workshop organised by Samahaara. It will take place at The Actor’s Studio. Time: 6 pm. Charges: `3,000 for three months. Details: 9885512142
Musical evening June 30 | Banjara Hills
The Bengaluru-based band Lagori will perform live at Hard Rock Cafe. Their music deftly combines Indian classical melodies and infusions with Rock numbers. Tickets :`750. Details: 64636375
Directed by Mullapudi Vara, Kundanapu Bomma, a romantic comedy is set in the backdrop of a village. Chandini Chowdhary, Sudhakar Komakula, Sudheer Varma and Aalapati Lakshmi have been roped in for the lead roles. The movie brings back the triangular love stories back into limelight. Gowtham Kashyap and Umarji Anuradha have scripted the story. Celebrated music director M M Keeravani has composed tunes for the film. The movie is a romantic roller coaster between Suchi, Gopi and Vasu.
With Naga Shourya and Niharika Konidela in the lead roles, Rama Raju Gottimukkala has written and directed this romantic musical drama. Oka Manasu is a love story that highlights human emotions, bonding of a father-son and a mother-daughter, with a humorous twist. The movie is an emotional journey of an aspiring politician and a medical student. Sunil Kashyap has composed music for the film. The movie marks the debut of Chiranjeevi’s niece, Niharika Konidela.
Bringing in fresh faces to the industry, director Hussain Sha Kiran has written the script for Meeku Meere Maaku Meme. The movie follows the regularstory line of a boy Aditya (Tarun Shetty) falling for a girl, Priya (Avanthika Mishra), his junior in college. They soon get into a relationship after which a series of fights follow and leading to
a break up. Kireeti Damaraju and Jenny Honey also play a vital role
in the film.
Whether or not the International Yoga Day inspired you to contort your body or huff out your breath, it certainly left me inspired. Or should I say amused? From politicos to stars to the toddler at the fancy play school, everybody rose up to the occasion literally across the city, as was instructed by the Prime Minister, a yoga enthusiast himself.
We witnessed actor Balakrishna, who is otherwise seen pounding over a dozen goons to pulp effortlessly onscreen, sweetly urging the people to stay healthy with daily yoga. If you thought yoga was a bit too slow and static for you, well then there were aerial yoga sessions – for those who seek action in yoga too – where people hang from the ceilings in awkward, yet fun poses. It suddenly reminded me of the circus trapeze act as a child.
From IT companies to the Cherlapally jail, one could see warriors, birds, snakes, downward dogs and more. I hope we all know those are English translations to various asanas. People are seeking the calmness and deliberate breathing yoga techniques in order to balance the hectic activity and fervour year long. That is the way it should be.
Have you realised how our weekends are busy with multiple things. We are the city that willingly runs out of breath during marathon runs. We are also the same folks who form a human chain around the KBR park to protect trees. We love Raahgiris and car-free Thursdays. We agitate, pose, run, eat and celebrate with such involvement like not many other cities. I cannot imagine this energy in Mumbai which is too busy taking its last local to home. Bengaluru comes a close second to us. However, what draws our attention is that even street walks for causes in our city have a festive aura. The best part here is that none of this is taken to heart. Although we rise up to the occasion, life goes back to normal the very next day. The true essence of life is this I suppose. Involved, yet detached. On that philosophical note and moist eyes – proud of you my city.
(The writer is a popular TV show host, radio jockey, professional singer… and most importantly, a hardcore Hyderabadi)
Like every year, The Park is organising its second food walk on June 24
A five-hour Ramzan food walk will be organised for the second time on June 24. It will be led by the executive chef Mandaar Sukhtankar to savour cherry picked dishes. The tour will set forth from the heart of Hyderabad, Raj Bhavan Road to the bylanes of Charminar exploring the time honoured eateries and other paralleled joints. History of Ramzan and insights into the cuisines prepared specially during iftar and sehri will be shared. The event will start at 6 pm as the guests will assemble in the hotel lobby to depart for Charminar. They will be taken to Nimrah for Irani tea and Osmania Biscuits; Pista House and Shah Ghouse for haleem; Nayaab for proper iftar food; Matwale Doodh Ghar for hand churned ice-cream; Hameedi for desserts; Famous for ice cream. After the walk, the guests will return to the hotel where they will be served Kahwa and choicest desserts at Aish.
Time: 5 pm onwards. Charges: Rs 1,499. Details: 49491234
Nobody talks of the delicicacies of this state, but Hyderabad Marriott Hotel is celebrating it with a pop-up
There are not many people who have heard of authentic Assamese cuisine as there are hardly any restaurants serving this food. To break the ignorance, Hyderabad Marriott Hotel at its restaurant Bidri has organised Assamese Pop-Up titled ‘Khuwar Amez Louk’. They flew sous chef Kashmiri Nath from Assam.
Assamese has words similar to that of Bengali hence, you get to hear words like luci for luchi. Well, the starters had luci, aloo bhaji and bilahi ambol, Anguli Pitha, Bhaat Karela, Maas Khorika and Kukura Khorika. Best of the starters was luci with aloo bhaji. Puris were served with potato fries made Indian style relished as breakfasts in manyhomes. The main course was served in a thhali with fine steamed rice surrounded by steel katoris of Kukura Aloo Kurma, Fish Tenga, Maangsho Rongalu, Aloo Pitika, Bengena Pitika, Lou Bhoja, Omita Maahor Khaar, Masoor Dal, Xaak Bhaji. The desserts were the best as we tasted the same at the preview lunch. There was Komolar Kheer, Kola Bora Sawwal Paiyox, Narikol Pitha and Bora Sawaal. Komolar Kheer was nothing but kheer made with orange chunks cooked in thickened milk. What we also liked was Kola Bora Sawwal Paiyox which was a pudding of black rice. That had taken a deep pink after cooking.
The festival will be on till June 26. Charges: Rs 1,500++ taxes for the non-veg plated menu while for the veg menu it is `1,200++ taxes. Time: Both lunch and dinner
Details: 2752 2999
As the sun sets behind the minarets of the busy city, those who are always on the run can pick up iftar boxes or kits to break their fast as the time of maghrib azaan nears. It’s Ramzan time and it’s time for restaurants to come up with new ideas to cater to the needs of rozedaars (fast observers). That’s how they have a range of such boxes and kits that have the delicious creamy haleem, cut fruits, a wrap, juice or a bottle of mineral water and of course date-palms. We bring you five picks of iftar boxes from the city:
Goodies from Seasons XPRS
Located in the posh area of Banjara Hills Road No 3, you can pick up their iftar box which has quite a variety to offer. Says the restaurant manager Ganesh, “We design it exclusively for the working people who want to collect it from our outlet.” There’s much to savour from the box. You get date palms and along with it a packet chicken biryani, box of mutton haleem, mirchi ka saalan along with pita bread, fried chicken and hummus. The fried chicken that they make is great in taste as they use mix of chili flakes and some herbs. Now that’s quite a deal for people staying alone or who have to rush to office in late hours. The iftar box can be picked up from the restaurant after 4 pm. Price: `249. Details: 33165042
Combo magic from Hotel Green Park
Located in the busy commercial space of Begumpet that’s connected to other buzzing junctions of the city you can pick their iftar kit on the go. You get a big combo bag consisting of a mini box of haleem, Double Ka Meetha, Khubani Ka Meetha and even a small box of biryani that you can relish after offering your prayers. The haleem despite being rich it’s not heavy on your stomach. You can also pick food from their Ramzan kiosks. They have different combo offers as well. Price: `549. Details: 23757677
Surprise from Siesta Hitech
If you are in the IT industry and also a devout who observes the fast religiously, you need to get to Sieste Hitech at Manikonda. This place boasts of an iftar box with a difference. Guess what they have in both veg and non-veg boxes? In a smart move, they pack chicken biryani, haleem, mirchi ka saalan and khubani ka meetha in one box and they give you date palms and fruits separately. The veg box contains veg biryani instead of chicken. Price: `300++ taxes. Details: 42420000
Simple affair from Steak House
Known for the organic mutton haleem that chef Inam Khan prepares at his restaurant, he has also started the iftar boxes with cut fruits, date palms, haleem and salad. Many people want their iftar light so chef just adds boiled eggs in the box for that extra protein intake that long fasts deprive the body of. Price: `350. Time to take the box after 4.30 pm. Details: 69994858
Home delivery from Sahib’s, Ohri’s
At Shilparamam, Madhapur Ohri’s outlet Sahib’s Barbeque offers iftar boxes complete with date-palms, cut fruits, kebabs and biryani. What’s more they have an add-on option of haleem. You can ask them to add haleem to your box for `149. You don’t have to walk to their outlet, just ring their number and place the order. The price of the box is `399. Available after 4 pm. Details: 9177845444
JOINING the likes of 16 Stitches and Bombay Shirt Company, we have IITians, Tamajit Mukherjee and Ankit Verma launching Tailorkraft, their new e-commerce platform for menswear. Like the others, this site allows patrons to customise shirts online—but what makes them stand out is the Home Visit feature where customers get to zero in on the fabric and design they chose online. Whether one prefers Italian pima cotton or Egyptian giza, the month-old venture’s fabric collection, featuring over 110 varieties of imported pure cotton and linen materials, has got it all sorted. “When a customer books a home visit, we meet him at his/her convenience to take measurements and showcase the chosen fabric,” shares Verma, adding that they are working to expand the service—currently available in Bengaluru and Kolkata—to other cities.
Collars and cuffs
“We at Tailorkraft believe that the customer will dictate what he wants. Using our design tools, users can customise everything including sleeves, fit, collars, cuffs, pockets and colours (think dotted Prussian blue and lemon grass mint hues). This provides 1,700 possible combinations for a single shirt,” adds Mukherjee elaborating that the brand is currently collaborating with NIFT graduates from Kolkata and Bengaluru to provide embroideries and designs based on requests. Equipped with formal cuts and fits like the cutaway classic collar, single button cuff, standard placket and tail bottom in patterns ranging from checks to solids and plaids, Tailorkraft also provides smart casual styles like mandarin collars.
Price: Rs 765 onwards. Details: tailorkraft.com