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    The Nice Guys
    Director: Shane Black
    Cast: Ryan Gosling, Russell Crowe, Matt Bomer
    Holland March (Gosling) is goingA�through a rough patch in 1977 Los Angeles. A private investigator, March finds an unlikely ally in Jackson Healy (Crowe) a�� a hired enforcer, who makes a living by hurting people a�� after the mysterious disappearance of a young woman. Hilarious and action packed, therea��s a never a dull moment in the film. Relatively new to the genre of comedy, both Gosling and Crowe have done a good job.A�. a�� Team Indulge

    Me Before YouA�FilmSnip1
    Director: Thea Sharrock
    Cast: Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin, Jenna Coleman
    Set in a charming countryside village in England, this story follows the life of Louisa Clark (Clarke) who suddenly finds her boring life turned upside down when she takes on a job as a caregiver to wheelchair-bound Will Traynor (Claflin), a wealthy young banker. Together, the two embark on the most exciting adventures, in the end, gaining more than what they had signed up for. A heartwarming watch and
    a great effort by Emilia Clarke. a�� Team Indulge

    Do Lafzon Ki KahaniA�film
    Director: Kshitij Gulati, Deepak Tijori
    Cast: Randeep Hooda, Kajal Aggarwal
    This is Hoodaa��s first out-an-out romantic film. And, like always, he gets the nuances of his character right. Here, he is seen in the role of a part-time boxer in Malaysia, who falls in love with a visually-challenged girl, Jenny (Aggarwal), and goes to great lengths to get her eyesight back. Ita��s disheartening to see sloppy direction, and overly melodramatic dialogues kill Hoodaa��s performance. Aggarwal fails to make much of an impact. Watch it for Hooda if you must.. a�� Team Indulge

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      Not many fading 74-year-olds enter the pearly gates of heaven with a standing ovation from us hard-to-please earthlings. Muhammad Ali managed the impossible even after being knocked out by Parkinsona��s.
      So how did the boxing legend enchant a whole world into cheering for him, although the sport has lesser popularity than say Justin Bieber (82.5 million followers on Twitter).
      If you glance through the eulogies, youa��d think Ali being a�?the greatest boxera�� had a lot to do with it. But the truth is he wasna��t even the greatest boxer. He was beaten five times in his illustrious career spanning 61 fights. Rocky Marciano, in comparison, stayed unbeaten till he retired with 49 fights. Several peers rate Joe Louis, Americaa��s first black boxing hero, better than Ali as he was the undisputed heavyweight champion for 12 years.
      To give you an Indian perspective, Ali was a bit like Gavaskar. He faced the toughest opponents and, hence, he probably deserves the tag. But there will always be people who think Sachin, Dravid or Kohli are superior. The pithiest way to answer this vexed issue is by listening to the a�?Louisville Lipa��: a�?I am the astronaut of boxing. Joe Louis and Jack Dempsey were just jet pilots. Ia��m in a world of my own.a�?
      But that still doesna��t explain the braggarta��s humongous popularity, does it? I have a simple analogy to unravel the mystery. Imagine a champ with the ability of Tendulkar, the wit of Shah Rukh Khan, the charisma of Elvis, and the daredevilry of Houdini. Ali was all this and more.
      He was the icon of icons. He flung his Olympic gold medal into River Ohio as a statement to protest the segregation of blacks. He dumped his given name a�?Cassius Claya�� and opted for a�?Muhammad Alia�� to poke fun at why Jesus and his angels had to be lily white. He took a public stance against the Vietnam War at the risk of being banned for three years. He came back from the wilderness and beat George Foreman when no one gave him a chance to win the world heavyweight title. Later in life, he used his tremendous goodwill to free 15 American hostages from Iraq and paid a patriotic debt.
      What made him most endearing though, was his repartees. After his divorce, he is supposed to have said with tongue firmly in cheek, a�?My toughest fight was with my first wife.a�? Cana��t better that punchline, can you?
      Dona��t think Ali was the greatest? Throw your jabs at anantha@albertdali.com

      Anantha Narayan

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        RJ SYED has been lighting up Fever 91.9 ever since he joined the station eight months ago. A doctor by profession, he has a distinct sound and you will never feel bored when hea��s on air. He brings to the table a unique style of presenting that listeners love. Herea��s our chat.

        What made you take up radio as a career?
        Ia��ve always believed in making your passion your profession. Although I am a doctor, Ia��ve never felt I suited the a�?doctor charactera�� because of my craziness. And radio has always been this juicy medium that I wanted to bite into. At 16, I remember walking into a few radio stations in the city, just to hand out my audition tape. From sending emails to radio personalities like Niladri Bose, Big Dheena and Mirchi Ajai to asking them how to become a radio jockey, Ia��ve done it all.

        Tell us about your show?
        My show, Yo Cafe, airs in the afternoon when the people in the city have just finished their plates of biryani and are tripping on their biryani bodhai. So I tend to turn their lazy afternoons into crazy onesa��by making Dwayne Bravo do the dappankuthu and letting Maddy take up the Jinga Bunga challenge, to talking about parties and giving gyan like the paatis. On the music front, I play Bollywood songs, interspersed with some Tamil numbers every alternate hour.

        Where does all that energy come from? What do you have for breakfast?
        Ita��s the love of the listeners, or the a�?jinga bungasa�� as I like to call them. Speaking about what I have for breakfast, ita��s a top secret mix of jinga bunga love, mashed with some unicorn rainbow powder, sprinkled with loads of excitement and a pinch of sunshine. And leta��s not forget the secret ingredient, maa ka pyaar.

        Word out to the listeners?
        Dona��t fall for the a�?log kya kahengea�� trap that society tries to push you into. Make sure you always follow your dreams and goals and work hard towards them with consistency. Be weird, be creative and be yourself. Stay amazing. Stay awesome sauce.

        Catch RJ Syed, every day (except Sundays) from 2 pm to 5 pm. See you next week.


        a�� talkingradio@gmail.com .

        The writera��s views expressed here are entirely in his personal capacity.

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          Surprise dad with apps thata��ll help him with daily chores and even a game of golf

          IMPRESS your tech-savvy father with our pick of handy apps this Fathera��s Day. From tracking his game of golf to managing the fuel in his car, there is even an app to unlock his door without getting up from his la-Z-Boy!

          Kevo: Now dad can use his smartphone to unlock the door with this app by UniKey Technologies. It takes less than 20 minutes to install the electronic touch screen dead bolts and set up the app. Available in polished brass, satin nickel and Venetian bronze, it is priced at `11,103. Details: kwikset.com
          GrillTime: Perfect for the father who is hands on at the barbeque dinner, it recommends grilling times and temperatures, and simultaneously runs multiple timers for a mixed grill. It will even send a pop-up notification to remind him when to flip the meat once ita��s cooked. Available for Apple iOS at Rs 134. Details: itunes.apple.com
          Game Golf: This golfing app supports a device called the Golf Game System (`17,787). With plastic sensors attached to the top of the club, it can also be attached to your glove to get instant analysis and evaluations. The app also provides you with the required distance for your shots. Developed by Active Mind Technology, it is available for both Android and Apple devices.Details: gamegolf.com
          Gas Manager: This app by Kiwi Objects creates a detailed dashboard with fuel consumption, gas expenses and the miles you have travelled. You can also maintain records for more than one vehicle, plus find various services around your location like gas stations and garages. Free on both Apple and Android devices. Details: kiwiobjects.com

          A�a��Sesa Sen

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            Dance all night
            Start your weekend with a party. At E-Hotela��s Elixir lounge, Indore-based DJ Chhaya will be spinning a blend of EDM
            Bollywood dance music. While there, enjoy their popular vegetarian platter with kebabs, spring rolls and more. At Express Avenue, Royapettah.A� Rs 1,000 entry charge.Tomorrow, from 9 pm onwards. Details: 28463333

            Spin doctors
            Slip into your dancing shoes and head to the Leather Bar where Delhi-based producers Ash Roy and Ashvin Mani Sharma will be showcasing their percussive skills with house and techno. Also make time to sip on signature cocktails like Absolute Cafe Lime. Rs 3,000 for couples. Rs 1,500 entry charge. Tomorrow, at The Park. Details: 4442676000


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              THIS week saw a little travel, lots of talented youngsters, and, thankfully, conversations that extended beyond griping about the Chennai heat. Getting a lot of attention was the launch of the Audi R8 V 10 Plus at Leela Palace on Saturday, with racer Aditya Patel and squash champ Dipika Pallikal doing the honours. The sports stars unveiled the fastest Audi on the block by driving the car onto stage, to an eagerly waiting audience. Patel was kitted out in his racing gear, while Pallikal had traded in a�?work weara�� for a cocktail dress. Meanwhile, at The Rain Tree Anna Salai, stand up comic Aditi Mittal was busy entertaining the crowd with a�?Things they wouldna��t let me saya��, her take on everything from the quintessential Indian woman to her infamous bit on feminine products. Living up to the title, the show saw Aditi going all out, not afraid to say it like it is, with Chennai being able to take a good natured jibe or two. On Sunday it was time to relax a bit and enjoy the opening of Factual Fictions, a series of work by VG Venugopal at Gallery Veda. It was great to have the artist at hand, to explain the inspiration behind his recent work.

              My weekend also included a quick trip to Bengaluru, where the good weather followed. House of Chase gave the city a taste of the Chennai-based brand, with a pop-up shop on MG Road. Their best sellers had young people flocking to the Binny store, especially the bloggers, many of whom it turns out lead rather interesting double lives. One of them shared that she was a civil engineer by day and a fashion blogger by night. They were also surprised at the super young, all-girls team behind the brand. Many photographs later, the party continued at Loft 38, with the crowd enjoying their House of Chase goodies, glow sticks and the music by Arjun Nair and Nishant Naidu. Elsewhere in the city, the Aeropostale team was busy getting the buzz going, leading up to the branda��s launch in Bengaluru. One of their many activities included challenging people to give the hover board a go. Monkey Bar had a queue of anxious looking people outside, trying to work up the courage to take the plunge. Let me tell you, ita��s not as easy as it looks.

              Paloma Raoa��A� paloma@newindianexpress.com

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