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    Geoffrey Arend on his Madam Secretary stint
    HE is witty and he has a way with words. And soon Geoffrey Arend will be in your living room a�� as his show Madam Secretary debuts on Indian TV this month. Ita��s a political series interwoven with the personal and professional life of Elizabeth Mccord (TA�a Leoni), secretary of state, where Arend plays the role of head speech writer Matt Mahoney. a�?I am the right-hand man to Leonia��s character. On a personal level, Mahoney has a habit of thinking highly of himself but professionally hea��s always concerned with doing the right thing,a�? begins the Garden State actor.
    Always interested in politics, he spent hours reading through the famous speeches from the American history,including the ones from Lincoln and Nixon, to prepare for his role. He recalls an instance where he ended up playing a real life speech writer for his wife Christina Hendricks (Mad Men fame) while she ?attended the White House Working Families Summit (2015).

    Delving deep
    Arend believes that positivity or a sense of overriding hope is what marks Madam Secretary different from rest of the shows around (think Quantico). a�?You see shows with so much negativity where everything from politics to personal lives are turning bad. While we arena��t trying to paint a rosy picture, our show definitely focusses on the good side of it all. I mean, there are people who work hard, but still want to and can have an equally important family life,a�? he adds.

    Stage connect
    When asked about his favourite show,the 38-year-old literature nerd picks Penny Dreadful. a�?I adore the series for its accents and connections with existing literary traditions (think HG wells),a�? he tells us.
    But of course, Madam Secretary remains one of his career favourites. a�?Almost everyone in the cast except for me and a couple of others, are from a theatre and musical background. And you always find them breaking into dance or song, ita��s so random. You also get to listen to true talents like Patina Miller singing. Ita��s been a unique experience.a�?
    Premiers June 20.
    10 pm on AXN

    a�� Arya P Dinesh

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      With the Olympics just A�around the corner, A�we take a look at these talented stars who have a bit of aA�sporting streak

      Bella Hadid
      Riding on horses ever sinceA�she was 3, ita��s no wonder that the 19-year-old beauty is a skilled equestrian. Hadid even had plans to compete in the Rio Olympics later this year. However, she was recently diagnosed with Lyme disease and had to give up on her dreams. That does not stop her from holding out hope at getting better and being back astride her horse, Night Cap. a�?You know how every model is like, a�?I do yogaa��. Well, I find horses have the same effect,a�? she was quoted as saying inThe Daily Mail.

      Gwen StefaniA�Hollywood5
      Currently in the news for her
      whirlwind relationship with singer
      Blake Shelton, whom she met on the
      sets of The Voice, Gwen Stefani had plans to be a competitive swimmer while in school, at Anaheim, California. While she has admitted she took up swimming to a�?lose weighta��, she soon found herself liking the sport so much that she became part of her schoola��s swimming squad. However, her musical career took off much before her swimming career could, and the latter eventually took a back seat. And though she has a fixed, five-days-a-week workout regimen, her love for swimming sees her setting aside some time for
      an extra boost of cardio.

      Nina DobrevA�HollywoodNew1
      Best known for her role in the
      drama series, Vampire Diaries,
      and the film adaptation of The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, Nina Dobrev has been an all round sports star, competing in professional gymnastics, apart from varsity volleyball, soccer, baseball and basketball. The 27-year-old Bulgarian beauty, who will next be seen in the much awaited xXx: The Return of Xander Cage, still turns to gymnastics, basketball and soccer to stay fit.

      Elsa HoskA�Hollywood2
      This 27-year-old Victoriaa��s Secret angel started off her career on a basketball court. After being part of the Swedish womena��s basketball league for about two years, Hosk moved to New York to concentrate on modelling. The leggy blonde believes that basketball is a great way to stay fit and returns to it whenever she can. a�?It just makes you a better model if youa��re athletic, I think. Even holding a pose for a long time, making your body into strange shapes, and just knowing what it looks likea��I think (for me) that comes from being a basketball player,a�? she was quoted
      as saying .

      Kate UptonA�Hollywood3
      The curvy American model who has the
      graced the cover of Sports Illustrated, Vanity
      Fair, Vogue and a host of other magazines, is also a gifted equestrian. The 23-year-old has won five world championships, with her horses Roanie Pony and Zipped, such as the APHA (American Paint Horse Association) Reserve World Championships, back when she was a teenager. a�?My sister and I always had pony parties growing up and we begged our parents to buy us a horse. We took lessons and then we started going into competitions and we got better and better and kept moving to the next level,a�? she told Daily News in an interview. The model is still
      close to her two horses, and continues to
      ride whenever she has the time.

      Compiled by: Rashmi Rajagopal Lobo

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        With the Olympics just A�around the corner, A�we take a look at these talented stars who have a bit of aA�sporting streak

        Bella Hadid
        Riding on horses ever since
        she was 3, ita��s no wonder that the 19-year-old beauty is a skilled equestrian. Hadid even had plans to compete in the Rio Olympics later this year. However, she was recently diagnosed with Lyme disease and had to give up on her dreams. That does not stop her from holding out hope at getting better and being back astride her horse, Night Cap. a�?You know how every model is like, a�?I do yogaa��. Well, I find horses have the same effect,a�? she was quoted as saying inThe Daily Mail.

        Gwen StefaniA�Hollywood5
        Currently in the news for her
        whirlwind relationship with singer
        Blake Shelton, whom she met on the
        sets of The Voice, Gwen Stefani had plans to be a competitive swimmer while in school, at Anaheim, California. While she has admitted she took up swimming to a�?lose weighta��, she soon found herself liking the sport so much that she became part of her schoola��s swimming squad. However, her musical career took off much before her swimming career could, and the latter eventually took a back seat. And though she has a fixed, five-days-a-week workout regimen, her love for swimming sees her setting aside some time for
        an extra boost of cardio.

        Nina DobrevA�HollywoodNew1
        Best known for her role in the
        drama series, Vampire Diaries,
        and the film adaptation of The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, Nina Dobrev has been an all round sports star, competing in professional gymnastics, apart from varsity volleyball, soccer, baseball and basketball. The 27-year-old Bulgarian beauty, who will next be seen in the much awaited xXx: The Return of Xander Cage, still turns to gymnastics, basketball and soccer to stay fit.

        Elsa HoskA�Hollywood2
        This 27-year-old Victoriaa��s Secret angel started off her career on a basketball court. After being part of the Swedish womena��s basketball league for about two years, Hosk moved to New York to concentrate on modelling. The leggy blonde believes that basketball is a great way to stay fit and returns to it whenever she can. a�?It just makes you a better model if youa��re athletic, I think. Even holding a pose for a long time, making your body into strange shapes, and just knowing what it looks likea��I think (for me) that comes from being a basketball player,a�? she was quoted
        as saying .

        Kate UptonA�Hollywood3
        The curvy American model who has the
        graced the cover of Sports Illustrated, Vanity
        Fair, Vogue and a host of other magazines, is also a gifted equestrian. The 23-year-old has won five world championships, with her horses Roanie Pony and Zipped, such as the APHA (American Paint Horse Association) Reserve World Championships, back when she was a teenager. a�?My sister and I always had pony parties growing up and we begged our parents to buy us a horse. We took lessons and then we started going into competitions and we got better and better and kept moving to the next level,a�? she told Daily News in an interview. The model is still
        close to her two horses, and continues to
        ride whenever she has the time.

        Compiled by: Rashmi Rajagopal Lobo

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        Mercedes toA�Lamborghinisa��A�sportscars that canA�give the AudisA�some competition

        IF youa��re not a big Audi fan and still want agreat supercar in the same price range as the R8 V10 Plus Coupe, these options should get you drooling

        Aston Martin DB9
        James Bond fans will lean towards theA�Aston Martin DB9.
        With its iconic designA�and legendary performance pedigree, itA�has 470bhp from a six-litre naturally aspiratedA�V12 engine, which can accelerate
        up to a top speed of 306 kmph. WhenA�it comes to performance, it may beA�slightly slower than the Audi, but therea��sA�no doubting its everyday practicality,A�which comes with all the bells and whistlesA�and a decent boot space. RsA�1.9 crore (ex-showroom, Chennai).
        Details: astonmartin.com

        LamborghiniA�HuracanA�cad2
        Youa��ll have to extend your budgetA�(compared to the R8) if you want to consider
        the Huracan. But this mean littleA�supercar is the Audia��s cousin in manyA�ways. They share a lot of bits and bobsA�underneath, including the engine, butA�the Lambo is pure-bred aggression andA�brutal in performance. The legendaryA�Italian logo on the bonnet also makesA�all the difference. Rs 3 crore (ex-showroom,A�Chennai). Details: huracan.lamborghini.A�com

        car3Mercedes-BenzA�AMG GT S
        One of the best from Mercedes, the AMGA�GT S has been impressing buyers all overA�with its distinctive design and impeccableA�performance. This one comes with aA�510bhp and four-litre bi-turbo V8 engine,
        which can sprint to 100 kmph in 3.8 seconds.A�The AMG GT S is an attention grabber
        regardless of whether youa��re rocketingA�down a racetrack or parked out in theA�open. Rs 2.5 crore (ex-showroom,A�Chennai). Details: mercedes-amg.com

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          Sunny Leone on hosting MTV Splitsvilla 9, A�painting her hair blue, and pink, A�and the rules of relationships

          2016 has been a busy year for Sunny Leone. She has had two film releases (Mastizaade, and One Night Stand), and is excited about Beiimaan Love hitting theatres in August. Meanwhile, she wrote an e-book of 12 short erotic stories, Sweet Dreams, and launched her perfume line, Lust. She also has plans to roll out a range of lipsticks, nail polish, mascara, and lotions. And last month, she made time for her third appearance on dating reality show, MTV Splitsvilla, as its host.
          She had a fun time shooting for the soon-to-be-aired Season 9 of MTV Splitsvilla in Pondicherry, and thata��s her philosophy a�� Life is too short, have fun.The adult star-turned-Bollywood actress recalls, a�?We shot at the Ocean Spray resort. Ita��s so beautiful that I can stay there forever. Also, my co-host (Rannvijay Singha) would say some of the most outrageous things in the heat of the moment, and then we both wouldna��t stop laughing.a�?
          A look at her recent Instagram and Facebook posts, and you will know Leone has been in an experimental mode lately. She is sporting a blue and pink hairdo. She laughs, and tells us, a�?Thata��s for this show! When you are doing movies, or promoting them, you cana��t really experiment with your hairstyle. But since Splitsvilla is a young show, I told my hairstylist, who is from Prague, and makeup artiste, who is from Germany, a�?You guys do whatever you want to do for the next 30 daysa��. So you will see me in 60-70 looks on the show, sporting blue-purple,
          electric blue and pink hair colours.a�?

          Guiding light
          Amid all the fun, Leone and Singha have a serious task at hand, which is to guide 15 celebrity boys, and girls staying in the villa to find a�?lovea��. This hunt is strewn with challenging tasks, jealousy, hatred, and fights. While Leone doesna��t divulge details about this yeara��s theme a�?Where Women Rulea��, she shares, a�?Ita��s the connection between individuals, be it friendship, love or romance, that play a huge role in Splitsvilla. These connections take the game forward. On the show, Singha and I often hear these contestants saying that they want to keep their options open. But we tell them ita��s all about finding that one connection. We look at things from the outside, not from an emotional standpoint.a�?
          Any relationship rules that she swears by? a�?Trust, compromise and respect,a�? says the Ragini MMS 2 star. While she does think that chivalry is desirable, a�?girls must not take advantage of the fact that they are girls,a�? and, a�?treat their men how they want themselves to be treated,a�? she adds.
          Being a celebrity inevitably puts your personal life in the spotlight, so how does Leone and her husband-cum-business manager, Daniel Weber handle this? a�?We are madly in love. Hea��s my best friend and I am his. We have nothing to worry about. There are times when I see girls hitting on him. He then gives me that a�?Arena��t you going to save me?a�� look. Ita��s so cute to watch his face turn red. I know that hea��s not going anywhere.a�?
          Premieres June 11. 7 pm on MTV

          a�� Barkha Kumari

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            Phobia
            Director: Pawan Kripalani
            Cast: Radhika Apte, Satyadeep Mishra
            The film is about
            Mahek (Apte) suffering from agoraphobia, the fear of places
            and situations that might cause panic or embarrassment. Despite psychotherapy, Mahek cannot get over her phobia. This being Kripalania��s third directorial venture, it has no over-the-top supernatural elements but loses all logic towards the end of the movie. Watch it for Apte as she keeps the movie going with her brilliant acting.
            a�� Team Indulge

            The Angry Birds Movie A�angry
            Director: Clay Kaytis and Fergal Reilly
            Cast: Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Danny McBride,
            Maya Rudolph
            The worlda��s most popular cranky red bird (Sudeikis) is
            sentenced to anger management sessions by the court, where he meets three other outcasts. When a ship full of green pigs arrive, there is no stopping the newly formed bird gang. This film is full of mad energy and silly jokes, and is perfect for those who can keep
            cynicism at bay. a�� Team Indulge

            MovieReview3Waiting
            Director: Anu Menon
            Cast: Naseeruddin Shah, Kalki Koechlin, Rajat Kapoor
            Addressing the age old human issues of suffering, grief and coping with loss, Waiting shows two people on stand by, hoping that their better halves get out of their comatose condition. Tara (Koechlin) is temperamental, volatile and filled with young energy while Shiv (Shah) is a wise man who guides Tara to a state of calm. Do not miss watching these two brilliant actors give a stirring performance in Menona��s second directorial venture.
            a�� Team Indulge

             

             

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              Get fit by going barefoot at The Hood

              Ita��s no secret that being connected to your roots will definitely do you some good. So, as expected, training barefoot is turning out to be a hugely popular trend, with everyone from athletes and celebs like Milind Soman taking to it in droves. Known for its training techniques that tackle lifestyle issues rather than just calories, The Hood in Marathahalli, is one of the few gyms in the city to offer the option of working out sans footwear. a�?Going barefoot is our natural state of being. So therea��s nothing more powerful that working out as naturally as possible. Thata��s why yoga doesna��t require you to wear shoes,a�? begins Nimisha Saha, assistant coach for strength and conditioning at The Hood.
              And while taking the natural route to fitness sounds great on paper, we asked her what kind of a difference it actually makes to onea��s body. a�?Every part of the body is connected. The feet are connected to the heart, head and lungs directly or indirectly. So when you train without shoes, the impact works on all parts of your feet, which in turn, activates deep tissues and muscle, such as the psoas, that are otherwise difficult to reach,a�? she explains. Weight lifting, running, plyometrics and mixed martial arts are a few of the programs that you can participate in barefoot at The Hood. But what if you plant your feet on something sharp or hard? a�?It must be done in a controlled environment,a�? she explains, adding, a�?But if this cana��t be done, ita��s best to wear a five finger shoe. It has a thin sole that fits like a glove on the feet.a�?

              At Marathahalli.
              Details: the hood. fitness

              a�� Rashmi Rajagopal Lobo

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                Mixed bag
                Sonakshi Sinha has certainly been bitten by wanderlust. One look at her photo sharing feed and youa��ll see that she hops over to Goa at the smallest opportunity and is currently enjoying down time (between professional commitments) in America. But shea��s also been working consistently, on Force 2 with John Abraham and Akira directed by AR Murugadoss. Later this year, she will start filming for Vipul Shaha��s Namastey England with Akshay Kumar and has also signed up for two other interesting projects. The first is the Ittefaq remake co-starring Sidharth Malhotra, being produced by Shah Rukh Khan, and the second is Sunhil Sippya��s Noor, based on the comic crime thriller novel Karachi, Youa��re Killing Me! Sippy has previously made the National Award-winning black comedy, Snip! This is the ad filmmakera��s second film in 16 years. Interestingly, after working with Kumar, Abraham, Shahid Kapoor and Salman Khan, in Noor she will be working with a standup comic-turned-actor, Kanan Gill. As for Sinha, her choices continue to surprise us.

                Missing his groove

                British thespian Ian McKellena��s conversation with Aamir Khan was the talk of the towna��and not just because of McKellena��s wit, wisdom and engagement with the audience on William Shakespeare, acting and homosexuality. The hotter topic was how host Khan seemed ill suited to the job and poorly prepared to talk about Shakespeare and his great works. Khan even fumbled while recalling the names of the three plays that Vishal Bhardwaj had adapted into Hindi film. However, when the Lord of the Rings actor (he played the bearded and wise Gandalph) asked Khan which Shakespearean character he would like to play, he did have an answer at the readya��Iago from Othello.

                Girl in controlA�Kalki
                Kalki Koechlin is enjoying the wonderful
                reviews for her latest film, Waiting. Shea��s also
                happy to finally have her own home in Mumbaia��a bright, airy apartment in a suburb close to the film industry studios and offices. a�?Ita��s my first home and I am so happy,a�? she said. But what shea��s not so happy about are the rumours surrounding her relationships. The Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani actress has recently been linked to a Bollywood co-actor, a theatre actor and a female colleague. But if anyone can take these speculations in her stride, it is Koechlin. When I met her at her new apartment last week, she didna��t have staff bringing us water and coffeea��she made filter coffee herself, from local beans. What a refreshing change from the battery of managers, spot boys and assistants who usually
                fuss and hover around our stars these days.

                NandhithaNandita finds her Manto
                Ita��s always a pleasure to meet Nandita Das and it was no different last week when I met her during the Kashish Film Festival in Mumbai. Das was participating in a panel on censorship at the LGBTQ-themed festival, which was fitting given that her first major movie, Fire (1996), dealt with a same-sex relationship and faced a controversial release. While best known for her acting work, Das directed the powerful Firaaq (2008) and is currently prepping for her next directorial projecta��an ambitious period film called Manto, based on the life of the seven years (1945-1952) in the life of the maverick writer Saadat Hasan Manto. Das recently confirmed the casting of Nawazuddin Siddiquia��who also appeared in Firaaqa��in the titular role along with Rasika Dugala��who impressed in the critically-acclaimed Qissaa��as Mantoa��s wife Safia. Manto is slated to shoot early next
                year in Mumbai and Lahore.

                -Udita Jhunjhunwala

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                Amyt Datta returns to the city with a new set up

                Legendary guitarist Amyt Datta has been there, done that. From playing with bands like Skinny Alley, and Pink Noise, to holding classes for young musicians and working on his own music, hea��s got his schedule packed with sessions in the studio, performances and rehearsals, so much so, that ita��s a bit of a challenge to get him on the phone for an interview. Giving his fans a treat, with a completely new set up, the Kolkata-based jazz-rock guitarist now makes his way to the city as part of the Amyt Datta Project. a�?The band includes three of my students, apart from me. I wanted to give my students a platform to showcase their talents. There are very few avenues in India to perform and sharpen your skills. So ita��s important to make the most of what you get,a�? begins Datta.
                Joining him on stage will be Akash Ganguly on bass guitar, Arinjoy Sarkar on guitar and Dwaipayan Saha on drums. Playing a mix of numbers from three albums a�� Ambiance de Danse, Pietra Dura and Amino Acid, which is set to release in the next few months. a�?Ia��ve been playing so many styles for so many years. My music does not fit into one category or genre. I love experimenting so much that, Ia��ve even crossed over to Indian and Spanish music. Sometimes, youa��ll hear Carnatic notes in the middle of a serious jazz piece, but it works,a�? explains Datta, adding, a�?With instrumental music, it is so difficult to get your point across. Hence, ita��s challenging to create the mood or ambience youa��re going for, because there are no words to indicate it.a�?
                For his gig at The BFlat, he will be pulling out some of his favourite numbers, right from Black Pages a�� a song that is a take on his writing process, to Chase a�� an uptempo number that looks at how we spend our lives always chasing after something. a�?Music is not just about entertainment, ita��s also about making a statement,a�? he signs off.
                Today. At The BFlat Bar, Indiranagar. 9 pm. Tickets (Rs 400) on bookmyshow.com

                a�� Rashmi Rajagopal Lobo

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