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Big and  friendly voices
The Indian divisions of Hollywood studios and distributors have finally woken up to the value of using high profile and talented actors to dub parts in regional languages. Till a few years ago the norm was to use dubbing artists and the quality was out there for all to see. Dubbed versions based on poorly translated scripts were mocked with only action and horror genre films passing muster. But with films like The Incredibles, The Jungle Book and Captain America, Hollywood has collaborated with Bollywood to enlist high profile voicing talents such as Shah Rukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra and Varun Dhawan. The newest addition is Steven Spielberg’s fantasy adventure film BFG, whose Hindi dubbed version will feature the voicing skills of Gulshan Grover as the baddie Fleshlumpeater, Parineeti Chopra (as the female protagonist) and Big B, Amitabh Bachchan, as the voice of the good giant. This is a smart move by Chopra who is otherwise appearing rather desperate to reposition herself as a sexy object of desire as evidenced by the item number on Dishoom with Varun Dhawan.

A sequel too late Subhash Ghai3
We often talk of a dearth of originality in cinema, in particular when it comes to Bollywood films rehashing old themes or copying from Hollywood/ Korean cinema. The latest trend is to remake old films or announce their sequels, even if the director, actor and subject are well past their sell-by-date. This is exactly the case with Subhash Ghai who still holds onto the ‘showman’ title even though his last hit film was Taal in 1999! So what does he do? Go back to the archives and pull out the 1993 film Khalnayak, regroup with its lead actor Sanjay Dutt and announce Khalnayak Returns. Fortunately they appear to be smart enough to let slip that they are planning to add a young and happening star to the cast. Someone like Tiger Shroff would be an obvious thought given that his father Jackie played an inspector in the original.

Mr Congeniality Sikander Kher2
He surprised many with his performance as a plumped up American in Tere Bin Laden 2 earlier this year, and now Sikander Kher is all set to make his television debut with the second season of Anil Kapoor’s 24 (later this month). Kher plays baddie Haroon Sherchan in 24. He apparently spent considerable time learning the dialect and intonations associated with Gorakhpur and floored his producer and co-actor with his grasp of Gorakhpuri. It’s interesting that Kher continues to have a strong bond with Kapoor in spite of his short-lived engagement to Kapoor’s wife, Sunita’s, niece. But Kher says there are no residual issues. While his personal life is patchy, professionally, Kher has also been on a slow burn since his debut, having appeared in just seven films since 2008. He continues to make small moves even now. Besides 24, he also has a lesser but pivotal role in the international science fiction web series, Sense8, which also features Purab Kohli and Tina Desai. Coincidentally Sikander’s father, Anupam Kher was also a part of season 1 of the show last year.

Batra’s box overflows Ritesh1
The Lunchbox director Ritesh Batra is on a roll, and how. Even before his second feature film, an adaptation of the novel, The Sense of an Ending, is ready, the Mumbai-based filmmaker has been enlisted to direct Hollywood giants Robert Redford and Jane Fonda in another adaptation. Kent Haruf’s novel, Our Souls at Night, sees the Barefoot In the Park and The Electric Horseman co-stars reuniting for his web original twilight years love story. Guess Batra’s own project, Photograph, which has been under development for a while, will have to wait for its beginning.

Udita Jhunjhunwala



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    A refined lightness is taking over wedding couture and designers help us understand why you should try minimalism this season.

    Recently, several brides from tier-two cities like Nagpur, Coimbatore and Surat picked up designer duo Shivan & Narresh’s minimalist black-and-white neoprene lehenga. When this kind of experimentalism moves away from the metros, you know something big is going down. “A lot of young Indians are travelling today and are exposed to good design, so they are starting to appreciate cuts as much as surfaces,” says Narresh Kukreja, explaining why the western minimalist look is now the trend du jour. “Indians have an inherent desire to always stand out. This is also getting addressed in this new search for minimalism. There is so much excess in wedding couture, that, to stand out, people are cutting down,” he says.
    Moreover, the principle of ‘less is more’ is quite practical—a pared down canvas means the focus is on the bride and groom. So this year, we can state that the fall bride will be staying true to the season: shedding the layers, but keeping the colour. And helping them ‘wear the clothes and not let the clothes wear them’ are designers like Tarun Tahiliani, Varun Bahl and Nachiket Barve, who are creating collections where the accent is on clean cuts, unfussy silhouettes and subtle embellishments. With India Couture Week opening next week (July 20), we speak with designers and top wedding planners to understand why minimalism should be your new mantra.

    By Surya Praphulla Kumar

    With inputs from Rashmi Rajagopal Lobo

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      What to expect as the Funky Fish pop up gets bigger this season, with a focus on boho chic.

      Funky Fish is back for the second time this year, with All Walks Beyond Catwalk at Hyatt Regency, on July 23. From starting out with a curated apparel pop up to becoming a sought after exhibition—with designers and labels like Sonali Gupta, Suman B and Outhouse coming down—the experiential shopping extravaganza curated by entrepreneurs Pavithra Sagar and Nikita Kapoor Bajaj, is bigger and better. This time, a lucky few will get to test drive The Bentley Flying Spur, while others can check out their delectable spread of street food and cocktails from across the globe, specially prepared by Hyatt Regency chef Vikram Ganpule. A sneak peek at what to expect, with designers picking out favourites. On July 23, 11 am to 8 pm. At Hyatt Regency. Free entry. Details: 61001234

      Text: Lavanya Lakshminarayanan with inputs from Simar Bhasin

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