Director: Pa. Ranjith
Cast: Rajinikanth, Radhika Apte, Winston Chao
Kabali outdid the hysteria that invariably kicks in for every Rajinikanth film, with publicity campaigns running across the Earth and sky (read Air Asia), and shows scheduled at 3 am. While diehard fans will overlook the many cliches that the film is ridden with, for the love of the Thalaivar, others are a tad disappointed with young and promising Ranjith’s direction. The story is a gangwar between Kabali (Rajinikanth) and Tony Lee (Chao), who metaphorically represents the clash between Malaysian-Tamils and native Malays. It’s a delight to finally see superstar Rajinikath acting his age (65). Apte does justice to her short role as his wife— Team Indulge
Star Trey: Beyond
Director: Justin Lin
Cast: John Cho, Simon Pegg, Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana
When the USS Enterprise is hit with a surprise attack, they crash land in a mysterious land. Unsure of their surroundings, they must battle a vicious enemy, the most dangerous to date. While the plot does have its fair share of problems and loopholes, it sure is an engaging watch.
— Team Indulge
Cast: Irrfan Khan, Vishesh Bansal, Jimmy Shergill
Since Hindi film Madaari showed the nerve to release alongside Kabali last week, our expectations were high. Also, because it features Khan in the lead role as Nirmal Kumar, whose son goes missing. The ‘ideal voter’ runs pillar to post to seek help, and even reaches out to the home minister. When everyone turns a blind eye to his misery, he kidnaps the minister’s son to take revenge. The film, like all other corruption dramas, has its heart in right place, but the execution is patchy and lets down
the superior talent of Khan.
— Team Indulge
Shantanu Maheshwari gears up for Season 9 of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa
WITH celebrity dance reality show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa (JDJ) rolling out season 9 tomorrow, featuring a mix of actors, dancers, and even a chef as contestants, we spoke to Shantanu Maheshwari about his JDJ outing. The 25-year-old is most remembered as the shy Swayam of the TV show, Dil Dosti Dance, and founding-member of Desi Hoppers, the first Indian troupe to win the World Of Dance championship in LA last year, since its inception in 2008. His Desi Hoppers also became the first Indian crew to be invited to perform (their East-meets-West recital) on America’s Got Talent, last month.
Eye on Hegde
Maheshwari, known for his popping and waving skills, is aware of the past JDJ results, which haven’t been in favour of professional dancers (like Lauren Gottlieb). “What I have understood about the show after joining it is that a contestant is marked on his/her progress as a dancer. It doesn’t matter if I am a better dancer than others. What matters to the judges is if I perform better than I did in the previous episodes,” he says.
In the first episode, he will put up a freestyle act, and admits he wants to impress singer-choreographer Ganesh Hegde, who is one of the judges. “He’s a tough nut to crack,” reasons the actor, currently seen as singer Sahir Bhasin on MTV’s Girls On Top.
While Maheshwari’s America’s Got Talent outing is yet to be aired on Indian TV (we’re two seasons away from the 11th he was invited for), he tells us that it is worth the wait. “We got a thumbs up from all the four judges, including the difficult-to-impress Simon Cowell, and a standing ovation from the audience. Above all, we represented India on the world stage,” says Maheshwari about the act which fused street hip-hop with Indian classical dance, and Hindi song Tukur Tukur with the single, Turn Down For What. “We are hoping that they will call us again for Level 2 of the competition,” signs off the Kolkata boy.
Premieres July 30, 10 pm on Colors.
With a cafe, pub and soon a microbrewery, TWA is worth a stop
The IT hub of Whitefield, as we know it today, was once a quaint little settlement of Anglo-Indians. And, VR Bengaluru is trying to conjure up the charm of those times with its ground floor property, The Whitefield Arms (TWA). You first enter a cafe-style setting, with wing chairs and Winston Churchill quotes. This leads to a typical British pub, furnished with wood and leather seating, a wide bar, and a microbrewery that will be functional in two months. Its outdoor area, lined with bright flowers, and a cobbled pathway, is an Instagrammer’s delight.
The menu is peppered with names of British soldiers and trivia of the colonial era. Lavelle, a cocktail dedicated to Irish soldier Michael Lavelle, is a refreshing mix of vodka, gin, butterscotch, honey and lime. Earl Grey Mixture is also recommended. This 19th century Jermyn Street-inspired blend comes with Earl Grey, whiskey, chamomile and gingerale.
The Whitefield Arms Chips & Gravy tosses French fries and jalapenos with dal makhani. We like our good ol’ fries better. However, the Cottage Cheese Butty, a take on Indian vada pav, is a mouthful of deliciousness. The slider packs in onion chaat and spicy apple chutney between two cheese buns. Its Barrack Special (coriander and mint marinated chicken, served with saffron-yogurt dip) is spicy, sweet and sour all in one bite. Grilled Honey Chilli Beef, and Goat Cheese and Caramelised Onion Tartlets are impressive too.
The mains are equally elaborate, with well-executed dishes such as Spinach, Cheese and Potato Dumplings (with Basmati rice) and Crepes With Spinach And Ricotta Cheese. The grilled galettes in Pan-seared Vegetable And Yogurt Cakes, and Green Pea & Corn Filo Parcel are delicately done, and go well with the tomato fenugreek sauce. Wind things up with the Hot Fudge Brownie Sundae or Sticky Toffee Pudding.
Rs 1,500++ (for two, with alcohol). At Whitefield. Details: 45128631
— Barkha Kumari