Monthly Archives: September 2016
The much awaited film of the year MS Dhoni: The Untold Story releases today. Directed by Neeraj Pandey, the movie has Sushant Singh Rajput playing the role of Captain Cool. Anupam Kher, Bhumika Chawla, Shreyas Talpade, Kiara Advani and Disha Patani also play vital roles. The film will be released in Tamil, Telugu, Hindi and Marathi languages. Music in the film has been composed by Amaal Malik.
A new turf
Born and raised in Chennai, many of the top Telugu stars today have always expressed their desire to work in the tamil industry. And it seems like the inflow has begun. While audiences will be seeing Mahesh Babu acting in a bilingual film helmed by AR Murugadoss, Allu Arjun also has a bilingual to his name with Lingusamy, ending his ten-year search for the
perfect Kollywood entry.
Directed by Lawerence Dasari, Nee Jathaleka has Naga Shourya and Parul Gulati in the lead roles. Produced by G.V.Chowdary, the music for the film has been composed by Swaraj Jedidiah. Parul Gulati, who has made her presence in the Punjabi film industry will be debuting in the Telugu industry with this movie. Naga Shourya, who debuted in 2011 with Cricket Girls and Beer got noticed only through his 2014 blockbuster Oohalu Gusagusalade.
Rains washed down the roads in Hyderabad, lakes started overflowing and water leaked into the homes. There were craters on the road and vehicles could barely move because of the water-logging. I, as always, went to cover the situation. I reached the area prepared and armed albeit apprehensively. As I went wading through the knee-deep waters in a colony, I was quite surprised to see families walking up and down even on the flooded streets. Then I realised that it takes a lot to dampen the spirits of Hyderabadis. Even in the dire situation, volunteers, college students and media personnel braved the odds to visit the flooded areas. Actor Lakshmi Manchu who is usually the first one to respond sent word that she wanted to supply water packets. A few NGOs got the food ready and localites from the neighbouring colonies walked with umbrellas to offer cups of hot-milk those who were hungry and thirsty and the TV reporters stranded in the rain.
Although the floods made existence difficult for city folks in various parts of the city, there was a certain degree of charm about the scenes on the street. The ladies were seen wading through water to reach the other end of the road for milk packets. The children had self-declared holidays and were spotted playing in the rain. But the striking difference was just the way we responded to this sudden chaos. Who would imagine that the special task personnel from the army would land up in Hyderabad to pull people out of their apartments because the stairways were flooded. People walked through the flooded streets with toddlers in their arms. Call it sheer gumption or the spirit that helps them rise above the tidings, no matter how unfortunate, this is the nature of Hyderabadis that inspire me. The rain gods have been merciful and for now it has stopped. Heard that the next festival is right around the corner. Anyone joining?
— The writer is a popular TV show host, radio jockey, professional singer… and most importantly, a hardcore Hyderabadi)
Kick starting the Harley Rock Riders seventh edition is Girish And The Chronicles
Harley Davidson has always been seen as the pioneers of motorcycle industry. Coming back with the seventh season of their Harley Rock Riders, Sikkim-based but Bengaluru settled band Girish And The Chroni-
cles will be kick starting the event. Drawing inspiration from the 1970s and 1980s rock bands, GATC as they are famously tagged as are known for their electrifying performances. What began in 2009 as a solo project from Gangtok, is now a sensation in the rock industry.
When asked them about their playlist for Hyderabad, Girish Pradhan, the frontman of GATC says, “The truth is the list should be prepared in advance regardless of such factors.
But again it also depends on the kind of gig you’re doing. In this case, we’ll come with a list, but keeping in mind we may have to change it here and there looking at the crowd’s energy. We’ll be mixing originals with covers. As usual of course there will be some Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Deff Leppard and all that we do usually. We will be performing our latest single Endless Road for the first time in Hyderabad. The song being about riders, it should be fun playing it there.”
The band has performed three times in the city and are expecting nothing less than a cracking concert for the fourth time. “I’ve always heard of the city where people are open to any genre of music. We’ve loved it every time we have performed. We are looking forward to enjoy and giving the crowd a gig to remember,”says Girish.
He went on to disclose that the band will be releasing an album with their previous productions. “We are in the process of sorting out the songs from all that we have done for our next release,” he adds.
Girish And The Chronicles will be performing at the Rendezvous Hyderabad near ISB Road, Financial District today from 7 pm onwards. Entry Free. Details: in.bookmyshow.com
In the age of EDM, The ManiaX are bringing back the glory of heavy metal music
Remember those days when Metallica, Iron Maiden, Guns N Roses and AC/DC played on loop in almost every youngsters’ mobile? For almost three decades heavy metal bands ruled the world. However, in the past five years things have changed and Electronic Dance Music (EDM) has overshadowed the rock industry. Though the genre is still alive in some pockets, EDM has clearly taken over the music industry by a storm. In the last two years there have been many different EDM artistes performing in India. However, against all the odds, with the only intention of bringing back the rock genre, a few young music enthusiasts together have formed The ManiaX. “We believe that rock music has always had an impact on the society back then and it is one of the powerful tools of music where we can put across strong message in the forms of songs. We intend to bring back the lost shine of the rock industry,” says Shashank Murthy, lead guitarist.
Unlike other rock bands where there much of growling music is done by the male vocalists, The Maniax banks on its only female member who is their lead vocalist. Leena, a 16-year-old girl is the person in control. Speaking of their upcoming concert she says, “We produce heavy metal and soft rock songs as of now however, we want to take our music ahead one step at a time and have shortlisted amazing tracks for Octa Nights. The crowd can surely expect a few firecrackers on the stage”
Coining their music to be ‘pleasant, relaxing and soothing,’ drummer Kamal says he is sure of seeing some wild head banging happening as they take the center stage this weekend. He further disclosed that the band will be releasing their single by the end of this year. The Maniax are heavily influenced by 3 Doors Down, Coldplay and Linkin Park and hence have assured that they will be playing Paradise by Coldplay, Here without you by 3 doors down and Somewhere I belong by Linkin Park.
Stepping up for rock genre, Jason Amaral, background guitarist, says that Hyderabad is yet to listen to different genres of music. “People are surely experimenting with various genres in Hyderabad. Whereas, cities like Bengaluru and Mumbai have become the hub for different types of music. I am sure we will also be on the list pretty soon,” he adds.
The ManiaX will be performing along with DJ Raja at the Octa Nights Rock & EDM event at Rendezvous Hyderabad near ISB Road, Financial District on October 1 from 8 pm onwards. Couple tickets at `500.
These cocktails comprising fine malts will raise your spirits
AFTER shutting down for an overhaul, the Lobby Lounge Bar at Taj Banjara has opened with revamped interiors and a fresh new menu for the cocktails. The premium malts from the Highland, Speyside and Islay regions of Scotland will be cherished by the connoisseurs.
The spruced up menu uses fresher ingredients and herbs for garnishing. The new segment that has been introduced, titled Trails of Luxury infuses high-end liquor such as Johnnie Walker Gold Label, Ciroc Vodka, and Tanqueray.
The cocktail that piqued our curiosity is called Legacy at Banjara 34. It comprises Johnnie Walker Double Black, freshly chopped ginger, jaggery syrup, lemon juice and soda. Soumyadeep Bhattacharya, the F&B Manager, who concocted this cocktail says, “It’s a unique concoction with a hint of indian spices, sweetness and little amount of acidity. The addition of egg white to the cocktail makes it extremely light on the palate.” That apart Golden Hunter and Sunny Side seem like the more interesting ones on the menu.
Charges: `595 ++ tax onwards
Details : 66669999
— Paulami Sen
Sample several dishes from states across this route
NH44, that runs through Srinagar to Kanyakumari, is the longest running National Highway. This route not just takes you from North to the South of the country, but offers you a variety of cuisines as well. There have many NH food fests in the city, but not on NH44. That’s why the same is being held at Kanak, Trident.
The dishes on the menu are as varied as the states the highway crosses through. For example, in the starters we really loved the fried snack Aloo Dabara which is quite popular in Jammu. Informs chef Manik who has curated the menu, “People know a lot about other dishes. But this food item wasn’t much heard of. That’s why we included it in the menu.” Dabara is best relished with a chutney of pomegranate, tamarind, onions and green chillies. Langarwali Daal was another delight cooked almost the way you get at langars.
Pindi Chhole from Punjab was quite a welcome change from the usual Butter Chicken that is usually associated with the region. Other than the usual Dhaba Gosht and Talwa Gosht we recommend Zimkand Ke Kofte. The dish is made from potatoes and yams stuffed with crunchy nuts and mint. The taste is brilliant when you savour it with roti. But it was the Nariyal Payasam which was the star dish.
Tender young coconut flesh was cooked in milk and served inside a raw coconut. Goes without saying one feels like asking for more. And the quantity is so much that you go on relishing it. The food promotion will continue till October 8. Time: 7 pm-11 pm. Charges: `3,000++ taxes for two. Details: 66232323
— Saima Afreen
With some delicious new flavours and a lively ambience, IQ Bar of Mercure is set to be a winner
The lounge bar experience got a new address with the recent unveiling of the IQ bar in Mercure Hyderabad KCP, the latest entrant of Accor Hotels. The party goers in Banjara Hills and Somajiguda can relish some delish cocktails without necessarily embarking to the Jubilee Hills-Madhapur-Gachibowli stretch, that comprises some of the plush hotspots. “We want to show people that they don‘t have to go to the other end of the city to have a good time, when they can experience it all right here,” says Manali Banerjee, assistant manager, marketing.
The swanky venue boasts of a well-stocked bar, big television screens and a seating area that doubles up as a dance floor for private parties and weekends.
We tried the Mercure Passion, a classic martini with the distinct taste of cherry. However, if you are looking for something stronger, you can try the Aviation, a gin-based cocktail with cherry liqueur and a hint of lemon juice. For a more refreshing option, sip on the green apple and mint Daiquiri, a white-rum based drink with an enlivening aftertaste, courtesy the mint.
For those, who like it sweet, IQ bar‘s homemade liquers like Kahlua and Baileys are must try. The flavours are rich and taste more like the sip of an ambrosial beverage than alcohol. The revellers in the mood for adventure, can try out the flaming shots. You can choose to have the shot directly, or to mix it with liqueur. Either way, it is bound to be an interesting experience.
Teetotallers need not be disheartened as some of the mocktails from the venue are highly recommended. The IQ passion comprising passion fruit, maple syrup, cinnamon, clove, vanilla extract and pineapple juice with some lemon is an invigorating option. Charges: `800 ++ for two
— Suhas Yellapantula
Saying no to traditional reds and adding pockets to lehenga, Architha Narayanam tweaks bridal wear
Architha Narayanam is all set to give bridal lehengas a makeover. “When I was getting married, I thought it would be useful if I had pockets in my lehenga to keep my phone,” says the designer, adding that, after all, brides need it to click selfies. Which is why when she was coming up with the concept for the new collection for brides-to-be, she added pockets. Fair enough, after all why should men have all the pockets? This Hyderabad designer zoomed into the city’s fashion landscape with a successful show at Lakme Fashion Week, where Karisma Kapoor sashayed the ramp in her lush red embroidered anarkali. Her new collection that is set to hit her Banjara Hills boutique from October 1 is titled Orb of Night . She spoke to us about the minute details of design that she is employing in by taking out some time amidst dealing with a bunch of excited young women who want their perfect dream ensemble and have already lined up at the store to tell her what they need.
“The inspiration for this collection comes from the moon, rather jewellery inspired by it, the chand baali,” explains the designer. It’s an interesting case, where an accessory motif will adorn your ensemble rather than you wearing it. “The crescent-moon shaped designs have been embroidered using mirror, zari work, gota and zardosi,” she adds. The fabrics used to make the lehengas and dupattas are raw silk and net respectively. To accentuate the ornate embroidery, this young designer prefers to work with a pastel colour palette; the buyers can opt for powder blue, yellow, mint green, peaches and pink. That would be the dream come true for a trend-driven bride. “I make sure the cut-works are in U-shape to enhance the overall look of the lehenga,” says Architha. The blouses are usually of the crop top variety, unless of course the bride-to-be has something else on her mind. “We work with our cuts and colours to make it as close to our client’s wishes as we can,” she says. The cuts are free-flowing and ooze old world charm that Hyderabadi brides are synonymous with.
Apart from the lehengas, the collection has anarkalis that might come in handy for the bride’s best friends. The evening wears with a traditional twist have elegant creeper work starting from the hemline and making its way to the top in gold zardosi thread. The pieces are voluminous and grand. Good additions to your wardrobe just in time before the festive season. They have been designed specifically keeping in mind the opulent taste of the city folks.
Lehengas: From `48,500 onwards. Anarkalis From : `28,5000 onwards
— Paulami Sen
Shopping fiestas and garba nights ensured revelers had a blast
The festive season kick-started in the city with Sushila and Anita from Phankaar Ladies Club hosting a pre-Navratri celebration at hotel The Manohar. Socialites such as Neeru Mohan, Renu and Shalini dressed up to the hilt in their ethnic ensembles and enjoyed themselves as they danced to the garba beats. The colourful ambience and music made the evening all the more memorable. The guests also walked away with goodies from the do. At the American Food Fiesta organized by the U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) at Taj Banjara, socialite and chef Ruchika Sharma was spotted displaying her culinary skills. She rustled up some delicious waffle and they couldn’t stop raving about it.
Designer Shilpa Reddy was seen in a black off-shoulder crop top with a subdued monochrome skirt at the inauguration of Haute Affair Exhibition curated by Sashi Nahata at Park Hyatt. Several well-known faces from the city such as Anju Jain, Aakansha and Swati attended the do.
Another exhibition called Vastrabaranam was hosted by Sirisha Mulpuru at Yuktalaya, Kavuri Hills. Around 12 designers from the city exhibited an eclectic range of silk handloom outfits, an array of exquisite kurtas, dupattas, and accessories. Apart from the prêt-à-porter and accessory collection, there was a sumptuous spread of brownies and chocolates. Tamanna, Aarti, Komal and many more were spotted shopping at the do.
Take the lead
After winning the National award for best supporting actor for his performance in Azhagarsamiyin Kudhirai, Appukutty wasn’t seen in many films. The comedian has, however, bagged a couple of films that will see them playing central roles. Kagidha Kappal, sees him playing the lead as a rag picker while in Konjam Konjam, he plays a tamil migrant in Kerala who starts a business venture that grows in strides. It seems like we will be seeing a lot more of this talented actor in the coming months.
A new turf
Born and raised in Chennai, many of the top Telugu stars today have always expressed their desire to work in the tamil industry. And it seems like the inflow has begun. While audiences will be seeing Mahesh Babu acting in a bilingual film helmed by AR Murugadoss, Allu Arjun also has a bilingual to his name with Lingusamy, ending his ten-year search for the perfect Kollywood entry.
Touted as an edge-of-the-seat psychological thriller, Kallattam hits theaters this weekend. It marks the directorial debut of seasoned cinematographer Ramesh G. The film, starring Nanda in the lead, has him essaying a diligent cop who exposes a chain-snatching gang and helps save a child’s life. For the actor whose career graph has never really been an upward mobile one, the movie could well be a game changer.
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