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Power of two
With Vikram’s penchant for essaying challenging characters and get his teeth into a role, Inkokkadu is naturally an eagerly-awaited film. Directed by Anand Shankar, it has quite a few firsts going for it, including marking the first time Vikram is being paired with Nayanthara. This is also a first for Vikram tackling a double role, playing both the protagonist and the antagonist, with the latter’s character of ‘Love’ revealing yet another dimension to the
actor’s performance.

Love triangle
Directed by Srinivas Avasarala, Jyo Achyutananda, is a Telugu romantic film starring Nara Rohit, Naga Shourya and Regina Casandra. Produced by Sai Korrapati under the banner of Varahi Chalana Chitram, Tollywood’s Natural Star Nani has made a vital guest appearance in the film. Kalyan Koduri has composed the music for the movie.

Record breaking
A Telugu action thriller written and directed by Koratala Siva, Janatha Garage has Young Tiger Jr NTR and Malayalam film industry legend Padma Shri Mohanlal in the lead roles along side Nithya Menen and Samantha Ruth Prabhu. The movie has grossed more than `100cr worldwide so far. Produced by Naveen Yerneni, Y. Ravi Shankar, and C. V. Mohan under their banner Mythri Movie Makers, Devi Sri Prasad has composed the music for the film. The film also has Mollywood actor Unni Mukundan.

 

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The Park’s New Festival is rediscovering myths and world melodies

Avant-garde entertainment. That’s what the Park’s New Festival, the annual cultural extravaganza conducted in association with the Prakriti Foundation, promises this year. “It was a challenge to get artistes whose works reflect the changing cultural milieu of new India,” states curator Ranvir Shah. The festival that had its first edition in the city in 2011 is back with three acts – world music by Shashank Subramanyam Meets Lelo Nika Trio, a dance performance by Surjit Nongmeikapam and his troupe and a one-woman act by Yuki Ellias.September 9-11. By invite only. Details: prakritifoundation@gmail.com

Music sans boundaries
When Chennai-based Grammy-nominated flautist, Shashank Subramanyam, and accordion world champion, Lelo Nika, from Sweden, finally met three years ago at a jazz festival in Copenhagen, they decided to collaborate. They were also joined by George Mihalache (on the cimbalom) and Thommy Andersson (on the double bass). For the quartet’s India debut, they will be assisted on tabla and khanjira by Mumbai-based percussionist, Ojas Adhiya. Expect a confluence of classical-based contemporary music with Serbian, Romanian, Swedish folklore and jazz. On September 9, at 7 pm, at Kismet, The Park. Details: 9603398245
Dance as dissent
Surjit Nongmeikapam grew up amid the political instability in Manipur and this has coloured his performance, Nerves, which voices an artistic dissent against authority – military, corporate or political. “My story is inspired by incidents from around the world,” he says. The dance employs movements that are inspired by tribal forms and “fused with the Manipuri martial art, thang ta”. On September 10, at 7 pm, at Ravindra Bharathi. Details: 9603398245

Trunks and theatre
YUKI ELLIAS, the theatre artiste from Mumbai, is bringing down a unique storytelling act, Elephant in the Room, which has been commissioned for the festival. Ellias says, “It is a one-woman performance; a mythical story of a young boy whose head is replaced by that of an elephant’s.” Ellias plays seven whimsical characters in it through quick onstage costume changes. On September 11, at 7 pm, at Trillion Ball, The Park. Details: 9603398245

— Paulami Sen

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The stand-up comedy night featuring Delhi’s funny man Jeeveshu Ahluwalia is targetted at a much ignored group – the 40-plus club 

When was the last time someone on the wrong side of 45 got invited to a martini night or a stand-up event? Considering the 20-plussers typically end up at these events, Tirun – India Representative of Celebrity Cruises is bringing in ‘Cruise to Comedy’ for this demographic. The event featuring Delhi stand-up comedian Jeeveshu Ahluwalia on Friday at ITC Kakatiya Hotel, Begumpet, promises to be an evening of outrageous laughter and fun with Hyderabad comics Avinash and Rajsekhar joining him.
Almost every weekend is a stand-up comedy evening in the city. So how different will the ‘Cruise to Comedy’ turn out to be? “The much-ignored demographic is what we are looking at. While they have a good time over comedy and martini, we want them to understand the cruise holiday concept. While there will not be a replication of a cruise as such, the spirit will certainly be,” says Varun Chadha, Chief Operating Officer, Tirun Travel Marketing who is bringing the event to the city.
From politicians to celebrities to socialites, anyone could be his punch bag, warns Jeeveshu Ahluwalia while adding that ‘anyone who talks much’ is his prey. “Many think they talk smart and hence can become standup comedians. Such people are who I go after,” he adds. “So if the audience is quiet, it will be a show for them. If they act smart, it will be a show on them,” he quips about the what one can expect from the show that hopes to have an audience of 300.
The artiste has performed in the city four times so far and thinks although standup is six years old and about two in the city. “YouTube is great leveller. So my audience in Hyderabad is as interesting and mature as the one in Mumbai,” he adds

Quick 5 with Jeeveshu
1. Rakhi Sawant‘s #ModiOnDress: As long as she is wearing clothes, there is nothing much to say
2. Hashtags: Don‘t do it in real life
3. Happy birthday wishes in WhatsApp groups: First, stop spelling birthday as birday. And HBD should be avoided like plague.
4. Smriti Irani‘s tweets: Madam, do your work and we will tweet about u. Save time. Don‘t tweet.
5. Hyderabad audience: #LoveYou #ComeNChuckle
Details: 1800115464.

—Manju Latha Kalanidhi

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Shunning unhealthy alternatives, Hyderabadis are now shopping for more wholesome options

IN the wake of news reports highlighting how your nutritious sandwich for snack is full of carcinogenic chemicals, bread lovers were forced to look for alternatives. Hyderabadis are increasingly becoming partial towards artisnal breads, made without commercially available premixes and additives. Such loaves are full of natural goodness of rye, flax seed, whole wheat, walnuts and so on. Here’s a round- up of some of the places where you can get your sourdough, baguette, brioche made from natural ingredients.

Olive twist and Brioche at Old Madras Baking Company
The goodness of pure olive, 100 per cent atta is what goes into the making of Olive bread at Old Madras Baking Company, a chain of artisan bread makers that is famous in Chennai and is catching up in Hyderabad as well. The orange raisin bread that comprises real fruit juice, raisins and cinnamon is favourite amongst the connoisseurs. Chef Vinish, says, “not even one per cent” of preservatives goes into these. Also, Prasath from the bakery assures us that they bake it everyday. Price: `120 onwards Contact: 7036844444

Oatmeal slice at Godrej Nature’s Basket
Perhaps one of the first gourmet grocery stores in Hyderabad that started selling healthy breads sans chemicals and additives, the whole wheat bread, multigrain bread are popular at the store. The oatmeal bread, that is savoured by the health freaks is a bestseller along with the burger buns sans harmful preservatives. Since the breads sold here does not have any improver, it is recommended the breads are kept in the refrigerator tp prolong shelf life. The cluster head of Godrej Nature’s Basket, Hyderabad, Afzal Ali, says “People come from far flung areas in the city, just to pick up breads from here.” `55 onwards, Contact: 23355399

Sourdough at Griffin:
The Artisan Bread Store
Although they don’t sell directly to households at the moment, given that they are relocating their shop, they deliver their apple walnut, sourdough, baguette to several restaurants, including The Chocolate Room, Barista and big corporate houses like Google. The sourdough made by them does not use improver. Says owner Mujahid Hussain “I started Griffin in early 2014, because I wanted to give Hyderabadis a taste of quality bread and make them aware that there’s more to it than sandwich bread.” Griffin does not use chemicals, premixes, additives and shuns the use of commercial yeast. “I even got my flour tested to see that they are free of Potassium Bromate (a chemical that reports say are hazardous. Our baking process takes 48 hours. ” Their products will be available by the end of the month at most retail stores. `90 onwards, Contact: 9652078555

Seedy delight at Cafe Éclat
The cafe is only a few weeks old, but the bread section found instant favour with the aficionados as they can choose from a plethora of options– Challa, Ciabatta, seedy bread, 100 per cent Organic Whole Wheat Bread made in house and the crowd favourite, sourdough. The breads are made sans any premixes and is “completely free of improvers,” says. The seedy bread, priced at Rs 250, is made of imported kernels, caraway seeds come from Finland, pumpkin’s seeds from Germany and flax seeds from Sweden. For the process of fermentation, starter culture is used. `140 onwards, Contact: 8008214444

Papilono and Focaccia magic at Van Lavino
The latest cafe that opened in Jubilee Hills sells multigrain and wholewheat varieties that are made by the chefs here without chemicals. However, the papilono and focaccia made here are touted to be the bestseller. “We apply some European concepts of bread craft and the ones we are making here are the first few batches in the country.” ` 80 onwards, Contact: 23559770

Smrithy Rajesh, a self-taught homebaker from the city used to bake artisan baked commercially, though presently she only bakes for only her household. “I stopped baking artisan breads commercially for a while now but I will start soon.” The process, she explains is technique driven but one can experiment with various herbs and seeds. She usually uses whole wheat for baking and starts the fermenting process by using yeast or sourdough.
` 80 onwards for the German Rye bread.
Contact:9948297524

Rye factor at The Living Room, Park Hyatt Hyderabad
The 70:30 rye bread, a type of German Bread, is loved by all for its softness and moistness. Naveen Prasad Shetty, pastry sous-chef at the hotel, tells us, “The rye bread is absolutely chemical free and stays moist for a long time, because rye keeps it soft, unlike the ones made with refined flour.” The chefs here use wild yeast instead for fermentation and make sure the products are is high on fibre content and low on glycaemic index, making it a preferred choice for the health conscious. The other specialties here are yogurt walnut bread, sourdough and spicy corn bell pepper bread. ` 300 onwards for the German Rye bread. Contact: 49491205

— Paulami Sen

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Yoube jewels is giving a hand-crafted twist to traditional treasures

Modern spin
The fashionistas loved every bit of bling on Sonam Kapoor as she strutted with poise at the recent awards do. Her exquisite three-finger knuckle ring and earrings, courtesy Yoube Jewellery, garnered a lot of positive attention. If you wish to join the ranks of Dia Mirza, Shraddha Kapoor, Aditi Rao Hydari and Bhumi Pednekar, who have been sporting jewels from this Mumbai-based design house, then here’s your chance. They will be displaying their new ‘Luxe collection’ for the Hyderabadis from September 9 to 11 at Taj Krishna, Banjara Hills.
Aakash Barmecha, Creative Director, Yoube Jewellery, says, “We give a modern spin to conventional designs. For instance, instead of hath panjas, we design handcuffs which cover the hands and offer ear cuffs instead of kanauti.”

For edgy brides
Aakash, who has always been passionate about jewellery and has graduated from the Gemology Institute of America, says he himself designs these customised neckpieces so that the brides-to-be can get it crafted according to their liking to suit their trousseau. Price `8 lakh to 70 lakh.

Best bet
Says Aakash, “We keep innovating with ear cuffs and make sure we don’t repeat our design.” These prices range from `70,000 to `4 lakh. Their earpieces found favour with actress Elli Avram. Aakash adds that the collection will also exhibit rings with large solitaires, jewellery set in white and rose-gold, South Sea and baroque pearls encrusted pieces. Although the designs have been created after careful study of what’s in vogue in 2017-18, they will continue to be wardrobe classics for many more ‘ears’ to come as hand-crafted jewels.
—Paulami Sen

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Braj-Bhoomi inspires designer Gaurang Shah to introduce diversity in men’s wedding wear

After charming the brides with his intricate bridal wear, designer Gaurang Shah recently launched a new line of bridal wear for men for the forthcoming wedding season. Titled Vridavan, Gaurang’s menswear collection inspired by the Braj-Bhoomi was introduced at the recently concluded LFW Winter Fest.
Uniting India’s rich handwoven heritage with bold patterns and classic cuts, his latest menswear line represents the narrative of the urban Indian man who is strung to his celestial heritage. Regal Paithani dhotis, Kanjee­varam kurta and dhotis, Benarasi sherwanis, Patan Patola sherwanis, Khadi Jamdani achkans, Kota kurtas, Patan Patola shawls from his ensembles are designed to reflect the Vishnu-purana in modern rendering.
Explaining the inspiration , Gaurang says, “I wanted to introduce an eclectic and diverse range of textiles from around the country for the modern day groom using cross-border techniques along with a gamut of tie-dye techniques like shibori, clamp dying, bandhani, leheriya and block prints like ajrakh and dabu; to accentuate the intricate weaves.”
Speaking about his inspiration behind these designs he says, “Floral and geometrics drawn from the nature are the source of inspiration for this season jamdani. In Kanjeevaram, the korvai weaving technique on the jacquard loom is revived with traditional motifs inspired by the temple art of the 16th century.”
Gaurang is known for his traditional touch on modern day designs. When asked him about the designs of Vrindavan he says, “For me traditional weaves in modern rendering is the balance that I maintain to create a line that reflects our heritage and the strong mind of the man. I play with different textures and contemporary colours in the weaves.”
He further exp­lains,“Jamdani weaving is enhanced in khadi, uppada, paithani, benaras, kota, Dhakai; double ikat in patan patola and korvai weaving in kanjeevaram. The weaves are enhanced by block prints of ajrakh, tie-dye bandhani, shibori, Chikankari embroidery, parsi gara embroidery, matka silk, tussar silk and more.
The colours are churned from the romance between Radha-Krishna. Grading from the serenity of white’s walking into happiness of yellow’s, calmness of powder blues and mint greens, mysterious of darker greens and blues, the colours reflects Indian traditions. The tale of Radha-Krishna and Gopikas are interlaced in the silken threads of the warp and weft. The poetry that resonates the raas-leela in the vridavan is lyrically woven in the Jamdani textile art.
Gaurang has dedicated weavers throughout the country. “I have more than 700 artisans who weave the textile for me. It is a process where the weavers work exclusively for me. From drawing, to colours, to textures it is a process where the textile takes three months to two years to weave. I work with weavers in Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and West Bengal.

Gaurang’s Vrindavan collection is available at his stores across India. Price ranges from `30,000 and upwards. Details: 9849697095

—Nishad Neelambaran

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Celebrating your birthday just got better. You can get your own zodiac special cocktails at Ninety Six bar at Trident Hyderabad. Although they have 12 cocktails for all the zodiac signs, here are three interesting ones.

Mint Julep
This drink is a combination of bourbon whiskey, sugar, mint leaves and crushed ice. Librans are known for their balanced life and diplomatic nature. They are kind, gentle, lovers of beauty, harmony and peace. “This reflects the character and taste notes of this minty cocktail,” adds Ashwin.

Eden Garden
This is for the Pisceans known for their intuitive nature, artistic affinity and their ability to see things in a creative way. “This drink is made with homemade sugar syrup, orange, vanilla, jasmine and whiskey,” says bartender Ashwin Naik

Watermelon basil frozen margarita
The Arians will love this one made of Tequila, Cointreau, lime juice and watermelon basil and is served frozen. Arians are known for their vibrant and colorful character. They are energetic, enthusiastic and optimistic in nature which is justified by the apt selection of watermelon. Apart from these three, select from Taurus – Granny’s Tom Collins, Gemini – French 75, Cancer – Cosmoclove, Leo – Electric LIIT, Virgo – Classic martini, Scorpio – Devils sting, Sagittarius – Tequila sunrise, Capricorn – B 52, Aquarius – Wine glazer.

The birthday cocktails are available from September 11 – September 18 from 11 am – 2 am.
Rs  800 Details: 66232323

—Nishad Neelambaran

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In a week of launches, partygoers hopped from a designer expo to the latest microbrewery in town

FROM shopaholics to fitness enthusiasts to beer connoisseurs, this week had something for all the socialites in town. Actor Suniel Shetty and his wife Mana flew down to the city for the launch of Araaish Designers exhibition organised in the city by Samia Alam Khan.
The star couple mingled with the guests who came to Taj Krishna for the do; they joked, chatted and even posed for selfies. Guests loved the collections, especially the one by designer Vikram Phadnis.
Celebrity fitness trainer Yasmin Karachiwala, the woman behind the stunning bodies of Deepika Padukone, and Alia Bhatt, came down to the city despite a recent surgery. The event by FICCI ladies was hosted at Park Hyatt and saw several socialites drop by in their sports shoes for an invigorating session of pilates and a talk about fitness.
Hi Life Luxury Exhibition Launch at HICC Novotel was a hit with the Hyderabadis as well. Chief guest Jyoti Sethi looked splendid in a green ensemble.
Mirrors Salon celebrated the success of its brand as actress Jayasudha and Sanjjanaa launched the Mirrors Mobile App. A fashion show and a makeover session were also arranged for guests.
All roads led to the launch of the Prost Brew Pub at Jubilee Hills on the weekend. The event saw film stars, entrepreneurs and socialites in attendance. Actress Lakshmi Manchu and her brother Manoj caused a flutter as they entered the party. Chief guest Vivek Oberoi was spotted at the do looking dapper and having a gala time. We hope the spirit of the city will stay high.

-Rina Hindocha

Glitter gala
September 9 | Banjara Hills
U.E – The Jewellery Expo at Hotel Taj Krishna will feature exquisite gold-diamond and fusion jewellery collection by renowned jewellers. Look out for traditional and contemporary diamond collection. The exhibition will end on September 11. Details: 66466778

In cinemas
September 9 | Prasads
Catch Baar Baar Dekho starring Siddharth Malhotra and Katrina Kaif. Rapper Baadshah and Shankar Ehsaan Loy have already ensured the tracks are chartbusters. Directed by Nitya Mehra and produced by Karan Johar, it’s about relationships that stand the test of time. Details:
in.bookmyshow.com

Game time
September 10 | Hitec City
Comic Con, in association with Smaaash, is organising three hours of endless gaming. Enjoy all your arcade games at Smaaash for free for three hours. People can walk in from 3 pm onwards. Details: 44739999

Tall tales
September 11 | Banjara Hills
For all those who enjoy weaving tales, attend the Story-Telling Sessions at Lamakaan. Santosh Mohan Veeranki, a filmmaker, will host the event and share some anecdotes from his life. Begins at 2.30 pm. Details: 9642731329

Chinese weekend
September 12 | Financial District
Love eating with chopsticks? Head to InAzia and Chime at Sheraton Hyderabad for a special Chinese cuisine. Two types of specially set menus are on offer on Saturday for dinner and Sunday for lunch and dinner. `1,450 ++ Details: 49251111

Chinese weekend
September 12 | Financial District
Love eating with chopsticks? Head to InAzia and Chime at Sheraton Hyderabad for a special Chinese cuisine. Two types of specially set menus are on offer on Saturday for dinner and Sunday for lunch and dinner. `1,450 ++ Details: 49251111

Colours of mythology
September 13 | Banjara Hills
The Gallery Cafe is hosting a painting exhibition on Lord Ganesha in different hues. The event will feature paintings by Bala Bhakta Raju, Om Swami, Siva Balan, Suresh Gulage and Vijay Belde. Details: 9030616161

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    Get in the right frame of mind with movie screenings and exhibitions. Plus, two food festivals.

    Grilling times
    Starting today, Le Dupleix is hosting The Grill Festival. Expect specials like barbequed cottage cheese, mushroom and pineapple brushcetta with basil aioli, methi malai jhinga (with mint chutney and kalonji naan), and more. Don’t miss the London mix grill. Till September 18. 7 pm to 11 pm. Details: 0413 2226003

    Fresh take
    While 27-year-old Nirupam Konwar from Assam impresses with his water colouring skills at Art De Tour’s workshop tomorrow, a younger artist will be busy with an exhibition at DakshinaChitra. Fifteen-year-old Pondy-based C Oviya, will be showcasing her water colour paintings at Kadambari Art Gallery from tomorrow. Till September 30. Details: 27473603

    Screen presence
    With Onam next week, don’t miss the screening of Farook Abdul Rahiman’s directorial debut, Kaliyachan. Starring Manoj K Jayan and Tirtha Murbadkar, the Malayalam movie portrays the relationship between a Kathakali artist (Manoj) and his guru (played by Kalamandalam Sivan Namboodiri, a professional Koodiyattam artist). It received a National Award for Bijibal’s background score. Sunday, 6 pm. At Alliance Francaise. Details: pondicherry.afindia.org

    Four to see
    Stop by Kala Kendra at Auroville this week and get a generous dose of art. The ongoing painting exhibition features four artists, namely Danasegar S, Vengatesan B, Ezhilarasan E and Sridar K, who will display around 60 paintings (canvas with oil, acrylic, mixed media and paper). Rs 5,000 onwards. Till September 24. Details: 9443620471

    Call of the wild
    Want to see why Chilika Lake in Odisha is one of the country’s success stories in conservation? Head to Old Fort and watch the 21-minute film Chilika-Jewel of Odisha, by National Award-winning wildlife and conservation filmmaker, Shekhar Dattari. Another film of his about the disappearance of India’s beaches will also be screened, followed by a Q&A session. Tomorrow, 7 pm onwards. Details: pondyphoto.com

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