Not many may yet know the name Kiara Advani, but mention that she’s the newcomer who played Sakshi Dhoni in the recent MS Dhoni biopic and you will hear a collective ‘aaah, ok’. Kiara in fact made her debut in the forgettable Fugly in 2014, but the cricketing star’s life story has naturally been her ticket to the big league. Interestingly, she only met the real life Sakshi once before shooting for the part but did not meet the real Dhoni at all before the shoot having to depend on co-star Sushant Singh Rajput to help fill in the blanks on their relationship. Kiara’s already bagged her next project – the romantic-thriller Machine, directed by Abbas-Mustan with debutant Mustafa. She’s hoping that the success of M.S Dhoni: The Untold Story will result in some plum offers.
Deepika Padukone was reveling in the praise for her stunt work in her upcoming Hollywood debut XXX: The Return of Xander Cage. A special trailer highlighting Padukone’s character Serena in the Vin Diesel-headed franchise was cut specially for India. The film itself releases in January next year and Padukone has carved out time to promote this high profile action adventure globally. But before that she starts filming for Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati with Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor. When asked what she found most remarkable about shooting in Hollywood, she said she was surprised at how strict the working hours are. “We had weekends off and you don’t work beyond eight hour shifts. I wonder how Bhansali sir would feel if I suggested the same to him,” she joked. The weeks of training and four months away from home seem to have been worth it, going by the impressive moments seen in the trailer, including the mischievous banter between Xander and Serena.
Caught in controversy
Controversy surrounds Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and now rumours about the multi-starrer abound. One strong whisper is that Fawad Khan’s scenes might be reworked with a local Indian actor. If this is true, it would require some quick and clever special effects to morph and cut-paste said Indian actor in the scenes already filmed with Khan. Since most of the movie was shot abroad, re-shooting entire scenes would be next to impossible and financial hara-kiri. Hopefully this crazy and desperate ‘solution’ is just hearsay and better sense will prevail on the fringe forces trying to gag creativity and shoot their guns off the shoulders of those not involved in politics. In all of this, one feels most for Ranbir Kapoor who can’t seem to catch a break. Here was a film that might have restored his marketability but circumstances and passion seem to be
Dev Patel, who shot to fame after playing the lead in Danny Boyle’s multiple Oscar award winning Slumdog Millionaire is back to shooting in the city that catapulted him to international stardom in 2008. Patel is leading the cast of Hotel Mumbai, based on the Emmy-nominated documentary Surviving Mumbai, about the events that unfolded and the terror of the attacks on Mumbai in 2008. The documentary focuses on the events of the Taj Mahal Hotel, with Anthony Maras directing the film. Other cast members include Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter movies) and Armie Hammer (The Social Network). Anupam Kher is also a part of the film, which is currently shooting around Mumbai. Patel plays a waiter while Hammer and Nazanin Boniadi (Homeland) star as a couple trapped in the hotel for four days with their baby and nanny. The mood of the drama has been likened to disaster film Towering Inferno.
Game of shadows
This statement piece from home decor
store, The Purple Turtles is a great way to lend a contemporary edge to your Diwali decor this season. The bag-shaped lantern has a perforated body with a distinct butterfly pattern that will sure add to the magical feeling. `1,500++. At Indiranagar. Details: 41528039
Wired, but not caged.
These copper wire birds come in pairs like the real ones. Place them on your window sill, on the
bookshelf or at the doorstep, they will add a little sparkle and shine. Rs 500. Details: facebook.com/UrbanHaveli
Bring alive the beauty of a lotus pond in a cosy corner of your home with this metallic tealight holder from Fabindia. This two-layered design helps create an interesting play of light patterns. `890. At Commercial Street. Details: 41132429
Life in Benares
This glass votive takes you back in time to a Benares that was clean, green and fertile. The tropical print that has been hand-decorated features a nickel-plated rim for a festive touch while the glass is made from lead-free material. `2,100. At Good Earth, Walton Road. Details: 40920986
It’s not gold, but a gleaming copper collectible definitely makes for a statement piece. This Origami tealight holder is one such creation. A metal that is malleable, copper gives artisans the freedom to try new techniques and create pieces like this dinted, three-winged objet d’art. Rs 995. Details: jaypore.com
Keep it progressive
The Humming Tree will host Progworks On Wheels, an evening of progressive music. Mumbai-based Coshish and Bengaluru-based Rainburn will take the stage. Joining them will be city-based, Stuck in November. October 27. 9 pm. Tickets (`300) on insider.in
Windmills Craftworks is back with its World Guitar Nights — a guitar concert series curated by musician, Konarak Reddy. This edition features three global stars — Don Ross from Canada (fingerstyle), Lior Yekutieli from Israel (jazz), and Ahmed El-Salamouny from Germany (bossa nova, a genre of Brazilian music). October 21, 9.30 pm. Tickets (`500 upwards) on bookmyshow.com
Courtyard by Marriott
The launch of Satya Paul’s
Autumn/Winter 2016 collection,
saw the city’s fashionistas turn up at this venue. The evening, hosted by
food writer Jyotiee Balani, had guests
getting a sneak peek into the collection, entitled Star Struck, which is inspired by constellations.
Gallery Sumukha is on a roll
with its 20th year celebrations. On Sunday, the gallery hosted a grand evening for the opening of Paresh Maity’s show Beyond Horizons. Apart from the who’s who of the art world, such as SG Vasudev and Gurudas Shenoy, Maity was seen socialising with art aficionados, Anjum and Omar
Jung and Namrata and Ramesh
Duggar, among others.
Karen Anand and her team
brought back their much-loved Farmer’s Market to Bengaluru
last weekend. Guests got a taste of organic produce, fresh-pressed
juices, cold-pressed oils and
more at the event.
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