Nandini Nursing Home is a romantic comedy film written and directed by PV Giri and produced by Radha Kishore and Bikshamayya under the banner of SVC Entertainments. Actor Naresh‘s son Nawin Vijay Krishna is making his debut as the lead and is paired opposite with Nithya Naresh and Shravya in the female lead roles.
Throwback to action
Written and directed by Puri Jagannadh, Ism is an action thriller starring Nandamuri Kalyan Ram and Aditi Arya in the lead roles. The film also has Jagapati Babu in an important supporting role. Anup Rubens has composed the music for the film produced by Kalyan Ram under the banner of NTR Arts.
Produced by R.V. Chandramouli Prasad under the banner of Sri Leela Movies, Shankara is directed by Thathineni Satya Prakash. Nara Rohit and Regina Cassandra play the lead roles in the film. The movie is a remake of Tamil blockbuster Mouna Guru. The movie has Nara Rohit in the role of a college student who unknowingly gets embroiled in a crime, which changes his life completely.
Enjoy ghazal with symphony as Pankaj Udhas, Talat Aziz, Rasika Sekhar and Deepak Pandit get ready to
For the first time in the City of Nizams, the ghazal concert is getting a revamp. Legendary singers Pankaj Udhas and Talat Aziz will be performing alongside upcoming talent Rasika Sekhar with a complete orchestra headed by Deepak Pandit. The stage will have 12 string sections, two percussions and dholak, two tablas, keyboard, guitar and multiple flute in a format that hasn‘t been attempted before.
Speaking on the upcoming symphony, Padmashree awardee Pankaj Udhas says, “We hope we will manage to keep the magic of ghazal and poetry alive even after altering the format.” Udhas will be rendering a few of his famous tracks such as Deewaron se milkar, chitti aayi hai and chandi jaisa rang.
Another stalwart who will be performing is Talat Aziz. A student of maestro Mehdi Hassan, he talks about the challenges they faced while fusing ghazal with symphony. “Ghazal has a lot of gayaki (repetition of a particular line) and this was the main issue. However, Deepak has organised the orchestra in such a way that it helps me sing or recite the gayakis whenever needed which suits my style.” The 59-year-old singer, who will be touring Jaipur, Delhi and Mumbai soon, revealed that he would be releasing his new single Apni saanson mein by the year-end.
The evening is then wrapped up by the promising talent – Rasika Sekhar. A flautist, she has also flourished under the guidance of Ustad Ghulam Ali Khan Sahab as a vocalist. “I will be emphasising on the poetic angle of the songs by Mehdi Hassan and Begum Akhtar and this will be a different feel to this genre of music,” says Rasika, who was born in Dubai, and now based in the US.
The trio along with violinist Deepak Pandit will be performing at the Sound of Silence – A Ghazal Symphony at Sandhya Convention, Gachibowli on Sunday, October 23 from 6.30 pm onwards. Entry per head. `3,500. Details: 9704846948
Imagine a dull, dreary morning when you are waiting for your flight which is delayed. On a day like that, to give a taste of Indian street fare to globetrotters, the Plaza Premium Lounge, the premium lounge at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport has kickstarted a Street Food Festival in its premises. From crispy samosas inspired by roadside stalls in Delhi to spicy phuchkas that you would otherwise find in Kolkata, there’s a lot on offer. The Bambaiya Pav Bhaji would surely remind you of fun times spent with friends in Mumbai. If that‘s not up your alley then you can also pick from aloo tikki pao, matra kulcha, dosa, bhel puri and much more. Settling down with your regular cup of joe at the airport just got interesting.
The street food festival is on till November 6. Details: 66603922; Charges for lounge acess: `1,200 plus taxes
“I wish to live to 150 years old, but the day I die, I wish it to be with a cigarette in one hand and a glass of whiskey in the other,” once said the famous Hollywood siren from yesteryear, Ava Gardner. Such is the love, passionate malt drinkers have for the pale gold spirit. It is meant to be whiffed, savoured and more importantly, understood. Not only does your tongue plays a an important role in appreciating the beautiful spirit you hold in your hand, but also the nose tells you a lot about its history. A grand celebration of all things scotch whisky, will be held in Hyderabad today at 7.30 pm at The Chai Shop, Taj Banjara.
Art of Blending, will be a helluva joyride for all the connoussiers as well as those who are novices. Hemant Mundkur, Brand Ambassador United Spirits promises to take you through a fascinating understanding of these choiciest drinks. Hemant Mundkur, United Spirits Brand Ambassador, says, “Art of Blending by United Spirits-Diageo is for all who would like to understand scotch whisky and the art of blending it. By the end of the session, the participants will definetely be well-versed with the rich heritage and craftsmanship that goes into the making and blending of five of the finest Scotch Whiskies, such as Black&White, Vat 69, Black Dog Triple Gold Reserve, Johnnie Walker Red Label and Johnnie Walker Black Label.” Understand more about nosing, flavour, texture and taste much better post it. Be it as a conversation starter or just for the sake of appreciating it, this one-of-a-kind interactive class will transport you to the world of Scotch. After all as the master writer Haruki Murakami once said, ““Whiskey, like a beautiful woman, demands appreciation.
Entry: `1,500 per person
The new menu at Tuscany has some seasoned delights replete with cheese and fresh herbs
AS winter sets in, Tuscany, the Italian restaurant at Trident Hyderabad, has changed its menu to bring in a lot of comforting delights cooked with herbs, cheese, sun-ripened seasonal vegetables and, of course, olive oil. Chefs Manik and Ameya have curated the new menu and the booklets come wrapped in raw silk jackets.
Spread the warmth
The name Tuscany itself brings to mind quintessential delicacies like ravioli and lasagne that central Italy is known for. What makes these culinary delights more appealing is the use of fresh and dried herbs and a whisk of wine. Elaborates chef Manik, “Other than regular herbs such as rosemary, thyme and basil, we use lemon balm and tender mustard shoots, especially while cooking fish for that citrus flavour.”
From the stove
The chefs sent us a plate of Tuscany Lobster Bisque. The tomato sponge was served with clotted cream and cherry tomatoes laden with hot lobster soup, rich and thick in consistency. It was a bowl of molten warmth with all the flavours in place. This was followed by Wild Mushrooms and Goat Cheese Tortellini served with porcini cream, toasted hazelnuts, wine and truffle oil. The mushrooms were fresh with their distinct earthy flavour intact. The ring-shaped pasta tasted really well with the cheese. We recommend Beetroot Risotto. Deep pink in colour served with the melting chevre, the dish tasted just right. “As winter approaches, one craves for creamy, cheesy and filling food. That’s why we added beetroot in risotto,” adds chef Ameya.
They have included 15 dishes to the menu based on customer feedback. The restaurant takes pride in using a variety of cheeses like Parmesan Reggiano Parmegiana, Gorgonzola, Picorino, Parmesan Grana Padano and more, imported from Italy.
On the table
The ambience is straight out of a Tuscan villa in Florence. Whether it is the hand rolled spaghetti tossed in ripe pelati tomatoes or the freshly baked Milanese pizza from the red-brick oven, you get what you see from the vantage point of your dining table.
One can wash down the sumptuous dinner with a glass of Danzante Merlot or Pitars Pinot Grigio. Both the red wines are from Italy. Baileys Irish Cream or Chinkara Chardonnay are among the must-try ones too. We finished the dinner with Lemon Tart and Cassata with Raspberry Coulis and Nut Meringue.
Charges for two: `2,500++ taxes. Time: 7.30 pm-11.30 pm. Details: 66232323
With a host of options from hampers with delicious desserts, baked goodies in vintage trunks to gourmet items and single malts in custom-made desiger boxes, the Diwali hampers this year spell pure luxury. We scout around for the best deals for you
If you want to add a dash of vintage charm to your festive gift, the memorabilia offered by Park Hyatt seems just right. It comes in a classic old fashioned trunk and comprises macaroons, truffles and cookies, jams, preserves and pâte de fruit, fruit-based jelly made in-house. “As a doff of the hat to Hyderabad’s Nizami heritage, we have included jasmine-scented candles. Also, there are handmade stoles and the Park Hyatt charm,” says Mohit Malhotra, F&B Director, Park Hyatt.
Price: `4,500-15,000, Details: 49491234
Liqueur and cookies
If you are thinking of gifting your good old friend who‘s the ideal company for a drink or two, the Ambrosia hamper from Taj Banjara is an ideal fit. Comprising wine from Fratelli, Johnnie Walker Red Label, handmade chocolates, Danish cookies, nuts from Nut King, Opera Wafers, pasta, candle, diya, sparklers, Ganesh Idol and toran, this box of goodies signifies good times.
Price: `9,999 , Details: 66669999
Of all the gifting options offered by Taj Krishna, the Grand Cuvee Hamper is luxurious and exclusive to the hilt. From Dom Pérignon champagne, bottle of single malt Glenfiddich-18 years, imported Kahlua, designer tie and cufflinks from Burberry, organic green tea, exotic chocolates and nuts, organic green tea, a Ganesha idol, this hamper sums up luxury. Does it get any better?
If you are fussy about what goes in your gifts, the ones by Ishita Raksha at 17 Sugar Street allows you to customise. From an eclectic range of spiced nuts, cake truffles to mini cookie jars, the choices are umpteen. They can also include gifts according to specific requirements like perfumes, silverware and even have a say in the ingredients that goes into the making of the desserts.
Price: `25,000, Details: 74163 59540
Olives and nuts
If a simple and basic hamper is what you are looking for, the one at Trident is tailor-made for you. This one comes in a bright neon box with a mix of delectable fare including dry fruit, cake, cookies, specialty tea and a bottle of olives with organic honey nuts. The diya and metal Ganesha add to the charm of this gifting option.
Price: `3,500, Details: 66232323
Amongst the bakeries, Concu’s gourmet hamper takes the cake. The one called Provence, inspired by that region of France, is well curated with chocolate coated nuts, lip smacking spreads in petite jars, delicious tea cakes, buttery cookies and French macaroons.
Price: `1,100 to `2,500 + tax
For a mix of healthy and tasty treats, the Celebration Hamper (Grande) replete with dark chocolates, flavoured dry nuts, crunchy nachos, stuffed dates, Mexican salsa,collection of fine teas and coffees, cookies and biscotti all packed beautifully fits the bill for picky eaters.
Price: `8,449, Details: 23350029
Last week was quite a buzzing one in Hyderabad where the party-hoppers had a lot to choose from. The swish set from the city was seen at ITC Grand Kakatiya at a cake mixing session, kick-starting the Christmas fervour even before Diwali arrives. The guests relished their champagnes and cocktails while catching up with one another at the pool side, along with live music, followed by a scrumptious lunch.
Socialites Saru and Sandeep Mehta celebrated their silver jubilee wedding anniversary and their close friends and family joined them in the celebration. Their daughter Sharan welcomed the guests and made sure they were well-attended to.
The dance connossieurs were seen with their friends in tow at Saptaparni where Natya Swara hosted a solo Bharatanatyam recital by Kiranmayee Madupu. The performance that lasted 75 minutes kept the audience engrossed throughout.
Meanwhile, the fashionistas in the city had a gala time too. International Institute of Fashion Design, Hyderabad, organised their annual graduation ceremony. The show was held at Taj Vivanta and Mrs Earth 2015 Priyanka Khurana Goyal attended the do and presented the certificates and achivement awards to the students.
Also, models walked the ramp wearing Victorian attire designed by Shantanu & Nikhil at BMW festival and fashion show which was held at KUN exclusive. The couture from the collection were mostly in bright colors with intricate embriodery, black and red colours were predominantly used. Among the duo Nikhil Mehra was present at the show. Recently the Chief Executive Officer of Mercedez Benz Roland Folger was here in the city to inaugurate a luxury car dealership showroom in Hyderabad. The showroom was in line with the brand’s latest global standards and is both impressive and luxurious.
— (The writer is a yoga exponent and co- founder of Touch a Life Foundation. She loves connecting with people)
October 21 | Madhapur
Begin your weekend with some amazing Indo-Italian delicacies from the kitchen of Master Chef Roberto Boggio at the Westin Hyderabad Mindspace. The fusion food ranging from pizzas and spaghetti to espresso and gelato are on offer. Available from 12 pm onwards. Details: 67676767
October 21 | Banjara Hills
Directed by Shivaji Lotan Patil, 31st October is a film based on a true story focussing on the aftermath of Indira Gandhi’s assassination in 1984. The movie has Soha Ali Khan and Vir Das in the lead roles. Details: in.bookmyshow.com
To the saints
October 22 | Somajiguda
In this pre-Halloween event, catch DJ Shadow Dubai performing at The Park. Tap your feet to the remixed tunes of Jay Sean, Yo Yo Honey Singh, Jazzy B and more. Begin your Saturday night with a blast from the console of Asia’s number one Bollywood DJ. The party begins at 9 pm. Tickets `500.
October 22 | Gachibowli
Catch your favourite Tolly, Molly, Kolly and Sandalwood stars in action at the Celebrity Badminton League at the sports stadium. The league has three major categories – men’s doubles, mixed doubles and women’s doubles.
Tickets: `999. Details: 23212818
October 23 | Vikarabad
Head to the Kotipally reservoir for a fun-filled session of kayaking followed by a picnic in a camp. An initiative by Progressive Telangana Foundation to empower the locals, the trainers here are handpicked rural kids with knowledge of swimming, first aid and fishing. The session begins at 7 am. Entry for double kayak `600 Details: 7680076860
October 24| Banjara Hills
If art inspires you, head to Gallery Café for an exhibition titled Soothing Cityscapes by V Rama Krishna. Get your dose of art and rejoice in the sheer magnificence of the city. The event is at
The Gallery Café, Banjara Hills. Details: 903061616
October 25 | Kharkhana
Fusing the concepts of laser tag and hide-and-seek, is a game session coming straight from New Zealand. Laser Game is an exciting action packed indoor adventure game without the pain of Paintball. One hour game slot for `490 per head.
October 26| Banjara Hills
Enjoy the DJ night and groove to the desi melodies spun by DJs Albert, Anant and Zeetwo in an exciting evening filled with music, dance and laughter. The event is at Liquids Again, Bhaskara Plaza.
October 27| Banjara Hills
Enjoy an evening of symphonies crafted by Ustab Yakoob Ali. Lose yourself in the sweet melodies of ghazals and the soothing notes. The concert is at Lamakaan cultural centre.
Comics who, in their own unique ways, have woven the city and its nuances into their craft.
The city has greeted the recent influx of standup shows with encouraging attendance and loud guffaws. From Aditi Mittal’s Things They Wouldn’t Let Me Say to Sorabh Pant’s My Baby Thinks I Am Funny, we have seen a barrage of comics staging their new solo shows here. We catch up with our own home-grown performers who have made their mark outside the state, while conveying what the city means to them through their art.
In this digital era, standup comics have taken to various online platforms to keep viewers engaged. AIB to East India Comedy, these comic collectives have a cult online following. Put Chutney is one brand that has successfully brought the funny side of Chennai to a much wider audience via the web, and one of the people behind this is comedian Rajiv Rajaram—the current creative director of Culture Machine of which the channel is a part. While their latest video, poking fun at the mystery surrounding chief minister Jayalalithaa’s health, has already garnered more than a lakh and seventy thousand views, Madurai-born Rajaram tells us why the city, which has been his base for the past 11 years, never ceases to be a boiling pot of inspiration for him. Starting with the oft-quoted joke ‘Chennai is a city, Madras is an emotion, Anna Nagar is a different country’, the 31-year-old says that it’s the little ’somethings’ of the city that are inspiring. He gives us an example.
If you go to watch a Hindi movie in the city and there is a joke in the film, everybody will laugh. Then, three minutes later, a few others will laugh. Those late to the joke will be the ones accompanied by a Hindi speaking friend who would have translated for them. That’s how you know you are watching a movie in Chennai. Rajaram, whose channel released the video, What if Batman was from Chennai, which got it the country’s attention, says that a similar video might be in the offing.
The 90’s kids will remember VJ Lola Kutty—with her spectacles, gajra and kanjeevaram sari—popping up on their television screens, complete with an over-the-top Malayali accent. Now Anuradha Menon, a Chennai-born Malayali, is focussing on theatre and standup comedy. Laughing about the fact that her Mumbai-bred son’s Hindi sounds like a typical South Indian’s, Menon tells me that her material is adjusted to suit the city in which she performs. From being married to a Gujarati to her mother’s incredibly
terrible Tamil, her life experiences form a major part of this ‘observational’ comic’s routines. While some may call the ‘Chennai is not the capital of Madras’ jokes a stereotype or a cliché, the 35-year-old tells us that these still rile the audiences as “stereotypes are stereotypes because they are true”. The Mumbai-based artiste feels that when it comes to discerning audiences, Chennai tops the list of any standup comic and admits that she has been asked a lot on which city (Mumbai or Chennai) she would call her own. “Definitely for work Mumbai has been there for me, because I have been living here for nearly 12 years now, but Chennai is always home,” she says.
As I speak with Karthik Kumar on the phone, he is on his way to watch comedian Sapan Verma perform his solo, Obsessive Comedic Disorder, at the Egmore Museum Theatre. The director and co-founder of city-based theatre and comedy company Evam—who has performed his solo in Singapore and the US—has local flavour in his material. His first special, #PokeMe, is infused with elements like the North-South divide (“North Indians believe that all Southies are Madrasis who speak Malayali”) and the Maggi/curd rice discussion. “It took us time to understand how to relate to audiences in a way that is Indian English at the same time not completely regional, in order to be able to perform it across the country,” he says. Currently touring with his latest, Second Decoction, which he will be taking to the UK next month, the 38-year-old says that playing with stereotypes and clichés is what all beginners find recourse in, but they eventually figure out their niche. His latest offering, the name of which is derived from the quintessential filter coffee, deals with the typical Chennai middle class mentality—all taken from his own experiences. Talking about how the city has influenced him as an artiste, Kumar says, “Chennai always has multiple identities—trying to be as urban as possible while the heart of the city is always mildly conservative and a little shy. It is that dichotomy that makes for very powerful material.” While he hasn’t yet started work on his next special, which will be out next year, he states with certainty that the city will be a part of it. “Whatever I write will have its soul in Chennai,” he concludes.
DWith an appearance in the recently-released sex comedy, Brahman Naman, Kartik Iyer is an established name in the country-wide standup comedy circuit. The 40-year-old, who says that he has been following standup as an art form for almost 25 years and plans on writing a new show this year, was inspired by comedian Russell Peters to make his foray. His routines and performances, like the Higher Iyer Show, have had an unmistakably strong Southern character. “Since I am from Chennai, there is the perspective of a South Indian in whatever topic I speak about,” admits the Bengaluru-based CEO of ad firm Happy mcgarrybowen, better known as his ‘day job’. A trained theatre actor, Iyer feels that comedy is an ever evolving art form. Joking about how the city and his life here has inspired his material, he says, “The heat has really melted my brain allowing it to flow freely in all directions,” but adds on a more serious note that, “To have all (my experiences) in the cultural mish-mash that Chennai is, has
truly added to my voice as a comedian.”
Actor Jiiva spells out his take on wardrobe must-haves for celebratory dos.
TALL, affable and handsome—actor Jiiva is busy shuttling between studios. He is in the middle of shooting the last leg of Sangili Bangili Kathava Thorae, the upcoming Kee, and doing a cameo in Kadavul Irukaan Kumaru. A head-turner even in a simple white tee, here he picks his style quotient for the party circuit. When asked if he is sentimentally attached to an accessory, the amused star quips, “Just my Fitbit!” We find that the 32-year-old, who has just finished shooting for his upcoming Kavalai Vendam, likes to keep it classic and elegant, and has a penchant for the colour blue.
Jiiva picks Yves Saint Laurent as his fragrance for the season. This L’Homme Intense Sophistication set is addictive with orange flower, violet leaf, cedarwood and Italian cedrat, among other essences, and a strong sillage. The collection also makes for a perfect gifting option. Rs 7,470 approximately at Sephora, DLF Promenade, New Delhi. Details: 011 41805595
Exacting about the fit of his shirts, Jiiva is a fan of Burberry’s offerings. This polka dot cotton shirt from the brand strikes the perfect balance between casual and partywear. With mother-of-pearl buttons and a pointed collar, the slim fit is perfect for athletic frames. Rs 21,659 at Express Avenue. Details: 28464135
Jiiva points to Gabbana.life for customised formal suits. This tuxedo-inspired bandhgala jacket with hand-pleated satin on velvet, promises to be a conversation starter. Team it with classic black trousers to keep it edgy. Rs 26,000 onwards. At Khadar Nawaz Khan Road. Details: 43084380
A no-frills person, you could persuade him to opt for this pocket square just on the strength of its attractive blue colour. This one from Turnbull & Asser has a beautiful abstract depiction of the Statue of Liberty in blue, white and black. We suggest you team the silk twill accessory with dark and pastel-hued jackets. Rs 6,960 approximately. Details: mrporter.com
If we are talking wallets, it has to be a Montblanc for the actor. We find that this mocha-colored imprinted full-grain calfskin piece ticks all the boxes for a formal accessory. The glossy finish, with insides made of soft cowhide and jacquard lining, make it an elegant buy. Rs 31,200, at their store in Alwarpet. Details: 42081701
Save these Tom Ford boots for the red carpet, we say. The shiny black alligator pair with comfortable calfskin lining will definitely up the ante of your ensemble. Team them with dark-hued formal trousers and a shirt to get the right look. Rs 10,81,640 approximately at DLF Emporio, New Delhi. Details: 011 43607780
Add a tinge of taupe to your Friday night ensemble with this unisex belt from Hermes Paris. The taurillon clemence leather accessory comes with a palladium-plated buckle, with variants in blue, black and cocoa. Rs 60,600 approximately, at the store in Horniman Circle, Mumbai.
Details: 022 43607780
Lost in time
This sporty piece from Longines’ heritage addition is the perfect add-on to a semi-formal ensemble. The waterproof and scratch-resistant self-winding watch comes complete with a steel finish and alligator buckle straps. Rs 93,000 approximately at Phoenix MarketCity. Details: 30083483
Eye for detail
Jiiva’s all-time favourite brand for sunnies, Rayban’s Wayfarer, doesn’t disappoint. The pure denim finish accentuates the rugged feel of the product. Complete with a hypoallergenic nose pad for extra comfort, this one comes in three colour variants. Rs 7,990 at Sunglass Hut, Phoenix MarketCity. Details: 30083389
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