‘Manyam Puli’ is the Telugu version of Mohnalal’s Malayalam blockbuster Puli Murugan.
Directed by Vyshakh, the film became the first Mollywood movie to enter the 100 crore-club. Mohanlal, Kamalini Mukherjee are playing the main lead roles along with Jagapati Babu, Kishore who have supporting roles in this movie.
Telugu dubbing rights was bagged by Sidhurapuvvu Krishna Reddy while Gopi Sunder has composed the music.
The crux of the story is that, Mohanlal, who is a hunter has to use his skills to hunt down a beast who keeps attacking his village.
Directed by Waasudev, Araku Road Lo is a romantic action thriller. The movie is produced by Meka Bala Subramanyam while Rahul Raj was roped in to compose the music.
Ram Shankar, Nikesha Patel are playing the lead roles along with Abhimanyu Singh, Kamal Kamaraju and others in the supporting roles.
The story is about a happy-go-lucky guy who stammers when excited, and gets into trouble in the thick forests of Araku.
As a city, we have made a tremendous contribution to the nation – while both good and bad, largely more good than bad. Yet I must bemoan the lack of an adequate number of biopics that garnered national and regional attention.
Azhar was the last biopic on a prominent Hyderabadi, inspired by and ‘partly fixed’ plot, of the charismatic and styish former cricketer, Azzu bhai. While we understand making a movie on Dhoni, and another on Sachin, why has VVS Laxman missed out so far, I do not know.
Sunil Bohra acquired film rights of our own Hyderabadi Sanjaya Baru’s book, The Accidental Prime Minister: The Making and Unmaking of Manmohan Singh, but alas, while Bollywood thinks MMS is worthy of a movie, no one has come forward to create a biopic on the legendary PV Narasimha Rao.
Even Tollywood, which makes the most number of movies each year, and felt that factionists and murderers need to be spoken about, has missed out a project on VVS or PV, both of whom, in different ways, more than deserve being the subject of at least a Telugu film.
There have been almost no movies on the Nizams of Hyderabad, who are not seriously researched. Nor of any great icons of Telangana culture or movement. Yes, a few great poets had their share of glory in Telugu films – Kavi Srinadha, Bhakta Ramdas. We were lucky to also watch a film or two on freedom fighter Alluri Seetarama Raju; but why did the recent biopic craze miss out on our heroes, I don’t know.
I can’t totally blame Bollywood if our own Telugu film industry has not done a film on these legends. But charity in these cases does not begin at home. Heck, the Tollywood industry has never even done a film to honour its greatest legends like NTR or ANR; although I partly understand that we can’t boast of an actor who can pull off those great icons on screen. The only on-screen NTR I recall was Shatrughan Sinha as a small side role in a movie dedicated to faction violence. I have enough reasons to crib, right? At least, our chief minister KCR is lined up to be featured as a protagonist in a movie soon, though none of the former chief ministers have merited the glory – not Chandrababu Naidu, not even the late YSR.
After Dhirubhai Ambani’s life was portrayed in a film, Guru, I thought our businessmen would be subjects, but it never happened. Not for the film industry movies on the entrepreneurs who created companies like GVK, GMR, DRL, or even Satyam. At least, after his glory at the All-Englands, and then as a coach with Saina Nehwal, and P V Sindhu now, our super-guru P Gopichand would qualify for attention. While I did hear about a proposal on a movie based on his life, I am not sure it is taking off anytime soon.
TAILPIECE: My big bet is on Sania Mirza as the next possible Hindi biopic. Maybe it will be PV; and maybe Dr Baru would not mind scripting it.
But whatever, we deserve more as far as biopics go.
(Sriram Karri is author of the bestselling novel, Autobiography of a Mad Nation. He writes for international media such as The New York Times and BBC besides organising debates at Hyderabad Park).
For the last 44 years, the annual musical jamboree featuring Pandit Jasraj has become a part of the city’s DNA
If the architecture and ambience of Chowmahalla Palace is breathtaking, then the yearly Pandit Motiram-Pandit Maniram festival is the icing on the cake. This event, currently in its 44th year, has captured the imagination of music lovers for many years. This time, the three-day Sangeet Samaroha is being staged at the Centre for Cultural Resources and Training (CCRT) to reach out to more connoisseurs.
The theme this year is ‘Raagas on Tabla’ and the event will take place today. Conceptualised by Durga Jasraj and composed by Kedar Pandit, ‘Raagas on Tabla’ puts the percussion instrument at the epicenter of the activity.
The concept was tried out in Delhi, Bhubaneswar and Pune earlier. Pandit Jasraj adds, “Exposure to music is important. It should become a part of the curriculum from primary school onwards. Parents should encourage their kids to pursue their passion.”
Along with eminent classical singer Pandit Jasraj, artistes such as Charudutta Phadke, Vinay Ramdasan, Rohit Mujumdar, Sukhad Munde, Ajay Atre, Kedar Paranjape, Nilesh Randive and Saurabh Vartak mesmerised the crowd numbering a few thousands on the inaugural day. The next day, Mewati Gharana’s disciple Niraj Parikh, Pandit Venkatesh Kumar performed Hindustani vocals, while Pravin Godkhindi enthralled the audience with his flute. Ankita Joshi, a disciple of Pandit Jasraj, would also be performing at the event today, along with Bhajan Samrat Anup Jalota.
The event is an annual affair being held in memory of Pandit Jasraj’s father, Sangeet Ratna Pandit Motiram and his elder brother and Guru Sangeet Mahanohopadhya Pandit Maniram.
The Hyderabad Ultimate Food Festival is about music, art and more
From chef’s specials to the all-time favourites of Hyderabadis plus a high dose of entertainment, expect all of this at the Hyderabad Ultimate Food Festival (HUFF) this weekend.
The three-day festival encompasses food, music, arts, live music performances and lots of other cool attractions.
The grand culinary celebration has more than 40 participating artistes such as Kutle Khan and Dualist Inquiry, who will be headlining at the entertainment stage along with other performers.
Pista House, Chicha’s and Olive bistro will be among the 35 stalls that will be set up at the venue. For the dessert bazaar, Pulp Pressery will bring their signature juices and also relish the Mawa Cake and Raspberry drink from the SodaBottleOpenerWala stall.
The event will also feature a kids area, market place, chef’s stage, entertainment area, food carts, restaurant zone, spirits arena and a dessert bazaar.
The Hyderabad Ultimate Food Festival begins today and will be on till December 4 at Hitex Exhibition Center.
ITC Kakatiya brings an amalgamation of Indian and western cuisine to its poolside at the Deccan Pavilion
A well spent Saturday is always the reason for a lazy Sunday. What apart from a barbecue brunch can make you go bananas? Deccan Pavilion, ITC Kakatiya has unveiled its ‘Barbeque by the poolside’.
Choose from a variety of specialties such as Barbecue spare ribs, Harissa Prawns, King Fish in Southern Spice, Indonesian Chicken Satay and Sausages. The vegetarians need not fret as the hotel has plenty of options such as vegetable and cheese stuffed crepes, cabbage dolmas, tamale, grilled corn on cob, stuffed potatoes, chili relenos and enchiladas.However, the Lobster in Lemon Garlic is what caught our attention. The bisque meat is cooked on the grill with lemon juice toppings, and other spices like paprika and white pepper offer a surprise twist of sourness to your tastebuds.
“We have a menu that comprises New Zealand Lamb Chops and King Fish in Southern Spice together. We have incorporated the western dishes with the local grills,” says Chef Paul Noronha, Executive Chef, ITC Kakatiya.
Gourmet’s desserts like Swiss Chocolate and Arabian nuts add a high note to the menu. If that isn‘t enough, there is also some live music by Flashback, a two-member band belting out pop and soft rock music, and an interactive creative corner for children with face painting and tattoos add to the fun.
Price: Rs 3,000(++) Details: 23400132
The city’s favourite watering hole Bottles & Chimney gets a reboot and now goes by the name ‘Heart Cup Coffee’
An evening out with friends is no longer just about food and drink. It is about the ambience, the mood, the crowd, the Instagram-worthy pictures, Facebook Lives and more.
Bottles & Chimney, which was Hyderabad’s most popular watering hole bang in the heart of the city at Begumpet, has now updated itself to become Heart Cup Coffee, or HCC for the hashtagging crowd. “We had decided to move to ‘this side of the city’ to cater to the ever-increasing demand for live entertainment and a cost effective menu for people around Begumpet and beyond. This way they don’t really need to travel all the way to Banjara Hills, Jubilee Hills or Hitech city,” says Arjun Valluri, Chairman, HCC.
Keeping the emerging ‘live’ culture in the city, the brand has decided to rope in musicians as well as stand-up comedians across the country and abroad to perform in the city throughout the month. “HCC has changed the spectrum of nightlife in Hyderabad,” Valluri adds.
The crowd favourites – pizzas, pastas, nachos, lasagne and steaks are all there. The restaurant also has an extensive Oriental menu that is not just scrumptious but also easy on the pocket (Rs 150 a pint during happy hours 12 noon to 7 pm on weekdays). When the menu, a thick, fat hard-bound matte finished book, arrives at your table, you know they have invested time and energy in curating the fare. Each section is explained with a graphic so that you never have to grill the bartender or the steward to find out about what a dish is all about.
The Prawns 65 that came in a fresh lettuce leaf was grilled and spicy, just the right accompaniment to beer, or even cold coffee if you are on work mode. The Mexican Grilled Chicken Steak, when tried out with a bowl of rice, was filling enough to compensate for the meal of the day. If you are a coffee person, their range of Cappuccino, Mocaccino and cold coffees should beckon your interest.
The bar counter is a simple straight line with wine cutlery and liquor displayed in a no-nonsense manner. Walk in, choose your drink, order and sit back while the bartenders mix it to the hip-hop that plays in the background.
The interiors sport the lively Heart Cup signature vibe in every mural. Music legends from The Beatles to Bob Marley are all there in a stunning piece of art that runs across the entire staircase landing. Valluri points out to the wall-mounted portrait of Che Guevara and remarks, “Just in case you feel inspiration is in short supply this evening.”
If Mondays are reserved for the blues, Wednesdays are for karaoke fans. Recent weeks have seen performances by DJ Youngr, DJ Yogi and the Three of Us. “All shows from Monday through Sunday are produced with the highest quality focus on the sound and lighting, giving the customers a unique experience every time,” he adds.
Price for two: Rs 1,800 (with alcohol) Details: 9949995002
Shivanshi G Khanna’ s art accessory canvas stretches all the way to the domes of Florence’ s Cathedral with her leather jewellery
Simple and classic, leather has been and always will be chic.
Although not the norm, jewellery designers who want to stretch the limits of the malleability of gold, silver and copper are veering towards leather.
One such designer is Delhi-based Shivanshi G Khanna, the founder of The House of Muse, an online retailer who markets her designs through social media. She is now all set to launch her new set of neckpieces and handcuffs in pure leather.
Minimalist but classy, her inspirations are eclectic. “When I was in Italy, the domes in the Florence’s Cathedral caught my eye. You can see the reflection of that in my designs,” says the designer who loves fusing not one, but a handful of geometric patterns in her designs.
Talking about leather, the designer says she wants to fuse local fabrics and mirror work with it as well. “I want to go to the interiors of Rajasthan, sit with the local artisans and create something inspiring from that,” she says. An ardent admirer of the work of American luxe jeweller Harry Winston and the minimalist, yet elegant accessories from Tiffany’s, Khanna specialises in edgy neckpieces and hand-cuffs.
Soon, she will be adding earrings to her collection. Her collection will be available in the Jubilee Hills boutique, Talasha, from mid-December.
Those who want to pre-order can do so on Facebook and Instagram as well. The accessories for men will hit stores early next year.
Incidentally, the designer also happens to be actress Raashi Khanna’s sister-in-law. So will the actress soon be seen wearing the accessories from her new line soon? “Yes, of course, I showed the designs to her and she loved them,” says Khanna.
From Versace to Michael Kors, Secret Dresser brings you pre-owned high-fashion items at a much reduced cost
Wearing a trend-setting Karen Millen dress or a high-fashion Emporio Armani leather jacket is on most aspiring fashionistas’ wishlist.
However, regardless of your love for these luxury items, they are not easy on the pocket.
Fret not. Fashion portal, Secret Dresser, which is expanding its network to the Pearl City, is designed to resolve an aspirational dresser’s woes. It sources pre-owned designer ensembles, bags, shoes, watches, accessories which are high-end and makes them available for its patrons at a discounted price.
So what edge will it offer? Explains Delhi-based founder of this portal, Dimple Mirchandani, “First, buyers from the City of Nizams would be able to touch and feel the product they have ordered. Second, payment on delivery becomes much easier,” says the 26-year-old.
The website is elegantly designed. You can shop from a plethora of the most coveted brands, from Louis Vuitton to Jimmy Choo, and also some famous Indian designers like Sabyasachi Mukherji, Shantanu and Nikhil. Mirchandani started the portal in March and she explains that the core of her venture was inspired by something personal and relatable.
No shame, just stuff
“I had many high-end outfits, bags and shoes in my closet that I didn’t use. I am sure there are many like me who don’t want to throw away their expensive clothes to make space for new ones nor do they want to stop shopping. Through this portal, they can recycle and buy more as well,” says the Delhi girl. Moreover, the brand promises anonymity to buyers and sellers. “I hope that sometime soon, we can get rid of the shame attached to buying pre-owned products.”
However, the idea of pre-owned luxury comes with another set of reservations, as far as buyers are concerned.
Authenticating and employing the justified price requires a long-drawn process. After pictures of the products are thoroughly scanned for even the most minor defects, the process of authentication begins from the company. “First a team of freelancers in-house check the product. Later an American company, Authentication First, vets the products and gives us a go-ahead,” says the entrepreneur, adding that selling prices are set in lieu of the current price of the product and its condition.
So why go for new when luxury refurbished can look as good as new?
Rs 10,000 onwards Details: secretdresser.com
The first anniversary celebrations of the Global 100 Sarees Pact Group on Facebook, conducted at Hotel Marriott on Saturday, was all about sarees and sisterhood. The gorgeous women showed up to support the initiative started by an online community last November.
Guest of honour, top cop of Telangana Special Protection Force, Tejdeep Kaur Menon, who swapped her uniform for the whole six yards certainly turned heads at the do. It is not without reason that people from all over the world are fascinated with saris and indigenous handwoven fabrics.
Meanwhile, the screening of the film, Dear Zindagi, organised by Bisket Srikanth saw a huge gathering of socialites at a city multiplex. The cinephiles caught up with one another and bonded over their love for King Khan – Shah Rukh.
On the other end of the entertainment spectrum were jazz enthusiasts who flocked to Westin Mindspace for an evening by Black Market orchestra. The crowd enjoyed listening to Sonia Saigal as Harmeet accompanied her on the keyboard with Sheldon D Silva’s on bass and Gino Banks on drums. Karen Campos, Nitin Bhatia and Jatinder Singh were seen enjoying the evening.
Party lovers in the city shrugged off the week’s stress with indie funk at the Hyderabad Ultimate Food Festival pre-party with DJ Youngr at Heart Cup Coffee. Also spotted, was Pooja Prahalad having a whale of a time.
(The writer is a yoga exponent and co- founder of Touch a Life Foundation. She loves connecting with people.)
Baking been on your mind for long? Escapades Culinary Studio in Kondapur has planned an Advanced Baking – Celebration Cake class for those who want to pick up some useful tips.
The workshop is ideal for those equipped with basic baking skills and who want to learn more recipes from scratch.
The best bit is that you get a comprehensive baking guide, samples of everything you make during the class and a shopping guide too.
From 10.30 am onwards. Course fee: Rs 2, 500. Details: 9959202255
December 3 | Goethe-Zentrum
If you enjoy the symphonies of Beethoven, then you must check out the concert by Anand Seshadri in collaboration with the Hyderabad Western Music Foundation. He will also be elucidating the themes and motifs of the symphonies he plays.
From 6.30 pm onwards at Hamburg Hall. Entry: Free. Details: 23350473
December 5 | Heart Cup Coffee
International stand-up marathon, The Masala Comedy Festival, is here to make you guffaw.
The act features 30 shows and several upcoming international and national comedians. The performers include members from the Hyderabadass Comedy Club along with famous stand-up comedians like Vasu Primlani, Kanan Gill, S A Aravind and more.
Catch them live at Heart Cup Coffee.
Entry: Rs 299 per person. Details: in.bookmyshow.com
December 7 | Park Hyatt
Remember being fascinated by the movie Matilda, starring Mara Wilson and based on Roald Dahl’s classic?
Now attend a special play organised by the New York Academy under their exclusive Winter Wonderland Show.
The fantasy comedy play, based on Dahl’s novel, is directed by Taher Ali Baig and produced by New York Academy.
The cast includes Lakshmi Manchu and Aadarsh Balakrishna. From 5 pm onwards. Details: 8121720160
At the movies
December 2 | Inox, GVK one
If the Vidya Balan-starrer 2012 movie Kahaani left you spellbound then its second installment Kahaani 2, starring the actress and Arjun Rampal, is a must-watch.However, don’t expect this one to be a sequel, warn the filmmakers.
Written and directed by Sujoy Ghosh, the trailers of this suspense thriller have captivated the imagination of cinephiles.
December 4 | Star World
If season 5 of Koffee with Karan with sensational episodes featuring stars like Ranveer Singh-Ranbir Kapoor and Twinkle Khanna-Akshay Kumar has kept you hooked to the television set, this week promises to be equally engaging with Parineeti Chopra and Aditya Roy Kapur.
Sunday 9 pm.
December 6 | Taj Krishna
Vermilion by Vinti and Srinath Jewellers are presenting a breathtaking collection of heritage weaves and jewels.
This event is curated by Sonali Sharma. Expect to find Banarasi sarees, dupattas and lehengas at this day-long exhibition being held at the upscale venue in Banjara Hills.
Details: 9884115000 Price: Rs 15,000 onwards
December 8 | Goa
Readers, writers and poets from across regions and countries are set to flock to Goa for its Arts and Literature Festival.
Several poets settled in Hyderabad such as Nabina Das, Paresh Tiwari and Akila Gopalakrishnan will attend the fest. The festival will take place at the International Centre Goa, Dona Paula.
Nabaneeta Dev Sen and Rana Ayyub are the other famous names associated with the fest.
December 2 | Lamakaan
If you are keen on a date with theatre, watch the latest presentation by Underdog Entertainment, known for their fun rom-com Love, Sex & Mocha, this Friday. The group will stage Sweet Tinder Love, a slice-of-life take on modern relationships featuring dating apps. This satire on the latest dating scenario is bound to elicit a few laughs from the audience with its relatable plot and quirky lines. The play starts at 8 pm.
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