For a proud confident Metro, we were all a bit shattered when one of the most unprecedented showers of the century just dissolved our roads – broad or narrow, high or low, they all went away. It must speak of our resolve and pride again that in a few weeks after the rains stopped, we were not only able to restore the roads, but better them. In fact, we recently hosted the 77th Indian Road Congress which will hopefully help us in constructing the best roads in the country.
Meanwhile, I have to get more as a Hyderabadi though – my own road, and as I have always claimed, haan, mere baap ka road hain. I realise most of our roads are still numbers like – Banjara Hills, Road Number 12, Jubilee Hills, Road Number 36 .
Clearly the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation does not employ creative geniuses like me, so those numbers stay. Soulless, without personality and hard to find.
I would like the city to auction the names of all these roads to people who would like to buy the license to name the road after someone they respect – a dead grandfather, or an aunt, or any public figure, or even as an idea, as long as it is a living person. You pay, let us say, anywhere between `2 lakh per year to `25 lakh per year based on how important the road is.
Besides the name being prominently displayed, you also become a part of a small committee to raise road-level concerns. The city body gets a huge windfall gain in terms of money, every road now has a name, making it easier to search on maps rather than numbers, and the money is raised to make every road perfect.
I am sure this will make Hyderabad one of the first cities in the world to auction names of roads privately and enable citizens to own a piece of the road. It gives us greater pride to own and take care of our roads. Here is to the roads we will hopefully soon own, and name, for a price of course.
TAILPIECE: The government could reserve some 50 roads for retaining the names of existing roads like RP Road, SP Road, SD Road and the rest can be up for grabs. Trust me, if this idea catches on then a more exciting auction than the IPL is ahead for us.
With papads served in cutting chai glasses and quirky cocktails, Sosho Lounge and Bar is set to make a mark
The three-month-old Sosho Lounge and Bar in Kavuri Hills, Madhapur, has hit the right notes with the party-goers in the city. The three entrepreneurs who started this lounge – Sushil Agarwal, Rakesh Agarwal and Kunal Kankaria – have focussed on keeping it cosy but classy. “We wanted an unusual name for a bar, hence we chose Sosho,” begins Mansi Kankaria, the managing director. Cosy affair
Apart from the indoors with quirky wall art in vibrant yellow, the lounge also has a spacious alfresco area with comfortable seating. The white and aquamarine furniture with comfortable sofas and a cluster of bougainvillea blooms is designed to remind you of Greece. The soft lounge music, playing in the background is perfect to warm you up for beats from the in-house DJ or bands from Delhi, depending on which day of the week you choose to visit the place. Bar bites
The menu, designed by executive chef Puran Thapa and his team is fresh and delicious. Expect interesting bar snacks, reinvented accompaniments and finger foods (also called chaknaa). For instance, Pop Kaun Sa comprises caramel, dark chocolate, pudina flavoured popcorn and could be an interesting pair for your cocktails. If you are in a mood for some gastronomical adventure, try the Applam Chuplam – served in cutting chai glasses, the latter is an assortment of papads comprising laal chana, lassan, and green moong papads with corn, onion and tomato filling. We found the BBQ Malai Chicken (marinated skewered chicken served with cheese and barbeque sauce) goes well with a glass of single malt or the outlet’s signature cocktail, Sazaric – Teacher’s 50 Scotch whisky with anise-flavoured liqueur Sambuca and Angostura bitter. The other appetiser that caught our fancy was Scotch Eggs – boiled egg coated with minced chicken and panko crumbs. Apart from these, there are plated vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. Spirited moments
With quirky signature cocktails on offer we picked the ‘Black Ship Tender’, a pineapple juice concoction infused with rum. With a hint of fresh citrus, the drink has a tangy aftertaste. Coffee fans must try ‘I Am Famous’ with espresso vodka, vanilla ice-cream and cinnamon. For teetotallers there are options like ‘Cuddles On The Beach’ – a refreshing mix of orange and cranberry juice.
Rs 1,500 for two people (approx.) ++
Details:9177899974 — Paulami Sen
By Adab’s latest collection of bed linen is enriched with the properties of eucalyptus
ABHINNAV AGGARWAL believes that one’s bed should be extraordinary – “especially when researchers tell us that one-third of our lives is spent sleeping or trying to sleep”. Abhinnav, along with his father Sanjeev Kumar Aggarwal and brother Aditya, started By Adab, an online shop in 2009 to provide eco-friendly bath linen and towels to a discerning market. Now ready with their new collection of sustainable bed linen – Mrs Eucacel – they are offering 300 threads to 1,100 threads/ square inch (good sheets offer a thread count of above 200). Made of a high-grade fabric called Eucacel, it is a long-staple variety.
“Normally, such products are often exported, but I think people in this country deserve to use it as well,” says Abhinnav. Expect to find bed linen in nine different shades and customised pillows (shape and size) as well.
“We don’t use any animal products,” assures the Delhi-based businessman while promising that their quilts are as light as feather made with a special six layer technology and with the top layer being microfibre. Flaunting the sheen of silk and comfort of cotton, what truly sets the collection apart is the fact that it is naturally Vitamin E-enriched since it is made from eucalyptus pulp and has anti-bacterial and antifungal properties. “These unique characteristics have fetched us the seal of approval from the government of India,” says the entrepreneur, essaying how they use patented technology as well. Available in Drapes N’More, Abids and of course online.
Bed linen from Rs 7,850 onwards.
— Paulami Sen
An interesting line-up of events last week set the prelude for the upcoming X-Mas and New Year bashes. First up was a glitzy shopping fiesta – Akritti Elite Exhibition, a two-day expo held at Taj Deccan where actors Sana Khan and Gurmeet Choudhary from the B-Town flick, Wajah Tum Ho, dropped by to throw their fans into a tizzy.
Meanwhile, young artiste, Pranati Khanna displayed her 12 Canvas series at the inauguration of the show titled ‘Naked’ at the Phoenix arena, Hi-Tec city. The paintings explored substance abuse. Also, the HeArt Expression Exhibition at The Westin Hyderabad Mindspace, curated by Furhung Singh, promoted upcoming female artists of the city.
Moving on from art to high-fashion – socialites Manisha Kapoor and Suchita hosted an afternoon soirée with coffee and cupcakes. The dress code was ‘silk only’ and the ladies left no stone unturned to dress their best. The guests witnessed a silk sari- making workshop where they walked away with prizes.
(The writer is a yoga exponent and co- founder of Touch a Life Foundation. She loves connecting with people)
Comedy ‘Anna’ please?
December 23 | Hotel Vivanta by Taj
Kickstart this weekend with some rib-tickling jokes at the Circle Series Comedy Festival. The show will feature the stand-up comedians Rajasekhar Mamidanna from Hyderabad and Ahmed Shariff from Bengaluru. The former artiste, popularly referred to as the ‘Anna’ of the comedy fraternity in the city, is known for his observational material. Shariff, on the other hand, has been performing since 2011, and is one of the few Indian comics to have clocked 100 shows. Catch them live, 8 pm onwards. Tickets at Rs 499 per person. Details: in.bookmyshow.com
No more jitters
December 24 | Phoenix Arena
This Saturday, participate in storytelling sessions at the Phoenix Arena’s second season of Tale Telling Troupe. With the stated aim of tackling stage fear, the event offers a platform for those who aspire to become powerful orators. One can go on stage with any story – be it a grandmother’s tale or a personal spin on current affairs. The stage is open for all. The organisers will focus more on storytelling techniques and not how to write them. Every participant gets 10 minutes to finish his or her narration. Entry: Rs 100 per head.
December 26 | Hari Hara Kala Bhavan
Get ready for an evening of mesmerising comedy with the celebrated magician P C Sorcar Jr, who promises to perform tricks never attempted before. Expect signature tricks involving light refraction techniques and the disappearance of large objects. Let’s hope to see the Taj Mahal and the Indore-Amritsar Express vanish into thin
air – both favourites at Sorcar’s shows.
Catch him live, 7 pm onwards. Tickets from
Rs 200 onwards. Details: in.bookmyshow.com
Dropping ’em beats
December 28 | Mawlydep, Shillong
Known as the biggest EDM fest in India, DMF ’16 is happening at Mawlydep, Shillong, this year. With more than 40 artistes this time, the two-day festival will set a benchmark for events in the region. Apart from EDM, the festival will also include camping, barbeques, bonfires, fashion, entertainment and assorted adventure activities. Music events begin
at 2 pm. Tickets Rs 500 onwards.
December 23 | Banjara Hills
One of the most anticipated movies of this season, Dangal, releases today. The film is based on Mahavir Singh Phogat, a senior Olympics coach. The biographical sports drama has Aamir Khan in the lead, along with Sakshi Tanwar, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Sanya Malhotra and Rajkummar Rao. The movie deals with how Phogat, who aspired to win a gold medal for his country, trains his daughters to win medals in wrestling. Tickets at `150. Details: in.bookmyshow.com
December 25 | Playboy Club
Celebrate this Christmas the Bollywood way. Known as the king of mashups, DJ Chetas will be in the city for MTV Bollyland. Expect a cocktail of mashups with an EDM mix. Tap your feet to his Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani mix along with his version of Gulabo from Shaandar. Also look forward for his compilations of Mika Singh’s numbers among other party songs.
9 pm onwards. Tickets at Rs 4,000 Details: 64636375
December 27 | Hard Rock Cafe
Born and raised in USA, Sanjay Manaktala is now based out of Bengaluru. Known for his observational humour, the stand-up comic will speak about corporate life, Tinder and dating. An IT geek offstage, Manaktala has over 4.5 million followers on his social media and YouTube channels. The show starts at 8.30 pm. Tickets at Rs 600 Details: in.bookmyshow.com
Turn on the heat
December 29 | Sunburn Hills, Pune
Sunburn is back with its 10th season. Head to Sunburn Hills in Pune for the four-day festival. Afrojack, Axwell, Dimitri Vegas, Anish Sood and Nucleya will be performing among other popular artistes. You can also book your tents and enjoy the camping experience. The event ends on December 31. Season tickets at Rs 14,500
As the festivities reach its peak, take stock of the many spreads at hotels. Plus, a bike ride and an art session
to EDM this Christmas eve at Le Beach. Guests will be served complimentary beer and food, including dishes like a Russian salad, chicken rice and more. There will also be DJ Balie on the console. Entry at Rs 499 for stags and Rs 750 for couples. 8 pm onwards.
On the table
Besides Accord, there are a number of hotels providing a sumptuous Christmas dinner. While usual suspects like Promenade will organise a kids carnival along with the buffet, others like Villa Shanti, Atithi and Umami Kitchen have elaborate ala carte menus, special buffets and DJ performances. December 24-25. Details: zoompondy.com
The brush rush
Give your holiday plans the creative edge, courtesy Tempura. The arts and crafts company is conducting a workshop at Kipling Cafe, where you can paint to your heart’s content. You can also enjoy cool mocktails/cocktails along with starters. Participants get to take their creations back home. Rs 1,400 per head (materials included). December 25. 12 pm onwards.
Spread the cheer
If you are looking for a delicious spread this Christmas, then check out Accord Puducherry. Special cakes accompany a special lunch and dinner offer this weekend. Try some exotic plum cakes, pudding and more. December 24 (dinner) at Rs 1,199 plus taxes. December 25 (brunch) at Rs 1,499 plus taxes.
Details: 0413 2299000
Down to the wire
Fancy making some wire-wrapped jewellery? DakshinaChitra is conducting a two-day workshop, tomorrow and on Sunday. The agenda includes pieces like earrings, pendants and necklaces. 10.30 am to 5 pm. Register for Rs 2,000. Details: 9841777779
Bring out the biker in you
and try this five-day tour along the ECR, organised by the Bangalore Trekking Club. It’s the best way to experience the beauty of the coast as you zip through the beaches, heritage structures, landscapes and more. Distance of the ride ranges upto 2,000 kilometres. Rs 3,500.
December 24-28. Details: bangaloretrekkingclub.com
Make time for a dance class or two and get prepared with some cool moves on the floor
LET’S face it — if you can dance, you can rock the party.
If you really wish to have all eyes on you at this year’s X’mas and New Year parties, be it alone or with your partner, there’s no harm in investing in some dance classes this season. And if you are a beginner, what better excuse to learn a skill that impresses one and all. So put on your dancing shoes and make a lasting impression.
Pick up some moves from this 500-year old martial art, and rest assured, you will be the centre of attention. It was developed by slaves in Brazil to escape from their masters, practising it in the guise of dancing. It has since expanded to other parts of the world, seeping into the underground arena, hip-hop scenes and street art. Here in the South, Ginga Saroba is one of the most famous capoeira groups, that was founded by Samuka Da India, an Auroville-based Capoeira Professor (the highest honour for a trainer in India).
It regularly offers classes in Auroville, and also designs capoeira music instruments (berimbau, pandeiro, atabaque, agogô, and reco-reco). Registration from Rs 180 per class. Details: ginga-saroba.com
Cha cha bachata
If you want to experience some African flavour by learning kizomba or learn some Caribbean moves of bachata, Arun Srinivasan of Salsa Madras is the person to go to. One of the top dance trainers in the country, he is usually recognised for his prowess in salsa (he is an Asia Salsa Champion). But here, we look at his other skills, mainly in bachata. And it’s not just Chennai or India that is privy to his training — he recently conducted a bachata bootcamp in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Bachata, like similar other dance forms, improves the hand-eye coordination, and sync your body in tune with music. Registration from Rs 2,500 onwards for a regular session.
Zeal for zumba
Agilan Ayyanar has been a zumba instructor since August 2015, having taught both adults and kids. Conceptualised by the Columbian dancer and choreographer, Alberto Perez, zumba incorporates elements from different dance forms, such as salsa and hip-hop, and is mostly aerobatic in nature. Agilan’s classes for adults are perfect alternatives for a cardio workout, and improve one’s muscle conditioning, balance and flexibility. As for the kids, he brings in the fun element, whilst trying to teach some basic soft skills like team-work and coordination. 7.30 am onwards. Details:
Revive your connection with your soul by employing
practices like 5Rythmen and Trager — the focus of an upcoming workshop in Auroville, conducted by Martin Steixner and Romana Tripolt of Austrian
fitness company, Soulrythms. 5Rythmen is nothing but a form of dance that requires one to move according to a specific pattern based on a
preset circular table of different movements.
It was conceptualised by Gabrielle Roth, who mentored Romana. Martin, on the other hand, is specialised in Trager, a free form of dance that is usually done outdoors and is preceded by a meditation session.
At Unity Pavilion and Pavilion of Tibetan Culture. December 29 to January 2. Registrations from Rs 12,000 per head. Details: soulrhythms.seminarorganisation.info
The brainchild of Cuban salsa instructor, Kash Kelsang Dolma, La Casita was launched in 2014, and is now a community learning centre that also conducts cultural activities. The beginners salsa course introduces the basics of casino (cuban salsa) and teaches moves like guapea, dile que no, abajo, enchufla, and others. The next level of beginner classes include other moves like candado and hermana. Details: lacasitaindia.com
From Europe’s most popular Christmas markets to a festival of light in China, here are our top picks for year-end getaways.
FROM November to January, Beverly Hills in California’s Los Angeles County transforms for the holiday season. Store fronts and hotel lobbies become must-see attractions as they update their décor to reflect the colours and spirit of the season. Santa at The Paley & The Jolly Trolley is a popular attraction, with Santa and Mrs Claus visiting the city each weekend leading up to Christmas. Guests get to join Santa at The Paley Center for Media for delicious treats and a screening of favourite holiday television specials. For an added treat, Mrs Claus greets visitors on the corner of Rodeo Drive & Dayton Way for a tour of historic sites and landmarks. At the Greystone Mansion, carollers have been performing for over 25 years, singing in a
cappella quartets. Guests can also enjoy a buffet lunch with a little bubbly cheer. At the CIRCA 55, The Beverly Hilton, Chef Troy Thompson prepares a scrumptious Christmas spread, while Scarpetta at the Montage offers a buffet including live music and traditional treats. Details: lovebeverlyhills.com
CHRISTMAS in Bruges distils the season’s fairytale essence. If there’s one word that sums up Bruges, it’s chocolate. You can’t walk the streets without being taken by the heady scent of pralines and waffles. Long known as one of the most well-preserved Medieval towns in the world, Bruges is an ideal Christmas town. The festivities begin as early as November, as the main square and the Simon Stevinsquare turn into a maze of booths selling gin (jenever), hot chocolate, pancakes and scrummy snacks. A favourite pastime is ornament shopping at Käthe Wohlfahrt. Ice skating and sampling treats is a must-do at the Grote Markt. For a historic stopover, head to the 12th century Basilica of the Holy Blood. Later in January, Bruges will host The Costumes of Venise (Les Costumés de Venise), a group of 50 men and women who will bring the atmosphere of Venice to Bruges. In the midst of the celebrations, find your inner child on the ice rink with the Belfry at the background. Bruges Christmas Market until January 1, 2017. Les Costumés de Venise takes place on January 14 & 15, 2017. Details: enchantingbruges.com
IN Belgium, Christmas is celebrated twice: once
on St Nicholas’ Day (December 6) and again on Christmas Day. On St Nicholas’ Day, children receive toys, chocolates and candy, while the Belgian capital lights up for celebrations on the big day. The Grand Place and the Place St Catherine come alive with an array of stalls, and it’s an excellent introduction to the short-break Christmas market concept. There are great chips, waffles and beer too. The Brussels Christmas Market delights locals and visitors alike, as the displays lend to the magic, with numerous live animations and illuminations creating a unique atmosphere. Shops remain open all weekend over a period of five weeks, as Belgians enjoy getting in the festive spirit with lots of shopping, parties and gatherings. Exhibitors from all over Europe set up their wooden chalets selling all manner of gastronomic specialities, handicrafts and stocking-fillers. There’s also a giant wheel, 55 metres high, from which you can admire the city’s spectacles. Until January 1, 2017. Details: visitbelgium.com.
SIN City goes all out on Christmas. No matter if you missed the Great Santa Run downtown earlier this December, there’s never a shortage of fun things to do — with the fourth-floor skating rink at the Cosmopolitan, the cactus garden at Ethel M Chocolates Factory, and the Glittering Lights Show at the Las Vegas Speedway (all events until January 1). At the winter
wonderland of the Opportunity Village Magical Forest, you get to stroll through hundreds of Christmas displays and decorated trees, ride the Forest Express passenger train and even have your photos taken with Santa (until January 4). The annual parade at Downtown Summerlin features a spectacle of floats, toy soldiers, snowflake princesses, nutcrackers, dancers and characters — all set to holiday music (until December 24). The Town Square, meanwhile, hosts a Holiday Nights & Lights Community Concert every Thursday Night through December.
THe Imagine Peace Tower, located on Viðey Island in Kollafjörður Bay near Reykjavík, Iceland, was unveiled in 2007 as a memorial to the late John Lennon from his widow, Yoko Ono. Conceived as an art installation to serve as a beacon for world peace, the tower is designed as a wishing well that gives rise to a powerful beam of light. The tower is projected from a white stone monument that has the words ‘Imagine Peace’ carved on it in 24 languages, referring to the Lennon song, Imagine. The beam often reaches cloudbase. Buried underneath it are over one million written wishes
that Ono gathered over the years for another project, titled Wish Trees. The beam gets turned on starting every Winter Solstice (December 21) until the New Year (December 31), from one hour after sunset until midnight, and until dawn on New Year’s Day. The tower also gets lit in the first week
of spring (March 20-27), as well as on October 9, Lennon’s birthday, and on December 8, the anniversary of his death. Details: imaginepeacetower.com
THe Macao Light Festival — Treasure of Light will
introduce innovative projections and new interactive elements this year. The celebrations revolve around a quest for the Treasure of Light, inviting visitors to embark on an adventure looking for the seven lost Energy Gems of Mazu, symbolising Hope, Perseverance, Health, Happiness, Harvest, Bravery and Faithfulness. By collecting these gems, visitors can awaken treasures from the sea and enjoy a virtual reality tour. Video mapping segments will illustrate historical
stories about Macao, while the interactive light installations will include 360 LED glow balls at Nam Van Lake Nautical Centre (projected on a cascade of water). At the Lantern of Wishes, visitors can ride a glowing seesaw to set off projections of blessing lanterns, while at the Fountain of Light, you can step into a fountain of light and collect gems flying down from the fountain. Daily 7 pm to 10 pm. Until December 31. Download the app Treasure of Light (Free on App Store or Google Play). Details: en.macaotourism.gov.mo
Christmas markets are essential to the festive magic in the Czech Republic. At Prague, the main markets are at the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square, while the smaller ones are at Republic Square, Havel’s Market, Kampa Island and St George’s Basilica at Prague Castle. Visitors can savour local treats such as hams roasted on spits, barbequed sausages (klobása), confectionaries like Trdelník, a hot sugar-coated pastry, with cups of mulled wine (svarené víno or svarák). A massive Christmas tree is brought in from Pecka, a town north-east of Prague, and erected at the Old Town Square, making for a grand sight against the city’s gothic skyline. Open every day until 6 January, 2017. Details: czechtourism.com
Christmas in San Francisco
is a magical time. The air is crisp and the city is full of gorgeous holiday lights. The highlights this season are in the theatre performances, apart from cruising down Lombard Street, visiting the Japanese Tea Garden, or walking through the Mission to see its colourful murals. The San Francisco Ballet
performs two shows on Christmas Eve, with their take on The Nutcracker at the War Memorial Opera House. You can also catch the Cirque du Soleil show Luzia, a vibrant ‘Walking Dream of Mexico’. Or head over to Golden Gate Theatre for the final performance of Irving Berlin’s classic musical, White Christmas. Details: sftravel.com
Once famous as a diamond-cutting hub, the city of Antwerp in northern Belgium, on the River Scheldt, shines with its medieval streets and ancient palaces during winter. The Christmas Market at Grote Markt features festive stalls offering all manner of speciality food and drink, apart from nativity scenes set against the backdrop of Antwerp’s historic buildings. The Antwerp Christmas Market is an important part of the city’s Winter in Antwerp programme, with nearly 100 stalls hosting fledgling designers and charities alongside traders of traditional wares and gifts. Get around an ice-skating rink, play miniature golf in a fire forest, plant a kiss on your loved one under a giant mistletoe, and enjoy a sweeping view of the city from a giant Ferris wheel. The Groenplaats area is adorned with lights, a sight you’re encouraged to take in with a glass of Glühwein (mulled wine).
Until 8 January, 2017. Details: visitantwerpen.be
Paws & play
December 25, Porur
Calling all pet lovers in the city. Ring in some festive cheer for your furry friends at Cloud No. 9 Kennel & Nursing care by gifting them pet food, beds, chew sticks, medicines or even funding a treatment. Also get a chance to spend an evening petting, bathing and walking rescued animals. Entry free.
8 am onwards. Details: 7550013224
December 24, Marina Beach
It is time to go Pokémon hunting. Sign up for the Pokéwalk, organised by city-based Facebook group, Pokémon GO Chennai. Open to all, the fun activity will be conducted on and around Marina Beach. Now, who wants to catch a Mewtwo? Entry free. 4 pm onwards. Details: facebook.com/groups/1579790552317697
December 25, Ashok Nagar
Head to Tea Trails for a Christmas Carnival. Take part in a variety of classic Yuletide games like bingo, pin the nose, minute to win and much more. Also get a chance to meet Santa, click pictures in a personalised photo boot and experience live carols.
11 am onwards. Details: 33011641
December 27, Chamiers Road
Get a peek into the candid moments of Carnatic artistes as they perform their hearts out on stage. Captured over a period of six years, city-based photography enthusiast Ramanathan Iyer showcases 24 pictures during this Margazhi season at Chamiers. Till December 31. Entry free. Details: 9444018274
December 27, Purasavakkam
A one-day workshop in craft will cover everything from making a simple scrap book, flower vase, gift box to découpage. Conducted by city-based artist Priti Parmar of Creative Pitara Art School, the workshop is open to children between the ages 8-14. Rs 2,000. At Pattalam, till January 1.
10 am onwards. Details: 9791026693.
December 26, Savera Hotel
City-based lifestyle and art e-commerce platfrom, The Postbox, opens its doors to its first pop-up in the city. Browse through a wide range of products that feature ceramic ware, travel accessories, notebooks, terracotta mugs and other gifting combos. Open till December 30 at The Brew Room. 10 am onwards. Details: 28114700
December 24, The Raintree
Stand-up comic Naveen Richard makes his way to the city for the last show by Evam Standup Tamasha this season. Catch the star of Better Life Foundation in a hour-long solo this Christmas eve. Expect to spend an evening in splits as this performer promises hilarious facial expressions and a unique accent. Rs 1,000 onwards. Details: 9940496286. bookymyshow.com
Down memory lane
December 24, Nageshwara Rao Public Park The 106th photowalk through the city is set to explore the bylanes of South Chennai. Grab your cameras and head out to trace the histories of Luz Church, Holy Rosary Church, San Thome Basilica, St Thomas English Church and St Thomas Tamil
Church. Different from previous photowalks, this edition boasts of some great night photography. Entry free. 4.30 pm onwards. Details:9962515330
New in the hood
Many a technician and actor have got their break under his banner. This time, producer-actor Sashi Kumar has introduced Solai Prakash as the director of his new film Balle Vellaiyatheva (set to release today). Also making her debut is Tanya, grand-daughter of yesteryear hero Ravichandran. “It’s a breezy family entertainer,” informs Sashi. Considering that he is a director too, has he ever felt the need to step in? “Since we discuss the script early, everything runs smoothly on the sets. If anything does go amiss, I am there to support them,” he says.
On cloud nine
Yuvan is elated and he can’t hide his pleasure. The rising young actor garnered a fair share of praise for his performance as the bull-tamer in the period film Ilami. The icing on the cake was an offer from director Bala to play the lead in his next film. Says the Saattai actor, excitement evident in his voice, “I’m thrilled.
I happened to meet Bala Sir and it all fell in place. I don’t know anything about the subject or my role. But I’m eagerly waiting for the shoot to start!” With his father, producer-director-actor Feroze Khan guiding him, Yuvan’s career seems to be on the right track.
All geared up for this Friday release is Kaththi Sandai, the Vishal-starrer directed by Suraaj. The USP of this comic-action entertainer is undoubtedly the return of Vadivelu after a long hiatus in a supporting comic role. With Soory teamed up with him too, it promises to be a hilarious scenario. Also, Vishal for the first time is paired with Tamannaah, and it will be interesting to watch how their chemistry works. In addition, the film has an ensemble cast including Jagapathy Babu and Tarun Arora, who plays the baddie.
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