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Sterling Holidaysai??i?? latest property is a quaint resort in the midst of Ai??forested land and on a river bank
THERE are two things you must keep in mind when you head to Anaikatti-By The Siruvani ai??i?? firstly, be ready for really weak reception of mobile networks, and secondly, drive slow if you are making your way to the resort at night. We will get back to the reason behind the second condition a little later; but for now, know that the latest property by Sterling Holidays is not for those who are hoping to send work mails or make calls during their stay here. This is what I would call, the Great Escape. The earlier frustration of not being able to use my phone for anything worthwhile slowly made way for a kind of peace I did not expect during my two-day stay here. Add to that the marvellous view from my roomai??i??the beautiful Siruvani River filling the air with the refreshing sound of gushing water coupled with the mighty Western Ghats in all its glory. Not intending to waste even a second of my time there, I immediately check in, have lunch at the in-house restaurant (more about the food later), and step out to explore the property. But before that, a brief introduction is in order.
Anaikatti-By The Siruvani is Sterling Holidayai??i??s 31st resort in the country, with other properties including Darjeeling Khush Alaya, Dindi By The Godavari, Ooty Elk Hill, Yercaud Rock Perch and others. Previously Aqua Flow resort (now leased to Sterling), it is located in a village called Kottathara in Wayanad. Its 33 rooms are housed inside fashionable wooden cottages, and are evenly spaced out inside the property, while the pool, restaurant and coffee shop, gym, activity centre and mini-golf arena are all ensconced at a comfortable distance from each
other. There is also a play area for kids (with swings for example), while the benches outdoors provide quick respite to senior citizens. The rooms are equipped with all basic amenities (including a microwave, safety locker, and a mini-bar), and has a rustic feel thanks to wooden interiors.
On the menu, expect a fine balance of Kerala and Tamil Nadu cuisine, with more variety shown in the former. Regional
specialities like avial, Malabar fish curry and kozhi varutharacha curry will impress any Keralite. As for Tamilians, names like baby corn varuval, vendakkai moru kuzhambu and poriyal are ready to tempt. Breakfast options are aplenty, with a cinnamon French toast sharing space with South Indian staples like idlis, dosas and medu vadas. But, if you take my word, you wonai??i??t be disappointed if you wish for fishai??i??the sea food at the restaurant has variety, tastes wonderful and is a must-try.
One of the most sought-after services will be provided at the spa, where Ayurveda takes centrestage. Procedures on offer include abhyamgam, shirodhara (liquids like oils, milk and coconut water are poured on the forehead), marma massage, and a hand/foot
massage called hasta pada abhyanga and podikizhi (medicated powders soaked in oils are applied over specific areas). Besides this, there are also international treatments where fragrant oils are used.
Hit the road
For thrill-seekers, the jeep safari into the inner areas of the nearby forests is a must. If lucky, you will spot native
animals like wild boars, deer and bison, and (on a more cautious note, if I might add) you might spot an elephant or two taking a stroll across the road to the river. During the day, you can visit tourist hotspots like the Silent Valley National Park and Kovai Kutralam, while back at the resort, activities like magic show and traditional games promise to keep guests of all ages occupied through the day. Now, whoai??i??s planning a
Rs 5,500-Rs 6,500 for two per night (breakfast included). Details: 04924 227100
(The writer was invited by Sterling Holidays)
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A residential retreat for couples in Auroville promises to help them take a break from their stressful life and blend playfulness into their relationship. There are designed exercises for couples, besides restorative activities that will enable them to spend more time with each other in peace. `8,800. Details: aurovilleretreat.org
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workshops on Madhubani painting and the meenakari wall-hangings, with in-house trainers such as Kavi Chitra and Kantha Narasimham, respectively. `800 per head for the former and `2,000 for the latter (including materials and refreshments). From January 7 onwards.
Tasmai Gallery is showcasing city-based Nadees Prabouai??i??s collection of paintings, called the Abstract Urbanscapes in Watercolour. Nadees, known to create surreal atmospheres in his watercolour paintings, will display them till February 3. Details: 0413 2221052
Take your partner on a long ride through the ECR in a trip organised by Tent N Trek. The two-day experience will let you soak in the natural sceneries and the beauty of the beaches. If you donai??i??t have a bike then get along with solo riders. Open to over 150 cc bikes. `2,000 for
riders and `1,500 for Ai??pillion riders. Details: tentntrek.com
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Director: Robert Zemeckis
Cast: Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard
The movie traces the story of intelligence officer Max Vatan and his encounter with French Resistance fighter Marianne Beausejour on a dangerous mission. The duo find themselves before each other again in London, except this time, their relationship faces the pressures of war. Cotillardai??i??s and Pittai??i??s chemistry was rumoured to be a contributing factor to the latterai??i??s public divorce.
Did you know: This is Brad Pittai??i??s fourth World War II movie, following Inglourious Basterds (2009), Beyond All Boundaries (2009), and Fury (2014).
A Monster Calls
Director: J A Bayona
Cast: Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones, Liam Neeson
Based on Patrick Nessai??i?? novel of the same name, the movie follows a boyai??i??s attempts to take assistance from a tree monster to deal with his motherai??i??s terminal illness and attacks by a local school bully.
Did you know: This will be the third time that Liam Neeson has voiced a CGI character. The first time was for Aslan in the three Chronicles of Narnia movies and the second was Good Cop/Bad Cop in The Lego Movie.
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Director: Vishal Mishra
Cast: Sunil Grover, Dipannita Sharma, Anjana Sukhani
The movie is a satirical take on a popular news anchor and his antics (no prizes for guessing who). The plot follows the hilarious escapades of the man and his team as they try to get an audience in Pakistan.
Did you know: While the song, Nation wants to know, has put the film in the spotlight, the muting of the word Don D as a reference to Dawood Ibrahim has made more heads turn.
Jennifer Lawrence on her new film Passengers and playing the ambitious Aurora Lane
While 26-year old Jennifer Lawrence hasnai??i??t managed to land that fairytale kiss on New Yearai???s Eve, if her rant to Seth Meyers on his show is something to go by, the actorai??i??s easy chemistry with Chris Pratt has been the talk of the town when on a promotional spree for their film, Passengers. After a strenuous shoot schedule which involved nearly drowning the Hunger Games actor to get the zero gravity sequences right, she is finally taking a well-deserved break with rumoured beau, filmmaker and environmentalist Darren Aronofsky in New York City. With the movie releasing today, she talks about its concept and getting into the shoes of her character.
What about the idea of this trip intrigued you?
I found the characters in this story intriguing because itai??i??s such a huge decision to make a 120-year journey that when you arrive back home, everyone you know is going to be dead. So you have to start a brand new life on a brand new planet that youai??i??ve never been to. Of course, there are going to be interesting characters, and people risking a new life, who would be involved in a decision like that.
What is your character Aurora like?
Aurora is planning on being the first person to ever travel to the new colony world, and take a 120-year journey and then 120 years back ai??i?? and she wants to be the first person to make that journey, so that she can write about life in the colonies and returning back to earth.
What do you think made Aurora take the decision to set off?
I think Auroraai??i??s very smart, driven and curious. Sheai??i??s also the daughter of a very famous author, which I think always keeps her wanting more and wanting to have her own name. So, I think all of these combined with an adventurous spirit sent her off.
Would you ever be able to go on a trip like this?
No, I canai??i??t imagine saying goodbye to everybody that I know and love. I mean, I do that, I feel, when I film a movie. So I guess in that sense I could understand Auroraai??i??s drive, her thirst for more. But, making that kind of permanent decision, I donai??i??t think I would be able to do that. It would depend on how bad things are on earth.
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After producing and mixing songs for the whoai??i??s who of the Tamil film industry, Vivek Siva and Mervin Solomon are basking in the success of the first single from their upcoming film Dora. Talking about the movie, Vivek says, ai???After Pugazh, we received a call for a script reading. When we knew that Nayanthara was a part of it, knowing her knack of picking great stories, we just had to take it.ai??? Having made the conscious decision to pick movies where the soundtrack plays an integral part in the story, the duo are very choosy about their projects.
ai???Each movie expects a different essence from you. We love challenging ourselves and exploring genres and ideas weai??i??ve not done before. We donai??i??t want to keep doing similar movies or tracks even if the names are big. A typecast is no boon,ai??? adds the 25-year-old music producer and sound engineer.
Working on the movieai??i??s album for close to six months now, the duo are all set to release the second single from the movie today. Called Vaazhavudu, reminiscent of one of actor Ajithai??i??s signature lines, the song traces the journey of an underdog who just wants to be left alone. ai???This is Nayantharaai??i??s introduction song in the film and is an out-and-out commercial number,ai??? adds Vivek, who has also crooned for the song. ai???Cinema is a great medium because you donai??i??t have a genre restriction,ai??? says Vivek as he talks about Mohini, the duoai??i??s second big project this year. Although a true-blue horror flick, he asks us to expect a mixed bag with something for everyone ai??i?? from a melody to a club number. The duo have also resolved to make more time for their independent music, hinting at some exciting collaborations in the coming months.
Dora is expected to release in February
Director: Nitesh Tiwari
Cast: Aamir Khan, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Sanya Malhotra
Impeccably shot fight scenes and a strong patriotic essence underline the Dangal experience. While the movie has stirred up a dichotomy of perspectives on women empowerment and patriarchy, it certainly lives up to the year-long hype. Despite a powerful performance by Aamir (his best in many years), Fatima Sana Shaikh and Zaira Wasim (who play both the elder and younger Geeta) truly steal the show.
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Coumadin overdose treatment guidelines Guneet Monga talks about preparing for the Oscars and her latest project
WHEN Nawazuddin Siddique and Shweta Tripathi-starrer Haraamk-hor walked away with a Silver Gateway Award at the 17th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival a few months ago, there was more to celebrate. A teacher-student love story set in rural India, the film, directed by debutante Shlok Sharma, predictably found itself rubbing the Censor Board on the wrong side, with the latter refusing to certify the film.
After being offered an A certificate with five massive story-altering cuts to negotiating a UA certificate from the Film Certification Appelate Tribunal, the film, as its producer Guneet Monga (the name behind stellar films like Masaan and Gangs of Wasseypur) confirms, is all set to hit theatres next week. Here she talks to us about the experience of this film and what the new year holds for her.
No cuts, please
ai???The whole Censor Board fiasco was shocking. We didnai??i??t understand why we were told we wouldnai??i??t get certified right in the first round,ai??? says the co-founder of Sikhya Entertainment. The film was crowd-funded, meticu-lously planned and shot in 16 days and promoted thereafter. She echoed the concerns of many filmmakers including former business partner Anurag Kashyap as she pointed out, ai???What is it that people canai??i??t see in 2016-2017, when digital explosions are happening all over? We are filmmakers and we want to communicate. None of these are vanity projects.
When itai??i??s nipped in the bud for no reason, it irritates everyone. We spend so much time and effort in trying to tell a story and can never be prepared for a butchering.ai???
Guneet, who was busy promoting Visaranai until earlier last month, isnai??i??t disheartened by the countryai??i??s run at the Oscars, calling it a step in the right direction. ai???One thing we can and should do is probably approach American distributors to be a part of our project.
Oscars are an American award, so we have to catch the market,ai??? adds the BAFTA nominee. Lauding the Malayalam, Tamil and Marathi film fraternities for the quality content they are churning out, she picks Vasanthabalan as a filmmaker sheai??i??d love to collaborate with. Guneet is looking to experiment with other languages and has two English films ai??i?? The Ashram with Radhika Apte and Kal Penn, and Darkness Visible with Sayani Gupta in the making.
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ur pick of the films to watch out for as the city gears up for its annual film festival
Having gotten back to its feet after the chaos of the cyclone, Chennai is ready to host its 14th International Film Festival, with activities spread across seven days at different venues across the city. Organised by the Indo Cine appreciation Foundation, ai???this episode of the festival will see films from across the world, from amateur shorts to Academy Award winners, with countries like Iran (10 films) and Luxembourg (6 films) participating for the first time,ai??? says director E Thangaraj. While regulars will miss the familiar wooden seats and creaking fans of the screen at Woodlands, which isnai??i??t part of the list of venues this time, the array of films chosen to be screened this time make up well. As the
festival kicks off in full swing today, we bring you our pick of movies you canai??i??t afford to miss this week.
From today till January 12. `500 onwards. Details: chennaifilmfest.com
Son of Saul (Hungary)
Director: LA?szlA? Nemes
Set in the WW II era, this movie revolves around Saul Auslander, who was among the many forced into concentration camps in Auschwitz, who while burning the corpses of his own kin, comes across a body of a boy who he thinks is of his son. The movie won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and Grand Prix at the Cannes Festival in 2015.
Director: Florian Gaad
This 90-minute German movie shot in Munich and Bavaria follows the tale of a young Lena who disappears following a crumbling friendship and her interactions with an online mystery man. As the facade of harmonious suburban life breaks down, not only is Lenaai??i??s life at risk, the town folks begin to question loyalties and friendships.
A Historia da Eternidade (Brazil)
Director: Camilo Cavalcante
This movie is a poetic take on desires and dreams. The film is set in a desert village with hardly 40 inhabitants in Brazil, where events transpire in a calculated pace, inspiring visceral moments within the cycle of time. The movie is a rather abstract take on human tragedy and emotion.
On The Other Side (Croatia)
Director: Zrinko Ogresta
Croatiaai??i??s official entry to the Academy Awards last year, the movie depicts the destructive consequences for a family after the Balkan civil war. Having moved away from the place and events that destroyed her life, Vesna is suddenly taken back to the ghosts of her past, when an unexpected call comes her way 20 years later.
Ashes and Diamonds (Poland)
With a title that is inspired from a 19th-century poem by Cyprian Norwid, Ashes and Diamonds is based on the 1948 novel by Polish writer Jerzy Andrzejewski. It centres around a love story in the midst of strife that starts right after the end of German occupation. The film is considered by many to be one of the best Polish movies of all time.
Director: Hassan Nazer
Nazerai??i??s 2015 film was in the news following his movieai??i??s disqualification from the Academy Award race for not being ai???foreignai??i?? enough. The movie follows Janah, an Afghani woman, as she travels to the UK to get artifically inseminated. What happens when a
medical studentWilliam, switches the donorai??i??s semen for his own, forms the crux of this film. The movie was well received at the film festivals in Jaipur and Delhi last year.
The Salesman (Iran)
Playing the lead roles in a local rendition of Arthur Millerai??i??s Death of A Salesman, Emad and Rana, a young couple see their relationship taking a turn for the worst as they rent an apartment formerly inhabited by a prostitute. Trouble comes calling as one of her old customers decides to visit. The movie won best screenplay at the Cannes Film Festival earlier last year and has been nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.
Mr Hublot (Luxembourg )
Director: Laurent Witz, Alexandre Espigares
An Oscar winner for Best Animated Short Film, this movie traces the life of Mr Hublot. This withdrawn OCD sufferer, who is petrified of change, finds himself facing new possibilities when he has to share his home with an abandoned robot pet.
Post Tenebras Lux (USA)
Director: Carlos Reygadas
Latin for light after darkness, this movie follows John, a wealthy householder who decides to move to the Mexican countryside with his urban family. While he and his wife face a crumbling marriage, their children seem to find solace in the new surrounds. The movie offers an interesting take on the intimacy a family shares and got Reygadas the best director award at Cannes in 2012.
Director: Mohamed Diab
A much-anticipated follow-up to his Cairo 678, comes a tale of riots between Egyptai??i??s pro-military supporters and the Muslim brotherhood. Egyptai??i??s official entry for the 2016 Cannes Film festival, the movie revolves around the onset of violence in the aftermath of the June 2013 political upheaval. Shot entirely in the confines of a police van, the movie carries a riveting message about chaos and cruelty.
Pick of the fest
In the running for the Best Tamil film are 12 movies ai??i?? critically acclaimed and commercial blockbusters. Set to be judged by veteran actor, director and producer Bhagyaraj, movies like Iraivi, Pasanga 2 and Sila Samayangalil are likely to be crowd favourites. Starring Amala Paul, the movie Amma Kanakku also makes its presence felt. A remake of the Hindi movie Nil Battey Sannata, the movie follows the lives of a mother-daughter duo, the spirit of human sacrifice and the love of a mother. Vijay Sethupathyai??i??s dominance over his contemporaries is evident with three of his movies vying for the top spot.
The festival will also see a tribute to Amma with a trip down memory lane to two of her most popular films, Aayirathil Oruvan (1965) and Adimaippenn (1969). Known to be an enthusiastic supporter of the film festival, the screenings of the best films from her prime as an actress seem to be a fitting tribute.
A different shade
The third edition of the Chennai Rainbow Film Festival is here with the best works of emerging gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer filmmakers on offer. Our eyes are on the American film Stonewall, based on the 1969 riots that triggered the gay revolution in New York City. Catch close to 50 features and shorts at this five-day festival. Entry free. Details: 9003043442
Daeho (South Korea)
Director: Park Hoon-jung
This South Korean period film, that is also titled The Tiger: An Old Hunterai??i??s Tale, depicts how an experienced hunter goes about hunting the last tiger in Joseon during the Japanese occupation of Korea.The movie stars the popular Choi Min-sik.
Director: Kongdej Jaturanrasamee
Set against the backdrop of Thailandai??i??s 2014 military coup, this compelling tale traces the difference between social media existence and actual
reality. The romantic drama revolves around an Instagram-obsessed 26-year-old who meets an old friend at a reunion, bringing back unresolved feelings and old memories as well as doubts about her impending marriage.
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Director: Justine Triet
This comedy drama revolves around the life of a divorced criminal lawyer, struggling to make ends meet with her two daughters. Things however take a turn for good after she meets an old friend and client. The movie was screened in Cannes last year to positive reviews.
2017 hopefully will have an answer to the question that had frequently popped up during the year gone by and on various platforms. Even Hindi TV channels in their reality and chat shows had brought up this question, ai???ai???Why did Kattappa kill Baahubali?ai??i??ai??i?? We had earlier asked Satyaraj, who played Kattappa, but all that we managed to elicit from him was a boisterous laugh. With Baahubali 2 planned for a 2017 release, weai??i??ll finally get to know the answer. And with Anushkaai??i??s backstory to be revealed too, the actor who made a brief appearance as the queen condemned to a pitiable life in chains would find her space here.
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Speaking of sequels, there are a few lined up this year. One of them is the sequel to Madurai ai??i?? Theni Vazhi Aandipatty. A delightful little film, it is centred on romance during a bus journey. But the sequel has quite a few changes. For one, itai??i??s SPS Guhan, the producer-cinematographer of the earlier film, who helms the sequel. The lead pair is a fresh one. Says Guhan, ai???Except for the bus journey, which this time takes a return route, the plot and characters are unconnected to the earlier one.ai??i??ai??i?? Guhan also informs that he has a plan up his sleeve to get the audience to theatres, for small and medium-budget films. ai???And I will try it with this film,ai??? he assures.
Going by the films she has to offer this year, it seems like Nayanthara is all set to consolidate her position as the top heroine of Tamil screen. After Maya and Kashmora, the actor will be seen in yet another ai???ghostly actai??i?? in Dora. And there is the psychological thriller Kolaiyuthir Kaalam. Aram has her playing a district collector, and in the crime-thriller Imaikka Nodigal , she essays a cop. Varied themes and roles, which would give her the scope to perform and re-establish her credentials as a performer who can carry a film on her shoulders!
This new year, look for the young ones of celebrity families taking to the ramp
Sadie Frost, known for her movies like Bram Stokerai??i??s Dracula, Shoot on Sight and many more, runs the French fashion label, Frost French. So, itai??i??s no surprise that her daughter Iris Law is also charting a similar path with her modelling debut in Teen Vogue. This apart, she also has her hands full with other projects like a campaign called Violetta Francies You X Illustrated People by Violetta Kassapi, and one with Chanel too. At just 15, things look brighter than ever for her.
They say itai??i??s all in the genes. If there is celebrity blood in you, you are bound to make waves. We look at the family members of famous models and actors who have recently landed debut modelling assignments, and are destined for bigger things in the new year.
Manolo Gonzalez-Ripoll Vergara
Sofia Vergara needs no introduction. The Ai??vivacious star has a dapper-looking son who just took his first step in the modelling world.
Manolo Gonzalez-Ripoll Vergara recently Ai??made his debut for PAPER (famous for its Ai??Kim Kardashian cover that broke the internet).
Does Manolo have what it takes to go as Ai??viral as Kim? We leave it for you to decide.
Lila Grace Moss Hack
Kate Moss is one of the most successful Ai??supermodels of all time, and has also acted in Ai??movies like Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie and
The Boy in the Dress. Her daughter, Lila Grace Moss Hack, 13, is already taking baby steps with her cover debut for Vogue Italia, where sheai??i??s
seen along with her mother. Her father Jefferson Hack must be proud.
Lily-Rose Melody Depp
Johnny Deppai??i??s 17-year-old daughter Ai??Lily-Rose Melody Depp recently made Ai??heads turn at her runway debut for Chanel, at its Metiers dai??i??Arts show in Paris. She woreAi??two outfits for the showai??i??one an impressive gold-sequined crop top. We see no reason why she wonai??i??t become a successful star Ai??in the future. After all, her mother Ai??Vanessa Pardis is a former model herself.
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Pop queen Madonna, who is no stranger to modelling and movies (Whoai??i??s That Girl, Ai??A League Of Their Own), seems to have given some tips to her 20-year-old daughter, Loudes Leon. She is creating a buzz in the industry with her debut ad campaign for Stella McCartney. Sporting a no make-up look and pale lilac hair, she looks every bit the model that she promises to be.
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