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    Author and sales guru Blair Singer says the toughest sale of all is selling yourself

    Forty-six-year-old Blair Singer doesn’t consider himself to be a motivational speaker, but “a passionate teacher in the area of personal growth and business”. This weekend, Singer will conduct a workshop in the city for all those who want to sharpen their sales skills. The author of bestsellers such as Little Voice Mastery, Sales Dogs and Team Code of Honour is looking forward to meeting people who have “only scratched the surface  of what they are truly capable of.” On his maiden India visit, Singer shares with us, in his own words, some  tricks of the trade, which are bound to resonate with both your personal and professional life.

    To walk the talk, one needs to be clear on their values first – have a personal set of rules that you don’t compromise on. Be open to making mistakes, admitting them and if need be, publicly correcting them. It is also important to know when to lead and when to support. However, never stop doing one or the other at any point.

    Attracting attention maybe easy, but holding it can be tough. To do this, one must first have a positive state of mind. Be involved in the other person’s world – don’t hesitate to ask questions and be truly interested in what they have to say. Passion and empathy go a long way. If you feel you are losing out on the other party’s attention, make sure there is a change in the immediate environment, so as to gain back their attention.

    The toughest sale of all is selling you to you. One thing that stops people from success is that they are unable to overcome their fear about what other people think of them. There are many such tough lessons you learn along the way, and the toughest of them is how to learn to master the ‘little voice between your ears’. Success in sales (and life) is mostly in our own head and in our own attitudes and behaviours.

    Blair Singer will conduct  the Sales Explosion Program on February 25 and 26 at The Westin Chennai Velachery. The workshop is priced at `1,40,000. Details: 7299027773.
    Visit: www.successgyan.com

    Forty-six-year-old Blair Singer doesn’t consider himself to be a motivational speaker, but “a passionate teacher in the area of personal growth and business”. This weekend, Singer will conduct a workshop in the city for all those who want to sharpen their sales skills. The author of bestsellers such as Little Voice Mastery, Sales Dogs and Team Code of Honour is looking forward to meeting people who have “only scratched the surface  of what they are truly capable of.” On his maiden India visit, Singer shares with us, in his own words, some  tricks of the trade, which are bound to resonate with both your personal and professional life.

    To walk the talk, one needs to be clear on their values first – have a personal set of rules that you don’t compromise on. Be open to making mistakes, admitting them and if need be, publicly correcting them. It is also important to know when to lead and when to support. However, never stop doing one or the other at any point.

    Attracting attention maybe easy, but holding it can be tough. To do this, one must first have a positive state of mind. Be involved in the other person’s world – don’t hesitate to ask questions and be truly interested in what they have to say. Passion and empathy go a long way. If you feel you are losing out on the other party’s attention, make sure there is a change in the immediate environment, so as to gain back their attention.

    The toughest sale of all is selling you to you. One thing that stops people from success is that they are unable to overcome their fear about what other people think of them. There are many such tough lessons you learn along the way, and the toughest of them is how to learn to master the ‘little voice between your ears’. Success in sales (and life) is mostly in our own head and in our own attitudes and behaviours.

    Blair Singer will conduct  the Sales Explosion Program on February 25 and 26 at The Westin Chennai Velachery. The workshop is priced at `1,40,000. Details: 7299027773.
    Visit: www.successgyan.com

    — Nandita Ravi

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      Naveen John talks about counting down to the Asian Cycling Championships and desi squad goals

      Naveen John is going places on his cycle, faster than most on a plane. The Bengaluru boy who is India’s first pro cyclist was in the city recently to launch the country’s first Elite Amateur Racing Team of cyclists, of which he is both director and rider. He’s also counting down to the Asian Cycling Championships for which he will head to Bahrain at the end of the month. While on the business side, the athlete runs a  coaching space called Wattbombs Coaching and a brand-agnostic project called the Indian Pro Cycling Project for training national-level cyclists. Interestingly enough, this passion-turned-full time career of his was discovered while Naveen was pursuing an Electrical Engineering course at Purdue University in the United States. Instead of doing homework, he and his friends would load their bikes on the roof of a station and drive to the next state for a race!
      Here’s a glimpse of the road ahead and how to  handle those handlebars under pressure:
      Butterflies for Bahrain?
      I’ve done the work to be in the best shape I can possibly be in for the Asian Cycling Championships. Apart from training, I spend a lot of time visualising every minute leading-up and during the race, so everything seems like deja-vu on the day, and the calmness from that allows me to perform to my maximum.
      The world and beyond
      In 2016, I had the opportunity to ride with a professional racing team in Australia, as the first cyclist from India at the World Championships . There were a ton of challenges I had to navigate on my own — from Visa paperwork, travel logistics, organising stay while abroad, sorting out travel/medical/racing insurance, fundraising, sponsor activation responsibilities. And while I enjoyed the challenges, it put a limit on how much I could commit to training and performing in my sport. So when Ciclo Cafe offered to support me and asked me if I’d be interested in directing and mentoring a crop of riders alongside my personal goals, it was an easy decision to make.
      Cycling in Indiana vs India
      Having ridden in the US, Australia, Europe , and in India, I’d say that cyclists in India are the most resilient cyclists anywhere. I mean, there are a million reasons not to ride your bike in an Indian city, but yet, there’s thousands of us these days in Tier 1 and 2 cities who find ways to make it happen — waking-up before the sun comes out, donning our safety lights and cycling kits, navigating our cities, less than ideal infrastructure, knocking out 20-100+km before breakfast.
      5 am training days
      Building up to the Asian championships, I have been doing simulations of the race. That means a
      5 am wake-up call, and covering 100 km in about two hours 10 minutes, at an average of 47-48 kmph.  So that’s had me buckled. My
      typical training day is not very different. I train 15 to 25 hours a week, and off the bike, I also do strength training and yoga.

      — Sonali Shenoy

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        Akhil on the movepadai-veeran-snip1
        “Thanks to Ilami I got Padai Veeran,” says Akhil. The Kalloori hero had played the antagonist in it and it seems to have worked to his
        advantage. His career, which was moving at a snail’s pace, has since picked up. Padai Veeran directed by Bhana, a former assistant to Mani Ratnam, has Akhil playing a cop and sharing screen space with Vijay Yesudas (singer) and Bharatiraja. “It will take me to the next level in my career,” the actor says confidently. Also on the floors is Alai Pesi with Anu Krishna, his co-star in Ilami.

        Say it like Shettysanchita-shetty-snip2
        Sanchita Shetty can’t stop smiling these days. Last Friday, two of her films were released (Rum and Ennodu Vilayaadu), with Shetty
        getting substantial screen time in both. The handful of films she had acted in were all thrillers, including Pizza and Soodhu Kavvum. “I’m selective in my choice of scripts and so far I’ve been lucky,” says the Bengaluru-based actress. Her upcoming films include a Kannada film and a Malayalam one.

        A new leaf
        “I’d heard the script about five years back. Back then I wasn’t confident I could carry it off. And when it came to me a second time, I felt I was sufficiently equipped to tackle the complex role,” says Vijay Antony about Yaman (releasing today). After Naan, this is Antony’s second outing with director Jeeva Shankar. The actor-composer reportedly has gone for a complete make-over in this political thriller. A take on contemporary politics, it’s about an ordinary man who rises to the highest echelons of political power.

        Malini Mannath

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          Saorise Ronan and Emory Cohenlend a touch of romance to Brooklyn

          DIRECTOR JOHN  Crowley’s romantic drama Brooklyn, based on the novel of the same name by Irish author Colm Tóibín, was nominated for three Academy Awards last year — for Best Picture, Best Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay. Set in the early-1950s, it tells the story of Ellis Lacey, a young Irish woman moving to Brooklyn, where she falls in love. We chat with the lead
          actors Saoirse Ronan and Emory Cohen.

          How does the film reflect Colm Tóibín’s book?
          Saorise Ronan: People really connect to Colm’s writing. It’s very personal, and he writes women with so much detail, heart and understanding. If it was put in the right hands, which it was with Nick (Hornby; screenplay writer), and (producers) Finola (Dwyer) and Amanda (Posey), you could only bring something great like that to life in a lovely way.

          How did you relate with your character, Ellis?
          SR: You can look back and go, “Okay, I did it,” like with Ellis — she makes this entire journey, and it’s
          tough and hard, and then she’s able to look back at the end and realise, “Oh, I did actually get through it.”

          Was it easy finding a sense of chemistry with Saoirse?emory-and-saorise
          Emory Cohen: We kind of went into it, and allowing ourselves to play at being in-character-ish together.
          I was shy around her, very nervous, and I let myself be that way.

          How do you see the film resonating with today’s audiences?
          EC: I’d say, in terms of the romantic side of it, there’s this timeless desire for that kind of courtship, that kind of chivalry and intimacy. The same thing has to do with the homesickness side of the story, discovering who you are, having to go out in the world, be your own person, and all that.
          A lot of it resonates — even in our double hashtag culture.

          A word on the costumes by the designer Odile Dicks-Mireaux?
          SR: Odile is good with that classic, romantic look. She puts so much consideration into the journey of this character, and her outfits, clothes and her look reflect that. It was a gradual thing, and you only notice when she goes home, how her fashion has started to change.

          Brooklyn premieres on Star Movies on February 25 at 6.30 pm.

          — Team Indulge

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            James Spader on Raymond “Red” Reddington, and why he personally avoids watching TV

            IN ITs fourth season, crime thriller series The Blacklist finds James Spader’s lead character of Raymond “Red” Reddington in grimly contemplative moods, when he’s not sleuthing it with the FBI. Off the sets, meanwhile, Spader apparently can’t be bothered with watching television.

            How has The Blacklist managed to keep cutting through all the noise?
            James Spader: The show is an odd mix of things, not only in its content, but even in the people that populate and inhabit the show, and not just the characters, but the people who make the show.
            The show’s a strange animal, and in a strange way, it’s unique in its conception and the way it’s made. We’ve got writers in Los Angeles, and we’re in New York, and we’re sort of a country apart We don’t even live our lives at the same hours of the day.
            The show is populated by this strange combination of characters. It is an oddity, and therefore it stands alone.  Tonally, the show is strange. At times, it’s startling and very intensive, and yet it can also be irreverent and in other times, calm and volatile.
            The character Reddington that I play, he’s a weird strange mix of things and, I think that permeates the show in general.

            Do you enjoy the character arc of Reddington?
            JS: Reddington is deceiving a little bit, because it looks like he may be in control of things when, very often, he’s actually very calm and perfectly comfortable surrounded by chaos.
            He’s really faced with the sort of collateral effect that his life has had, even though he has felt, for a long time, that he’s been responsible for himself, and has lived to a great degree a solitary life far away from people that he might have known at other times.
            It’s become clear to him, the effect that his life has had on others, often to the detriment of other people’s lives. He’s sort of coming to terms during the last couple of years. He’s having to reckon with himself a little bit, and that’s always a very conflicted process, to say the least.

            You mentioned that you don’t watch a lot of TV, and that don’t have a TV in your house. Interesting paradox, don’t you think?
            JS: Yes, I still don’t have a TV in my house, but I’m moving fairly soon, so who knows? I spend an awful lot of time, a lot of hours out of the day and a lot of days out of the week and a lot of weeks out of the year, living within fictional television and fictional drama. Therefore, when I’m not working, I don’t tend to be drawn towards that. When I’m not at work, I don’t devote much of my time to television.

            The Blacklist Season 4 airs on Star World & Star World HD at 9pm every Friday

            — Team Indulge

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              Director: Sankalp Reddy
              Cast: Rana Daggubati, Kay Kay Menon, Atul Kulkarni, Om Puri, Nassar, Tapsee India’s first underwater war film, this one is all about the sinking of the Pakistani  submarine PNS Ghazi during the Indo-Pak war. While the visuals and special effects are below average, the story seems to be the only saving grace. What the film lacks, however, is a solid performance to bring it home, and a touch of finesse.

              —Team Indulge

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                Director: Sai Bharath
                Cast: Hrishikesh, Sanchita Shetty
                A horror-comedy, this film is about the spooky events that take place in the bungalow of a rogue cop where a group of thieves take refuge. The first half is racy, with doses of comedy and horror. The plot later loses steam, but picks up momentum at the end. Vivekh peps things up with his one-liners. Hilarious as one of the thieves trapped in the bungalow, the actor is the show-stealer.

                —Malini Mannath

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                  Sayani Gupta on finding her true calling, and her Bollywood journey so far

                  HER PORTRAYAL of Khanum, Kalki Koechlin’s fiery, blind girlfriend in Margarita With A Straw, made the Bollywood industry sit up and take notice of Sayani Gupta. Straying away from the mainstream, the 27-year-old went on to play sometimes small, but definitely significant roles, in films like Fan, Baar Baar Dekho, and more recently, Jolly LLB 2. Her next release is Anurag Basu’s Jagga Jasoos, alongside Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif, where she plays a 14-year-old girl.
                  Shifting lanes
                  An outsider in the industry, Sayani was born and raised in Kolkata. A student of the arts (she’s a trained bharatanatyam dancer) she continued to participate in dance, drama, debates and music events when she moved to Delhi to pursue higher education. Realising her passion for art, she quit a cushy job in an infrastructure research firm to study cinema. Talking about what gave her the courage to pursue her true calling, she says, “When I quit, I had realised that earning a livelihood will not be a problem, but actually enjoying what you do, and being able to follow your calling, is what one should strive for. My calling was acting, and cinema. In fact, I remember I had a conversation with Naseerudin Shah once, where we both agreed that we could pay people to let us act!”
                  An education in films
                  On studying acting at the FTII, Pune, Sayani elaborates, “Going against family, making up my mind that I was ready to take on all these risks, then starting from scratch in a completely new industry without knowing a single person from it — it all seemed very blurry. But I knew that studying there was the only logical, legitimate way of stepping into Bollywood.” The actor tells us that her education there was more than just about acting and adds, “It’s a space that taught me cinema, filmmaking, exposed me to world cinema, formulated my views on politics, freedom to express and dissent.”
                  Smells like teen spirit
                  Currently, the actress is busy shooting for Jagga Jasoos. “I feel Dada (Basu) is a genius. He has a peculiarly fascinating way of working with actors. We don’t have the script and moreover, my character has changed drastically. I am playing a 14-year-old girl and I love Basu for casting me as a little girl in this film.” Working with Katrina and Ranbir too has been quite the experience. “Ranbir is my favourite actor, because his capabilities are boundless. Kat and I have done two films now. She has this straight-faced Brit humour, which is actually hilarious,” she shares.
                  Jagga Jasoos releases later this year.

                  —Nandita Ravi

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                    James McAvoy plays 23 personalities in Split, and makes it  all seem like a piece of cake

                    When James McAvoy first met Manoj Night Shyamalan for a script reading of Split, the first thing he asked was the name of the character he would be portraying.Shyamalan refused to reveal the name, and asked him to read the script, instead.
                    McAvoy admits to immediately being intrigued with the story’s many twists and turns. “I read the first 10 pages and thought, ‘Wow, what is this?’ Then I read the next 10 pages and thought, ‘What is that?’” he says, adding, “It felt like I was being continually confronted with something completely different. That’s the joy of what Night does so well. He keeps the audience on their toes trying to figure out what the film is — are we watching a thriller, a psychological drama, horror, sci-fi or something supernatural? This film is all of those genres.”
                    Shyamalan and McAvoy worked closely to ensure the actor’s performance remained singular, even as he transformed into each role with authenticity. McAvoy says, “Night is demanding and almost forensic in what he wants you to do. He has a specific idea of what he wants, yet he’s extremely collaborative and giving.”
                    Changing colours and characters, sometimes within the same shot, was particularly demanding. “You hope the audience will buy you as one character,” McAvoy explains.“Then you need them to buy you as this next persona and make that transition interesting without alienating viewers.”
                    The role presented the seasoned actor with an extraordinary opportunity. “I enjoyed playing each character, because as an actor you rarely get the chance to do something like this. It’s exciting to radically change what you’re thinking and who you are,”
                    he enthuses.
                    Split releases today.

                    — Team Indulge

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                      Catch two exciting French films (with English subtitles) and a documentary this week, organised by the Ciné Club of the Alliance Française of Madras at the Edouard Michelin auditorium, Nungambakkam. Details: 28279803

                      Le Nouveaunouveau
                      February 26,  5 pm
                      Director: Rudi Rosenberg
                      Le Nouveau (2015) explores the life of Benoit, a teenager, and the troubles he goes through at his new school. What happens when he meets Johanna, a Swedish girl, who befriends him?

                       

                      21 Nuits Avec Pattie21
                      February 26 , 7 pm
                      Director: Jean-Marie Larrieu, Arnaud Larrieu
                      When Caroline returns to her village for her mother’s funeral, she encounters the unpredictable Pattie, who spills some age-old secrets. Things get mysterious when Caroline’s mom’s body disappears.

                       

                      fmisFarewell My Indian Soldier
                      February 28 , 7 pm
                      Director: Vijay Singh
                      A gripping docu-fiction film portraying the lives of Indian soldiers who fought in France and Belgium during World War I, using rare archival footage, historical testimonies, 100-year-old war songs and 600 letters
                      written home by the soldiers about their mind-altering experiences in France. The screening will be followed by a discussion.

                      Rangoon
                      Director: Vishal Bhardwaj
                      Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Shahid Kapoor, Kangana Ranaut Set during the World War II, this period film supposedly portrays the life and times of Mary Ann Evans (aka Fearless Nadia), said to be Bollywood’s first stunt woman.

                      Team Indulge

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