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    OUR respite from the heat turned out to be rather brief, with the rains giving way to yet another fiercely sunny weekend. And once again Chennai showed it was up for the task, with everyone making the effort to be at multiple venues across the city. We also saw quite the celebrity showing this week, starting off with the promotions for Ram Gopal Varma’s Veerapan, at Grand Mall Velachery. The director and the cast of the film were at the trailer showcase and took the time to interact with their fans. While most of the crowd were happy with their selfies with leading lady Lisa Ray, a couple of hardcore RGV fans, who were well versed with his body of work, had more than a few questions for him.
    Later, at the Anams Man Spring Summer 2016 showing it was all about bright colours and fun styling, with both the guys and girls sporting the brand’s latest collection of signature men’s shirts. Keeping the audience entertained and hosting the show was TV personality Keith Sequeira who even got few of the ladies from the front row to join him on the catwalk. Choreographed by Karun Raman and styled by Esha Amin, the sequences were kept simple, allowing the models to have fun. And no, the slew of new faces on the ramp did not go unnoticed. Closing the show were Kajal Aggarwal and Jiiva playing to the audience and giving the press lots to photograph, with a variety of comical poses to choose from.
    We also caught up with some eclectic short films—including Oscar  nominee Time Freak directed by Andrew Bowler—at the Pocket-Movies Night at Taj Coromandel’s Chipstead along with theatre artiste Cyrus Dastur. Last weekend had its share of gastronomic outings as the party moved to the Taiwanese and the Kashmiri Wazwan Food Festivals at Stix and Spice Haat in The Hyatt Regency. The Taiwanese food promotion was flagged off by Charles Li, Director General of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Center in Chennai. The Kashmiri Wazwan was inaugurated by Nawabzada Mohammed Asif Ali-Dewan to the Prince of Arcot and the evening also saw artistes dance to Taiwanese pop music.

    Paloma Rao
    —  paloma@newindianexpress.com

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