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Sarah Jane Dias has an international project shot in Goa and a new single
ACTRESS and model Sarah Jane Dias has her new single, Forgot To Be Me, coming out on February 12. And the 32-year-old is clear that she is not following in the footsteps of any other actress or trying to imitate anyone. a�?Ia��m not trying my hand at singing. I havena��t suddenly developed a taste for it. Ia��m a trained western classical singer and have learnt from vocalist Samantha Edwards. I have been singing from a young age. Ia��m not competing against anyone,a�? says the singer, adding, a�?The song is about people who forget to be themselves when they are in a relationship. They change themselves just to make things work and, in the process lose themselves.a�?
As for her upcoming films, the actress has Zubaan coming up, by Mozez Singh. Then there is an independent English film, Angry Indian Goddesses. Directed by Pan Nalin, the movie is about a group of girlfriends who meet up in Goa. Dias is playing one of the leads along with actress Tannishtha Chatterjee, Sandhya Mridul, musician Anushka Manchanda and a few others. a�?We used to be together all the time. There would be different music emanating from different rooms a�� someone would listen to jazz, someone to hip hop,a��a�� she says. The model debuted in Tamil with Theeradha Vilaiyattu Pillai and moved to Bollywood with films like O Teri and Game. Dias has been part of the glam world since 2007 and says, a�?I dona��t like how I am judged based on my appearance. I find it silly when people comment about what I wear instead of looking at my work,a�? concludes the style icon.
Forgot To Be Me is scheduled to release on February 12.
Pick up clothes and fashion tips, and stay on for the music and mocktails, at Style Centre this weekend
AFTER Madras Maalai, Village Sandai and Madras Market, Chennai has a new day long bazaar, Style Centre, an event that includes fashion, food and music. Style Centre is a styling platform by Hamsa Satish from Jupiter Events. At the beautifully restored Luz House, the event will see 15 designers from Mumbai, Chennai and Bengaluru. The list includes names like Mumbai-based Priyanjoli Basu of Brand Priyanjoli, Niranjini Sundar of Thari, Satkrit Krishna and Shruthi of The Dress Shopa��all from Chennaia��and a few others. The event will be styled by Hema Karthik Srinivasan, an ace stylist and fashion consultant.
a�?We want to introduce personalised styling through the event. Besides just choosing readymade clothes, one can also place orders for something customised,a�? says Satish. Not a quick shopper? Srinivasan will be present to help you choose clothes and offer styling advice, keeping in mind your budget and personality. Chennai-based designer, Niranjini Sundar tells us the event will be customer oriented. a�?People indulge in a lot of online shopping. Here, they can get personal advice from us designers about what will suit them, budget, etc,a�? she says. The designer will be offering Indo-western outfits like crop tops and stoles made from fabrics like Kanjeevaram silks and Pochampally. According to Priya, from the brand Kaya, a�?This will be an event where designers can reach out to the right target audience and connect with potential wholesalers and designers.a�? Priya will be bringing saris from Orissa, Bagalpur, Mangalgiri and Chinnalapatti. They will also showcase block printed saris and kalamkari kurtas.
Music and drink
Look out for contemporary designer, Basu. a�?I will be bringing handmade textiles, scarves, saris and apparels in jamdani and ikat,a�? she says. Krisna is also excited about taking part in the event. His store, The Dress Shop, is scheduled to open on February 14A� and the designer is expected to bring anarkalis, saris and dressesa�� both ethnic and westerna��to the event. a�?Look out for our statement blouses. Our designs are mostly in georgette, chiffon, laces and crepes,a�? he says. When you are tired of shopping, try the cookies, cakes and sandwiches from Baked Delight by Smita Kuttaya, a home baker. Also, do not miss their mocktail counter by Chennai-based bartender, Mukesh. As for music, expect bands like All Night Event.
At The Luz House, tomorrow, from 10 am onwards. Details: 9841188334
A changing station, Arnaud Leadericha��s space-saving solution for new parents
When Arnaud Leaderich was about to become a grandfather last year, he realised a baby station would be the perfect gift for his daughter-in-law, Debarati Nandee. Owner of Mango Hill and Home Trotter, the 66-year-old Frenchman designed the baby station from recycled teak wood with a cellulose varnish finish. A multi-purpose cupboard with three sections, the first one is a platform to change the baby. a�?In India, this is generally done on the bed. But that is difficult for new mothers, especially those who cannot bend or squat,a�? explains Nandee. The second section is the upper racka��to store supplies like powders, oils and creamsa��while the lower section is for the babya��s clothes. The innovative piece is fitted to the wall and can be closed when not in use. a�?We first made it for our home and then thought about custom-making it for othersa��especially those who dona��t have enough space at home,a�? says Leaderich. For frequent travellers, the baby corner can be dismantled and reassembled. a�?The size is standard; only the depth can be customised. I have never seen this concept here before, but it can become popular for its ergonomic advantage,a�? he expresses. As for maintenance, Leaderich says, a�?a�?It is well varnished and teak is waterproof, so wiping it with a dry cloth is enough. It can last generations.a��a��
Available at Home Trotter, the baby station can be delivered in a month.A� Priced from `27,500 onwards.A�A� Details: 9486522228
Star-struck Parvathy Nair on bagging roles with actors Ajith and KamalA� Haasan
IT is a given that one has to network and know the right people to get big roles in the movie industry.A� Parvathy Nair begs to differ. With Yennai Arindhaal releasing this month, the Bangalore girl shares her excitement and explains, a�?Some of Gautam Menona��s assistant directors knew me from my ad days. I also recently won the Siima award for best debutant in Kannada. They sent some pictures of mine to Gautam and he liked them.a�? Nair is also part of director Ramesh Arvind and Kamal Hasaana��s Uthama Villain, slated to release this year. a�?Someone sent some pictures and I got the part. It was fate,a�? she says, adding that she is learning as she goes. Paired opposite Arun Vijay in Yennai Arindhaal, Nair admits that Gautam Menon has been inspiring. a�?He talks you into the role. There is a scene where I break down. I was wondering how to go about it, but he just talked me through it and I did well. I have not gone to an acting school, but I am glad Ia��ve been groomed by good directors like him,a�? says the actress, sharing anecdotes from the sets. a�?Ajith had cooked for the cast and crew before I joined the sets. He wouldna��t differentiate between an actor and a spot boy,a�? says Nair. And about her role, all she reveals is,a�?I am a happy-go-lucky-girl in real life and in the movie, I face terrible situations.a�?
Yennai Arindhaal is releasing later this month.
A battle of wills between two stars, a new girl and lots of drama. Director R Balki goes back to where it all began
When R Balki was on his way to attend Amitabh Bach-chana��s 69th birthday in Mumbai, he didna��t have a gift in hand. a�?I didna��t have my wife to give me ideas. He doesna��t drink, so a wine bottle was out of the question and I hate giving flowers to a man. While stuck in traffic for two hours, I forced myself to think of an idea. And that is how Shamitabh came up,a�? begins the ad-man turned filmmaker. The Mumbai-based director seems to have just the ingredients for yet another memorable film. Besides actors Amitabh Bachchan, Dhanush and debutante Akshara Haasan, he has roped in cinematographer P C Sreeram and music legend Illayaraja. a�?Shamitabh is a complete drama. The story revolves around the clash of two egos and how nobody can make it big alone,a�? shares the director, screenwriter and producer, who has to his credit hits like Cheeni Kum, Paa and English Vinglish.
The duo match
Balki has been a huge fan of Dhanush right from hisA�Kaadhal KondeinA�days. a�?I enjoyed his Aadukalam, 3, Raanjhana and I also liked his Padikathavan and Polladhavan stage. His latest, VIP, was brilliant. He is born for the camera,a�? observes the director. But how did the Tamil actor enter the picture? a�?Well, Amitabh and I were discussing possible actors in languages like Tamil and Telugu, and he suggested Dhanush. A lot of discussion went into this decision. We were looking at powerful actors and he fit right in,a�? says Balki, admitting that once on the sets, he had to force his protagonists to argue with each other. a�?Both Dhanush and Amitabh have tremendous respect for each other. One would praise the other and it would go on. I had to step in and say, a�?enough, now fight and throw cuss words at each other.a�� But once they come in front of the camera, nobody can stop them,a�? explains the director, whose visualisation of the characters also included detailing Amitabha��s look. a�?I knew this character should have a pony tail, be unshaven, an alcoholic, rude and uninterested. Amitabh nailed it. It went to an extent where he would be rude all the time, even on set. It was like seeing the angry young man all over again. I have told him, only comedies from now on,a�? he laughs.
The women in Balkia��s films have always been stronga��be it Tabu, Vidya Balan or Sridevi. It would be unfair to compare a fresher to these stalwarts, but Balki is all praise for Akshara. It was a spontaneous decision to add her to the star cast after spotting her outside an edit room. a�?She wasna��t planning to act. She is a lot like Sarika, who never decided to act and one fine day started off. Akshara is a very sorted and independent girl. I had to rehearse a little with her. But she was well prepared, just a little nervous,a�? he recalls.
Shamitabh is scheduled to release on February 6.
Take corporate wear from severe and boring to chic and sassy with these picks
Besides the smarts, make a mark with a power wardrobe as you climb up the corporate ladder in style. Even celebrities like Jessica Alba and Emma Stone have been favouring formal wear at red-carpet events. We bring you dresses, skirts and blouses by designers like Varun Bahl, Nikhil Thampi and Anita Dongre,
along with select accessories for an added edge. Read on.
Text: Mrinalini Sundar and Aishwarya Kumar
This comely piece by Varun Bahl is a head turner. The knee length skirt comes with 3D rose embroidery which uses pearls and thread. Pair it with a simple white full-sleeve blouse for a classic look. `55,000.
Be the a�?hottiea�� at office with this shirt and pencil skirt by Nikhil Thampi. From his latest collection, featured at the recent Lakme Fashion Week, it comes with a zipper slit. Heading out to a party? Pull up the zip, lengthen the slit, and get ready to hit the dance floor. `16,000. Details: perniaspopupshop.com
If youa��re a fan of pink, ANDa��s autumn pink crossover top is a good choice. With a deep V neck and shoulder embellishments, it is sexy and smart. Pair it with a black tube top, black tights and pumps to make a dramatic statement at your work place. `1,499. Available at the store in 1MG Mall, Trinity Circle. Details: 32561585
Quaintly does it
This sleek guipure dress from Mango will make any ordinary office day colourful. The cotton knee-length maroon dress comes with a detachable belt. Pair it with black pumps to make a statement. `6,790. Available at the store in Phoenix MarketCity, Whitefield.
Quirk is in
Looking for something bright to rock your team meeting? This luxe suede shirt dress from Victoria Beckham should do the trick. Style the rich orange button-down with black pumps for maximum effect. You could also opt for the belt to define your waist. Approximately `1,43,721. Available at netaporter.com
Beat the blues
Tote your office necessities in this satchel by Viari. In leather, it also comes in colours like black, brown, green and pink. Style it with a black dress and you are sure to grab attention. `4,750. At the store in Bandra, Mumbai. Details: 022 26401018
These pumps from Jimmy Choo are subtle yet bold. Easy to team with both trousers and skirts, they are crafted from anthracite metallic mirror leather and black suede. `49,000. Available at the store
in UB City. Details: 41738404
One for the ears
Stand out in a crowd with this pair of green onyx and 18k gold-plated silver earrings. These handcrafted beauties from Amrapali are simple and perfect for corporate events. `1,540. Available
at the store on Kasturba Road.
This dress screams smart. Elegant and curvy, the canary number from Emporio Armani gets a thumbs up from us. Underplay with black pumps and you are ready to make a power statement. `48,000. Available at the store in UB City, Vittal Mallya Road.
At the 12th edition of the International Yoga Festival, expect lec-dems, contests and a mass sunrise event
Pondicherrya��s annual Inter-national Yoga Festival is back, and this time it is bigger. Each year has seen a large number of yoga enthusiasts and practitioners from around the world attending, and the 12th edition promises to be no different. Tourism manager ST Chidambaram informs that this yeara��s a�?sunrise eventa�� will be the highlight. a�?This mass event will see more than 2,000 people performing suryanamskars and other simple asanas on the beach. It will also see a lot of student participation,a�? he says.
Besides workshops and a yoga competition (for men and women), the festival has special sessions for people with diabetes, asthama and cardio vascular disorders. AlsoA� check out yoga for inner peace, women, daily life, relaxation, personality development and stress management. a�?There will be experts like B K Neelima, from the Brahma Kumaris group, Anand Athreya from Bangalore, Niranjana Moorthy, a regular participant from Bangalore, and Raghav Someshwar from Mumbai, conducting discussions, interactions and talks,a�? says Chidambaram. a�?We have a group registered from Hong Kong. We also have participants from Europe, especially France and Germany,a�? he shares. The Tourism Department has also put together a cultural programme, which includes artistes from Pondicherry, a performance by Bharatnatyam dancer Raghunath Manet and a folk dance by a group from Vandalur. For those feeling peckish, they have stalls offering food cooked with less oil and spices.
January 4 – 7, at Subalakshmi Mahal and Beach Road. Details: 0413 2358573
With two films slated for 2015, actress Parvathy is in no hurry to sign more
Her name is just Parvathy. a�?I am no Menon or Nair. I am just Parvathy,a�? begins the spunky actress. Having done 12 movies in nine years, she is in no hurry to sign films and is taking it slow. a�?For me, living the life is most important. How I perceive my life, what I learn and my sensitivity towards art is what is important,a�? she shares.
Having said that, for 2015, Parvathy has Tamil comedy drama, Uttama Villain, and a Malayalam film, Ennu Ninte Moideen, which is based on the real-life love story of Moideen and Kanchanamala, which takes place in Calicut, in the 1960s. a�?I play an important role in Uttama Villain. I know the film industry wants to give a name to everything, but I dona��t want to call my part a cameo. I am there in the film because I have a purpose. I dona��t care if it is a multi-starrer or I have just five scenes,a�? she says.
Parvathy admits to being picky about her roles and tells us how she selects her films: a�?Usually I like a detailed narration and I like a certain sensibility communicated. I generally sleep on the script for a day and get back to people only the next day. Even with Uttama Villain, director Ramesh Arvind and Kamal Haasan spoke to me and explained my role. I got back to them the next day.a�? However, underneath all this gravitas is a regular girl, who likes colouring her hair, dressing up and watching movies, assures Parvathy. Though she has romanced Dhanush in Maryaan and Srikanth in Poo, the actress is no fan of running around trees. a�?I am tired of playing a love struck girl. I would love to do science fiction and action,a�? she says.
Stand out 2014 film: The Past , a French film. I also like Mary Kom for Priyanka Chopraa��s acting. Vacation 2015:A� After these two films, Ia��m going to be on what I call a a�?creative vacationa�� which will give me time to read, write and travel. As for my travelling plans, Dhaka
is a place I will explore.Brands: I would rather spend money on food and travel than on a Gucci bag.
Uttama Villan is scheduled to release in mid 2015.
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C K Muraleedharan talks about working with Aamir Khan and the evolution of cinematography
wHAT is C K excited about? Well, ita��s todaya��s releasea��PK. More of a a�?behind the lensa�� guy, cinematographer C K Muraleedharan might not be visible during the promotion of the film PK and he might not have his own Wikipedia page but the Kerala native drew attention with big films like 3 Idiots for which he won The IIFA Best Cinematography award, Agent Vinod, Lage Raho Munna Bhai and Ek Hasina Thi. His tryst with cinema began right from his college days in the 80s, as Muraleedharan says, a�?I was part of the film society movement and we used to screen Kannada, European and intense Shyam Benegal films. That was when I had decided to join the film industry. I went to the The Film and Television Institute in Pune which was also a great influence on me. Though initially I wanted to become a director, I landed up being a cinematographer.a�?
Simple yet complex
Having worked with Aamir Khan twice, Muraleedharan, 52, says it is always a pleasurable experience, a�?We often discuss and argue about shots. He is a a�?no tantruma�� actor, comes to the set on time and we always rehearse together once before he goes for his make up.a�? As for his experience on working on the film PK, Muraleedharan shares that, a�?The concept is complex and Rajkumar (Hirani) took more than two and a half years to finish it. In fact, Rajkumar had a discussion with us before he finalised the script and even researched a lot. But as a cinematographer this was an easy film. It was just capturing the life of a regular person. We shot in Delhi, Europe and Bombay.a�?
The Hollywood bug
The one scene that Muraleedharan struggled to shoot was in Aamira��s previous film, 3 Idiots. a�?It is the delivery scene. We had to shoot in dim lighting, had to set up the rain, the flooded road and it was such a task,a�? recalls Muraleedharan who has also shot music videos. On Hollywood making spectacular films, a�?It is all about the homework. People brush it off saying we dona��t have the finances, which isA� not true. We take more than 100 days to finish a film, while they complete it in 60 days,a�? he shares.
Deck your tree with baubles that are eco-friendly and craft conscious. And for the luxe-hunters, some crystal shine
SOME like it quirky and eco-friendly, while others go traditional with red and green. Meanwhile, we give you all that and more with our pick of tree ornaments that include crystal poinsettias from Swarovski to eco friendly dolls from Bangalore-based Varnam and cotton handmade angels from Amethyst.
Text: Mrinalini Sundar
Grab an angel
Pretty and colourful, these angels from Amethyst will add some quirk to your tree. Draped in printed cotton, these handmade dolls are unconventional and can be handled by little ones too. Priced at Rs.200 each. Available at La Maison Rose, Pondicherry. Details: 0413 4210806
Turn the tree, bright and red with this glitteryA� poinsettia from Casablanca. You could even make it your centre-piece. Priced at Rs.60 for two pieces. It is available at the store in Pondicherry. Details: 0413 2336495
Varnam has established a reputation for bringing a new design aesthetic to Channapatna craftmanshipa�� and their seasonal range does not disappoint. Take your pick from friendly snowmen, quirky owls or festive bells to add a splash of colour to your Christmas tree. We recommend these for families with young kids, as being wooden they cana��t be broken! At the store in Bangalore. Details: 080 25250360
This dainty glass ornament, with a Santa Claus inside, will make for a good addition to the tree. They have different coloured bells, reindeer and stars on offer. The Santa Claus ornament is priced at Rs.120. Available at the store in Evergreen, Egmore. Details:9003090343
Add some cute quotient to your tree with these charming feather wing clips. In rich burgundy it is made with fur and feathers. Contemporary and stylsih, this clip from Harrods is a must have on your tree. Priced at approximately Rs.250. Details: harrods.com
Forget the stockings, get some mittens for your tree. Simple yet attractive, it gets a festive touch with a thread border and big, bold buttons. You could also fill the mitten with gifts and goodies to get the children excited. Priced at Rs.1,400. From Hab by Usha, it is available at the store in Mumbai. Details: 022 61274444
Art of the bloom
A little glitter wona��t hurt the tree. Make this Christmas luxe with this poinsettia ornament, Gold Tone, from Swarovski. Make it the tree topper for added effect. Available at the store in Express Avenue. Priced at Rs.2,510. Details: 28464060
The Russian influence
These stocking fillers from Bombkia��s are adorable. The set of five glass baubles are hand-painted to depict famous Russian landmarks and staples. The set comes in a wooden box and includes a Matryoshka doll and Saint Basila��s Cathedral. Priced at approximately Rs.6,233. Details: netaporter.com
These hanging ornaments by Rastogi Handicrafts could add an Indian twist to your tree. The mirrored diamond-shaped ornaments will easily catch the light. Priced at Rs.250. Details: craftsvilla.com
This side up
These glass ornaments come in different colours and prints. From Via Pondicherry, and designed by Vasanty Manet, they sport hand painted flower motifs. Choose from blue, purple and green ornmanets this Christmas. Each ball is priced at Rs.750. Details: 0413 2223319
The reindeer antler headgear in velvet with little ghungroos attached, works as a prop. The multi-purpose band can either be hung on the wall or tied to the tree. Priced from Rs.150 onwards. They also have stuffed snowmen, Santa wrist bands and Santa toys.A� Available at Twinkle, R K Salai. Details: 60508100
Well known for her paper cut ornaments, designer Karen Bit Vejle has designed a gold-plated mobile fir tree and doves. Inspired by H C Andersena��s classic Christmas tale, Fir Tree, this ornament comes with a red and green ribbon. Priced at approximately Rs.4,543. Available on georgjensen.com
For your X-mas odds and ends, drop by stores like Accessorize in Express Avenue and Raave in Egmore. While Accessorize (28464050) has Christmas pudding earrings which can also double as a great tree ornament, Raave, has the usual Christmas bells, stars and ribbons, besides Santa boots, snowmen ornaments, gift boxes, musical instruments and snow topped cottages.Details: 42146214
Spotted in a festive window display, these lamps are signature pieces, but they do require a bit of space. Local craftsmen have wired together colourful glass and acrylic beads to create this stunning sparkly effect, and you can add as many or as few rice lights as you like, depending on the impact you want to create. Rs. 8,400 upwards. At The Purple Turtles,A� Bangalore. Details: 080 41528039
This wreath is a delightful buy this season. In porcelain, the ornament from Interarts has ribbons and flowers printed on it in red and green. Place it front and centre, for visibility. Priced at Rs.9,000, it is available at the store in Indore. Details: 09301883636
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