TGS Life 11/07/2015

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PUNE, JULY 11, 2015 |

Meet The New


The city stage is seeing fresh, young talent sharing their experiences with an encouraging audience now more than ever. If you haven’t yet, it’s time you booked tickets to their performances soon




SRK ‘shocked’ as fan paints graffiti on his bungalow’s wall The graffiti painted with yellow and blue reads “love u SRK... C u on 15th” and has been signed off with a name ‘Gaurav’.The 49-year-old actor, who was out of town, expressed his displeasure over the grafitti on the wall of his Bandra house.

Minissha Lamba marries boyfriend Ryan Tham The 30-year-old actress, who was last seen in celebrity reality show “Bigg Boss”, got married on Monday in a private ceremony attended by close friends and family. Actress Pooja Bedi took to Twitter to break the news of the marriage.

Shake a leg with Mayuresh Mayuresh Wadkar talks about his stint with dance reality shows, his passion for acting, and more

By Zainab Kantawala @kantawalazainab


fter proving his dance skills on the show Dance India Dance, Mayuresh Wadkar is now all geared up to show off his moves in the dance reality show, Nach Baliye, with his girlfriend Ajisha Shah. He says kick starting an acting career is next on his wish list. Mayuresh started supporting his family at an early age. His family lived in a chawl as his father did not have a job. “I have always wanted to be an actor. Dancing, to me, is god’s gift. Coming from a middle class family, I realised that I’d have to work and support my family to make ends

meet. I worked as a salesman and later as an editor at Balaji Telefi lms, soon after which, I got a chance to join the well-known choreographer Terence Lewis’s Dance Academy on scholarship,” recalls Mayuresh. He made his Bollywood debut in the 2013 movie Any Body Can Dance (ABCD) and has also participated in Akshay Kumar’s television show Dare 2 Dance. Mayuresh, known for his aerial acts, is now all set show off his moves with his girlfriend Ajisha. They were a surprise wild card entry last week. The couple got the highest score for their performance on fears of women in today’s society. Their performance left everyone in tears. “I have never danced with Ajisha before. Th is is altogether a different experience. All the contestant welcomed us and supported us. We are all competitors on stage, but behind the stage everybody is very friendly,” he adds. Even though acting is Mayuresh’s fi rst priority, his passion

for dance is something that, he says, is inexplicable. His dance has brought him to limelight, and he is happy to see the transformation from being a commoner to being a celebrity. “Before Dance India Dance, I was just a background dancer, sometimes I danced as a lead but that did not bring any fame my way. After the show, people started recognising me. When I was a child, I used to copy moves of dancers like Prabhudeva and Michael Jackson. I wanted to become an actor and dance provided me a platform to enter showbiz,” he adds.

Catch this chhichora on a big screen this weekend Television actor Hiten Tejwani makes his Bollywood debut in Thoda Lutf Thoda Ishq

accomplice, the experience was thrilling, says the actor, “Rajpal is a great guy to work with. His comic timing is perfect and I learned a lot from him.” Talking about moving from television to cinema, Hiten says that for any small screen actor, By Salonee Mistry this transition is like a graduation. @Sal0412 “Today, there is a very thin line between the two mediums. With xcited about his fi rst comic the audience changing for the Bollywood venture, actor better, fi lm and TV have become Hiten Tejwani was difficult in terms of the kind recently in the city to of scripts that get accepted promote Thoda Lutf to the kind of acting Thoda Ishq, which that is appreciated. The Star in released yesterday. For television is, however, an actor, who has been a good medium of city doing serious roles for practice. the past 15 years, this The actor is also keen offer came as a good change on acting in a Marathi fi lm of pace. “It was also not easy to if a good offer comes his way. portray a Delhi boy,” he confesses. He said that Marathi directors Playing a chhichora, as Hiten generally prefer Maharashtrian likes to call his character, along actors, barring a few exceptions, with actor Rajpal Yadav as his and so he patiently awaits an offer.


Hiten’s wife Gauri Pradhan, who is also a well-known name in the telly-world, hails from Pune and so his connection to the city is a

very close one. The actor frequents the city to meet his in-laws and talks highly of the city and its people. “I love the city, the climate

and its people. Being the damaad, I get treated like a king when I am here, so I try to come here as often as I can.”


All that jazz


Gear up for a fun evening as indie artist Bianca Love and her band Mothership perform some classy Blues and Jazz originals


By Zainab Kantawala

self-published her debut album, called Shady Sunrise, featuring Mainak Nag ianca Love hails from the MecChowdhury, Nishad Pandey and Srinca of Jazz music New Orleans, jay Banerjee. “The essence of Blues and Louisiana and the artist reSoul music in my songs is inspired by ceived her vocal traning through gosthe hardships that we face in our lives. pel choirs. She is an Old Blues, Jazz I have vented out my woes and experiences through the and Soul vocalist as well as the front-womsongs,” she adds. Bianan of the band Moth- I use the Blues ca also brings a piece of ership. On Wednesday, New Orleans into her to turn the as part of the Motown music. The most unique Diva Night, Bianca and sorrowful into feature of her perforis her voice. She her band will take over the wonderful mance has a melodious texthe stage at Blue Frog. ture, and superb control “I grew up listenand then ing to Gospel, Jazz and over her voice. “I sing there’s Jazz Blues. I wanted to bring to express and to entertain. I use the Blues to my own flavour to Jazz turn the sorrowful into music, so I added a bit the wonderful and then there’s Jazz,” of Funk Rock to it. I met with the she exclaims. band members of Riddim Funktion Bianca has won the Karaoke from Kolkata who would play Reggae World Championships held in Kolkata music, and we decided to form a band and has performed all over the country. together. We named the band Mothership and gave an Electro twist to our She is a passionate vocalist, who is nevmusic so people could dance to our er seen without a guitar. “I am glad to tunes,” says Bianca, recalling the behave a following in the city now. I love ginnings of her band. to perform live. There are many Indian Mothership comprises of Bianbands that I follow too, like Madboy ca on vocals, Subid Khan on guitars, Mink, Neel and the Lightbulbs, etc,” Soubik Bhattacharya on bass, Gaushe points out. tam Deb on drums and Divyamaam When: July 15, 9.30 pm onwards Sahoo on keyboard. Bianca recently Where: Bluefrog, Yerwada


pluck that string: your weekly dose of events Bastille Day Celebrations

Aai Retire Hotey

Aai Retire Hotey is a Marathi comedy play and highlights the events in a family after the mother decides to quit working. A woman plays a pivotal role in the society by fulfilling her duties as a mother, sister, wife, aunt and daughter. Veena chooses to retire from being a mother and live life on her own terms. The chaos this decision creates in the family becomes comical and enlightening. When: July 12 Where: Bal Gandharva Rang Mandir, Shivaji Nagar

Watch the French comedy, Les Maries de l’an II (The Married Couple of the Year Two), with English subtitles as a part of Bastille Day Celebrations. Organised by Alliance Francaise De Pune and Lost the Plot, an official video of the National Day Parade will also be screened after the movie. The event will be followed by Ballroom dancing and dinner. When: July 14 Where: Lost the plot, Aundh

The Poetry Show - with Mike Rosen

One of the world’s coolest spoken word poets, Mike Rosen, is coming to Pune to perform at the city’s coolest bar, High spirits! Along with Mike Rosen, five of Pune’s best poets will perform! Mike Rosen is an award-winning poet living in Brooklyn. Mike was named Best Male Poet at the 2011 Wade-Lewis Poetry Slam Invitational and led Wesleyan University’s slam poetry team to 7th in the nation and the Spirit of the Slam Award at the 2011 CUPSI. Mike was also a finalist at the Rustbelt Regional Poetry Slam in 2012 and a member of the legendary Spoken Word Almanac Project in New York City. When: July 12 Where: High Spirits, Koregaon Park




Konark: Kondhwa 08:30 AM12:45 PM03:01 PM07:15 PM11:15 PM Vasant Cinema : Budhwar Peth 10:00 PM City Pride: Mangala Cinema 09:30 AM02:15 PM07:15 PM10:00 PM City Pride: Satara Road 10:45 PM E-SQUARE: University Road 08:30 AM01:00 PM05:45 PM11:15 PM City Pride: Kothrud 10:45 AM03:45 PM10:45 PM Abhiruchi City Pride: Sinhagad Road 09:30 AM02:00 PM06:00 PM10:30 PM

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Second Hand Husband

ry Theatre: Camp: 10:01 AM01:01 PM04:15 PM07:30 PM10:30 PM City Pride: Satara Road: 08:45 AM11:35 AM 02:00 PM 07:00 PM 10:00 PM BIG Cinemas: Chinchwad: 09:50 AM04:10 PM10:30 PM PVR: Koregaon Park Plaza: 10:00 AM11:00 AM01:00 PM04:20 PM07:40 PM10:00 PM11:00 PM INOX Fun N Shop, Fatima Nagar: 09:50AM 12:15 PM03:30 PM10:00 PM Fun Time Multiplex: Sinhagad Road: 09:30 AM0 1:45 PM 05:45 PM10:30 PM Abhiruchi City Pride: Sinhagad Road: 09:00AM 12:00 PM03:00 PM 06:00PM 09:00 PM PVR: Phoenix Market City: 10:00AM 01:00 PM0 4:20 PM07:40 PM09:00 PM11:00 PM CineMAX: Inorbit Mall, Pune Nagar Road: 09:30 AM11:15 AM12:30 PM03:50 PM07:10 PM10:30 PM E-SQUARE Konark: Kondhwa: 08:30 AM11:30 AM01:01 PM02:30 PM04:01 PM05:30 PM07:01 PM10:01 PM10:30 PM Bollywood Multiplex: Kharadi: 12:15 PM03:45 PM07:00 PM10:15 PM Cinepolis: Seasons Mall, Magarpatta City: 01:15 PM04:25 PM07:35 PM10:45 PM Cinepolis - VIP: Seasons Mall, Magarpatta City: 09:45 AM12:55 PM09:45 PM E-SQUARE Vishal: Pimpri: 08:30 AM11:15 AM02:01 PM04:45 PM07:30 PM08:15 PM10:30 PM INOX Jai Ganesh: Akurdi: 10:30 AM12:15 PM07:00 PM10:00 PM Shri Shivaji Talkies: Talegaon: 12:00 PM03:00 PM09:00 PM Fun Square Multiplex: Talegaon: 12:00 PM03:30 PM06:00 PM09:30 PM Vikas Cinema : Pune(Manchar): 12:00 PM03:00 PM09:20 PM Laxmi Cineplex : Narayangaon: 12:05 PM03:10 PM09:20 PM

Guddu Rangeela

Bahubali E-SQUARE: University Road: 08:30AM 11:30 AM02:15 PM05:15 PM07:30 PM10:30 PM INOX: Amanora Town Centre: 09:00AM 01:25 PM03:20 PM07:20 PM10:00 PM BIG Cinemas: Kalyani Nagar: 09:5 AM 01:00 PM07:20 PM10:30 PM City Pride: Mangala Cinema: 03:00 PM05:15 PM10:15 PM City Pride: R Deccan: 09:00 AM11:45 AM05:00 PM09:45 PM Vasant Cinema : Budhwar Peth: 04:00 PM07:00 PM10:00 PM Neelayam Theatre: Sadashiv Peth: 03:30 PM 09:30 PM City Pride: Kothrud: 09:30AM 02:20 PM07:55 PM10:30 PM INOX: Bund Garden Road: 09:10 AM12:15 PM05:05 PM08:00 PM10:00 PM Laxmi Narayan Cinema: Satara Road: 12:30 PM09:30 PM Victo-

INOX: Amanora Town Centre 09:15 AM11:45 AM02:25 PM05:00 PM08:20 PM10:30 PM Cinepolis: Seasons Mall, Magarpatta City 09:30 AM12:05 PM02:40 PM05:15 PM07:50 PM10:25 PM Cinepolis - VIP: Seasons Mall, Magarpatta City 12:50 PM06:10 PM Bollywood Multiplex: Kharadi 12:00 PM03:00 PM05:30 PM08:00 PM10:30 PM PVR: Koregaon Park Plaza 10:00 AM02:55 PM05:35 PM10:30 PM INOX Fun N Shop, Fatima Nagar 09:55 AM03:50 PM10:35 PM BIG Cinemas: Kalyani Nagar 11:00 AM03:45 PM08:40 PM CineMAX: Inorbit Mall, Pune Nagar Road 09:30 AM02:50 PM07:45 PM10:25 PM PVR: Phoenix Market City, Pune 09:20 AM12:00 PM05:30 PM11:00 PM Victory Theatre: Camp, Pune 10:01 AM03:01 PM10:30 PM INOX: Bund Garden Road 09:40 AM12:40 PM02:45 PM05:50 PM07:45 PM10:30 PM E-SQUARE

INOX: Amanora Town Centre 09:00 AM06:10 PM Cinepolis: Seasons Mall, Magarpatta City 10:25 AM05:40 PM11:15 PM Bollywood Multiplex: Kharadi 04:15 PM PVR: Koregaon Park Plaza 12:15 PM05:05 PM CineMAX: Inorbit Mall, Pune Nagar Road 12:35 PM PVR: Phoenix Market City, Pune 09:00 AM06:40 PM INOX: Bund Garden Road 11:30 AM City Pride: Mangala Cinema 10:00 AM07:30 PM E-SQUARE: University Road 03:00 PM Abhiruchi City Pride: Sinhagad Road 01:15 PM10:30 PM


INOX: Amanora Town Centre 05:25 PM Bollywood Multiplex: Kharadi 07:15 PM10:15 PM PVR: Koregaon Park Plaza 12:00 PM05:30 PM INOX Fun N Shop, Fatima Nagar 09:30 AM12:40 PM10:05 PM CineMAX: Inorbit Mall, Pune Nagar Road 10:45 AM04:45 PM10:45 PM PVR: Phoenix Market City, Pune 02:30 PM08:00 PM10:00 PM INOX: Bund Garden Road 10:15 AM04:20 PM10:00 PM Fun Time Multiplex: Sinhagad Road 09:15 AM BIG Cinemas: Chinchwad 03:15 PM10:45 PM INOX Jai Ganesh: Akurdi 09:00 AM07:35 PM



If you think your wardrobe needs a girly makeover, take a look at these five pretty maxi dresses which are sure to add a dash of chic to your look By Heena Grover Menon @HeenaGM


rom Bollywood divas to fashionistas, everyone swear by this timeless piece of fashion. Whether it’s a red carpet event,

high-profi le party or a press launch, you will always spot celebrities donning maxi dresses everywhere. Maxi dresses are not just easyto-wear, but look perfectly feminine and fit almost all body types. For this week’s shopping section,


we roamed around the city and found out some interesting styles which you can wear on different occasions including day-time events, shopping, lunch with your girl gang and so on. From simple round necks, sultry strappy styles to halters and plunge necks, these dresses come in varied shapes, designs, prints and hues. The best thing about this outfit is that you can dress up or dress down depending on your mood. For instance, if you are planning to go on a romantic

This latest high street shopping entrant is your must-have accessory this season. It goes perfectly with all your girly ensemble such as the floral dress on the left. You can also pair it with an all-white dress to a theme party and flaunt the boho-chic look! Where: FC Road Price: Rs 60

date, pick up a bright floral halter neck maxi for day time and a plungy V-neck or a high slit dress in a pastel or even a solid colour for night. Whatever style you may choose, the trick is to understand your body type and comfort. If you are unsure about what will suit you and what wouldn’t, avoid body-hugging dresses or the ones which might enhance your figure more than needed. There are multiple style tips floating on web, so scroll your smart phone down before you go shopping and you’re sorted! heena.grover

If you love fitted dresses, this cool blue and white high low flair satin maxi dress is your pick and will compliment you just perfect if you have a slim figure. Style your hair in soft curls and accessorise it with a white satin hairband. And complete the look with a pair of white pumps. Where: Nivedita Saboo Couture Price: On request

We love Kareena Kapoor Khan’s elegant yet classy style. Here, she has paired a black collar buttoned blouse with a printed maxi skirt. The neatly plaited side ponytail looks charming. The minimal makeup, big jhumkas and high black pumps complete the look

This simple hem maxi dress with round neck is a perfect attire for women who like to stay subtle. Pair it with a colourful dangling and wedges of a solid shade such as blue or green, and you’re set for the day Where: Sheetal Creations, Camp Price: Rs 1,500

Make a bold statement with this printed georgette hem dress. The deep neck slit gives a touch of ‘sexy’ to this otherwise simple dress perfect for evenings. Pair it with black danglings and black high heel stilletoes to add a bit of glam to your look. Where: Cupid, Bhandarkar Road, Camp & Koregaon Park Price: Rs 1,650

This gorgeous multi-colour georgette maxi dress with halter neckline and pleats is perfect for a Sunday brunch. Tie your hair neatly in a high bun and wear delicate pearl earrings and bracelet for a more formal look. Kohl your eyes generously and go with a pair of platform heels in a nude shade for a dainty look! Where: Cupid, Bhandarkar Road Price: Rs 1,795 Imagine this! You have a small event to attend which demands you to turn up in a slightly traditional attire which you seriously want to avoid. This ethnic kurta-style maxi dress is your saviour for the day! Leave your hair open or tie them up, depending on your mood. Wear stone-studded jhumkas, some bangles and complete the look with a tiny bindi. Where: All BIBA stores; Price: Rs 1,999

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indulge By Heena Grover Menon @HeenaGM


ou can’t hold back a biryani craving for too long. It grows especially stronger during Ramzan when nightly feasts are the order. To satisfy the yearning, we went on a biryani trail to hunt down some of the lesser known, but incredibly awesome, joints in and around

the city. By the end of the culinary journey, we were convinced that Pune is a biryani paradise just waiting to be discovered. All of these eateries offer vegetarian biryanisbut, in all honesty, we couldn’t get past the temptation to try the meaty kind, which is what biryanis are all about after all.

In pursuit of the best biryani in the city Our search for the most scrumptious biryani in town ends with the discovery of these four obscure food havens

Meet the catering champions


rom humble beginnings in 1988, Fakhruddin Khan has come a long way with his business, which now caters to almost every part of the city. FJ Caterers specialise in Mughlai cuisine and make the best Awadhi Biryanis in town. “I hail from Bahraich, a town 125km away from Lucknow, but I have been living in Pune since my childhood. I have inherited the art of cooking from my ancestors. In fact, many of my cousins and uncles

have their catering businesses in different parts of the city,” says Fakhruddin. The biryani here is prepared in the traditional style in big aluminium vessels over charcoal fire with only meat, curd and masalas but no water. Sharing the secret of their aromatic and flavoursome biryani, Fakhruddin says, “For every one kilogram of rice, we use oneand-half kilogram of meat unlike most other restaurants, where people always

complain about much lesser meat in the biryani. After about two hours of marinating the meat, the rice and meat are then slow-cooked to perfection for close to three hours.” With Ramzan on, this is the busiest time for Fakhruddin with hundreds of orders waiting to be delivered every day. From biryanis of all kinds – mutton, chicken, fish, prawns and eggs – to kebabs and tikkas, FJ’s has an exhaustive

list of items in their menu to whet carnivores’ appetites. However, orders are taken only on kilogram basis and 1kg is sufficient for 7-8 people. So, the next time you plan a bash at your house, give FJ’s a try. When: 9am to 9pm Where: Near Baba Jaan Chowk, Bhawani Peth Cost: Mutton Biryani- Rs 1,100/kg; Chicken Biryani- Rs 800/kg

Born to serve


he first thing that will draw you to Daawat, aside from the heavenly aroma of the biryani, are the warm, smiling faces of its owners. The restaurant’s journey began 10 years ago and their USP has always been affordability and quality. The quantity of biryani served is such that you could probably go without a meal for the rest of the day. “I want everyone to be able to enjoy the food. That’s why we have never increased our prices a lot. From rich to poor, I have all kinds of customers coming here every day. Their blessings keep my business going,” says Abdus Samad Karnalkar. This is also perhaps one of the reasons why he has never considered leaving the area to open a bigger restaurant

elsewhere. “I am more than happy with what Allah has given me. As long as I am able to fulfil the wishes of my family and live in peace, I don’t desire more.” The Hyderabadi-style Chicken Dum Biryani, we are told, is Daawat’s most popular dish on the menu.The restaurant offers only takeaway service, with no dine-in or home deliveries available. Biryanis aside, try their Chicken Kheema and absolutely melt-in-themouth Caramel Custard. Abdul’s oozes confidence when he says, “Try our food once and you will surely return. Repeatedly!” When: 12.30pm to 3.30pm; 7pm to 11pm Where: Sunshree Society, NIBM Cost: Chicken Biryani- Rs 100; Chicken Kheema- Rs100; Caramel Custard- Rs 40



Dhaba by the river


his tiny little shack, located about 70km from Pune, stands on the banks of river Nira

in Satara district. Started five years ago by an elderly couple, this dhaba serves the most sumptuous Dum Biryanis but only on Sundays. When asked about the secret of this delectable dish, Bapu, as the owner is

fondly called by everyone, says that he owes his skills to his ancestors, who too were outstanding cooks. “I can make over 50 kinds of biryanis, but it’s the Awadh-style Mutton Biryani that attracts people from near and

far,” says Bapu. It takes around six hours to prepare the biryani as it is slow-cooked over the chulah to bring out the right flavours. Apart from chicken, mutton, fish and egg biryani, the dhaba also serves scrumptious fish fry made out of the fresh catch from the river every day. “The waters of this river are absolutely chemical-free and the fish (Rohu and Catla) are rich in Omega 3 and 9 making it guilt-free and

extremely healthy indulgence,” says Bapu. The pristine waters and gorgeous landscape add to the experience and make this a highly recommended place to visit. When: 8am to 10pm; Biryani is available only on Sundays, 12 noon onward Where: Veer Dam, off Satara Highway Cost: Mutton Biryani- Rs 130; Chicken Biryani- Rs 100; Fish Fry- Rs 90

Wonderful hole in the wall


his latest entrant in the biryani scene is tucked so deep inside the by lanes of Kalyaninagar that you would wonder if it even exists. Operating out of the ground floor flat of the upscale locality, this take-away and home-delivery joint has a wide array of Indian dishes, biryani being just one of them. Created to bring traditional Indian home-cooked dishes to modern house-

holds, Khanabadosh came into existence 18 months ago. When asked what makes their biryani stand apart from others, owner Ranjit Sawhney says, “We follow the traditional Hyderabadi recipe where the basmati rice is cooked with meats marinated over-

night, which brings out the maximum flavours of spices, rice and meat.” After the success of their flagship outlet, Ranjit now plans to expand the brand with four more joints to open across the city soon.While the biryanis are

succulent, the Delhi Butter Chicken and Konkani Prawns Rice are also highly recommended. When: 11am to 11pm Where: Khanabadosh, Lane 13, Kalyaninagar Cost: Chicken Dum Biryani- Rs 240; Mutton Biryani- Rs 300; Konkani Prawn Rice- Rs320; Delhi Butter ChickenRs 300

YOUR CHOW AROUND TOWN New Menu of Chicken Legs The United Sports Bar and Grill has introduced the most irresistible temptation! All Fine Legs is a feast for chicken legs and beer lovers, as it brings together frothy fresh draught beer and juicy chicken legs in seven lip-smacking flavours from around the world. The Indian legs are laced with Indian spices; the Mexican Legs are marinated in Mexican seasoning and are served with salsa dip and Tex Mex rice; the Asian Legs come with a sweet chili dip and lemon grass-tossed French fries; the English Legs are batter fried with herbs; the Mediterranean Legs come with the spicy schug sauce; the Caribbean Legs are batter fried and served with pineapple salsa dip and the Peri Peri Legs are served with delicious Arabiatta dip. When: Till July 31 Where: The United Sports Bar and Grill, Amanora Town Centre, Hadapsar

Festival brings to you these new flavours: Strawberry Dream Donut, Coco Loco Donut, Raspberry Storm Donut,and Cool Blue Ice Donut. When: Till July 31 Where: All Mad Over Donuts outlets

Special Monsoon Continental Menu Traditional Treats at Food Story The month of Ramadan is here and it’s time to let go and relish the delectable delights of Iftar. Indulge in a lavish feast with friends and family at the newly opened Food Story. Master chef Arif Ahmed has designed a special fare of traditional Ramadan specialties. This bountiful menu features Ramadan favorites like mouth watering Haleem, an aromatic succulent Gosht kachi akhni biryani, Shaami Kebabs and Food Story’s signature dish Shikampur kebabs that will melt in your mouth. For those with the sweet tooth, the desserts include the subtly flavoured Sheer Korma. Make your way to Food Story this Ramadan to taste some of the best food this festival has on offer! When: Till July 22 Where: Food Story, Dhole Patil Road

One for the sweet tooth

Mad Over Donuts bring the goodness of fruits and fresh donuts with its new range of Fruit Flavoured Donuts. This entire month, gorge into this fruity, tangy delights in town! Rich chocolate with fruit flavours and tantalizing toppings is the signature of this newest line. The Fruit Flavour

Enjoy specially designed healthy menu for the monsoons by Chef Milind. Choose from their continental dishes along with international and traditional wines. The menu includes hot soups like Roasted Bell Pepper, Smoked Tomato Soup with Gruyere Toast. Lip-smacking starters such as Cheesy Herb Garlic Bread, Creamed Mashed Potato and more. The main course consists of Selator Chicken Wings on Fire with Sweet Bird Chilly Gaze, Arabic Kibbeh with Chicken Twist, and Garlic Hummus When: Ongoing Where: April Rain, Ground Floor, Centriole Mall, ITI Road

Meet The New



Swatantra Theatre




eing the only, purely Hindi theatre group in Pune, Swatantra Theatre Group was co-founded by Abhijeet Swatantra, Yuwaraj Shah and Dhanashri Heblikar nine years back. The group has produced close to 42 plays till date. Abhijeet, who hails from New Delhi, is currently living in Aundh and has worked as an assistant director with Delhi’s Asmita Theatre Group. Dhanashri, who resides at Senapati Bapat Road, has been interested in Hindi Literature since her school days and had worked with Alahad Sangeet Company at Chinchwad before co-founding Swatantra Theatre Group. Yuwaraj has been working in the television industry for a long time now and is popularly known for his part in Marathi serials like Avantika. Giving almost anyone who wants a platform to venture into the theatrical arena, whether they wish to act, direct, write scripts or work on production, Swatantra is big on encouraging young and fresh talent.

On The Block

The city stage is seeing fresh, young talent sharing their experiences with an encouraging audience now more than ever. If you haven’t yet, it’s time you booked tickets to their performances soon

By Salonee Mistry

@Sal0412 une has always had a strong connection with tradition and culture. It has nurtured stalwarts of music, dance and theatre as well as a discerning audience over the years. For the last half decade, the city’s youth theatre scene has been enjoying a resurgence like never before. Natak Company’s ground-breaking play, Geli


Ekvees Varsha, which premiered in 2009, was, perhaps, the starting point of the theatre renaissance in the city. The play wowed judges and audiences alike at the youth theatre festival, Thespo, and suddenly serious theatrewalas were looking to hear more from the talented and hardworking performers from Pune. Right now, there is no dearth of theatrewalas in the city there are close to


Shrinivas and Soumitra. “The funds for our plays come from Shrinivas’ and my parents after we have chalked out a detailed budget. Since earning a profit is not our motive, our tickets are priced according to the expenses incurred so that we can repay our parents and break-even,” says Soumitra. Relying on a fi xed set of team members like ‘light dada’ Shushrut Joshi, who they met through common friends, the team has not changed much since its inception. “We create a schedule at the beginning of every play and chalk out flexible timings so that there is no confusion at the last minute,” Shrinivas explains the workings of the group, adding, “All we require from the people involved with a play is to dedicate two


hours of their time every evening as the day of the performance nears. Prior to that, rehearsals generally take place every weekend.” A majority of the time is spent in pre-production activities and so that the workload isn’t huge when they perform, despite a long time gap. Except for Shushrut, who

has been in his profession for a long time, the entire team is comprised of a group of college going kids, who take care of everything from the visual and sound effects to the elaborate background. Facebook and word of mouth are the primary sources for the group to reach out to their audience.

ith provocative and in your face content, Orchestrated Q’works produces plays that revolve around social issues portraying violence and controversial issues. For instance, the play Kiss and Tell looks at the ease with which youngsters build romantic connections, physical even. Sapphire Butterfly Blue highlights the atrocities faced by women, who are labelled as witches in a region of Bihar. Founded in 2007 by Hina Siddiqui (28), the group believes that everyone has an opinion and a voice that must be heard. “While most of our plays are based on research conducted through surveys and interviews with people, from the 20-odd team members anyone can take initiative to run the idea,” shares Hina. The play Sapphire

Their productions, An Evening with Chekov, which was a compilation of short plays and Komal Gandhar, a play on Gandhari, the Mahabharata character, have been well-accepted by the audience. “There were a lot of people who asked me not to invest in a Hindi theatre group in Pune as they believed that it would not work but I went ahead with it anyways and I am glad I did,” smiles Dhanashri. The group produces original plays and renditions of well-known plays. They are currently working on producing a Bhojpuri version of Shakespeare’s Taming the Shrew. “It is always interesting to see how people react to different versions of famous plays,” says Abhijeet. The plays are either produced by the co-founders themselves or are sponsored by corporates, who want the group to perform for their events. Their plays have been staged at theatres across the city, including Yashwantrao Chavan Auditorium, Kothrud, and Balgandharv Rangmandir.

Butterfly Blue, for example, was produced after going through documentaries about the situation of the women in Bihar and talking to people to understand the need of the hour before scripting the play. The group’s aim is not only to create content that is believable but to get everyone from the team to engage with the performance, completely. Producing a minimum of two new plays a year, the group’s

Natak Company

performance schedule is quite irregular and depends on when corporates call on them for a performance, which also helps bring in the money to run the group. The group also looks to fund its work through sponsors, campaign collections, and theatre workshops that Hina conducts herself. The social media is the biggest forum that the group uses to communicate with fellow theatre lovers.


Moonbeam Factory Theatre


others pursue their passion in Marathi, Hindi or English specifically. While the audience support has been fantastic until now, these groups aren’t particularly looking to break a bank every time they step on stage. They only hope to leave their mark on the performing arts scene in the city. Here’s wishing their idealism lives on. Meet five of the city’s most prolific youth theatre groups:

Orchestrated Q’Works

Anonymous Theatre ith three productions Avkaash, Katha Sarita and Ek Aakhri Baar that have had multiple, houseful shows each, Anonymous Theatre Group has established itself in the culture scene over the last five years. The group has presented plays on themes like the effect of social media and a magical suspense thriller. One of their performances even featured a live music band. The group was co-founded by 23-year-olds Shrinivas Patwardhan, ex-student of Pune Vidyarthi Griha College of Engineering and Technology, and Soumitra Thorat, ex-student of Fergusson College. All of Anonymous Theatre Group’s plays have been scripted, directed, and produced by

ten youth theatre groups with an average of 25-30 members each and almost every group travels across the country for performances. Youngsters are diligently honing their skills in front of the spotlight as well as while handling backstage. Be it writing scripts, production design, direction, even light and sound design, they aren’t scared of picking up the baton. Language isn’t a barrier either. Some theatre groups are multi-lingual while

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tarted six years ago, by Nipun Dharmadhikari (27), whose love for theatre made him choose the medium as a profession after spending several hours attending workshops by theatre veterans like the late Chetan Datar. Natak Company has covered almost every genre from comedy in Dalan written by DM Nirazdar, the story about a teacher who treats his students depending on the personality of their mothers, to serious drama in Satish Alekar’s Ek Divas Mathakade, which is a dialogue between a young and an old man. The average age of the group members hinges closer to 25. Over the years, several members, like Amey Wagh, Alok Rajwade and Siddhart Menon, have gone on to act in television shows, returning, from time to time, to perform on stage. Natak Company’s main focus is to experiment as much as they can with the kind of plays that they

put up. So making profits is never a cause of concern, although their popularity helps ensure the coffers are not entirely empty. Apart from working with senior playwrights, director Nipun often scripts plays for the theatre group. “It does not matter what your story is, all that matters is how you tell it. Even more importantly, every story has a message so it is not always necessary to focus on delivering a message,” he says. Ticket sales, donations, and the Damu Kenkre Fellowship allow Natak Company to be active constantly. They perform close to two plays a months and premier at least two plays every year.

ast year, Divya Mangwani (28) and Neeti Pherwani (21), speech and drama teachers from Aundh, saw the opportunity to start an English theatre group. While there is a huge audience for English plays, there are very few groups working on plays in English. Divya has worked with the Singapore Repertory Theatre and Neeti was part of Expressions Unlimited for years. The two knew that taking up theatre professionally was what they wanted to do. Their aim was not only to entertain through plays but also engage through theatre workshops, script writing competitions and dramatic readings. “Divya and I met when we were both applying to a school to become drama teachers and we got talking about what we wish the Pune theatre environment would be as far as English plays were concerned. Once we spoke at length, we knew that we had to do something different than what was already happening and that is how Moonbeam Factory Theatre came to be,” says Neeti. On their fi rst anniversary, the theatre group organised a one-minute play competition along with an intensive workshop on how to write and perform one minute plays. The workshop was conducted by Divya and Neeti. With their focus on originality and freedom of expression, their productions rely heavily on social messages such as that of homosexuality through their play, Part of You and women’s equality in Sometimes Stillness and 1 2 3 Ready Set Go. Keeping in mind the taste of the younger generation, the Moonbeam Factory Theatre also set about experimenting with the idea of 10-minute and 1-minute plays to encourage creativity as well as improve the quality of their productions. Most of their performances are held at Nehru Memorial Hall, Gyaan Adab Center and High Spirits. They have been performing almost every month, with a new play out every two months and hope to reduce this time as much as possible in future. Almost all their plays are sponsored by friends and family or through sponsors like Gyaan Adab, which often allows them to use the venue for free. “We use newspapers, word-of-mouth publicity and social media to keep everyone updated about what we are doing. Our tickets are generally extremely cheap to encourage more people to see our plays,” Divya points out. Their play 1 2 3 Ready Set Go was part of the Short and Sweet Festival, held at Chennai, and won the Best Direction and Best Actress awards, among others.



Honda launches 3rd generation Jazz with diesel, CVT auto


urely on the merit of its package, you would be hardpressed to complain about the original Honda Jazz. It had performance, space and a unique flexibility that was unmatched by its hatchback competition. About the worst thing about it was its price which (for the time) was on the high side. Th is was later remedied, but by then the market had moved on. Another significant omission that worked against the Jazz (and indeed other Honda cars) was that of the lack of a diesel engine. Honda Cars India has remedied all this today. The new 3rd generation Honda

Jazz is now available with Honda’s aluminium 1.5 i-DTEC engine, the same one used in the City and Amaze. In the Jazz, it delivers 100PS @ 3600 RPM and 200Nm @ 1750RPM mated to a new 6-speed manual transmission. The petrol variant uses Honda’s 1.2l i-VTEC motor putting out 90PS @ 6000 RPM and 110 NM at a rather high 4800 RPM. You can opt for a 5-speed manual or a new CVT auto that actually promises higher efficiency than the manual (19kmpl vs 18.7kmpl on the stick) and comes with paddle shifters. External dimensions appear

Mr. Katsushi Inoue (left), President and CEO, Honda Cars India

similar to the old Jazz. There’s a new Honda face with that big chrome grille up front, and the rear treatment, we think, is its best new feature. Inside, there’s updated equipment in the form of a touch-screen AC (?), a 5” entertainment screen (6.2”

touchscreen for the top variant), a parking camera with multiple views and steering-mounted controls for audio. As with the previous Jazz, Honda’s “Magic seat” system offers a variety of ways you can configure the Jazz to carry what you need to.

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Royal Enfield announces limited-edition ‘Despatch’ bikes


nly 200 units of each of the two colours are available, bookings to be made online Royal Enfield just announced pricing and availability of their new range of “Despatch” motorcycles, designed as a homage to the despatch riders of the armed forces that carried messages between locations. The motorcycles are based on the Classic range with their 500cc engines, and are available in two colours: blue and brown, both with a camouflage pattern

at Rs 224,752 on-road, Mumbai. The green/olive drab of the original despatch vehicles is not available due to government regulations. The bikes will be available as a limited run of 200 motorcycles per colour (for India), and we assume there will be separate allotments for overseas markets. Primarily a cosmetic variant, the Despatch bikes get blacked-out engines and exhausts, an Italian leather seat and leather strap/buckle to hold the airbox in place. The camo pattern is transferred

onto the bike using a special fi lm transfer technique which ensures that no two bikes have the same pattern. In a departure for Royal Enfield, the bikes must be booked online at starting 10AM on July 15, following which customers can choose to take delivery at their local dealership. The bikes are complemented by a range of despatch rider-inspired apparel and gear including jackets, boots, t-shirt and such, available at Royal Enfield stores/dealers.

BMW launches X3 with M Sport package Adds a performance option to the X3 line, previously only available with a two litre engine


MW has announced the availability of a new variant of its mid-size SUV, the X3. The X3 xDrive30d M Sport comes with an inline-six cylinder motor generating 258hp and 560Nm of torque. Zero to 100kmph takes just 5.9 seconds while top speed is claimed to be 232km/h. The new model joins two other variants of the X3 xDrive20d, announced in August last year. The xDrive30d will also be produced in BMW’s chennai plant, reflected in its competitive price of Rs 59,90,000. Apart from the increased performance thanks to the larger engine, BMW’s M Sport package enhances the interior and exterior of the X3. There’s a new front and rear bumper with diff user inserts, additional lighting along the side sills and M badges on either side and M light alloy wheels among other visual tweaks to add a sporty/premium air. The interior has also been given a once-over, with sport seats for driver and passenger and a leather-wrapped M steering wheel. There’s also a Sport+ driving mode, missing from the base trim level 2 litre X3. Combined with BMW’s excellent version of the ZF 8-speed automatic, it should make for an engaging drive, particularly with the tree stump-pulling torque of the six-pot. Other features include a rear parking camera, BMW’s new-gen iDrive with a touch controller, GPS navigation with 3D maps and a Harman Kardon entertainment system. The BMW X3 xDrive30d is available across India at BMW dealerships in six exterior colours.


Party for a cause

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Step into Terttulia for a night of soothing music with some of the city’s finest musicians, all in good spirit and for a cause

Listen up!

By Zainab Kantawala @kantawalazainab


usic binds emotions to bring people together and when that happens for a good cause it’s all the better. Tertulia is organising a fundraiser, the proceeds of which will go to the Sunrise Community Centre in Kharadi. We caught up with Harsh Maheshwari, founder of Sunrise Community Centre, to know more about his work. The centre is an after-school development space based in Sainath Nagar. It intends to help students pursue their education in a unique

manner. Here, students get to together, learn various kinds of art and crafts, complete their homework together, and help each other study. The centre is completely free and caters to all students of Sunrise English Medium School as well as other interested kids from surrounding areas. “At the NGO Teach for India, we observed that teaching kids in school is not enough. They must be taught other skills too. After visiting a community centre in

Ahmedabad, I was inspired to start something in Pune too. This place is a life beyond classrooms for students, where they learn many other things besides what their textbooks tell them, like quilling, drawing, etc. They are free to paint on the walls too,” says Harsh. The centre is open seven days a week, for a minimum of four hours a day. They have a library, game zone, and a computer lab. The centre is also equipped with Akash Tablets

for kids to practice what they learn independently. Kids are given projects, attend craft workshops, and there are also guest lectures by people from various professions. “We have 120 students right now. They are all very talented and creative. We will be organising a sale of greeting cards, quilling craft and more, which the children have painstakingly created over the past few weeks at the community centre,” he adds. Meanwhile, at Terttulia, five upcoming singer-songwriters spanning a range of musical genres will come together in aid of the Sunrise Community Centre, for an evening

The artist list for the Singer-Songwriter evening includes Anika Doshi, Jay Kshirsagar, Gayatri Tideman and Chetna Kinger. When: July 15, 7 pm onwards Where: Terttulia, Koregaon Park

of unplugged, acoustic music. Proceeds from the event will be routed directly to the centre. There will also be a sale of some craft items made by the children of the community centre. The sale is based on a Pay What You Want concept. Go ahead and choose from a range of beautiful bookmarks, hand-painted greeting cards, keychains and earrings.










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t isn’t easy for writers to get their work published, even more so for a poet. If you are a young writer/poet that task just becomes a tad bit more difficult. Kaartikeya Bajpai, editor-in-chief, The Bombay Review, faced the same tribulations while trying to get his work recognised and published. So, a year ago, he teamed up with like-minded people to launch the online literary magazine. Last week, a hard-bound anthology of select works, published in The Bombay Review, was released in the city, marking a new achievement for the enthusiastic group. 21-year-old Kaartikeya is a graduate from Symbiosis Institute of Media Communications (SIMC), Pune. Over the years, his literary work has been published in several Indian magazines. Yet, as creativity poured out, his desk seemed perpetually cluttered with new work and finding an audience seemed more and more difficult. The Bombay Review then seemed like a natural progression and Kaartikeya brought together five like-minded people to launch the bi-monthly, online magazine. The publication was registered right away. “I remember asking Kaartikeya why he

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had chosen the name Bombay Review for the magazine and he replied almost immediately, saying that, for him, Bombay is synonymous with a cultural hub, which is diverse and unified at the same time,” says Garima Pura, 19, a student of SIMC and the editor of the poetry section of the magazine. When it started off, The Bombay Review only published works by its team members. After a few months, the circle of contribution widened and submissions started pouring in from across Pune and Mumbai, as well as from different parts of the country and world. While selecting a poem or story that will become a part of the magazine, the team tries to give a fair chance to new writers. “The work needs to reach out to the reader. When I read a poem, for instance, if it is conveying a unique idea and evokes a passion, then it will get published,” explains Garima. Having survived a year, the creators of The Bombay Review decided to publish a hard-bound magazine, which would include the best long and short fiction, as well as poems, collated by the group over the months. The magazine includes a compilation of 35 of the best submissions ― 17 poems, 14 short stories and 4 long stories, all fiction. With a readership base from 90 countries for the online magazine, the print version too has been picked up by many. “What we are aiming for, is to make it possible for every good writer to be able to publish his or her work. If writing is your dream and passion, then The Bombay Review will help it grow,” smiles Kaartikeya. Apart from the magazine, the group has also organised several workshops and dramatic readings in Pune and other cities. The purpose of the workshops is to engage the youth and allow them to narrate their stories.utik Bhavan, Ghole Road, on July 11 and 12.

Rajamouli’s Bahubali takes social media by storm


he much-awaited multi-lingual film Bahubali appears to be quite a hit on the social media having secured 1.3 million likes on Facebook and about one lakh followers on Twitter. The trailer of the film had 4.05 million views on YouTube as well. The enthusiasm in the cyber space matched with the mad rush for tickets witnessed on the streets of South India for advance booking. The film has around one lakh followers on Twitter and 1,315, 639 likes on Facebook till this afternoon. Ace director SS Rajamouli’s epic action drama is touted as one of the most expensive films made in the country with a reported budget of about Rs 200 crore, the film would hit 4,000 plus theatres worldwide on Friday. Rajamouli calls it tribute to Indian epic Mahabharat and says the creative

success of his film is more important than its box office prospects. “I’m usually not motivated by money. When my films succeed creatively, that’s my biggest achievement. The creative satisfaction I get from my films matters to me the most than box office numbers,” he said. “The pressure for tickets is high. We are finding it difficult to give responses,” said Mahesh Koneru, handling PR and marketing, for the film. Starring Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Ramya Krishna, Anushka and Tamanna in the lead roles, the film is a period action drama that took nearly three years to complete the shoot. The second part of the film is also in the making. The Hindi theatrical version of the film, which received appreciation from veterans like Amitabh Bachchan, is presented by Karan Johar. PTI




Strut your funky stuff What does it take for a man to look stylish, and approachable at the same time, while he’s out at a club nursing a chilled beer? Manasi Shroff attempts to find out


typical man opens his wardrobe, pulls out a tee, a pair of jeans, laces up his shoes, straps a watch on and walks out of the house. But times are changing. Men, today, have turned fashion conscious and are giving some tough competition to the ladies in the style department. The guys have, f inally, begun to keep the greys and blues aside and experiment with their look. Speaking about stylish men, meet Ankit Vyas and Rohan Gaikwad, who speak about looking their best when they decide to spend their night clubbing. Ankit, a business analyst, prefers to suit it up when he decides to hit the club. “My style is more classy than casual. I experiment a lot with my blazers. Sometimes they are funky and at other times classic. I also have a fetish for designer watches and I love matching them with my look for the day.” With

all that class, Ankit also believes that style is not meant to prove a point to someone or to get noticed; style is something that speaks of your personality and puts the real you out for everyone to see. Now that we’ve spoken about the man with class, let’s move on to the man with the swagger, Rohan Gaikwad, aka the-guywith-the-dreadlocks manages to grab a lot of attention from women, who f ind him unusually attractive. A brand manager by profession and a music lover, Rohan prefers to keep his style casual. “I like to keep it chilled out. I prefer t-shirts with quirky prints and my comfy pair of jeans,” he says. He also has a shoe fetish and his unusual pairs always make a style statement. “My hair actually does most of the job for me and, believe me, it is very well kept,” claims Rohan.

Where’s the party tonight Rohit Vasudevan Diaries

restricted by genre or language, the sound embodies music experiences of all the members of the band. When: July 11 Where: The Beer Café, Koregaon Park

Junkyard Groove

This Saturday, The Beer Cafe brings you Rohit Vasudevan Diaries. The band is a collaboration of four talented musicians who each play a part in part in bringing to life the songs in Rohit’s head. The band includes Rohit Vasudevan on guitars and vocals, Vibhas Sawar on keyboards and backing vocals, Saket Rao on Drums and Henant Aligi on the bass. RVD as a band speaks the language of groovy funky rhythms combined with melodic vocal lines - real, unadulterated, hear-felt music. Rohit Vasudevan Diaries is an Indian rock band based out of Pune, led by Rohit Vasudevan. Rohit writes and creates music which reflects experiences from pages of his life, not

Hard Rock Café presents Mad at 10, a celebration to mark the decadelong journey of Junkyard Groove. The Chennai-based alternative rock band Junkyard Groove is headlined by Ameeth Thomas and will be joined by Sajith Satya on bass, Shashank Vijay on drums, and Vikram Vivekanand and Karun Ramani on guitars. The band was formed in the year 2005 and has become a mainstay in the Indian independent music scene. When: July 16 Where: Hard Rock Café, Koregaon Park

DJ Joshi live

Hailing from the sand and surf of Goa, India, Joshi, the young and sought after artist, is fast taking the electronic dance music (EDM) world by storm! Having made his DJ debut at Sunburn Goa 2013, Joshi has continued to impress audiences around the country, playing in every major Indian city as well as at some of the countries finest festivals, including Enchanted Valley Carnival, Sunburn Campus Reload, and more recently on the MainStage at Sunburn Goa 2014. Within this short span of one year, Joshi has managed to share stages with some of the biggest names in the industry, including Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike, Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso, Sander Van Doorn, Hard Rock Sofa just to name a few! More recently, Joshi has signed a record deal with Armada Music, making him the first Indian to be signed on to this legendary record label, owned by none other than Armin Van Buuren himself! When: Saturday 11 Where: Bluefrog, Yerwada

Smokin Saturday with Sherrin Varghese

Saturday nights just got better at Pumproom. The Dynamic performer Sherrin Varghese is back in Pune this

time to rock your socks off. Sherrin Varghese produces and performs live vocal electronica on all sub genres of Electronic Dance Music. With his rock-led voice, he curates his own brand of Electro Pop, Complextro, Downtempo, Glitch Hop, Tech House, and Deep. He has been part of India’s first and only boy band, A Band of Boys, with five albums, one Bollywood film, and 15 years in the business, as a professional singer, musician and entertainer. With his unique blend of Commercial Electronica EDM and BDM, Sherrin Varghese has rocked the country for over a decade with mind blowing compositions and his super tunes. When: July 11 Where: Pumproom, Yerwada


Lifestyle & Leisure


‘I wanted to serve the Army’ By Heena Grover Menon

not be possible if I don’t do multiple jobs.” But is this what he dreamt of doing when he left his village? When questioned, Pintu said that ever since From walking the dogs early morning, cleaning vehihe came to Pune he has been taking rounds of each cles, pruning gardens to collecting daily garbage and and every defence base across the city and part-time driving, Pintu Kumar does it all. even other parts of the country, but they would You will spot this 25-year-old super active reject him on one ground or the other. “Some handyman in city’s Panchawati area. He of them even rejected me because I have tatoriginally hails from a small village of Muzaffar Nagar in UP and moved to Pune right toos in my arms. I have spent a lot of money unekar travelling cities to get one chance to be a part after finishing his 10th grade in 2004 with a dream of becoming an armyman one day. of the Army but all in vain. And now, I have surWhen we asked him why he doesn’t take up rendered to my destiny. My only aim is to fulfil a proper job in the city, Pintu quips, “I got many offers the needs of my wife and children. Give them proper to work in shops and other places, but the amount of education so they don’t have to go through hardships money that they pay is not sufficient to run my houselike me. I start my day at 4.30am and work till 5pm. But I really have no complaints from God. I enjoy hold. I live with my wife and two children. Right from whatever I do and try to give my best.” monthly grocery, paying the house rent, sending my No doubt, everyone Pintu works for is always dependaughter to a ‘good English-medium’ school and sending my bit to the parents back in village – I have dent on him and trusts him completely! to arrange everything on my own. And all this would


The functional chic This rainy season calls for an exclusive personal style file that will glam you up instantaneously


celeb chat

Name: Sandra Edmonds, Singer Three words to describe me: Independent, family - oriented and perfectionist I love my job because: I pay my bills doing what I love, I constantly meet new people and I get to travel a bit. Best advice I’ve received: My father always tell me smile and the world smiles with you. Cry and you’ll cry alone- In other words, happiness is your choice. When buying something, the first thing that catches my eye is: Quality and uniqueness What’s your inner animal?: A Tiger- strong yet affectionate and quick in making decisions. The first thing you notice about an attractive person: Confidence, eyed and gait. The perfect start to a day is: My Pranayams with an attitude of gratitude. Your current four-wheeler: A cherry red Volkswagen Polo in the next quarter. Your fitness regimen: Hard to follow a strict diet but I’m a gym rat. I also dance a lot. Your food indulgence: My tastebuds tingle with middle eastern food. I’m a bit of a sweet tooth as well. Books by your bedside: My Holy book. The first site you visit when you fire up your comp: YouTube Your favourite city: Pune. Home is where the heart is. Ideal holiday: Mombasa, Kenya

his is the perfect time to add a splash of colours to your wardrobe and play with interesting and fun designs. Designer Nivedita Saboo tells you how to beat the gloomy blues… • Be colour-happy: Incorporate lovely bright shades like sunshine yellow, fresh lime green, cherry pink, coral and aquamarine sea blue for a wardrobe that ranges from your fun, everyday separates like crop tops and skirts, dresses, shorts, shirts and T-shirts. •   Play with all: A versatile trendsetting mix of colours, fabrics and silhouettes are befitting as this season’s essentials. From big and bold, floral to geometric, add elements of fun and interesting prints to your array of personal sartorial choices. • For her: Cropped tops in easy dry fabrics with skirts. Comfortable printed dresses that are easy to pull on and bright flip-flops will help you breeze through this monsoon. For the slight diffusion look, long printed unlined kurtas with cropped palazzos and

non-existent dupattas are very chic. Adorn light and fuss-free fabrics such as tulle, silk organza and French chiffons. • For him: Prints and colours are the two styles to go by. Shorts in varied lengths or Nivedita Saboo cropped chinos in bright shades teamed up with printed shirts and a smart belt with slip-on shoes is the way forward. Team your shorts with T-shirts, Polos or breezy shirts in light weight easy dry fabrics. • Accesorise: Cheer up the monsoon spirit with fun and bright accessories. Don’t forget the trendy umbrellas and the dapper quilted rain jackets for the heavy downpours. Add seasonal must-haves to your perennial essentials to be rain ready. The trick is to add on to your wardrobe by making it eclectic yet practical for this season.


Too young to judge a show, says Alia Bhatt

JULY 11, 2015 PUNE


Actress Alia Bhatt says as a viewer she likes reality shows, but feels she is too young to judge them as of now. “I don’t think judging is something I can do now as I am too young, I am still learning it. I can’t judge but creatively I will be part of singing and music stuff (shows),” Alia said. “Whenever the time is right I would do it. When I am not doing films and have time, then may be I can do reality shows. But I also think I need to explore the singing space to be on a show and judge someone,” she said. Alia along with filmmaker Karan Johar will now be

seen as co-curators of Viacom18’s English entertainment channel Colors Infinity. When asked if she would be doing a show for the channel in near future, Alia said, “Not right now, but never say never, let’s see. For me reality television is something I get hooked on ‘Bigg Boss’. I get attracted to it. So doing something like that will be a great idea on Colors Infinity.” Alia says people are wise enough to chose what they like to see and there are particular slots for bold shows. PTI

Sultan is going to be a stressful film: Salman Khan

Will miss Gangaajal 2 shoot: Priyanka Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra says she will miss working on director Prakash Jha’s “Gangaajal 2”, as the film’s shoot comes to an end in a few days. The 32-year-old actress is playing the the lead role of a cop in the police-drama, which is a sequel to the hit 2003 Ajay Devgn-starer film of the same name. “Last few days of a wonderful shoot!! Will miss #Gangaajal2 @prakashjha27 lets do this!!!” the actress tweeted. Chopra was shooting in Bhopal since past one month for the film. Gangaajal 2 is about a female cop, who takes on some powerful and influential men in her district. The film is expected to PTI release later this year.

Bollywood Superstar Salman Khan says his next year release “Sultan” is going to be a stressful film for him. Salman, 49, who will be donning a physically strong character for the film, said the film involves a lot of action scenes. “I have to work a lot for this film. It is going to be a stressful film. In November, I start shooting for it. There is lot of action in it.. Wrestling types... Weights... Lot of muscles. I have to be very strong,” Salman said in an interview.

“So it is not about body, it is not necessary that he will be ripped in six packs but he is very strong,” he said. Salman and producer Aditya Chopra have decided to release “Sultan” on Eid 2016. The film produced by Yash Raj Films will be directed by Ali Abbas Zafar. Salman has often said that Hollywood action star Sylvester Stallone has always inspired him in his life. On would you like to remake Stallone’s ‘Rocky’ series, the Dabangg star said, “No. I mean it has been made not once but so many times. Everyone has seen it. It will be very difficult to compete with what they have done.” Other actors who are donning the boxer gloves, are superstars Akshay Kumar and Aamir Khan. While Akshay plays a boxer in Karan Malhotra’s ‘Brothers’, Aamir is getting ready to play a wrestler in Nitish Tiwari’s Dangal. “It is a beautiful film (Dangal). He is playing a father of two in that film. I have no children in ‘Sultan’. Ours is a sports film but there is action, there is a love story. There is no negative force.. He just has opponents,” Salman said. PTI

“Interesting roles are being written for actresses” Indian actor Arjun Kapoor feels interesting roles are being written for actresses today. “They keep asking about women-oriented films. I like to put it this way that nice characters are written for actresses than saying that women oriented films are being made,” Arjun said. “That is a new way of conversation but this (roles for women) has been there for many years. Women characters on-screen have become fantastic,” the 30-year-old actor said.

Before becoming an actor Arjun said he did try writing as he wanted to become a director. “I tried writing because I wanted to be a director but I wasn’t good at it. My mind ran faster than my hands could as I thought of too many things. I wanted to encompass everything into one. I realised that I am not good at it. I did not dwell on it again,” he added. Arjun does think there are novels that can be turned into feature films and it is time the

film industry explores this. “Today ‘Lord of the Rings’, ‘Harry Potter’ have turned into films. India needs visionaries like that not only to write it but execute it as well. There are many ideas that exist in our mythology,” he said. Arjun said he does not like reading books. “I have never had the appetite to read novels. But I can read scripts. I had not read ‘Two States’ also.” he said. PTI

Rani Laxmibai biopic will be a “best film” Kangana Ranaut, who will essay the role of warrior queen Rani Laxmibai in an upcoming biopic, is confident that it will be one of her career’s “best films.” Directed by Ketan Mehta, the yet-to-be-titled film will go on floors next year. “I am excited to be a part of the project. It is going to be one of the best films of my career. It’s a great opportunity to do something different and challenging,” Kangana told PTI. “It has an amazing role. The transformation of a girl into a warrior is amazing. With every film I try to do something new... go a step ahead,” she said. To get into the skin of the character, the 26-yearold National Award-winning actress will have to undergo training in horse riding and sword fighting. “There are certain things I need to learn. I am excited about it. It is an Indo-Brit project. It will happen in 2016,” she said. There are reports that English actor Hugh Grant is also going to be a part of the biopic. PTI

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