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Indian Voice Global Accent - NOTCH released its 9th edition featuring Aamir Khan in its cover page. With natural lighting, no make-up, jeans and a T-shirt Aamir gives an inimitable range of expressions. With more interesting news in fashion, people, cinema, food, wellness, travel, and variety bringing you the latest from NOTCH

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NOTCH Magazine Issues its 9th Edition with Aamir Khan on its cover

  2. 2. 2 june 2013CreditsNOTCH Media Pvt. Ltd.5th floor, Express Chambers, Express Avenue, No. 2, Club House Road, Mount Road, Chennai 600 014Tel: +91 44 30254141/42 Fax: +91 44 30254158www.notchmag.comCOPYRIGHT © NOTCH MEDIA PVT. LTD. 2012The published, written and visual contents of this magazine are protected by copyright laws, you may not reproduce our articles, content, images, videosand audio, online or in print in any format without first obtaining written permission. Please contact the publisher to obtain his or her written consent.Reproduction in whole or part without obtaining publisher permission and notifying the magazine is strictly prohibited.Hema SethuramanDirector & PublisherPradeep DadhaChairman, NOTCH Media Pvt. Ltd.PRADEEP DADHA GROUP OF COMPANIESMARKETINGBOARD OFADVISORSTEAM CREDITSEDITORIAL DESIGNYagna BalajiEditorAsmita AggarwalBureau Chief - DelhiTushar A. AminEntertainment EditorArpita ChatterjeeSpl Correspondent - MumbaiBijoy BharathanAssistant EditorRohit PanikkerSenior Sub-EditorAnupriya DContent ManagerMajid RehmanCreative DirectorMatha-Ul-Ameen,Karishma MenonRityka Venessa EdwinM. Saravanan KalyaniGraphic DesignGayathri KSornavelAnimationJegannathan.SIllustrationAdvait PanditAnand PathakRavi KrishnanYathin ReddyBruce SchwackExecutive DirectorManoj KumarOnline Marketing ManagerDaya KingstonOnline Editor
  3. 3. 3june 2013editOfnewsmakersandnoisemakersA standard shoot: Star, manager, stylist,hair stylist, make-up person, PR agency rep,photographer, assistants, production unit,unit hands, props, studio, camera crew,lights and sets.An Aamir Khan shoot: The star, a photog-rapher.Natural light, no make-up, jeans and a teeand his inimitable range of expressions.That’s it! We say this just in case anyone isstill wondering what sets this Khan apart.25 years in the industry (40- if you count hisacting debut at age 8), and he remains trueto himself, his craft and his conscience. Inhis interview, Aamir talks with pride aboutcelebrating 25 years in the same year thatIndian cinema completes 100 years.The annual Cannes International Film Festivaltoo is celebrating 100 years of Indian cine-ma. From invitees, jury members, brand am-bassadors to trespassers, this year’s Cannescontingent from India was a colourful mix.The red carpet saw more sarees, lehengas,nose-rings and maang tikas than a Punjabiwedding, with both guests and gatecrashersturning up in large numbers.India is waking up to global recognition andwe have no doubt that it’s a heady feelingfor our desi entertainers to share carpetspace with famous thespians. Sure, ourCannes special feature separates the wheatfrom the chaff, but we doff our collectivehats to the sheer effort Bollywood ho-humsmade for their 15 seconds of flashbulbs inthe French Riviera.Our take-home from the entire brouhaha isthat if you believe in yourself, make somenoise because, as author John Ortbergsays, “We’d like to be humble, but what ifno one notices?”
  4. 4. 4 june 2013contentsMR PERFECTIONISTAamir Khan talksabout hissilver inningspeopleTURNINGEASTWARDSMichael Andrewssettles the scoreCARLOS SANTANAGets high on IndiaWENDELLRODRICKSComes clean in TheGreen RoomMANISH MALHOTRAOn dressing B-TownbeautiesSHRUTI HAASANReveals her favouritestyle iconsSONG OF THESARONGResortwear for astylish vacationfashionGO PSYCHEDELICWith neon footwearCANNESSPECIALCatch all theaction on and offthe red carpetRANBIR KAPOORDribbling along life’splaygroundTHE NON-CONFORMISTRicha Chaddha steersclear of clichescinema
  5. 5. 5june 2013contentsAN EXOTIC MIXJohn Abraham shareshis fave vegan recipefoodSWEET EMOTIONTwo-die-for FrenchdessertsGET GORGEOUSWith Isha Koppikar’sbeauty tipswellnessBULK ORDERHrithik Roshan’strainer reveals theactor’s fitness mantraRIDE THEWAVESEveryone’ssurfing in IndiatravelWANDERLUSTPriyanka Chopra’sholiday hotspotsDATE WITHDESTINYSheetal DewanpredictsTROPICALDELIGHTEat, drink and wearthe mangoBOYZONEWhat thedudes justorderedNotch LitIn our digitallibrary
  6. 6. fashion6 june 2013Asmita AggarwalHe has dressedthe best of Hollywoodand Bollywood.Manish Malhotrashares his look bookfor the leadingladies of tinsel town
  7. 7. fashion7june 2013It was in thenineties when ayoung ManishMalhotra realised that if hewanted to make a transitionfrom modelling to designinghe had to have the resources tolaunch his own line. Not only that,it would also mean competing withwell-established stalwarts like TarunTahiliani, Rohit Bal and Abu-Sandeep.Manish took the road less travelled – hedecided to start costume designing forfilms, something none of the otherdesigners had done.Today 1,000 films and 23 yearslater Manish says it has been ajourney well travelled, with manymilestones achieved.There is no otherdesigner who workswith almost all the topleading ladies –KatrinaKaif, KareenaKapoor, PriyankaChopra and Sonam Kapoorto Deepika Padukone andeven Alia Bhatt without anyonetelling him not to work withthe other. Manish is converting avintage haveli in Mehrauli into thebiggest ever designer showroom inIndia. He has met and dressed MichaelJackson and Hollywood celebrities likeDemi Moore, Kylie Minogue, Kate Mossand Reese Witherspoon. He is launchinghis nephew Puneet Malhotra and isfinally getting acceptedby couturiers as atrue trailblazerespecially forhis efforts in
  8. 8. fashion8 june 2013contemporising and reviving theforgotten crafts – Chikankari,Phulkari and Kashmiri embroidery.“I try to keep away from politicsand I never get into gossip sessions.I wake up early in the morning tostart work – designing for films,weddings, red carpet events,finalising two stores in Delhi andin Mumbai and trying to get threemore going by the end of this year,”he says. For Manish, the biggestthing is sustainability, to be able tosurvive in an industry where manyof his contemporaries have fallen bythe wayside.Rangeela starring Urmila Matondkarmay have been the turning pointin Manish’s career when Filmfare,for the first time, recognised adesigner for his contribution tofilm costumes, but it was in1989 that the Mumbai boystarted his career in filmswith a costume designedfor Juhi Chawla for a songin Swarg. “Ritu Kumarmay have restored theKareena’s wedding outfit,but she wore my creationfor the Walima (marriagebanquet). I prefer to do mywork quietly. Karishma andKareena, both enjoy my fitsand trust me implicitly. I’vebeen close to the girls forover 20 years now and ourfriendship has survived thetest of time,” he adds.Manish feels that Kareenawears her clothes with greatpanache. “She was thecoolest bride ever – notantrums, no cold feet,she knows what looks good onher, and let me decide colours, cutsand fabrics for the D-Day. I feel mybiggest achievement is that I canwin people’s trust,” he smiles. Andtalking about trust Manish says heshares a special bond with KaranJohar as “I started working withDharma Productions, even before hewas in the fray, with his father YashJohar. I value his friendship.”Amongst the younger lot, Manish isdelighted about working with Ranbirand Deepika Padukone in Yeh JawaniHai Deewani, wherehe has dressed bothstars. “They meetafter eight yearsand the chemistry iscaptured on screen. The movie alsoshowcase a lot of hikinggear as they go on these picturesquetreks, but Deepika has such aphenomenal body that everythinglooks amazing on her. Thesangeet sequence has some funIndian wear, the colours are brighter– I particularly liked the mulmulghagra (long skirt made of muslin)I gave her with oxidised jewelleryas well as the indigo blue sari thatmakes a great first impression,” headmitsMoving beyond the Bollywood tag,retailing from Pernia’s pop up shopor dressing royalty in Riyadh, Manishhas come into his own in the lastthree years, by collaborating withMijwan, Shabana Azmi’s NGO andby giving old crafts a modern appealand thus a new lease of life. “I’velaunched my nephew Puneet. Iurged him to work with ImranKhan and Sonam Kapoor in IHate Luv Storys. And I amworking with Kareena andImran in Gori Tere PyarMein. So it feelsgood to keep thefamily togetherand see Puneetgrow,” hesmiles.Hard work andsingle-mindedness have gotManish where he is today. “Isimplified fashion, made itreal, believable, now whatfilm stars wear becomes arage. In the end it is thetrust factor that counts –money, fame and powerare all transient,” heconcludes.
  9. 9. fashion9june 2013Manish Malhotra andAishwarya Rai BachchanManish Malhotra andPriyanka ChopraKareena KapoorKatrina KaifKarishma Kapoor andManish Malhotra
  10. 10. fashion10 june 2013Wear them-Bright neon shoes with a crisp white dress-Nude coloured shoes with spikes inshades of neon-Add one piece of statement accessory toyour entire outfit-Add a little bit of silver or gold to youroutfit. Just make sure the neon in yourshoe is present somewhere in your outfit-Try neon shoes with a colour blocking out-fit. Just make sure there aren’t too manycolours in your entire outfit!Bold choiceIf you really have got the attitude then teamit up with a contrasting number. If you have abold sense of style you can even team it with aprint.  Else the safer options remain a shortwhite dress or a nude jumpsuit. At the end ofthe day you have to be comfortable andconfident about what you are wearing.neonblastVivacious pinks, electricgreens, spikes, studsand more. Here are somequick tips on how tomake your outfit pop withcolored footwearfashion10 june 2013
  11. 11. fashion11june 2013Pair themPair them in a way that they don’tlook jarring. Neons give you an edgeand attitude that’s yells confidence.Go a little easy on other accessories sothat you do not look over-the-top.Make sure there aren’t too many co-lours in your entire outfit. Let theshoes be the center of attention.Jazzit upNeon buttons, different popcoloured spikes on the shoesitself. Apart from shoes in shadesof neon fuchsia pink and parrotgreenspikes on beige shoes arein vogueHaute coloursAcid orangeParrot greenCrazy hot fuchsia pinkElectric blueUltra violetSulphur yellowfashion11june 2013Inputs from: Shruti Kaul Sachdev of Trushuli
  12. 12. fashion12 june 2013It’s that time of year when most of usare getting ready to take a cool holidayso, if the sun and sand is what findsfavour with you we have some snappytips to make this a stylish vacation.Resort wear is all about summery, relaxedclothing with a sensuous touch, saysKuwait-based fashion guru Pria KatariaPuri. “You can add a lot of sexiness toresort wear with semi-fluid, sheer fabricsthat skim the body. Opt for crush-free,breezy fabrics like silk, lycra-silk, chiffon-silk, crepe and luxurious cottons. I wouldsuggest a halter maxi in chiffon, rompers,halter maxis, halter jumpsuits – all ofwhich are super fun. Skimpy tunics, halteror cut-out dresses and tunic blousesalways work well on the beach,” sheadds.The destinations that have inspired Pria’snewest resort wear line include Ibiza, LakeComo and Tahoe, Istanbul, Goa, Nice andCannes.  “I always carry lots of kaftansand kaftan blouses, shorts, bikinis, a coolpair of sunglasses, espadrilles, wedgesand sun hats,” she smiles.Pria’s line is Indian woman-friendly as herkaftan-inspired maxis and tunic blousesare a free size and flatter women of allsizes. They also come in vibrant coloursmaking them ideal for lunch parties aswell as cocktail dinners. “I wanted tocreate a happy mood, so I have workedwith vibrant colours such as neons, hotpinks, sea greens, sunshine yellows,bright reds, tangerines, fuchsias andturquoises – the styles all drape and skimover the body,” she says. “Take clothesthat are multi-functional and can be wornthrough the day,” she adds.No look is complete without accessories –trendy sunglasses, stacked bangles, cuffsor feathered earrings work best with hip-pie and crossover bags.Images:RajdeepRanawat
  13. 13. fashion13june 2013Resort wear designerskeep it cool withstyle tips for yourbeach holidayAsmita AggarwalDesigner Rajdeep Ranawat makes it a pointto travel to a minimum of two destina-tions each year. In the past, Langkawi wasinspiring and then there was Paris, Milan,London, and recently his trip to Greece re-sulted in the Santorini collection for SpringSummer ‘13. Rajdeep also developed hisAutumn Winter ‘13 range – Quixotic Re-galia that took its inspiration from Greekarchitecture as well as jewellery and paint-ings from the Renaissance era.“Pack your bags keeping a resort in mind– somewhere tropical, a beach or theneven a lovely landscaped spa on top of amountain. Your clothes should be com-
  14. 14. fashion14 june 2013fortable, not too fitted,mainly breathable fab-rics such as cottons andlight silk blends that areorganic in nature with co-lours/prints that could eitherbe subdued or vivid depending onthe kind of destination being visited.Carry a few pairs of slippers for thebeach, or comfortable sandals and slip-ons for exploring the area, a big bagto carry essentials like towels or somehydrators,” he adds.Rajdeep tries to keep his silhouettessimple and generic so that they suitall shapes and sizes. “Our resort wearline has a lot of kaftans and wraps andsome headgear too. There isn’t muchof a market in India for swimwear, sowhile showcasing our resort ranges,we ideate the swimwear with coverups as kaftans, ponchos and tunics,”he confesses.Rajdeep’s printed ponchos, drawstringtunics, shirts, stoles, cropped pantsand skirts are comfortable yet trendyand he has put an element of fun intothe shades he’s used that range fromcrèmes to canary, lime, red, blush,aqua with black and indigo. There are no hard and fast rules forresort dressing says Rajdeep. “Resortsare where you can have fun with yourclothes,” he smiles.“We also do a lovely range of printedstoles and scarves that could be addedto mix and match with plains. I havekept the look light by using voiles andlycra cotton twills. Neutral colours likewhite, ecru, crème, taupe, beige andpastels like mint, aqua, blush, paleyellow and peach are ideal. Nauticalcolours like indigo, red, etc., look greatfor cruise wear inspired by yesteryearsailor dressing,” he says.
  15. 15. fashionShruti Haasan reveals what she likes about herfave international style gurusAsmita Aggarwal15june 2013
  16. 16. fashionNymph-like Shruti Haasan, who is looking forward to playingdiametrically opposite roles – an innocent girl in Prabhu Deva’sRamaiya Vastavaiya and a commercial sex worker in Nikhil Advani’sD Day – tells us which international style gurus she loves and why...Atsu SekhoseI like the way he plays with transparencyand makes the most feminine, simplesilhouettes look strong and classy. Hewears his north-eastern identity quitelightly and creates the breeziest eveninggowns that I love to wear.GivenchyWho hasn’tseen Breakfast atTiffany’s? Hubertde Givenchy wasa maverick whomade AudreyHepburn the mosticonic character inthe 21st century.My personalfavourites are hisbib necklaces,tiaras, cowl necksweaters and hisluxe casualchic looks.BalmainI like Pierre Balmain’s sensibility.Most of his red carpet couture ispleated and draped, contouringyour body and accentuatingits most flattering parts. I thinkOlivier Rousteing’s rock chicglamour really works for me! AlexanderMcQueenHe was theenfant terrible ofBritish fashion, hemixed hi-fashionwith drama andtechnology andmade it cuttingedge. I lovedhis controversialArmadillo shoesinspired by CharlesDarwin’s theoryon the Originof Species andadmired his superbtailoring, his senseof aesthetics and hisflamboyant flashesof inspiration.16 june 2013
  17. 17. june 2013 17cinemaNewsmakersTHECANNESSPECIALThe only true representation of Bollywood at the 66th Cannes Film Festivalcame in the form of the rising new Indian cinema brigade. While thesefilms are as different from mainstream Bollywood as French cinema is fromHollywood, Bollywood has no qualms about basking in the reflected glory ofthese new kids on the block.TheAmitabh BachchanAmitabh Bachchan may have just made hisHollywood debut with The Great Gatsby,but his importance was not lost on theFestival’s organisers. With Bollywood infocus this year, it was Amitabh Bachchanwho was called upon to officiallyinaugurate the event. The Big B went on toaddress the gathering in Hindi and left astrong impression as always.Anurag KashyapAnurag Kashyap, the poster boy of the movement, has masteredthe demanding art of festival schmoozing. More importantly, he hasbacked it up with a slew of films that have wowed film critics fromthe West for their well, non-Bollywood (read Western) sensibilities.Following up on the well-received five-plus-hour Gangs Of Wasseypurpresented as part of the Director’s Fortnight (non-competition section) last year, Anurag’s hard-hitting Uglycreated ripples this year with its gritty take on thesubject of missing children. Anurag was alsohonoured with the prestigious Chevalier dansl’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of theOrder of the Arts and Letters) this year. As themost prolific filmmaker and presenter of films atCannes, Anurag is definitely emerging as theHarvey Weinstein of India.Nawazuddin SiddiquiFor an outsider, Nawazuddin Siddiqui would seem like the only actor in India. Muchlike Rahul Bose of the 90s, only with a zillion times more talent, Nawaz’s films havebeen invited to Cannes consistently. Last year, Nawaz was part of four of the sixIndian films invited. With Bombay Talkies and Monsoon Shootout, Nawaz continuedruling the Indian presence at Cannes this year as well.
  18. 18. 18 june 2013cinemaTannishtha ChatterjeeTannishtha is fast emerging as the female counterpart of NawazuddinSiddiquion the new Indian cinema front. Her credentials include filmslike Brick Lane, Shadows of Time, Bibar, Anna Karenina and DekhIndian Circus. This year, her film Monsoon Shootout was screenedas part of the celebrations of 100 years of Indian cinema alongsideBombay Talkies.Tannishta Chatterjee’s been to Cannes twicebefore – once for her UK release BrickLane and another time for her Indo-Germancollaboration Shadows of TimeArpita ChatterjeeRED CARPETREGULARSurprisingly, this year wasthe first time Tannishtawas in Cannes to promotean Indian film, MonsoonShootout.  “It was reallyinteresting to be representingan Indian contingent especiallysince this year the focus inCannes was India and its100-year-old industry,” she says.Tannishta, who has done a lotof international films, is quitedissatisfied with the films madein India. “I think we focus onthe wrong things. Instead offocusing on the content ofcinema, we pay more attentionto publicity stunts and who’swearing what. Mercifully,this trend is slowly changing.Monsoon Shootout developedby the British Arts Council hasbeen co-produced by AnuragKashyap – India’s well knownscreen writer and director,” shesays.Tannishta, who is also aclassically trained singer,has recently sung for thefilm Gulaab Gang. However,she feels that in India “filmsare made for the lowestcommon denominator – just forcommercial purposes. Indiancinema was flying highonce with Satyajit Rayand Mrinal Sen butwe lost our statusin the 1980s and1990s. Today weare slowly regainingour standing as an artpowerhouse. I hope this wavereaches its logical conclusionand puts Indian films back ontop,” the actress says candidly.The red carpet for Tannishta is“all part of the entertainment.And there is a strong elementof art and aesthetics in fashion.I just have a problem withit becoming the highlightof a serious film festival likeCannes,’’ she declares addingthat she wore “an outfit createdby my Australian designerfriend.”
  19. 19. june 2013 19cinemaA champion of small, low-budget and off-beat subjects, GuneetMonga is trying to change the way Indian films are perceivedacross the worldTushar A AminGamechangerThe Hollywood Reporter rankedher among the most influentialfigures in international cinemaand she was recently awarded withthe Industry Leadership Award at theIndian Film Festival of Los Angeles.Guneet has effectively emergedas the face of Indian cinema onthe international stage (alongsideAnurag Kashyap).After being the woman behind filmslike Miss Lovely, Peddlers and GangsOf Wasseypur that were invited atCannes Film Festival in 2012, shehad two films, Monsoon Shootoutand The Lunchbox invited for thisyear’s event. The poster girl of Indianindependent cinema – GuneetMonga has been instrumental inensuring that Indian films are nolonger equated with just song anddance numbers.She says, “Indian cinemahas come a long way. From actuallytalking about content being king,we have now started practicing it.Yes, there is a perception of Indiancinema being only song anddance, and I believe there is spacefor this genre to coexist. I think weneed to learn to hard sell our films,to be open to the idea ofexploring newer avenues ofdistribution. Initially buyers would belike, ‘Oh you make Bollywood films’,a lot of time was spent explaining tothem that while yes I do, the films Iproduce are made by great directorson quality stories and that thecountry of origin is not the definitiveGuneet MongaAnurag’s comrade-in-arms,Indie producer Guneethas emerged as a worthylieutenant in the newIndian cinema movement.Last year she presentedfilms like Miss Lovely (UnCertain Regard section)and Peddlers (InternationalCritics’ Week) and this year,two of her films MonsoonShootout and TheLunchbox were invited. Herconsistent presence at theFestival further consolidatesher ranking among themost powerful womenfilmmakers in the world (aslisted by The HollywoodReporter recently).factor. Today, they understand this.So yes, it is a slow process, but notan impossible one.” Guneet adds, “All my films bringme pride. Peddlers by Vasan Balaand Haraamkhor by Shlok Sharmaare films we collaboratively funded,then there’s VakratundaMahakaaya by Punar Vasu whichis our first Marathi film, MonsoonShootout by Amit Kumar and TheLunchbox by Ritesh Batra being thefirst international co-productions. Weare also doing our first internationalproject with the Oscar winningdirector Danis Tanovic directing it,that’s a first too.”
  20. 20. 20 june 2013cinemaArpita ChatterjeeWhen I was at theCannes Festival in2010 the world wasreally confused about whatkind of films they wanted tosee from India – commercialor arthouse? And they weresurprised to see that the filmsfrom our country were a mixof the two. Since then wehave moved forward. Today,distributors are interestedin buying our films in themarketplace in Cannes, which isgreat news. ”Vikramaditya says,“We must write good originalstories, keep growing as anindustry, keep improving ourcraft. As long as films like Shipof Theseus, Peddlers and MissLovely are getting made, we aremoving in the right direction.We are getting funding formovies that are far-removedfrom the mainstream and thatis reallygood news.”The director feels that a ‘bigCannes moment’ is when“you show your film to athousand people for the firsttime at a place where peopleare watching the world’s bestfilms.’’ Says Vikramadityacandidly, “It’s a really nervewracking experience. You feellike you have your balls in yourmouth!”So what did he feel when heheard his film was selected? “Iremember thinking, ‘Oh crapmy film is not even ready!’It was a crazy completingthe final film before I left forCannes. It was only when Ilanded in Cannes and theofficial car came to pick meup that it all sunk in. But myproudest moment was whenI saw my name on the officialscreening board alongsideWoody Allen’s and PedroAlmodovar’s!”So, after all this, why make afilm like Lootera next? Says thedirector, “It’s a story I reallywanted to tell and the filmneeded presentation and alarge budget. So, I decided touse stars to tell a period lovestory.’’   FLIGHTOFFANTASYVikramaditya Motwane, director of Udaan thathad its world premiere in Cannes in 2010, talksto us about what this Holy Grail for filmmakersis all aboutVikramaditya MotwaneVikramaditya Motwane delighted audiences and critics alike withhis independent coming of age feature Udaan, which had its worldpremiere in Cannes in 2010.
  21. 21. june 2013 21cinemaFakers THECANNESSPECIALTheMainstream Bollywood has alwaysbeen more of a gate-crasher at theCannes Film Festival – the fact thatthis global event is celebrating 100 yearsof Indian cinema is really neither here northere. The Festival and its coveted Palme d’Ormay be the Holy Grail for filmmakers acrossthe world, but the bevy of Bollywood starscould well make a layperson believe thatit is in fact, Cannes Fashion Week. The redcarpet sees Bollywood’s parade of pretendersand wannabes provide the Festival withexotic glamour. Back home, these ‘stars’ getmileage in the gossip columns, their fashionsense becoming the talking point rather thantheir work. But no one is complaining. Afterall, it’s a win-win for everyone – the stars andthe desi media.Mallika SherawatWhen it comes to all play and no work, youhave to hand it to Mallika Sherawat. Thissassy girl makes up for what she lacks inacting mettle with her social skills (and otherassets). She may not be seen in an acting rolein a film but that does not stop Mallika frombeing a permanent fixture on the Cannesred carpet and yacht parties. Since her firstappearance at the Festival in 2005 alongsideJackie Chan to present The Myth, Mallika has gone fromstrength to strength. The ‘Cannes do’ attitude of this mostexperienced Cannes red carpet (rivalled only by Aishwarya Rai inthis department) veteran is evident from the fact that she evenscreened Hisss at the Festival. She deserves a Palme d’Or just forher persistence and courage.Sherlyn ChopraIf Mallika is there, can Sherlynbe far behind? After the muchtalked about Playboy photo-shoot,Sherlyn Chopra graced the FilmFestivals’ holy of holies this year tounveil the trailer of her forthcomingfilm, Kamasutra 3D. Usually inthe news for not wearing manyclothes, Sherlyn went to town withher plans to wear seven ‘outfits’representing seven different statesof India – one for each day of theweek-long event.Jacqueline Fernandez“I was in the area, so I thoughtI would just drop by.” That’s thestory with Jacqueline’s Cannesappearance this year. She wasinvited to attend the MonacoGrand Prix, and since Cannes isjust half-an-hour’s drive away,Jacqueline decided to makean appearance and show hersolidarity for Bollywood. She sureknows the value of a photo-op!Ameesha PatelAmeesha Patelmay have hadher troubleswith Bollywoodbut she is notone to giveup, yet. Whenwork stoppedcoming her way,she launched aproduction house. And shedisplayed the same initiative with herpresence at Cannes this year for thescreening of Shortcut Romeo.Minissha LambaThis petite actress who made apromising debut with Yahaan andpromptly went on to break all thosepromises was actually invited toCannes by the legendary filmmakerWoody Allen in 2011. Where thetwain met, we would never knowbut she sure made the most of theinvitation by attending gala dinners,after-parties and the screening of theOscar winning Midnight InParis.
  22. 22. 22 june 2013cinemaTHECANNESSPECIALJudgeandJuryVidya BalanShe is the female superstar ofBollywood, and her work gotinternational endorsement whenVidya Balan was invited to bea jury member at Cannes thisyear. As usual, her clothesmade more news than herwork but we believe that Vidyatruly deserved the honour andthat this is just the beginningfor this gutsy performer.Vidya says, “When I saw MrBachchan on stage, I choked.I grew up watching AmitabhBachchan’s films. My nieceand nephew are just abouttwo years old and they knowwho Amitabh Bachchan is.Indian cinema and AmitabhBachchan are synonymouswith each other. And when hespoke in Hindi, it was just sucha proud moment. Personally,for me to have shared the stagewith him and on an internationalplatform where the talk is aboutIndia celebrating 100 gloriousyears, it felt really special. Theseare the times when you have topinch yourself and say ‘Oh mygod, this is for real.’”Nandita DasActivist, filmmaker, actress NanditaDas has been a quiet presence inCannes for some years. Having beenon the Palme d’Or jury in 2005,this time around, she was on thejury for the short films section.Here is one actress who prefers tostay under the radar rather thanflaunting her laurels.
  23. 23. june 2013 23cinemaTHECANNESSPECIALYears OfIndianCinemaAndCannes100Here is a look at the filmsthat actually made a markon the Cannes canvasover the yearsNeecha Nagar,1946The only Indian filmto ever win the mostcoveted award in thefilm world, this ChetanAnand film was basedon Maxim Gorky’sshort story, depictingthe rich-poor divide.Amar Bhoopali,1951V. Shantaram’s biopicon the life of Marathipoet/musician HonajiBala was nominatedfor the Grand Prix butmanaged to win theExcellence in SoundRecording honoursinstead.Do Bigha Zameen,1954Bimal Roy’s neo-realist dramarevolving around thestruggles of a farmerin debt to a landlordwas awarded the PrixInternationale at the1954 Festival.
  24. 24. 24 june 2013cinemaSalaam Bombay,1988Mira Nair’s debut film won theCamera d’Or and the Audienceaward at the 1988 Festival.Marana Simhasanam,1999Murali Nair’s Malayalam film washonoured with the Camera d’Or atthe 1999 Festival.Kharji,1982Mrinal Sen’s sensitive dramawas awarded the Special JuryPrize in 1983.Pather Panchali,1955Satyajit Ray was awarded the Palmed’Or for the Best Human Documentfor the first in the Apu trilogyin 1955.
  25. 25. june 2013 25cinemaFashionistasTHECANNESSPECIALThey make news by simply being seen. These actors have aced the art of bringingbeauty to the red carpet. Here’s a lowdown on how India’s fashion-forward stars faredat the 2013 edition of CannesOutfit byAbu Jani-SandeepKhoslaGown by Elie SaabAishwarya RaiIn her 12th year at the festival,Aishwarya Rai is one of the mostrecognisable Indian faces at Cannes.Her sartorial fashion sense has beenAsh’s Achilles heel,but this year she won over critics with her surpriseguest - daughter Aaradhya.Zach Posen skirt,Saint Laurentshirt,Armani belt,Casedeishoes
  26. 26. 26 june 2013cinemaSonam KapoorShe takes her fashionista tag soseriously,that Sonam likens her redcarpet sojourn to the most importantday of her life! “Every time I go ontothe red carpet I feel like I am gettingmarried,’’ says Sonam showcasing atrousseau style wardrobe at CannesFrieda PintoA red carpet favorite withher international fashionchoices,Freida Pinto isthe one to watch out for.This year,she picked adesi designer – SanchitaAjjampur’s meltingmetallic vintage creation -and in her own words theresponse was “rocking”Gild web gown designed bySanchita AjjampurGown by GucciAnamika Khanna ensemble Dolce & Gabbana evening gownLace Lehenga by Shehla Khan
  27. 27. june 2013 27peopleShabbir Ali and Noel Singh Dias“I am not scared of new paths,nor am I scared of takingrisks,” says Aamir KhanImages:Yogen
  28. 28. 28 june 2013peopleHe is the ultimate contrarian.In a world where quantity trumpsquality and all publicity is goodpublicity, Aamir Khan chooses tomarch to the beat of his own drum.Reclusive, choosy, stubborn, difficult…Despite all the connotations impliedby those words in a politically correctindustry, Aamir has time and again provedthat success does not need sycophancy.His work speaks for him, both as an actorand as a person. And it is this illustriousoeuvre that is being celebrated in ayear in which Aamir also earned amention among the prestigious TIMEmagazine’s list 100 most influentialpeople in the world.And while the byte-starved mediahas unleashed a frenzy to celebrateAamir Khan’s ‘silver jubilee’ in Bollywood,this is only the 25th year of his firstcommercial success, Qayamat Se QayamatTak. His actual acting debut was in his uncleNasir Hussein’s Yaadon Ki Baaraat (1973)when Aamir was just 8-years old. In effect,this is Aamir’s 40th year in Bollywood. Aamirmade his adult debut in Ketan Mehta’scritically acclaimed Holi (1984). This is whereAamir cut his acting teeth alongside AshutoshGowariker, beginning a friendship that wouldculminate in the form of Oscar nominatedLagaan (2001).Betting on a script that others had turneddown, Aamir not only agreed to act in, butalso produce Gowariker’s Lagaan. Aamir’sconviction and hard work paid off whenLagaan emerged as the biggest Bollywoodfilm in decades, before going on to win anAcademy Award nomination in the BestForeign Language film category. Thereafter,Aamir evolved into a strategic thinker, workingon just one film at a time and giving that filmeverything he has.Today, Aamir is a one-man conscience keeperarmy of Bollywood. The presence of AamirKhan in a film has become synonymous withentertaining-yet-intelligent cinema. In an erawhen silver jubilee is a forgotten word, here isa man whose legacy will continue to influenceus even if he were to hang up his shoes andretire to his dream destination – Coorg, atthis very moment. That is not superstardom.This is virtual immortality. And if anyone incontemporary Bollywood deserves that, it isAamir Khan.This year marks 25 years since yourfirst movie... I have no clue how 25 years went by. Itfeels like I joined just yesterday. When I firstcame into the industry, I wondered if I’d be
  29. 29. june 2013 29peoplesuccessful. They say an actor’s lifecycle is fiveyears. Then various factors affect his career —either the audience gets bored, or competitionkills his career aspirations. But somehow I havesurvived all this and here I am… celebrating25 years in the same year that Indian cinemacompletes 100 years! I would like to thank the directors and everyonewho helped me make this journey. Somenames I would especially like to mention areNasir and Mansoor Sahib, who directed myfirst film. As well as all those technicians, musicdirectors, co-actors and most importantly,the audience that tolerated me and gave meunconditional love and affection. I would alsolike to remember my family who helped me bea part of this industry.You had a golden debut. When I joined the industry I never knew howwell known I would become. Qayamat SeQayamat Tak made me a star overnight. ThenI had a spate of three or four unsuccessfulmovies. These were movies I wasn’t supposedto do, but I learnt from the mistakes andmoved on. Ever since then, I made up my mindthat I wouldn’t do a film for money, success,fame or because it was a big banner. Only if Ifelt for the movie, would I be part of it — andI have stuck to this method. If a script doesn’ttouch my heart, I don’t do it.What was your first day at ashoot like? My first day at a shoot was in Ooty withMansoor (Khan). As the first take finishedit began to get foggy. We thought the fogwould lift in an hour or so, but it stayed foreight hours and we all thought this was a sign.People can be superstitious but it really doesn’tmatter if you have a bad start because you canalways work towards the future if you believein yourself.Is working alone a challenge? When you are alone, there is nothing to bescared of. When I started working peopleassumed that I wouldn’t be able to stickaround for too long. They thought I waschoosing films foolishly, but I walk the paththat I feel is right. I am not scared of newpaths, nor am I scared of taking risks. If onehas truth and courage by his or her side, he orshe will win in the end.
  30. 30. 30 june 2013peopleAre there any films you regretchoosing? I have no such regrets. Some of myfilms were unsuccessful at the boxoffice, but whatever I am today I learntfrom all those films. I give my failuresas much credit as I do my successes.What would you say are two ofyour integral qualities? I have two qualities that are good andbad at the same time. One of them is apassion to accomplish tasks. The otheris my stubbornness which gives me alot of energy. When someone tells menot to do a particular film, I do it onpurpose.How are your relations withthe media? You are often seenplaying hide and seek with them. Currently, I have a very goodrelationship with the media. There wasa point in my career when the mediawould write many untrue things aboutme and I would be very hurt. I am avery emotional creature. When I didn’tinteract with the media, they assumedthings and wrote about them. WhenI was quiet, they would assume I wasfighting. In Taare Zameen Par, my character asksDr Shetty what do children need themost — security, dignity, faith or love?If the first three things don’t exist,there is no point in love. I realisedthat this also holds true for peopleand thought about all my souredrelationships — media included —with this in mind and our relationshipautomatically got better.What do you think aboutBombay Talkies, thetribute movie? It made me glad and sadthat I couldn’t make such afilm. It’s good to see suchtalent.Name a legendaryactress whom youadmire Without doubt it hasto be the one and only,Madhubala. Just onesmile from her andthat was it – you werefloored!On the personal front, do youplan to get into politics? (Firmly) I have no such plans.And your favourite films? Pyaasa, Mother India,Mughal-e-Azam and GaramHawa to name a few.Who are yourfavourite actors? Dilip Kumarji. He isone of the best. Iregret that I haven’thad a chance to workwith him yet.
  31. 31. 31june 2013Richa Chaddha talks about whyshe gave up theatre for films, notwanting to be typecast and howMira Nair inspires herAsmita Aggarwalcinema
  32. 32. cinema32 june 2013Richa Chaddha is nothing likethe Dolly of Oye Lucky! LuckyOye! She is well spoken, hasa great sense of humour,likes designer gowns and islots of fun! After all, she comes froman academic family, with a mother whoteaches in Delhi University. Richa herselfstarted out in theatre – maybe that’s whyshe is now known for her unconventionalchoice of roles like Nagma in Gangs ofWasseypur. Richa is now gearing up forthe Farhan Akhtar-produced film Fukrey.“It is a light-hearted comedy, somethingI have never done before. I am used todark, edgy roles so when I got Fukrey Iwas overjoyed, as I play the antagonist.Great acting skills are all about taking theroad less travelled. I am young so I havenothing to lose,” she says.Richa plays Geeta Arora aka Sonu Pan-jaban – a criminal who rose to the topof the ladder in her early 20s in UP andBihar, by trafficking well-groomed collegegirls and paying them exceedingly well.“I was surprised to see how well turnedout she was in real life. She was marriedto Vijay, a small time gangster whom sheloved, but I was surprised to discover thatshe had many lovers and was a mothertoo! I liked the character so when I wasoffered the role I agreed almost immedi-ately,” Richa says.Unlike most stars Richa had it quite easy.She was spotted by Dibanker Banerjee,while she was doing a play for Barry John.“I wanted to reach a wider audience asI believe only a few people have accessto theatre and films have mass appeal. Ihave to thank Barry John who taught meall I know. I found my own voice quiteearly in my career because of him,” shesays.Interestingly, when people meet Richathey speak to her in Hindi thinking she isreally like Dolly in real life, so when sheanswers back in chaste English, they arequite taken aback. “People tend to type-cast you in the industry – they think I amone of those actresses who can’t talk tosave her life and that’s perhaps why I playsuch characters with ease,” she laughs.“There are two kinds of people –one who are performers likeme, and others who liketo be behind the cam-era,” Richa explains.Perhaps it was thisfire in her bellythat got her arole in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Ram Leela,when Kareena Kapoor walked out of thisRomeo and Juliet remake. “I am doingquite an offbeat role in the film whichwas a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.As a newcomer I learnt so much fromSanjay Bhansali – everyday with him waslike attending an acting workshop,” sheconfesses.Tired of playing negative characters, Ri-cha made up her mind that in 2013 shewould like a change of image – so takinga 180 degree turn was mandatory. “Ienjoyed working with Mira Nair. I did asmall film called God Room, co-writtenby Zoya Akhtar. Mira is a real artiste. Shedoesn’t write novels, but manages to un-derstand their essence and frames themin a language everyone can understand.God Room is a short film that deals withgender politics, caste, beauty and theyoung and old. It was a riveting experi-ence to interact with Mira and extremelyexciting to observe her thoughtprocess,” she concludes.   
  33. 33. cinemaBollywood heartthrob Ranbir Kapooropens up on Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani,his ex-flame Deepika Padukone and hislove for footballAsmita AggarwalWhen the Bollywooddreamboat shotthe first scene forAbhinav Kashyap’sBesharam inwhich he steals a car, it was thethrill of sharing screen space withhis parents that excited him! Thatthere was a stampede outsidean apartment in Delhi with fansscreaming, “I love you Ranbir,”didn’t seem to matter. “It wasfun being in the frame with myparents for the first time in mycareer,” he says.Today, Ranbir is looking forwardto acting in Ayan Mukerji’s filmYeh Jawaani Hai Deewani whichalso stars his ex-flame DeepikaPadukone along with Kalki Koechlinand Aditya Roy Kapur. “This is mysecond film with Ayan – the firstbeing Wake up Sid – who is a goodfriend,” he says.Interestingly, it is after a gap of fiveyears that Ranbir and Deepika aresharing screen space, and with theRK tattoo intact on the nape of herneck, the Kapoor son has only goodthings to say about his co-star. “Sheis a fine actress whom I last workedwith in Bachna Ae Hasenoo in2008,” he says with a smile.33june 2013
  34. 34. cinemaIn a world of brittle relationships, fameand money, the Ranbir-Deepika lovestory turned sour after two years in thelimelight. The ugly break up, his allegedaffair with Katrina Kaif and accusationsof repeated cheating took their toll.Deepika’s revelations on the Karan Joharshow didn’t help things either – “He isa great person but he needs to workon his boyfriend skills. I do forgive, butwhen it becomes a habit…”Despite the unpleasantness, Ranbirplayed the chivalrous ex-lover whenDeepika was reduced to tears at apress meet to promote Yeh JawaaniHai Deewani, where uncomfortablequestions were asked about her stillintact RK tattoo. In true Bollywoodstyle Ranbir admonished the mediaperson for delving into “private andpersonal lives”. But then, that’s Ranbir foryou, always standing up for his friends,like he did for Sanjay Dutt. “I vouch forSanjay Dutt as a human being, whathas happened is very sad. Sanjay is awonderful, generous and good-heartedman. He has suffered enough. This blowhas come just when he was getting backon his feet.”The same innate decency was at playwhen Ranbir got a chance to showsome of his skills on the football fieldwhere he struck a chord with histeammates – street kids for the NGORanbir played thechivalrous ex-loverwhen Deepikawas reduced totears at a pressmeet to promoteYehJawaani HaiDeewani...34 june 2013
  35. 35. cinemaMagic Bus. Ranbir was the vice-captainof the All Stars Football Club (ASFC)that competed against the All HeartsFootball Club (AHFC), brimming withIndian cricketing stars in a charity matchfor Magic Bus at the Jawaharlal NehruStadium in March.“The game plan was just to have funand the cause was a noble one,’’ saysRanbir who has been an avid footballplayer since his school days. “Oncemy career started I got busy and forgotall about football but ASFC haschanged all that. I think it is importantto play some form of sport, it teachesyou a lot – discipline and to work as ateam,” he adds.Ranbir says that he carries a footballwith him when he travels and he getsan opportunity to play with ASFC everyweek. “We are trying to rope in theEnglish Premier League football team toplay a match here and also in Kolkata.Pepsi is also trying to get football playersin from Spain and England. However, wedon’t have a decent football ground inMumbai, which is shameful. We must tryand create a proper sports infrastructureonly then can we create sports stars atthe school level,” he adds.With no heroines participating in thegame as yet, Ranbir laments, “My gamewould be better if there were actressesplaying!” Any takers?Ranbir carriesa football with himwhen he travels forwhenever he gets anopportunity to play35june 2013
  36. 36. travel36 june 201336 june 2013insiderBlessed with delicate porcelainfeatures, Evelyn Sharma and DiaMirza are virtually indistinguish-able. For Evelyn’s sake, we hopethe similarity ends there as Dia’scareer has been on a southboundtrajectory for a long time nowPriyanka Chopra is sweating itout at the gym to play Mary Kom.And her sur-namesake Sherlyn issweating it out under the sheets toreintroduce western audiences tothe Kamasutra. That apart, Sherlyn’sworking hard to replicate PC’s look.Until the latter finds a new look.Bollywood is reeling under déjà vu. We’vegot movies resembling other movies; songssounding like we’ve heard them before. So whyshould it be any different when it comes to theactresses? Here’s our pick of the top femaledoppelgangers in B-Town today.HEYSOULSISTEREARNING THEIR CHOPSBOO BETTY BOOPActress Riya Vij had pinned all herhopes on Gippi, an Ugly Betty-esque indie feature. Sadly, the onlything that came of age was herresemblance to Boney and SrideviKapoor’s youngest daughter Khu-shi. Well, some publicity is betterthan none, isn’t it?
  37. 37. june 2013 37people37june 2013Forever a child of the sixties, guitar virtuoso Carlos Santana findsIndia to be “spiritually evolved with a lot of kindness”Rohit Panikker
  38. 38. 38 june 2013peopleCarlos Santana has always cuthis own path. You could saythat it began from his debut atWoodstock ‘69 with a free form jamband that christened itself after hissecond name. The group introducedLatin-infused rock, jazz, blues, salsa,and African rhythms to the half-million people that attended the freeconcert, and was quickly lapped up byan international audience, garneringcritical acclaim (no one had even heardof using timbales and congos in rockn’ roll before!) It was the first time acompletely new band managed topull off something of this sort with nohistory, no record deal or even a singleon the radio … and that too with aMexican frontman who went onstage and played his guitar like aNative American shaman in trance!Cut to the present and the sceneremains the same. Santana’s stilltreading his own path. With a musicalrepertoire of almost 36 albums to hisname, his last studio release ShapeShifter was primarily a guitar-driveninstrumental album where he strayedaway from his well-received formatof collaborating with other talentson vocal duties – like Chad Kroegerof Nickelback, Jennifer Lopez, DaveMatthews or Rob Thomas of MatchboxTwenty (with whom he wrote theGrammy-winning single Smooth).In October last year, the guitarwizard and the patriarch of a genrewe refer loosely to as ‘world music’performed live in India for the firsttime in a career that’s been runningfor over four decades. “I amhonoured and grateful to have hadperformed in Bangalore and Delhi. Ifyou’ve have ever visited the zoo at thetime the lion is being fed, he alwaysroars louder for more. It was the sameeffect I had while performing livefor my Indian fans,” he says of theexperience. A disciple of the Bengali-Americanspiritual teacher Sri Chinmoy, Santanawas also given the name Devadip (thelamp, light and eye of God) by hisguru. And although it took him thislong to perform in India, it definitelydidn’t take his music too long to gethere. His beats and riffs have beeninspiring Bollywood songs, from theAfro rhythms of Jingo to the bass lineof Maria Maria. Here, he talks abouthis impressions of his time in India,why he loves collaborating with othermusicians, the whole idea of fusionmusic and what he thinks plagues themusic industry today.38 june 2013
  39. 39. june 2013 39peoplejune 2013 39“I call ‘fusion music’ thespice of life.I love Africanmusic and the Afro beats.I love this spicy music,just as I love spicy foodand women!”Indian Textures“It was my maiden concertin India, although I had visitedbefore. India is a spiritually evolvedcountry with a lot of kindness.The visual imagery and textureswere my first impressions whenI’d visited the country earlier! Thistime, I couldn’t stop gorging onIndian food. I fell in love with thesouth Indian breakfast of masaladosa and the mango lassi was myfavourite!”Creative Bonds“Collaborating with other musiciansis a very gratifying experience andthe feeling is mutual. They allwant to share their music. It’s thecomplementing collaboration andnot competition that makes it great.I have no agenda, no fear. I just needthe right song. Once you’ve identifiedit, you play with all your heart,without any fears. With this emotionand spiritual values, the sound isalways memorable.”The Spice Of Life“I call ‘fusion music’ the spice of life.I love African music and the Afrobeats. I love this spicy music, just asI love spicy food and women! At themoment I am focusing on workingwith Latin/Spanish musicians. I wantto be able to create music withmusicians from Persia, India, China,Kuala Lumpur ... with the brothersPlumbing Issues!“The problem with the music‘industry’ today is that there is toomuch dependence on technologyand less on singing. The focus hasshifted to money, fame, zeros to theright on the cheque. In short, thetechnology is turning out plumbersdisguised as musicians!”All Strings Attached“When I was working on ShapeShifter, I sang to my guitar. It ismore or less an album for personalcollection, though not so much forthe radio. Though many peoplehave pointed out that I have movedaway from what they identify tobe the typical ‘Santana sound’, theprocess of writing this album wasnatural for me and no departures.I have been the maître d for thevocals till now. Here, I became themaître d for the instrument.”The Sixties“This was the time we wanted anend to the Vietnam War. We believedthat world peace could be possible,we believed in the principles ofMahatma Gandhi and MotherTeresa. Humanity took a quantumleap in consciousness. We aspired tocreate this change. Unlike then, theyouth of today have forgotten to askquestions. Question the authority.”“I call ‘fusion music’ thespice of life.I love Africanmusic and the Afro beats.I love this spicy music,just as I love spicy foodand women!”
  40. 40. travel40 june 201340 june 2013MusicThis month’s all about the independentreleases! From your next-door garageband to a dreamy and ambient EDMalbum being put together in a modest studioset up, these musicians are known to walk offthe beaten path and experiment with theirmusic. With free handouts, online downloadsor even modestly-priced physical copies goingaround, music, for these artistes, is all aboutbeing heard!Pretty Lights - AColour Map Of The SunWhat: Pretty Lights, the musical project of theelectro soul hip-hop pioneer Derek VincentSmith, will release a new studio album titled AColor Map of the Sun, in July. The album takesits title from the writings of Isaac Newton. AroundThe Block, the album’s first single an uplifting, soulful,hip-hop throwback about appreciating the best moments in lifefeaturing Talib Kweli.Artistspeak: “By putting together different groups of musicians on a dailybasis, different bands were formed with the purpose of playing stylesfrom funk, soul and jazz, to folk, rock and classical. I searched forvocalists that could take my lyrics and put their own incredible souland emotion into them. I made beats for some of my favoriterappers in exchange for the ability to chop up the lyrics theywrote. It was a laborious yet immensely gratifyingexperiment that I could not be more proud of.”–Derek Vincent Smith, Pretty LightsLabel: Pretty Lights MusicAdil &Vasundhara - AmpersandWhat: Vasundhara Vidalur and Adil Manuelspearhead a collaborative outfit based out ofNew Delhi. Their musical spectrum spans JazzFusion, Funk, RnB, Blues & Gospel. Ampersandis their debut release and their sound has beenshowcased in every major music festival in thecountry.Artistspeak: “While looking for one single word that described what thealbum stood for, we realized that the album had become a lot morethan Adil and Vasundhara. The songs were created over many jamswith Saurabh Suman and Sava Boyadzhiev. Luminaries and friendslike Louiz Banks, Ranjit Barot, Loy Mendonsa, Sanjay Divecha,Zubin Balaporia and Suchet Malhotra came on board andcontributed. This is a mega project. This is a massivestatement. This is an enormous step in the new wave ofindependent music. Because for the first time, this isabout ALL of us together” - Adil & VasundharaLabel: Independent releaseSkrat - BringOut The Big GunsWhat: Chennai-based trio Skrat is outwith their next adventure titled Bring Out The BigGuns. Featuring TT Sriram on guitars and lead vocals,Tapass Naresh on the drums and Satish Narayanan on bassguitar - both providing backup vocals - that provide a simple,raw, homegrown perspective to loud guitars, catchy hooksand a whole lot of energy on and off stage! Check out the funsing-along track Samurai Badass or the edgy Tin Can Man for ataste of Skrat.Artistspeak: “A debut album, several live gigs, a few hiatuses,personnel alterations and a partial reinvention later, BringOut The Big Guns is a compilation of the band’scollective frustration.” – Sriram TT, vocalistLabel: Independent release
  41. 41. june 2013 41people41june 2013Rohit Panikker“I had to take acompletely freshapproach whiledoing musicfor this film,”says composerMichael Andrewson teaming upwith Mira Nairfor The ReluctantFundamentalistMusic composer MichaelAndrews refers to himself as“the one whom filmmakersapproach if they want to try somethingoutside of convention”. Indeed,this American musician first shot tofame with his version of the TearsFor Fears song Mad World, whichhe recorded for the soundtrack ofthe Jake Gyllenhaal starrer DonnieDarko. The movie went on to garnera cult following and Andrews set thestandard for “unconventional” andexperimental music. “The film waspretty low budget so my portion ofthe money was pretty thin. I couldn’thire anyone, it was just me. I playedeverything – piano, mellotron, minimarimba, xylophone, ukulele, organ,”he said about the making of thesoundtrack.Since then, the composer has gone onto score music for a variety of featureprojects such as Bridesmaids, Out Cold,Nothing, Cypher, Orange County, MySuicidal Sweetheart, a segment of Paris,je t’aime, Unaccompanied Minors andWalk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story. Andnow, he has teamed up with award-winning director Mira Nair to score anear hour-long score for her recently-released The Reluctant Fundamentalist.“I had to take a completely fresh
  42. 42. 42 june 2013approach while doing music for this film,”explains the composer as he gets talking on hisexperience with the subcontinent and how hewent about putting together the soundtrackto the tale of Mohsin Hamid’s protagonist,Changez.Mira Nair worked closely with Andrews and theircombined efforts have effectively layered the film’sscore with traditional Pakistani songs, Urdu poetryset to music, cutting-edge Pakistani pop, funk andrap. “I found the entire process very challenging.Mira had heard my work in Donnie Darko, liked it,and then got in touch with me to score music forThe Reluctant Fundamentalist,” explains Andrews.“Post-production was difficult since we wereworking from two different continents. Finally, Itravelled to Delhi and sat with her, sifting throughthe footage and trying to cut the soundtrack as wesaw it best … and that from quite a lot of materialwe had already put together!”The soundtrack features an ensemble of soundsthat Andrews has previously not worked muchwith. For example, it kicks off with Kangna, aQawwali (a style of Sufi devotional music) sungby a family of 12 renowned Pakistani Qawwalisingers, led by brothers Fareed Ayaz and AbuMohammed. This is followed by Pakistani pop starMeesha Shafi’s Bijli Aaye Ya Na Aye. Amy Ray ofthe folk group Indigo Girls performs on MeasureOf Me and there’s also Atif Aslam who sings MoriAraj Suno in Urdu. The composer explains thatas the movie focuses on a blend of the old andnew; its music succinctly reflects these themes andcombines the traditional with the contemporaryto create the perfect soundtrack for thefilm. “It was definitely an exploration.Mira bounced a volley of thematicinformation and ideas off me for overthree weeks,” he explains.Perhaps the sights and sounds of theIndian subcontinent helped inspire thecomposer, especially since he foundthe experience “magical”! On firstimpressions, he says, “It was incredible! It was somuch to take in! I managed to find the time togo around Old Delhi and I totally loved its narrowalleyways and markets. On my first morning inDelhi, I woke up to the sound of prayers fromoutside. I have no words to express that feelingexcept that it was magical. I want to come back toIndia again!”Andrews has also been straddling his solo workalong with his film music. Last year he releasedSpilling A Rainbow, his second album, and one hecalls a complete contrast from his film work. “Mysolo work is mostly a personal effort, inspired frommy own experiences. Spilling A Rainbow comesfrom my experiences of being a father,” he sharesas he goes on, “The main difference betweenscoring music for films and working on your ownalbum is that an album is more personal. There isno time constraint when you’re making a record.But, on a film, you have the director who has thefinal say with what they want at the end of it.”people42 june 2013Still from The ReluctantFundamentalistStill from The ReluctantFundamentalist
  43. 43. food43june 2013Model, producer and Bollywoodhunk John Abraham and I haveknown each other ever sincewe worked together for PETA. John andmy husband share a love for cars andbikes. And while everyone knows thatJohn is a fitness buff, not many know he isalso a great cook. While sharing this recipewith me, John told me, “This stir fry is atasty, healthy and very filling dish,” and hewas so right! You can have this dish justby itself as a snack, or teamed with riceor homemade oat noodles. The recipe isa favourite of mine because it’s so easy tocook”.“I love all the vegetables used in it — broc-coli, mushrooms, zucchini, bok choy…They are full of health-giving propertiesand taste delicious as well. I sometimesuse yellow zucchini if I can find it, insteadof the regular dark-green one, just for achange and I use almond flakes with theirouter covering as the peel is full of fibrethat is so good for you. Try making thisrecipe and I am sure you will make it againand again — just like I do!”IN THE KITCHEN WITHJohn Abraham shares hisfavourite vegan recipe withPETA activist AnuradhaSawhney for her new book
  44. 44. food44 june 2013MethodWash all the vegetables.Cut the mushrooms into quarters.Break or cut the broccoli into bite-sized florets.Do not peel the zucchini. Cut it into two pieces length-wise and then cut it into one inch pieces.Break the bok choy into three pieces each.Peel the garlic and crush it lightly using a mortar and pestle.Blanch the almonds, till the skins are wrinkled. Peel and cutthem into fine slivers. You should have about one tablespoon ofslivered almonds.Put a non-stick pan over moderate heat and add the oil (optional).When hot, add the garlic and sauté for one minute.Add the mushrooms, broccoli and zucchini. Raise the heat to high,stir well and cover the pan. Let the vegetables steam for about twoto three minutes. The mushrooms will release water in which they willcook. Be careful not to overcook the vegetables.Open the pan and continue to cook, till the water starts to evaporate.Add the bok choy, almonds and soy sauce. Stir-fry for one minute.Remove from heat and add the pepper.Taste and add salt only if needed as the soy sauce is salty.Serve hot with steamed brown rice or homemade oat noodles.Excerpted from: The Vegan Kitchen BollywoodStyle by Anuradha Sawhney(Westland Ltd)IngredientsMushrooms —1 packet (200 gms)Broccoli — 1 headZucchini —1Bok choy — 3 to 4 leavesGarlic cloves — 6 to 8Slivered almonds — 1 tbspOil — 1 tsp (optional)Light soy sauce — 2 to 3 tspFreshly ground black pepper — to tasteSalt — to tasteEXOTIC VEGETABLESWITHALMONDSA LAJOHN ABRAHAM(2-3 servings)
  45. 45. explore not one, but two tanta-lising French desserts – Paris Brestand Chocolate Fondue with Man-go Milkshake. Our captain at thehelm of this gastronomic voyagewas Chef Fabien Berteau.Having honed his skills as a PastryChef for more than a decade inParis, Fabien headed eastwardsto Chennai. Ask him about thedesserts he specially selected forNOTCH and he says, “Paris Brestis a signature dish from Franceand it’s one of my favourite sug-ar-coated indulgences. Although,it’s a little time-consuming tomake, the result is worth theeffort. I’ve always prided myselfon being able to prepare this formy guests, friends and family.The dish has a wonderful historybehind it as well.” And so it does.This delectable dessert made fromchoux pastry and praline-flavouredcream was created way back in1891 in commemoration of theParis-Brest bicycle race.The second dessert on Fabien’smenu for us is Chocolate Fon-due and Mango Milk Shake. Heconfesses, “Chocolate fondue isan all-time classic. You don’t needa reason to have chocolate, doyou? I decided to give this recipe atropical, seasonal spin by couplingit with a mango milkshake. Every-one’s crazy about mangoes. So Ithought, let’s tease those taste-buds a little and give you the bestof both worlds.”Tucking into both desserts was agastronomic experience for us. So,watch Fabien in action and bringa little bit of France onto yourtable!Chef Fabien Berteau is theHead Pastry Chef at the ParkHyatt in Chennai.The Frenchthe French have left theirindelible mark on everything –from fashion and art to filmsand culture. And as for the food… well, it would be hard not tobe enamoured by the flavours of anation so obsessed with its cuisine.We decided to take the plunge andChef FabienBerteau bringsyou two fabulousFrench desserts– guaranteed tobecome instant hitsat the dining tableBijoy Bharathanfood48 june 2013
  46. 46. (Serves 4-6 persons)PARISPARISFor the Choux PastryMilk – 75 mlWater – 175 mlSugar – 7 gmsSalt –- 3 gmsButter – 100 gmsFlour – 175 gmsEggs – 300 ml – (Approx 5 egg yolks)Method• In a saucepan bring the water, milk,butter, sugar and salt to boil.• Fold in the sieved flour and dry outover strong heat.• Incorporate eggs one by one.• Pipe the mixture onto baking paper indoughnut shaped circles• Bake in an oven set at190 degrees for25 minutes.For the Pastry CreamMilk – 500 mlEgg yolks – 120 ml - Beat the yolks gently toemulsify and measure out 300 mlSugar – 120 gmsCornflour – 30 gmsCustard powder – 20 gmsButter – 150 gmsPraline paste – 100 gmsMethod• Bring the milk to the boil and mix in the eggyolks, sugar, cornflour and custard powder.• Stir for two minutes till the mixture boils.• Add 50 gms of butter. Cool and store in therefrigerator for an hour.• Add the praline paste and the remaining softbutter and mix well to get a smooth batter.To Serve:Slice the choux pasty doughnuts horizontally.Pipe the praline paste onto one choux pastry,top it with the other half and serve.Image:DwarakeshIyengarfood49june 2013 TAP FOR VIDEO
  47. 47. For the Chocolate FondueDark chocolate 70 per cent cocoaChocolate – 260 gmsButter – 300 gmsEggs – 500 ml -Castor sugar – 200 gmsFlour – 130 gmsMethodMethod• Melt the chocolate and the butter in adouble boiler.• Beat the eggs and castor sugar togethertill the mix is a pale consistency.• Add the chocolate into it this mixtureusing a spatula.• Add the flour and mix well.• Keep the mixture in the refrigerator foran hour.• Pipe the mixture into the mould.• Bake at 190 degrees for nine minutes.For the Mango Milk ShakeMango puree – 150 gmsVanilla ice cream – 500 gmsFull cream milk – 50 mlMethodPour the mango puree, vanilla icecream and the full cream milk into ablender for 30 seconds.Pour the mixture into a short glassand serve.CHOCOLATEFONDUE &CHOCOLATEFONDUE &(Serves 4-6 persons)Image:DwarakeshIyengarVideographer:Subashfood50 june 2013TAP FOR VIDEO
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  49. 49. travel52 june 2013Top 5New York: I love it, as I went to school there. But morethan that, I think, it is a very cosmopolitan city. I like takingpictures of people placed in an interesting environment. Ithas this great vivacity, buzz and great historical places likethe Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island and not to forget theNiagara Falls. New York is a melting pot of cultures andthat’s what makes it spectacular.Mumbai: It is the city that is my home. I am actuallynot a great photographer, I am an aspiring one. Morethan monuments, statues, malls or markets, capturingpeople in their myriad moods, various stages of lifereally interests me, or you can say fascinates me.Mumbai makes a great subject. For me, pictures areabout freezing special moments in time.Kashmir: I was there shooting for Vishal Bharadwaj SaatKhoon Maaf with Irrfan Khan and I went ballistic trying totake pictures at every nook and corner as I was surroundedby such beauty, that it just swept me away. Everything is sostunning and natural. Despite the region being strife torn,the place’s natural beauty mesmerized me.Ko Samui: I love beaches, sun, sand and bikinis. I like Thailandand Ko Samui’s clear waters and also Krabi, where you cango snorkeling or kayaking, it offers crystal clear waters and aabove all peace, as if you are one with nature.Marrakech: Marrakech: I was there this year forthe Marrakech Film Festival. I like Morocco. It isas if old world meets new-age, it was fascinating.Places must speak to you, whether it is historical orcontemporary, I like pictures to tell a story.Places
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  51. 51. travel54 june 2013India’s over 7,000 kms of coastline andsome large island groups have beenattracting surfers from all over the world.Their aim? To find stretches of silent, unex-plored beaches so that they may ride thewaves along the coastlines of Tamil Nadu,Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Karnataka and Goa.The idea of surfing tourism has caught onrapidly with surfing schools operating outof beachside villages or resorts and cricketerJonty Rhodes, who often hits India’s beacheswith his surfboard, being declared the officialambassador for the sport in the country.So, what has made India’s coastline so ap-pealing to surfers? “The possibility of findingnew, quiet, exciting as well as exclusive places.The waves are relatively gentle before therains, so it’s perfect for beginners,” explainsJoshua Nguyen, a seasonal surfer who isexploring the southern coasts ahead of themonsoons. “This is usually the best time foramateurs,” he says adding, “the currents getstronger as you hit June-July. That’s when themore professional surfers come out, lookingfor waves that swell up to over 20 feet!”Perhaps one of the first people to start asurfing school on the south-eastern coast,brothers Juan and Samai Reboul, who wereborn in a fishing hamlet in Spain, had theirfirst taste of the waves as two very impres-sionable children growing up in Auroville,near Puducherry. They opened the KallialaySurf School in the fishing village of Tandri-ankuppam in 2009 and have been witness tothe surge of interest in surfing activity overthe last few years. “When we moved here in1995, there was a community of maybe10 surfers (who gave Juan and Samai theirfirst surfboards). Now, on a good day withgood swells and conditions, we have manytimes that number of people in the water,”says Juan.
  52. 52. travel55june 2013So, how long does it take for a beginner topick up surfing during a holiday? “After a 10-day course you will be able to surf yourself,”says Samai. “However, that depends on twothings – how fit or sporty you are and whetheryou know how to swim. The latter is an essen-tial prerequisite.”If one needs to dole out credit for the start ofthe surfing movement in India, it has to goto Jack Hebner an American surfer monk whostarted the first surfing ashram in Mangaloreand is better known as the Surfing Swamy.Rammohan Paranjape, who is India’s onlyprofessional surf photographer and one ofthe founding members of the Surfing Feder-ation of India, was one of his early students.“Surfing was introduced to a bunch of us bythe Surfing Swamy in early 2000,” he explains.“His efforts led to the first ever surfing schoolin India that was established here in 2004.”But Rammohan says that all the recentattention that India has been garnering asa major surfing spot is due to the kind ofcoverage it gets from the media andthe kind of support they get in terms ofequipment and assistance from differentsponsors and surfing aficionados fromaround the world. Now, with Jonty Rhodesendorsing the activity, it has caught theattention of the average urban Indian. “TheSouth Africans love to surf and we had heardthat Jonty has been surfing to keep fit after hisretirement,” says Rammohan, as he looks tothe future. “People from the cities steal awayto these beaches, curious about surfing, andwanting to learn how to catch a wave. Thiskind of curiosity and enthusiasm is what willtake surfing to the next level in this country.I think it’s just a matter of time before wesee India become a much bigger part of thesurfing map.”Surfing Tips and Etiquette• It is advisable to first cover familiar surfing spots in India before at-tempting to search for new ones.• Make sure you do not interfere with the fishing activity by the beach.• Watch out for currents. It is better to familiarise yourself with the rips(a powerful flow of water rushing back to the ocean due to heavywave action), and currents at the surfing spot by asking fellow surfersor local fishermen from the area.• Don’t hog the waves!• While going into the sea in a line-up, the one closest to the peak ofthe wave has right of way and should be allowed to tackle the wave.Safety• Don’t dive in right away. Talk to the locals and the lifeguard(if present) about surfing conditions.• Never surf alone! India’s coastline destinations do not have aconsistent lifeguard programme in place, except for areas like Goa orKovalam, near Chennai.• Never mix alcohol with surfing. Even nursing a hangover can be risky.• If you ever get caught in a rip, relax. Start swimming towards theshore at a 45-degree angle. Swimming parallel to the shore will getyou out of the rip and hopefully you can catch a wave or two all theway back to the beach!• Dive under large waves.Surfing Schools• Bay of Life # 14/19, Carmel Nagar, Kovalam East Coast Road Chennai Contact:• Kallialay Surf School Tandriankuppam Puducherry Contact:• Soul and Surf Varkala, Kerala Contact:• Cocopelli Surf School Beach, Belehittal Gokarna, Karnataka Contact:• Mantra Surf Club # 6-64 Kolachi Kambala,Bappanadu Mulki, Mangalore,Karnataka Contact:
  53. 53. travel56 june 2013Minissha LambaFresh faced Minissha Lamba is yet to makeher billing as a top star. But her rhinoplasty,at least going by the pictures, seems com-pletely unwarranted. Take a look at the be-fore and after pictures and tell us if flaringher nostrils was a better alternative to takingacting lessons.They are young, they are gorgeous. Andyes, they have a nose (cough) for alter-ations. NOTCH rounds up the beauties whosharpened their beaks for a better breakAditi Rao HydariThis one’s a double whammy for you. It’s notjust the nose. Even Aditi’s lips seem to haveundergone some cosmetic changes. The actressgarnered accolades for one of her early fea-tures Shringaram, where she looked quite thelissome lass. But now, in her uber chic Murder3 avatar, she’s trimmed out some flab, fromthe nostrils and gone for the scalpel sharpbeak. Smells fishy?Shruti HaasanThe true blue blooded princess of Kollywood,Shruti Haasan seemed to have everything goingfor her - great looks, an unrivalled lineage andpromising talent. But Luck wasn’t on her sideas she decided to go under the knife for ‘healthreasons’. The journey from bulbous to svelte(nose-wise) hasn’t made any impact on hercareer per se.BEFORE AFTERBEFORE AFTERBEFORE AFTERinsider56 june 2013
  54. 54. wellness57june 2013Isha Koppikar shares the secret behind hernaturally gorgeous looksSelectionNaturalMUNCHINGRIGHTSMy diet includes more liquids especially insummer. A lot of fruits and veggies are anintegral part of my diet. I cut down on non-veg during this season. Lemon and mint juicerefreshes and helps me beat the heat. Curdand butter milk is my favourite especiallyduring this weather. For breakfast, egg whites and multi graintoast is the best. For lunch, jowar ki roti andsubzi and for dinner, fish and salad is my saf-est bet. In between meals, if hungry, I havefruits or dahi/buttermilk.KEEPING ITORGANICI am very particular about cleansing, toning and moisturizing my skin.I am very particular about moisturizing my bodywith products containing natural ingredients.Natural moisturizers like coconut based onespenetrate deep into your skin & and get ab-sorbed easily to leaveyour skin feelingmoisturizedyet in acompletelynon stickymanner.HAIRAPPARENTI also love products with mint as they are so cooling and refresh-ing. When your hair is exposed to summer heat, it is imperative tokeep your hair free from dirt and stickiness. Remember to nourishyour hair with coconut based hair oil at least thrice a week to givethem the nourishment and shine they need. Usea mild shampoo to keep your scalp clean. Knot-ting your hair or braiding it will protect it fromentangling and breaking. Wear a scarfor a hat to protect your hair fromsun damage. Staying hydratedis very essential forhealthy hair; drink alot of coconut waterand juices to keepyourself hydrated
  55. 55. wellness58 june 2013IRON MANKris Gethin, author of Guide toYour Best Body, and personaltrainer to Hrithik Roshangives us a peek into what theBollywood star does to maintainhis incredible physiqueAsmita Aggarwal
  56. 56. wellness59june 2013Guide to Your BestBody by Kris Gethin isavailable in paperbackand e-book formatfrom Simon andSchusterWord Of AdviceStaying consistent everysingle day is Hrithik’s mantra.Kris advised him to telleveryone his goals, so heputs his sincerity on the lineto complete them. Kris alsosuggested that he try to burnbridges with things or peoplethat hold him back whilebuilding others that wouldsupport him.The Diet PlanHrithik’s diet plan is very similarto what Kris mapped out in hisbook Guide to Your Best Body. Heeats six to eight meals a day withslow release carbs, lean proteinsources and several proteinshakes when needed.Steer Clear OfDuggu has to avoidcarbohydrates late at night,anything bread-crumbed or friedand many Indian delicacies.Lose The Flab In 12 WeeksDuggu followed Kris’ guidancewithout cheating evenonce during their 12-weektransformation process andworked around his injuries.Training DaysDuggu has been training withKris for 16-months now.Work It OutHrithik trains with weightsfour hours a week and doesforms of cardio such as crossfit, swimming, elliptical,running or stair master everyday for 20 minutes.Pumped Up KicksAfter waking up, Hrithikeats a meal, performs20 minutes of cardioand then eats his secondmeal. He eats every twohours through the dayand generally trains withweights in the evening foraround 45 minutes. Whenhe travels, he never missesa workout or a meal either.The Six Pack TheoryStaying consistent with100 per cent commitmentand controlling yourenvironment instead ofbeing controlled by it is thekey to Hrithik’s success.Achilles HeelHrithik’s problem areasare his spine, knee andbicep tendons.
  57. 57. NOTCH showcases all the hot stuff,trends, gizmos, one-liners and quipsthat’s got the boys talkin’…IN YOURachelorBPAD60 june 2013variety60 june 2013
  58. 58. GameOnLock and load yourshotgun and prepareto be drawn andquartered in theimmersive world ofBioshock InfiniteThe StoryIt’s circa 1912. And you play the role of a debt-ridden,former Pinkerton agent Booker DeWitt. Your mission,your one last job, is to rescue a damsel named Elizabeth,imprisoned since childhood in the missing city of Columbia.She’s got special powers, as you will see during the courseof the game. Her captor and her only companion is a mys-terious creature called Songbird, who will leave no stoneunturned to return her to prison. At your disposal is an everexpanding arsenal of weapons and skills that will propel youand Elizabeth across high speed skylines, gigantic Zeppelinsand the streets and houses in Columbia.Wham!Bam!Thank you,Maam!Quick FactsTitle: Bioshock InfiniteGenre: First Person shooterPlatform: PC/PS3Developer: Irrational GamesDistributor:  e-xpress Interactive Software (P) LimitedWhats notThe developers expect you to have a strong stomach as thebaddies can be disposed off in hyper violent ways. The bodycount certainly holds a candle to the level of blood and gore.Squeamish gamers, you have been warned.Whats hotThe game is visually stunning, to say theleast. The city of Columbia is a floatingentity surrounded by gorgeous clouds thatprovide the game with a dreamlike quality.The environments are painstakingly ren-dered with attention to detail. There areplazas, town centres and architecture thatare breathtaking beyond compare. Yourpartner Elizabeth is a fully fleshed out AI(Artificial Intelligence) character who is botha heartbreaker and a lifesaver. The gameplayand combat sequences are as action packedas they come with supersized enemies andvillains ensuring you’re on your toes fromthe word ‘go’.variety61june 2013
  59. 59. DatingGuide I like aman whosmells niceA thinking woman’s tipson what turns her onArpita ChatterjeeActor Swara Bhaskar is a woman of sub-stance. She loves to read, went to Pal-estine for a peace march, has adoptedthree stray cats and has a Masters in Sociology.She’s in two films this year, Aurangzeb andRaanjhnaa. She’s also delivered a power-packedperformance in Listen Amaya and Tanu WedsManu. She doesn’t need a man to look out forher and is perfectly capable of fighting for herplace in the world. But Swara’s a romantic atheart. She gave us a lowdown on what impress-es her about a man and what turns her off.2. What do you finda total turn off?That’s a long list. I abhor violence (ofany kind), egotistical behavior, conceit,power or big flashy cars and lack ofconsideration for those less privileged.I seriously dislike men who can’t han-dle alchohol and get aggressive whendrunk. I find people who are sloppyeaters revolting as well.1. What are the sixthings you look forin a man?Consideration and sensitivity.Sense of humourImagination. I love a story-teller.Generosity of spirit.He must smell nice and look clean.variety62 june 2013
  60. 60. 4. What is your topturn on?An intimate conversation3. Where would youlike a guy to takeyou on a first date?I would like a man to take me to arestaurant that’s quiet and secluded andoverlooks a green valley. The music mustbe soft so we can have a long conversa-tion and go for a walk afterwards. Yes! Iam a romantic at heart, who grew up ona healthy diet of feel-good romcoms andI believe happy endings do exist.5. What pick upline would yousay works foryou?I don’t believe pick up linesreally work. Don’t waste yourtime thinking of pick up lines,focus on the conversation.Bestselling author Amish Tripathitalks to us about one-night standsand romance…TALKINGSTRAIGHTIhave been with one woman since Iwas 17 years old. I have never been inone-night stands, rebound relationshipsor two timing scenarios. So, I don’t knowwhat that is all about. Although I find mylove story very exciting, people mightfind it boring. It’s probably whyI don’t see myself writinglove stories.”variety63june 2013
  61. 61. Microbreweries specialisingin handcrafted beer, madefrom exotic and indigenousingredients are now piquingthe curiosity of beer loversacross IndiaBijoy BharathanTheHangoutThe MicroBeer BellyThere’s a Homer Simpson in everyone of us. Brewmeisters seem tohave woken up tothis reality as microbreweries are nowcropping up across India faster thanyou can say, ‘Doh’! It’s a far cry fromthe time when standard issue beer, inits bottled, canned and draught variantsserved as the unifying agent in wateringholes of all shapes and sizes. Today, mi-crobreweries are handcrafting differentvarieties of beer in small batches, in theold-school artisanal way. Suketu Talekarand Oliver Schauf, the co-founders ofDoolally Brewing Company, Pune, tellus, “We celebrate local ingredients andtry our best to constantly reinvent ourbeers with new and more interestingelements.Our truly Indian beers – Millet Beer (BajriBeer), Karvand Cider, Mango Beer andJaggery Ale celebrate local handpickedingredients. We love using new ingredi-ents like these, especially since it’s rareto find them in beer-making regions likeGermany and Belgium!”These beers can be had atThe 1st Brewhouse (Doolally on Tap!)Corinthians Resort and Club, Undri,South Pune – 60variety64 june 2013
  62. 62. Mango beer from thejuicy Alphonso throwsup interesting flavoursfor us to experimentwith. This brew is basedon a classic BelgiumBlonde recipe using afruit variation. Usingripe seasonal Alphonsomangoes, this beer hasan excellent fruity aromaand balancing sweetdryness.Food pairing:This goes well with allfoods in a pub. But ifyou can get your handson Potato pancakestopped with Salmon,nothing like it!MANGOBEERBlackberryBrew(KarvandCider)Karvand is a local berryfound abundantly inMaharashtra along theWestern Ghats. Thiscarefully brewed cider isfruity, mildly acidic witha beautiful tarty finish.Food pairing:Crêpes are tradition-ally served with cider.Crêpes are served witha variety of fillings,from the simple sugarycrêpes to flambeedcrêpes or elaboratesavoury fillingsHeres the lowdown onthese hyper local suds:The Jaggery Ale has deepamber, almost ruby likecolour and an exception-ally full-bodied, complexcharacter, imparted byits star ingredient – Kol-hapur jaggery. Gener-ous quantities of noblehops (an element usedto stabilise a brew) likeSaaz, combined with thetropical effervescence ofjaggery gives the pale aleits fragrant bouquet andspicy flavour.Food pairing:This English bitter,sweetened with goodold Indian jaggery goesbest with spicy food.Team it up with Tan-doori Chicken, Vegetar-ian Kolhapuri or PaneerTikka and you have awinner!JaggeryAle(Gur Ale)MilletBeer(BajriBeer)An idle thought triggered after ahearty meal of Zunka-Bhakari ata friend’s place got our Germanbrewmaster, Oliver Schauf tocraft a beer using Bajri/Bajra asthe base ingredient. The resultis Bajri - a smooth well roundedbeer, deep amber in colour, witha pronounced bready nose. Thisfull bodied brew has a pro-nounced silky texture with cerealnotes in its after-taste.Food pairing: Pastaspair nicely with this beer. Try itwith a Fettuccine with lightlyspiced chicken and porcinimushrooms.variety65june 2013
  63. 63. people66 june 2013Asmita AggarwalThe Green Room is a tell-all accountof ace designer Wendell Rodricks’journey in the world of fashion
  64. 64. people67june 2013The Green Room by Wendell Rodricksgives us insights into Wendell’sbeginnings as a hotel managementstudent to his evolution as a style guru.It talks about his life-long muse MalaikaArora Khan, his love-pact with Jerome thatled to a family boycott, his affection forthe Tatas, his heartbreak over the split ofthe Fashion Weeks (Delhi and Mumbai)and how despite being ‘abused’ by fellowdesigners he emerged with dignity.How did the idea for your bookcome about?Goa Writers, a group I was part of, threwme a challenge to write a book in twomonths at 2,000 words a day. I was theonly person who met this challenge! I sentthe manuscript to my literary agent MitaKapur and Raintree published the book. Iam delighted with the result.Did you set any parameters whenyou wrote The Green Room?Yes. That I would be truthful,non-judgemental, recount my life as aninspiration for students and the nextgeneration. And also not hurt anyonein an industry that is often portrayed asbeing full of crazy designers and ficklemodels.Your first show in Paris – did itchange your life?Being invited to the Salon Pret a Porterde Paris is a big deal indeed. Person-ally, being invited to IGEDO was ca-reer-changing as I was the first Indiandesigner invited to the world’s largestgarment fair. My favourite designmoments were doing the Visionnairecollection for the visually-challenged andreviving the Goan Kunbi sari.You went to a catering college inMumbai – when did you realise de-signing was ‘it’?I did hotel management as it seemed veryglamorous at the time. But my heart wasin design and as soon as I saved sufficientfunds to study fashion, I gave it a shot.It was a gamble that paid off. Luck anddestiny also played their parts.You went to a catering college inMumbai – when did you realise de-signing was ‘it’?I did hotel management as it seemed veryglamorous at the time. But my heart wasin design and as soon as I saved sufficientfunds to study fashion, I gave it a shot.It was a gamble that paid off. Luck anddestiny also played their parts.You were one of the frontrunners ofthe Lakme Fashion Week. Was thesplit painful for you?I was consultant to Lakme at the time. Wehad absolutely no idea it would becomesuch a huge event. Credit must go to IMGfor initially getting the designers togetheron one platform. When Lakme split fromFDCI (Fashion Design Council of India), Iwas unaffected. However, some ambitiousdesigners called me names but I forgivethem as they had no idea of my historywith Lakme or that I looked upon SimoneTata more like a favourite aunt or that theTatas are a family I admire and am happyto work for.
  65. 65. people68 june 2013Your partnership with Jerome ledto a family boycott. Have thingschanged?Maybe I should not have used theword ‘boycott’ in the book. The familyknew and loved Jerome for 20 years.How can any family not used to mediascrutiny be comfortable with a sexualpreference being thrown into publicview? I understood theirangst, forgave them,they apologised andwe are a familyagain. My nieceTegan walked forme as openingand showstop-per for my lastLakme FashionWeek show.You havedressed themost beau-tiful wom-en. Whoremainsyour eternalfavouriteand why?Apart fromthe stars likeMalaika (AroraKhan) andRekha, therehave been somepeople, AnjanaSharma for oneamong many, whohave followed my career since I began.If I ever need to do a retrospective of mywork, I know exactly which wardrobes toraid!What is the one thing that you desirenow that money can’t buy?I would rather spend a night under acanopy of unpurchasable stars than sleepin Frette linen in an artificially lit andclimate-controlled room. I just want toenjoy this wonderful journey called ‘life’.Will we ever see you at Wills LifestyleIndia Fashion Week (WLIFW)?I am part of the FDCI Board and havebeen selling at Wills Lifestyle stores. Ishow every alternate season in Delhi(we don’t do winter shows, but we takea stall) for a while now. WLIFW is animportant financial revenue point forus. I am looking forward to showing mycollection this October.What do you feel needs to bechanged in the fashion industry andwhy?We are not even recognised as an industryby the government despite the fact thatwe employ millions. If, during my tenureon the FDCI Board, we can attain this,nothing will make me happier. It’s sadthat we need to pay entertainment taxfor every fashion show, including studentgraduation shows! Are we just a bunchof cabaret artistes? We inspire a nation ofglamour-struck people and we indirectlyprovide food, shelter and a livelihood tomillions.
  66. 66. 69May 2013Govinda – Krishna Udayasankar(Hachette India)For generations, the firstborn dynastyof scholar-sages, descendants ofVasishta Varuni and protectors of theDivine Order on earth, hasdominated Aryavarta, the ancientrealm of the noble. For just as long,the Angirasa family of Firewrightshas defied them. In the aftermath ofthe centuries-long conflict betweenthe two orders, the once-unitedempire of Aryavarta lies splintered.Now, the last Secret Keeper of theFirewrights is dead, killed by a violenthand, and the battle for supreme power in the empire isabout to begin. Govinda Shauri, a cowherd-turned-prince andnow Commander of the armies of Dwaraka, must use all hiscunning to protect his people and those he loves.Chutnefying English(Penguin Books India)Something’s happened toEnglish; and to Hindi. Thesetwo languages need to beunderstood anew throughtheir hybridization intoHinglish - a mixture that hasbegun to make itself heardeverywhere. How did thisform of urbancommunication evolve? Isthis language the new andtrendy idiom of a youthfulpopulation no longer competent in either English orHindi? Or is it an Indianized version of a once-colonial language, claiming its legitimate placealongside India’s many languages? ChutnefyingEnglish: The Phenomenon of Hinglish, the first bookon the subject, takes a serious look at thiswidespread phenomenon of our times which haspervaded every aspect of our daily lives.The Cubicle Manifesto –Mainak Dhar (Random House India)Welcome to the cubicle. The desk space youoccupy for hours on end. Where creativity is deadand stress levels are high, where you feel guilty forleaving, but reluctant to arrive. Is this the placeyou’d really like to be? Stressed office workerMayukh can’t believe his misfortune when hiscomputer gets infected by a virus. The virus seemsto have its own agenda and it soon starts arevolution that will change how Mayukh worksforever. A business parable for the modern age, thisbook is essential reading for anyone who wants toreduce stress and achieve a better work-life balance.The Other Side of the Table – MadhumitaMukherjee (Fingerprint Publishing)The Other Side of the Table is a story aboutletters shared between its two protagonists,Abhi, who is training to be a neurosurgeon inLondon, and Uma, who is just stepping into theworld of medicine in Kolkata. Spanning almosta decade, they ink their emotions onto paper,and their lives get chronicled in this subtlynuanced conversation through letters – aboutdreams, desires, heartbreaks, and longings,about a proverbial good life falling apart, abouta failed marriage, a visceral loss, and about adream that threatens social expectations.Wondering what to read ? Here’s a selection of some of thee-books making waves in the subcontinentAmul’s India – Based on 50years of Amul advertising(Harper Collins India)The Amul campaign tellsthe stories of India, onehoarding at a time. Thehoardings are markers ofthe ‘popular’ history ofIndia and have beenfollowed by fans fordecades. Timeless andageless, this long-running campaign hascaptivated Indians of allages. The key characterin this saga is the littlegirl in polka dots, whohelped Amul Butter win over an entire nation.This book celebrates her journey through theeyes of prominent writers, public figures and thesubjects of the hoardings themselves. The bookis rife with a series of vignettes, creating apatchwork quilt of essays, snippets andselections of classic hoardings.varietyMahanayak Revisited: The World ofUttam Kumar – Swapan Mullick (Westland Limited)Veteran film critic Swapan Mullick’s Mahanayak Revisited goes behind theprofessional life and public face of Bengal’s mostidolized actor Uttam Kumar, to reveal little-knowndetails of the star’s unconscious power in the filmindustry for more than thirty years, the dazzlingachievements dampened by dud disappointments,and the aberrations attendant on a life constantly inthe floodlights – all of which have resulted in, forcine lovers, an attachment that survives years afterhis death. Mullick researches the reason for ourundying worship of, and emotional links with,Bengal s most enduring screen hero, emerging witha gripping portrait of a true master of his art.