Return of Lolita 
Amrik Gill, who has old ties with the city, says that it was quite a challenge writing dialogues for Nishabd inspired by the timeless novel Lolita, reports Nirupama Dutt
fter a very deswali version of Shakespeare’s Othello in Omkara, it is time to go the way of Vladimir Nakabov’s novel Lolita as timeless tales of passion and sin seem to have obsessed the Bollywood filmmakers. The basic human emotions that lead to the success of literature remain the same although the tale is twisted around to make something palatable to the Indian cinegoers.

KISS OF YOUTH: Amitabh Bachchan and Jiyah Khan in a scene from Nishabd, a film inspired by Lolita of yore

 Amitabh Bachchan and Jiyah Khan in a scene from Nishabd, a film inspired by Lolita of yore

A whiff of fresh air 
Manimajra town has a garden all its own and aren’t the residents delighted, says Geetanjali Gayatri
animajra’s ticking with an altogether new life and it’s much greener, fresher and livelier than before. On the outskirts of the closely-packed market, surrounded by the residential area on one side, the Shivalik garden is like an oasis in a desert, a breath of fresh air in a jungle of concrete.

Punjabi filmscape widens
he Fun Republic saw a special show on Wednesday morning of a Punjabi film Mehndi Wale Hath, produced by Kanwaljeet Singh and directed by Harinder Gill. The special show was directed towards getting tax exemption in Punjab. Now most Punjabi films try for that but this film here, never mind the name, had reason to do so for it highlights gender discrimination in a big way. Every other day, the newspapers throw up horrendous news regarding the fate being meted out by man and machine to the female foetus in the state.

DESI CINEMA: A scene from Mehndi Lage Hath, a Punjabi film that cries out loud and clear against the menace of dowry in Punjab today
 A scene from Mehndi Lage Hath, a Punjabi film that cries out loud and clear against the menace of dowry in Punjab today


Her diary in vibrant hues
Emotion and experience go into the making of paintings of Arashna Tandon, says Parbina Rashid
alk to Aradhana Tandon as a woman to woman, she is as unassuming as they come. But have a close look at her paintings, there are layers of emotions which comes only with maturity and a deep understanding of life. For instance, at the first glance her Pain & Compassion you see two human figures, one comforting the other. At a second look, especially at the hands, you know they are the hands of a man who guides as well as comforts.

EMOTIVE CANVAS: Anuradha Tandon describes the emotions and experiene of life that has gone into her paintings. — Photo by Parvesh Chauhanhi

Anuradha Tandon describes the emotions and experiene of life that has gone into her paintings

Nature on canvas
Gayatri Rajwade
nderstated elegance epitomises not only this Kolkata-based artist’s persona but also her charmingly hushed and gentle works suffused with the spirit of nature. Pushpa Bagrodia is no greenhorn to Chandigarh, having exhibited here four years ago in 2002. She is back with 23 works of art, the last one having been completed just three days before this showing and which has a bunch of lilies ensconced within their own leafy ferns.

VERDANT GREENS: Pushpa Bagrodia with her paintings at Art Folio. — Photo by Vinay Malik

Pushpa Bagrodia with her paintings at Art Folio

Outsourcing love
n the heart of middle-class India, Neel Pandey, just out of college, dreams day and night of his first love, America and also as escape from his father’s grandiose planss to get him an upper caste wife and a secure government job.

Mast, mast dream
verything about the Mast Mast girl Urmila Matondkar is exotic. She is humble, down-to-earth, an opinion shared by virtually all her associates. And let’s face it, that is one of the reasons for her long innings in Bollywood too.

Main Tere Qurbaan
et soaked in melody with Jeet Jagjeet’s new album ‘Main Tere Qurban’, released on Wednesday at the Press Club, Sec-27-B by Diwan Manna, a well-known photographer. After ‘Sajjan Dian Chor Akhian,’ Jeet Jagjit has come up with his second Punjabi album, ‘Main Tere Qurbaan.’ The title of the album is based on one of the Baba Buleh Shah’s kalams, which is sung in a new version. Ting Ling Company has produced this cassette.

Happy blip on Zee’s radar
Gayatri Rajwade
he number game is sizzling and Zee Television came here to tell us just that! After struggling against the might of the two Ks on Star Plus (read Balaji’s Kyunkii Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi and Kahani Ghar Ghar Ki) for six long years, its own K has registered a happy blip for the channel on the prime time ratings.

A taste of spaghetti
paghetti’s sizzling in the summers of 2006! In fact, you can taste the oh-so-hot delicacy not just in fast food joints across the city offering good Chinese foodstuff! But also on the platter of life in the university and college campuses!

Colourful experiment
he biggest influence on the human state of mind with the possible exception of the weather is colour. We are surrounded by references: “a red rag to a bull”, “blue with cold”, “green with envy”, “in the pink”. The psychology of colour and how colour affects human behaviour is now a serious course of study at universities. Hospital rooms, classrooms, fast food restaurants and offices are painted in colours to influence the behaviour and mood of the people who use these spaces.

Printing his way to fame
olling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood is not only part of one of the world’s highest grossing and popular bands, he is also America’s biggest selling print artist. The former Faces rocker is himself astounded by his artistic achievements, insisting he finds it quite unbelievable that his foray into paintings has finally fetched him fame and recognition all across the world. “I am the biggest print seller in the USA. I only found out the other day, it’s unbelievable,” Contactmusic quoted him, as saying.

A multi-starrer for you
hough he belongs to the new breed, Dharmesh Darshan has stayed safely within the parameters of mainstream Hindi cinema and his films remain rustic in theme and setting. His latest musical romance Aap Ki Khatir is a multi-starrer that stars Akshay Khanna, Dino Morea, Priyanka Chopra, Amisha Patel and Suneil Shetty. New face Bhumicka Singh also stars in this film. It will be released today at Batra Chandigarh, Fun Republic, Manimajra and Suraj, Panchkula.

Imaginative mind
s compared to other animals, the mind of human being is very imaginative. It is our imagination and creativity that keeps us alive in every circumstance. Human being is the only social animal who responds to all actions. With his ingenious mind, Homo Sapience has developed into what he is today. His creativity helped him to conquer the whole world.