Good intent, poor festival
Empty halls and haphazard schedules dampened the Chandigarh Film Festival
as invitations never reached cinema buffs, says Nirupama
It is indeed heartening that the Chandigarh Administration has
decided to put City Beautiful on the film festival map but the first
attempt this weekend showed that this is certainly not the way to go about
it. Granted that the intentions were good but the execution left a lot to
be desired. Let’s hope that the organisers learn their lesson now that
Administrator S.F. Rodrigues has announced that a mega international
festival will be will be held in January 2008 when the city would have
several multiplexes. Alas! It is not multiplexes that make for the success
of a film festival but love of cinema, good planning and wooing movie
lovers. All this was sadly absent in the maiden attempt when several
government and non-government organisations have been successfully holding
well-attended film festivals over the past three decades or so.
Scriptures say wedding is the
union of two souls but the razzmatazz that accompanies this union is
anything but spiritual. However, two youngsters Baljit Singh Brar and
Simarjit Kaur, decided to remind us of the love and harmony that marriage
is all about. Not in a big or happening town but in a sweet little village
Khuddi Khurd in Barnala on Sunday December 10. Here the shy bride tiptoed
into the groom’s house to marry him and make him her’s for life!
Haan main Tumhara hoon,
tumhara hi rahunga…… in broken Hindi, is how the famous pace bowler
Bret Lee replies to Asha Bhonsle’s Kya tum Mere Ho ,mere hi rahoge? No
prizes for any guesses. These are the opening lines of the duet sung by
Asha and Bret Lee from her latest album Asha & Friends produced by
Mauj and launched simultaneously across Pune, Hyderabad, Chennai, Delhi
and Chandigarh through video conferencing.
FUSION MANTRA: Asha Bhonsle and Bret Lee
Signs of progress
I had finished shopping at
the local fruit market and was about to get into my car, when I saw the
sign – a bright, copper sign with a red Ashoka Chakra emblem embossed on
it and bright letters stating – “Sarpanch – village Darau.” The
sign was above the number plate of a new Maruti Zen parked nearby.
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Free your being
I am 32-year-old and married for the past eleven years. To people who
see me on the outside I have this perfectly happy marriage, two wonderful
kids, a very devoted husband and a good life. But deep inside of me, I
feel extremely unhappy and discontent with my situation.
come the rappers
If we look into some of the
most popular radio formats of the world, then we will surely come across
Hip Hop which is in fact, nothing else but, an advanced version of a trend
that swept America in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s. Yes, it has its
origins from ‘rap’ and from the word ‘rapid’.
Master of all
He is not a regular Page 3
guy. Go to the dance parties in clubs or even farmhouses across the city
and you will seldom find him there tripping the light fantastic. Yet, Dr
Tariq Imran’s name goes around the social circles every now and then.
For, the young geography teacher makes news for one excellence or another.
MARCHING AHEAD: Dr Tariq Imran.
— Photo by Pradeep Tewari
Pamper your senses,” says
the brochure for the new Bourjois Spa that opened in sector 35-C on
Saturday. Walking up the rose strewn staircase to the second floor, the
first sense to be pampered is the sense of smell as a beautifully
refreshing fragrance wafts up your nostrils. Upon entering the spa, the
reception area that is done up in light and gentle colours, gives a very
calming sensation after the hustle and stress of finding a space in the
crowded parking below. The gorgeous Frainy Ahuja, second runner up in this
year’s Mrs India pageant, inaugurated the spa. It boasts a range
of luxurious relaxation and medical packages.
pretty: Frainy Ahuja
The third week of December 2006, brings one
of the most awaited film Kabul Express, which opened at Neelam
Chandigarh and Fun Republic Manimajra on Friday. Aditya Chopra for Yash
Raj Films has produced it. The film is written and directed by well-known
documentary film director Kabir Khan. A political thriller set in sandy
locations of Afghanistan is based on Khan’s personal experience in
Afghanistan. It brings out the heroics of two Indian journalists Jai
Kapoor played by John Abraham and Suhel Khan by Arshad Warsi with Salman
Shahid, Hanif Hum Ghum and Linda Aresenio to the sliver screen.
Linda Aresenio in Kabul Express
Health tip of the day