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Film Review

Yuva fails to come of age
MANI RATNAM'S much-awaited Yuva is finally here. It comes with all the style, sparkle and cinematographic beauty Mani Ratnam is known for. It is structured well too, again a Ratnam strong point. Its music is hummable without the lyrics ...
Honouring women
THIS FILM festival was different. Four films, screened by the Cochin Film Society, stood out for its unique theme of women as artists. Incidentally, the three English films in this package were biographical. They portrayed two writers and one ...

For that BRIDAL glow
BRIDAL GLOW does not come from the beautician. The natural glow has to come from within. More significantly it has to last in the months following the marriage, not just on D-day. For this to happen, one has to plan it all. Week 1: ...
Dazzle on D-day
FOR THE bride to dazzle on her wedding day, she should make a careful selection of the jewels she will wear. For that, always choose jewellery that blends with your looks and not distract from your face. When choosing them be practical, consider ...

Old world workshops lose charm
Domestic workshops, which cater to `sick' vehicles, are dwindling because of the recent changes in the vehicle repair styles, with authorised service stations picking up the lion's share of business. VIJAY GEORGE meets the harassed workshop wallahs w ho air their woes.

Rock times are back
Known as one of the most aggressive rock bands of all times, Guns 'N' Roses make a comeback with a compilation of its big hits.
Eating Out

Peppered with Sicilian flavours
THIS MONSOON, Taj Malabar brings to the city a new dining experience through a Sicilian Feast highlighting Italian food from the Sicily Region. This a la carte menu will be on for dinner time at Pepper (the all day dining restaurant) from May 22 ...
A taste of Cowboy cuisine
WANNA TRY a `truly different' taste? Glue a smirk a la Clint Eastwood on to your face and head to Hotel Abad Plaza's `Regency' restaurant to have some cowboy favourites. `Tex Mex', the `Steaks & Grills' fest is on till May 30, between 7 pm and 11 ...

Helping hand
JACKIE SHROFF's charitable activities are not publicised often. Jaggu Dada has been helping many on the street silently. It seems that the Hero is willing to extend all help, even financial, to a group of youngsters who are making a short ...
Bold roles
SUDDENLY FEMALE actors seem to be doing bold roles especially of call girls. Kareena played one in the recently released `Chameli', which brought her accolades for doing such a role in the early stage of her career. It seems others are now ...
The master is back
EVER SINCE A. R. Rahman's music for "Yuva" was released by Venus two months back, the film became a hot proposition in the Mumbai trade circles. "Yuva" is about three young men (Ajay Devgan, Abhishek Bachchan, Vivek Oberoi) from three different ...
Looking southwards?
ZEENAT AMAN came back to tinsel town with Kaizad Gustad's Boom. This film may have boomeranged at the BO but Zeenat was certainly noticed in it. The buzz is that Zeenat may act in a Malayalam film titled Moksham to be directed by ...
A star is born
WORLD RENOWNED sitar maestro Ravi Shankar's daughter Anoushka Shankar is all set to make her screen debut with "Dance Like A Man" directed by award-winning Pamela Rooks. In the film, Anoushka plays a Bharatanatyam dancer who has a burning desire ...

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