Vidya Balan to play web series on Indira Gandhi

Mumbai: Ritesh Batra of "The Lunch Box" and "Photograph" fame will be directing Vidya Balan's debut web-series on Indira Gandhi. Vidya has bought...

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Mahabharata or Sci-fi? Amish keeps readers guessing on his next series

Kolkata: A heady cocktail of time travel, gaming and alien life or perhaps a fresh take on the epic war of Mahabharata, best-selling author Amish says he has "too many ideas" to delve in for his next series. The man behind the smash hit Shiva Trilogy will take a call on whether he will stick to his tried-and-tested mythology genre or make a splash in sci...

In an encounter’s triumph, Batla House fails to infuse fresh narrative

Film: Batla House Cast: John Abraham, Mrunal Thakur, Ravi Kishan Director: Nikkhil Advani ‘Nothing new’ would be an understatement to describe a movie like Batla House, given that it has followed the same old formula of an encounter movie, which ends with a courtroom climax. The movie follows the police encounter that took place at flat...

Once Upon A Time is quintessential Tarantino, if you get his inside jokes

In a sequence of Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, released in India on Thursday (August 15), Leonardo DiCaprio asks someone why he is limping. “I rode with the British lancers,” the man with a limp (a throwback to Samuel Jackson’s character in Tarantino’s Django Unchained) replies. DiCaprio breaks into a mad laugh. “What’s funn...

Rescued ‘desi’ pooches walk the ramp at Great Indian Dog Show

Chennai: Oola, an Indie dog, was rescued four years ago and diagnosed with carrot disease (skin ailment for dogs). But now, she’s no less than a supermodel as she walked down the ramp with her parents, Actor Nakul and his wife Sruthi . Like her, several of her little furry friends spent a ‘pawsome’ evening at the ‘Great Indian Dog Show’, organised by the...

Quentin Tarantino, a master of blood, gore, death and ‘aesthetic violence’  

Chennai: Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino said that violence is one of the most fun things to watch and surely he’s applied this thought in all his creations in the best possible way. Over the years, the winner of two Academy awards has turned the portrayal of violence in modern cinema by making gore fun to watch. You know you are experiencing a roller-coaste...

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Chennai braces for the Great Indian Dog Show 2019

Chennai: It’s a dog’s day out in Chennai on Thursday (August 15). The Phoenix Market City in Velachery will host the prestigious ‘Great Indian Dog Show 2019’ from 4 PM. The annual signature event, which has been hosted by the Blue Cross of India since 1984, will follow the motto of ‘adopt, don’t shop.’ The main objective of the show will be to educate ev...

Sholay was not meant to be remade, it could not have been

A quaint village with a rocky terrain serving as a happy hunting ground for a band of dacoits who mercilessly gun down villagers refusing to yield to their demands for grains and cattle. A vengeful landlord who wants to take on the gang leader to avenge the murder of five of his family, including his three children. Two habitual jail breakers who t...

Friends is hitting theatres for its 25th anniversary

Los Angeles: "Friends" is coming back. There's no reunion or a movie but the six fan favourites — Monica, Rachel, Phoebe, Chandler, Joey and Ross — are coming together for a re-run of the beloved sitcom on account of its 25th anniversary. According to Entertainment Weekly, 12 iconic episodes of the popular NBC series will be specially screened over three nig...

Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream video co-star accuses her of sexual misconduct

Los Angeles: Pop star Katy Perry has been accused by model Josh Kloss, her Teenage Dream music video co-star, for allegedly making inappropriate and non-consensual contact with him at a social event. The model made the accusations ahead of the ninth anniversary of the Teenage Dream albums release. In an Instagram post, Kloss said his experience of working on...

Kolaiyuthir Kaalam review: Nayanthara fails to arrest the slide

When Nayanthara started featuring in films that had women as protagonists, she was holding out a lot of hope and promise for the industry. In nearly a century old Tamil cinema, there have been only a handful of women who have consistently done that. Nayanthara broke stereotypes in style. She could be the district collector who can break down at ...

BRTS on the cards in Chennai, but last mile connectivity remains a worry

A 120-km Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) in the offing in Chennai is expected to make transportation speedy and effective. However, with the existing mass transport systems such as Metro and suburban rail, the question of first and last mile connectivity looms large, according to experts. What BRTS aims to do Talking to The Federal, Shreya...

Memories of bygone days when chiming trams meandered Madras roads

Artist Manohar Devadoss reminisces the good old days when he used to jump off the tram, when it was just about to halt. He also remembers jumping into it, a few seconds after it began moving, just for thrills. For many like the 83-year-old, who grew up in the Madras of the 1940s or the 1950s, the trolley on tracks was a fascination. “I was raise...

South India has potential; customers ready for new: Harley Davidson MD

Chennai: Harley Davidson, the iconic American motorcycle manufacturer, considers south Indian market as one with the most potential set of consumers. Speaking at The Federal South India Media Summit Season 2 in Chennai on Friday (August 10), Sajeev Rajasekaran, managing director, Harley Davidson India, said, "Southern India is a land of immense potential...

Ayushmann, Vicky Kaushal share National Award for best actor

The winners of the prestigious national film awards for 2019 was announced on Friday (August 9) as jury members submitted their report to Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar with their final recommendations in various categories. This is the 66th year of film awards. Following are the list award winners. Adhitya Dhar bagged b...

Vocational skills to help mentally ill patients after cure

Chennai: Brian, an inmate of the Institute of Mental Health, now has a new lease of life. Employed at the Writer’s Café in Chennai, he will soon be trained to work full time, brewing coffee as a barista. Upstairs, on the first floor, Suresh* will soon be handling service at Chettiya Veedu, a Karaikudi special restaurant. The two are among the first lot of I...

Shabana Azmi joins Steven Spielberg’s series ‘Halo’

Los Angeles: Veteran Indian actor Shabana Azmi has boarded the cast of Showtime series Halo to be produced by Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment. The series, which will begin production later this year in Budapest, will be directed by Otto Bathurst. An adaptation of the megahit video game of the same name, Halo also features Natascha McElhone, Bokeem...

From sky to sea, adventure sports gain traction in India

New Delhi: Bitten by the adventure bug, an increasing number of well-heeled Indians are gliding through the air strung on parachutes, fighting river rapids on flimsy rafts, diving deep into the seas or plunging dizzying heights connected to nothing but an elastic cord. Reports of rafting accidents from Rishikesh or even the recent video of a 39-year-old ge...

How cryptic Ramanujan still inspires, boggles minds of young researchers

Although he passed away almost a century ago, on April 26, 1920, Srinivasa Ramanujan, the maverick Indian mathematician, has been a source of inspiration for several generations of mathematicians after him.

A refreshing ride with ‘sheroes’, Jackpot fails to meet expectations

Chennai: Cast: Jyothika, Revathi, Yogi Babu, Mansoor Ali Khan, Rajendran and Anandaraj Director: Kalyaan Packed with well-executed action scenes, Jackpot falls flat on several other parameters, making it an unworthy watch for Tamil movie-goers. Directed by Kalyaan, the Jyothika and Revathi-starrer revolves around a vessel. It opens with a milkman t...

Of nostalgia and more — Coffee lovers recall their favourite CCD memories

Premnath V, an IT professional fondly recollects the mushy moments when he met his girlfriend for the first time at a Café Coffee Day joint at Ispahani Centre in Chennai, eight years ago. “I think it was one of the first ones in the city. My girlfriend and I used to chat there for hours over coffee,” he says. Similar memories — of first dates...

From IIT-Madras to SpaceX, the dream journey of Avishkar Hyperloop

Chennai: The Avishkar Hyperloop team from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras, which recently made headlines for making its debut in SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition 2019, submitted their final design just seconds before the 10:30 am deadline. Those less than 30 seconds allowed the team to take rapid strides to the finals, organised by Elon Musk’s S...

Dear Comrade rises above Arjun Reddy, keeps the fight on till the end

Director: Bharat Kamma Cast: Vijay Deverakonda, Rashmika Mandanna The much-awaited Dear Comrade starring Vijay Deverakonda and Rashmika Mandanna hit the screens on Friday (July 27), with a promise to be a thorough entertainer like Deverakonda’s earlier flick — the most talked about Arjun Reddy. As in Arjun Reddy, we have a hero Bobby (Deve...

Want my music to stand test of time, says Sangita Kalanidhi awardee Sowmya

Chennai: Just minutes into a casual tête-à-tête with Carnatic vocalist S Sowmya, I couldn’t help but be in awe with her simplicity. She has been recently conferred the prestigious Sangita Kalanidhi by The Music Academy. But, she remains untouched by awards and accolades that have come her way in her career spanning three decades. Speaking to The Feder...

‘Dear Comrade’ sets pulse racing on day of release

The excitement, anticipation and noise over Vijay Devarakonda’s Dear Comrade is unmissable. The movie is all set out to release today (July 26) in four languages - Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam and Kannada. The Telugu movie's rights for remake in Hindi has already been purchased by Karan Johar. The deliberation about the movie hardly comes as a surpr...

Uri: The Surgical Strike to rerelease in Maharashtra on Kargil Vijay Diwas

Mumbai: Vicky Kaushal-starrer "Uri: The Surgical Strike" will be released in Maharashtra once again on July 26, commemorated as Kargil Vijay Diwas. Directed by Aditya Dhar, the film is based on the 2016 Indian Army's surgical strikes on terror launch pads in Pakistan as a retaliation for the Uri attack in Kashmir that claimed the lives of 17 Army person...