See saw: Dinner Date with Tendulkar

For cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar’s fans across the world,it doesn’t get better than this.

Written by EXPRESS FEATURES SERVICE | Published: May 8, 2012 3:14:12 am

For cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar’s fans across the world,it doesn’t get better than this. A sports and entertainment media company has signed him on to launch an event series,titled Celebration Series. The ace cricketer will be part of a worldwide,six-city tour over the next three years. A part of this tour will be a black-tie event,called ‘An Evening with Sachin Tendulkar’,where Tendulkar will participate in an interactive session with the guests over dinner. He will also auction some of his personal memorabilia for charity. The first such tie event will take place on June 9 at the Intercontinental in Dubai. Now that would certainly be an evening to remember.

The Old Indian Cliché

As is expected,the first look of director John Madden’s next,The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,visually subscribes to cliches. The film — with Dev Patel,Dame Judi Dench,Maggie Smith,Bill Nighy and Tom Wilkinson in key characters — is set in

Rajasthan and has been shot at locations across Udaipur and Jaipur. The film stills see the characters explore the colouful bazaars,the desert and the palaces. But hopefully,the film will rise above that since the story is unique. The film centers on a supposedly newly-restored palace-hotel in Rajasthan,called The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,advertised as India’s answer to the United Kingdom’s retirees — a place where they can spend their golden years surrounded by lush amenities. Seven retirees find themselves on the front steps of the not-quite-ready resort,but enchanted by the contrasts that India offers and the warmth of its owner (Patel),they rediscover life.

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