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The 7th Pune International Film Festival will have a first public preview show of the film Gandha,which will compete with six other films for the prestigious Sant Tukaram Puraskar.

January 7, 2009 12:53:04 am

Reel worth
The 7th Pune International Film Festival (PIFF) will have a first public preview show of the film Gandha,which will compete with six other films for the prestigious Sant Tukaram Puraskar. Gandha,a Marathi feature film produced by Flashbulbs has been selected for PIFF 2009 which begins on January 8. It is the third feature film by city-based filmmaker Sachin Kundalkar,whose works Restaurant (2006) and Nirop (2007) have been featured at PIFF earlier. Starring Milind Soman,the film also has Sonali Kulkarni,Neena Kulkarni,Amruta Subhash and Girish Kulkarni as the main characters. Gandha is an ensemble of three short stories,the characters in which are bound by the sense of smell.

Grilling it right
Foodies in Pune have another reason to rejoice,as a food festival called Barbeques of the World is set to kick off soon. To be held at the Barbeque Nation,Kalyani Nagar outlet,it attempts to bring global flavours of the most relished barbeques of the world to the city. There’ll be an elaborate range of barbeques from the Caribbean,Mediterranean,the Far East and Europe on offer here. The 10-day extravaganza will be on between January 8 and 18 in the evenings. Corporate Chef Anupam Shrivastava said that the festival will bring the world famous YO!! Man Caribbean BBQ Chicken straight from the Caribbean to Pune foodies. “This barbeque has earned the reputation as the best in the world. We’ll also be serving the Chermoula Prawns barbeque and the Spicy Corn Cake barbeque,among a total of six vegetarian and six non-vegetarian starters,” he added.

Legacy revived
Some experiences indeed become lessons forever and inspire not only the ones who go through the set of events but others too. Such is the autobiography of veteran industrialist Pralhad Chhabria. “It has the power to inspire and guide everyone and is worth being translated in many Indian languages,in addition to Marathi,” said industrialist Prataprao Pawar while speaking at a function to release Finolex Parva — the Marathi translation of the book – There is no such thing as a self made man,which is the autobiography of Pralhad Chhabria,chairman,Finolex Group. Ravi Pandit,chairman,KPIT Cummins Limited and Sameeran Walvekar,director of Educational Media Research Centre (EMRC),who has also has translated the book attended the function,held at the Indian Institute of Information Technology (I-Square IT) at Hinjewadi. Chhabria said the Marathi translation of his autobiography is very important for him,as in Pune and Maharashtra various business enterprises have flourished. “Don’t let financial difficulties hinder your urge for education,don’t ever think of being happy in poverty,” said Chhabria while speaking at the function.

Seeking fashion asylum
A grand New Year eve bash – Asylum 2009 — took place at Beverley Hills,Lullanagar on Dec 31. Organised by ChillFactor and with music by DJ SKY,the crowd enjoyed the open-air ambiance,laser effects,courtyard seating and the best of liquors and wines at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Asylum 2009 featured energetic dances and the highlight of the event was a fashion show by choreographer Sandeep Dharma,showcasing designs by students of INIFD,Kothrud. The ramp scorchers included well-known models from Mumbai and Pune,including Manasi Dekhate (Femina Miss India 2007 Finalist),Kriti Kapoor (Miss Pune 2008),Jasmeet Mathru,Nishita Motiwalla,Vatsala Rai,Neesha Kakkar and Gurpreet Kaur. Among male models who walked the ramp were Sufzal Saleem (Gladrags Mega Model Hunt 2007 Finalist),Nitin Phand and Bharat Sharma.

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