‘Awaara’ magic to be recreated in China; signs MoU for theater adaptation

The film that brought India on the cultural map of various other countries, made them cry and made them smile including Communist nations as Soviet Union and China. (Source: YouTube) While relations between India and China might not be at their best, courtesy NSG and Pakistan, cultural ties seem to be reaching some good spot though. The two nations have signed a MoU for coming up with a theatrical adaptation of 1956’s cult Awaara starring Raj Kapoor and Nargis. Being one of the seven Indian movies to have been released in China between 1955 to 1961, the film holds a special place in the hearts of Chinese audiences with the Chinese still humming ‘Awaara hoon’. The film that brought India on the cultural map of various other countries, made…

Barry Gibb’s ‘In the Now’ album review: Soldiering on If anyone had said the Bee Gees’ music would stand the test of time, most serious music people would have scoffed. Rulers of the disco era, the fraternal purveyors of nine #1 hits, including Stayin’ Alive and Night Fever, seemed destined to have their songs trotted out for nostalgic purposes only — on Oldies Night, say, in the lounge of the airport Holiday Inn. But then Al Green covered How Can You Mend a Broken Heart so well no one else had to sing it again. And songs like How Deep Is Your Love showed staying power with their delicate sense of melody. But this is 2016, several decades on, and the new release up for consideration is In the Now. It comes from the last surviving Bee...

Strong dramas prevail Anugerah Skrin 2016 winners include big and small-budget films with heavy themes, writes Bibi Nurshuhada Ramli THE emergence of Redha as Best Film at the recent Anugerah Skrin 2016 (ASK 2016) proves that the category isn’t limited to only blockbuster films. Redha, starring Namron, Nadiya Nisaa, Harith Haziq and Izzy Reef, is a poignant tale of a father struggling to come to terms with his son’s autism. Director Tunku Mona Riza had expected a blockbuster like horror drama Munafik to win. “It took us a while to go on stage because we were still reeling in shock,” she recalls in an interview. “I’m not complaining, though. I’m so happy and blessed.” Meanwhile, Munafik’s director Syamsul Yusof says Redha deserves the win. “When we judge a film, ...

Coldplay, Jay Z, Shah Rukh Khan perform at India anti-poverty concert MUMBAI: Nearly 80,000 people in India's financial capital Mumbai attended the Global Citizen Festival headlined by British rock band Coldplay Saturday as part of an anti-poverty campaign. Top global megastars including rap megastar Jay Z, pop singer Demi Lovato and British band The Vamps performed at the event, alongside Bollywood names including superstar Shah Rukh Khan. The Global Citizen Festival is an annual music concert established in 2012 which is part of a broader campaign to end extreme poverty by 2030. Coldplay's Chris Martin is the concert's creative director. Concertgoers formed long queues early in the day outside the venue, causing major traffic congestion in Mumbai's already-congested business district. Martin ended the concert by singing India's national anthem 'Vande Mataram' (Mother, I salute thee) with help from India's ...

If there’s a Trump bump for restaurants, Georgetown is first in line There’s a long list of people who are expected to benefit from a Trump presidency: alt-righters, Rudolph W. Giuliani and Trump’s own children, to name a few. Add to that list: some bar and restaurant owners in Georgetown. Of course parts of Georgetown are getting psyched for a Trump presidency. In a city where 93 percent of voters picked Hillary Clinton, Georgetown and Upper Northwest are where most of our Republicans live. It’s where the young staffer social scene was concentrated during the Bush administration. And it’s where some restaurateurs are hoping and praying they’ll return under Trump. “I’ve seen Georgetown on a steady decline for the past eight years,” said restaurateur Bo Blair. “I do think that this change in administration will invigorate Georgetown and...

Crustacean revelation: coconut crab’s claw is stunningly strong The coconut crab’s pinch strength even matches or beats the bite strength of most land predators. (Youtube) It may not be wise to get into a scrap with a coconut crab. Its claw is a mighty weapon. Scientists on Wednesday said they measured the pinch strength of this large land crab that inhabits islands in the Indian and southern Pacific oceans, calculating that its claw can exert up to an amazing 742 pounds (336.5 kg) of force. The coconut crab’s pinch strength even matches or beats the bite strength of most land predators. “The pinching force of the largest coconut crab is almost equal to the bite force of adult lions,” said marine biologist Shin-ichiro Oka of Japan’s Okinawa Churashima Foundation, who led the research published...

Natalie Wood died mysteriously 35 years ago today. Read the news stories from 1981. Her life and career seem so distant now — a blur of black-and-white glamour shots that come into focus mostly whenever the tabloids ghoulishly rehash her ending. But on Thanksgiving weekend of 1981, the death of Natalie Wood came as a shock. At 43, she was still a vital presence in celebrity culture — a youthful link to Hollywood’s Golden Age, whom the world had watched grow up from an adorable kid star to a sultry leading lady. And yes, there was the way she died — drowned in the Pacific Ocean off Santa Catalina Island, after a evening on her yacht with husband Robert Wagner and co-star Christopher Walken. There was alcohol, and there was a fight, Wagner later wrote, but investigators could never determine...

How to re-use a wedding dress after divorce When Millie Mackintosh chose a demure dress by a little-known Australian designer for her wedding to rapper Professor Green, it inspired thousands of brides-to-be the world over - the plunging white gown by Grace Loves Lace became the most popular wedding dress on the social media site Pinterest. No one could have predicted that just three years later, the marriage - and the dress - would be in shreds. The couple announced their separation in February this year and, this week, it was reported that, in a thinly veiled message to her ex, Mackintosh had ripped up her dress and coated it in fake blood to make a gruesome costume for a recent Halloween party. When an elegant march up the aisle leads to divorce, a wedding...