SINGAPORE - JUNE 07:  Spider-Man fans at Marina Bay Sands on June 7, 2017 in Singapore.  (Photo by Ore Huiying/Getty Images for Sony Pictures)

Spider-Man Army troops (Day 1121)

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A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging superhero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.).

SINGAPORE - JUNE 07:  Spider-Man: Homecoming stars Tom Holland and Jacob Batalon pose with fans at Marina Bay Sands on June 7, 2017 in Singapore.  (Photo by Ore Huiying/Getty Images for Sony Pictures)

SINGAPORE – JUNE 07: Spider-Man: Homecoming stars Tom Holland and Jacob Batalon pose with fans at Marina Bay Sands on June 7, 2017 in Singapore. (Photo by Ore Huiying/Getty Images for Sony Pictures)

Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.

Spider-Man: Homecoming is coming to your nearby theatres on 7 July and in the meantime one can sense there is a buzz about the film when a large group of Spider-Man fans attend the promotion event dressed up as the friendly neighbourhood web slinger, occupying the entire venue.

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Tale of Friendship ( Day 1120)

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The fourth of seven plays to be staged under Aditya Birla Group’s theatre initiative Aadyam, Rage’s Anand Express written by Carl Miller based on the much-loved book Ostrich Boys by Keith Gray has been adapted by Akarsh Khurana and directed by Nadir Khan.

Anand had a dream, he desired to go to Anand in Gujarat and become the Anand in Anand. When he dies unexpectedly, his friends anguish over his unfulfilled desire and without consulting the adults escape with his ashes on an epic mission to honour their friend’s last wish. The race is between the youngsters fulfilling their friends wish and the seniors trying to nab them.

AE iiArtistic director Divya Bhatia describes the play as a coming-of-age story, a compelling drama full of insights. Director Nadir Khan says his primary focus with any text and especially this one—since it’s so different from anything he has done so far is to stay as true to the characters as possible.”

 

Bai Bhai

Scent of a Woman Season 3 (Day 1119)

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Elaborating on Manhar Gadhia Production new play 7X3=21 directed by Pratik Gandhi are monologues by women at different phases of their lives.

Three out of the seven plays focus on motherhood. The firs/ Bhai Bhai performed by Binda Rawal is the story of a young widow who in order to educate her daughter becomes an auto rickshaw driver in Ahmedabad. People she meets in her life introduce her to bootlegging and gradually she becomes the most feared and the most powerful woman in a man’s world.

MadhubalaThe second 21 Mu Tiffin is a story of a housewife who runs a tiffin service for students. She leads a mundane life until a young student truly appreciative of her culinary skills transforms her gaze but when the student departs the housewife returns to her drab life again. What makes the play interesting is that is written from the daughter/ Chandralekha Rathod’s perspective.

IndoThe third/ Jhankhana is about a spirited urban girl/ Veronica Gautam caught up with the fun of life until she realises that her biological clock is ticking and it is perhaps too late to have a baby. Pratik Gandhi so far known as an actor makes an impressive debut as a director, introduces his characters imaginatively and uses minimum props while shifting from one story to another. The table and chair transform to recliner/ sofa and the disguised posters in the backdrop come alive with lighting when the character tells her story.

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Apeksha

7x 3 =21 Season 3

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Manhar Gadhia Productions is back with season 3 of his very successful play 7×3 = 21 and this time the theme is Desire.  Written by 7 writers and performed by seven actors, director Prateik Gandhi travels you through fascinating journeys of seven extraordinary women – two single, three mothers, one soul and a star.

TinderThe single girls Ami Trivedi/ Apeksha and Toral Joshi/ Tinder are independent women who believe in dating their prospective grooms before deciding if they are worthy as partners. Apeksha is an interior designer, apparently artistic but who loves everything entertaining. Her frustration is that she is unable to express her choices in a world of hypocrites. The second marriage in candidate in Tinder is more pragmatic and willing to compromise for some luxuries of life.  She is ready to prove her skills in the kitchen provided her partner matches her aspirations in the bedroom, does that happen, does it ever happen in any relationship??.

There is a story of a haunted soul/ Indo enacted by Shradha Musale desperately seeking salvation, a cruel story of rejection. A story of loneliness and anguish/ Madhubala inspired from the life of the 50’s superstar abused by the family and isolated by those she loved to die a painful death. And finally stories of three mothers: Bhai Bhai/ 21 mu Tiffin and Jhankhana struggling for survival in compelling circumstances.

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Jai Ho India (Day 1117)

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Somehow we were sure we would win the India v/s Pakistan in the finals, we did not.

As the men in Blue plummeted to an 180 run defeat giving Pakistan their first victory since 1992 and I sang…Zindagi ki yehi reet hai haar ke baad hi jeet hai…
I consoled myself that it is important to lose once in a while to value the importance of success.
Afterall Cricket is not our national game, it is our national obsession!
Our national game is Hockey and the Hockey team did India proud by defeating Pakistan 7-1.

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The song playing in my head is Jeet jayenge hum desh agar saath hai…

The performances are a reality check for the country.
It is time to give due importance to other sports as well.
Time to become less obsessed with Cricket and promote our national game.
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Who is the real Sadhguru (Day 1116)

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The session past noon but the audience is not ready to go as yet. They have questions to ask and are hungry for answers. The volunteers run with microphones and Sadhguru answers as many devotees as he can, he sometimes passes their questions to  Karan Johar and Johar who is by now begun to thoroughly enjoy the session treats it like his TV shows playing to the gallery with the rapid fire round and his fans are cheering him.

The stadium is bursting with people and downstairs, the latecomers have parked on the floor resting against the gate door. The capacity of the venue is 8000 and as I look around I don’t see a single vacant seat.

16.06.2017 iiWhen the session closes, there is no rush; no pushing and the guests walk out peacefully from the auditorium. The volunteers who welcomed us with folded hand in the morning are still waiting and smiling as we walk down the long corridor. Outside there are more volunteers to help us locate your vehicles. As I wait for my car I chat with some of them and they tell me that after we are gone they will assemble in the theatre and collectively fold up all the chairs and clean the place for the next show.

As I drive home, I think about the selfless and hardworking volunteers, there be must something about Sadhguru to compel them to such dedication! Is it that he is ranked amongst the fifty most influential people in India or something else? Have they been able to figure out if the man they worship is a yogi, a mystic, a visionary or just a self-styled guru? Some call him commercial, some say he is a healer, his devotees’ think of him as an artist, his detractors call him a publicity hound!!

Undoubtedly he is articulate and learned which is why he is invited to all the significant forums. He is well versed in sports/ politics, poetry/ ecology even music and aviation which is one of the reasons his foundation is hosting a series of In Conversation with celebrity hosts from different fields. Probably the idea is to explore the many moods of the mystic and my concern is which out of all these avatars is the real Sadhguru?

Maybe all, maybe none, maybe nobody knows and only time will tell…

(Concluded)

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