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Much awaited movies open in UK this weekend

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The much awaited Disney movie Jungle Book and Shah Rukh Khan’s Fan will entertain UK audience this weekend.

Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan

  • Mindchakra, the specialist Indian book shop at the Bhavans is hosting their Spring 2016 collection. At the private preview which will be held on Thursday April 21, Mindchakra will be unveiling the new range of designs with a specially selected neutral earthy tones palette along with some exquisite pastels with delicate nature inspired embroidery in time for the upcoming spring season. This will be their third exhibition of authentic Pashmina shawls from Kashmir, India this April Fri 22ndto Sun 24th from 11am to 7pm in the Gallery at the Bhavan.
  • Vadya Vaibhavam, a vina and violin concert will be held on Saturday April 16, at 6 PM at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan. The soulful sound of the Vina would be rendered by Mrs Subathra Raguraman in the first half followed by the hypnotic performance of the Bhavan’s resident teacher Balu Raguraman on violin. This musical couple will be accompanied by the talented Sri M Balachandar on Mridangam and Sri Pirashanna Thevarajah on Morsing and Khanjira.
  • Be Be Wife Pan Ek Aj Life a Gujarati drama, will be presented by Shivam Theatre, on Sunday April 17 at 7 PM, with Inayat Patel, Amita Shah, Ramila Halai, Janki Chotai, Tarun Kapadia, Kiran Purohit on stage. The comedy is written and directed by Kiran Purohit and produced by Amita Purohit.

Events at Nehru Centre

  • An exhibition of paintings on Kashmir by Violet M. Digby, a painter from St Ives, will be held on Monday, April 18 at the Nehru Centre at 6.15 PM. She fell in love with the landscapes of Kashmir, when she was there as the wife of a District Judge. This exhibition gives a flavour of her work in Kashmir and elsewhere. This is the first showing of her work since her death in 1960. The exhibition is presented by The Simon Digby Memorial Charity. The opening hours are from 10 AM to 6 PM daily with evening openings from 6:15 PM on 19th, 22nd and 27th.
  • Women in Music Festival will featuring ShivaNova by Priti Paintal on April 21 at 6.30 PM at the Nehru Centre. Priti Paintal is well known on the UK scene as a composer, performer, music producer and promoter. She has established herself writing for leading British performers increasingly focusing attention on her ensemble ShivaNova. ShivaNova is one of the leading cross-cultural ensembles set up by Priti Paintal and grounded in Indian and European styles, it is widely admired and enjoyed for the energy and flair of its improvising.

 

Cinemas:

  • Rudyard Kipling’s beloved novel `The Jungle Book’ set in the jungles of India, and adapted by Disney into their classic 1967 animation, now gets a makeover when the Iron Man filmmaker Jon Favreau gives Kipling’s tale a new face. Mixing live-action performance with cutting-edge CGI, The Jungle Book, promises to be a visually spectacular and exciting family adventure, one featuring an all-star voice cast that also includes Scarlett Johansson as snake Kaa and Christopher Walken as orangutan leader King Louie. The movie releases in cinemas across UK this weekend.
  • Shah Rukh Khan has dual roles in this edge-of-seat thriller about the besotted fan of a movie star in Fan, the first Shah Rukh Khan movie to be released in 2016. Shah Rukh Khan’s eagerly anticipated return to the thriller genre is a gripping, psychologically complex stalker drama. It’s also the first Bollywood film ever to include a scene shot at Madame Tussauds. The movie opens in Cinemas across UK on April 15.
  • Tamil star Vijay pulls off three stylish avatars in Atlee’s emotional action movie, Theri, which is running successfully for the second week. Renowned for his recent multiple roles in the likes of Kaththi and Puli, Vijay is set to delight his legions of fans with three separate characters in Theri. One role casts him as an ideal, doting father. In another, he plays a police officer. This is director Atlee’s follow-up to his award-winning 2013 debut feature, Raja Rani.
  • Dev Patel leads an all-star cast in the amazing true story of brilliant mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan, in `The Man who knew Infinity,’ which was released last week. Born in Madras to poor, devoutly religious parents, Srinavasa Ramanujan (Dev Patel) is a self-taught mathematics genius. His obsession brings ridicule and rejection from his peers, but the 25-year-old’s life changes in 1913 when he writes to eminent Cambridge mathematician G.H. Hardy (Jeremy Irons). Dev Patel gets his best role since Slumdog Millionaire as the extraordinary prodigy, while Jeremy Irons is on superb form as his mentor. The outstanding supporting cast includes Stephen Fry, Toby Jones and Jeremy Northam.
  • Dheepan, a powerful, award-winning drama about a former Tamil warrior making a new life with a fake family in France, is running for its second week. Jacques Audiard, French director of A Prophet and Rust and Bone, won the prestigious Palme d’Or at Cannes last year for this moving, occasionally startling drama about a pretend family who slowly bond after exchanging one war zone for another. The movie is in Tamil, French and English with English subtitles.
  • Dulquer Salmaan stars as a man prone to violent rage in this visceral Malayalam thriller, Kali, which runs for second week in some theatres in UK.
  • A wealthy disabled man forms an unlikely bond with an ex-convict in this moving Tamil drama, Thozha, which runs for its second week in cinemas across UK. Shot simultaneously in Tamil and Telugu languages, this powerfully emotional drama is an official remake of the acclaimed French blockbuster Untouchable. Music is by multiple award-winning Gopi Sunder. Starring Karthi and Akkineni Nagarjuna.