Midweek Madness

To bring a midweek comic relief to the hustle and bustle of urban worries and woes, Kunal Rao (in the picture) will be performing at Cocoparra on December 5, 8 pm onwards. In his own words, he is "the 87 millionth most intelligent comedian in the world". With his brand new comedy act titled "Holy Krao", he claims to have people falling off their seats with uncontrollable bouts of laughter. The effortlessly funny ex-chartered accountant has performed over 200 shows in 12 cities and is a regular at the Comedy Store in Mumbai.

On Record

After the success of Deool and Bharatiya, producer

Abhijeet Gholap released his latest production Hou De Jarasa Usheer in California last month, after it was confirmed that the film has been sent to compete for the Oscars 2013. By far, this is the only Marathi film to be nominated in the Best Film category. Earlier, films like Shwaas and Harschandrachi Factory had been nominated in the Foreign Film category at Oscars. Academy of Motion Pictures has conveyed their interest to acquire the screenplay of this movie for preserving it in their research library. "We always look for original and enticing subjects. This storage will be for the Permanent Core collection. The scripts in our collection are made accessible for research purposes only; students, filmmakers, writers and actors are among our regular patrons. As a research library, we do not allow materials to circulate; they may only be studied inside the reading room. Also, we forbid any photocopying of screenplays," says Gregory Walsh, librarian at Academy of Motion Pictures, California. Hou De Jarasa Usheer will release in Maharashtra on January 18 next year. The star cast features industry veteran Sadashiv Amrapurkar in a central role along with Sharvari Jamenis, Aditi Sharangdhar, Chinmay Mandalekar and Aishvarya Narkar. The film will also mark the debut of Abhyang Kuwalekar and Raj Ranavare. The film has seven songs composed by Nakul and includes a rap song as well.

Affordable Luxury

The Sri Lankan brand, Avirate has opened its store in Pune. With its first store opening in Bengaluru earlier this year, the brand has a target of opening stores in Mumbai, Delhi and Chandigarh by the first quarter of 2013. The brand goes by the motto of high fashion at affordable prices. Located on Senapati Bapat Road, the store offers a variety of clothing, accessories and lingerie. While the autumn winter collection is a mix of various shades of grey, purple and black in knee length dresses, the collection for formal party wear includes ankle length dresses in lycra and georgette and jumpsuits in cotton and linen. A range of clubwear is available in geometric and floral patterns in bright colours. They have a collection of neckpieces , bangles, bracelets and earrings along with a section full of florescent scarves and funky stockings. The handbags, shoes and lingerie are available in limited designs. With a classy alligator leather pattern, the bags are made with patent leather with old-style click photo locks.

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