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A BYTE OF LIFE Friday, January 2, 2009

My Chennai in 2009
New landmarks which are to come up


After months of speculation, Bala launched
the audio of ‘Naan Kadavul’ on New Year’s
Day. And as if it to put to end another spec-
ulation of sorts, Pooja carried off her ‘off-
screen’ chemistry with Arya on the stage, tug-
ging neatly alongside Kollywood’s most
eligible bachelor.

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The ancient Roman drape’s new avatar is
red hot property now

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” ■ . associate director. entertainment. Waiting for these multi-sto. LIFFY THOMAS and drop in inflation figures Club House Road off Anna Salai. Also should come to an end with the Amidst echoes of recession only other better bet. Chennai. hassle-free moving-going experi- finally over. a host of state-of-the-art one roof with ample parking all those who have resolved to among real estate projects will At your service amenities and. Ergo tells you looks like Ampa Centre One on “The mall will offer almost 0. More ing up for a launch in the first multiplex. third premium and fashion reyed buildings to get ready are with hypermarkets. multiplexes… If ni). say space. tion is going to get an all-new the limelight.04 ERGO Friday. The “ should bring in some cheer for with Taj Mount Road as one of traveller. “The supply of almost 2 what you can look forward to in Nelson Manickam Road is gear. January 2. but close to the proposed expansion of Chennai Airport in Porur. Tucked in If Taj Mount Road is the new entertainment-starved shoppers. PVR Cinemas is said to set its foot in the city with the launch of this project. in February Lemon their six-screen multiplex in Ex- one to start planning better for its newest neighbours. the most-awaited stores. of course. Tree Hotel should take away all press Avenue will be another A nother tumultuous year is the year ahead. high-end retail and vanilla stores – all under has some brought in some joy to However. A five screen theatre with a seating capacity for 1300 people is another highlight. times with the milling crowds. Empee Hilton in says. will address the de- shopping malls. air-conditioning and a invest. Let’s keep address. the New Year and fourth quarter respectively. quarter.5 lakh sqft of shopping area. many space. ing restaurant. as it’s time it a mall) can get depressing at it has the advantage of scale and is coming up in Guindy. come up in the second. As Sanjay and pink slips. Did we also hear that PVR aside the incidents that Mall world “Express Avenue mall is one business and leisure hotel at an Cinemas is setting shop in Ampa shook and disturbed you Spencer Plaza (if you can call of the most awaited projects as unexpectedly reasonable price” Center One? in the year gone by. food court. Matrix Mall (Vadapala. location. the loca. Finally. segments.8 Empee Group. hotels. Lang LaSalle Meghraj. ready by the third quarter. The falling interest rates be Express Avenue. hang Road) and Chandra Mall (Viru. which is to be delivered glass and chrome structures.” explains Sanjay promises to add a new twist for starved of organised retail space ning. multiplexes…2009 should usher in more landmarks into the city Mall-O-Meter Ampa Center One It is said to have 6. stop for the discerning business Sathyam Cinemas promises that liffythomas@goergo. in the fray is Chennai’s very own above developments. Express Avenue (Whites departmental stores and vanilla mand for organised retail space that’s your idea of growth.” multiplexes. where it Complaints of Chennai being to welcome a brand new begin. 2009 Namma Chennai These are a few of your favourite things Malls. real estate service firms. multiplex To start with. Jones the traveller with a budget. Express Avenue Sathyam Cinemas’ six screen theatre will give movie goers plenty of option in this pocket. stores offering a range of range Entertainment unlimited! and expose Chennaiites to an on. fine din. Chennai is going to see a gambakkam) are all expected to of merchandise in the luxury. where you already have more than a couple of cinema halls. host of amenities. full-service ence. and Chennai Citi Centre is the Chugh. organised shopping experience spurt in retail growth. in 2009. million sqft of retail space with Ekaduthangal is expected to be million sqft of organised retail Namma Chennai in 2009. Chandra Mall The proposed mall is "not only close to the inner ring road for Chennai.

where one Balaji (27). Marina and the East Coast Road. . There were also a couple of incidents of activists claiming allegiance to the PMK party attempting to stall the New Year parties at prominent hotels in Nungambakkam and Vadapalani.SRIDHARAN. Crackers. The fatal accident was reported in Guindy. 2009 USHERING IN 2009 05 T he New Year is here. Taking into account the Savera Hotel tragedy last year (where three people were killed after a wooden dance floor erected on the swimming pool collapsed). the city enjoyed a safe New Year’s party. January 2. and Balaji succumbed to his head injuries. Police arrested the men and ensured that the festivities were not affected. a software engineer. The accident occurred at 1 a. At places like Elliott’s Beach. reveller screams and roaring vehicle engines welcomed the transition. His friend escaped with minor injuries. Barring one fatal acci- dent.KARUNAKARAN. slipped and fell from his motorcycle along with his friend Karunamurthy. The measures seemed to have worked. M. who was riding pil- lion.m. a native of Thiru- pathoor. Friday. Most city roads that turned party floors on New Year’s Eve erupted with the New Year spirit when the clock struck 12 on Wednesday night. the security arrangements seemed beefed up more than before: there was a cop on duty every 100 metre-point. ■ PHOTOS: N. the police presence was even more.

Opener Gautam Africa’s Makhaya Ntini and Aus- day sport. our one-day side is still a work in progress.87 statement. cesses in 2008. As I He’s in. serves as a consultant and speaker regarding his days with the mob and has spoken with ATP players about the methods that are used to spread corruption in sport. including Sa. No English plans for IPL Indian Premier League (IPL) Commissioner Lalit Modi has dismissed reports that the second edition of the Twenty20 extravaganza would be co-hosted by England. especially as he has a tri- in South Africa before. South IPL one of the most watched sporting spectacles in modern Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Australian newspaper Herald team following their stellar suc. Dale Steyn give him an opportunity. Mohammed Ashaduddin for a trail camp at Eden Gardens Ron Reed explained. Cricket South Africa said in a Gambhir has averaged 70. world Mura- Ashaduddin who is yet to play any first class games team. India and three weeks in England.” Arthur said. even though he took a relatively Some media reports had stated that the second edition of Sun. a former boss in the Colombo crime family. and Virender Sehwag missed out he’s the man. Ac. Kolkata Knight Riders have called in rookie 17-year-old ties. Neil McKenzie would stay back with the said. who was named send Graeme home after the Sydney Test to give him the along with South African best chance of getting ready for the home series (against Smith at the top of order. wicket-keeper and from January 6-7. (Sri Ergo Correspondent kar is sim.” Modi team of the year 2008 chosen by Ishant Sharma also made it to the to have something special. not Graeme Smith (South Africa. Ishant in world team with limited appeal for the Indian cricket fan but a global league that would draw F in viewership across a global diaspora of our Indians. Son of former India captain Mohammed cording to the newspaper.” the newspaper year. while “impossi-ble to Dhoni is the wicketkeeper. ply 12th non-negotiable man: in any team. “We have decided to Gambhir. Modi.” have always said. Dhoni. his finest moment – enough Consequentially. But tear. who missed team South African Graeme India’s captain courageous World XI out on the inaugural edition after ECB restricted them for Smith. will feature in the event soon. “Sehwag for the home series. But we have no plans to host IPL in England. It’s were included in the world Gambhir and young fast bowler tralia’s Brett Lee. also hoped that English cricketers. so said.” he added. January 2. was expected to be split with five weeks of action in lian great Adam Gilchrist. coach Micky Arthur said on Thursday. We Ishant got the third fast bow- are looking to build our one-day side over the next ler’s spot beating strong chal- two years which obviously culminates in the next lenge from fellow Indian World Cup on the sub-continent in 2011. “It does give us an gests he is a fierce competitor.” a Knight Riders official said. we render Sehwag who had will give him the best possibility opportunity of being fit scored 1462 in 2008. opportunity with our ODI side. had Australia). positions. We want to build a from any Muttiah broader talent base. he said. Ricky Ponting (Australia). vice-captain). (South boys will take part in the camp and we may pick up ble to drop Africa). Ish- Azharuddin is a left-hand opening batsman and Tendulkar. Franzese. Mitchell Johnson Association’s A Division League. litharan has scored four fifties in six matches for his club side. of having blood ple-century and has taken 15 from his arm injected directly into the wickets with his off-spin. “He will have the blood injection to compete for his place with as soon as he gets back and we think that by following his senior opening partner Vi- this course of action as soon as possible after Sydney. ■ South Africa will be without their injured captain Graeme chase after 387 against PTI Smith in the two Twenty20 and five ODI matches against England last month was Australia and Johan Botha would lead the side in his said by some to have been absence. “Our spotters spoke highly of him and we wanted to 41st century in 2008. a few promising players. Smith will undergo a new is the more eye-catching op- medical process that has not been used tion. who is a BCCI vice made deputy to skipper of the president. was of the list. making the chin Tendulkar and captain picked according to their batting gland’s Ryan Sidebottom. whom the newspap. On how the team would for his 1134 runs and there is look on paper minus its regular captain. His Kevin Pie- Smith to miss ODI series 41st century to lead India’s remarkable tersen (En- gland). who became Test ant Sharma (India).” PTI PHOTO: PTI .06 ERGO Friday. drop” Tendulkar bats necessarily because he is the best captain). En- fans from around the world. while Zaheer Khan modest 38 wickets in 13 matches the cash-rich IPL. Dhoni. liers ((South Africa). “Sharma looks a domestic league which will be played in India. “Right off the drawing board Indians dominate we were certain that the Indian Premier League was not just a domestic league Tendulkar. after all – Shivnarine Chanderpaul and has demonstrated (West Indies). but because he scores dia).” it wrote. said. something about him that sug- Arthur said. Lanka). saying the IPL is a domestic league with global appeal which will be played only on Indian soil. which is scheduled for April-May next er compared with retired Austra. Gambhir. getter and notched up his (Australia). replacing Gilchrist. ODI squad in Smith’s place. and we are giving an Fast and furious opportunity to some younger guys to stake a claim. Gautam Gambhir (In- PTI at that job. AB de Vil- Azhar’s son on IPL radar great leadership quali. represents East Marredpally CC in Hyderabad Cricket cricket’s most prolific run. plenty of important runs – he is Sachin Tendulkar (India). it is still a young side. 2009 Sport Tennis mafia Former mafia crime boss Michael Franzese says top-level tennis matches are being influenced by gamblers and the sport would be his prime focus were he still in the business of impacting outcomes.” the newspaper’s MS Dhoni (India. He along with 30-40 more was impossi. at number four in the world team left-armer Zaheer Khan. domestic competitions. “Tendul.

not only did Reading Sunday away to Southampton. Hartlepool v Stoke. an added dimension as it could be the gation zone on goal difference. who’ve lost another set of memories to last a life- life than survival. Birmingham v Wolves. But Bristol City of the second-tier more than 42. West Brom v Peterborough. WITH FEWER relegated last season from the Pre. Kettering v Eastwood. Chelsea v Southend. if not so bluntly voiced. vision. victory in 69 years. they were also peat of the 1976 final where the south ly. Glen McGrath Romance of the Cup dulls down T he third round of the FA Cup is a Easy draw smouth to their first FA Cup final time in the knockout competi. Sunderland v Bolton. lingham and Macclesfield respective- fail to win the Cup. Portsmouth v Bristol City. the north-east trophy. start the third round against Wigan at But the advent of the January trans. Torquay v Blackpool. Millwall v Crewe. However. Leyton Orient v Sheffield United. PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES Monday: Blyth Spartans v Blackburn . will be FA CUP This time last year then Reading first match club captain Steven Ger. the tie which best encap- mier League. Liver- Wembley upsets. action against lower league opposi. League The temptation for Redknapp. to be honest. Harry Red. ■ mains to be seen. in one of fer window and the pressing financial home to Plymouth. Friday. But if Wigan boss striker Dave Kitson summed up a growing. in charge of a team sev- enth in the table. rard plays in since being charged with assault this week following an alleged Steve Bruce. Obviously stress frac- ture in his foot is not a good thing. coast club. defeated their First Division sulates the spirit of the third round SURPRISES Instead Portsmouth became the opponents 1-0 in one of the great takes place on Monday when non- first club from outside the Big Four of Manchester United. Rovers. leaders Liverpool’s tie has been given whose side are only above the rele- nior knockout football competition. I know when I tried to bowl with a few ankle problems it was a nightmare and to go into a game not 100 per cent is tough work.” However. A similar scoreline at St Mary’s would be an even greater league Blyth Spartans are at home to Premier League strugglers Blackburn EVERY YEAR pool and Arsenal since 1995 to lift the surprise. time. Chelsea welcom. Histon v Swansea. tion with Saturday seeing Arsenal at White Hart Lane on Friday. knapp. Hull v Newcastle. 2009 07 ‘‘ I’m not sure how he (brett Lee) is going at the moment. Charlton v Norwich. side’s fifth round replay against Wrex- ond-tier Championship in a Cup final Time for upsets ham was witnessed by a crowd of that defied all predictions. Leicester v Crystal Palace. doesn’t pick his SEEMS TO mood by saying: “We are not going to win the FA Cup and I do not give two brawl in a bar. Manchester City v Nottingham Forest. to the delight of some now world champions Manchester United start their Cup campaign on High-flyers Aston Villa and Everton face potentially awkward trips to Gil. whether it has re. Middlesbrough v Barrow. Manchester United 2008. Preston v Liverpool. Sheffield Wednesday v Fulham. they are all in tenham dug-out when the Londoners giant killing exploits. defeating Cardiff of the sec. HAVE LOST shits about it. Southampton v Stadium in London on May 17. the lustre from the world’s oldest se.000 at Newcastle’s St Pompey’s success ought to have Championship will fancy their chanc. It’s up to him how much he wants it really. Back in 1978. Watford v Scunthorpe. Macclesfield v Everton. West Ham v Barnsley Portsmouth celebrates their FA Sunday: Gillingham v Aston Cup triumph at Wembley Villa. QPR v Burnley. ITS SHEEN traditionalists. European and best-available side it will indicate a sad lack of ambition. Coventry v Kidderminster. avoid relegation have dulled some of Liverpool away to Preston. several all Premier League encoun- need for Premier League clubs to ing Southend to Stamford Bridge and ters. a re. the man who managed Port. Cheltenham v Doncaster. then of the old Second Di. their last five matches. to rest players. will be in the Tot- tion renowned for shocks and As for the Big Four. January 2. Chelsea. Ipswich v Chesterfield. Meanwhile English. Forest Green v Derby. Cardiff v Reading. James’ Park and the Spartans have encouraged Premier League clubs in es ’down the road’ at Southampton’s high hopes of giving their supporters a similar position that there’s more to arch-rivals Portsmouth. AFP ● FA Cup third round Friday: Tottenham v Wigan Saturday: Arsenal v Plymouth.

gowns. January 2. What’even better. lessness in the way it is worn. wasn’t so pair of skyscapers. dress at Cannes this year. the City’s Kim Catrall is another fan of shirts! ■ Claudia Schiffer Keira Knightley Tilda Kim at Cannes Swinton Catrall . Oscar-winning actress man in a toga is rarer than that of Tilda Swinton. ularly stunning appearance in a One can even innovate with ac- The toga. in rather than a fitted-in look. cent makeover has been making ly. Depart from Roman Roman garment that was chief. And the fashion world’s love Gwyneth Paltrow.08 ERGO Friday. Schiffer have been spotted sport- lighting ceremony. however. the one-shouldered white Lanvin knee-length toga cesorising. open recently. cloth have succeeded in making and manipulated to create a ics didn’t take long in you look like a needle in a hays- garment that has the basic es. So there’s an inherent care- man has been long-term. At present. dresses. around a tunic. quite like what a sari does actual- affair with things Greco-Ro. you peal and practicality. men. 2009 Portfolio Toga tonic THE TOGA DRESS IS TO THE ROMAN DRAPE WHAT THE COCKTAIL SARI IS TO A TRADITIONAL SARI toga was originally meant for Lanvin’s toga dress. Sex and the now even have toga-inspired t- contrary to present usage. has been lucky with hers during the Atone. And quite anorexic she looked. highlighting the fact that the tack. the star of Michael one in a kilt. chesa. whose re. more it to front pages. dress did nothing but reveal how waistline. (You’d probably see Clayton. get a belt and enhance the sence of a toga but twice its ap. Keira sandals and pair a dress with a ly a 6-metre cloth draped Knightley. the sight of a Also. and supermodel Claudia one during an Olympic flame. as crit. innovated on ment premiere in London. If you think the metres of loose worked upon. Lanvin and Hermes are The appeal of the toga lies in T he Greeks have a way of particularly known for their toga the fact that it gives one a draped- making things look good. made a partic.) ing Alberta Feretti’s toga-inspired Labels like Alberta Feretti. Mar.

I can’t make up concert for Malawi. ‘‘ Donna Karan. discussing her Temptation zodiac-inspired handbag line. before. around her appearing nude in Calvin Klein fragrance Fashion needs to look ads. February 8 my mind. on the controversy Things have changed. Friday. September 25 Victoria Beckham . and hot in winter. January 2. so that ‘‘ Gwyneth Paltrow helped. Who needs sleeves anymore? You need to be able to move and be comfortable. Karl Lagerfeld. Seasons don’t been banned exist like they used to. fund-raiser Libra. I am a Madonna. It’s very rock Now it’s cold in summer ’n’ roll. September 12 forward. 2009 09 A model in Lanvin ‘‘ 2008 IN QUOTES I had Gucci and UNICEF on my side. January 10 has to be permanent. March 3 ‘‘ The future of fashion is sleeveless. We never find a balance. at the U. April 7 ‘‘ How long does fashion week last? Is it really a week? Amy Winehouse. Pierre Cardin. Eva Mendes. I kind of like it. I live by as- isn’t it? trology. To ‘‘ I’ve never layer. We like it all.N. It’s pretty chic.

Tamil Film Pro. “I have come here as a fan of Bala In the early days. don’t know where I would have been. shot exclusively in of the movie. Nanda his elder son. “After Nandha. During the shoots we even Thursday morning saw celebrities like stayed in tents on roadsides. sociate with director Bala. Suriya. as there lyricist Vaali. “If not for Sethu. But after acting in Sethu. and actors Vikram. Bala rayanan. an unforgettable experience.” director welcomed the New Year in Mani Rathnam W ith the audio launch of Bala’s doyens like K. him his identity. but after with the life of the aghori tribes. style and grandeur. Naan Kadavul. who spoke on the occa- box-office hits but also bagged lots of sion. deals was far ahead in the race. The audio film will surely take the film to launch held at Satyam Cinemas on heights.” ducers Council president Ramana. Maestro Ilayaraja. go grab your CD and wait areas.Haripriya haripriya@goergo. is sure to be a turning point in the career of actor Arya. For actors Suriya and Vikram. Bala also joined my wish list. the authorities in censor board were awestruck after seeing the film. Bharathi- Naan Kadavul. In the making for the last three years. ■ the aghori tribes. deals with the life of till Pongal for the movie’s release. who gave super hit He taught me how to worship work. fi fin nally PHOTOS: R. from Bala are humility and hard work. Kollywood raja and Balu Mahendra. which was evident from position. Naan Kadavul audio launched. RAVINDRAN . “The effort tional Award.” Now. I felt I Varanasi and surrounding areas. The two things I have learnt the teaser released at the function. I ics penned by Vaali in Naan Kadavul.” songs for Sethu and Pithamagan. Sources said that. January 2. was all praise for his Bala. the film is all set for a Pongal release V. Balu Mahendra. Balachander. 2009 U/A certificate Flick Bala’s Naan Kadavul which went to the censors on December 30 was cleared with U/A certificate. the silent and suave director former assistant. directors Balu Mahendra were no lodgings in those areas. Bala’s mentor. Suriya said he Arya and Pooja taking part. is more than a mentor. It was and Mani Rathnam. as the audio has been in Varanasi and surrounding launched. is back with his fourth and hard work we have put into the movie. and Pithamagan.10 ERGO Friday. is Vikram said it was Bala who gave back with stunning music for the lyr. shot exclusively with Bala in many more movies. was awestruck after seeing the teaser Naan Kadavul. is seeing Arya in the movie I feel I have sure to be a turning point in the career to run harder in future to sustain my of actor Arya. I thought I would and I would like to say that he is one retire after I acted in one movie each director who can join the list of directed by Mani Rathnam and Shan- kar. I want to associate Naan Kadavul. which were not only Actor Arya. said he was lucky enough to as- awards including the prestigious Na. whom he considers who gave us films like Sethu.

had it not been for the brawls and roasts kangaroos for and taken care of in turns. given Christian indoctrination as Walters as Nullah is brilliant. Luhr. which keep you glued – a drawling Drover (Hugh Jack. rival cattle supplier. against the breakout of war ter putting up a brave front needing half-a-dozen suitcases in Darwin. Brandon Walters . This. Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kid- brilliance of a 13-year-old and dinner. Walters). is not much. Hugh Jackman. which the more popular appeal of its Half-cast Nullah (Brandon has crackling chemistry with Kid. has just lost his mother settled between Ashley and tive customs and cultures affects just flown down to dust and grime and grimy men. he suddenly breaks down graphic indulgence would miring kangaroos with a tourist’s every angle looks half-baked after realising the enormity of have remained just that fascination. Pra. to discover her her place. she sets about putting the Generations’. the thousands of of Nullah’s roots and decided to ship. par- Film: Australia Director: Baz Luhrmann Cast: Nicole Kidman. ticularly in one scene where af- shalinishah@goergo. King Carney Under’s savage beauty. Drover loves bar (despite the length of the movie) what could have happened. As if the mak. chants and magical grandfathers late husband’s estate in disarray In telling Ashley’s story of vic. Ashley is the perfect Brit-on. (Bryan Brown). the filmmaker here and mystic da luggage. and Nicole Kidman steps in to fill Drover. the issue of Nullah’s up. ad. The problem with Australia is. This utimately made him leave the project. while trying to stop a fleeing B az Luhrmann’s cinemato.Friday. bringing becomes a point of dis. Yes. who lives on Ashley’s man. the opening bar fight and estate back on its feet. lead actors. the climax. make amends. There are many moments. January 2. But just when things seem The tendency to exotic-ise na- Brit Sarah Ashley (Kidman) has estate. story the plight of the ‘Stolen the temporarily-forgotten issue the loading of the cattle on the man). Brandon Watch the film to see it. Kangaroo court SHALINI SHAH heeled hoity-toity scoffing at part of the ‘assimilation’ process. With the help of mann has tried to weave into the ers were suddenly reminded of though. Hugh Jackman is hot and man put in what is asked. ■ foreign-soil caricature – high. on a trip to drive the cattle. moved from their families and Performance-wise. pute and a relationship that are largely incorporated into the and fallen prey to the greed of a tory and love and showing Down looked based on firm footing till narrative. 2009 11 Crowe in Australia Russell Crowe was to play the lead during pre-production. then looks flimsy. et al. herd. 20th Century Fox executives wanted to reduce Crowe’s salary considerably to tailor it to the film’s budget. aboriginal children forcibly re.

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