Pauline à la plage (Pauline at the Beach)
Eric Rohmer, in the third of his ‘Comedies and Proverbs’, may still be tiptoeing delightfully through the same verbose ground that he’s covered for years, but no other director so clearly reveals the distances between words and meaning, thought and action. Here, his 15-year-old heroine (Langlet) goes on holiday and, instead of fun, finds a perverse, sometimes painful, lesson in the emotional games of the adult world. As her older cousin (Dombasle) rejects a boring old flame and lurches into an affair with a sly advocate of freedom in relationships, she witnesses the trio’s discussions, double standards and deceit. Dispensing with heavy plotting as he coolly observes and dissects well-meaning but cruel human interaction, Rohmer yet again proves his ability to merge poignancy and humour by delicately nuanced performances and naturalistic but pointed dialogue. The film is part of a festival of Rohmer’s films brought to you by Alliance Française. 4pm and 8pm. ML Bhartia auditorium (43500200).
As the Sun Sets
Smita Bharti’s latest play is a mother-daughter drama. Bharti leaves the script open-ended in an attempt at mature storytelling. But, the play is perfectly Bollywood-like in its love-triangle-turned-perfect-fantasy ending. This duality is evident throughout in spite of several tender, understated scenes. 7.30pm. Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road. Tickets, Rs100-250, available at the venue (43663333).
Survival of the fittest: The cast of the play Line
One by one, a group of strangers come together to form a line for some unnamed, upcoming event. Gradually, the struggle for first place begins, and as they lie, cheat, wrestle and push to gain the lead spot, an extraordinary panorama of human frailty is made explosively and hilariously real.
As, in the end, are is deviousness, competitiveness, and pettiness of the small, wasting battles with which we litter our lives. 7pm. Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road. Tickets, Rs50-300, available at the venue (43663333).
An evening of Sufi music by Rekha Surya. 7.30pm. Epicentre, Apparel House, sector 44, Gurgaon. (95124-2715000).
The National Ballet and Academy Trust of India (NBATI) will conduct a students’ presentation of what they have learnt in the past few months. David Pollak—who was associated with the prestigious Colon Theatre of Buenos Aires, Argentina—set up the National Ballet Academy Trust of India in 2002. NBATI is a registered non-profit national trust, with a mandate to teach Western dance forms: classical ballet, modern dance, jazz, tango and salsa. Pollak, who has been a professional dancer for Argentina’s ministry of culture, has led several productions such as ‘Swan Lake’, ‘Sleeping Beauty’ and ‘Don Quixote’. For further details, call Mike at NBATI on 9899873972. 7pm. Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (43663333).
Till 6 May
An exhibition by Pratul Dash, who explores rapid changes in landscape due to socio-political and economic conditions. Dash addresses deforestation, bureaucratic hierarchy and the hectic pace of modern life. He uses images of animals as silent but sentient witnesses to human insanity. 11am-7pm. 14, Golf Links (41743034).
Patrick French reads from ‘The World Is What It Is: The Authorized Biography of V.S. Naipaul’, his widely acclaimed biography of the cantankerous Nobel Prize laureate. 7pm. Crossword, Mohammed Bhai Mansion, NSP Marg, Kemp’s Corner (23842001).
Ogaan’s Carnival for a Cause
Over brunch, guests have a chance to pick up limited edition designer wear against a fixed donation. A silent auction features items donated by international luxury brands, as well as designer Indian jewellery. Other activities include tarot reading, fortune telling, massages, photo studio shoots and carnival games.
Noon onwards. Crystal Room, Taj Mahal Hotel, Colaba (66653366). Donor tickets for Rs1,500 are available at the Elle magazine office, 501 Nirman Kendra, off Dr E Moses Road, Mahalaxmi (24972884).
Superhero:A scene from Jon Favreau’s Iron Man
Directed by Jon Favreau, ‘Iron Man’ is the latest Marvel comic book to receive a big screen adaptation, with Robert Downey Jr stepping into the robotic suit as the titular tycoon-cum-superhero. Jeff Bridges plays the villainous Obadiah Stane. Across cinemas.
The Forbidden Kingdom
From 2 May
Fans of American musicals have a soft spot for 1946’s Ziegfeld Follies, as the MGM anthology features ‘The Babbitt and the Bromide’, the only dance number in which Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly perform together. The sequence offers a peerless opportunity to view Astaire’s elegance versus Kelly’s athleticism. Hong Kong action-flick buffs get something comparable in ‘The Forbidden Kingdom’, which pairs Jackie Chan and Jet Li for the first time.
When these two legends finally unleash their fists of fury on each other, complete with choreography by Yuen Woo Ping, the result is just as eye-opening as the Astaire-Kelly hoof-off.
You can see how Chan’s rhythmic, flowing fighting moves stand out next to Li’s sharp, precise strikes, and their showdown is the best reason to sit through Rob Minkoff’s cover version of the vintage kung fu epic ‘Drunken Master’. Across cinemas.
Punkt and Vivek Rajagopalan
Shake a tail feather as Punkt, the Norwegian “poptronica” production duo comprising Erik Honoré and Jan Bang, jams with gifted Indian percussionist Rajagopalan. 10.30pm. Blue Frog, Mathuradas Mills compound, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel. Tickets, Rs300 (40332300).
Nineteen-year-old singer/guitarist Alisha Batth is anything but your average cover act. Batth doesn’t tread the over-ploughed field of classic rock; instead, she reinterprets the songs of artistes whose music is rarely heard on the city stage. She is blessed with a strong, mature voice that is so arresting that she actually managed to get the notoriously inattentive patrons at Not Just Jazz by the Bay and Hard Rock Café to sit up and listen. Her musical heroine is urban folk singer Ani Difranco, whose songs take up a substantial portion of her set list. Other acts we’ll get to hear at her two shows this fortnight are as diverse as PJ Harvey, punk legend Patti Smith and alternative pop heroines Fiona Apple and Feist. Expect a little Melissa Etheridge and Janis Joplin as well. 9.30pm. Hard Rock Café, Bombay Dyeing Mills Compound, Pandurang Budhkar Marg, Worli. Tickets, Rs100 (24382888).
10filmsquare, an independent community of film lovers, will host the screening of ‘Ten’ in Persian, directed by Abbas Kiarostami (94 minutes). 6.30pm. Centre for Film and Drama, 5th Floor, Sona Towers, 71, Millers Road. Annual membership Rs400, for students, Rs200 (32901739).
They’re called Emergence, come from Puducherry, and play their own brand of world music, in English and Tamil. Members include Krishna (from the UK) on guitar, Kirupa Paranan (from Sri Lanka) on Carnatic violin and (Tamil) vocals, Mishko M’Ba (from France; he’s got a story to do with Ray Charles) on bass, backed by Matt Littlewood on sax (from the UK), and Lowell Harrison on drums (from Boston, USA). 9pm. Opus, 4, 1st Cross, off Sankey Road, Chakravathy Layout. Entry, Rs110, cover charge, Rs300 (23442580).
Agog, a jazz trio from Amsterdam, will perform at the Grand Ashok, hosted by Radio Indigo and Black Dog. The trio—Frank Wingold on guitar, Joost Lijbaart on drums, Mark Haanstra on bass—was formed in 2001, when they released a CD titled ‘Shortcuts to Detours’, and toured extensively in and around the Netherlands. Their collaborative works, in a second cut ‘Meltdown’ featuring the Zapp String Quartet, and a project called ‘Agog plays Radiohead’, were much acclaimed. This is the trio’s first visit to India, and they’re expecting to release a new disc with pieces from Frank and Mark. Grand Ashok Hotel, Kumara Krupa High Grounds (30527777).
Mahadevbhai (1892 to 1942)
Ramu Ramanathan, who wrote Mahadevbhai, based the diaries of Mahatma Gandhi’s secretary Mahadev Desai, has said the play was his response to political undercurrents at around the time of India’s independence. In Ramanathans view, the Mahatma had become an easy target for communal elements and politicians playing up caste angles. In several interviews that followed rave reviews of Mahadevbhai, he has spoken about how Ambedkar and Gandhi “became foes without their politics being understood”; Ambedkar and Jinnah were the only foes Gandhi couldn’t win over, explains Ramanathan.
“The point is, the modus operandi of the criticism against Gandhi is cloaked in subterfuge,” he says, and his effort was to create a play that would tread the line between hostile anti-Gandhians and the uninitiated. The one-man act has been hailed at theatre festivals across the country, though the one notable moment would have to be the time an octogenarian stood up in the audience, mid-show, and declared, “I was there.” Written and directed by Ramanathan, produced and performed by Jaimini Pathak. 7.30pm. Rangashankara 36/2, 8th Cross, JP Nagar, 2nd Phase. Tickets, Rs100 (9845752744).
FilmCamp.TV will host six two-hour sessions for children (9–16 years) at a park on writing, shooting, acting, directing and editing films, including hands-on training with cameras, tripods and editing software. Each junior film-maker gets to take home a DVD of his or her work. 10.30am to 12.30pm. Lalbagh Botanical Garden, Rs4,000 (9243422797).
Gautam Ghosh Retrox
The Delhi veteran, who is better known for fronting the Gautam Ghosh Collective, performs covers of some of his favourite artistes. The gig is part of @Live Bar and Restaurant’s first unplugged music festival. The week-long event focuses on retro music. 8pm. @Live, K-12, Connaught Place, Outer Circle (43560008).
The Trouble with Love
Apart from writing and directing, Helke Sander also acts in her own films. In ‘The Trouble with Love’, a mostly grim but occasionally humorous look at a triangular relationship between an activist and his two girlfriends, Sander plays the second lover, and shows how a seemingly independent woman finds her self-esteem shattered by her two-timing boyfriend. 6.30pm. Max Mueller
Bhavan, Kala Ghoda (22022085).
Appanna Pujari has been one of the brightest students at the Chitra Kala Parishath—he was also adjudged best student at VAI Gadag, 1999-2000, and has won many awards, including state-level, all-India, international, and the one, 20th century Icon competitive award. Pujari, who is from Bijapur district, has a master’s degree in mythological painting and is trained in three styles: Rajasthani, Basoli and Kangra. As he puts it, he talks about the Dasha Avatara series, the Mahabharat series and lots more in his works. 10am to 7pm. Kynkyny Art Gallery, 33/200 NS Iyengar Street, off Railway Parallel Road, Nehru Nagar-Kumara (32914700).