Madras Cafe mints money, proves people wrong

Published : 12:05 am  August 28, 2013  |  Category: Entertainment, FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  1,082 views  |  
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New Delhi: Shoojit Sircar-directed ‘Madras Cafe’, which courted controversy after Tamil activists alleged that the political thriller presents LTTE cadres as terrorists, has not only impressed audiences, who tag it as an “intelligent film”, but also collected over Rs.20 crore in three days. Trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted that the movie, which released Aug 23 on 1,200 screens, collected over Rs.20 crore within three days of its release. “‘Madras Cafe’ collected approximately Rs 20.42 crore to Rs.20.67 crore net in its opening weekend. On Friday, it earned Rs.5.17 crore, Saturday Rs.7 crore and on Sunday Rs.8.25 crore to Rs. 8.50 crore,” said Taran in his tweet. The story revolves... 


INDEXPO crowns 22 institutions for food safety, health and hygiene

Published : 12:02 am  August 28, 2013  |  Category: Dining, FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  1,046 views  |  
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By Harsha Udayakantha Peiris with the initiative of the Senior Minister for Food Security P. Dayarathne, the third consecutive Crowns Awards Ceremony 2013 organised by Ind-Expo Certification Ltd. (INDEXPO) has announced 22 award winning hotels and institutions for maintaining food hygiene. The 22 award winning hotels and institutions for the Crowns Awards Ceremony 2013  included, Cinnamon Grand Hotel, Cinnamon Lakeside, Malaysian Food Boutique, Jack Tree – Bollywood Leisure Ltd., Dine-More Restaurant Ltd., Hotel Janaki, Lanka Hospitals Corporation PLC, Nawaloka Hospitals PLC in Colombo, Coral sands Hotel in Hikkaduwa, Randholee Resort Ltd., Mahaweli Reach Hotel and Amaya Hills in Kandy, Hunas... 


Madonna top-earning celebrity, trumping Spielberg, Winfrey – Forbes

Published : 12:00 am  August 28, 2013  |  Category: Entertainment, FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  460 views  |  

Reuters: She’s still the Material Girl. Pop diva Madonna 55, is the world’s top-earning celebrity, according to a Forbes list released on Monday, raking in an estimated US$ 125 million in the past year, mainly from her US$ 305 million-grossing MDNA tour, but helped by sales of clothing, fragrance and various investments. Director Steven Spielberg, who had a big hit last year with ‘Lincoln’, was a distant second with earnings of US$ 100 million in the year ended June 2013, most of which came from his catalogue of past hits such as ‘E.T.’ and ‘Jurassic Park’, which continue to bring in big bucks. “Madonna’s success, at age 55, just goes to show the incredible power of a successful... 


Crysbro chicken sizzles at the 15th Culinary Arts Exhibition

Published : 12:00 am  August 28, 2013  |  Category: Dining, FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  1,576 views  |  

As a name that’s been synonymous with succulent and tender ‘Fresh Upcountry Chicken’ over the past 40 years, Crysbro was once again the cynosure of all eyes at the 15th Culinary Arts Exhibition held recently at the BMICH. Not content with being a mere participant, Crysbro lived up to its reputation as a top innovator in the industry, by providing an opportunity for spectators to exhibit their talent in the culinary arts with a competition titled ‘Crysbro Cook and Win’. It was a tremendous success, judging by the large number of enthusiastic participants, as well as the keen interest shown by spectators. The winners were rewarded by Crysbro with many gift packs containing home appliances,... 


Bentota Beach Hotel wins 5 crowns at ‘Crown for Food Hygiene’

Published : 12:00 am  August 28, 2013  |  Category: Dining, FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  670 views  |  

In keeping up with one of the pledges of Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts, ‘I will get it right the first time, every time,’ Bentota Beach Hotel bagged five crowns for food hygiene, the highest standard of food hygiene, at a ceremony held recently. The Chief Guest of the Awards Ceremony was Senior Minister for Food Security M.P. Dayaratne. The event was well attended by the officials of Ministry of Food Security, Ministry of Industry and Commerce, Ministry of Health, SLTDA and CMC. The ‘Crown for Food Hygiene’ scheme was launched by IND-EXPO Certification Ltd., as the implementing partner to encourage the continuous improvement of food hygiene standards in the food handling establishments... 


South African jazz singer Xolisa back at Thorana Lounge with male vocalist Nathi

Published : 12:00 am  August 28, 2013  |  Category: Entertainment, FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  3,179 views  |  

The South African jazz singer Kgomotso Xolisa Mamaila is back in Sri Lanka and will start performing once again at the Hilton Colombo’s Thorana Lounge together with male vocalist Nathi, also from South Africa, from 3 September until the end of November. The lounge will come alive nightly from Tuesday to Saturday, 8.30 p.m. onwards.   Xolisa, who was born in a small town in South Africa, has been passionate about music from an early age. In 2000, she studied music at Eastside College, South Africa where she majored in vocal training. From that point, it had been a continuous journey in the music industry. Kgomotso has also played with one of South Africa’s best Afro jazz bands. In 2007, Kgomotso... 


‘Madras Cafe’ earnings have skyrocketed, says John Abraham

Published : 12:00 am  August 28, 2013  |  Category: Entertainment, FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  383 views  |  

Mumbai: Actor-producer John Abraham is thrilled by the box office collection of his second production venture ‘Madras Cafe’. He thanked everyone for “putting faith in my vision for cinema to get progressive”. The audience and even fellow filmmakers have described the film, which is about the civil war in Sri Lanka, as an “intelligent” attempt. If reports are to be believed, the movie was made on a budget less than Rs.10 crore. Directed by Shoojit Sircar, it earned over Rs.20 crore in its opening weekend. “I thank all of you for putting faith in my vision for cinema to get progressive. Collections on this film have skyrocketed. A big thank you,” John, who has acted and co-produced... 


Japanese Cultural Exhibition this weekend

Published : 12:00 am  August 28, 2013  |  Category: Entertainment, FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  530 views  |  

The Embassy of Japan in Colombo in cooperation with the Japanese Language Teachers’ Association of Sri Lanka will hold a Japanese Cultural Exhibition this weekend in Colombo. The exhibition will be held at the Harold Peiris Gallery, Lionel Wendt in Colombo from 31 August to 1 September 2013. The exhibition is designed to display Japan’s culture and lifestyle and thereby to further enhance the friendly relations between the peoples of Japan and Sri Lanka. The exhibition will feature Ikebana floral arrangements, bonsai plants, origami, as well as demonstrations of the tea ceremony, Ikebana floral art, bonsai planting and origami folding. It will be open to the general public on 31 August from... 


Shisha by the pool at Cinnamon Grand

Published : 12:00 am  August 28, 2013  |  Category: Dining, FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  1,063 views  |  

Unwind by Cinnamon Grand’s cerulean pool and sip on a drink, tuck into authentic Arabic snacks and savour some sweet shisha as the evening sets in. The Grand’s breezy poolside is now home to a laid back and comfortable, yet chic and stylish shisha lounge offering over fifteen flavours of shisha including mint, chocolate, apple, double apple, cherry, strawberry, watermelon, grape, berry, orange, lemon mint, chocolate mint and orange mint, to name a few. One hookah pipe, with the choice of shisha, priced at Rs. 1,500 (nett) can be utilised for one-and-a-half hours with charcoal replaced three times during the period. A pipe can be shared by a maximum of three guests, with an additional cover... 


Planes to premiere tomorrow at MC Superior Cinema 3D

Published : 12:00 am  August 28, 2013  |  Category: Entertainment, FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  716 views  |  

Popular animated adventure movie Planes by Disney productions will premiere on Thursday at the MC Superior Cinema 3D. The film has been imported by Liberty Lands and Developments Ltd. It is about a crop-dusting plane with a fear of heights and lives his dream of competing in a famous around-the-world aerial race. Dusty Crophopper is a little crop-duster plane with a fear of heights and a crazy dream of being a racer. While his friends need convincing, Dusty gets the training he needs from Skipper, a veteran fighter, and qualifies for the Wings Across the World race. In the event, Dusty finds competitors who soon learn that there is something special about this underdog as he is tested to his... 


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