Filmmaker Neeraj Ghaywan has struck gold at the Cannes Film Festival with his first film, Masaan. The Indo-French co-production, which is set in Varanasi, has picked up two awards at the festival. One is a prize awarded to directors with “promising futures” from the jury of the Un Certain Regard category in which the film was shown. Masaan shared the award with Ida Panahandeh’s Nahid, a drama about divorce and remarriage set in Iran. Several Indian films have been shown in Un Certain Regard in the past, including Kanu Behl’s debut Titli last year, but Ghaywan is the first Indian director to win a prize in this section.
Masaan, which follows four characters from the ancient city on the banks of the Ganga, also caught the attention of the International Federation of Film Critics, known as FIPRESCI. The nine-member jury, including Indian critic Bitopan Borborah, handed out prizes across categories, and they picked up Masaan as the best film from the 19 Un Certain Regard titles.
Originally titled Flying Solo, Masaan has been co-written by Ghaywan by lyricist and stand-up comedian Varun Grover. According to a press release, the film is about “a low caste boy in hopeless love, a daughter ridden with guilt of a sexual encounter ending in a tragedy, a hapless father with fading morality, and a spirited child yearning for a family”, all of whom “long to escape the moral constructs of a small-town”. The cast includes Richa Chadha, Sanjay Mishra, Shweta Tripathi, Vineet Kumar and Pankaj Tripathi, and is scheduled to open in cinemas later this year.
The Un Certain Regard jury, headed by actor Isabella Rossellini, gave the top award to Grimur Hakonarson’s Iceland-set Rams. The section showcases the films of young and upcoming directors, and is keenly watched by international festival programmers, critics and distributors.
Inspiration for the lazy, the casual and the gourmet home chefs alike
Discover, or rediscover the daily delight in food, one ingredient at a time.
It is known that home chefs can be arranged in a pyramid - the lazy ones at the bottom, the casual cooks in the middle and the gourmet experts at the top. While the challenges differ with each level, great solutions exist to make every meal an experience, regardless of the kind of cook you are. This guide to creating delightful food has something for everyone.
The lazy, hassled home chefs
You can ease into cooking by putting together meals that require minimal technique. Salads are a good place to start. Experiment with seasonal and exotic fruits and vegetables, tender vegetables and herbs, and artisanal breads as sides for a fresh, healthy and surprisingly gourmet experience.
Don’t be dismayed if you’re a non-vegetarian. There are still meals that require next-to-no prep. Think sausages that can easily be fried or grilled and cold cuts that pack a flavour punch. Health-conscious people can look for additive-free, preservative-free meat, bromate free bread and produce from free-range farms for assurance of quality. For variety, you can even put together a great Middle Eastern platter with fresh hummus and other dips.
For the casual cooks looking to impress
So, you can cook a decent meal but are looking to give your food that X-factor? To liven up regular dishes, experiment with superfoods which make your meals nutritious and novel. Try combinations like oats chila, quinoa or couscous upmas or a sprinkle of chia seeds in your breakfast pudding. Look for quality imports and efficient distribution for maximum retention of nutrients in superfoods.
Skilled enough to host people? An upgrade from basic ingredients is the most visible sign of your culinary progression. Experiment with exotic herbs like parsley, rosemary and sage as garnishing for intriguing flavours in your soups and salads. For lip-smacking desserts, use exotic fruits like kiwi, dragon fruit, acai berries and rambutan – your guests will be delighted.
For the perfectionist gourmet chefs
You’re quite the culinary expert in your circles, but want to leap to the next level? At the core of a successful gourmet creation lie the best ingredients. Seek a delicatessen which gives you only the freshest and most diverse range of ingredients. You’ll notice the difference in flavours as you move from garlic powder to actual garlic, and from chilli powder to real paprika in your preparations.
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