You can’t help
but get mesmerised by the Marathi entertainment industry. And all those involved in making these stories come to life are even more interesting to explore. Since there is just no dearth of talent here, it was easy to choose the talented, smart and attractive Umesh Kamat for our cover this month. It had to be Umesh, because his journey as an actor is nothing short of drama. That he has immense talent is quite palpable. You cannot make a career like his without talent in your blood. Whether it was his portrayal as Soham from Vaadalvaat or Adinath Shashtri from Asambhav or his Adv. Om Chaudhary from Eka Lagnachi Teesri Goshta, his television appearances have made a dent in our minds. His movies like Kaydyacha Bola, Time Please, Lagna Pahave Karun, A Paying Ghost, and his latest hit Ye Re Ye Re Paisa and just released Asehi Ekda Vhave are just an extension of his talent. Umesh holds nothing back... he knows what he wants and is willing to wait for the role that is apt for his talent. But his struggle to understand the gap when there is no work is a learning experience. Maybe that is why you see a sensible Umesh give his 100 per cent once the right work comes his way. Having a partner in Priya Bapat has been a blessing for him, and their love story is just like one of the tales he is part of in this industry. Read his interview to know more of this actor par excellence. You are going to meet some assorted individuals with remarkable feats in this issue. Foodies and eclectic eatery lovers would love to read the interview of popular restaurateur Riyaaz Amlani, the power behind Social, the interesting eatery-cum-workspace sharing place now open in Pune. His interview on Social and the food culture in general has to be read with great gusto. Or choose to understand about acclaimed ceramic artist Ruby Jhunjhunwala, who has spoken in-depth about getting into the male-dominated profession of pottery and carving a niche for herself. Speaking about talent, we also have author Pervin Saket, whose novel Urmila – The Forgotten Wife is Ramayana’s modern-day interpretation through the eyes of its most neglected character. Reading about Shraddha Kakkad is also sure to be an enriching experience; this fighter has become Mrs. Asia United Nations, and is also a successful entrepreneur. Understand her success and be inspired. Our very young entrepreneur Asa Ferreira is a delight to know as well. At just 24, this Young Turk is already the Founder of Socio Loca, while simultaneously operating as the Vice President (Marketing) of the United Basketball Alliance. It was amazing to write the restaurant review about Panash, the pan-Asian restaurant at Four Points by Sheraton. Anything from South-East Asia or even the Far East has been a hit, not just in the city but also throughout India. Additionally, Tipple Time gives you some unusual cocktail recipes courtesy The Daily All Day, Koregaon Park, that will beat the heat nicely. After having a good meal, you might want to think of a good workout method to start the next day. Check a whole spread on Martial Arts as a fitness method, and where you can go in the city for the same. We are not going to disappoint you in our regular columns. Indulge your visual senses with the interesting office space of Netsurf Networking in Baner. Be on trend with the latest bags in our In Style section, while the Puneites Speak covers a topic close to any Punekar’s heart – summer memories. Get nostalgic. Our other usuals will not disappoint you either. Citadel is about getting Punekars to love their city more. And we will continue to give you just that emotion. Till then, let’s enjoy the summers.
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