Your Weekend Planner April 2: Covid 2.0 hits Bollywood, Serpent brings back Charles Sobhraj

Dear Reader,

If you pulled off an April-Fool’s prank on somebody efficiently, effectively, congratulations. If you didn’t as a result of no joke can beat what our lives have been since March 2020, we’re with you. Anyway.

It’s April 2, and you have the Easter weekend arising. Heading out of city for this lengthy weekend comes with its personal share of precautions so if you’re certainly going out, here’s a list of quick trips. Do not drop the masks. You know the remainder of the sanitiser-soap drill by now.

Now to those who’re staying in. We have an Easter-special carrot cake recipe from the kitchen. There’s a faster Caramel Coffee recipe too. Our choose from the bookshelf is The Dutch House by Ann Patchett, a narrative of two siblings and the protagonist: their home.

On OTT, Netflix has a sequence on serial killer Charles Sobhraj, The Serpent, starring Tahar Rahim within the lead function. If you are into the entire serial-killer style, you may prefer it. There’s additionally Tenet on Amazon Prime Video if you wish to tax your brains a bit. More if you attain the part.

Bollywood, in the meantime, appears to be battling the second wave of Covid. As Ranbir Kapoor got here out of quarantine after testing destructive, girlfriend Alia Bhatt tested positive and went proper back into quarantine. Amitabh Bachchan has gotten himself a jab of the vaccine. The Bachchans all accompanied Amitabh to get the vaccine however for Abhishek, who’s but to obtain a dose.

Before we go away you with the Weekend Planner, the most important information from cinema this week: Rajinikanth is being honoured with the 51st Dadasaheb Phalke Award. Or the opposite method spherical, as Thalaivar followers would have you ever consider.

That’s all from us this weekend. Keep the masks on.

Here’s your Weekend Planner.


We are 4 months into 2021 however all the things looks like a rinse-and-repeat of March 2020. All due to, what else, however coronavirus. “Numbers are rising,” is the assertion that each different individual is uttering as a result of there was a speedy improve within the day by day Covid-19 instances all throughout the nation, particularly in Maharashtra.

Apart from Maharashtra, a number of different states together with Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Gujarat have imposed a lockdown and night curfew in a number of areas.

On that word, we repeat, don’t overlook the masks. Mumbai Police has been spreading awareness concerning the significance of face masks repeatedly, and alerted on April Fool’s Day particularly, that not sporting one is a “costly prank.”

Coronavirus aside, there was sufficient pandemonium concerning the Suez Canal disaster that made headlines over the weekend. The Suez Canal was blocked after the 400-metre lengthy vessel Ever Given bought jammed diagonally throughout a southern part of the canal final week, halting visitors on the narrowest delivery route between Europe and Asia.

Shipping visitors resumed on Monday after the large container ship was refloated, and the internet soon after went into overdrive. What adopted have been memes. Amul also celebrated the feat with a cute doodle.

Now, transfer on to the subsequent part for one thing to make you smile.


US Navy members sang AR Rahman’s popular track Yeh Jo Des Hai Tera from Shah Rukh Khan’s 2004 movie Swades at an occasion earlier this week and the video went viral on social media. And guess what? SRK watched the clip and was elated.

A video of an Iranian woman dancing to the song Jab Tak Hai Jaan from the 1975 film Sholay additionally went loopy viral on social media.


Malaika Arora started her week by doing the Gomukhasana or the Cow Face Pose. She shared an image of herself nailing the yoga asana in a printed workout bra and tights. She additionally shared the advantages of the pose and the steps to do it accurately.

Apart from that, Malaika additionally talked about how ‘robust is the brand new wholesome’ with an image that confirmed her figuring out. She was seen balancing herself on a stability ball.


Long weekend? How a few highway journey?

As we enter the fourth month of 2021, there is a purpose so that you can rejoice. This week ends with a protracted weekend, which implies it’s the good time to pack your baggage and escape town life for a brief journey to locations close by your metropolis with out a lot planning. So, we rounded up a list of four places that you can visit without planning too much to only calm down whereas retaining in thoughts all of the Covid-19 well being pointers.


Our choose from the bookshelf in the present day is The Dutch House by Ann Patchett, a surprising portrait of two siblings, Danny and Maeve Conroy, by means of years, many years, life itself, and the way the locations they inhabit form them as people. The Dutch House tops this checklist of locations. Their mansion derives the identify from the Dutch house owners their father, Cyril Conroy, purchased it from. This iconic home in a Philadelphia suburb exerts an virtually magical pull on all of the inhabitants of the home – serving to a few of them develop; breaking some others utterly. Relationships and individuals are all woven round this Dutch House and in the long run, Patchett items you a learn that is each enriching and enjoyable. And simply the proper weekend learn.


If you need to rejoice the essence of Easter at residence, we now have the proper recipe for you. Carrot desserts are a conventional Easter recipe, they’re simple to make and assemble, and are all the time successful at any gathering. Top it up with tangy cream-cheese frosting and your Sunday is just superb.

Care for some carrot cake?

To put together a carrot cake, combine flour, sugar, cornstarch and baking soda within the mixer. After mixing it a bit, pour oil or butter, eggs and vanilla into it. Blend once more after which evenly combine in shredded carrots, coconut and chopped nuts. You may also use electrical beaters.

Your cake combination is prepared. Make positive there are not any lumps. Pour it into the cake tin and bake for an hour. You can verify in case your cake is prepared or not through the use of a skewer or toothpick.

Now comes the fascinating half – topping. Mix cream cheese, icing sugar and vanilla essence evenly. Spread excessive of your cake. You may also use meals colouring to make it look stunning. Get inventive and minimize carrots into completely different shapes to embellish your cake.

After you might have celebrated Easter, you may end off the scrumptious cake with a cup of piping sizzling Caramel Coffee. This week a man from Old Delhi went viral for selling Butter Coffee. The Internet had lots to say about this drink. In case, this story made you crave a cup of espresso you need to use our recipe.

The recipe for Caramel Coffee is kind of simple. You will 1/2 cup milk, 1 tablespoon sugar, 1 tablespoon caramel topping, 1 tablespoon caramel sauce, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract and occasional blended in a cup of water. Combine milk and sugar in a saucepan over medium warmth. Heat till it turns into frothy and is near simmering. Reduce warmth to low; whisk in caramel sauce and vanilla extract. Mix within the espresso. Enjoy!


Kareena Kapoor can pull off completely any outfit, however she has a factor for the thigh slit. Earlier this week, Kareena was noticed in Mumbai’s Bandra, fairly in a striped midi-dress, that includes aspect slits. Most of her attire, the truth is, function thigh slits as Kareena simply can’t get sufficient of them. In our Fashion Friday part this week, we checklist the most effective of Kareena’s thigh slit outfit assortment. Do take notes.


The largest information of the week got here on Thursday, April 1, when Thalaivar Rajinikanth was honoured with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award. Wishes poured in for the Superstar and everybody as soon as once more hailed the Kaala actor for his contribution to Indian cinema. The Thalaivar soon thanked the government, PM Narendra Modi and everybody who was a part of his journey for the honour.

On the exact same day, news of Kirron Kher’s blood cancer diagnosis also took over the web. She is present process remedy, confirmed Anupam Kher, and is on a highway to restoration. We want her effectively.

A day earlier than that, Anushka Sharma resumed work, chopping her being pregnant break quick. She was capturing for an advert. But quickly after, a clip from one in every of her outdated interviews, an episode of Simi Selects India’s Most Desirable, began going viral. In the clip, Anushka says she doesn’t want to work post marriage. Aren’t we glad she modified her thoughts, although?

Meanwhile, Akshay Kumar is zapping by means of Ram Setu shoot. Akshay, Nushratt Bharuchha and Jacqueline Fernandez began filming earlier this week, and Akki has shared his first look in addition to turned photographer for Nushratt. Talk about retaining your self busy.

And then there was information of Alia Bhatt testing positive for the novel coronavirus. Are you curious simply what number of celebs examined constructive within the second wave? We let you know here.

Now, the same old. On Monday Masala, we listed some iconic Holi songs as a result of, Holi thi, bhai. Tuesday Trivia was about how Tiger Shroff shot for the Baaghi 2 helicopter shot and not using a physique double. On Wahiyat Wednesday, we mentioned Abhishek Bachchan’s Game, and the way the viewers was the most important loser on the finish. And Throwback Thursday, we listed 10 Indian tv moments that have been really weird.

Before we transfer to the subsequent part, this is a listing of movies that launched in theatres in the present day, Friday, April 2. Tread with warning, although, for the pandemic is way from over:

Koi Jaane Na (Hindi), starring Kunal Kapoor, Amyra Dastur, and a particular track by Aamir Khan and Elli AvrRam.

Flight (Hindi), starring Mohit Chadda, Pavan Raj Malhotra.

The Mauritanian (English), starring Jodie Foster, Tahar Rahim, Benedict Cumberbatch, and others.

Wild Dog (Telugu), starring Nagarjuna.

Sulthan (Tamil), starring Karthi, Rashmika Mandanna.

Now, off to our OTT part.



What to observe: The Serpent

You will prefer it should you favored: Main Aur Charles

The Serpent is an eight-episode crime drama sequence primarily based on the crimes of serial killer Charles Sobhraj. It options Tahar Rahim within the lead function. Set within the 70s, the sequence tells the story of how Sobhraj preyed on vacationers and killed them mercilessly. The internet sequence additionally exhibits how worldwide authorities’ tried to nab him at varied factors. Directed by Tom Shankland, The Serpent premiered on Netflix on April 2. But earlier than that, examine the actual Charles Sobhraj here.

What to observe: Irul

You will prefer it should you favored: Don’t Breathe

After C U Soon, Fahadh Faasil is back with one other OTT launch in the course of the Covid-19 pandemic. Directed by Naseef Yusuf Izuddin, Irul premieres on Netflix on April 2. Irul options simply three characters performed by Fahad Faasil, Soubin Shahir and Darshana Rajendran. The synopsis of the movie reads, “A dark rainy night, an empty house, a stranded couple and an unknown man. A sleek game of the cat and the mouse starts playing on, as the three of them find a dead body in the basement. The movie takes the shape of an old-fashioned whodunit — the kind with mystery, suspense and a house that feels like a mousetrap. Leaving us questioning, who is the killer?” Read our review here.

What to watch: Haunted: Latin America (Haunted: Latinoamérica)

You will like it if you liked: Haunted

Real people, real stories, real terror. Haunted: Latin America is a docuseries where people talk about their terrifying experiences. Be it demonic possessions, ghost sightings, or eerie incidents, each episode has a story to tell. It began streaming on March 31.

What to watch: Madame Claude

You will like it if you liked: The Irishman

Story of the brothel-keeper Fernande Grudet aka Madame Claude, the French film is based on true events. Madame Claude heads a prostitution business and has connections in the political as well as criminal world. How she uses these connections forms the story. The film stars Françoise Fabian in the titular role and is directed by Just Jaeckin. It released on April 1.

What to watch: Concrete Cowboy

You will like it if you have watched: City of Men

Boasting a stellar cast, which includes Idris Elba, Caleb McLaughlin, Jharrel Jerome and Byron Bowers, Concrete Cowboy revolves around the life of a troubled teenager and his estranged father. It started streaming today.


What to watch: Manifest S3

You will like it if you have watched: Manifest

This supernatural drama series is about the passengers of Flight 828. They board the flight, which disappears, and they are assumed to be dead. However, the flight makes a sudden reappearance and the passengers realise the world has aged five years during their journey. It started streaming on April 1.


What to watch: Sumer Singh Case Files: Girlfriends

You will like it if you liked: Kaushiki

Starring Rannvijay Singha in the lead role, Sumer Singh Case Files: Girlfriends began streaming on Voot Select from March 31. It’s a spin-off series of Kaushiki, which starred Sayani Gupta, Omkar Kapoor, Namit Das and Rannvijay. The series revolves around a diligent police officer, ACP Sumer Singh who moves to Delhi with his sights set on finding and delivering justice. However, things go haywire when his leap into romance takes a deadly wrong turn and he finds himself entangled in the lives of four friends, who are all hiding dirty secrets.


What to watch: Spotlight

You will like it if you have watched: Indian Idol

Spotlight is a talent reality show that aims to find India’s emerging rappers. In the show, eight rappers are selected from across the country. The rappers compete in a six-part series to become India’s Next Rap Superstar. It started streaming today.



Christopher Nolan’s Tenet is finally on an OTT platform. The film started streaming on Amazon Prime Video on March 31. Before that, read our review here.


What to watch: Indian Idol 12

Where to watch: Sony TV, 9.30 pm (Saturday and Sunday)

Legendary actress Rekha will likely be a particular visitor on Indian Idol 12 this weekend. She will likely be seen having a gala time on the present with the contestants and judges Vishal Dadlani, Neha Kakkar and Himesh Reshammiya. Rekha may also be seen dancing on the present.

What to observe: Dance Deewane 3

Where to observe: Colors TV, 9 pm (Saturday and Sunday)

The actuality dance present has contestants from three generations. The contestants will likely be performing some dance stunts this weekend within the Dosti particular episode. They may also be divided into two groups. Bharti Singh and Haarsh Limbachiyaa will likely be seen on the stage. Dance Deewane 3 is hosted by Raghav Juyal. The judges are Madhuri Dixit, Dharmesh Yelande, and Tushar Kalia.

What to observe: Super Dancer Chapter 4

Where to observe: Sony TV, 8 pm (Saturday and Sunday)

The dance actuality present Super Dancer Chapter 4 that celebrates Nachpan Ka Tyohaar premiered final weekend. The judges of the present, Shilpa Shetty, Geeta Kapur and Anurag Basu will likely be seen getting impressed by the performances of the younger dancers. Anurag may also be seen having enjoyable with a crew member on the present this weekend as he calls him ‘kattappa.’


Vanguard on And Pictures, 8 pm (Friday, April 2)

Jackie Chan’s new movie Vanguard will air on And Pictures this Friday. The Chinese action-adventure movie, written and directed by Stanley Tong, was launched on September 30, 2020, in China.

(Compiled by Ananya Bhattacharya, Nairita Mukherjee, Raya Ghosh, Krishna Priya Pallavi, Vibha Maru, Jyoti Kanyal, Janani K, Divyanshi Sharma, Shweta Keshri, Logesh Balachandran, Grace Cyril, Rishita Roy Chowdhury, Tiasa Bhowal)

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