29012018-LSTC-01.qxd 1/28/2018 7:44 PM Page 1 c m y b CHANDIGARH | MONDAY | 29 JANUARY 2018 TRIBUNELIFE+STYLE ARMIE HAMMER REJOINS TWITTER BAYWATCH STAR CLAIMS SCOTT MOLESTED HER SHARON HOPES WEINSTEIN GOES TO JAIL Call Me by Your Name star Armie Hammer is back on Twitter after a two month break. The 31-year-old quit the social media platform after slamming a media company for an article it published about him claiming his career is owed to being a privileged white man. ANI Baywatch star Nicole Eggert has accused actor-director Scott Baio of molesting her when she was a minor. He has denied the charge. Eggert starred with Baio in sitcom Charles in Charge, which ran from 1984 to 1990. The two actors dated briefly in the late 1980s when they starred together in the show. IANS Actress Sharon Stone hopes disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein goes to jail. Her comments are the same as actor Matt Damon, who was criticised by #MeToo campaigners for saying there is a “difference between patting someone on the butt and rape or child molestation”, said a report. IANS Film climax: Swara takes on Bhansali It’s Indy 5 for Spielberg Steven Spielberg to begin filming Indiana Jones 5in 2019 Questions Jauhar scenes, says women have right to live CTRESS Swara Bhasker has, in a scathing comment on Padmaavat, said she felt like a “vagina only” after watching the Sanjay Leela Bhansali directorial. However, some film fraternity members dismissed it as a “feminist debate”. Swara believes Padmaavat has brought up the question whether women -- widowed, raped, young, old, pregnant, pre-pubescent - have the right to live. In an open letter published on Saturday, Swara has decried glorification of self-immolation customs Sati and Jauhar. She began her note by congratulating Bhansali for being able to release Padmaavat despite the hurdles -- something she says she even fought trolls for on social media. The actress, who played a small part in Bhansali's Guzaarish, watched Padmaavat first day, first show”, and decided to share her concerns as it left her “stunned”. “That's what I felt like at the end of your magnum opus. I felt like a vagina. I felt reduced to a vagina-only. “I felt like all the 'minor' achievements that women and women's movements have made over the years like the right to vote, the right to own property, the right to education, equal pay for equal work, maternity leave, the Vishakha judgment, the A right to adopt children... All of it was pointless; because we were back to basics. She stressed: “Women have the right to live, despite being raped sir. Women have the right to live, despite the death of their husbands, male 'protectors', 'owners', 'controllers of their sexuality'... whatever you understand the men to be. Women have the right to live - independent of whether men are living or not. “Women have the right to live. Period. It's actually pretty basic,” she wrote, referring to the “very uncomfortable” climax scene in which actress Deepika Padukone (Rani Padmavati in Padmaavat) leads a pack of women to commit self-immolation after attackers venture into their kingdom and kill the men. “Women are not only walking talking vaginas. Yes, women have vaginas, but they have more to them as well.” Swara said she was hopeful that Bhansali would offer “some sort of a critique of Sati and Jauhar in your film”. The daughter of wellknown strategic analyst C. Uday Bhaskar and professor of film studies Ira Bhaskar, signed off the letter as “Swara Bhasker, Desirous of Life”. Her lengthy post did not resonate well with actresssinger Suchitra Krishnamoorthi, who tweeted: “Aren't these feminist debates on 'Padmaavat' Steven Spielberg plans to shoot the fifth installment of Indiana Jones at some point in 2019. According to a report, the legendary filmmaker will move ahead with Indy 5 before going into production on West Side Story. Disney handed out a July 10, 2020 release date for the adventure last April. The untitled Indiana Jones Project comes more than a decade after its previous installment, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Spielberg, who helmed the previous four installments, signed on to direct back in 2016. Harrison Ford will star in the title role once again, with Spielberg drawing from a script by David Koepp. —ANI ❝AREN'T THESE FEMINIST DEBATES ON 'PADMAAVAT' RATHER DUMB? IT'S A STORY LADIES - NOT AN ADVOCACY OF JAUHAR FOR GOD'S SAKE. FIND ANOTHER BATTLE FOR YOUR CAUSE - A REAL ONE AT ALL. NOT HISTORICAL FICTION.❞ SUCHITRA KRISHNAMOORTHI ❝ WE WERE BACK TO THE BASIC QUESTION - OF RIGHT TO LIFE. YOUR FILM, IT FELT, HAD BROUGHT US BACK TO THAT QUESTION FROM THE DARK AGES - DO WOMEN WIDOWED, RAPED, YOUNG, OLD, PREGNANT, PREPUBESCENT... DO THEY HAVE THE RIGHT TO LIVE?❞ Laughter, the best medicine In Chandigarh, to perform at PGI’s cultural festival Zenith, Sunil Grover remembers hosting Aaghaaz and Rukhsat, and other events at Panjab University, and his late-night chai and parantha at PGI... SWARA BHASKER rather dumb? It's a story ladies - not an advocacy of Jauhar for God's sake. Find another battle for your cause - a real one at all.” Producer Manish Mundra commented: “Now somebody takes fiction seriously... The point is if you make a film from your past, do changes suitably to reflect today's feminism. “Both are in same boat -those who think a film can change their history and those who think a fictional film from past should be changed suitably to represent today's feminism.” —IANS Amarjot Kaur Ludhiana-based fashion designers Rimple and Harpreet Narula reveal what it took to create outfits for Padmaavat Creative invasion Manpriya Singh ❝HARD WORK IS AN UNDERSTATEMENT. TO ACTUALLY UNDERSTAND AND TRANSLATE SANJAY LEELA BHANSALI’S VISION INTO SOMETHING CONCRETE AND ONSCREEN STIRS EVERY CREATIVE BONE IN YOUR BODY.❞ RIMPLE AND HARPREET Rimple and Harpreet Narula When the off screen drama becomes as historical as it did with Padmaavat, the onscreen history (or any version of it) better match up to the drama. A Rajput King, a Muslim invader and a devastatingly beautiful queen… Just the extravagance that only Sanjay Leela Bhansali can build up on. But to understand and then carry his vision forward is no cakewalk (read nightmare). Costume designers for the film Rimple and Harpreet Narula had been at it ever since the first briefing. The odhnis, the ghaghra…if the magnitude lay in the sets clearly the opulence lay in the costumes. In a very brief and structured interaction, designer duo Rimple and Harpreet talk about the hard work that went behind the costumes of the film. But just a mere mention of the hard work is likely to rub the designer duo the wrong way. The right kind of wrong. “Hard work is an understatement,” shares Rimple. “To actually understand and translate Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s vision into something concrete and onscreen stirs every creative bone in your body.” c m y b Hard work it entailed, only at an exponential rate. “For Padmaavat, our team visited various clusters in Rajasthan to study the traditional embroideries such as mukke ka kaam, which is an example of very fine intricate embroidery done by couching gold and silver metal threads over the base fabric.” Behind the costumes of Padmaavat Visiting the artisan clusters in Rajasthan, locating weavers was only the beginning. The ghaghras and odhnis were specially foil printed and then decorated with small floral buttis to achieve a rich ornate look. “Our teams got special prints developed from Sanganer and Bagru for the textiles that were used. The prints were then layered with varq ka kaam done by specialist artisan clusters in Rajasthan.” As for the gotta embroidery, that was, “specially sourced badla, flat beaten metal wires, that were given to weavers to create authentic gotta as it was used in the relevant period we were dealing with.” Like she said, hard work is an understatement. Meet the Ludhiana- based couturiers Personally speaking their journey has been no less fascinating and almost super speedy, considering it was only in 2000 that their label came into being and 2014 when the Ludhianabased couturiers debut with their collection titled The Eternal Wanderlust at India Couture Week. firstname.lastname@example.org Subtle yet articulate, Sunil Grover’s mimicry meets with nuanced locker-room humour and slapstick comedy at the Bhargava Auditorium in PGI as he performs for an audience numbering somewhere between 2000 and 3000 on the first day of PGI’S four-day long annual cultural festival, Zenith-2018. With effortless precision, he slips from one act to another first donning Mashoor Gulati’s hat, then performing a stand-up comedy and mimicry act, and later pulling off his final ‘Gutthi’ act while dressing up for it on-stage just so he could spend a few more minutes with the audience. He was paid for a one-hour performance; he ended up performing for a little more than an hour-and-a-half. What does he get for pushing the envelope? A hooting crowd, begging him to stay back for one more act, the ‘I want a selfie with you’ fanbrigade who followed him backstage, and two boys chasing his car blindly till Sector 29 only to tell him how much they admire him. “That’s all that an artiste wants; I feel blessed. I feel lucky,” he says while smoking one of his Marlboro Lights on his way back to Hyatt, Chandigarh. By the time he reaches his room on the sixth floor, guilt takes over. “I want to quit this bad habit,” he says. Then he picks up another one and puff-puff away. He’s consumed by his love for the city that honed his drama skills. He remembers hosting Aaghaaz and Rukhsat, and other events at Panjab University and his late-night chai and parantha at PGI. “I’ve always been loved, in school, college, even in the University... But Bombay dashed all my airs to the ground. I exhausted all my money in the first year, left my apartment in Juhu and shifted to Goregaon in a one bedroom apartment,” he SUNIL GROVER says. He dabbled with news anchoring (in Alpha Punjabi) and did voice-overs and radio shows to keep the survival money pouring. With little opposition from his banker father, who was also selected as an announcer at AIR, Jalandhar but chose a banking job over the offer, and an immensely caring mother who worried too much about his whereabouts, Sunil went on to live his dream of becoming an actor. For this, he credits The Kapil Sharma show as a platform that gave him both, recognition and success. “In a way, I am doing what my father wanted to do. I am also thankful for the popularity that The Kapil Sharma Show gave me. I now have offers for two Bollywood films, let’s see if it works out,” he crosses his fingers while hoping to avoid the obvious question invited by the mention of The Kapil Sharma Show and the ‘fight on the flight’ that resulted in his quitting the show. “I can’t let that one incidence define my four-year friendship with Kapil,” he says. However, Grover has no qualms about how this incident affected his interior designer wife Aarti and his 7year-old son, Mohan. “They were very disturbed; so was I. I was more upset about how the team fell apart. We were great, as a team. I only want to think about the good time we spent,” he says.
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