04012019-LSTL-01.qxd 1/3/2019 7:48 PM Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE Patriotic note Actress Yami Gautam, gearing up for the release of her forthcoming film Uri: The Surgical Strike, has said the Indian film industry makes less patriotism-infused films. IANS LUDHIANA | FRIDAY | 4 JANUARY 2019 hen W politicsmeets cinema Jasmine Singh ‘I want to evolve as an actor’ Actor Ranveer Singh says he wants to explore something new with each of his projects and keep on evolving as an actor. “As an artiste, I have always wanted to entertain audiences; at the same time offering something new to them with every film, with a constant endeavour to push myself to evolve as an actor,” Ranveer said in a statement. “With Simmba again, I was doing something absolutely new, thus adding a new dimension to my repertoire,” he added. Last year, Ranveer garnered applause for essaying the role of villainous Delhi Sultan Alauddin Khilji in Padmaavat. At the moment, he is enjoying the successful run of Simmba. Ranveer’s performance as the corrupt police officer Simmba, who has a moral turnaround to become the saviour of justice, has been getting positive response from critics and audiences. Ranveer Singh credits the success of his latest film Simmba to director Rohit Shetty’s vision MASALA FILM Talking about the film, Ranveer said: “I had never done this kind of out-and-out masala entertainer — a kind of movie I had always wanted to do. I’m extremely grateful to the audience for the love they have showered on my performance and on the film. It is encouraging and truly humbling. It has been an absolutely incredible year for me, and the success of Simmba makes it an ideal way to end the year — on a huge, huge high.” — IANS E VEN though it is too early in the year for a controversy, but Bollywood has already opened its account. A lawyer has filed a petition in a Bihar court against Anupam Kher and 14 others for damaging the image of some top people with his upcoming film, The Accidental Prime Minister. The film is based on the book by the same name, written by Sanjaya Baru, former Prime Minister of India Manmohan Singh’s media advisor. Political films have courted controversies time and again. Right from Sanjeev Kumarstarrer Aandhi, a 1975 political movie based on the life on Indira Gandhi, which was LEGAL TANGLE: Anumpam Kher with poster of The Accidental Prime Minister in the background should not make a film that provokes the audience.” PUNJABI TURF It’s not for the first time that a movie has landed in a political quagmire. There are many like The Accidental Prime Minister, which have been in controversy for various reasons. Here’s a quick check banned when she was in power, to Kissa Kursi Ka, a spoof movie on Sanjay Gandhi during Emergency to many Tamil groups demanding a ban on John Abrahamstarrer Madras Cafe, which revolved around the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi, films based on political figures have more often than not courted controversy. MATTER OF FACT Amitabh Bachchan’s Aarak- Word of praise BOLLYWOOD FILMS BASED ON POLITICAL ISSUES ■ Leader shan portrayed the castebased reservation system in India. As a result, the movie was banned in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Andhra Pradesh before its release. Nandita Das’s Firaaq, based around 2002 Gujarat riots, was banned in Gujarat. Director Jeet Matharu believes in a democratic country, filmmakers should be allowed to call a spade a spade. “Some directors like social dramas and some politics. I would personally want to make a film on Partition; I would talk about people who were responsible for this,” he says. Whether it was Anurag Kashyap’s Black Friday, based on 1993 serials blasts, or Parzania, directed by Rahul Dholaki, said to be a true story of a Parsi boy, Azhar, who disappeared during the communal riots in Gujarat in 2002, to Hava Aaney De, based on the sensitive topic of India-Pakistan ■ Garam Hawa ■ Aandhi ■ Kissa Kursi Ka ■ Hu Tu Tu Mishti also praised Kangana for knowing the technical aspect of filmmaking very well. Asked about her experience of working with Kangana, Mishti said: “Many people do not know that Ankita Lokhande (L) and Kangana Ranaut ■ Black Friday ■ Rajneeti ■ Indu Sarkar LOUD & CLEAR Actor Manav Vij, who was a part of Punjab 1984 and Udta Punjab, says, “I am for freedom of speech, which extends to filmmakers. People need to know the story; at the same time, the director email@example.com In the race WALL OF ART Kangana has a good sense of humour and she is very down-to-earth and humble. She is always serious about her work but that does not mean she will create pressure... she mingled with us and I bonded really well with her. At the beginning of my career, I did not even imagine working with her, but I surely looked up to her as an inspiration. She is such a fine actress and just by watching her performance, one can learn so much.” “Manikarnika is based on the life journey of warrior queen Rani Laxmibai. Director Radha Krishna Jagarlamudi, better known as Krish, started shooting the film in the beginning, but after a major part of the shooting, he had to opt out for his other commitments. Kangana took over the project then. Mishti said: “Since a portion of the film has been directed by her, I realised that she is technically very sound and she just knows how to make every scene look good. When she was directing, the way she was giving instruction to every actor and technician, it was amazing to see all that.” The film also features Atul Kulkarni, Jisshu Sengupta, Suresh Oberoi, Danny Denzongpa and Ankita Lokhande. “Manikarnika is releasing on January 25. — IANS ■ Parzania war, which was never released in India, sentiments are sure in the line of fire. Sushant Singh Rajput, Jacqueline Fernandez-starrer Drive to release on June 28 Kangana has a good sense of humour, says Mishti Actress Mishti Chakraborty, who essays a pivotal role in Manikarnika - The Queen of Jhansi, says the upcoming film’s lead actress Kangana Ranaut has a good sense of humour that many people do not know about. ■ Firaaq Ranjit Bawa-starrer Toofan Singh, Kaum De Heere, based on 1984 riots, Sadda Haq are some Punjabi movies that have courted controversy. Coproducer Seema Bhalla is all for Hindi and Punjabi films based on political issues, “A subject like this gives ultimate creative satisfaction. It can be a dicey proposition for a producer and distributor, but at the end of the day, filmmaking is also a responsibility as much as it is for entertainment. So, we should not only be making such films to make public aware, we should back them as well.” Actor Kuljinder Sidhu fails to understand why political leaders are uncomfortable seeing reality on screen. “A filmmaker will never take up a political subject to target a party; for him or her, it is a subject like any other. Yes, the director might want to highlight the reality; there is no harm in it as long as it is shot sensitively.” Actors Sushant Singh Rajput and Jacqueline Fernandez’s upcoming film Drive, which was supposed to hit the screens last year, will now release on June 28. The Dharma Productions’ project was earlier locked for release on March 2, 2018. Then it was announced that “Drive” will race to cinema halls on September 7. Filmmaker Karan Johar announced the new release date and official teaser on Twitter on Thursday. A man rides an e-scooter past a mural painted on a wall in Singapore. AFP Regional flavour Assamese short films chosen for Dadasaheb Phalke film fest Assamese director Xahid Khan’s short films Mistake and Alert Condition: Red have been selected for Dadasaheb Phalke International Film Festival. The festival has sections for feature films, short films, documentaries, animations, music videos and ad films. It will take place in Mumbai on February 20. “Official selection of both c m y b the films at such a prestigious film festival is really great. I hope our films bring more good news to my home state, Assam,” Xahid said. “Both the films will be screened as well as compete with other films at the festival,” he added. — IANS In the over 20-second-video, cars can be seen ready to race. “On your marks, get set and race. See you in cinemas for a pulsating ride on June 28, 2019. Drive,” Karan tweeted. Sushant had earlier said about the film: “That’s a heist film. When you are going to watch the film, you would not know what is going to happen next.” — IANS
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