30012019-LSTL-01.qxd 1/29/2019 8:18 PM Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE Up next Oscar-winner Angelina Jolie will be teaming up with writer-director Taylor Sheridan on his next Those Who Wish Me Dead. The film has been penned by Sheridan. PTI WHAT A STAR! Taraji P Henson is honoured with a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame on January 28 in Hollywood, California. AFP LUDHIANA | WEDNESDAY | 30 JANUARY 2019 Battle lines drawn KANGANA CAN’T HARM ME IN ANY WAY A period film of this scale and somebody who shot for 30 days, and claiming that she shot 70 per cent of the film, is a lie; this is humanly not possible. Those 30 days were done because Sonu Sood was replaced; had this not been the case, reshoot wasn’t needed. I have talent; I would do films with more grandeur and don’t think picking a fight with Kangana will harm me anyway, I consider myself a seasoned director. Manikarnika is my ninth film, second after Gabbar Is Back in Hindi; as long as I have a great script, I would be directing a film. I didn’t want it to become a habit with Kangana or anyone else; it was a scary plot played here. She has to be taught a lesson. She can’t take the credit away like that. If I give her a walkover without talking, it would become a norm in the industry. I am happy I spoke out; I don’t want to make it a confrontational narrative, don’t want to respond each time someone speaks about it, but this is my part of story and I want it to be heard. — KRISH Kangana Ranaut in Manikarnika BAD PRECEDENT I do feel vindicated after Krish came out with his story. Though I’m sad it has come at the expense of his pain. I just want to reiterate, this is not about credits alone. This is about the high-handed and systematic abuse coming from big stars, who trample on the dreams of writers-directors to take over their work and label it as theirs. It has crushed my spirit as it crushed Krish’s and director Ketan Mehta before us. This is an unhealthy trend and must be stopped before it sets a precedent. — APURVA ASRANI Mona While Kangana Ranaut is still basking in the glory of her success in Manikarnika, director Krish (Raja Krishna Jagarlamudi) and others in the industry blame her for snatching all the credit SONU SPEAK Manikarnika got mired in this controversy when actor Sonu Sood, who shot for the role of warrior Sadashiv, chose to walk out of the project midway. He says, “I signed the film with an exceptional director Krish, for whose work I have immense respect. When midway, another actor wanted to rewrite the film and take over direction, rather than being part of this awkwardness I chose to walk out.” According to Sonu, the film was 90 per cent shot when he called quits. How about the charges that flew at that time that he was not comfortable working under a woman director? “That’s making a complete mockery of the situation. I have worked with woman director Farah Khan and the next film she does, I BATTING FOR KANGANA am on it. In fact, the strongest inspirations in my life are my mother and sister, I am not happy when the woman card is played.” Rangoli Chandel? @Rangoli_A I have spoken to Kangana and on her behalf I am officially declaring Kangana shot 70 percent of the film ( drama and action) with her primary DOP Kiran Deohans , 2nd DOP Sachin K Krishn and took 100 % final calls on edit with Rameshwar who Krish never met in his life ..@DirKrish Prasoon Joshi @prasoonjoshi_ Kangana hasn’t only given an outstanding performance, she’s also elevated the film to another level thru her Direction n commitment. Let not any controversy take that away from her. It’s been a tough journey n am all fr celebrating everyone’s contribution. Here’s 2team #Manikarnika FLIP SIDE On the other hand Kangana, ‘the show stealer’ is labelled as ‘the best co-star and director’ by Ankita Lokhande, who played NOT FOR HER the role of Jhalkari Pooja Bhatt @PoojaB1972 Bai in the This is so wrong... on every level... this is not same the industry I was born to and not the movie. industry I wish to inherit. Eventually it is “Thank credit we work for... money comes & you Kanmoney goes... the first rule of filmmaking is to acknowledge people’s contribution. gana for always Bejoy Nambiar @nambiarbejoy being This is just heartbreaking to watch ! No there for one should have to go through me and taksomething like this. After #Simran & ing this film a @Apurvasrani‘s episode this is the notch higher,” 2nd time someone is calling her Ankita posted out. EARN your credit & GIVE on her Instacredit where it’s due SONU SOOD, WHO WAS #KanganaRanaut gram thank EARLIER PART OF MANIKARNIKA you note! Real meets reel The Jassi Sidhu ‘honour’ killing case will become celluloid reality as Dream Reality Movies announce a Punjabi film on the same PHOTO: RAVI KUMAR T HE ‘reel’ queen of Jhansi is in the thick of another battle — with that of the original captain of the magnum opus Manikarnika, Krish (Raja Krishna Jagarlamudi). The issue is not just between the two anymore, but the titans in the industry are now taking sides. While Krish has accused the fierce actress for stealing credit, Kangana’s sister Rangoli has spoken on her behalf, challenging him to prove otherwise. Apurva Asrani, who shares writing credit for Simran with Kangana, also levelled the allegations on how she ‘started deleting other actors’ lines on set and made it about her’. Manpriya Singh Every time a case hits the headlines, the makers scurry for the possibility of a script. And why not? Isn’t reality stranger, dramatic and more unbelievable than fiction? As the Jassi Sidhu ‘honour’ killing case yet again hits the headlines, we hear of another impending biopic. Dream Reality movies announce their next venture based on Jassi Sidhu honour killing case. There is all the drama that can ever transpire in a fictional script; only it’s real. Cruel turn of events Jaswinder (Jassi) Kaur Sidhu, 25, was kidnapped and murdered in India in 2000, allegedly for defying her family and marrying a poor rickshaw-driver in secret. Understandably, all the questions are directed at the one who lived through it all — Jassi’s husband, Sukhwinder (Mithu) Singh Sidhu, who was attacked with swords, but survived. While the working title and cast is yet to be in place, the makers are sure it’s going to be on the lines of a thriller. Significant character Joining in is Punjabi actor Dev Kharoud, who plays the role of an investigating officer and happily so. “Since so long I have want- (L-R) SUKHWINDER (MITHU) WITH DEV KHAROUD ed to play a role a step away from the lead, but a significant character; something on the lines of Sunny Deol in Damini. With this film, my dream comes true.” Sukhwinder (Mithu) Sidhu, on the other hand, is glad about the possibility of making a message reach the audience far and wide. “We married each other, as wilful adults. We did nothing wrong. Disapproval is one thing, but killing someone another,” Sidhu shares, who undoubtedly had to relive the trauma in the process of making the film, but also got to relive the golden moments with his lady love. “I was coming back after playing kabaddi and accidentally we sat in the same auto, she was there with her mother. I knew nothing about her, but our gaze met and it was definitely love at first sight.” As touching as true, we hope this intense love saga and the tragic ending does well at the box-office. email@example.com ‘Happy no one abused me’ Noted actor Manoj Bajpayee, who is to be conferred with Padma Shri by the government for his contribution in the field of arts, has said he is really happy that no one has abused him on social media platforms after his name was announced as one of the awardees of the country’s most coveted award. There have been quite a few instances in the recent past when people have criticised the government’s choice on social media when it comes to conferring Padma awards to a particular individual. But Manoj Bajpayee feels he is an exception to that. Sharing his feeling after being announced as one of the awardees of Padma Shri award, MANOJ BAJPAYEE Bajpayee said, “My friends, relatives and followers are very happy with it. I have observed that till now, no one has abused me on social media when my name was announced.” — IANS Delhi Crime Kriti excited about to release on Luka Chuppi digital platform Delhi Crime, a seven-part series written and directed by award winning Indo-Canadian filmmaker Richie Mehta, will be available on Netflix from March 22, 2019. The series is based on the horrific 2012 Nirbhaya gang rape case and follows the investigation by the Delhi Police. The policeprocedural thriller will premiere worldwide at the Sundance Film Festival on January 29 in the Indie Episodic category. “The making of Delhi Crime has been a personally transformative journey... speaking to every individual involved, retracing the paths that the police took during the course of the investigation, and hearing of the determination that it took for the case to be closed, despite severe limitations,” Mehta said in a statement. He hopes he has “been able to provide context, catharsis and open once again a difficult conversation that must be had about the forces that enabled this brutality”. The cast includes Shefali Shah, Adil Hussain, Denzil Smith, Rasika Dugal, Rajesh Tailang and Yashaswini Dayama. — IANS A STILL FROM DELHI CRIME c m y b Actress Kriti Sanon is looking forward to the release of Luka Chuppi, and says she is happy that the audience is connecting with the concept. “I am always nervous when my film is releasing. But this time, I am also happy and excited because the audience is connecting with the concept,” Kriti said. “They are liking the whole concept of the film. So, I want to see how they actually react while watching the film. I feel this is one such film where I want to go to Gaiety cinema to see how audience is reacting,” she added. Luka Chuppi tells the story of a couple who decide to go for live-in and how their whole family gets involved with their idea. Kriti shared her views at celebrity photographer Dabboo Ratnani’s calendar launch in Mumbai. Talking about the audience response to the trailer of the film, Kriti said: “The response to the trailer has been fabulous. I am really glad about it. I am really hoping the audience will appreciate the film as much as they are appreciating trailer.” Directed by debutant Laxman Utekar and produced by Dinesh Vijan, the film will hit the screens on March 1, 2019. — IANS Kriti Sanon poses for a picture during the launch of photographer Dabboo Ratnani’s 2019 calendar, in Mumbai. AFP
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