08022019-LSTC-01.qxd 2/7/2019 7:57 PM Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE Nick returns Pop singer Nick Jonas is returning for the sequel of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, reprising his role as Jefferson ‘Seaplane’ McDonough. IANS CHANDIGARH | FRIDAY | 8 FEBRUARY 2019 ‘Cin e ma mustentertain’ Nonika Singh W HEN you decide to make a film on same-sex relationship, while section 377 is still alive and tingling, you bet there is bound to be additional pressure. Shelly Chopra Dhar, whose debut film Ek Ladki Ko Dekha To Aisa Laga is winning fulsome praise from critics and audiences alike, admits that it was indeed a challenge. Though she has got a reason to rejoice, “I opened a bottle of champagne when historic judgement on homosexuality came and section 377 was nixed.” But during the making, she shot many substitute scenes, worried Shelly Chopra Dhar, director of Ek Ladki Ko Dekha To Aisa Laga, shares that being the sister of Vidhu Vinod Chopra, who produced her film, meant she had to work twice as hard to prove herself not just about legalities but also that censor body might take issues. To her surprise, when she submitted the film to the CBFC not even a single scene was axed. CRITICISM, NO PROBLEM Go girl! Bollywood star Alia Bhatt promotes Gully Boy in Mumbai. PTI But one of the criticisms of her film has been that it doesn’t really take the bull by the horns. To the naysayers, who are calling her out for portraying male character as saviour of her female protagonist, her reply is rather cryptic. “All this criticism is stemming from textbook knowledge, Colour code Singer-actor Jordan Sandhu, who will be seen in Kala Shah Kala, says the Punjabi film highlights the world’s obsession with fair skin Gurnaaz Kaur This Valentine’s Day has a love triangle slated for Pollywood lovers. Starring Binnu Dhillon, Sargun Mehta and Jordan Sandhu, Kala Shah Kala has been written and directed by Amarjit Singh. It might be the director’s debut film, but its star cast is quite confident that it is an out-and-out entertainer. Jordan Sandhu says this quirky love story has the right amount of comedy and other emotions to make it successful. “It’s a period romance set in the background of a bygone era. It shows the complexes of a man with a dark skin tone. There is no looking down upon anyone, but the world’s obsession with fair skin is reflected in the undertone. Kala Shah Kala is full of twists and turns and I can promise a fun time to the viewers.” HANDS FULL Jordan was recently seen playing the lead role in Kaake Da Viyah. From a character role in Subedar Joginder Singh to becoming the protagonist in his second, this singer-turned-actor is scaling new heights and has his hands full. “Acting just happened and it is music that made it happen, so I feel very grateful to all the love my fans and colleagues have given me.” Having backto-back films could be quite time-consuming and taking him away from music? “No, there is nothing of that sort. I am doing both acting and singing simultaneously. There may not be many new singles, but I am singing in the films.” Knowing that Jordan Sandhu became a sensation with his singles such as Teeje Week, Handsome Jatta, Muchh Rakhi Aa, it’s only natural that his fans are waiting for another peppy number. The singer understands these expectations. “I am ready with another song titled Mashoor Ho Gaya; we worked for six months on this one and we’ll soon make its video. If you like my Teeje Week, you are bound to enjoy this one as it has the same feel to it.” CREDIT TO MOTHER Jordan gives the credit of his success to his mother, who encouraged him to take up music as a career. “My mother used to write songs; played them on taperecorder and then make me learn them. I would sing along and that is how it all began. She chose the profession for me. Then, during college days I would participate in various competitions and got better at it. I entered the industry in 2015, but had been learning music much before.” So, who chose Jordan as his stage name? “My name is Jaswinder Sandhu, but my mentor Bunty Bains gave me the name Jordan.” For him, it’s all about moving ahead with determination now. LUCKY BREAK are talking about the film, it has opened conversation on the rather ticklish subject. As for numbers, well that is producer’s business.” Even when the producer happens to be one’s dear brother? Indeed, the Chopra Dhar, Juhi Rao, Sonam Kapoor, Shelly world may preON BOARD: Rajkummar sume that being and Anil Kapoor Chawla Vidhu Vinod was indeed a conscious Chopra’s sister means she not real life.” Early in her life, decision to refrain from showhad it all served on the platShelly had imbibed the ing physical aspect of love, “for ter, she says, “When the promantra, “Give me the strength that may have made some ducer is a relative, you have to change the things that I can people uncomfortable.” to score 200 out of 100.” and the courage to accept Her intent may have been NAME GAME what I can’t, and the wisdom to reach out to as many as Having made her point she, to know the difference.” In possible, but is she conhowever, can’t help but gush order to drive home her rather cerned that the film is not over the brother “master of unusual theme of lesbians, really doing magic at the his craft” who has given us she decided to tell the story in box-office. She replies, films like 1942: A Love Story. most acceptable manner. It “What matters is that people In a legend’s footsteps Ranveer Singh to start training with cricketer Kapil Dev for the film 83 Ranveer Singh, who will be playing Kapil Dev in Kabir Khan’s 83, will soon begin training with the cricket legend for the sports drama. The film will chronicle India’s win under Kapil’s captainship, when the ‘Men in Blue’ defeated West Indies in the final to clinch their first-ever World Cup trophy in 1983. “I am looking forward to spending time with Kapil sir. I feel like that time spent would be integral to my process of transforming myself into him,” Ranveer said in a statement. — IANS firstname.lastname@example.org c m y b Having stars on board, according to Shelly, is a big plus. “When you have someone like Sonam Kapoor playing a LGBTQ character, it does give a fillip.” On the fact that she managed a casting coup of sorts with real father So is the daughter (Anil Kapoor film which and Sonam) playing the takes its title same part on screen, from the song she quips, “Oh, I Ek Ladki Ko just got lucky.’ from his 1942: A Love story, an ode to him? Well, the title of her movie is a statement and conveys as much many of the film’s subtexts do. Cinema she believes is a major socialisation tool. From fashion to romance, there is much that we take home from films.” Hence, as she readies herself for the promotion of her film in the US and UK, her next venture will not be meaningless humdrum. “Cinema must entertain,” might be her credo-line, but like brother she would always wrap her idea of a fun film in a significant message. email@example.com
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