09032019-LSTL-01.qxd 3/8/2019 8:30 PM Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE Go ahead Rachel Weisz will star in and produce the film adaptation of Max Porter’s novel Lanny. Weisz, 49, recently won the BAFTA for Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Favourite. PTI LUDHIANA | SATURDAY | 9 MARCH 2019 This is my Mughal-E-Azam ...says renowned director Tigmanshu Dhulia PHOTOS: PRADEEP TEWARI IES’ TEAM MILAN TALK ORIES LOVE ST FAVOURITE Duuje Ke Liye: lia Tigmanshu Dhu i Fazal hal-E-Azam: Al ■ Mug hatwal : PS Ch ■ Sangam uke Hum Dil De Ch ha ■ m: Shradd Sana Srinath ulhania Le ■ Dilwale D ndar Jayenge: Sika pahada.” No wonder when er Kh ■ Ek On equal footing Richa Chadha stars with Ed Sheeran, Dua Lipa in Women’s Day video Actress Richa Chadha features in a Women’s Day special video featuring international stars and Grammy Award winners Mary J Blige, Dua Lipa and Ed Sheeran. The initiative is led by The Circle, a global NGO formed by women for women, with the idea to help raise awareness of the lack of equal women’s rights in across walks of life. “I am grateful that India finds representation in the video,” she said. — IANS TEAM GAME: (L-R) ALI FAZAL, SHRADDHA SRINATH, TIGMANSHU DHULIA AND SIKANDAR KHER Mona VERY story comes with its destiny... while filming Paan Singh Tomar, Nationalaward winning director Tigmanshu Dhulia wrote the story of Milan Talkies. It took about seven years to go on the floor. A love story close to his heart after plenty of dakus and maar dhaad, but the film had many a false starts to finally find a producer right in Chandigarh! As Tigmanshu made a stop-over at City Beautiful for its promotion, E he couldn’t but admit he is quite nervous right before the film’s release. LOCKED FOR YEARS “The release Friday is like giving class 10th exam all over again,” says the director. The story that was considered locked for years with major production houses waited to see the light of the day with Shahid Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra to play the lead roles. But whatever has to be has to be. “I narrated this script so many times to so many people that I remembered it like do ka STORIES OF SMALL TOWNS ON BIG SCREEN CREDIT MUST BE GIVEN TO ME ALONG WITH MY FRIENDS LIKE ANURAG KASHYAP, IMTIAZ ALI, VISHAL BHARDWAJ AND SHOOJIT SIRCAR FOR WE BROUGHT STORIES OF SMALL TOWNS ALONG WITH US, WHICH CHANGED THE TIDE OF FORMULA FILMS. — TIGMANSHU DHULIA it finally came to filming, it was a breeze! YA, ALI While Ali Fazal plays the lead along with Shraddha Srinath, who debuts with the film, it’s Sikandar Kher who plays the negative lead. Getting glory with web series, a quick trip down to Hollwood, Ali is glad being in Bollywood where he belongs and be part of the story that revolves around a single screen theatre called Milan Talkies. Happy and chirpy, only to be fumble realising that he missed bringing his lunch, he admits, “Meri zindagi na abhi jhand huyi padi hai.” While his co-stars Shraddha and Sikandar go salivating hearing about the gajar halwa that awaits; Ali just shakes his head. Sticking to proper diet is important for this actor, who finds a guru in Tigmanshu. If Milan is one, he is also pepped about being an Academy member and to have voted in Oscars. “Not to show off or anything but it was huge for me to be part of Victoria & Abdul and work with Oscar winners. And, now to see hundreds of films and vote. Splendid films must get made.” COMING HOME How Sikandar Kher became part of this project is another story. As he approached Tigmanshu for work, and was asked after a tough meeting, ‘ Villain ka role karega’, he was like, ‘Heroine ka doge to vo bhi karunga,” reveals the producer PS Chhatwal. Sikandar is happy for a trip to Chandigarh for that translates to meet his actor-politician mother Kirron Kher. He recalls that only tip his mum gave before he took up acting as a career was that ‘the success is all right, but failure is very public in this field and if only he can deal with it he must go ahead’. But when it comes to choosing projects or how to go about it, he gets a free hand! firstname.lastname@example.org Akki wishes Happy Women’s Day Chris Pratt to It was International Women’s Day on Friday and our Bollywood celebrities took to their social media accounts to wish all the women. While Vidya Balan, Kartika Aaryan, Katrina Kaif, Jacqueline Fernandez, Preity Zinta, Disha Patani, Mahesh Babu and many more tweeted their wishes, Akshay Kumar did something special. The actor posted a photo on his Instagram with female bikers from Lucknow. He captioned the picture as, “Breaking stereotypes...at #Run4Niine with these biking queens, Biker Rani in Lucknow today. #HappyWomensDay,” Akshay was in Lucknow, where he went to flag off a nationwide run that will range over 500 cities across 20 states. As per reports, a large number of participants have already registered for the event that comprises running, walking, jogging and wheeling. While inaugu- WOMEN’S DAY rating the event, Akshay was quoted as saying, “Each one of us that takes part in Run4Niine helps to create an unstoppable force that will beat the stigma around periods. The International Women’s Day is a significant day for women and girls across the world, a day when women are not only celebrated for their achievements and contributions in all sectors of life, but a cold reminder of inequalities that exist in our society.” play villain HIGH FIVE: AKSHAY KUMAR WITH FEMALE BIKERS FROM LUCKNOW Actress Vidya Balan at the Women’s Day function in Mumbai DIRECTOR ZOYA AKHTAR c m y b Actor Chris Pratt says he agreed to play the bad guy in upcoming western feature The Kid as it presented him the opportunity to do something different. Pratt, who has mostly played the protagonist or supporting character in films, such as Jurassic World and Guardians of the Galaxy series, is portraying the villain in the new film which has been directed by his The Magnificent Seven co-star Vincent D’Onofrio. The film also features Ethan Hawke, Dane DeHaan and Jake Schur, among others. Appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Pratt said he enjoyed playing the bad guy in the film. “It was really an opportunity to do something different. I liked it,” he said. Pratt revealed that he had previously discussed with D’Onofrio his desire to play a negative character. “I had said to him that I don’t think I would ever be able to play a bad guy. The characters I’ve played, they haven’t really been bad... Early in my career if I had tried to be bad, people would be like, ‘Oh, he’s not that bad’,” the actor said. Pratt said D’Onofrio, who has himself played villain many times on-screen, is a direct person. “Some directors are deferential and allow the process to happen and only gently guide you one way or the other. It’s an amazing style, and I’ve worked with a lot of people like that, and it’s really effective. (But) Vince is not that way,” Pratt said. “You get to do really amazing things when you just trust somebody, when you know they’re not going to leave you hanging,” he added. — PTI
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