14092020-LSTC-01.qxd 9/13/2020 11:24 PM Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE New initiative Actress Sobhita Dhulipala has announced a new initiative on social media where she has encouraged creators to share ideas with her. LUDHIANA | MONDAY | 14 SEPTEMBER 2020 Of words & emotion On Hindi Diwas, celebrities convey how the language is as beautiful as the meaning it puts across Ranveer Singh resumes work Ranveer Singh has finally resumed shooting after five months and was spotted in a suburban studio recently. The actor had reportedly stepped out for an ad shoot when he was clicked by paparazzi. His decision will surely boost the morale of the industry that is looking to restart business. A source said, “The pandemic is here to stay and the industry will have to restart. It’s heartening to see a superstar like Ranveer stepping out to shoot in a studio environment. His decision will certainly bring positivity and help change the sentiment of the industry, which has been shattered due to Covid-19. We need the superstars to come out and shoot because they can help revive business.” The source adds, “The industry is slowly re-starting itself and is committed to making the shooting environment as safe as possible for the superstars to shoot in. Stars like Ranveer shooting in the pandemic means he wants to contribute to the industry. New film shoots need to begin too and seeing Ranveer in the open is a positive signal to the producers that our stars are keen to help the business. This is a good sign.” Ranveer’s decision will surely boost the morale of the industry that is looking to restart business I S desh mein angrezi zabaan nahi hai, class hai… When late actor Irrfan Khan spoke this dialogue in the movie Hindi Medium, it conveyed a lot. Knowledge is knowledge minus the medium we are taught in — a much-needed message for people who look down upon Hindi as a language! Despite being exposed to digital content across the world, we still connect to television, Indian web series and Bollywood. On Hindi Diwas today, celebs reveal their favourite writers and dialogues from films. ❝ I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A FAN OF GULZAR SAHAB; IT IS NOT JUST WORDS HE WRITES, BUT PURE FEELINGS. ANIRUDDH DAVE SHINING THROUGH Aniruddh Dave, telly actor YOUNG WRITERS ROCK Pankaj Tripathi, B-town actor Versatile actor Pankaj Tripathi hails from a region that is known as the Hindi-speaking belt of India and his dialogues are laced with emotions that Indians can relate to. From Mirzapur’s Kaleen bhaiya to Guru ji of Sacred Games, Pankaj’s Tripathi’s body of work is commendable. He says, “I am focusing on new Hindi writers and enjoying reading them. Writers like Satya Vyas, Pravin Kumar and Anurag Pathak are doing well. The book that I finished last week was Twelfth Fail by Anurag Pathak. While reading it I felt as if I was reading my own story. It is based on true ❝ ❝ PANKAJ TRIPATHI HIMANSH KOHLI I AM FOCUSING ON NEW HINDI WRITERS. SOME OF THEM LIKE SATYA VYAS, PRAVIN KUMAR AND ANURAG PATHAK ARE DOING WELL. events and is the story of Manoj Kumar, who is a serving IPS of Maharashtra cadre. It is about how he became an officer even after failing in class twelfth! I too was not that good at academics and related to the story at The second season of Hostages 2, streaming on Disney Hotstar, holds your attention with surprising turns at almost every step Nonika Singh From one hostage drama to another, from one season to another, the scene shifts from plush residence of New Delhi to an old haveli in Haryana. Living up to its title once again, there is a hostage situation. Only it’s more a creation of circumstances rather than a simple tale of kidnappers holding people to ransom for money. Even though for a moment you are reminded of Spanish web series Money Heist. For, after all, kidnappers and hostages are holed up in a similar kind of fashion and surrounded by police too. Besides, there is a sick patient at hand, an impending operation and even a female negotiator. But Hostages 2 is no Money Heist, as we know this adaptation of an Israeli series rather pans out in many directions. There are many angles to the storyline. From politics to corporate crime to a terror link, it’s a hydra with several tentacles, and much saps and much holds your attention. To be honest, what happens far away from the haveli is far more intriguing than the goings on inside and outside the ancient haveli. Those familiar with Season one of Hostages are well clued in to the twists and turns the previous kidnap drama entailed. In case, you haven’t watched the first season we suggest read no further or at least watch the season one before tuning into the second one. For the current season takes off exactly from where the first one culminated. The Chief Minister (Dalip Tahil), the country thinks is dead, but he is very much alive and taken hostage to ensure a bone marrow transplant for his illegitimate daughter. Sure not all characters of the previous season are part of the second outing. Certainly there is a degree NET, FLICKS & MORE Twists in the tale Web series: Hostages 2 Director: Sachin Mamta Krishn Series director: Sudhir Mishra Cast: Ronit Roy, Divya Dutta, Dino Morea, Shibani Dandekar, Shweta Basu Prasad and Dalip Tahil Rating: RONIT ROY DIVYA DUTTA DINO MOREA A STILL FROM HOSTAGES 2 of familiarity, but not one that would breed outright contempt. There are many fresh chapters and characters. Dino Morea as the man who kills faster than one blinks an eye is as devilishly handsome as his sinister acts. Divya Dutta comes on hard (pun intended) in her introductory scene, but soon begins to fit into her part even though her superior’s (Kanwaljit Singh) open admiration for her work is kind of inexplicable. For, as a negotiator, she seems to be giving more than getting in return. Shibani Dandekar as corporate honcho ups the glamour quotient and you can only nod when Shweta Prasad Basu as a young intelligence officer gushes; she is hot. But things get really hot when the rookie officer takes upon herself to unravel a mystery behind a killing whose ripples can be felt all across. Ronit Roy, Dalip Tahil and Mohan Kapoor take on from where they left in the first season and reprise their parts with the same consummate ease. Sudhir Mishra is the series director and Sachin Gulzar sahab and his work. It is not just words that he writes, but pure feelings. My favourite Hindi dialogue by him is from Rajesh Khanna-starrer Bawarchi: ‘Kisi badi khushi ke intezaar mein, hum ye choti-choti khushiyon ke mauke kho date hain’. I feel as Indians, no matter how much we know or talk in English, the real feelings and emotions come out only when we talk in Hindi.” Mamta Krishn credited as the director has the same fluent flourish. But does he take the second season a few notches above? Well, on emotional ground, ailing wife, harried husband, kidnapped daughter, and concerned friend, Hostages doesn’t really land well. Yet it’s high on thrills, especially in the manner in which it ropes-in and connects its new characters as well as rejigs a few old ones. While the epicentre might appear to be the kidnapping stage of haveli, it’s the other connections which are livewire. Jigsaw puzzle is laid out astutely, and the guessing game will keep you guessing and on tenterhooks too. Actually, surprise elements are dime-a-dozen if not entirely convincing. Technically well-made, the writing has an edge. With short episodes of nearly half-an-hour each, the 12-episode season is an easy watch. Only, if it had not wrapped up as easily; ending on a far too convenient note, it ties up its many ends rather tamely. Nevertheless, for most parts it holds you captive. c m y b IN MY OPINION, HINDI, WHEN SPOKEN IN A CLEAN MANNER, IS ALWAYS BEAUTIFUL. various levels. I recommend it to all as it will motivate you. Apart from that, I am reading Chhabila Rangbaaz Ka Shahar by Pravin Kumar.” While Phanishwar Nath ‘Renu’ and Shrilal Shukla were on top of his mind as far as Hindi authors were concerned, Pankaj admired Dushyant Kumar’s poetry as well. GULZAR ABOVE ALL Himansh Kohli, telly actor “I have always been a fan of “A lot of importance has been given to dialogues in Hindi movies; there used to be such impactful oneliners during the olden times. In my opinion, there’s no specific dialogue that I can pick and do justice to the language. Hindi, when spoken in a clean manner, is always beautiful. The alankar in Hindi language is a kind of an ornament, which makes it so beautiful. I have been studying Hindi for a long time and love reading different kinds of sentence formations as well as dialogues. When you can use synonyms in Hindi, it fills you with pride.” — TNS Ankita Lokhande joins #Plants4SSR campaign Sushant Singh Rajput had a bucket list of 50 dreams that he wanted to fulfil. One of the late actor’s dream was to plant 1,000 trees. After his demise, SSR’s sister Shweta Singh Kirti has started an initiative, #Plants4SSR, to fulfil his dream. Shweta has requested the actor’s fans, loved ones, and followers to plant saplings. And the recent one to join the campaign is actress Ankita Lokhande. She took to social media to share pictures where she is seen planting saplings at her home, as her pet dog watches keenly. Along with the pictures, Ankita penned a note for the late actor. “… It is our Temple pilgrimage BHUMI PEDNEKAR Bhumi Pednekar, who is currently at her ancestral place in Goa, took the opportunity to complete a temple pilgrimage. She visited three temples dedicated to Mauli, Ravlnath and Bhagwati Devi. The actress said, “Mauli is the kul devi in my village in Pedne. Ravlnath is the second temple and shares a compound with my ancestral home. Bhagwati Devi completes the pilgrimage of the three temples.” way to remember him by fulfilling his dream,” wrote Ankita. Babil pours his heart out Irrfan Khan’s last film Angrezi Medium was a sequel to the hit film Hindi Medium. It was the last film to release in the theatres before the Covid-19 pandemic took over and shut down theatres. The movie also happened to be Irrfan’s last film, as the actor passed away in April this year. Ever since Irrfan’s demise, his son THE PHOTO SHARED BY BABIL Babil Khan has been sharing unseen pictures of his father on social media. Babil has now revisited some happy moments that he had spent with his father during the shoot of Angrezi Medium. Babil shared behind the scene pictures of Irrfan Khan from the sets of Angrezi Medium on Instagram. He captioned the post as, “Off to London. One more year. Last time I left was about this time and baba was still there, it’s weird this time, and it’s not just baba I’ve lost…”
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