16092020-LSTL-01.qxd 9/15/2020 11:03 PM Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE First baby Hollywood actress Felicity Jones has given birth to her first child. However, whether it’s a boy or a girl has not been confirmed by the couple yet. LUDHIANA | WEDNESDAY | 16 SEPTEMBER 2020 As #UnlockCinemaSaveJobs trends, celebrities urge authorities to consider re-opening of cinema halls Mona D KANGANA RANAUT REAMS come to life at movies on the big screen. There are millions behind the screen who make that happen. Jobs are at stake. Can’t wait for cinemas to reopen... trended on Twitter on Tuesday, along with #UnlockCinemaSaveJobs. Actor Manoj Bajpayee, director Anurag Kashyap and critic Taran Adarsh took to social media to make some noise for cinemas, which have remained closed since March due to Covid-19. The Multiplex Association of India also released a statement, which was shared by cinema hall owners and film distributors. It read: “Due to the lockdown, the industry has run into an extremely adverse and hostile situation; it was the first sector to be shut down and will be the last to reopen. In the recently announced ‘Unlock 4’, bars and metro services have also been permitted to reopen. Cinemas are equipped with better abilities to ensure crowd management in stringent hygienic environments while maintaining applicable social distancing norms.” War of words On the second day of the Monsoon Session in Parliament, MP and actress Jaya Bachchan spoke about an alleged ‘conspiracy to defame the film industry ’ . Without naming anyone, Jaya said, “People who made their names in the industry have called it a gutter. I completely disagree.” While celebs, including Richa Chadha, Taapsee Pannu and Sonam Kapoor, applauded Jaya’s speech, Kangana Ranaut hit back at her. Kangana asked Jaya if she’d maintain her stance if her children — Shweta and Abhishek Bachchan — were the ones affected instead. Kangana tweeted, “Jaya ji would you say the same thing if in my place it was your daughter Shweta beaten, drugged and molested as a teenager, would you say the same thing if Abhieshek complained about bullying and harassment constantly and was found hanging one day? Show compassion for us also.” Kangana reacts to Jaya Bachchan’s speech In total support “#UnlockCinemaSaveJobs… An entire industry and its technicians and employees are suffering. This too needs to be addressed,” posted Bengali actress Rukmini Maitra. While Dharma Productions tweeted, “The grandeur of experiencing a story on a large JAYA BACHCHAN The art of design Gauri Khan set to release her debut book, tentatively titled My Life in Design The bigger picture 83 screen is unmatched. Not to forget, thousands of jobs are at stake.” “It has been long… Each and every business is almost open, but our cinemas are closed... Requesting the Central Government to unlock cinemas, exhibitors will take all necessary precautions (sic),” tweeted trade analyst Rohitt Jaiswal. Many countries, including USA, UK, France, Italy, Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, Canada, Singapore, Malaysia and UAE have re-opened cinemas, but India is yet to make the move. While some films have taken the OTT route, makers of the much-awaited 83 and Sooryavanshi are waiting ❝ UNLIKE GYMS OR RESTAURANTS, CINEMAS WILL OPEN AT ONE GO IN THE ENTIRE COUNTRY. NOW GIVEN THAT IN SOME STATES THE SITUATION IS TENSE, THERE HAS BEEN A DELAY. MUNISH SAHNI, MD, OMJEE GROUP for cinema halls to re-open. Waiting game “Unlike gyms or restaurants, cinemas will open at one go in the entire country. Now given that in some states the situation is tense, there has been a delay,” explains Munish Sahni, Managing Director, Omjee Group. “Cinemas must open, but we can only try to convince the government. Exhibitors have already formulated plans for safety. We are hopeful that cinemas will open in the first week of October. We will, however, wait for a few weeks to know the public mood.” Punjabi turf Meanwhile, Cargo blends science and mythology with much perfection Gurnaaz Kaur Shah Rukh Khan’s wife Gauri Khan has established herself as an interior designer with her venture Gauri Khan Designs (GKD) and is the go-to person for some of the most notable names in the Indian film industry. Gauri is now coming out with her first book about her journey as a designer and her design philosophy. Tentatively titled My Life in Design, this coffee-table book will be published by Penguin and is set to be released in 2021. The book is said to be a valuable guide for those aspiring to get into Gauri’s field of work and people who want to learn about design in general. Said Gauri Khan, “I am extremely pleased to work with Penguin on this coffee-table book. There are several experiences in my journey as a designer that I would like to record for posterity. The book will be very visually appealing with exclusive pictures and information that I feel could guide aspiring designers or those who are just generally interested in the art of design. The lockdown has given me time to work on this coffee-table book and I will be extremely happy to see it published soon.” Big honour Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri appointed new cultural representative at ICCR Filmmaker Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri has been appointed the new cultural representative at the Indian Council for Culture Relations (ICCR). Said Vivek, “I am deeply honoured at being the first person from the Indian film industry to represent it.” What if the karma theory didn’t exist? And what if there was no heaven or hell? In the sci-fi movie Cargo, streaming on Netflix, after one dies one reaches spaceships like Pushkpak 634A, where rakshasas such as Prahastha (Vikrant Massey) are working for Post Death Transition Services! Their job is to get the deceased ready for reincarnation. They take away all the belongings one had at the time of death; heal the body, erase the memory and recycle one for rebirth. That’s what Prahastha has been doing for over seven decades. It may sound weird, but the film makes you think about it. This simple yet complicated film blends science and mythology with much perfection. So, Prahastha attends the dead people (called cargo in their lingo and hence the name) with utmost precision, as if it is some military operation, but remains totally detached. He performs his job, eats, writes his journal, conveys his feeling through sketches and goes off to sleep. One day, when another rakshasa named Nitigya (Nandu Madhav), with whom he interacts through a CRT monitor, tells Prahastha that he would be joined by an assis- NET, FLICKS & MORE Beauty in abstractness Movie: Cargo Director: Arati Kadav Cast: Vikrant Massey, Shweta Tripathi, Nandu Madhav, Konkana Sen Sharma Rating: tant, he does not like the idea. But as Yuvishka (Shweta Tripathi) arrives on the space- On a big platform The Busan International Film Festival, originally set for early October, will now run from October 21 to 30. Indian films which will premiere at the festival include Emraan Hashmi-starrer Harami, Sanal Kumar Sasidharan’s A’hr and Ananth Narayan Mahadevan’s Bittersweet. Harami is a visually striking c m y b hastha, who does not want to let go of her only companion. There may not seem to be a story here, but in abstractness lies the beauty of the film. Vikrant Massey’s performance is effortless while Shweta Tripathi is endearing. Nandu Madhav is seen just on a CRT screen, but he has a strong presence. Kudos to Arati Kadav for tapping Indian mythology and science-fiction the way she has done in this film. Cargo is intense, dark, philosophical, comic; all rolled into one. It highlights the fact that nothing is lost forever and nothing is permanent. And there is life after death, so there are many chances to do what one wants to do! Three Indian films to premiere at Busan International Film Festival street saga set in Mumbai. A’hr revolves around a woman in her forties who goes on a trek to the Himalayan mountains along with a younger man. Bittersweet is about a sugarcane-cutter who stumbles upon a hysterectomy racket. Bittersweet is also nominated for Jiseok Awards at the festival. Mera More revelations… NCB recovers hookah, ashtray and medicines from SSR’s farmhouse STILLS FROM CARGO ship, there is sudden gush of youthfulness in demons. Her presence, unacceptable to Prahastha initially, soon becomes a source of joy for him. If Prahastha writes what he feels, Yuvishka vlogs it! He is quiet and follows the rule book; she is lively and wants to experiment. This juxtaposition of old and new, bringing together past methods and future techniques is brilliant. As the movie progresses, it brings up questions on subjects such as existential crisis, loneliness, compassion, life after death, purpose of life and a lot more. Soon, the situation changes and Yuvishka has to be sent back to the Earth. At this point one witnesses the desperation in Pra- Chal Putt 2, which was released right before the lockdown, was re-released in Dubai. “As cinemas opened there, we re-released Chal Mera Putt 2 on Eid weekend; it got a decent response,” says Raj Juneja, a representative for distributors in Punjab. “Now that everything is open, even metro, makes sense that cinema halls should get relief too. They have been incurring expenses, but not earning at all. If cinema halls open, some films like Chal Mera Putt 2, Posti and Ikko Mikke, can warm up the scene. By November, one can expect releases by big banners. As for the audience, people are missing cinema,” he adds. POSTER OF A’HR AND (R) A STILL FROM HARAMI According to reports, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has recovered hookahs, ashtrays and medicines from Sushant Singh Rajput’s Pavana Lake farmhouse. The late actor used to host parties with Rhea Chakraborty, her brother Showik, house manager Samuel Miranda, flatmate Sidharth Pithani, along with other friends, at the farmhouse. Reportedly, these parties were held when SSR was allegedly battling with depression. Pictures of the things recovered by NCB from SSR’s farmhouse have now gone viral. Brothers in arms Aparshakti Khurana shares a picture from his first photoshoot with Ayushmann Khurrana It was Ayushmann Khurrana’s birthday on Monday and social media was flooded with wishes by his fans, friends and family. His younger brother, actor Aparshakti Khurana also took to Instagram and shared a very old picture and wrote, “Picture from our first photoshoot together. Our hairstyle might be a little controversial, but my love for him was definite and remains so. Always his first fan. Happy birthday bhaiya.”
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