02102020-LSTC-01.qxd 10/1/2020 11:32 PM Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE Coming soon Akshay Kumar recently wrapped up the shooting of Bellbottom in Scotland. The film is set to release on April 2, 2021. CHANDIGARH | FRIDAY | 2 OCTOBER 2020 FINALLY, BIG AGAIN While filmmakers unanimously welcome the opening of cinemas, they don’t think they jumped the gun when they opted for an OTT release CHITRANGDA SINGH Mona INSTAGRAM ‘I am brown and happy’ T After Suhana Khan took to Instagram and spoke about colourism, now Chitrangda Singh has shared her picture on Instagram and emphasised on the need to end colour prejudice. Sharing a collage of four pictures, Chitrangda captioned it as “Am brown n happy”. Chitrangda, who is an actor, producer and writer, is known for her beauty and fashion statements. The actress was shooting for Bob Biswas at the time the lockdown was announced, but she has been keeping herself quite busy. While she loves playing golf, horse-riding and baking during her free time, she also wrote a short film during the lockdown. Not true! Farhan Akhtar denies hiring Sushant Singh Rajput’s cook Keshav Farhan Akhtar has denied hiring a former employee of late actor Sushant Singh Rajput at his residence. The actor-filmmaker took to his verified Twitter account on Thursday to refute reports in a section of the media that made such a claim. “For the record: I have no person named Keshav working with me. Unsurprisingly, another lie by a fake news channel famous for peddling lies. Please stop being so gullible. Just because a guy screams it out on TV doesn’t make it true,” Farhan tweeted on Thursday. His tweet came in response to a user’s tweet who wrote: “Breaking news...Neeraj at Sara Ali Khan’s house and Keshav at Farhan’s house. But why they r employing the suspects?? @FarOutAkhtar.” The user tagged the post with #CBIFiles302InSSRCase and #SushantSinghRajputCase. While Farhan Akhtar has denied such claims, Sara Ali Khan is yet to come out with a statement. Keshav used to work as a cook at Sushant’s Bandra apartment, and allegedly served the late actor a glass of juice on the morning of June 14, hours before the actor’s death. — IANS O be or not to be — as an unprecedented lockdown sent the cinemas under lock and key, filmmakers were faced the tough choice whether to lap up OTT offers or wait for cinemas to open sans any certainty. The lockdown saw bigticket films — Ayushmann Khurrana and Amitabh Bachchanstarrer Gulabo Sitabo, Shakuntala Devi that had Vidya Balan play the lead, Gunjan Saxena with Janhvi Kapoor as The Kargil Girl and the sequel to Sadak – being released on the OTT platform. This becoming the new norm even a more impressive slate of releases awaited when Lockdown 5 finally gave a nod for cinemas to open, although at 50 per cent capacity. With an impressive line up, including Laxmmi Bomb, having finalised deals with OTT platforms, do the makers feel the heat of missing out on the theatrical release? “I am very happy that my film goes to 190 countries in 30 languages as a Netflix Original,” says Torbaaz producer Rahul Mittra. The story of triumph of human spirit weaved around suicide bombers; Mittra wanted it be seen in Romania and Afghanistan, just like Indian audiences have enjoyed Money Heist. And that Netflix is planning a big launch makes its producer happy. “Torbaaz is a very special film to Sanju and me. We are really excited about its release.” Now that cinemas are going to be open by mid- TWITTER Kangana Ranaut has resumed the shoot of her bilingual project Thalaivi in which she will be stepping into the shoes of late politician J. Jayalalithaa. Sharing some selfies, Kangana tweeted, “Dear friends today is a very special day, resuming work after seven months, travelling to southern India for my most ambitious bilingual project Thalaivi, need your blessings in these testing times of a pandemic. P S. . just clicked these morning selfies hope you all like them.” Thalaivi will release in Tamil, Hindi, and Telugu. It is being directed by A L Vijay and written by Vijayendra Prasad, who had previously written movies like Baahubali, Manikarnika and Bajrangi Bhaijaan. October, does Mittra feel he has missed out? “Look, nobody arm-twisted me for an OTT release. I recovered the cost, add to it the profit and the wide audience; I have no complaints. At the same time, he doesn’t deny the beauty of cinematic experience. “Release format aside, content is the king. With such a huge increase in content consumption, the debate is no more cinemas versus OTT, but whether both can coexist and thrive,” says Mittra. An alumnus of St John’s, Chandigarh, Mittra also plays the head of Afghan army in Torbaaz. It’s a gamble “The Big Bull would go straight to OTT and not be in theatre, and I believe that is the best bet in the current scenario,” says Kookie Gulati. Directed by him, The Big Bull is slated for a Disney+Hotstar release. “As a director I want my film to reach as many viewers as possible, OTT works ❝ AS A DIRECTOR I WANT MY FILM TO REACH AS MANY VIEWERS AS POSSIBLE, OTT WORKS WELL HERE KOOKIE GULATI, DIRECTOR well here. While I am not saying that it can beat the all-immersive cinema experience, but given that we are still learning to deal with the pandemic that is a viable option,” says Gulati. Are OTT platforms able to match earnings that theatrical release could fetch? “Well, this film is produced by Ajay Devgn and I am assuming he has fetched a good deal. With time differ- ent arrangements are being made; for example Khaali Peeli is supposedly going to be paid per view so there would be different permutations and combinations to be seen in near future even on OTT.” The Big Bull is a biographical crime drama based on stockbroker Harshad Mehta’s life with Abhishek Bachchan in the lead role. Siddharth Anand Kumar, Vice President, Yoodlee Films, which has two films —Comedy Couple (October 21 on Zee5 premium) and Bahut Hua Samman (October 2 on Hotstar), welcomes the decision of the Ministry of Home Affairs to allow cinema halls to reopen. “The film industry has seen extremely challenging times. I am quite sure this move would translate into a surge of optimism for the millions of people associated directly and indirectly with the industry. It is time to adapt and move forward, and accept the new normal. Together we have to fight this.” Remembering Bapu... Not just non-violence, Mahatma Gandhi has also taught the world about patience. On his 151st birth anniversary, as a tribute to the Father of the Nation, celebs talk about what they learnt from him and also their favourite quote by Gandhi ji VIVIAN DSENA Kangana resumes Thalaivi shoot SANJAY DUTT AND (R) RAHUL MITTRA; (ABOVE) THE SETS OF TORBAAZ SHIVIN NARANG GREAT LEADER Avinash Mukherjee Action expresses priorities. We owe a lot to Gandhi ji. He played an important role in India’s freedom struggle. I like his quote — An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind. I apply it in my life too. But sometimes in certain situations it doesn’t fit because it’s not the same time any more. GENTLE WAY Aly Goni I am a peace-lover just like Gandhi ji and feel that we can solve any problem ARJUN BIJLANI through non-violent means. Since I am an actor, and as a public figure you can really change the world in a certain way, so I go by his quote — In a gentle way, you can shake the whole world. STRONG MESSAGE Meera Deosthale Gandhi ji’s contribution to India’s freedom struggle is huge. And his teachings, at least most of them, fit well in today’s time too. Being a woman, I think this quote by Gandhi ji really inspires — There would LET PEACE BE Arjun Bijlani Gandhi ji taught us the lesson of ahimsa and peace, but somewhere we have forgotten all that. Look where we are now and what is happening around us. But having said that, I think this quote by Bapu fits into my life well and I follow it religiously — MEERA DEOSTHALE AND (R) AVINASH MUKHERJEE c m y b ALY GONI be no one to frighten you, if you refused to be afraid. CHANGE WITHIN Shivin Narang I think Gandhi ji’s quote — Be the change you want to see in the world — fits well in today’s time. You can’t expect others to change, until and unless you change yourself. Don’t expect others to do Gandhigiri, when you yourself can’t! BEAUTIFUL WORDS Vivian Dsena I loved the film Lage Raho Munna Bhai only because it showed the teachings by Gandhi ji in such a beautiful manner. I don’t think Gandhigiri works today, but yes you can always do good deeds. I like his quote — Without action, you aren’t going anywhere. THE CAST OF BAHUT HUA SAMMAN
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