03102020-LSTC-01.qxd 10/2/2020 11:05 PM Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE Awarded! Actor Adil Hussain has bagged the Best Actor award at the Indo German Film Week in Berlin, for two of his recent performances in Pareeksha and Nirvana Inn. CHANDIGARH | SATURDAY | 3 OCTOBER 2020 The album route Singer-actor Gippy Grewal, who has come up with the album The Main Man, says he is not fazed by comparisons and is on good terms with everyone ANURAG KASHYAP His side of the story Sheetal W Anurag grilled for eight hours; his lawyer denies allegations A case was recently filed at Versova Police Station in Mumbai against filmmaker Anurag Kashyap by actress Payal Ghosh for wrongful confinement, rape and outraging the modesty of a woman under various sections of the IPC. In this regard, Anurag was summoned by police on Thursday and was grilled for almost eight hours. Later, on Friday morning, Kashyap’s lawyer Priyanka Khimani issued a long stateMeanwhile, Payal Ghosh ment, once again denying the claimed on Friday that charges. She also said Anurag filmmaker Anurag Kashyap has lied before was in Sri Lanka at that time. the police while giving his The statement read, “Mr statement. Payal wants Kashyap has denied all wronglie detector, polygraph doing in the matter and has test and narco analysis to provided his statement to the be performed on the police. The material provided filmmaker. "Mr Kashyap by Mr Kashyap, in support of has lied before police in his statement, demonstrates his statement... my that the complaint of Ms lawyer is moving an Ghosh is an outright lie.” application to conduct The statement further read, Narco Analysis, Lie “Mr Kashyap has provided Detector and Polygraph documentary proof of the fact Test of Mr Kashyap to find that throughout August 2013 out the truth...," Payal he was away in Sri Lanka in tweeted from her verified connection with the shooting account on Friday, tagging of one of his films. Mr Prime Minister Narendra Kashyap has categorically Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and using the denied that any such alleged hashtag #BetiBachao incident ever took place and with her post. IANS has also denied all allegations levelled against him. These sudden, belated allegations of an alleged incident of August, 2013, have been widely publicised by the complainant for the purpose of vilifying Mr Kashyap, irrespective of the outcome of the judicial process. Mr Kashyap is confident that the falsity of the complaint has been exposed, not only by the evidence presented by Mr Kashyap, but also the ever-shifting version of events put forth by Ms Ghosh in the media.” PAYAL WANTS LIE DETECTOR TEST ‘Stopped trying hard to fit in’ HEN singer-actor Gippy Grewal promised the prerelease of his hyped song, Ask Them, from his new album, The Main Man, only if the premiere video hit half-a-million comments, he didn’t know he had placed a lesser bid. The song, in fact, garnered many more and the album is a hit too! Gippy’s focus with time may have shifted to films and his own production company, but not for a moment did he drift apart from music. He says, “I had a few singles in mind. I was sitting with Amrit Maan discussing Ayen Kiven and he insisted on taking the album route, reminding me of the initial days when an album used to be a huge thing. The singles trend was just the result of the busy schedule of the artistes, which obviously took a hit because of the pandemic.” Deciding on the name for the album was yet another story, he adds, “The first title that we wanted had already been in use for another album. There was a song Godfather, which seemed to be a nice title, but then we dropped the song from the album. Amrit suggested, The Main Man and it clicked immediately.” Launching an album after years, the pressure was immense, “But then, isn’t it always there? You always want to improve yourself and the audience expects the same.” CAUSE OF FARMERS On the recent farmer bill uproar, Gippy has a mes- ILEANA DCRUZ sage for the youth of Punjab, “I believe everyone in the film and music fraternity felt the pain of farmers in Punjab. Many of us who are in Punjab at present took part in the rallies. We all need to raise our voices, so that it reaches New Delhi. As an artiste, we can talk and post about it because our reach is wider than a common man.” The actor has also shared a video post of a song on his social media with a caption, “Kisan Majdoor Ekta Zindabad.” OF COMPARISONS & MORE Addressing the comparison issue, he says, “It is bound to happen. For instance, Diljit’s album came out earlier and now that mine is out, there will be listeners who will compare us both. What needs to be understood is that the listener’s problem of making comparisons are sold as our ❝ I HAD A FEW SINGLES IN MIND. I WAS SITTING WITH AMRIT MAAN DISCUSSING AYEN KIVEN AND HE INSISTED ON TAKING THE ALBUM ROUTE, REMINDING ME OF THE INITIAL DAYS WHEN AN ALBUM USED TO BE A HUGE THING. GIPPY GREWAL problems with each other, which is not the case. And when a rumour is played multiple times, it becomes the truth. We should focus less on the negatives. I have good relations with everyone in the industry.” SEQUELS IN STORE During free time in these past months, he has written another Hindi web series as his last digital venture, Warning, was a big success. As for his sequels, this year it’s going to be Manje Bistre 3 and next year he will work on Carry on Jatta 3 as well as Ardaas 3. Currently in London, he is excited to start shooting for his next, Paani Ch Madhani. FAMILY FRONT Gippy welcomed the third son into his family last year in December. He says, “In fact, Gurbaaz (youngest) is the one who is getting pampered the most in the house. Even Ekom and Shinda did not get that much love from us. And due to the lockdown, I got to spend more time with my family. It led Gurbaaz to say ‘papa’ as his first words instead of mother, which was a memorable moment for me.” email@example.com Actress Ileana DCruz has made a candid confession on social media. She wrote: “I’ve always worried about how I looked. I’ve worried my hips are too wide, my thighs too wobbly, my waist not narrow enough, my tummy not flat enough… I’ve worried that I’m not tall enough, not pretty enough, not funny enough, not smart enough, not perfect enough.” She tagged herself as “beautifully flawed”. Ileana said she had stopped trying to fit in. “That’s why I’ve stopped. Stopped trying to conform to the world’s ideals of what’s meant to be beautiful. I’ve stopped trying so hard to fit in. Why should I?? When I was born to stand out,” she further wrote. — IANS Taxi No. 24 on way! A few weeks back, the makers of upcoming digital thriller Taxi No.24 had unveiled the first poster of the film, which stars Mahesh Manjrekar, Jagjeet Sandhu and Anangsha Biswas in the lead roles. The first look received an overwhelming response from all over and now the shooting has been wrapped up. Taxi No. 24 is helmed by director Saumitra Singh and produced by Saviraj Shetty. Based on Manu Joseph’s novel, Sudhir Mishra’s directorial signature is delightful & insightful Nonika Singh Film: Serious Men Director: Sudhir Mishra Cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Indira Tiwari, Aakshath Das, Nassar, Sanjay Narvekar and Shweta Basu Prasad Rating: People respect what they don’t understand. Seriously, what is it about serious men and their analytical minds! Only acclaimed director Sudhir Mishra’s directorial signature does not begin with a hardnosed analysis but on a fun note. Even when it turns serious, its ability to make you smile rarely flags. Satirical, pungent and truly absorbing, it takes you into a scientific institution where the lead protagonist, Ayyan Mani (Nawazuddin Siddiqui), happens to be a personal assistant to a renowned astronomer Acharya (Nassar). As you are led into the heart, nay mind of scientists and more importantly men like Ayyan, you are also introduced to bunkum that scientific jargon can often lead us to. Alien microbes in stratosphere: whoever cares for them? Only it is not only Acharya's pet project but also something that tickles his PA’s mind. A Tamil Dalit, actually Ayyan’s mind is forever ticking. And he decides to move up the ladder via his son who we soon learn is a learn is a science prodigy. Or is he really? In the answer to this query lies much drama, mirth, tension and insight. Rare is a movie that delights as well as bites. Dialogues tingle and have a sting. Says Ayyan of his boss Acharya, “For them we are like gravity, invisible.” Class and caste divide is palpable, NET, FLICKS AND MORE Seriously good! which men like Ayyan want to crossover. Based on a book by the same name authored by Manu Joseph, with the screenplay by Bhavesh Mandalia, the narrative is as much about the burden of the caste system as aspirations of a new India. “We don’t want caste-based reservation, only merit,” utters Ayyan a bit pompously. But what exactly is merit? Can’t it be manipulated as much else is, by those who are rich and powerful? How he tries to wriggle out of his notso-privileged position, even supping with Dalit political heavyweights father-daughter duo (Sanjay Narvekar and STILLS FROM SERIOUS MEN Shweta Basu Prasad) forms the crux. Answers are not easy and rarely served on a platter. The director points in several directions, without being heavy-handed even for a moment. Mishra expands and con- c m y b denses the material at hand without bogging his viewers. In fact, with Serious Men the acclaimed director has regained his groove once more. Nawazuddin Sidiqqui like always is right in the groove. Superlative, here he is a gentleman of sorts who mouths high-sounding scientific terms and throws a volley of facts at us. Any wonder his portrayal has made the author Joseph forget the character in his head he wrote 10 years ago. Scheming, loving husband, an overambitious father; Nawaz owns Ayyan as only he can, in what is clearly an unforgettable performance. Equally memorable is the child actor Aakshath Das. As he transforms from a kid who carries his star status like a chip on his shoulder to one who can’t deal with the pressures of performance, he is achingly relatable. You feel for him with all your heart. Ayyan despite his obvious foibles too is endearing. He tutors his son to say, “I can’t deal with primitive minds,” and outsmarts many sharp ones, including the Acharya’s. When he says, “Social status has nothing to do with one’s IQ,” you can only nod in affirmation. Actually, there is much that will make you nod and even more that will impel you to think. So much so that when the film ends, it will want to make you look backwards and connect the dots. Who is the genius here and who fits the bill of serious men? The answer may or may not be glaringly obvious, but nothing stops Serious Men, streaming on Netflix from making for a fascinating tale, a satire that hits more than it hurts. TEAM SOORYAVANSHI Sooryavanshi’s release delayed According to the new guidelines of Unlock 5, cinema halls, theatres and multiplexes would be permitted to open with up to 50 per cent of their seating capacity from October 15. Many films which were ready for release prior to the lockdown had to wait as cinemas were closed. Akshay Kumar’s highly anticipated film Sooryavanshi was one of them. Makers of the film had recently announced that Sooryavanshi would release in cinema halls on Diwali. However, according to the latest update, the film still will not be released anytime soon! Sharing details, CEO of Reliance Entertainment, Shibasish Sarkar in a state- ment said, “It’s not practical to release Sooryavanshi on Diwali because we don’t know whether cinemas in major states are opening yet. The state governments of Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh have announced that their cinema halls will remain shut this month. So, it will be fair to assume that most states will open up only by December 1. Some films will definitely release in December. We shall watch the proceedings.”
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