11102020-LSTC-01.qxd 10/10/2020 11:30 PM Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE Work time Producer Anand Pandit welcomed lead actor Abhishek Bachchan back on the sets of his biographical crime saga The Big Bull after a sixmonth break. CHANDIGARH | SUNDAY | 11 OCTOBER 2020 Stand up for your rights Sheetal Let’s reach out Sidharth Malhotra to kick-off a special social media campaign Recently, in a heart-warming tale, the country witnessed social media’s true power as netizens shared the video of Kanta Prasad and wife Badami Devi’s struggle to make ends meet, and urged Delhi people to head to their eatery, Baba Ka Dhaba. In the video Prasad broke down as he stated that their stall in Delhi’s Malviya Nagar isn’t seeing footfall and they barely earn R 80 a day. As the The idea is to video trended online, peohelp one person in ple flocked to Baba Ka a city every week. We Dhaba on Friday, eager will post about one local to enjoy a meal prepared vendor every week on by the couple. While sevsocial media. eral Bollywood stars, including Sonam Kapoor, SIDHARTH MALHOTRA Raveena Tandon and Randeep Hooda, cheered for Prasad and his wife, Delhi boy Sidharth Malhotra quickly sought the couple’s details, hoping to offer them financial assistance. Moved by the entire episode, Sidharth is now contemplating kicking off a social media campaign to put the spotlight on small businesses that are struggling to stay afloat. The actor says, “The idea is to help one person in a city every week. If we can post about one local vendor every week on social media, urging people to buy his product, his business will get the required push. We need such inspiring stories. The genuineness of the old couple touched me.” No money Over the past two months, Enforcement Directorate (ED) has been investigating Sushant Singh Rajput’s case after his family filed an FIR, accusing Rhea Chakraborty of siphoning funds off SSR. However, reports suggest that the agency did not find any proof of money laundering or suspicious movement of funds from any of the accounts held by the late actor. The investigation is not over yet and ED will be scrutinising small transfers from Sushant’s bank accounts. Sushant’s family had alleged that Rs 15 crore was siphoned off over the course of a year from one of his bank accounts towards accounts he had no connection with. Talking about the same, in a recent interaction, ED sources stated that there appears to be some misconception on the family’s part. Sushant Singh Rajput’s family has no idea of his finances, say ED sources A S October 11 marks the International Day of The Girl Child, we take a look at celebs’ recent social media activities on the issue as well as talk to a few to find out how would they propagate this year’s theme, ‘My voice, our equal future.’ It’s social conditioning Actress, writer and Instagram influencer Sukhmani Sadana feels girls are raised to be subservient to boys and that is the root-cause of gender Equality via education Katrina Kaif feels strongly for the education of girl child. She, in her series of latest posts, is seen advocating for education for the girl child and has associated with the NGO called Educate Girls to do so. Her post reads, “Say hi to my friend Ayushi! Hers was the first door I knocked on when I became a #TeamBalika volunteer for @educategirlsngo before lockdown. It was a proud moment stepping into their shoes, being aligned to their purpose of sending every girl in their village back to school. #EducateGirls is working in India’s most rural, remote areas to bridge the gender and #literacygap. They have helped enroll 7,50,000 girls in schools and improved learning outcomes for over 1.3 million children till date. backtoschool#DayoftheGirl#genderequality.” Proving a support system Actress and founder of Dream Buds Foundation that supports education of the poor children, Diljott says any crime against women should be dealt with strictly. “The victims deserve speedy justice. There should be an effective grievance redressal system in every region where the girls can discuss the challenges and obstacles faced by them in daily life. Rest I feel the moral education to uphold the respect and dignity of the girl should be inculcated among men right from the tender age.” She leads by example. “There is a dire need to see the world through the lens of objectivity and neutrality and to reject male chauvinism. As gender equality is still a dream, on the International Day of The Girl Child celebs raise their concerns and offer few solutions Actress Stefy Patel holds the same opinion. She adds, “The biggest step towards equality is to educate both, girls as well as boys. Parents need to hold talks with their children, be it on sex education or various stereotypes.” On the issue of heinous crimes committed against girls despite the stringent law, she says “The punishment is not justified according to the seriousness of the crime. The legal system gives enough time to the culprit to escape or to change the narrative. My message to the girls is to strive to be self-dependent SUKHMANI SADANA and raise their voice against inequality. She says, “When the problem lies in the roots, no beautiful tree is going to grow out of it. I believe that the power of social media should be exercised to its full potential. And it can be achieved by raising concerns or initiating a dialogue on gender equality. That’s where media influencers, actors and celebrities can play an important role. We women need to understand that united we stand to bring a positive change, so tell your brothers, sons, father and husband that they have to learn how to respect a woman.” Hari S Nalwa’s biography to be adapted into a web series Almighty Motion Picture has bought the rights to the biography of the greatest Sikh general Hari Singh Nalwa. He was a general in the army of Maharaja Ranjit Singh and his biography is written by Vanit Nalwa, who is also a direct descendant of Hari Singh Nalwa. It took Vanit almost 12 years to complete the book after painstaking research. The biography is considered to be the most authentic account of the great general’s life. Producer Prabhleen Kaur is excited about the new acquisition and says, “It’s the biggest pride for any Sikh to be a part of a project on S. Hari Singh Nalwa. Not only India but the entire world should know that there were Generals like S. Hari Singh Nalwa who never lost a single battle.” Author Vanit Nalwa says, “Sardar Hari Singh Nalwa was the commander-inchief of the Khalsaji (Sikh army) along the frontier with the Afghan empire for 15 years before he suffered fatal injuries in the Battle of Jamrud fought at the mouth of the Khyber Pass.” PROTECT THE YOUNG Deepshika Deshmukh, producer of Bellbottom, and the new face of production house Pooja Entertainment, says we should take a serious look at the reasons why so many crimes are being committed against minor girls. She says, “The protection of young girls is inadequate in view of the dangers they face every day. But as we have seen, young girls around the world are demanding change, be it in the sphere of education like Malala Yousafzai or sports like Hima Das or climate change like DEEPSHIKHA DESHMUKH Greta Thunberg. In India, we have so many inspiring young women and we can use their example and work towards creating leaders.” STEFY PATEL High on action & drama Gurnaaz Kaur The writers of High have interestingly woven many parallel stories into one. There are some loopholes, repetitions and over-the-top drama but you let it pass because there is enough to keep you hooked Congratulations Web series: High Director: Nikhil Rao Cast: Akshay Oberoi, Ranvir Shorey, Mrinmayee Godbole, Shweta Basu Prasad, Kunal Naik, Prakash Belwadi, Nakul Bhalla, Mantra and Madhur Mittal Rating: Puja Banerjee and Kunal Verma have been blessed with a baby boy. The child was born on Friday. Kunal confirmed the news stating that Puja is doing fine, and the baby is also in good health. This is the couple’s first child. They got married in April. They were planning a big fat wedding, but it got postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. injustice. Most importantly, girls should know that they have the right to make their own decisions.” A story needs to be told… Puja Banerjee and Kunal Verma blessed with a baby boy At a time when the focus is on Bollywood and drugs, High gives you a peek into the world of drugs and the stakeholders in the narcotics business. And in the show too, Mumbai is the epicentre. Shiv Mathur (Akshay Oberoi) is a junkie who lands at a rehab and research centre due to drug overdose. How this happens, you will get all the details in the first episode. At the facility, he is introduced to a green powder that helps him kick his addiction and brings him an unusual bliss. Amazed by the effects of the ‘magic compound’ he wants to help its creator, scientist Dr Roy (Prakash Belawadi) and his two assistants Dr Shweta (Shweta Basu Prasad) and Dr Nakul (Nakul Bhalla). Soon they are out selling Magic with the help of his friend DJ (Mantra Mugdh). In no time, the green pill becomes a hit and this turns into a war. Drug lord Munna (Kunal Naik) and a pharmaceutical company CEO (Padmavati Rao) through her hitman Lakda (Ranvir Shorey) set out to get hold of the wonder drug. Aashima (Mrinmayee Godbole), a news anchor known to entertain people with fake news, becomes the investigator of the matter. Each episode of the nine-part series opens with a flashback, shown in black and white, into a time in 1970s when four scientists are researching the benefits of Madhubani, the plant that creates Magic. It lends a backdrop to the main timeline. Drug peddlers, goons, politicians, pharmaceutical companies… there is a whole world out there that will do anything to stop Magic which can end drug c m y b NET, FLICKS & MORE dependency. There are enough twists and turns, oodles of action and bloodshed, and, yes nine cliff-hangers. Makes you wonder if there’s a second season on the way. The actors and the supporting actors have given some great performances. Akshay is very convincing, first as the droopy-eyed drug addict and then in his transformed avatar. Shweta and Nakul as doctors and then as traffickers are smooth. Struggling with a haunted past, Ranvir Shorey is merciless. Mantra, Kunal and Aashima fit the bill and play their characters very well. The writers have interestingly woven many parallel stories into one. As the story progresses, there are some visible loopholes, repetitions and overthe-top drama but you choose to let it pass because there is enough to keep you hooked. Cinematography is solid. It sets the mood, creates the right environment and occasionally makes you cringe. Director Nikhil Rao knows his craft well and has helmed High passionately. Also he has made sure to serve it at the right time.
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