18102020-LSTL-01.qxd 10/17/2020 11:30 PM Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE Different! Ayushmann Khurrana’s film Badhaai Ho completes two years of its release today and he says, “I have been trying to normalise taboo conversations in India through my cinema.” LUDHIANA | SUNDAY | 18 OCTOBER 2020 GRACIOUS, GROUNDED; THE MAN & THE ACTOR Sheetal O M PURI was an unlikely hero, yet his distinctive voice will echo in our hearts for years although he left for his heavenly abode in 2017. On his 70th birth anniversary today, his family and friends remember the great actor who was as humble as he was gifted. A unique voice and style of his own, Om Puri carved a separate niche for himself in tinsel town. On his 70th birth anniversary today, his friends fondly remember the actor MADONNA ‘Big script’ for a ‘big life’ Singer Madonna has shared details on the progress of her biopic, saying the script is now 133 pages long. The pop superstar and writer Diablo Cody have been working on the biopic for a while now. Madonna took to Instagram to post a video of the two where the 62-yearold singer can be seen sitting in a gazebo with the writer, wearing a striped white top with a black corset and matching pants, along with black leather boots. In the video, the two start off by talking about bananas. Soon, the singer tells Cody that her name Madonna could not be copyrighted, “because it’s in the Bible”. She also did a cappella rendition of “Get into the groove” from 1984. Towards the end of the video, the pair commented on the script’s length — 133 pages — which Cody mentioned was “insane” and “biblical”. “That’s a big script,” she said. Madonna replied: “It’s a big life!” In a career spanning about four decades, Madonna has sold more than 300 million records worldwide. — IANS “Kya tussi samandar nu kujje ch paa sakde ho(Can you sum up an ocean in a mug)?” asks Gurcharan Singh Channi, eminent theatre personality and documentary-maker. “I knew him through his father (whom they referred to as baau ji). I feel not only was he a warm personality, but also a vulnerable one.” Channi’s favourite movie of Om will forever be Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro. “I could always make out the Punjabi diction in his voice,” he adds. Charismatic personality Renowned Chandigarhbased theatreperson Neelam Mansingh Chowdhry recollects, “I was two A STILL FROM EAST IS EAST CHERISHED LEGACY THE HUNDRED FOOT JOURNEY years junior to him in the National School of Drama (NSD). I remember those deep marks on his face, which were more prominent when he was young, yet he was charismatic. Something made him an outstanding personality with determination and focus, and, of course, that distinctive voice.” Coming from a humble background, he did not take his success too seriously and was accessible to all. She adds, “During his visit to Chandigarh, he often stayed with us and had that Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro kind of humour in real life as well. He would walk up with all those sabji ka thailas and would say — ‘today I will cook for you guys’. Once he also gave a voice-over for my younger son’s ad-film.” Family member His roles in East is East to The HundredFoot Journey in Hollywood; to his comic timing in Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro; to movies like Aakrosh, Tamas, China Gate, Ghayal and more, Om Puri was truly gifted. Says the creative director of Harpal Tiwana Foundation, Manpal Tiwana, “He was a family member with whom I have stayed in Mumbai. He was caring and often You can bid on this Bull Mona Based on journalist Sucheta Dalal and Debashish Basu’s book The Scam: Who Won, Who Lost, Who Got Away, Scam 1992 captures the complex yet fascinating journey of Harshad Mehta Series: Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta Story Director: Hansal Mehta Cast: Pratik Gandhi, Hemant Kher, Chirag Vohra, Shreya Dhanwanthary, Satish Kaushik, Rajat Kapoor, Ananth Mahadevan Rating: A financial scam, a fraudster’s rise and fall, an ambition that became the ultimate fall — call Scam 1992 by any of these, but it is a fascinating journey set in the world of stock market. Now, who isn’t familiar with Harshad Mehta but is he that big a hero or a villain that a common man could be pulled to watch his life story pan out? Well, due credit to the National Award-winning filmmaker Hansal Mehta, to make it so. A journey that starts from a spacecrunched Gujarati household in Mumbai, takes one on a 360-degree roller coaster ride to a 15,000 sq-feet house in Maximum City. They say start from basics. Harshad Mehta duly did that but did rising in ranks teach him enough of the trade? This one series on SonyLIV is an investment of time — 10 episodes about 50 minutes each. Pardon the repetition, of a story one knows...but in dextrous hands of Mehta (Hansal), it’s not just a broker’s journey, but story of a man, who was a son, brother, husband and father, and lived each role to its hilt. The first hour into the film establishes the premise. Sports analogies goad in the basics – jobbers, bull, bear, largely Bombay Stock Exchange and the world around it. One grows fond of the protagonist — the one who establishes himself to be the Amitabh Bachchan of the market, taking pride in his moniker ‘Big Bull’. But like every hero, this one suffers from hamartia too; here it is a phrase – ‘ Risk hai to ishq hai’. It’s his ‘daring’ that grows on you episode by episode. The crash of the market, his empire, ❝ HE WAS KIND AND EMPATHETIC TOWARDS THE LESS PRIVILEGED AND, OF COURSE, AN EXTREMELY GROUNDED HUMAN BEING. NANDITA PURI cooked for people. He loved his daal and tinde ki sabji. People forget where they come from, but he never for once forgot to mention my father’s (Harpal Tiwana’s) role in his success. That’s Om Puri for you, who wasn’t just associated with my parents but was chachu for us.” loss of name, the newsrooms, noise through the corridors of Parliament and the comeback — all pans out among the beautiful shots of Mumbai with glimpses of Delhi weaved in. It’s the casting that deserves due credit — Pratik Gandhi (titular role), Hemant Kher (Ashwin Mehta), Chirag Vohra (Bhushan Bhatt ) — the triumvirate of this saga; Shreya Dhanwanthary (Sucheta Dalal), Rajat Kapoor (upright CBI officer), Ananth Mahadevan (the RBI Governor) nail their characters. The background score takes this montage to another level. From Ilu Ilu in investigations to a bhajan making it to the credit line, there’s quite a range, but its background score that builds the chase. While the series does get lackadaisical at times, the constant shuffling between the dates and counter moves by the Kapil Dev of share market keep one with the story. Seeing The Com- mon Man R. K. Laxman; the lawyer of the rich and famous Ram Jethmalani and the two Prime Ministers’ flashes pique one’s interest. Based on journalist Sucheta Dalal and Debashish Basu’s book The Scam: Who Won, Who Lost,Who Got Away rings true even in the contemporary era. Questioning, criticising our economic system, banks’ functioning, role of CBI and how its image changes from that of law-bearer to the one pulling strings in the political corridors — sound familiar. By the end of it, justice may remain an elusive dream, what doesn’t is Hansal Mehta’s treatment. A fascinating journey into life of not just Harshad Mehta but a new world as one walks out with core stock market terms, India’s turn to liberalisation and most significantly leaving one with issues to reflect, and there lies the real strength of Hansal Mehta’s craft! c m y b NANDITA PURI Against A treat, virtually all odds Anil Kapoor recalls 10-year struggle with Achilles tendon NET, FLICKS AND MORE Nandita Puri, Om Puri’s wife, says, “He was kind and empathetic towards the less privileged and, of course, an extremely grounded human being. That is the intent of the Om Puri Foundation — to carry his legacy and philosophy forward. His prowess in acting came from the fact that he never stopped learning, improving and observing. He never took his fame or talent for granted, but worked very hard till the end. We want to keep his life and legacy alive through Puri Baatein on You Tube, which will be launched on his 70th birth anniversary” The fit and fabulous Anil Kapoor is known for giving several hit films in his career spanning over four decades. However, not many will know that Anil has been battling Achilles tendon for 10 years. The actor took to Instagram on Friday and shared this news with fans. Anil posted pictures where he can be seen skipping and posing happily with his doctor. The caption read, “I had been suffering from Achilles tendon issue for over 10 years. Doctors around the world had told me that surgery was my only option. Dr Muller, through a series of rejuvenating treatments, took me from limping to walking to running to finally skipping… without any surgery...” PICTURE SHARED BY HIM ON INSTAGRAM The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne, which has been hosted in August since the last 10 years, will be held virtually this year between October 23 and 30. Opening the festival will be Vidya Balan-starrer Natkhat, which marks her production debut as well. The film is a story of a mother teaching her young son about gender equality and calls out toxic misogyny. Natkhat premiered on YouTube as part of the prestigious We are One: A Global Film Festival and will now be screened at IFFM. Vidya Balan’s Natkhat to open IFFM 2020 on October 23
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