21102020-LSTL-01.qxd 10/20/2020 11:56 PM Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE Hacked Hrithik Roshan’s exwife, Sussanne Khan’s Instagram account got hacked on Tuesday. She announced the same with a post on her handle. The account was later on restored by the authorities. LUDHIANA | WEDNESDAY | 21 OCTOBER 2020 Bowing down is no answer As politics-sports-film entanglement forces Vijay Sethupathi to exit 800,a biopic on Sri Lankan cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan, celebs criticise the hypocrisy of those who oppose the film Gurnaaz Kaur & Sheetal A Arabian nights Actress Urvashi Rautela to be showstopper at Arab Fashion Week Bollywood actress Urvashi Rautela will be showstopper for Filipino designer Furne One at the upcoming Arab Fashion Week. “It’s an honour to be the first Indian Bollywood actor to be a showstopper at Arab Fashion Week, which is one of the biggest and most prestigious fashion weeks. It is for one of the biggest designers — Furne One of AMATO Couture. The fact that he chose me is really a huge deal for me. He has worked with pop icons like Jennifer Lopez, Ariana Grande, Beyonce and Mariah Carey,” said Urvashi. “He showcases me as an ‘Arabic warrior princess’ for his collection,” she added about her look on the ramp. The upcoming 12th edition of the Arab Fashion Week will be hosted virtually in Dubai from October 21 to 24. “I have also shot for a short fashion film that showcases the message of equality, and tackles racism and inequality. I feel there are no boundaries and everyone is created equally,” Urvashi further said. —IANS Raj Kummar and Kriti head to Chandigarh Rajkummar Rao and Kriti Sanon will next be seen in Dinesh Vijan’s untitled film. The movie is now all set to go on the floors on October 30 with the key cast in Chandigarh. Along with Rajkummar and Kriti, the film will also feature Aparshakti Khurana, Paresh Rawal and Ratna Pathak Shah in pivotal roles. A source says, “We are all extremely excited about the upcoming project. The crew will leave on October 23 and we will begin with the shoot on October 30 in Chandigarh”. The makers will announce the title of the film soon. RAJKUMMAR RAO AND KRITI SANON ROUND two weeks back, with much pride, Vijay Sethupathi announced signing 800, a biopic on Sri Lanka's legendary spinner Muttiah Muralitharan. He wrote, “Honoured to be a part of this landmark project. Update soon. #Muttiah Muralitharan @MovieTrainMP #MuralitharanBiopic #MSSripathy #Vivekrangachari @proyuvraaj.” As on Monday, he has bowed out of the project. Reason? He had been under pressure by his fans down South to drop the role in 800. People in Tamil Nadu consider that Muralitharan is a traitor since he did not support the Tamils in Sri Lanka. Predicting the gravity of the situation is Muralitharan’s letter he tweeted that advised Vijay to not get into any ‘trouble’. He wrote, “I don’t want one of the finest actors in Tamil Nadu to face any kind of trouble, hence I request him to drop out of the project. There should be no obstacles for Sethupathi in the future because of this movie.” In return, Sethupathi, alongside the image of the letter, wrote, “Thank you and goodbye.” Thus, confirming the withdrawal. This has been a hot a topic of debate. While some political parties and Tamil nationalists claim the movie is an attempt to whitewash a problematic figure, the film industry has strongly criticised those who asked Sethupathi to drop the project. But politics and nation- The poster of the film ❝ VIJAY HAS BOWED DOWN TO PRESSURE BECAUSE IN THE SOUTH, AUDIENCE IS VERY POWERFUL. KOMAL NAHTA MUTTIAH MURALITHARAN alist groups playing censor or dictating terms, is that the way for the craft? Bollywood critic Komal Nahta says, “Vijay has bowed down to pressure because down South, audience and fans are very powerful and politically aware. There’s no right or wrong way when emotions of fans come into play. Since fans are powerful, an actor has to bow down to their wishes.” Having acted in movies such as Cheeni Kum, Madrasapattinam, Joker, Urumi apart from his digital successes, 21 Sarfarosh, Bose, Inside Edge and now Aarya, actor and singer Alexx O’Nell believes censorship is rarely the answer. “Indeed, if it wasn’t for the announcement of this film, there wouldn’t be nearly as much reflection on Muralitharan’s legacy as a sportsman or a public figure. I see no reason why Sethupathi should succumb to the pressure to leave a project that’s an opportunity of a lifetime and could form the centerpiece of important conversations; interactions that may even serve to heal long-standing communal rifts.” he says. Having worked with some of the best actors, directors and technicians in the Tamil industry, Alexx has absolutely no doubt that stories like this can be executed in a care- ful and balanced way. He adds, “Director A L Vijay is currently shooting a biopic of the no-less-controversial J. Jayalalithaa (and starring the always-controversial Kangana Ranaut), and I believe he is doing just that; i.e. approaching the work responsibly, carefully recognising the opposing views on her legacy. From what I know of Muthiah Muralitharan’s life, this seems a like a story that should be told. In fact, more than Muralitharan’s fans, those who disagree with his life-choices should welcome this film as an opportunity to engage in a dialogue about why they feel the way Mumbai vs Bambai HINDUSTANI BHAU Ask him how his debut rap experience was and he says, “Bakwas. Bhau ga nahi sakta, par uske fan log jhel lete hain.” Bhau’s love for Sanjay Dutt is evident in the video. “Sanjay Dutt is a straightforward man. He All is well now Deepti Naval undergoes angioplasty at Mohali hospital Deepti Naval, who suffered a heart attack in Manali, Himachal Pradesh, underwent angioplasty at Fortis Hospital in Mohali early Tuesday and her condition was stable, doctors said. She suffered a heart attack on Sunday and was brought to the hospital in a cardiac care ambulance late Monday. Her condition was stable and will likely be discharged soon, a doctor said. The actress had been staying in Manali.—IANS says what he feels.” Question Bhau why is he so abusive, and he goes, “I say what people don’t dare to. This is my language, my truth.” His social media accounts have been suspended but that has no effect on Palat! him, “That is not going to stop me. Bhau is now a name loved by the public. They cease one account, I open another. My latest Facebook account got three lakh followers in a day-and-half.” A huge fan of Kumar Sanu, Bhau is enthusiastic about Mumbai Machaand. “People of Mumbai are welcoming. I respect the actor who rapped Bambai Main Ka Ba but through Mumbai Machaand people in India will know Mumbai better. There are no fights here. Everyone loves their country as they love the state they belong to. That’s how I see it. If people want to call it banter, it’s fair but definitely nothing more than that. I am rapping for the first time. So, I would need all the love and wishes of everyone.” - Mona Twitter launches an emoji to celebrate #25Years Of DDLJ Celebrating 25 years of Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Twitter India launched a special emoji on Tuesday. The emoji is of a cowbell, which became a token of the protagonists’ romance in the storyline of the film, and continues to be associated with the film. CherylAnn Couto of Twitter India, said, “We are excited to celebrate one of the most iconic Indian romances, DDLJ, with the movie’s innumerable fans on the service. With the THE EMOJI; A STILL FROM DDLJ new custom #DDLJ25 emoji, we hope to light up timelines with tweets about this classic.” c m y b ❝ FILMMAKERS WHO HAVE PUT MONEY ON THE PROJECT SHOULD FIGHT BACK WITH CONVICTION. GURU BHULLAR they do.” Director of a National award-winning biopic Harjeeta, which, too, is on a sportsperson, Vijay Kumar Arora is of the opinion that politics and art shouldn’t be mixed. “It is not fair. Biopic is made on legends; someone who has something beyond the normal. It conveys a story to remember forever. Politics has its own place, sports its own and so does moviemaking…why the entanglement? Think of thisIf even one person or 10 persons gain from the movie, imagine the difference it would make. There is much to gain by making such films than to impede the process.” Diction Hindustani Bhau’s rap song Mumbai Machaandis answer to Manoj Bajpayee’s Bambai Main Ka Ba as it highlights all things good about the city Hindustani Bhau, the infamous YouTuber, has turned singer. His Mumbai Machaand is in response to Manoj Bajpayee’s Bhojpuri rap Bambai Main Ka Ba. Bhau’s track which features Sneha Gupta was released on October 10. The word machaand means dhamaal. “It’s not a diss track,” says Bhau. “Mumbai Main Ka Ba in Bhojpuri means ‘What is there in Mumbai?’ My track talks what all Mumbai has to offer—employment, security of womenfolk and fashion.” A Mumbaikar, Bhau, who is known for the use of abusive language, claims that his city is very welcoming. “We are generous people. From an auto-rickshaw driver to a dabba-wala, all are welcome here. So many film stars have made their life in the city.” ❝ I SEE NO REASON WHY VIJAY SHOULD SUCCUMB TO THE PRESSURE TO LEAVE SUCH A PROJECT. ALEXX O’NELL guru The show goes on Kartik Aaryan to turn showstopper for Manish Malhotra’s Mijwan show Kartik Aaryan is all set to turn showstopper for Manish Malhotra for Lakme Fashion Week which kickstared digitally from October 20. The actor will showcase Manish Malhotra’s exquisite collection for Mijwan Welfare Society. A source says, “Kartik Aaryan has remained very cautious because of the pandemic by not starting any work and putting everyone’s life at risk. However, this year Lakme Fashion Week goes digital and they will showcase their various collections online.” Mijwan Welfare Society works for the welfare of the girl child and women empowerment. The source adds, “As soon as the team got in touch with Kartik for this fashion show, he gave his nod. Kartik was more than happy to collaborate for this special project.” Nushrratt Bharuccha, who is geared up for her upcoming movie Chhalaang, will be seen as a teacher from Haryana. Talking about her preparations, Nushrratt says, “Everybody else in the film knew Haryanvi. I had no clue how to even get the accent, let alone acing it.” Rajkummar Rao helped her with it. Nushrratt says, “Raj helped me with my Haryanvi accent. He was the person who took my first workshop in Haryanvi accent coaching. Before a coach came on board, I did readings with Raj. He even helped me get the mannerism right. So it was he who coached me first and then I had a diction teacher who was on the sets and he did everything for me.” This is how Nushrratt Bharuccha aces the Haryanvi accent in Chhalaang
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