17112020-LSTC-01.qxd 11/16/2020 11:47 PM Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE Role call Aditya Roy Kapur decided to surprise his fans on his Birthday by announcing his new movie. The actor is all set to work in OMThe Battle Within. CHANDIGARH | TUESDAY | 17 NOVEMBER 2020 It was play acting for most of them but they clicked and how! Here’s a look at some iconic performances by B-town’s child artistes Mona SYLVESTER STALLONE Sly joins The Suicide Squad N Sylvester Stallone is joining the cast of The Suicide Squad, according to the standalone sequel’s director James Gunn. A representative for Stallone also confirmed the news. Gunn took to Instagram to share a selfie with the Hollywood star and wrote, “Always love working with my friend @officialslystallone & our work today on #TheSuicideSquad was no exception. Despite Sly being an iconic movie star, most people still don’t have any idea what an amazing actor this guy is.” The filmmaker confirmed the news when a fan asked in the comments if this means Stallone is involved with the film, to which Gunn replied, “Yep.” Gunn previously said that filming had concluded in February, so it remains unclear as to what extent Stallone will be a part of the movie. Stallone too confirmed the news on his Instagram by writing, “Working with this incredible director on this astounding project has made this an amazing year. I am a very lucky man to be surrounded by such talent.” The movie is all set to release on August 6, 2021. OTHING tugs at the heart strings like a child’s innocent smile. And the effect is mesmerising when child artistes enact a range of emotions on screen. Here are some memorable performances by these little stars that have remained etched in our heart. Small wonder! LEARNING ON THE JOB I was more excited than nervous when we started to shoot for Taare Zameen Par. I was just nine at that time and followed Amir uncle and Amol Gupte sir through the shoot. While I was in all my masti, I did realise that there was some serious filmmaking going on and by and by I tried to understand the process. Post release there were awards being showered and I wondered if I was getting them all because I was a child. In school too I became a hero and everyone wanted to be my friend. Thanks to my close friends who kept me grounded. It sure was a memorable and fulfilling journey. I am striving for more such experiences in life. – DARSHEEL SAFARY True star Darsheel Safary played a dyslexic child, Ishaan Awasthi aka Inu, in Taare Zameen Par emoting complex emotions. Aamir Khan’s directorial debut won Darsheel five awards, including Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor, making Taare Zameen Par a commercial and critical success. Shades of emotion This Stanley’s dabba was missing but what weren’t missing were the different shades of emotions that Partho Gupte could pull through in Amol Gupte’s Stanley Ka Dabba. The Gupte father-son duo’s rather famous story won young Partho the National Film Award for Best Child Artiste along with couple others. ‘To new beginnings’ Neetu Kapoor is scared on the sets Neetu Kapoor recently took to her social media handle to share a picture from the sets of her upcoming film. The post was captioned as, “Back on sets after so many years. To new beginnings and the magic of the movies... now I find myself all by myself, feeling a little scared...” She eclipsed Bhai Harshaali Malhotra, who played a deaf and mute girl in Bajrangi Bhaijaan, was called a casting coup of the sorts as Kabir Khan’s IT WAS SO MUCH FUN We shot for Stanley Ka Dabba for close to two-and-half-years. I was about eight when we started the shoot and by then I had already accompanied my father (Amol Gupte) to many workshops and we all kids took it as another workshop with no idea that we were shooting for a film. cross-border story was lapped up by the audience. All of seven, Harshaali played Munni (aka Shahida) like a pro. The film, high on laughter and tears, had one protagonist – the little, innocent girl, sup- There was just a small camera and we were just having fun. There were days when we shot nothing but just played football, broke things and just had fun. I recall when it released and the National Award was announced, my mum (Deepa Bhatia) was editing Ferrari Ki Sawaari and Vidhu Vinod (Chopra) uncle sent a celebratory cake, it meant a lot for me. The award ceremony in Delhi was fun. I was with the Chillar Party kids running around at the hotel, antagonising people and later standing in line to be honoured. Now, that I am studying filmmaking at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, I bow to my father and Amol Gole sir to pulled something like that, with a small camera and no lights. All natural, just pure performance! – PARTHO GUPTE ported ably by Bolly bigwigs - Salman Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui. Her debut act won her Best Child Artiste at Stardust Awards-2015 and Screen Awards; and Best Debutant Female at Zee Cine Awards. He knows the game Sameep Ranaut’s debut act in Harjeeta fetched the 12year-old a National Award for Best Child Artiste. A sports-drama that charts the journey of Harjeet Singh, who captained the A leap to nowhere NET, FLICKS & MORE Movie: Chhalaang Director: Hansal Mehta Cast: Rajkummar Rao, Nushrat Bharucha, Jatin Sarna, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, Saurabh Shukla, Satish Kaushik, Ila Arun, Baljinder Kaur Rating: keep you guessing what the narrative is really about as it keeps drifting just like the lead character Montu and from there on it’s any sports drama that you have seen in the past. Set in a small town of Haryana, the movie has nothing fresh to offer. The heavy Haryanvi lingo gets jarring at times and even with no defined theme, you can pre- dict the movie. If at points it advocates women empowerment, it contradicts itself by calling a woman a match that needs to be won. When there is hint of focus on being sincere about your job, that’s because a Haryanvi is led by his ego. It looks like the writers (Luv Ranjan, Aseem Arrora and Zeishan Quadri) could not concur on one idea and the conflict reflects in the story over all. Quite unlike Hansal Mehta, who has delivered meaningful tales like Shahid, Simran and Aligarh, this can easily be called his weakest. Performance wise, Rajkummar Rao should explore roles other than playing the repetitive smalltown boy. Nushrat’s character is not etched well but she delivers what’s asked of her, minus the put-on Haryanvi accent. Replete with clichés, it is the supporting cast or should we say the method actors that bring a breath of fresh air. Saurabh Shukla, Satish Kaushik, Ila Arun and even Baljinder Kaur are all believable and so natural. The one who deserves applause is Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub. This one should bring him to limelight since he knows his job but hasn’t got his due. Challaang, a leap in English, is merely a leap of faith with many loose ends. email@example.com Shekhar Kapur starts rehearsals with Hollywood star Emma Thompson for his next film Filmmaker Shekhar Kapur on Monday announced that he has begun prepping for his upcoming directorial featuring Academy Award winner Emma Thompson. The film would mark Kapur’s return to feature length directorial after his 2007 Cate Blanchett- starrer drama Elizabeth: The Golden Age. Kapur said he is excited to start working on the film with the Another exciting journey… SHEKHAR KAPUR, EMMA THOMPSON Sense and Sensibility star, without divulging further details. “First rehearsals with the amazing actor Emma Thompson today. So looking forward to working with her in my next movie,” the 74year-old director tweeted. According to Deadline, Kapur’s directorial is a cross-cultural romantic-comedy titled What’s Love Got To Do With It?, and is set between London and South Asia. The film also stars Lily James of Baby Driver fame and Star Trek: Discovery actor Shazad Latif. It is written and produced by Jemima Khan.—PTI c m y b (Top to bottom) Harshaali with Salman Khan; Parzan Dastur with Shah Rukh Khan; Sameep Saying it all He had just oneline dialogue in the mega-hit Kuch Kuch Hota Hai that starred Bolly veterans Anupam Kher, Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol along with debutante Rani Mukherjee, but the little star Parzan Dastur melted hearts. From counting stars at night at a summer camp to playing games, and, a short cute got Parzan space in KKHH’s fans’ hearts forever. firstname.lastname@example.org The chosen ones It looks like the writers, Luv Ranjan, Aseem Arrora and Zeishan Quadri, could not concur on one idea and the conflict reflects in the story It’s a story about Mahinder Singh aka Montu (Rajkummar Rao) who is a shirker from scene one. He is a PT instructor, a job that he gets because of his father. He may not know his job but he very well knows how to be a hooligan as he goes on moral policing and thereby misbehaving with couples hanging out in a park. But wait, that’s not the story. It’s a story about him falling in love with Neelima (Nushrat Bharucha) who happens to be the daughter of the couple he insults as a part of his conservative squad’s punishment. No, it’s a love triangle actually as Inder Mohan Singh (Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub) comes in the picture as the sincere physical education teacher in the same school where Montu and Neelima teach. Neelima, who knows how Montu behaved with her parents, starts liking him and in some time, we see her showering attention on Singh. And soon the narrative becomes about a competition between the two PT instructors and then it shapes into a multisports contest. Well, the first hour or so will Indian hockey team in Junior World Cup, had Ammy Virk play the protagonist with Sameep stepping into shoes of young Harjeet. The child actor was spotted playing hockey and he fully delivered a performance fit for a National Award. Will Smith, BTS are fan favourites at People’s Choice Awards 2020 The pahaditwist Kangana Ranaut combines a Sabyasachi saree with a Himachali cap for her brother’s wedding reception Kangana Ranaut has been sharing pictures of her brother’s wedding and post-wedding ceremonies on social media. Going by the pictures, her every outfit is making a style statement. For the marriage ceremony, the actress opted for a Sabyasachi saree teamed with a Bhuttico shawl along with a traditional cap, giving the saree a pahadi twist. Flaunting her look on her Instagram handle, Kangana wrote: “For Aksht- Ritu wedding reception (dham) dressed in @sabyasachiofficial X @bhuttico gifted to Kangana by her parents HMU: @vanitybyshreya.” Also, the Queen actress danced to some traditional Kangri music with the bride and some women from the wedding party. Posting the video, she captioned it as, “I love folk music of any tradition for that matter, here’s a Kangri song sung by pahadi artistes at my brother’s dham today, meaning is simple... a woman expressing her love for her mother.” Meanwhile, on the work front, she has wrapped up the shoot of the J Jayalalithaa biopic, titled Thalaivi. Hollywood star Will Smith and K-pop stars BTS emerged as fan favourites at the E! People’s Choice Awards 2020, where artistes from the world of music, movies, TV and pop culture are voted by the audience. Fans cast over one billion votes this year, to decide who was the best of the best in 2020. Hosted by singer Demi Lovato, the ceremony was held on Sunday in the US. During her opening monologue, Lovato poked fun at her eventful year, which included calling off her engagement to actor Max Ehrich in September. “I am so excited to be here tonight because honestly this year has been the longest three years of my life,” the singer said as she reflected on some of her biggest moments from the start of the year. Among winners, Will Smith took home Movie Of 2020 (for Bad Boys For Life) and Male Movie Star of 2020 JENNIFER LOPEZ awards. Top WILL SMITH DEMI LOVATO TV honours went to Grey’s Anatomy for Show Of 2020 and its lead actress, Ellen Pompeo, won Female TV Star of the year. In music, BTS nabbed Group, Song, and Music Video of 2020 with Dynamite, and Album with Map Of The Soul: 7. Actress and singer Jennifer Lopez received the People’s Icon Award. Actor Tyler Perry was honoured with the People’s Champion of 2020 Award. —IANS
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