24112020-LSTC-01.qxd 11/23/2020 11:51 PM Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE Role call Recently a new movie titled OM—The Battle Within was announced. Now the makers have said that Sanjana Sanghi will be playing the female lead in this film. LUDHIANA | TUESDAY | 24 NOVEMBER 2020 Revealing the dark side The original star of OTT platforms, Sumeet Vyas, who will be seen as menace personified in the web series Dark 7 White,says he got tired of playing different versions of himself Nonika Singh Once more Madhuri Dixit & Sanjay Kapoor to reunite in Netflix’s new series Madhuri Dixit and Sanjay Kapoor were seen together on silver screen in 1995 film Raja. The actors gave an iconic song Akhiyaan Milaoon Kabhi. After some years, they reunited for the film Mohabbat co-starring Akshaye Khanna. And now, after two decades, Madhuri and Sanjay are set to share the screen space yet again for the forthcoming Netflix original series backed by Karan Johar’s Dharmatic. Sanjay says, “The show has an interesting premise. The year 2020 has been upsetting, but I have always been a positive person and I am happy to be back on the sets.” Tentatively titled as Actress, the show is a suspense drama with Madhuri in the titular role. Sanjay was last seen in Voot Select series The Gone Game co-starring Shweta Tripathi, Arjun Mathur and Shriya Pilgaonkar. D ARK 7 White! A political thriller... doesn’t sound like Sumeet Vyas’s cup of tea. Rather by self-admission, “It is quite an antithesis of who I am and how I am perceived.” But that is precisely why the actor we all have loved to love in a host of amiable parts such as Permanent Roommates, decided to turn dark. The original star of OTT platforms, Sumeet wanted to break the mould, “tired of playing different versions of myself” and at least buck the trend for himself and try out A STILL FROM DARK 7 WHITE something new. Yes, like other forms of entertainment, he agrees that formula has begun to dictate OTT too. Been around on the platform for several years he can see both its upside and down. He says, “Yes makers have more faith in the medium and have begun to mount the shows on a much larger scale.” Yet, at the same time he feels that the levels of experimentation have come down. He adds, “If one hit series is based in Lucknow, all follow suit. If gaaligalauj works for one others lace their work with expletives too.” In fact, he has a major grudge against MBAs who work on the semantics of statistics,“this sold last year and will sell again” and thus could bring in death of entertainment. Despite this candid take, however, he doesn’t see the OTT con- An exciting project Sujoy Ghosh to direct big-screen adaptation of Kabuliwala Miraj Creations has joined hands with AVMA Media to produce two Hindi feature films. While the first one is titled Uma and will be directed by debutante Tathagata Singha, the second project will be written, directed as well as jointly produced by Sujoy Ghosh. It is the big screen adaptation of Rabindranath Tagore’s famed Bengali short story, Kabuliwala. ❝ I AM NOT CONCERNED THAT THIS PLATFORM, WHERE I BEGAN MY CAREER AND WAS DOING SO MUCH WORK, IS TODAY SWARMED WITH BIG STARS. MY ONLY CONCERN IS: AM I GETTING BETTER PARTS AND AM I BEING BETTER PAID? SUMEET VYAS tent going downhill. The arrival of big players like Amazon and Netflix too he feels has created more room for everyone from technicians to actors. As for his space in times when film stars seem to be crowding OTTs, he says, “I don’t think about position- ing myself, if I do that I will be really depressed. I am not concerned that this platform, where I began my career and was doing so much work, is today swarmed with big stars.” His only concern is, “Am I getting better parts, am I being better paid, am I getting good amount of attention?” Since the answer to all these questions is yes, he couldn’t be bothered about whether he will become exceptionally famous or not. Yes, the actor of hit Veere Di Wedding could have encashed upon the film’s success. But he observes, “Look, films are not an end goal of my life.” The only reason he says yes to a part is if it stimulates the actor in him. Dark 7 White got his nod of approval on several counts. One he was thoroughly impressed by the way the OF MASKS & MUSIC Bhumi Pednekar’sDurgamatiset to release on December 11 Singers Taylor Swift, The Weeknd and country duo Dan + Shay emerged the top winners at American Music Awards (AMAs) 2020, earning three trophies each at this year’s hybrid edition. The award ceremony was hosted by Empire star Taraji P Henson at Microsoft Theater, Los Angeles, for a live broadcast on Sunday night, which was attended by a limited audience of invited guests in small groups from the same families. At the beginning of the show, Henson said the audience members were sitting in socially distanced manner and were tested for Covid-19. The small crowd, wearing masks in the balcony, was shown applauding and cheering throughout the show. “It has been a long year and now that 2020 is coming to end, it’s time to remember that it’s one country. We need to heal and love on each other a little more. We’re gonna have some fun, embracing our neighbours and coming together with music,” she said in a reference to the recent results of the tumultuous presidential elections. Swift, who didn’t attend the show in person, scooped up prize of the night — artist of the year — and another two AMAs for favourite music video for Cardigan and favourite Last year, Akshay Kumar had turned producer for his movie Toilet: Ek Prem Katha that had Bhumi Pednekar as his co-star. Akki is once again set to produce a Bhumi Pednekar-starrer. The film is titled as Durgamati. Akshay unveiled its first look poster on Monday and also announced film’s release date. Akshay took to his Twitter account to write, “Are you ready? Meet #DurgamatiOnPrime on Dec 11, @PrimeVideoIN”. This will mark Akshay Kumar’s second big release as a producer. All set to spook her fans, Bhumi will be seen in a never-seen- before avatar with Durgamati and it is slated to release on December 11. Rajshri gets hitched to Gaurav Jain Suhani Si Ek Ladki fame actress Rajshri Rani has tied the knot with beau Gaurav Mukesh Jain in an intimate ceremony in Gwalior. The newly married couple has for now dropped their honeymoon plans because of the ongoing pandemic and the actress will be resuming work for her show Namak Ishq Ka soon. Pictures of their wedding have gone viral and Rajshri looks gorgeous in a red lehenga with intricate golden embroidery. On the other hand, Gaurav looks handsome in an off-white sherwani that he paired up with a floral safa. Sharing how Covid-19 ruined her wedding plans, Rajshri says, “I wanted to have a destination wedding, but it was a family affair. I never thought the guests would have to maintain social-distancing at my wedding. Mostly, brides are conscious about how they are looking , but I was worried whether everyone was maintaining proper protocols or not.” c m y b TARAJI P HENSON LAVERNE COX Taylor Swift: Artist of the Year, Favourite Music Video for Cardigan and Favourite Female Artist The Weeknd: Favourite Male Artist, Favourite Album for After Hours and Favourite Song for Heartless (Soul/R&B) Dan + Shay: Favourite song for 10,000 Hours (Country) and favourite duo or group – (Country) Doja Cat: New Artist of The Year and Favourite Female Artist (Soul/R&B) BTS: Favourite Social Artist and Favourite Duo/Group (pop/rock) Dua Lipa: Favourite Song for Don’t Start Now (Pop/Rock) female artist - pop/rock. In a video acceptance speech, she said she was busy rerecording her earlier albums in the studio where she originally recorded them. She holds the record for most AMA career wins by a single artist with 32. The Weeknd earned three trophies in the soul/R&B category for favourite male artist, favourite album for After Hours, and favourite song for Heartless. He accepted the award for After Hours ahead of his performance wearing bandages firstname.lastname@example.org Taylor Swift, The Weeknd win top honours at American Music Awards 2020 AP/PTI Spooky time ahead director Sattwik Mohanty narrated the story. Secondly, he loved his part whose trajectory moves from student days to actual politics. While political drama may be fraught with danger of ruffling feathers, he doesn’t think Dark 7 White is going to raise any hackles. He reasons, “The series is not about any political ideology, not right, left or even centre, but the mechanics of politics and how twisted it is. Compared to what actually happens in political circles, it is a mild version.” Indeed, he promises his fans an engaging, nail-biting Wild West kind of fare that would see him as menace personified. Since he has made us all believe the all too likeable character he plays in many a series like the most recent Wakaalat From Home is a lot like him, how did he relate to this new avatar? He explains his acting process thus, “My performance style is realistic. If I can’t convince you I am that person there is no point. Only for that I have to first convince myself I am this goofy man who would say the most inappropriate things or this politician who believes killing is the right thing to do. It’s a tough process and takes its toll.” So, what exactly is the real Sumeet like? As he gives one word answer “bland,” don’t be taken in, for isn’t the charming actor all about the “art of convincing.” How well, watch him turn a new leaf in Dark 7 White which streams today on Zee5 and AltBalaji. that covered his entire face apart from his mouth and nose, and dedicated it to Prince, noting he had last accepted the award from the late musician. Duo Dan + Shay bagged two awards for their song 10,000 Hours featuring Justin Bieber in the collaboration of the year and favourite song country categories. They were also adjudged favourite duo or group - country. Rapper Doja Cat won two awards — new artist of the year and favourite female artist - soul/R&B. K-pop sensation BTS, who were the closing act at the ceremony performing from their native South Korea, won two AMAs for favourite social artist and favourite duo/group - pop/rock. Dua Lipa won the award for favourite song - pop/rock for her song Don’t Start Now and Harry Styles won his first solo AMA for Fine Line that was named favourite album pop/rock. WAP, arguably this year’s most explosive track by Cardi B featuring Megan Thee Stallion, won the title of favourite song - rap/hip hop. Nicki Minaj and Juice WRLD won the favourite artiste female and male, respectively, in the rap/hip hop category. Roddy Ricch earned favourite album - rap/hip hop for Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial. In the country category, Kane Brown was named favourite male artist and Maren Morris the favourite female artist, with Blake Shelton winning favourite album for Fully Loaded: God’s Country. Lady Gaga, Jonas Brothers and duo Twenty One Pilots were named favourite artist in EDM, adult contemporary and alternative rock categories respectively. Margot Robbie-starrer Birds of Prey won the AMA for favourite soundtrack. PTI
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