02122020-LSTC-01.qxd 12/1/2020 11:34 PM Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE On a roll Jacqueline Fernandez has been roped-in for Sajid Nadiadwala’s action comedy Bachchan Pandey. She will join Akshay Kumar, Kriti Sanon and Arshad Warsi in the cast. LUDHIANA | WEDNESDAY | 2 DECEMBER 2020 ‘Creative freedom is a must’ Member of the CBFC, Vani Tripathi Tikoo says knowing the norms of the entertainment industry is a must before setting any regulations Mona MANOJ BAJPAYEE The correct number V Neena, Manoj and Sakshi team up for Dial 100 Neena Gupta, Manoj Bajpayee and Sakshi Tanwar are all set to share screen space for a thriller titled Dial 100, which will be directed by Rensil D’Silva. Sharing the news, Manoj Bajpayee took to Instagram and wrote, “Ek badhiya khabar share karna chahta hoon! Excited to announce my next thriller drama #DIAL100 with my extremely talented and beautiful co-stars, @neena_gupta and #SakshiTanwar, directed by @rensildsilva. The drama and suspense have made me fall in love with it already. Can’t wait to begin this journey!” Says director Rensil D’Silva, “I am truly excited and buzzing with energy as we begin our shoot today. Directing a film produced by Sony Pictures Films India and Alchemy Films is daunting, yet inspiring. Dial 100 is a film you would watch again and again…” NEENA GUPTA ANI TRIPATHI TIKOO wears many hats, and fabulously so. A member of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), actor, producer and a theatre activist, she emphasises how women have forever been great multi-taskers and nobody can take that away from them. Currently, it’s her report Embracing Non-Linearity: The Future of India’s Entertainment Industry — that she has co-written with renowned filmmaker and president of the Film and Television Institute of India Shekhar Kapur — which has been the talking point. Vani talks to us about the changing face of entertainment industry. Currently, it’s her report Embracing Non-Linearity: The Future of India’s Entertainment Industry — that she has co-written with renowned filmmaker and president of the Film and Television Institute of India Shekhar Kapur — which has been the talking point. SHEKHAR KAPUR ■ Can you please tell us about Embracing NonLinearity: The Future of India’s Entertainment Industry? The report is commissioned by the Esya Centre, an innovation-centric think-tank. Shekhar and I have been in talks to do it for a while. As it happened, he was stuck in India as he went for the recce of the film to SAKSHI TANWAR ❝ IT’S ALL TOO NEW TO FIGURE OUT SOMETHING CONCRETE. MOST OF THE PEOPLE HAVE TAKEN TO OTT ON THEIR SMART-PHONES, MAKING IT A VERY INDIVIDUAL ACTIVITY. AND THAT MAKES THE QUESTION OF CENSORSHIP DIFFERENT. FILMS NEED TO BE CERTIFIED FOR THERE COULD BE 500 UNRELATED PEOPLE WATCHING A FILM TOGETHER! Uttarakhand. This gave us the opportunity to work on it. Starting March, we have spent about eight months on it. Here we analyse the impact of technology on storytelling and the role of OTT, artificial intelligence, augmented reality and virtual reality in transforming how stories are told. Indian entertainment is at the cusp of a transformation — from a linear format of storytelling towards a more dynamic and nonlinear mode via digital platforms. The report deconstructs the drivers of this fundamental transition, and outlines opportunities and challenges for creators, industry and the government. ■ The report comes a few weeks after the move to bring streaming services Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives is reality show about four women from the glam world. But one wonders, why only them? NET, FLICKS & MORE Gurnaaz Kaur Reality show on Netflix, Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives will give you an insight into the lives of Maheep Kapoor, wife of Sanjay Kapoor, Neelam Kothari What’s so fab about it? Soni, wife of Sameer Soni, Bhavana Pandey, wife of Chunky Pandey and Seema Khan, wife of Sohail Khan. Before we start, did we know about them before the show? Therefore, will it be right to ask why these four Bollywood wives and why not the likes of Gauri Khan, Kareena Kapoor and Kiran Rao? This reality show, based on the template of Keeping Up With Kardashians, hardly reveals anything interesting about the lives of the leads. Maheep is a stalker. She has binocular to peep into her neighbourhood. She cannot complete a sentence without using the ‘F’ word or other such adjectives. Seema Khan is a fashion designer. Her marriage with Sohail, as she puts it, is not a conventional one. They stay separately, but Reality series: Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives Director: Uttam Domale Cast: Neelam Kothari, Maheep Kapoor, Bhavna Pandey and Seema Khan Rating: are a unit nevertheless. How that works is only known to the two of them because like all other meaty angles, this too has been brushed under the carpet. Bhavana Pandey, as her friends call her, is always sitting on the fence, is a peoplepleaser and handles situations diplomatically. She loves her daughters and husband; dreams to expand her fashion-wear brand. She is superstitious, believes in astrology and would rather prefer Reiki healing as anti-ageing therapy for her skin than get some fillers or Botox done. Neelam is a ‘prim and proper’ mother, wife and jewellery designer. At this point in life, other than taking the decision of inserting steroids to make her skin look young, she is in a constant debate with herself on whether she should get back to acting or continue being a jewellery designer. She takes advice from her friends, including Ekta Kapoor, and we get to know she is getting offers for various roles, including that of a mother, and has fans in other countries, even after being out of scene for over two decades. Occasionally it feels like the show is launchpad for Neelam. Not to be missed, their Zindagi Na MilegiDobara moments, as these four Bollywood wives plan a trip to Doha. You’ll get reminded of Sex and the City 2 here, but, unfortunately, it doesn’t keep you engaged. Yes, there is nothing new or fabulous about the show as such. There’s hardly any spontaneity to a show that is about real people and their lives. It’s all too planned and choregraphed in the Karan Johar way. Karan Johar makes appearances at two points. He asks, “Why should I watch a show about four women who don’t have jobs? Why are these premenopausal women getting on my nerves? They pretend they work, but what do they actually do?” You’ll be asking these questions, too, for sure. c m y b under the I&B Ministry... is there a connection? Does it have any say on the regulations the government has been thinking about? Our report has no relation with the government’s move; it is also not a study of censorship on OTT. That question comes rather later; we are currently in the stage to understand this space first. It’s not just Netflix and Amazon who are in the game; but YouTube, artificial intelligence, augmented reality and virtual reality also come together on different platforms and impact lives. We must understand this first before we speak of regulation. Creative freedom is a must for the new normal to thrive but hav- The film that chronicles the life of South sensation, Shakeela, is all set for a bigscreen multi-lingual release on Christmas. This announcement put to rest months of speculation surrounding the release of the film. The first poster of Shakeela, starring Richa Chadha, was received well. The latest poster of the film, which was launched on Monday, features Richa in a glamorous avatar. Draped in a saree and with a gun in her hand, she pays the perfect ode to the South siren. In the background, there are allusions to her epithet of a box-office queen, along with obscene words related to her body, religious affiliation and skin colour. ing said that, we do feel that self-regulation code is the way forward. That I have been part of CBFC for six years now, I am certain that the ministry would take cognisance. ■ How do you juggle your different roles? Women are fabulous multitaskers and I believe no one can take that from us. At the same time I don’t feel much should be made out of it. Growing up, I could strike a balance between my studies and drama school well. It’s all a question of priority and striking the right balance. ■ How has OTT changed the face of the entertainment industry? What do you think about OTT being brought under censorship? It’s all too new to figure out something concrete. Most of the people have taken to OTT on their smart-phones, making it a very individual activity. And that makes the question of censorship different. Films need to be certified for there could be 500 unrelated people watching a film together! ■ OTT became people’s go-to medium of entertainment through the lockdown, have you too been guilty of bingewatching? Any favourites? My days have been busy but after finishing at night, I have enjoyed some films more rather than web series. Thrillers have been my favourite. One of the films that I truly enjoyed was Serious Men. firstname.lastname@example.org GULZAR One for poetry lovers Get set to read a collection of Indian poetry, selected and translated by Gulzar HarperCollins India has announced the release of their latest book — A Poem a Day. It’s a collection of Indian poetry, selected and translated by Gulzar. This prestigious volume showcases 365 memorable poems — a poem for every day of the year — written over the seven decades since Independence by some of the leading poets of the Indian subcontinent. Originally written by 279 poets in 34 Indian languages; the poems appear in bilingual versions - in English and in Hindustani, as translated by Gulzar himself. Says Gulzar, “I firmly believe that poetry doesn’t know any borders, so, along with poets from Gujarat, Punjab, Kerala, Goa, Odisha, I included poets writing in Tamil in Sri Lanka, in Bangla in Bangladesh and in Urdu and Punjabi in Pakistan. The poems appear in English translation, which is a language that, thanks to our history, a majority of Indians are familiar with.” Shakeelato release in theatres on Christmas 2020 Richa rocks RICHA CHADHA This is not true… On Monday, an FIR was registered by Mumbai police against a casting director for allegedly raping a 26- year-old TV actress under the pretext of marriage. While the name of the actress was not disclosed, the accused is allegedly named Ayush Tiwari. Reports suggested that Ayush was a part of casting team of Akshay Kumar’s Bellbottom. However, Vaibhav Vishant, who is the casting director for Bellbottom has now issued a clarification: “I am the casting director of Bellbot- Vaibhav Vishant responds to TV actress’ rape allegations VAANI KAPOOR In love with her role tom. The individual Ayush Tewari was a freelancer intern in my company and has nothing to do with the film or its casting.” Vaani Kapoor is over the moon because her Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui director, Abhishek Kapoor, has praised her in a social media post. Abhishek wrote, “The beautiful Vaani Kapoor is the only one who has the courage, sensitivity, and fragility to be my Maanvi (her character in the film).” On her part, Vaani says, “Abhishek Kapoor has really backed me as an artist and trusted me with his vision for the film. I will be thrilled to do justice to that belief.”
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