27122020-LSTL-01.qxd 12/26/2020 11:27 PM Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE New record Kartik Aaryan, who has shared his first look poster from Dhamaka recently, has made a new record. The actor has wrapped up shoot of Dhamaka in just 10 days. LUDHIANA | SUNDAY | 27 DECEMBER 2020 WHEN THEY MADE What a treat! The year 2020 might have gone through an unprecedented lockdown, but there was no dearth of controversies that kept us engaged. Here are the newsmakers of 2020 SUSHANT SINGH RAJPUT Hrithik Roshan vs Saif Ali Khan in Vikram Vedha’s remake Hrithik Roshan and Saif Ali Khan together in a movie will surely be a treat! According to the grapevine, both the actors will feature in the Hindi remake of the 2017 Tamil super-hit film Vikram Vedha. The original starred R. Madhavan as the righteous police officer Vikram while Vijay Sethupathi played the gangster Vedha. In the Hindi remake, Hrithik will play the gangster while Saif will essay the cop. The film draws from the ancient lore of Vikram-Betaal, where a wily gangster manages to escape every time a determined cop nabs him, by narrating a new story drawn from his own life. The Bollywood remake will be directed by PushkarGayathri, who also helmed the Tamil original. The film, backed by Neeraj Pandey, is expected to go on the floors soon. A STILL FROM A SUITABLE BOY FLASHBACK 2020 KANGANA RANAUT W ITH the year about to draw to a close, it’s time to look back at what all made headlines in 2020. The controversies, war of words on Twitter, legal troubles, acts of charity and some unusual incidents, ‘expect the unexpected’ was what this year turned out to be. Here’s a look: This year, we lost many celebrities but the one that shocked the entire nation was the death of Sushant Singh Rajput. The actor was found dead at his Mumbai residence on June 14. After initial reports of SSR committing suicide, various conspiracy theories emerged almost every day. While some said he was murdered, others stated he was pressured into killing himself. Fans started #JusticeForSSR campaign and even went on hunger strike. From the Mumbai Police to Bihar Police to political parties to finally CBI, investigation continued and fans are still waiting for the final verdict. A drug angle was probed while agencies were investigating SSR’s death case, leading to a number of people, including Bollywood stars Deepika Padukone, Sara Ali Khan, Shraddha Kapoor, Rakul Preet Singh, Arjun Rampal, Gabriella Demetriades, producer Firoz Nadiadwala’s wife Shabana Saeed and others, being questioned by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB). Sushant’s girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty was arrested and released on bail after one month of custody. Rhea’s brother, Showik also spent three months in jail. TV actor Preetika Chauhan, former employee of Dharmatic Entertainment - Kshitij Ravi Prasad, comedian Bharti Singh and her husband Haarsh Limbachiyaa were also arrested by the NCB in drugs case. Rasika shares her ‘existential questions’ Action & reactions THE OTT CIRCUS Over-the-top (OTT) platforms saw a the role of a physician, Dr Meera Kapoor, who discovers her husband’s infidelity and struggles to deal with this revelation. The season ended with Meera adapting to her new life as a single parent. Out Of Love is an official adaptation of the multi-award-winning show Doctor Foster. Recently, Rasika won wide acclaim reprising her role of Beena Tripathi in Mirzapur season two. She was also seen in Mira Nair’s web series A Suitable Boy. — IANS JAIDEEP AHLAWAT IN PAATAL LOK SSR’S MYSTERIOUS DEATH DRUGS IN BOLLYWOOD Actress Rasika Dugal has a few existential questions in her mind as she shoots far away from home. Rasika posted an Instagram picture sitting in a car, from the set of an outdoor shoot. “Shoot Day 40. Existential questions #shootlife #lifeofanactor #awayfromhome,” she wrote. The actress in November had shared that she is shooting in Ooty for the second season of the web series, Out Of Love. In the first season of the show, she essayed SONU SOOD Ranveer Singh and Mahesh Babu team up for an actionpacked spectacle! Two of the coolest superstars of our generation, South Indian actor Mahesh Babu and Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh, have come together for an action-packed spectacle. Ranveer and Mahesh are both ambassadors of a brand. Ranveer is extremely fond of Mahesh. The actor took to social media and wrote about his experince of working with Mahesh, “One of the finest gentlemen I have had the privilege to collaborate with. Our interactions are always enriching. Love & respect to big brother Mahesh Garu.” c m y b RICHA CHADHA major boom in 2020 and at the same time, it faced criticism for some of its key projects. MLA Nandkishor Gurjar filed a complaint against Anushka Sharma for producing Paatal Lok while the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee president Manjinder Singh Sirsa slammed the portrayal of Sikhs in the series. An FIR was filed against Ekta Kapoor for objectionable content, dishonouring the Army, in the web series XXX Season 2. Legal notices were sent to Prakash Jha and Bobby Deol for the controversial depiction of Hindu saints in Aashram. Netflix saw an uproar over a kissing scene in temple premises in A Suitable Boy. And Madhur Bhandarkar accused Karan Johar of stealing his title Bollywood Wives. Meanwhile, a notification was issued in November stating that all OTT platforms will be brought under government regulation. STUCK IN CONTROVERSY Cinema halls shut, shoots on hold and celebs down with Covid-19, Bollywood saw its worse phase this year. While all BOBBY DEOL IN AASHRAM HAARSH & BHARTI major film releases were pushed to 2021, the ones which were released got stuck in controversy. Title of Akshay Kumar-starrer Laxmmi Bomb was changed to Laxmii after Karni Sena’s objection over the title being ‘derogatory’ and ‘offensive’ to Goddess Laxmi. Janhvi Kapoor’s Gunjan Saxena was called out by the Indian Air Force for the portrayal of male officers being sexist towards female co-pilots. Mahesh Bhatt’s Sadak 2 suffered the brunt of anti-Bollywood and anti-nepotism wave. And recently, Anil Kapoor had to issue an apology to the IAF for ‘inaccurately’ wearing the Air Force uniform in movie AK vs AK. CLASH OF TITANS Kangana Ranaut remained in the spotlight throughout 2020. She accused Karan Johar of nepotism and Mahesh Bhatt of running movie mafia, which she said resulted in SSR’s death. She called Rhea Chakraborty a gold digger, Urmila Matondkar a ‘soft porn star’, Taapsee Pannu and Swara Bhasker ‘ B-grade actresses’, compared Mum- bai to ‘Pakistan-occupied Kashmir’ and the latest actor with whom she locked horns over the farmer’s protest was Diljit Dosanjh. Meanwhile, Payal Ghosh unconditionally apologised to Richa Chadha after the latter filed a defamation suit against her. Payal had falsely dragged Richa in a case involving Anurag Kashyap. On the other side, veteran actor Mukesh Khanna attacked Kapil Sharma’s show, calling it ‘vulgar’. THE MESSIAH Sonu Sood proved to be a messiah for the needy during the Covid-19 crisis. The actor helped migrant workers reach their homes by arranging buses and train tickets and even air lifted many. He gifted a tractor to a poor farmer’s family, paid hospital bills, granted scholarships, provided job opportunities, built houses for poor, gifted e-rickshaws to ones who lost their jobs and even mortgaged his properties to raise funds for the needy. The man with the golden heart has been appointed as the State Icon of Punjab by the Election Commission. Demi Lovato celebrates stretch marks MAHESH BABU & RANVEER SINGH Demi Lovato took to Instagram and talked about her recovery from an eating disorder. The Sorry Not Sorry singer shared the empowering message, alongside close-up photos of her stretch marks. Her post read, “I used to genuinely believe recovery from an eating disorder wasn’t real. That everyone was faking or secretly relapsing behind closed doors. ‘Surely she throws up here and there’, ‘she can’t possibly accept her cellulite’... those we’re just a few of the things that I used to tell myself growing up. I’m so grateful that I can honestly say for the first time in my life - my dietitian looked at me and said ‘This is what eating disorder recovery looks like’.”
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