15022021-LSTL-01.qxd 2/14/2021 11:24 PM Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE Indebted Akshay Kumar shared a post featuring details of all martyrs of the Pulwama attack. “Remembering our bravehearts of #PulwamaAttack, we will always remain indebted for your supreme sacrifice,” he wrote. LUDHIANA | MONDAY | 15 FEBRUARY 2021 Let’s talk history ‘I never really dealt with my grief’ In her recently released memoir, actor-producer Priyanka Chopra Jonas has revealed she fell into depression following her father’s death, a period that lasted for around five years till she made a conscious decision to move from “a world of grey back into a world of vibrant colour”. The 38-year-old actor’s father, Dr Ashok Chopra, a physician in the Indian Army, died on June 10, 2013, after a long battle with cancer at the age of 62. Chopra Jonas says she used work as therapy, putting her grief and “a piece of my soul” into the sports drama Mary Kom, which released in 2014. She was set to start shooting for the film, produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, days after her father’s passing. “As always, work was my therapy. I put all of my grief and a piece of my soul into that character and that film. It’s what drove me and it’s what allowed me to continue functioning,” the actor writes in Unfinished, published by Penguin Random House India. Looking back on the 2017 dress controversy in Berlin when she was trolled online for being ‘inappropriately dressed’ when she met PM Narendra Modi, she says she had “presented myself respectfully”. “Because I was promoting Baywatch that day, I was in a dress, not a sari. It was knee-length, high-necked, and long-sleeved. When we posted the photos to social media, there was a furor around the fact that I was meeting with the prime minister with my legs exposed... It was one of the first times I became global news, and I swear that was not the way I wanted to make global news.” She also discusses rumours about her much publicised plastic surgery in 2001, which she says she underwent to treat a polyp in her nasal cavity after having trouble breathing.—PTI Priyanka Chopra Jonas on coping with father’s death Manoj Bajpayee turns narrator for Discovery Plus’ new documentary, Secrets of Sinauli: Discovery of the Century Sheetal “People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them” -James Baldwin U NRAVELING all those intertwined set of events happened in an ancient archaeological site, Sinauli and mysteries behind it is the new job of Manoj Bajpayee as he turns host for Discovery’s new documentary, Secrets of Sinauli: Discovery of the Century in collaboration with the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). Says Manoj, “I always had an interest in history and although I knew about Sinauli earlier this documentary was still an eye-opener in many ways. There are many interpretations of history and shows like these add much more to the perspective we have on Indian history. The narration part comes much later after the careful study and research done by people associated at various levels in this documentary.” Other than this, Manoj will soon be seen in The Family Man, Season 2 on ❝ such a good project that will encourage people to revisit history. He has been assisting me for quite some time and I hope people will see how talented he is.” Manoj too commended the lengths Raghav has gone to make this fascinating story available for the masses. He adds, “Having worked with Neeraj in so many projects, I can only say that I trust him blindly. I never give up a chance to work with him.” The documentary covers the timeline of the finds in Sinauli, located in Bhagpat district, UP the , artifacts, which include a 4,000year-old chariot, copper weapons and warrior burials, and those people who were involved at each stage of discovery. Meanwhile, Discovery Plus’ India Special shows like Ladakh Warriors: The Sons of The Soil and Mission Frontline that had Randeep Hooda and Rana Daggubati released earlier has also managed to achieve the channel’s aim to give more Indian content to its viewers. DIA MIRZA AND VAIBHAV REKHI (CENTRE) WITH FAMILY Pre-wedding bash of Dia Mirza and Vaibhav Rekhi The D-day Dia Mirza and Vaibhav Rekhi are all set to tie the knot today and the festivities began with a pre-wedding bash on Saturday night. Dia looked stunning in a white lace dress. She posed for the paparazzi and was seen taking selfies with fans. Interestingly, Shah Rukh Khan’s manager Pooja Dadlani has a connection with Vaibhav Relhi. Pooja welcomed Dia into the family by posting pictures from the pre-wedding bash on her Instagram. She shared a picture of the happy couple and a group picture from the gathering. Make a note of the new series and movies set to release on OTT this week: Spreading ALTHOUGH I KNEW ABOUT SINAULI EARLIER THIS DOCUMENTARY WAS STILL AN EYE-OPENER IN MANY WAYS. MANOJ BAJPAYEE Amazon Prime Video. Praising Raghav Jairath, who has directed the docu- February 15: Your Honor on Voot Select Based on Israeli series Kvodo, Your Honor finds Bryan Cranston playing Michael Desiato, a New Orleans judge, who is forced to cover up a shocking crime when his teenage son Adam (Hunter Doohan) suffers an asthma attack while driving, meets with an accident and leaves the scene, letting another boy to bleed on the road. Khan meets Khan Salman Khan to be a part of SRK’s Pathan Pathan. The star confirmed that he would soon begin working on the Siddharth Anand’s directorial. Salman said, “Life goes on and the show goes on. After this show ends, I will move to Pathan, Tiger 3, Eid, and Diwali.” Besides King Khan, Pathan also features Deepika Padukone and John Abraham. Tiger reveals his ‘first love’ Bollywood actor and fitness enthusiast Tiger Shroff has revealed that doing action is his first love. On Instagram, Tiger on Sunday posted a video practising his stunts. “Scary keeping up with action artists all over the film world. Miss being on a set doing what i #firstlove #actionmovies,” Tiger wrote as the caption. Tiger is popular for performing high octane action stunts and dancing skills in his movies. On the work front, Tiger will next be seen in the action drama Ganapath, co- WEBSOLUTE FUN JOY Keep an eye! YOUR HONOR February 17: Behind Her Eyes on Netflix SHAH RUKH KHAN & SALMAN KHAN Recently, there were reports that Salman Khan would be seen in Shah Rukh Khan’s forthcoming film Pathan and everyone had been waiting for a confirmation. The wait was finally over when Salman on his reality show confirmed the same. Reportedly, Salman will be making a special appearance in mentary, producer Neeraj Panday says, “I am happy for him that he has taken starring Kriti Sanon. The film is set in a post-pandemic dystopian era. The film has been planned as the first film of a franchise. —IANS This British psychological thriller is a limited series created by Steve Lightfoot. It’s based on the 2017 novel of the same name by Sarah Pinborough. The story is about a single mother, who enters a world of twisted mind games when she has an affair with her psychiatrist boss. It stars Simona Brown, Eve Hewson and Tom Bateman. February 19: Girls Hostel 2.0 on Sony LIV The series explores the every- BEHIND HER EYES day lives of four students, as they come together to deal with their personal issues; right from overbearing parents to eccentric wardens to the mean girls. The show features Srishti Shrivastava, Shreya Mehta, Gagan Arora, Parul Gulati and Simran Natekar in lead. February 20: Dev DD Season 2 on AltBalaji and Zee5 This modern-day adaptation of Devdas doesn’t in fact feature a Devdas, but features a Devika. In Season 2 we’ll see a mature Devika who is in control of her anger, but continues to question norms and preconceived notions of society. Bhumi Pednekar has her heart in the right place. Bhumi, who is currently shooting in Rishkesh for Badhaai Do, decided to spread love this Valentine’s Day in the city. The actress wanted to bring cheer among underprivileged kids by providing a healthy, hearty meal and joined hands with an NGO, Pankh, for the same. Bhumi provided a lavish meal for about 100 kids associated with this NGO. The kids were overjoyed receiving this surprise gift and wished Bhumi well. An overwhelmed Bhumi says, “It’s all about spreading love. The children at Pankh made my Valentine’s Day special. Thank you for all your kindness and warmth towards me, my Valentines.” Salma Hayek creates this air of fantasy and magic, and she is unrestrained in her act This sci-fi movie depicts us living in a simulation. But with so much confusion. What is real and what is not? The lead actors are trying to unravel this mystery but only end up complicating it further, or so it seems. One minute Greg (Owen Wilson) is at his office desk drawing images from his dream, the next minute he kills his boss and lands at a bar where he meets Isabel (Salma Hayek), who tells him the world is unreal and people are autobots. Only the two of them are real here and Greg can see that for himself if he takes some sparkly yellow crystal pills. This concept of reality being nothing more than simulation Anything but blissful NET, FLICKS & MORE isn’t new. We’ve seen The Matrix that’s about simulation theory, Black Mirror too takes us to that virtual world. Bliss, an allegory on addiction, shows it through the eyes of an addict. Greg is on the search for the safe haven where he will find bliss, away from the painful realities of Movie: Bliss Director: Mike Cahill Cast: Owen Wilson and Salma HAmazon Prime Videosayek Rating: Streaming on: Amazon Prime Video this life and Isabel becomes his gateway. They leave you scratching your head, wondering what’s really happening? Are the two hallucinating or is it a science-fiction tale showing us another dimension of reality? Greg’s daughter Emily (Nesta Cooper) is his emo- tional anchor. The two worlds that Greg embodies and portrays beautifully run parallel and create a lot of ambiguity but at the same time makes you think. Perhaps it is Mike Cahill’s style to keep one guessing or delve deeper and piece it all together through his own understanding. Salma Hayek plays a strong character. She creates this air of fantasy and magic, and must one say, she is unrestrained. Even with her false confidence, she is convincing, to Greg and us viewers. Owen Wilson wins hearts with his performance. He is so into the character and such a natural. His pain can be felt and so does the need for bliss, even when he rarely puts it in words. BHUMI PEDNEKAR c m y b
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