16022021-LSTL-01.qxd 2/15/2021 11:45 PM Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE Reunited! After Dear Zindagi, Shah Rukh Khan & Alia Bhatt are reuniting on a quirky mother-daughter story titled Darlings. SRK will not be acting but producing this film. LUDHIANA | TUESDAY | 16 FEBRUARY 2021 When a sweater was a luxury... Wedding An ensemble cast, an acclaimed stunt director and a story of valour— 1962: The War In The Hills has all the ingredients of a stunning spectacle Mocktail Mona South Indian stars Darling Krishna and Milana Nagaraj get hitched South Indian actors Darling Krishna and Milana Nagaraj, who were seen together in the movie Love Mocktail, got married on Sunday in Bengaluru. The wedding took place on Valentine’s Day in a traditional Kannadiga manner. Darling Krishna has shared some lovely moments from the nuptials on his social media handles. He is wearing a light blue kurta with a dhoti. Milana Nagaraj looked resplendent in a taupe coloured saree and blouse. It was tagged as the #KrissMi wedding on social media.The couple opened up about their relationship only after Love Mocktail was a success. Milana had said, “We’d never spoken about our personal lives, not even on social media. Krishna proposed marriage long back, which came as a shocker to me! We took time to get to know each other as we weren’t even good friends when he proposed. We’ve spent our five years together watching and discussing films.” T Shout out from Shillong Ayushmann on shooting in Shillong for the first time Ayushmann Khurrana, who is currently shooting for Anek in Shillong, says it’s a place that he has never shot before! Ayushmann says, “Anek is giving me the opportunity to explore India and marvel at its beauty like never before. After Assam, I’m now at Shillong. I’m shooting a film at this picturesque place for the first time in my life and I have to admit that I been blown away.” PHOTO: PTI Queen Elizabeth II and Britain’s royal family are said to be “delighted” withthe news that Prince Harry and wife Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, are expecting their second baby. A statement on behalf of the 94-year-old monarch, Harry’s grandmother, as well as his father, Prince Charles, was issued by Buckingham Palace on Monday after the US-based couple had made the announcement that their one-year-old son Archie was to become a big brother later this year. “Her Majesty, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince of Wales and the entire family are delighted and HE web series 1962: The War In The Hills is the story of 125 Indian soldiers who fought 3,000 Chinese soldiers. Come February 26, you can watch not only the fighting prowess of the valiant men but also their humane side. A reminder of the immense bravery of our armed forces, 1962: The War In The Hills, helmed by Mahesh Manjrekar, has an ensemble cast, including Abhay Deol, Mahie Gill, Sumeet Vyas, Rohan Gandotra, Meiyang Chang, Akash Thosar, Hemal Ingle and WE HAVEN’T TREATED THE Rochelle SERIES AS AN OTT SHOW BUT Rao. THREE FEATURE FILMS ROLLED “It’s not INTO ONE. IT TOOK US ABOUT an ordiTWO-AND-HALF YEARS TO nary show, COMPLETE IT. but one with many firsts,” AJAY CHACKO says its producley Bidwaikar er Ajay Chacko. and Shahjan “We haven’t treated the Mujeeb among others, series as an OTT show but makes it a stunning specthree feature films rolled tacle, he says. into one. It took us about Though the cast cannot two-and-half years from praise their director enough, the inception to finish,” he Manjrekar takes the humble begins. That the action is road. “You know, shooting mounted by international- wasn’t difficult because ly acclaimed Don Lee major work was accomknown for stunts in films plished by Charu (Charudutt like Pirates of the Acharya), who has beautifulCaribbean and Star Trek; ly captured not only the war and that Hitesh Modak has but also the personal lives of composed seven songs the soldiers.” sung by some of the best Interestingly, many in the voices in India— cast dreamt of donning the Sukhwinder Singh, Vijay olive green. “I know what the Prakash, Salman Ali, Shai- soldiers go through as well as ❝ QUEEN IS ‘DELIGHTED’ Prince Harry, Meghan Markle expecting second baby wish them well,” Buckingham Palace said. The new addition will be the Queen and Prince Philip – Duke of Edinburgh’s 10th or 11th great-grandchild, depending on whether he or she arrives before or after the baby of Zara Tindall – the granddaughter of the Queen, which is also due in 2021. The child will be entitled to be a Lord or Lady as he or she becomes the eighth in line to the British throne, with the first seven remaining unchanged – Prince Charles being followed by son Prince William, followed by his children Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, Prince Harry and his firstborn Archie. Though Harry, 36, and Meghan, 39, had stepped back as frontline royals, the line of A STILL FROM 1962 inheritance still applies to their children. The new baby, however, is likely to be born a citizen of the US. On Sunday, the couple released a black and white picture of themselves under a tree, with Harry resting his hand on Meghan’s head as she cradles her very visible baby bump. Connections have been drawn between their Valentine’s Day announcement with Princess Diana’s pregnancy announcement when she was expecting Harry in 1984. He went on to be born in September of that year. Meghan Markle’s due date has not been revealed but is likely to be a similar timing. A spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex said, “We can confirm that Archie is going to be a big brother. “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are overjoyed to be expecting their second child.” The news comes after Markle, a former actress, had spoken out publicly about the “unbearable grief” of suffering a miscarriage in November last year. —PTI their families,” says Mahie, who was once selected for the armed forced and it was an accident during the training that shattered her dream. Akash Thosar of Sairat fame was another aspirant for the Army. “I appeared for the selection process twice but it was not to be. When I donned the uniform on the first day of the shoot, I was filled with pride and kept saluting myself.” Sumeet Vyas shared how they were asked to shoot in the cold conditions in a sweater. “When I said the costumes were inadequate for such cold weather, I was told that it was all our soldiers could afford, and some didn’t even have that.” Awe for those soldiers who put everything behind to serve the nation is what united the cast. Meiyang Chang says, “To be honest, I would have rather played a part in the Indian Army. But Manjrekar sir gave a villain such a grand entry and for that I would forever be grateful.” Don Lee too had lots of fun. Manjrekar quips, “It did take a bit to come to terms with the way war sequences are shot in Hollywood vis-àvis here. But by day three, Lee and I were on the same page. By then Don was also eating spicy food like others using his hands.” 1962: The War in the Hills will release exclusively on Disney+ Hotstar VIP and Disney+ Hotstar Premium Nicki Minaj’s dad killed in hit-and-run Robert Maraj, father of rapper Nicki Minaj, was killed in a hit-and-run case near New York. According to the police, Maraj, 64, was hit by a car on Friday when he was walking on a road in Mineola, Long Island. He was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead on Saturday. While Minaj’s representative confirmed her father’s death, she has yet to comment on the incident. Previously, Minaj had opened up about how her father was abusive towards her mother, and recalled how he once set fire to their house while her mother was inside. “I remember when my mother would let my father be violent with her and she always brings up this story about when I was a little girl and I would stand in front of my mother (with my arms out to protect her),” Minaj said in a clip that features in her documentary that she posted on Instagram in 2018. —IANS NICKI MINAJ 70 pc OTT users say threats to artists, directors, producers are worrying Seventy per cent OTT users do not approve of threats of intimidation, violence and death issued to artists, directors and producers of movies and shows. As per a LocalCircles survey, there have been a spate of cases of threats of intimidation, violence and death issued to artists, directors and producers of movies and shows. Recently, one of the artists, Richa Chadha received violence and death threat for allegedly stereotyping Dalits in the movie Madam Chief Minister. When OTT users were asked that “Recently threats of intimidation, violence and death have been issued against artists, directors and producers of OTT content, as a citizen of India and consumer of OTT content, does this worry you?” The majority of 58 per cent OTT users said “Yes, quite a bit”, and 15 per cent said “Yes, somewhat”. Further breaking down the poll, 12 per cent users said “No, doesn’t affect me much”, while 15 per cent said “Not at all”, and 3 per cent couldn’t say. Many of the members who participated in the discussion on the subject said that such threats should have no place in society and if they are not acted upon sternly and swiftly by law enforcement agencies, they will only increase over time. According to many OTT users, the concern or griev- MEGHAN MARKLE & PRINCE HARRY c m y b Over the top violence MADAM CHIEF MINISTER TANDAV ance of an individual or a group of individuals or an organisation must be raised through appropriate predefined Government channels, LocalCircles said. OTT platforms in 2020 have been a sought-after source of entertainment for many as people stayed home and mul- tiplexes and cinemas stayed closed for most of the year. With the rise of OTT’s popularity in India, there have also been many consumer discussions on LocalCircles in the last 12 months enabling consumers to share both the pros and cons of OTT platforms. The pros largely have centered around giving consumers increased content choices as compared to pre-OTT and the convenience to watch content when they want to watch. Consumers concerns on the other hand have been on rating information display by some platforms, age gating and on content that can hurt the sentiments of some communities. Amid these developments, LocalCircles conducted its OTT survey 2021 to better understand users’ pulse on how they used OTT in 2020, what working well along with any concerns. The survey received over 50,000 responses from OTT users located in 311 districts of India. —IANS
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