03042021-LSTC-01.qxd 4/3/2021 12:35 AM Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE Book-ed! Author Ajitabha Bose is all set to write a book on comedian Kapil Sharma’s life. The book is set to be launched in the first week of May this year. CHANDIGARH | SATURDAY | 3 APRIL 2021 Here’s a quick look at some of the movies nominated for the Oscar Awards this year and the OTT platforms streaming them for you to savour Alia Bhatt tests Covid-positive After Ranbir Kapoor’s recent recovery from Covid19, his lady-love Alia Bhatt has tested positive for Covid-19. When the news of Ranbir being Covid positive had got out, Alia had put up a health update saying she is Covid negative but looks like now the actress has also contracted the virus. Alia took to her social media account to share the news with her fans and said that she was taking all the necessary precautions and had quarantined herself. The shooting of Alia Bhatt’s Gangubai Kathiawadi has been put on hold as of now. Earlier too, the film’s shooting had to be stopped on several occasions. First, there was the nationwide lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. Then director Sanjay Leela Bhansali had tested positive because of which the shoot had to be put on hold. Health lessons from Vaani Kapoor Vaani Kapoor is keen to share how to lead a healthy and nutritious life on social media. The fit actress will be looking to engage with real people and share her tips on how to stay fit despite being in a constant high-pressure environment. Vaani, who has always grabbed eyeballs because of her dropdead gorgeous body, has already started sharing her diet plans, gym routine, tricks to lead a balanced lifestyle, etc. Vaani says, “I genuinely believe in holistic healing. It helps create a balance in our thoughts, which eventually helps our spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical being. I’m constantly trying to learn more about living a healthy, happy life and would be most happy if I can share my learning with people, converse with them and learn more from their knowledge of nutrition and health.” As we look forward to April, it is hard to not have opinions on Oscar nominations ahead of the award ceremony on April 26. We bring you a list of nominations and the go-to medium to watch it! Sound of Metal: This one is a hardcore musical that casts a spell on audiences. It put viewers inside the head of a drummer, who goes deaf. It stars British actor, musician and rapper Riz Ahmed, who has been nominated as the lead actor for this movie at the Oscars. Cut to the best (Available on Amazon Prime Video) Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom: This film has had a successful run at major award shows and has an ensemble cast. Another reason to watch this movie is for Chadwick Boseman, whose acting prowess is truly showcased, although the young actor succumbed to colon cancer last year. He has been nominated for The Academy Award posthumously, making him join the list of legends like Heath Ledger and Peter Finch. (Available on Netflix) Mank: It is hard to forget the storyline of this black and white film painted in the colourful, yet frozen (because of the pandemic) world of 2020. The credit of course goes to its director, David Fincher, as it has maximum nominations - from Best Direction to Cinematography to Actor’s category. (Available on Netflix) SOUND OF METAL Dia announces her pregnancy THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 ma based in rural US. The movie is set to release on April 16 in India and has been nominated in the Best Director category. Nomadland: This 2020-film has been released in India and landed straight into the Best Director, Best actress in the lead role and Best Cinematography nomination slots at the Oscars. Written, edited, produced and Minari: Another Korean film, after last year’s Parasite, this one has been able to grab eyeballs. It’s a family dra- directed by Chloé Zhao, it stars Frances McDormand as a woman who leaves her hometown in Empire, Nevada, after her husband dies, and travels around the United States. Promising Young Woman: Yet another movie that revolves around a female, this one has been written and directed by Emerald Fennell and is her feature directorial debut. Makes it all the more special to be nominated in Best Director category for the Academy Awards! The revenge saga stars Carey Mulligan. It will soon be available on Amazon Prime Video. Another Round: MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM Only comedy drama to make it to the best director list at the Oscars is Another Round, starring Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Magnus Millang, and Lars Ranthe. The 51st International Film Festival of India opened on 16th January, 2021, with the Indian premiere of the movie Another Round (Danish name — Druk) by Thomas Vinterberg. The film on binge-drinking is not yet available on any OTT platform, but this international co-production between Denmark, the Netherlands and Sweden is worth the wait. The Trial of the Chicago 7: Netflix has bought the distribution rights of this film, which was initially slated to release in theatres. It has been nominated in the writing, cinematography, editing, picture and many other categories at the Oscars. This historical Wandering in the right direction Oscar-nominated Nomadland is a slice of pure cinema that throws light on the otherwise invisible nomads, the ‘post recession refugees’ who face life chin-up Nonika Singh MALAIKA ARORA Big B, Malaika get vaccinated Amongst others, many Bollywood stars have also taken their first jab of the Covid-19 vaccine. Joining the list is megastar Amitabh Bachchan and actress Malaika Arora. In a blog post, Big B revealed that he got the first jab of the vaccine with the entire family except his son Abhishek Bachchan. Sharing the news, Big B also dropped a photo of himself taking the first jab. He wrote, “Done ... vaccination done ... all well ...” Malaika Arora, who battled Covid-19 in 2020 also got her first dose of the vaccine on Friday. Sharing the news, Malaika wrote, “I took the first dose of the Covid vaccine. Because #wereinthistogether! Let’s go AMITABH BACHCHAN warriors, let’s win this #WarAgainstVirus. Don’t forget to take yours soon!”Along with the note, Malaika shared a photo where she is seen taking the first dose. Nomads and their ‘ houseless’ but not homeless existence... Well, what pushes them to a life on the road, moving from one place to another in search of life and livelihood. Nomadland — the much acclaimed film which has been on an award winning spree ever since it premiered at the Venice Film Festival and won The Golden Lion and now comes to theatres in India — is no average film. Based on the non-fiction book Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century by Jessica Bruder, nor is it everyone’s cup of tea. But an auteur’s delight it sure is. As we are taken en route the journey of Fern, we meet a bunch of these elderly men and women, senior citizens in Indian parlance. If Fern had to leave her home at Empire, Nevada, for the factory she was working in has closed down and her husband is no more, many other characters such as Linda May, a real life nomad, have their own stories to tell. Sad, a bit tragic too as in the case of Swankie, might be their back stories, but Nomadland is no tearjerker. Emotive and empathetic yes....in fact two time Oscar NEW RELEASE Film: Nomadland Director: Chloé Zhao Cast: Frances McDormand, David Strathairn, Linda May, Charlene Swankie, Bob Wells, Derek Endres, Peter Spears and Tay Strathairn Rating: winner Frances McDormand as Fern is so brilliant that it would be no surprise if she wins the Academy Award again for which she is nominated (Best Actress.) Every crevice of her face speaks and her portrayal of this woman trying to grapple with the new reality of her life chin-up stays with you for a very, very long time. Equally arresting is music (by Ludovico Einaudi) matching the cinematography at once haunting and aesthetic. Joshua James c m y b Richards captures the vast landscapes, full force of water against the rocks, the desertscape of Arizona and the human faces it lingers on, why his camera seems to be in love with its subject. The director writer Chloé Zhao, only the second woman and the first Asian woman to pick up the Golden Globe award as best director, however, maintains suitable distance. Even when she shows how nomads bond with each other, or shines light on the plight of ageing men and women who do all kinds of odd jobs (including cleaning toilets) to get by, there is no overt sentimentality. Yes, you empathise with these people living outside of the over hyped American dream. But Chloé Zhao tells it all simply and effectively without heightened excitement. Even when one of its real characters Bob Wells, which provides a support system and community for fellow nomads, makes a startling revelation, there is no dramatic exaggeration. As he talks about his late son and shares, “there is never time to say final goodbye,” she is not forcing you to shed copious tears, only understand this new world which is as real as strange. An Oscar favourite, nominated in best film and best direction categories, the film that won the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival exemplifies what pure cinema is about. Sans gimmicks, it makes people who are largely invisible and as author Jessica Bruder calls them ‘post recession refugees’ visible. Their ‘wander years’ may not exactly be wonder years but do come with pleasures and joys of a life, even when endgame is only close by. One for the road acquires a whole new meaning as Fern takes to the road, ruling out easier options. Screening in cinemas near you, watch it if you have taste for the unexpected and unusual stories and ready to invest in tales of those who exist on the margins. firstname.lastname@example.org MANK PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN legal drama was written by Aaron Sorkin in 2007 and while the writer wanted Steven Spielberg to direct it, it landed back in his hands only to be a termed as brilliant courtroom drama. (Available on Netflix) (Compiled by Sheetal) Dia Mirza, who is currently in Maldives with her husband, announced her pregnancy on April 1. Revealing the good news, Dia shared an adorable post on her Instagram account. She posted a sun-dappled picture of herself with heart-felt words that read, “Blessed to be... One with Mother Earth... One with the Life Force that is the beginning of everything... Of all stories. Lullabies. Songs. Of new saplings. And the blossoming of hope. Blessed to cradle this purest of all dreams in my womb.” Since then, wishes have been pouring in for her. DIA MIRZA Saba calls off her wedding Pakistani actress Saba Qamar, who was seen opposite Irrfan Khan in the film Hindi Medium, has cancelled her wedding. She took to Instagram and issued a statement that read, “Hi Everyone. I have a very important announcement to make; due to a lot of personal reasons I have decided to call it off with Azeem Khan. We are not getting married now, hope you guys will support my decision just like you all have been supporting me always, and I SABA QAMAR IN HINDI MEDIUM guess it’s never too late to realise the bitter realities!” She added, “I also wanted to clear one important thing that is: ‘I have never Met Azeem Khan in my life, we were only connected over the phone...”
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