04042021-LT-03.qxd 03-04-2021 23:32 Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE GLITTERATI 3 LUDHIANA | SUNDAY | 4 APRIL 2021 MUBI MAGIC Mubi, a film-streaming platform that is fast becoming a favourite with cine-lovers, stands out due to the careful curation of what is available for the viewers to watch I AM NOT A WITCH SONGS MY BROTHERS TAUGHT ME O KADHAL KANMANI WHEN HARI GOT MARRIED Mona W HILE sitting in a cafe in Tokyo, not able to see In The Mood For Love, back in 2007, Efe Cakarel, an engineer from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business, founded Mubi. A curated movie platform that brings together the best from established and emerging filmmakers, Mubi is fast becoming a favourite with cinephiles across the globe. Ajitpal Singh Fighting it out …Fatima Sana Shaikh shares health update Fatima Sana Shaikh is Covidpositive and she took to Instagram on Saturday to share a picture of herself in quarantine. She wrote, “Lost smell and taste… And a horrible body ache.” Fans have been sending wishes for her ROHIT SHETTY speedy recovery and we hope she gets well soon! Apart from Fatima, actors like Vikrant Massey, Paresh Rawal, Kartik Aaryan, Alia Bhatt, Aamir Khan, Rohit Saraf and others have also tested positive for Covid-19. Meanwhile, many Bollywood celebrities are taking the first dose of the Covid vaccine. Rohit Shetty is the latest celeb to join that list. Sharing a picture on social media, Rohit wrote, “Action and stunts are for movies… Don’t try to be a khatron ka khiladi in real life. Got vaccinated. It is the only way to fight Covid…” Motherly love Alia Bhatt’s mother, Soni Razdan recently took to Twitter to pen a poem about Coronavirus and wrote. “This is no ordinary wave … it’s everywhere. In our houses, in our hair. I’m getting a bit of a scare. It’s no ordinary wave... it’s everywhere … don’t know how we shall fare ... how do we begin to care… about so many here and there… it’s everywhere, it’s everywhere.” Soni had also said that actors should be allowed to take the vaccine on priority, as they are exposed to the virus on the sets. She had said, “So many actors get Covid-19 and are at a huge risk when working. I mean we actually can’t wear masks.” ❝ SO MANY ACTORS GET COVID19 AND ARE AT A HUGE RISK WHEN WORKING. Rajeev Kumar With its presence in 190 countries, Mubi holds the distinction of hosting class cinema, introducing a new film a day, offering both award-winning international films like Portrait of a Lady on Fire and Diego Maradona, as well as new and classic films from the world over. A rather recent entrant into India (November 2019), Mubi also presents films in Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam, Bengali, Telugu, Kannada, Gujarati and other languages, bringing to the Singer Mika Singh recently hosted an akhand paath at his residence and model-actress Akanksha Puri was invited for the same. While Mika posted a few videos from the paath, Akanksha took to her Instagram handle to share a short clip from the occasion and captioned it with heart emoji. Akanksha’s post sparked her romance rumours with Mika Singh. While many speculated that the two were engaged, a section of social media users went ahead and congratulated Akanksha and Mika.However, the model-actress has finally broken her silence. Akanksha says, “So this was a paath that he (Mika Singh) kept at his residence, it’s done for positivity and good luck for future. I just went there to seek blessings, but it looks like people are assuming something else! And coincidentally this was on April fool’s day so people thought it’s some prank, but these are genuine pictures and videos from his house. Mika and I have known each other for EXTENSIVE CATALOGUE Be it the uncanny universe of Kiyoshi Kurosawa, the magical cinema of Alejandro Jodorwsky, the independent and modern films of Steven Soderbergh or the master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock, MUBI India has an extensive catalogue, including new Taiwanese, Brazilian, and Tibetan stories. Here are a few famous movies from renowned Indian directors that are available on Mubi: ■ Asukh SATYAJIT RAY ■ Pather Panchali (Song of the MANI RATNAM Little Road) ■ ThirudaThiruda ■ Apur Sansar (The World of Apu) ■ Bombay ■ Aparajito (The Unvanquished) ■ Iruvar ■ Charulata (The Lonely Wife) ■ Alai Payuthey ■ Jalsaghar (The Music Room) ■ KannathilMuthamittal ■ Ashani Sanket (Distant Thunder) AMIT DUTTA ■ Teen Kanya (Three Daughters) ■ Museum of Imagination ■ Bombay Talkies ■ The Seventh Walk ■ Double Feluda ■ Sonchidi RITUPARNO GHOSH ■ Dahan ■ Nainsukh table diversity of filmmakers from across the country as well. Fan following “A great platform, it’s like a museum and not a mall,” is how self-taught filmmaker Ajitpal Singh describes this film streaming platform. “I am aware that I am going to watch something that has been curated with great care by experts and not by an algorithm. Other platforms are interested in dumping infinite amount of content and let algo- rithms decide what you will pick for the night,” he elaborates. It’s the personal touch and careful curation is what makes Mubi different and unique. Adds National Award-winning filmmaker Rajeev Kumar, “Growing up in a rather small place, Mullanpur Dakha in Ludhiana district, Punjab, our exposure to cinema was limited. It’s only once I moved to Mumbai that through festivals I came across world cinema. DVDs, followed by channels like Lumière gave access to foreign cinema. But Akanksha Puri breaks silence on engagement rumours with singer Mika more than 12 years now, he is more like a family; he has always been there for me and we share a Field Marshal of India, Sam Manekshaw’s biopic starring Vicky Kaushal has finally got its title — Sam Bahadur. On the braveheart’s birth anniversary, Vicky shared the title announcement video, which was voiced by Gulzar. Vicky also wrote, “The man. The legend. The brave-heart. Our Sam Bahadur… On the birth anniversary of Field Marshal #SamManekshaw, his story has found its name. #SamBahadur.” The film is helmed by Meghna Gulzar and produced by Ronnie Screwvala. The film is based on Sam Manekshaw, who was the Chief of the Army Staff during the Indo-Pakistan war of 1971 and the first officer who was given the rank of Field Marshal. His prolific military career spanning four decades included five wars! c m y b INTERACTIVE MODEL Ajitpal Singh’s Gujarati short film Rammat Gammatreleased on Mubi on March 20, 2020, as the ‘Film of The Day’. He adds, “The fact that my first film is available for public to watch itself makes me feel good. I am shooting a web series right now and wish I had more time to celebrate,” he says, as he highly recommends Mubi. “I would recommend it to anyone who spends 30 minutes wondering what to watch on other OTT platforms because there is too much content on those platforms. While on Mubi you only have 30 films at a time, making the decision so much simpler.” Mubi works on an interactive model wherein 30 films are part of ‘now showing’ section and hundreds available in a rotating library. Add to it a community of film-lovers watching and talking about their favourites to the Notebook — Daily International Film Publication... Mubi is indeed a special place! email@example.com ‘We are not engaged’ Tezaab remake is in talks! very strong bond. But definitely, we are not engaged nor do we have any such plans.” Meet the brave-heart, Sam Bahadur SONI RAZDAN AND ALIA BHATT it was Mubi that filled the entire gap.” A huge fan of films from Latin America and Eastern Europe, Kumar finds Mubi fantastic. While Mubi has an impressive array of Indian films, Kumar banks on it for world cinema. “One could get Indian films from other channels too, but access to quality world cinema is what makes Mubi special,” says the Nabar director. Bollywood has been witnessing a rise in the remake of its films and the latest one to join the club is none other than the hit film, Tezaab. Released in 1988, The film starred Anil Kapoor and Madhuri Dixit in the lead roles. After giving a blockbuster remake like Kabir Singh, producer Murad Khetani has reportedly bagged the rights for a Tezaab remake. As per reports, the makers are planning to modernise the script while keeping the essence intact. The cast of the remake is yet to be announced. It is not yet confirmed whether Madhuri and Anil themselves will be part of the remake. The movie is currently in the development stages. Producer Murad Khetani has reportedly bagged the rights for a Tezaab remake. VICKY KAUSHAL
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