06042021-LSTC-01.qxd 4/5/2021 11:07 PM Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE Long haul! Radhika Apte shot for Mrs Undercover at a stretch for 35 days. The film was shot in Kolkata and keeping in mind the restrictions of Covid, the schedule focused completely on shoot. CHANDIGARH | TUESDAY | 6 APRIL 2021 Back to square one Animal magnetism Is the entertainment industry strong enough to withstand another Covid crisis and another lockdown? Mona J Virat thanks Anushka for inspiring him to open animal shelter Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma have always come forward for social causes. The couple has never shied away from taking a stand for the safety of animals, especially the stray ones. And now, Virat’s foundation has started a movement for the same. Taking to his Instagram handle, Virat Kohli announced the movement and thanked his wife Anushka Sharma for inspiring him to take the big step. Virat wrote, “To ensure health and support services to stray animals, @vkfofficial has now taken its first step towards animal welfare in collaboration with @vivaldisanimalhealth. I want to thank my wife, @anushkasharma, for inspiring me by her passion towards animals and for being a constant advocate for animal rights. I look forward to this opportunity to help the strays of our city.” Anushka also responded to the post with multiple hearts in the comments’ section. UST as the Bollywood calendar was dotted with big releases, and stars were shooting in full swing – Covid cases spiked, inviting curbs. Adding to the woes, a host of film stars turned Covid positive. Akshay Kumar, Vicky Kaushal, Bhumi Pednekar, Alia Bhatt, Govinda and Ritwik Bhowmik are the new names adding to the everrising Covid tally. Paresh Rawal, Kartik Aaryan, Ranbir Kapoor, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Tara Sutaria, Aamir Khan, Sidhant Chaturvedi, Manoj Bajpayee, Satish Kaushik and Bappi Lahiri had contracted Covid just a month before. With stars under quarantine, shoots delayed and restrictions in order, as the Maharashtra government imposed another lockdown closing restaurants, malls, cinemas, looks like entertainment industry is again staring at the same scenario as last year. Would OTT come to rescue, how would the film fraternity deal with the second wave? ❝ ❝ VAIBHAV TATWAWAADI, ACTOR RASHMI AGDEKAR, ACTOR WE HAVE OTT NOW, BUT THAT’S NOT A SOLUTION, IT CAN RUN PARALLEL TO THEATRES. WE WILL BOUNCE BACK. WE GOT THROUGH THE FIRST LOCKDOWN. MAYBE THIS TIME WE ARE PREPARED FOR IT. WE CANNOT LOSE HOPE AT ANY COST. ❝ THE PANDEMIC HAS HIT ALMOST EVERY BUSINESS AND THE TV INDUSTRY IS NO EXCEPTION. BINAIFER KOHLI, PRODUCER Film critic Taran Adarsh calls it a rather tough ‘wait and watch’ phase. “Year 2020 was the most difficult year for the film industry, I am not just referring to the Hindi film industry but globally these were the dark times.” The second wave has brought everything back to square one. Nobody is in a position to comment. “So far, release dates for three of the films Bunty Aur Babli 2, Haathi Mere Saathi Hindi and Amitabh Bachchan’s Chehre have been deferred. All we can do at the moment is to wait and watch,” he says. Meanwhile, Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif starrer, Sooryavanshi’s release has been postponed too. Director Mandeep Chaahal, who has just wrapped up shoot of the filmNidarr finds the whole scenario scary. “In times as such, no actor or technician will be ready to shoot. Theatres being shut, producers and theatre owners will suffer huge losses if another lockdown happens. Not only the film industry but other business establishments also won’t survive Kapil Sharma and Ginni name their baby boy as Trishaan Kapil Sharma and his wife Ginni Chatrath have finally announced the name of their second child. The couple has named their baby boy as Trishaan. Interestingly, Kapil announced the name on his Twitter page on singer Neeti Mohan’s request. Recently on Kapil Sharma’s birthday, Neeti had asked him, “Ab to baby boy ka naam bata do.” To which Kapil replied, “We named him Trishaan.” Trishaan means Lord Krishna. BHUMI PEDNEKAR, VICKY KAUSHAL, AJAZ KHAN & RITWIK BHOWMIK TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID The Trial of the Chicago 7, The Crown and Schitt’s Creek win big at SAG Awards 2021 Aaron Sorkin’s period legal film The Trial of the Chicago 7, royal drama The Crown”, and comedy series Schitt’s Creek emerged as the top winners at the 27th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. In the wake of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the downsized ceremony, including monologues from presenters and acceptance speeches, was pre-taped. The trophy for the outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture, which is SAGAFTRA’s equivalent of a best picture award, was given to Netflix film, The Trial of the Chicago 7. Netflix drama series The Crown won the outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series, including a trophy for British star Gillian Anderson for her stellar portrayal of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the fourth season of the show. The winning streak of Hollywood star Chadwick Boseman, who died last August following a battle with cancer, continues with an award in the category of outstanding performance by a male actor in a leading role for the late actor for playing Levee Green, the spirited trumpet player in Netflix’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. Viola Davis, who played the titular role of the blues legend Ma Rainey in the George A step closer to the Oscars Best film: The Trial of the Chicago 7 Best comedy series Best drama series: The Crown Best supporting actor (female): Youn Yuh-Jung in Minari C Wolfe directorial based on the play of the same name by August Wilson, won the award for outstanding performance by a female actor. Pop TV’s acclaimed hit show Schitt’s Creek was honoured with the plaque of outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series for its final season. Catherine O’Hara, who played the matriarch Moira of the formerly wealthy Rose family Best actor (male): Chadwick Boseman in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom that is forced to relocate to Schitt’s Creek, won the award for the outstanding performance by a female actor in a comedy series. Veteran South Korean actor Youn Yuh-Jung scooped the award for outstanding performance by a female actor in a supporting role for her tender act as the wise grandmother Soonja in A24’s Minari. For his powerful portrayal of Black Panther Party Best action flick: Wonder Woman 1984 chairman Fred Hampton in the Warner Bros film Judas and the Black Messiah, British actor Daniel Kaluuya was named the best male actor in a supporting role. American actor Jason Bateman won the SAG for outstanding performance by a male actor in a drama series for the acclaimed Netflix crime drama Ozark. Jason Sudeikis bagged the trophy for outstanding per- c m y b Best drama series: The Mandalorian formance by a male actor in a comedy series for Ted Lasso, an Apple TV series. Warner Bros/ DC superhero movie Wonder Woman 1984, starring Gal Gadot, won the award for outstanding action performance by a stunt ensemble in a motion picture. Disney Plus’ The Mandalorian was named the outstanding action performance by a stunt ensemble in a comedy or drama series. —PTI CHEHRE AMIR JAFFAR, PRODUCER Who will shoot? It’s out finally! HAATHI MERE SAATHI HINDI ❝ EVEN AFTER TAKING THE VACCINE, MANY ACTORS HAD AFTER-EFFECTS, SO WE HAVE TO GO SLOW OR AT TIMES CANCEL THE SHOOT. SO, THE CHALLENGE STILL PERSISTS Jolt after jolt IN DOLDRUMS another lockdown.” With number of actors falling to Covid, things are stressful for everyone out there. Urvashi Rautela, who was looking forward to start shooting for three projects, finds herself at a loss. “After one complete year of no business it is stressful, I really don’t know what kind of compensation the government is going to offer to our sector, which has suffered. BUNTY AUR BABLI 2 The shooting of Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 & Gangubai has been put on hold OTT is no alternative Actor Vaibhav Tatwawaadi doesn't see OTT as an alternative. "OTT is there, but that's not a solution, it can run parallel to theatres. I am sure this phase will also pass and we will bounce back." Himanshi Khuarana, who has been shooting in Chandigarh for Shava Ni Girdhari Lal is hopeful. She says, “The industry isn’t going to stop, we will continue to entertain the audience, the shootings shall continue following the guidelines.” AKSHAY HOSPITALISED Superstar Akshay Kumar has been admitted to hospital with Covid-19. “Thank you everyone for your warm wishes and prayers, they seem to be working. I am doing fine, but as a precautionary measure under medical advice, I have been hospitalised. I hope to be back home soon. Take care,” Akshay Kumar tweeted. Akshay Kumar was shooting for his upcoming film Ram Setu. Meanwhile, 45 crew members from the sets of the film have reportedly tested Covid positive, following which the shoot has been halted. - IANS A dream destination Tahir Raj Bhasin on shooting in Ladakh Tahir Raj Bhasin is thrilled to be shooting in Ladakh for the first time. Tahir will be in the picturesque terrain for about two weeks to shoot for his digital series Yeh Kaali Kaali Ankhein. The actor says, “Ladakh has an exquisite landscape and is a dream destination to shoot in. There’s a vast surreal beauty that the desertmountains and altitude bring to the frame that fits the scale and vibe of the scenes we’re aiming to shoot here over the next few days.” Tahir had visited Ladakh as a teenager and has amazing memories from this vacation. He says, “I was 16 during my last visit to Ladakh, I remember long walks and visiting Buddhist temples with my parents. I also remember an extremely picturesque drive to the Pangong Tso lake and eating some amazing thukpa and momos with my younger brother. I remember it being very windy and cold and so this time around I’m taking no chances and I’ve packed two jackets just to be safe.” TAAPSEE PANNU Woman in blue Taapsee Pannu took to her social media account on Monday to share that she has started shooting for her film, Shabaash Mithu. She posted a picture and wrote: “Let’s go.... Day 1 #ShabaashMithu #WomenInBlue.” Taapsee has been keeping fans updated with her preparations for the film. She has been posting pictures of her training sessions. Shabaash Mithu is based on the life of Indian cricket team captain Mithali Dorai Raj.
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