14042021-LSTL-01.qxd 4/13/2021 11:14 PM Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE Her advice Kangana Ranaut on Tuesday suggested that one should worship one’s mother and seek her blessings on the occasion of Navratri. IANS LUDHIANA | WEDNESDAY | 14 APRIL 2021 Tribute to a braveheart The cast of Major,a film based on the life of Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan, who laid down his life while fighting terrorists during the 26/11 attack, says the movie is as close to reality as it gets Digital foray Raveena Tandon, Akshaye Khanna team up for a web series Akshaye Khanna and Raveena Tandon have teamed up for a web series titled Legacy. Directed by Vijay Gutte of The Accidental Prime Minister-fame. Legacy marks the filmmaker’s maiden outing in the OTT space, and the director’s second association with Akshaye Khanna. Talking about the project, Akshaye Khanna says, “It is refreshing to work on content GIVEN THE MASSIVE SCALE that challenges our boundaries as a OF THE SHOW, WE ARE whole. Given the massive scale of the COGNISANT OF THE IMMENSE RESPONSIBILITY show, we are cognisant of the TO DELIVER OUR BEST. immense responsibilAKSHAYE KHANNA ity to deliver our best to create something the audience looks forward to. I’m glad Legacy is going to be my first web series.” Raveena Tandon adds, “Legacy presents an interesting tale of power struggle with a lot of drama, which grabbed my attention. It is a fine work articulated interestingly to resonate with a global audience. I am excited to be associated with the show and looking forward to beginning this journey.” Mona M AJOR is a multilingual war drama based on the life and supreme sacrifice of 26/11 hero, Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan’s life and the teaser of the film was dropped on Monday. A dream project for its director Sashi Kiran Tikka and Adivi Sesh, it’s an ambitious take on the life of the martyr, charting his inspiring journey right from his childhood to his final hours. Adivi Sesh, who plays the title role, insists that the film is as much about his character as veter- ❝ THE TEAM OF MAJOR ❝ I AM LEFT-HANDED, SO I WORKED EXTRA HARD TO GET ALL MY WEAPONS’ TRAINING WITH THE RIGHT HAND. ADIVI SESH ans Prakash Raj and Revathi, who play Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan’s parents. Sobhita Dhulipala and Saiee Manjrekar will also be a part of the film. As the cast sat down for a conference, the very first question was how much of it is fictionalised? “It’s a film — so we have taken creative liberty but each incident shown in the film is true to Major Sandeep’s life,” says Adivi. “All the characters that you will see on screen are taken from real life,” adds Sobhita Dhulipala. Grand canvas Making a biographical film comes with added responsibility, admit the actors; Sobhita adds, “Actors are fortunate as they get to live different lives. But when one has to play someone from real life the pressure is immense, it’s no more about proving one’s acting prowess but to be true to the person you are enacting.” The film shot over 110 days has a grand canvas. “There were sets of Taj Mahal hotel at eight different locations. Consultants were called in at various stages to ensure everything is true to life. But it’s not just a 26/11 film. While 26/11 is a significant part of it, Major is about life and valour of Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan — his childhood in Bangalore, time in Kashmir to the final few hours at Mumbai. It is more about celebrating his life,” adds Adivi Sesh. The film is being shot in two languages — Hindi and Telugu — simultaneously and would be also be dubbed in Malayalam. Sobhita adds, “Shooting in two languages got me closer to how different these two are!” The enthusiastic team of Major aims to take this brave story worldwide. “I studied the pictures and videos carefully to get the mannerisms of Major Sandeep right. I am lefthanded, so worked extra hard to get all my weapons’ training with the right hand,” says Adivi, who has also written the film, mentioning Major Sandeep’s parents fondly as uncle and aunty. “Don’t come up, I’ll handle them,” the voice thunders in the gritty teaser that was launched by Salman Khan in Hindi, Prithviraj in Malayalam and Mahesh Babu in Telugu. email@example.com Ramadan mubarak! Mandira hits back at trolls As the holy month of Ramadan starts from today, celebs talk about the significance of the festival ...for calling her daughter ‘street kid’ Mandira Bedi recently shut down trolls who called her daughter, Tara, a ‘street kid’ from ‘slumdog centre’. Mandira took to her social media account and shared these ruthless comments with her fans, which were aimed at her daughter, whom Mandira had adopted last year. One of the comments read, “Madam from LEARNING CURVE Aly Goni I will mostly be in Jammu with my family this time. Last year, I was all alone in Mumbai as there was a lockdown so my Ramadan month was lonely. I personally love this month. I think that since we have twelve months in a year, it is nice to dedicate one to Allah. During roza, one can learn many things. HASAN ZAIDI ALY GONI ZAAN KHAN TIME FOR INTROSPECTION Hasan Zaidi This is a month of purity and every year I look forward to need to be given a special mention @bollywoodforevaa. You got my attention...” To the other comment, she wrote, “He calls himself Rajesh Tripathi, which definitely isn’t his name, because people like this are the biggest cowards too, who only know how to wag their tongues behind the shield of anonymity.” MANDIRA BEDI WITH HER FAMILY Persistence pays SHIREEN MIRZA this day. It’s a pure month as one gets cleansed in the body and the mind as well; it’s a time for introspection. This year, I will be shooting for my new show, so I am yet to figure out how I will be going about. I will pray to Allah that it works out well. COUNTING BLESSINGS Zaan Khan I started keeping roza since I was seven. It’s a month of blessings for all of us and I keep the roza with lots of determination as well focus. On the sets, I don’t do much talking apart from my dialogues as I want to save energy. During this time when the whole world is seeing such tough times amid the raging pandemic, I will be praying for all of us. Tune of devotion Riz Ahmed spent months learning drums, sign language for Sound Of Metal BEING THANKFUL Shireen Mirza Ramadan is my favourite month and I have been fasting since the age of 12. This month is a time to fast, pray and reflect. Going without food and water all day allows us to appreciate our lives more, and be more thankful for what we have. Doing annual charity gives me utmost peace. Ekta ma’am and my Yeh Hai Mohabbatein team have been very helpful. They give me a break for iftaar and the entire unit is together that time. This year I’m with my family in Jaipur and it’s the best feeling; it’s something that I have missed for so many years. which slumdog centre did you adopt your prop daughter?” while another one wrote, “The adopted street kid looks completely out of place…u greedy narcissists are scarring the slumdog for life.” Mandira shared the screenshots of the trolls on her Instagram stories and wrote, “People like this Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar has launched her Marathi album Bhavartha Mauli on the occasion of Gudi Padwa. The album is a collection of 10 devotional Marathi songs, introduced and sung by the veteran singer and composed by her brother Pandit Hridaynath Mangeshkar. The songs are based on the works of Marathi saint and 13th century poet Sant Dnyaneshwar. “It is an absolute honour and a privilege that I am able to present the poetic works of the great saint and poet Sant Dnayeshwar to this generation. Through this album called Bhavaarth Mauli, my brother Hridaynath and I have made a humble attempt Actor Riz Ahmed’s role as Ruben Stone in Sound Of Metal has seen him get Best Actor nominations at the Oscars, the Golden Globe and the BAFTAs this awards season. The actor recalled spending months preparing for his role as Stone, a drummer who starts to lose his ability to hear. For the role, Ahmed had to learn sign language, as well as how to play the drum. “I spent seven months learning drums and learning sign language. I’m a workaholic. I really love structure. I could be a bit of a control freak,” the actor said. In an interview, Riz said he kept making a certain facial c m y b expression while playing the drums. “I actually discovered the day before we shot the scene that I was doing a weird thing with my face when I was playing drums. I was like, ‘why didn’t anybody tell me?’” he recalled. — IANS Lata Mangeshkar launches Marathi album, Bhavartha Mauli to introduce each of these poems by a commentary, explaining and unravelling the spirituality and essence of the poetry,” Lata Mangeshkar said. “I hope the audience has the same spiritual experience listening to these beautiful compositions just as we have had in bringing them to you,” she added. —IANS Patralekhaa’s father passes away Patralekhaa, who was seen in the movie City Lights, took to social media on Tuesday and shared the sad news of her father, Ajit Paul’s demise. Sharing a picture of her late father, Patralekhaa wrote. “I am angry, I am sad; I am at a loss of words. This pain, this grief is tearing through every part of me. You just left without saying anything... Papa… I love you...”
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