16042021-LSTC-01.qxd 4/16/2021 12:01 AM Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE Exploring! “My work is so exciting because no set, no film is like the other. Doing such varied genres is helping me explore different shades of myself as an actor.” – KRITI SANON LUDHIANA | FRIDAY | 16 APRIL 2021 Director Jagmeet Samundri, who is coming up with a film Shahaadat, believes the sacrifices of the Sikh community and their valour should be highlighted at a global scale A leaf from history planning is foolproof, so much so that for our Chandigarh THE FILM SHAHAADAT schedule we DEPICTS A GREAT CHAPTER OF would shoot one SIKH HISTORY THAT TOOK scene even PLACE ABOUT 300 before breakYEARS AGO. fast,” says JAGMEET SAMUNDRI Samundri, who worked on a call time of 6:30 am and would start rolling by seven. “VFX is our USP Shahaadat . would see massive use of visual effects, which are being worked upon for last many months.” The film’s cinematography is by Anil Dhanda and executive producer is Ajit Babbar. Samundri is known for his films on Sikh history like SAKA — Nankana Sahib De Shaheed, a feature film, and Shaheed, a docu- Mona Captured moments T Coffee-table book inspired by Richa Chadha’s Madam Chief Minister In the last couple of years, many women-centric Bollywood films have been made and created a mark. One of the latest in the list is Richa Chadha’s Madam Chief Minister, a political drama streaming on Netflix. Such films are often a big source of inspiration for many. Yogesh Chiplunkar, a photographer, has thus created a beautiful coffee-table book on the film. Yogesh is thankful for the freedom and support he YOGESH HAS MASTERFULLY received from director MANAGED TO CAPTURE MOMENTS Subhash Kapoor and others to successfully create THAT ARE SO PRECIOUS, NOT JUST TO ME BUT SURELY TO THE VIEWERS this wonderful book. Richa Chadha says, AS WELL. — RICHA CHADHA “Yogesh has masterfully managed to capture moments that are so precious, not just to me but surely to the viewers as well. I am in complete awe of his work! Talent and inspiration have always walked side by side and I think this is another example of just that.” ❝ Tough times Actor Rahul Roy has shared on Instagram that he has tested Covid-positive. In a long post, Rahul wrote that along with his family, he had to go to Delhi on April 11 so they underwent RT-PCR tests. And the results came as a shock to the Roy family! Rahul wrote, “How did my family and I contract this virus without leaving the house, without meeting people or even without going for walks… is the question? My sister practices ancient breathing techniques and did not leave the house for three months, and without any symptoms she is Covidpositive going by the reports. HERE is an abundance of amazing stories inspired by Sikh history; unfortunately, they are limited to the region and the international audience remains oblivious to them, feels director Jagmeet Samundri. Out to undo that, this passionate filmmaker, who has to his credit Rise of the Khalsa, Martyrs, and Saka: The Martyrs of Nankana Sahib, recently wrapped up the first schedule of Shahaadat, near Chunni Kalan, in the vicinity of Chandigarh. “Shahaadat is a story about Baba Deep Singh and Bhai Mani Singh. Keeping true to the Sikh code of conduct, we are not showing their characters through actors,” says Samundri. He promises a ‘newer’ way of storytelling with his latest outing, “This film depicts a great chapter of Sikh history that took place about 300 years ago.” Baba Deep Singh’s visual of sword in one hand and head in another is a story of legends, pretty popular in the region. “Baba Deep Singh and Bhai Mani Singh’s lives were linked as both spent time with Guru Gobind Singh ji. Of course, we don’t show their characters in flesh and blood, but other characters would be there ❝ and our actors like Suvinder Vicky, who is playing Zakriya Khan in the film, have done a great job.” Going international A fan of Ridley Scott, who has helmed Gladiator, Kingdom of Heaven and Exodus: Gods and Kings, Samundri wishes to tap international market with Shahaadat, which is an interesting play of an incredible story and cutting edge VFX. “We believe in perfection. Our Rahul Roy, Ashutosh Rana & Tovino Thomas test Covid-positive For now waiting for 14-day quarantine to get over and get tested again.” One the other hand, actor Ashutosh Rana has also tested positive for coronavirus. The actor said he contracted ASHUTOSH RANA Familiar tale RAHUL ROY the virus days after receiving the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine on April 6. Even South-Indian actor Tovino Thomas, who played villain in Maari 2, has also tested positive for Covid-19. Taking to social media, Tovino posted, “I’ve tested positive for Covid and currently in isolation. It was an asymptomatic case, I’m fine and well. So, it’s been quarantine time for a couple of days now.” Kangana wishes fans On Thursday, which happened to be Himachal Day, Kangana Ranaut shared a beautiful video on social media. Along with the clip she wrote, “Wishing everyone a very Happy #Himachalday, being born in the valley I was soaked in beauty and peace, I chased butterflies and stared at flowers, sound of rain, clouds of fog, snow, all made my heart expand, constantly seduced the closet artist in me. Bowing down to this heaven.” Born in Manali, Kangana has often shared glimpses of her life in Himachal Pradesh. The actress also owns a plush home in the hills. Situated at approximately 2,000 metres above sea level, her home in Manali is spread over 7,600 square feet. Personal note Anupam Kherhas been playing the role of Dr Vijay Kapoor in NBC medical drama New Amsterdam since 2018. However, as per latest reports, the veteran actor will not be returning to the show now. Reportedly, Kher won’t be seen in season three as the story moves forward. The show, which is set around Bellevue Hospital and its medical staff, will now be one doctor short as the team learns that Dr Vijay Kapoor has resigned from the hospital. While there has been no official word from Anupam Kher, the news comes in the wake of his wife and actress Kirron Kher’s battle with cancer. Recently, Kher had taken to social media to announce that Kirron was undergoing treatment for cancer. He had tweeted, “Kirron has been diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer. She is currently undergoing treatment and we are sure she will come out of this stronger than before.” Anupam Kher exits medical drama New Amsterdam Hollywood action superstar Vin Diesel has opened up about what makes his Fast & Furious franchise so popular globally. He also spoke of the biggest difference between the first film, which was released in 2001, and the ninth installment that is all set to release. “I think the greatest difference is when the first film came out, you had no idea who these characters were. You had no idea what world you were entering when you came into the theatres to see this movie. Now, people feel that they have grown up with this saga. People feel like this is their franchise,” he said. Fast & Furious 9: The True foodie In Mumbai now, for a decadeand-a-half, Samundri misses the khana of Punjab the most. “We had a tandoor on the sets to make up for all the Punjabi food that I miss in Mumbai. Also I am a firm believer that good food leads to good thoughts, so I ensure my unit is well-fed,” he laughs. Along with Shahaadat, Samundri is also working on a Hindi horror film. About 75 minutes long, Sahaadat, written and directed by Samundri, is being made in Punjabi with subtitles and would later be dubbed for the international audience. “It is about time that world knows about Sikh valour and the sacrifices they made,” he signs off. firstname.lastname@example.org THE TEAM SHAHAADAT AT MAJAT People feel they’ve grown up with Fast & Furious saga, says Vin Diesel TOVINO THOMAS feature on Sikh history. The documentary Rise of the Khalsa won him the best director award at New York International Film Festival. “Shahaadat has powerful performances and huge scope in the international circuits,” says Samundri, who is amazed at how the pandemic has changed the face of the entertainment industry. “Our industry, which was star-driven, has lately opted for content.” ‘I constantly doubt myself’ Fatima Sana Shaikh became popular even before the audience knew her name. Way back in 1997, she endeared herself to viewers playing Kamal Hassan and Tabu’s daughter in Chachi 420. Years later, she would score her first blockbuster with the 2016 Aamir Khan-starrer Dangal. She has lately been seen in films such as Ludo and Suraj Pe Mangal Bhari, and is now gearing up for her next film — the OTT anthology Ajeeb Daastaans. The actress says she constantly doubts herself, adding that she wants to improve on that front. “I am constantly doubting myself but I think that is important for me because I want to grow. If I am being happy with what I am right now I will stop growing. I want to be better,” she says. —IANS Fast Saga also stars John Cena, Michelle Rodriguez and Dwayne Johnson. The film is directed by Justin Lin. Diesel stressed that each time the makers embark on a new chapter they always thought of how to reach higher. “How do we dazzle the audience or engage the audience even more? As John (Cena) articulated these are characters that are very familiar to the moviegoer, and the moviegoers have their own relationship with this family of characters that live in the saga. I will just say there is a familiarity,” said Diesel. — IANS FATIMA SANA SHAIKH c m y b
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