04052021-LSTC-01.qxd 04-05-2021 00:00 Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE Being calm Pooja Hegde, who had tested positive for Covid-19 a few days ago, has been doing yoga and meditation in isolation. She is also reading more positive books to stay calm. CHANDIGARH | TUESDAY | 4 MAY 2021 Digital route to sanity From DJs to stand-up comics, there are many who are rocking the online world for you in these troubled times Sheetal T A noble mission Tulsi Kumar joins hands with Mission Josh to save 5,000 lives Singer Tulsi Kumar, who has several Bollywood hit songs to her credit, has joined hands for Mission 5000 by Mission Josh to impact the lives of 5000 people. Through their partner NGOs, the campaign will be providing free oxygen concentrators to patients at home. Talking about the initiative, Tulsi Kumar says, “With the second wave and the ongoing crisis, I realised it was time to act. We have launched the #Mission5000 initiative, which aims to provide freeof-cost oxygen concentrators to the Covid patients who are less critical and can be treated at home. The idea is to help patients at home and to save beds in hospitals for the severely affected patients.” She adds, “Along with Mission Josh’s founders, Mansi and Vinav, I am extending my support to the cause. We are involving NGOs in different cities and states to provide these oxygen concentrators to the ones in dire need … This mission helps me ensure we are impacting as many lives as we can.” Critical time Former film journalist Rajeev Masand in ICU after Covid-19 diagnosis Former film journalist, who had recently joined Karan Johar’s Dharma Cornerstone Agency as COO, Rajeev Masand, has been diagnosed with Covid-19. The veteran journalist is currently admitted at Mumbai’s Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital. Rajeev had tested positive for Covid-19 a few days back and was hospitalised after his oxygen level went down. As per latest update, doctors have described his condition as critical. Meanwhile, in January this year, an official statement was released by Karan Johar’s talent management company that read, “After over two decades of a dynamic career as an astute journalist and renowned film critic, Rajeev Masand now steps in as the COO at Dharma Productions.” HE war against Covid has gone digital — from families reaching out to volunteers online for medical help to artistes performing for free or at nominal prices to raise funds for Covid patients. During last year’s lockdown as well, people resorted to digital shows to keep their sanity and now, we are again in the middle of a deadly second wave. Artistes find strength and ways to lift up the spirit of the masses, including frontline workers and how? Let's find out! DJ SUKETU VIR DAS FATIMA AYESHA Be like Vir Actor and comedian Vir Das not only did a Zoom show on weekends to raise funds, but also welcomed 100 frontline workers to his show as a tribute to their selfless service. Now, he has announced more such shows, “What is #VirDasAtHome? Tickets for our May 8 and 9 shows open tonight at 8.30 pm India time on my website www.virdas.in. We will be accepting international cards this end party time.” The from his proceeds will home by the go to different name — By charities each The Bay. He time. The ticksays, “I have ets for his first been doing weekend show weekend parties (May 1 and 2) were KISHORE DAYANI for the most part of sold out in nine minmy life and sitting utes and he had to idle is definitely increase the capacistressful any perty of the show! son. So, at the Vir Das also end of the day announced on we all are findMonday that he ing ways to had raised about work from Rs 7 lakh for home.” Has the charity, apart from route entertaining 200 NINAD DAITHANKAR digital brought him closer doctors and nurses to the masses? He adds, “For over the weekend! sure, it has.” Party zone DJ Ivan Nilkon too does Mumbai-based DJ Suketu online shows by the name has been using Instagram’s Bed Time Stories on his InstaLive feature to host a week- gram handle. HARIPRASAD CHAURASIA Musical genius Mumbai’s National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA) has also started NCPA-Citi Online Edition, which streams some of the most sought-after performances under Indian Music and Western Classical Music genres. It is a series of select concerts from their much-loved music properties! Laughter is free Instagram page Aaye Bade Comics (ABC), a collective by 12 comics, produces open mics, shows and content. There are three free shows every week — on Tuesday and Wednesday at 11pm, and Sunday at 10 pm. Introducing a variety of stand-up forms, such as musical comedy, alternate comedy, roast shows; their paid shows are Michael B. Jordan-starrer Without Remorse has treachery, intrigue and more, yet the twists have a familiar ring and surprises don’t have the zing, which takes away from the overall experience Nonika Singh NET, FLICKS & MORE Elite Navy SEALs are in Syria to extract a CIA operative. A successful mission is soon followed by the beginning of a new conspiracy, as one after another man involved in the mission falls by the wayside. A film based on Tom Clancy’s book has to be a web of treachery and intrigue. Add treason too. Only Without Remorse is more of an actioner, sort of a revenge drama as it joins the dots and takes us through a storm of events and a chain of action sequences. Based on a 2010’s modernised version of 1993 novel of the same name by Tom Clancy and a spin-off of the Jack Ryan film series, the thrill quotient is rather minimal, which is rather Film: Without Remorse sad for an espionage film. Of course, the question Director: Stefano Sollima that piques our interest on Cast: Michael B. Jordan, the side bar is — who is the Jamie Bell, Jodie Turnerenemy really? Is it as sim- Smith, Luke Mitchell, Jack ple as it seems. Early on Kesy and Lauren London we are reminded of the Rating: Russian involvement in Syria. Are the Russians responsible for killing these whom John Kelly crosses men right in their homeland? paths and daggers more than Or is the CIA officer Robert once, the culprit? The hero of Ritter (Jamie Bell), with the film, a fearless badass Kel- Action, sans thrill ly, enacted remarkably well by Michael B Jordan, is the fulcrum around whom most of the drama and action revolves. When he says, “You need someone like me and there isn’t anyone like me,” you can only nod in unison. He does seem inimitable and irreplaceable. Action scenes hold the narrative, are superlative, precise and technically flawless. The one where Kelly sets the Russian’s car on fire and sits inside a burning car to glean information about the killer is executed with finesse. Adept too is the one where he kidnaps his real enemy (no spoiler alert) and plunges the car headlong underwater. Ah, but when he forces him to say out his wife’s (Lauren London as pregnant Pam has a lingering presence even in a brief part) name, who too has been a victim of his ignoble mission, you are reminded of our very own Hindi pulp. Besides, the identity of the bad guy is more of a dampener. His motives, “A big country like US needs a big enemy. c m y b Today half the country thinks the other half is its enemy. I gave the country a real enemy,” have a better spin. In fact, many a one-liner such as “I was a pawn out to get the king” and “we were fighting for the America we wanted” will have your attention. The writing mercifully is crisp and not verbose, editing is sharp and so is cinematography. Only the twists have a familiar ring and surprises don’t have the zing you would expect from a conspiracy thriller. Without Remorse is kept afloat by fine acting by the likes of Jodie Turner-Smith, who as Lieutenant Commander Karen Greer gets the body language of an officer and the heart of a caring one just right. Ultimately, the film belongs to Jordan who manages to give the familiar tale of patriot soldiers used as fodder by misguided men in power, a zany twist. Streaming on Amazon Prime Video, watch it if you are a fan of Jordan and surface-level actioners do the trick for you. Else you will end up watching Without Remorse with a twinge of regret. firstname.lastname@example.org BHARAT SHARMA also free for Covid patients and frontline workers. Bharat Sharma, a comedian and ABC’s co-founder, believes, “Before the pandemic, we used to travel to other cities to test our material, but now people from all over the world are watching us together.” Comedian Garv Malik, who has a daily Zoom show from 10 pm to 11:30 pm, adds, “Doctors see countless deaths every day, so we have to cheer them up by any means. I have announced free Zoom comedy show for doctors, healthcare staff, police and isolated Covid patients every day at 10 pm IST. We are all in this together.” Winner’s view Fatima Ayesha is the winner GARV MALIK of Sterling Reserve Comedy Project (SRCP) Season 2, which aired on Comedy Central. She says, “Initially, I think it was my mistake to believe that Zoom shows would be as fun and adventurous as a live show. Over a period of four to six months, I realised that this was a completely new art form and a different ball-game. It has taught me how to adapt with the new times that we are living in.” New content “Zoom or Google meet-up shows are great to test your content, especially when you are writing something new. But as far as the energy goes, I do miss live shows,” says Kishore Dayani, comedian and co-founder of Central Club of Comedy, Delhi. ‘Did not feel right’ Bollywood star Anushka Sharma took to her social media account on Sunday and shared the reason why she did not celebrate her birthday this year (May 1). Anushka said she did not feel that a celebration was right amidst the pain and suffering. The actress will soon come together with her husband and launch a ‘movement’ to help Covid patients. Anushka shared a video in which she said, “Hi guys, I hope you are safe. Just wanted to say a big ‘thank you’ to you all for all the lovely birthday wishes. Truly made my day special. But in the midst of all this pain and suffering, it just did not feel right for me to celebrate my birthday. I have seen your special messages for me and now I have an important message for you. I would like to appeal to everyone to unite and support our country in this hour of crisis. Virat and I will do our bit and we will share the details soon, so that you can also become a part of this movement. Remember we are all in this together.” Here’s why Anushka Sharma did not celebrate her birthday...
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