18052021-LSTL-01.qxd 5/17/2021 11:46 PM Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE New entry Makers of Adipurush have approached Bigg Boss winner Sidharth Shukla for a role in the mythological magnum opus. LUDHIANA | TUESDAY | 18 MAY 2021 The show must go on… Creativity cannot be caged, not even by a lockdown. Many filmmakers have picked up their smartphones and created contents which are simply outstanding She makes India proud Miss India Adline Castelino becomes third runner-up at Miss Universe 2021 The finale of Miss Universe contest took place on May 16 at Florida. Making India proud, Adline Castelino bagged the fourth position in the contest. The 22-year-old, who traces her roots to Udupi in Karnataka, had won Miss Diva 2020 making her India’s representative at Miss Universe, this year. Congratulating Adline on her successful journey, the official Twitter account of Miss Diva said, “3rd Runner-Up for India at Miss Universe...Congratulations Adline Castelino. You have made us immensely proud! Your resilience, determination and grace shined throughout the competition and the hard work you’ve put in your journey reflected in you this night! We are proud of you.” It was Adline’s final statement during the contest which got her all the appreciation. She was asked to talk about ‘free speech and the right to protest.’ She said, “The right to protest. We’ve seen many protests in recent days. Especially I want to point out the protests that women have made throughout the years with equal rights. Until today, we lacked them. Because protest helps us raise our voice against what’s happening against inequality. It helps minorities in any democracy to raise their voice. So, the protest is very important. But what’s not important is when you use it, because with every right comes responsibility for the use of it with power.” D URING the pandemic-induced lockdown, many filmmakers took up the challenge and made content from their homes. Appreciating their work, let’s take a look at some of these interesting films/series which have been shot on smartphones, Skype and Zoom app… has been shot in the black and white format. It is said to be Hollywood’s first feature that was entirely shot during the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown and was released on Netflix in February 2021. Directed by Sam Levinson, the film stars Zendaya and John David Washington. ALL RISE jay Kapoor, Shweta Tripathi, Arjun Mathur, Shriya Pilgaonkar among others. It was shot entirely within the confines of all the actors’ homes and directed remotely in 2020. Inviting the horror Host Directed by Rob Savage, this horror film was shot completely during the lockdown in 2020 and saw its India release on Amazon Prime Video last week. The movie revolves around a group of friends assembling on Zoom app during the lockdown to conduct an online seance. special day. On March 24, all their plans go for a toss as PM HOST Modi announces the nationwide lockdown. Hope & new beginnings Unpaused The world is ending 55km/sec Divorce via Zoom Wakaalat from Home Unpaused - an anthology of five Hindi short films featuring stories about hope, second chances and new beginnings. It was shot in Maharashtra during the unlock phase last year. Shot on an iPhone amid the lockdown, 55km/sec is a short film produced and directed by sci-fi expert Arati Kadav. The film that rides on its high concept idea stars Richa Chadha in the lead part. This one is a hilarious take on how people have adapted to the new normal. From working from home and virtual meetings, the series will remind you of the initial days of lockdown when life came to a standstill. It stars Sumeet Vyas, Kubbra Sait, Nidhi Gupta and Gopal Datt in key roles. Digitally yours A Viral Wedding This eight-episode series was shot remotely with no two persons meeting each other. It tells the story of a couple Nisha (Shreya Dhanwanthary) and Rishabh (Amol Parashar) who are planning their UNPAUSED SOCIAL DISTANCE THE GONE GAME Quarantined content The Gone Game SONGBIRD This psychological thriller web series is directed by Nikhil Bhat and stars San- Romance in the air Malcolm & Marie This American romantic drama film Local flavour, global appeal Nonika Singh COMING 2 AMERICA WANDAVISION WandaVision, The Falcon & the Winter Soldier rule MTV Movie & TV Awards 2021 Disney Plus/Marvel series WandaVision was the top winner at this year’s MTV Movie & TV Awards, closely followed by the studio’s other small-screen offering The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. WandaVision won four awards during the Sunday night ceremony, including best series and best performance in a TV show for Elizabeth Olsen. Olsen, who reprises her role of Wanda/ Scarlet Witch from the Marvel Cinematic Universe alongside Paul Bettany’s Vision in the show, also bagged the award for best fight along with Kathryn Hahn. Hahn, who plays the ‘nosy neighbour’ Agatha Harkness in the series, also took home two trophies, the other one for best villain. Here are the winners… For The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan were named the best duo as the titular superheroes, respectively. Mackie won another trophy for the best hero. Hollywood star Chadwick Boseman won the MTV award of best performance in a movie for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, his last onscreen outing. Leslie Jones, who served as the evening’s host, won the award for best comedic performance in Coming 2 America. Rege-Jean Page, who shot to global stardom as the debonair Duke of Hastings in the hit Netflix Regency-set series Bridgerton, emerged as the breakthrough performer at the ceremony that aired live from the Palladium in Los Angeles. Popular teen rom-com film To All the Boys: Always and Forever, another Netflix project, was named the best movie. Starring Lana Condor and Noah Centineo, Always and Forever is the final chapter of the trilogy, based CHADWICK BOSEMAN on Jenny Han’s books. At the event, Marvel veteran Scarlett Johansson was presented the Generation Award by Pose star Billy Porter. Actor-writer Seth Rogen appeared in person to present the Comedic Genius Award to his “dear friend” and The Trial of the Chicago 7 star Sacha Baron Cohen. While Chase Stokes and Madelyn Cline from Outer Banks were named the winners of the best kiss, Victoria Pedretti’s turn as the troubled au pair in The Haunting of Bly Manor won the award for the most frightened performance. Both series are streaming on Netflix. —PTI Vidya Balan’s Sherni to have a direct OTT release in June In middle of man-animal conflict Vidya Balan-starrer Sherni is set to premiere on Amazon Prime Video as a Direct-ToStream in June 2021. Directed by Amit Masurkar and produced by T-Series &Abundantia Entertainment, the movie stars Vidya Balan along with ensemble cast comprising of Sharad Saxena, Mukul Chaddha, Vijay Raaz, Ila Arun, Brijendra Kala and Neeraj Kabi. A riveting storyline to look forward to, in Sherni, Vidya Balan plays the role of an upright forest officer who strives for balance in a world of man-animal conflict while she c m y b also seeks her true calling in a hostile environment Vikram Malhotra, producer and CEO Abundantia Entertainment, said, “After the successful collaboration for Shakuntala Devi, I am delighted to partner once again with Amazon Prime Video.” Rakul Preet Singh may not be the leading light of the film that carries the word grandson in its title. But the lovely actress, our very own sardarni to be seen in Sardar Ka Grandson shines, in her own right. Of the film that streams on Netflix today, she says, “Well, I can’t be that selfish as an actor and expect every film to hover just around me and my character.” Besides, she adds that this family film isn’t just about a grandmother and a grandson’s relationship but a gamut of characters and whole lot of us will be able to connect with the film.” Whether the family drama is on the lines of a sugarsyrupy Barjatya production or is a cross-border tale of brotherhood, Bhushan Kumar of T-Series and the producer of the film won’t reveal the surprise. But both he and Rakul insist that the pandemic times we are living in, a film with strong family values is just the shot we need to counter the negativity surrounding us. Moreover, haven’t these testing times woken us to the priceless value of family? Unusual times also demand ingenious methods. While the decision to stream it on OTT is only on the expected lines, about online promotions, Rakul Preet says, “We do miss person-to-person interactions but during About the pandemic Songbird Songbird is a dystopian science fiction thriller film based on Covid-19 pandemic. It is said to be shot entirely after the shutdown was imposed between July and August in Los Angeles. The film is directed by Adam Mason, who wrote the screenplay with Simon Boyes. Power of human spirit Social Distance This TV anthology series was shot remotely during the quarantine period. It’s an eight-part series that centres around how families, friends and couples were forced to cope with the effects of quarantine as well as during the Black Lives movement. All the drama All Rise All Rise is one of the first TV drama series to shoot a virtual episode about the Covid-19 pandemic. The story revolves around the lead character, Simone Missick’s Judge Lola Carmichael, to conduct a trial over video chat. —TNS Rakul Preet Singh is happy that her latest film Sardar Ka Grandson has an unmistakable Punjabi flavour the pandemic we can’t risk the same. Moreover, digital is the future.” Whether a film like Sardar Ka Grandson can work on a platform whose content primarily thrives on sex and violence, Rakul quips, “I think there is an audience for all kinds of films and Sardar Ka Grandson is bound to bring a smile on everyone’s face.” Yes, to ensure that one smile for her grandparents, “right now there is a nani I am very close to” she too can go the extra mile. She avers, “Children and grandchildren are the centre of parents/ grandparents universe and the narrative reinforces this beautiful tie and hopefully will make viewers realise its significance.” On the reel dadi Neena Gupta, who plays Arjun Kapoor’s grandmother in the film, she is all praise, “There is so much to learn from her and her experience.” As for her co-star Arjun, she beams, “Oh, he is such a brat, so much fun to be with as he lightens the mood on the sets with his crazy antics.” Indeed, this proud Punjaban who can even read Punjabi, albeit haltingly, is happy that the film has an unmistakable Punjabi flavour and is set in Amritsar. Yet she observes, “The film will resonate with all, not just Punjabis. We hope to reach out to everyone and envelope them in the warmth of emotions.” But then the actress, who has made a seamless transition from South Indian cinema (she made her debut with Kannada film Gilli) to Bollywood, knows the universal power of emotions and arts. “Regional borders don’t exist anymore. Even at the world level, language barriers have been blurred and we are enjoying world cinema in different languages.”
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