27052021-LSTC-01.qxd 5/26/2021 11:54 PM Page 1 c m y b SALMAN FILES DEFAMATION CASE Salman Khan’s Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai was released on OTT this Eid. The film received mixed reviews from critics as well as viewers. However, selfproclaimed critic Kamaal R Khan has found himself in legal trouble for his review of Radhe, as Salman has filed a defamation case against him. Amruta Fadnavis Aparshakti Khurana TRIBUNE Condemned Actor Rajkummar Rao has condemned YouTuber Paras Singh, who was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly using racial remarks against an MLA from Arunachal Pradesh. CHANDIGARH | THURSDAY | 27 MAY 2021 Ashnoor Kaur Netizens kick up a storm … reacting to news of the possible ban on social media giants Social media giants such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram may face a ban in India if they fail to comply with the new intermediary guidelines set by the government for social media platforms. The three-month deadline given by the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology, to accept these guidelines, ended on Tuesday (May 25) and the social media platforms have not accepted the new regulations so far. While we wait for these platforms to revert, the internet is exploding with all kinds of reactions. Funny memes, creative GIFs, tweets and Instagram reels have been trending since the last two days. Aparshakti Khurana took to Instagram and shared a picture of himself. His caption read, “Thinking now that social media platforms are getting banned, maybe we should refer to the hobbies section of our resumes for some ideas to kill our time.” TV actress Ashnoor Kaur decided to enact a situational reel on the tunes of London Thumakda. Bigg Boss-fame Aly Goni also voiced his thoughts about how this ban might affect people by making them jobless. Meanwhile, singer Amruta Fadnavis also shared her views and tweeted, “The most dangerous weapon on earth is violent social media and the most destructive weapon on earth is spurious social ALY GONI media #TwitterIndia.” As Friends: The Reunion streams today, celebs recollect how the iconic show has been so close to their hearts The friends are back! Kiran, is like that too. Sheetal — Ihana Dhillon, actress F RIENDS ... It’s not just a show but an era encapsulated in ten seasons. And when you get an additional chapter, emotions are bound to overflow. As the one-off special, Friends: The Reunion, streams today (May 27) on HBO Max, we ask celebs about what they expect from the reunion and their real-life friends’ moments. Perfect pitch The perfect reunion would be if all six come together and summarise their lives since they left their apartments; their highs and lows in life told by each of them and how the others make fun of some of those moments. ■ Real-life moment: Just like Ross’ sister, Monica, who is a great host, cook and obsessive about cleanliness, my sister, No complaints I am a die-hard fan of the show and even during quarantine kept re-watching the seasons! My only wish is that they could have shot a few real episodes (scripted ones) to give that cathartic feeling, but, as long as we get to see them together, no complaints. ■ Real-life moment: I wasn’t talking to one of my friends, but the show had such a positive impact on me that I called my friend and made up! — Gizele Thakral, actress Back to New York I have always thought of seeing Monica and Chandler moving back to their apartment in New York City, and reuniting with Joey, Rachel, Ross and Phoebe and the babies. ■ Real-life moment:Just like Ross in the episode The One with Unagi, a friend of mine had just started learning martial arts and felt very confident about his reflexes, rather sooner than he should’ve, which resulted in him getting punched left, right and centre by our whole group. — Aakash Ahuja, actor Their usual self I would love to see them back at the Central Perk cafe and make fun of each other as Rachel serves them coffee, and Phoebe and Joey remain their silly self. ■ Real-life moment: When I was in college, my friends had found an old ad video of mine and made fun of me. It reminded me of Monica’s old prom video, where she was badly styled! — Sukhmani J Sadana, actress NOSTALGIA IN A NUTSHELL Friends: The Reunion, also known as The One Where They Get Back Together, is an unscripted show where the main cast — Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer — will revisit the sets, the apartments, the Central Perk coffee shop and the water fountain in the title song, at Stage 24, also known as the ‘The Friends Stage’ at Warner Bros Studio, Burbank. The series was filmed there since its second season. ■ As the last episode was filmed on May 6, 2004, the cast will be seen together after 17 years! And today’s show will also feature a host of special guests, including BTS, Justin ■ Bieber, David Beckham, Cindy Crawford, James Corden, Cara Delevingne, Elliott Gould, Lady Gaga, Larry Hankin, Kit Harington, Thomas Lennon, Mindy Kaling, Tom Selleck, Christina Pickles, Maggie Wheeler, James Michael Tyler, Reese Witherspoon and Malala Yousafzai. ■ While the news of the reunion was out on November 12, 2019, its filming was delayed twice, in March and again in August, due to Covid19. It was finally shot in April 2021 in front of a live audience, who were, of course, tested for the virus before the shoot. For the Indian fans, the show will be brought alive exclusively by Zee5 from 12:32 pm onwards. ■ Amazon Prime Video’s series Solos is as much a fine interplay of acting and writing, as hi-end technology and human emotions Of emotions & experiences Nonika Singh Solos is set in a futuristic world… Where technology has not just taken over our lives, but is de facto life. However, even in this hi-tech dystopian world, where gadgets are facilitators, often companions too, what matters above all are emotions, love, the need for human touch. Around this sublime thought are woven seven stories, most of which are a brilliant interplay of acting and writing. With individual episodes headlined by the likes of Academy Award winners Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman, Anne Hathaway and other talented actors such as Anthony Mackie, Dan Stevens and Constance Wu, the seven acts might be standalone pieces. Yet there is an underlining connection. The obvious thematic link is loneliness, which all of us are experiencing today. But that is not the only thread. Rather, there are many layers within layers and if you look and lis- ten carefully, you will find a timeline and a solid link between the characters of the first three episodes and, of course, the last one. An over-ebullient Anne Hathaway, as scientist Leah placed in 2024 opens the scifi anthology. With Hathaway playing versions of Leah (in different timelines), if time travel is the leitmotif so is the conflict between ambitions and emotions. Most episodes are soliloquies and only a couple include coactors. But even when more than one actor is the raconteur, the story-telling is steered by writing and acting and not drama ‘drama’. Juxtaposing technology with basic human emotions, not all seven acts are on the same keel. Our favourite is Peg by Helen Mirren. Telling us the story of a Peg in her seventies who has opted for a space programme, this one is an acute case study of human alienation. What one would do to be counted/ seen as a person? She may question; why that is gripping us all right now and Constance Wu as Jenny (after Peg) is yet another master-class in acting. Wu playing a childless woman gives you goosebumps. It’s almost as if she is wearing the fragility/ vulnerability of her self-destructive character on her face. Of course, Solos streaming on Amazon Prime Video is complex and demands your complete attention. Writing its core strength runs the danger of turning verbose, but rarely does. In the hands of actors of the calibre of Freeman, Mirren and Wu, it becomes a kaleidoscope where emotions, ideas, memories collide and coalesce. The concluding part is about a memory thief Stuart (Morgan Freeman) and his NET, FLICKS & MORE Anthology series: Solos Directors: David Weil, Sam Taylor-Johnson, Zach Braff and Tiffany Johnson Cast: Morgan Freeman, Anne Hathaway, Helen Mirren, Uzo Aduba, Nicole Beharie, Anthony Mackie, Dan Stevens, and Constance Wu. Rating: didn’t he see me, you see the actor in her in full element. As a host of expressions flit across Mirren’s face, she keeps you engrossed with her immeasurable talent. Sitting on a chair, her journey from teenage years to middle ones to the final endgame is worth STILLS FROM ANTHOLOGY SERIES SOLOS your time. Death indeed is a recurring leitmotif. For don’t we all learn life’s biggest lessons, rather how to live life in the face of death? The episode Tom is on the same lines. Here the titular character played by Anthony Mackie has a heart-to-heart with his c m y b clone/robot and arrives at similar conclusions. However, unlike Mirren depicted as nobody, he brings to us a portrait of worldly success. But what is success really and what truly makes us lucky? While a hint of intrigue touches all episodes, it is more palpable in Nera (Nicole Beharie) where a new-born baby grows into a man within hours. But once again the underlying allegory alludes to more than what you see and packs in acceptance of children as they are. Sasha will remind you of the paranoia victim Otto (Dan Stevens), whose memory has been stolen. Stuart maps the part memory plays in making us who we are. The final shot nay hug in this particular episode is a summation of what Solos truly cares to underline; we are connected through shared experiences even when we are alone. No wonder, the series offers you a collective experience of a gamut of emotions. Fear, anxiety, regret, control and finally an embrace tops it all. Indeed, the anthology may not qualify as easy entertainment and calls for a certain degree of patience. But if you are ready to submerge in the cesspool of innovative ideas, it will leave you with enough thoughts on how we ought to cherish life.
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