28052021-LSTC-01.qxd 5/27/2021 11:21 PM Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE No Freddie? After Dostana 2, the latest buzz suggests that Kartik Aaryan is now out of Red Chillies film, which is tentatively titled Freddie. It was supposed to go on floors in June this year. CHANDIGARH | FRIDAY | 28 MAY 2021 Be it a web series or a Hollywood project, Huma Qureshi approaches her work with the same commitment. She agrees the power of good content outshines the medium Gurnaaz Kaur B Legal way Brad Pitt wins joint custody of kids with ex-wife Angelina Jolie Hollywood star Brad Pitt has been granted joint custody of his children with his former wife, actress Angelina Jolie, following a long court battle. The 57-year-old actor and the 45-year-old actress are parents to Pax, 17, Zahara, 16, Shiloh, 14, and 12-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox. Maddox, 19, is not subject to the custody decision. Jolie filed for divorce in 2016 and the pair has since been engaged in custody battle. A private judge named John Ouderkirk was hired to oversee the case and ruled in Pitt’s favour. The ruling was a “tentative decision” and Jolie is continuing her legal fight. Jolie had not objected to joint custody but there Jolie had filed for divorce were “other issues of con- in 2016 and the pair cern”. The trial lasted for has since been engaged several months and there in custody battle were a large number of witnesses, experts and therapists. The actress has criticised the judge’s decision not to allow their children to testify in custody hearings. She had cited “irreconcilable differences” when she filed for divorce, and the pair became embroiled in a child custody battle in the months following it. Earlier, Pitt was investigated for possible child abuse after losing his temper in front of some of the children, but was later cleared of the allegations. — IANS EING able to do some meaningful shows can be so satisfying. First Leela and now Maharani, Bollywood actress Huma Qureshi feels lucky that she has had the chance to pick up shows that have exceptional writing and really strong female characters. Working for a web series otherwise means a huge commitment and three times more the work. “You can’t even compare it with a film. They are two different subjects. As an actor, a series is a lot more hard work. It’s like doing three films at the same time with the same character, purely in terms of the number of hours you are putting in. To do nine episodes of 45 minutes each would mean a lot of effort to put out some good content.” And as far as the response is concerned, the difference is significant too. “A film comes on a Friday and everything is based on the box-office numbers; opening day, weekend collections, reviews… All those factors play up. A series on the other hand is a slow burn. It could be released on a particular date, but it will evolve gradually. People will watch it in their own time; word of mouth plays a huge role here.” Foreign shores Now that she also has a Hollywood film, Army of the Dead, in her kitty, there’s much to be happy about. “It was exciting to work with Zack Snyder, to be a part of his big universe. The film was released in theatres in the US, which makes it even more special. It’s available on Netflix and is being appreciated.” Essentially, the work is the same. Her universe grows A STILL FROM MAHARANI As an actor, it’s all about what you deliver; from ‘action’ to ‘cut’ it remains the same, but the paraphernalia around makes a world of difference. “In the US, when you sign a project, you are supposed to block the dates for the whole duration of the film, as opposed to India, where as actors we are used to juggling multiple projects at the same time. It takes a while getting used to it.” Fictional story Coming back to Maharani, streaming on Sony Liv, when you watch its trailer, you might feel it’s based on former chief minister Rabri Devi’s life. The political drama has Huma Qureshi in the titular role, who is made the CM of the state much against her will. A simple, uneducated woman, she would rather milk cows all day or make cow dung cakes than lord over a male-dominated system. But apart from the fact that it’s set in Bihar and has a reluctant wife taking charge of the CMs office, quite how after RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav faced charges of cor- Director-actor Anurag Kashyap undergoes angioplasty big ruption, Rabri Devi, his wife, was handed over the responsibility, Huma says there is nothing more to compare. She says, “It’s a fictional story and has got nothing to do with reality.” Maharani was initially quite a challenge for Huma. With the first two weeks dedicated to script-reading sessions, there was a workshop wherein she got into the skin of the character, perfected her look, accent and even the walk. “We’ve focused on the small details. Everything had to be worked upon. To play a character that comes from rural Bihar was quite challenging; I’ve never stayed there but, thankfully, God has given me the ability to pick up accents really fast, so I was able to pull it off.” Solid character Becoming the character may have taken its own time, but playing Rani Bharati has been an interesting experience. “While Rani has no idea about anything and how her husband decides to throw her into the political arena because he is unwell, you get to see how she manages. She PRABHAS A stitch in time Last week Anurag Kashyap had mild chest pain and was admitted to a hospital in Mumbai. Now we hear that the filmmaker has undergone an angioplasty. Anurag is currently at home and recovering. A source close to the director says, “Angiography revealed a few blockages in his heart. He was immediately admitted for surgery.” The source also said that Anurag has been advised rest for a week. Meanwhile, on the work front, Anurag was last seen with Anil Kapoor in Vikra- maditya Motwane’s AK vs AK, which was released on Netflix. The filmmaker is reuniting with Taapsee Pannu after Manmarziyaan. Taapsee and Anurag collaborated for sci-fi thriller Dobaaraa. After wrapping up the film in March, Anurag was busy working on the film’s post-production from his home in Mumbai. The film also stars Pavail Gulati in the lead role. Director Christopher McQuarrie rubbishes reports of Prabhas in Mission Impossible 7 SSR’s sister to mark his first death anniversary... That’s not true! On a solitary retreat Sushant Singh Rajput passed away on June 14, 2020. It’s close to one year now and his sister Shweta Singh Kirti has kept him alive by sharing unseen pictures as well as videos of the late star. Now, to mark his first death anniversary, Shweta will be going on a month-long retreat. Shweta shared Sushant’s picture on Instagram and stated that she would be off social media for a month, as she was going on a solitary retreat. Her caption read, “I am going on a solitary retreat for the whole month of June in the mountains. I won’t have access to internet or cell phone services there. Bhai’s one year of passing on will be spent in cherishing his sweet memories in silence. Though he left us almost a year back, the values he stood for still live on... Wishing all an auspicious Buddha Purnima.” Recently, there were reports that Baahubali star Prabhas has bagged an important role in Tom Cruise-starrer Mission: Impossible 7. Soon the buzz took the internet by storm, as Prabhas’ fans couldn’t contain their excitement. However, much to everyone’s disappointment, Mission Impossible director Christopher McQuarrie has clarified that he has never even met Prabhas. Christopher called Prabhas a very talented man, and by addressing the rumours he put all the speculations surrounding his film to rest. The report had claimed that Christopher had got in touch with Prabhas, while he was shooting for Radhe Shyam in Italy. However, when one of the actor’s fans questioned Christopher, the director tweeted, “While he’s a very talented man, we’ve never met. Welcome to the internet.” c m y b uses a lot of her native wisdom to come out on the top of the game. Rani maybe unlettered but she is not dumb. She is a smart woman who has the will to fight and understand the nuances of male-dominated profession, and navigates her way with the knowledge that she has.” Directed by Karan Sharma, the show has been created by Subhash Kapoor with whom Huma did Jolly LLB (2). It also stars Sohum Shah, Amit Sial and Kani Kusruti. She may have her plate full, but Huma is equally dedicated to bringing a change in the hard-hitting Covid-19 situation. “I am working with a charity called Save The Children. We are building a 100bed hospital facility in Delhi. We also have an ICU, children ward, etc. It takes up a huge part of my day because it is something I feel is most needed on the ground right now.” Sanjay Dutt granted UAE Golden Visa Sanjay Dutt has been granted a Golden Visa for UAE. The actor shared the news on social media and thanked UAE government for the honour. He wrote, “Honoured to have received a golden visa for the UAE in the presence of Major General Mohammed Al Marri, Director General of @GDRFADUBAI. Thanking him along with the @uaegov for the honour. Also grateful to Mr. Hamad Obaidalla, COO of @flydubai for his support.” Sanjay Dutt is the first Indian mainstream actor to have received the UAE golden visa. The Golden Visas are issued for five or 10 years and are renewed automatically.
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