02062021-LSTC-01.qxd 6/1/2021 11:23 PM Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE Not true Director Aanand L. Rai has rubbished reports of having replaced Kartik Aaryan from his upcoming film, which will be based on a gangster. CHANDIGARH | WEDNESDAY | 2 JUNE 2021 Murder & mystery Upcoming web series Sunflower promises to be a roller-coaster ride Sheetal Salman special Salman Khan’s iconic character Chulbul Pandey is making an exciting return in a brand-new avatar with Dabangg—The Animated Series on Disney+ Hotstar VIP An . adaptation and reimagination of the blockbuster Bollywood franchise, the action-comedy series chronicles the day-to-day life of police officer Chulbul Pandey, who stands in the face of evil to keep the city safe. He is joined by his younger brother Makkhi, who, new to the police force, attempts to emulate his older brother in every sticky situation. It is a ribtickling entertainer that can be enjoyed by kids and all fans of the franchise. Speaking about Chulbul Pandey’s return in an animated avatar, Salman Khan says, “Chulbul Pandey is a very special character for me because of the love that audiences have showered on him, and the movie, for over 10 years. I couldn’t be happier that Chulbul, Makkhi and Rajjo are returning in animated avatars to entertain the children of our country. I cannot wait to binge-watch all episodes of Dabangg—The Animated Series with my nieces and nephews while at home. Animation has opened up yet another dimension for this character and I’m thrilled Cosmos-Maya did that. I hope that all children, along with their families, take time out and enjoy watching this together.” Chulbul Pandey gets an animated avatar T HE world isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. Sometimes it’s filled with a murder mystery and a society full of suspects! On this note, Zee 5 announces a web series titled Sunflower, a thriller laced with dark humour, which is set to release on June 11. The title takes its name from the society they live in, but the roles are not so flowery! In other words, there’s much more to it than meets the eye. With Sunil Grover playing Sonu Singh, who stands out in the trailer, the cast includes the likes of Mukul Chadda, Ranvir Shorey, Ashish Vidyarthi, Girish Kulkarni, Radha Bhatt and Sonal Jha. While they do not get along on reel - pointing fingers at each other while making the job of inspector Digendra (Ranvir Shorey) and his associate Tambe (Girish Kulkarni) harder - in real life the entire cast enjoyed their time together, be it on the sets or virtually, in what we call a press conference in pandemic times! Marital bliss GIRISH KULKARNI ASHISH VIDYARTHI SONAL JHA RANVIR SHOREY Virtual take “Sunil was the first person to reach the sets and the last one to leave,” comment all. To which Sunil replies, “I like to be on the sets and meet everyone. I miss everyone. We have enjoyed and laughed together. Each one of us is confident about the series and cannot wait to get back on the sets for the second season; only we would not like to jinx it.” Last seen in LOL-Hasse To Phasse on Amazon Prime video, Sunil has always been admired for his comic timing but his acting prowess in serious roles such as Tandav has landed him with dialogues only he can deliver, such as, “In friendship, no sorry, no thank you and no loans. I have added the last one.” Written by Vikas Bahl, he has SUNIL GROVER also co-directed the web series with Rahul Sengupta and it would be his next big project after Super 30. He says, “Casting was fun and the most important part in the making of this eightepisode series. Since it is a character-driven plot, we made sure everything fits as the missing pieces of a puzzle. All in all, it is a roller-coaster ride wherein they come together to form a melting MUKUL CHADDA pot of weird, yet relatable characters that hold the series together.” Playing a cop Adds Girish, “And yet again I was trapped into playing a cop on screen. I still cannot believe that he (Vikas Bahl) talked me into this with the best cliché line ever, ‘that this one is different’. It was after Ugly (2014), that I was typecast into playing a cop, which I con- RADHA BHATT sciously refuse now. But, as far as this latest one is concerned, it’s different! You would not find such a police officer in real life. It’s the work of Bahl’s imagination.” Ranvir Shorey and Girish have worked together in Sacred Games earlier, but did not have any scenes together. Ranvir says, “He was the closest thing to a partner that I have got in the series.” South-Indian actress Pranitha Subhash, who is set to make her Bollywood debut with Ajay Devgn in Bhuj: The Pride of India and will also be seen in Hungama 2, has tied the knot with businessman Nitin Raju on May 30. It was an intimate wedding ceremony with only their loved ones in presence. The couple released a joint statement on June 1 in which they informed everyone about their wedding and apologised to fans for keeping it a secret. The statement read, “It is with great happiness that we would like to inform you that we got married on 30th May 2021 at a very intimate ceremony. We are extremely sorry to not have informed you about the finalised date… Please accept our sincere apologies as we would have liked nothing more than our loved ones to be part of our special day. You mean a lot to us and we hope to celebrate together when things get better.” Pranitha and Nitin Raju On the field, strength of the soul Every effort counts Gurmeet Choudhary arranges oxygen concentrators from Indonesia Mona Baggio—The Divine Ponytail is a story that celebrates ambition, bonds and faith, something that could inspire in these troubled times Film: Baggio—The Divine Ponytail Director: Letizia Lamartire Cast: Andrea Arcangeli,Valentina Bellè,Andrea Pennacchi Rating: Where my skill ends, my faith begins. A strong faith sees the invisible, believes the incredible and receives the impossible, Daisaku Ikeda’s words fit his follower Roberto Baggio — one of the most-loved Italian football players of all time — quite well. Baggio- The Divine Ponytail is a Netflix biopic inspired by the football great Roberto Baggio, famous as much for curling free-kicks as his stylish ponytail on the field. The film takes you back to the 90s, when Baggio, the much-loved superstar of Italian football, was worshipped around the globe. While his skill and strenuous training, despite multiple surgeries, was undisputed, this was also the time for equally celebrated Italian coach Sacchi. Baggio’s infamous fallout with his coach to a glimpse of the other giants of the time, Dunga, this story is a marvellous lesson in hardwork, dedication, success, faith and family. The beginning is fabulous – a juxtaposition of young Roby practicing for the moment that was to define his life and the very moment being played on the field! The film opens in the beautiful world of young Roby growing up amongst eight siblings, his father fending for the family having given up his racing dreams, and their idyllic home full of love, care and faith. Being the highest-paid Italian footballer in his teens, his injuries and recovery, finding his feet and place back in the team, Baggio’s supposed promise to his father ‘to win a final The film takes you back to the 90s, when Roberto Baggio, the much-loved superstar of Italian football, was worshipped around the globe. NET, FLICKS & MORE STILLS FROM BAGGIO—THE DIVINE PONYTAIL against Brazil’ and more, this film on Netflix catches Baggio beyond the field. There is no Baggio sans Vittorio — his manager, friend. The biopic throws light on what it goes into the making of a great, at the same time showing Baggio as another human, who sometimes fails and suffers. The father-son bond is the soul of the story. In one hour 31 minutes, it sure isn’t possible to sum up the life of the legend with three World Cups, Silver Ball (1994) and Golden Foot (1993) and a spot in FIFA World Cup Dream Team to his credit! c m y b But Letizia Lamartire manages to give a glimpse into this soccer giant’s life and times. Andrea Arcangeli in the title role delivers a gamut of emotions — arrogance, determination and more — largely because the film takes place away from the field. Andrea Pennacchi does a fine job as the father doing the very best for his talented son. One enjoys the lilt of spoken Italian in the passing. While the film touches upon the infamous 1994 final penalty shootout, that Baggio had his ‘liberating’ goal in 1998 World Cup does not make the cut. Football fans might like to relive Baggio era with this film, the staunch ones may hold a grudge that it does not cover it all,but for the others it makes for an inspiring story to beat the current mood. email@example.com After Sonu Sood, Gurmeet Choudhary has now emerged as a real-life hero. Gurmeet’s contribution towards Covid-19 relief work is commendable. He has now successfully arranged oxygen concentrators with the help of India Club Jakarta (Indonesia), a non-profit organisation, and in association with Medscape India, a fellow organisation working for providing relief amid Covid-19 pandemic. The oxygen concentrators have reached India and will be sent to rural areas, where people are currently facing a difficult time. Pooja distributes ration... Pooja Hegde was recently spotted distributing monthly ration to the underprivileged amid the lockdown. In a picture which has now gone viral, Pooja can be seen sitting in a white shirt with printed pink flowers and black shorts, amidst large packets of food. The actress, who had tested positive for Covid-19 last month, recently organised a live session with a yoga coach on breathing exercises to help build lung capacity while urging everyone to practice it during this time.
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