21072021-LSTL-01.qxd 7/21/2021 12:07 AM Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE For the fans Diljit Dosanjh has been keeping his fans updated with news on his next album, Moon Child Era. He tweeted, “... It is not just another album for me... It’s a personal experience.” LUDHIANA | WEDNESDAY | 21 JULY 2021 Of existence & reflection Gurnaaz Kaur Once more Julia Roberts’ video on environment conservation generates buzz again An old video of actress Julia Roberts on environment conservation has started generating buzz again, as it trends on social media. The video, which was uploaded on the YouTube channel of the organisation Conservative International six years ago, has got people discussing the issue once again. Incidentally, the video had gone viral in April 2020 too. In the video, which is one minute and 58 seconds long, the actress speaks from the point of view of Mother Earth. She says in the video: “Some call me nature, others call me Mother Nature. I have been here for over four and a half billion years - 22,500 times longer than you. I don’t really need people but people need me. Yes, your future depends on me. When I thrive, you thrive. When I falter, you falter, or worse.” She goes on to make a powerful statement on behalf of earth as strong visuals add impact to her voice. “But I have been here for eons. I have fed species greater than you and I have starved species greater than you. My oceans, my soil, my flowing streams, my forests, they all can take you or leave you,” she says. — IANS T HE film came from a space of personal terror…” These are the words of Rahul Jain, the filmmaker whose documentary Invisible Demons premiered at the 74th Cannes Film Festival. It was selected under the new sidebar - Cinema for the Climate. A poignant account of pollution in Delhi, the director says his visit to India in 2016, which became an existential threat, made him reflect on the situation and ended up becoming his second project. With a Masters in Arts in Aesthetics and Politics from the California Institute of Arts, he finished his thesis on The Anthropocene in the Cinema, right after which Invisible Demons came about. “I was always very empathetically curious about the Anthropocene and cinema, and how the human relationship with the natural world had been depicted for the last hundred years and its evolution, change and almost complete annihilation.” TOUGH TIME Already into deep research, when he took a flight back to Delhi, “It was covered in thick smog. Once I landed, I immediately felt sick and became asthmatic. I saw my relatives Filmmaker Rahul Jain, whose documentary Invisible Demons premiered at the 74th Cannes Film Festival, says it is about pollution in Delhi and even my doctor’s family just struggle, collapse, get sick and hospitalised. It was a deeply existential issue.” Considering himself among those who are privileged and have ACs, water and air purifiers, he wondered about those who did not have the means and resources. And there is an entire world of species that is being ravaged by the endless wants of humankind. Sonam Kapoor unveils Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s autobiography First look Stills from Invisible Demons The intensity of this one experience compelled Rahul to do something with his time. Having spent over two years making the film, its structure flows with the seasons. Shooting for hours on end, Invisible Demons, is an honest pursuit that shows the effects of consumerism and inequality. Through the eyes of those most affected, the visuals silently depict the devastation. “I don’t know how people will react to it; that’s beyond my control. But my job as an artist was to collect my feelings and sense perceptions, and put them into work and I hope I’ve done a decent bit of it.” MANY CHALLENGES Shooting in Delhi had its own set of obstacles. Filming in two-three locations every day Back again Akshay Kumar to reprise his role in OMG 2 Akshay Kumar and Pankaj Tripathi will be sharing screen space twice in a row with Bachchan Pandey and Oh My God 2. Oh My God was a hit movie directed by Umesh Shukla, starring Paresh Rawal and Akshay. Oh My God 2 is in the process and will be directed by Amit Rai. It will tentatively be Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, who has given the industry films like Rang De Basanti, Delhi 6, and Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, amongst others, is now gearing up for the launch of his autobiography titled The Stranger in the Mirror. The cover of the book was unveiled by Sonam Kapoor on Tuesday. Sonam has worked with Rakeysh in Delhi 6 and Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. The actress shared a picture on Instagram with the caption, “First look… Mehra is a great mentor for any actor in the industry. To see his zeal and vision translate onto the screen is truly magical! He’s now sharing his vision and journey with everyone through #TheStrangerInTheMirror…. Releasing on 27th July, 2021.” released by August end. The cast finalised for OMG 2 is Pankaj Tripathi, Yami Gautam with Akshay Kumar reprising his role of God in the film. The shoot will commence with lead actors Yami and Pankaj initially, followed by Akshay Kumar, who will start shooting from next month. Akshay, being the perfectionist, has the rule of doing a film between 30 to 354 days, but for a film like Oh My God 2 he will only shoot for 15 to 20 days. Pankaj Tripathi has replaced Paresh Rawal and will come up with a fresh new story. A slice from life Sima Taparia of Indian Matchmaking-fame says more the memes, more the show becomes popular Weighty issue Kriti Sanon on her transformation for Mimi Kriti Sanon had recently shared about her transformation for her upcoming film Mimi, where she had to put on weight for her role of a surrogate mother. The actress now reveals how she could not shoot for any other project for some months due to this. Talking about setting aside a chunk of some months for the shoot of Mimi, Kriti says, “I had to put on 15 kilos in two months for Mimi, which I could start losing only once I had completed the film.” She adds, “It made more sense to not take up any other project during the shoot and even till a few months after, since I needed to lose weight before starting any other project. I did let go of a lot of award show performances in that period because dancing makes me lose weight very fast.” on a 12-hour day routine, mobility in a city of million cars, pushbacks from authorities and the general public, and much more! “Trying to have a humble crew, downplaying our process and logistics, organisation is always difficult but the biggest challenge was my own internal feelings; self-doubt and lack of confidence. It was too crippling at times; then I would tell my inner self to ask more from the world.” Transcending many challenges, Rahul carved out something very honest that in a subtle way interrogates and also helps people identify with it. As far as his choice of cinema goes, Rahul says, “I like things that don’t tell but evoke; that force you to think. For me cinema is a tool of thinking and feeling. I would really appreciate an image that was carefully, intentionally and meticulously composed and all scenes were the same way; where every cut matters, every piece is a stimulus and aesthetic decision has a purpose.” Working on a fiction series, he doesn’t like to be restricted by a genre or a certain title. He is an artist who chooses his expression based on what he wants to convey. “I don’t see myself as a documentary filmmaker, but I cannot help if somebody does. I don’t feel limited by any linguistic or aesthetic framework. All different genres have their place, it just depends on what you have to say and what is appropriate for when. Likewise, I don’t feel like I need to commit to anything or anybody, any system of being, at least at this point in my life and I hope later also. So, it’s relative to the situation, feelings and ideas.” Kakudagoes on the floors RSVP has announced its homegrown horror-comedy Kakuda. The Riteish Deshmukh, Sonakshi Sinha and Saqib Saleem-starrer, went on the floors on Tuesday (July 20). Kakuda also marks the Hindi directorial debut of filmmaker Aditya Sar- potdar, the man behind critically acclaimed Marathi films like — Classmates, Mauli and Faster Fene. Kakuda, with equal doses of comedy and spook, explores the legend of a strange curse in a village stuck in time. The eclectic trio is confronted with a challenging ghost, who makes them ques- c m y b tion superstition, tradition and even love in a rollercoaster ride filled with fear and fun. Sonakshi Sinha says, “Considering the current situation, a fun comedy film is truly the need of the hour. I loved the script of Kakuda from the moment I read it.” When the web series Indian Matchmaking released in 2020, it set tongues wagging on social media as it highlighted one of the country’s archaic traditions — arranged marriage. A year later, the show has been nominated at the upcoming 73rd Emmy Awards. Sima Taparia, a Mumbaibased elite matchmaker, became popular as Sima aunty and due to her catchphrase, “Hi, I am Sima Taparia from Mumbai”. She is over-the-moon after the Emmy nod, and lacks words to express her gratitude. “Indian Matchmaking has completed one year and the show has gone to the Emmy Awards. I am grateful and cannot even express. Us going to the Emmys is a very big achievement,” Sima said. In the eight-part series, Sima goes about trying to find suitable matches for her affluent clients in India and abroad. Decoding the popularity of the show globally, Sima says it was the realistic approach that made the show binge-worthy. “The whole world enjoyed it because it was a reality show. The way I am talking to you, the same way I was talking there; just the camera was following me. I was simple and humble, and that is the way I was portrayed. So, the show was a hit and all my Indian values were portrayed in the show,” the real-life matchmaker said. Real touch For Sima, Indian Matchmaking really “rocked the world”. She added: “So, people loved me and it was a reality show. Everyone loved Sima aunty. It rocked the world. It was beyond my dream that the show would rock the world and be so successful. I have got global recognition and popularity.” Sima, or Sima aunty as is liked to be called, remains unfazed. Instead, she says she enjoyed the social media banter. “It didn’t affect me because in everything there is a little negative and positive. More the negatives and positives the more the show got popular. It didn’t affect me even one per cent,” Sima said. In fact, Sima lauded the creativity of people making her memes. “Also, so many memes are there! What creativity of our people in India,” laughed Sima. — IANS
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