24082021-LSTC-01.qxd 23-08-2021 23:24 Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE Date is out Kangana Ranaut’s Thalaivii, based on the life of late Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and former actress J. Jayalalithaa, is set to release in cinemas on September 10. IANS CHANDIGARH | TUESDAY | 24 AUGUST 2021 change Stage of I have grown older: Craig Hollywood star Daniel Craig says he has grown too old to play super spy James Bond, as he is required to perform demanding stunts in the Bond movies. The actor makes his fifth and final appearance as 007 in No Time to Die, the release of which was postponed several times during the Covid panI don’t bounce demic, and he has now overtaken the late Sir Roger back as well as I did. I’ve hurt myself on every Moore’s record as the single Bond movie since I longest-serving Bond. Craig realised he was started, it’s just par for aging for the part after the course. struggling with injuries Daniel Craig while playing the very athletic spy. He lost two teeth on his first outing as Bond, in 2006’s Casino Royale, sliced off a fingertip filming 2008’s Quantum of Solace, and fractured his ankle on No Time to Die. “I still do as many stunts as I can because I enjoy the physicality of it — I always have, even before Bond. But I have grown older and don’t bounce back as well as I did. I’ve hurt myself on every single Bond movie since I started, it’s just par for the course,” Craig said. The actor confirmed, again, that No Time to Die will be his last 007 film. —IANS From taking the stage to kisan morchas to writing theatre memoirs to taking online classes to planning a play on journey of food, renowned artistes from the region are finding ways to keep their creative juices flowing Mona A Neelam Mansingh Chowdhry S the pandemic rages on, theatre artistes from the region are finding ways to keep themselves occupied as live performances are yet to see the light of the day. Connecting with their community, trying hands at digital performances, and spending time reading and writing, these artistes are making the most of the challenging circumstances. Sahib Singh calls this period one of the best for learning ever, “Through the pandemic, I have invested all my life’s learning into theatre and also earned an experience that shall remain unparalleled.” Performing in rural Punjab is nothing new to him, but to take on the stage at a kisan morcha was special. “That’s a true test of your craft on how to engage people who are not in an ideal state to watch performances. Having left their homes, they are there for months; some sitting, others standing, consumed by their cause — to involve them in your act and keep your focus sharp is a litmus test.” He’s had multiple shows of Samma Wali Dang, an old solo act, as it has a small-time farmer for its theme. Rangkarmi Ka Bachcha draws inspiration from a migrant labourer’s journey to home. SAHIB SINGH PERFORMS AT KISAN MORCHA Rani Balbir Kaur JOURNEY OF FOOD I am quite keen on exploring food and how it relates to caste, class, gender and lifestyle. Zubin Mehta Sahib Singh Back on track Kartik Aaryan has resumed shoot of the much-awaited film Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2. A sequel to the 2007 hit Bhool Bhulaiyaa with Akshay Kumar, the film is being directed by Anees Bazmee. Shooting of this horror-comedy film, which got delayed due to the pandemic, is back on track. Says Anees, “We were shooting for Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 in Lucknow when the pandemic broke out in March 2020. The shooting remained cancelled. But now we are back. Kartik and Tabu are with us. Their comic timing will shock audiences.” Kartik resumed the shooting this week. Anees Bazmee is all praise for him, “He brings a certain positivity to the sets. His comic timing is impeccable. Audiences are going to love his scenes with Tabu.” Kartik Aaryan resumes shooting for Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 along with Tabu Road to recovery Mahesh Manjrekar gets operated for bladder cancer Filmmaker-actor Mahesh Manjrekar, who is known for his work in Hindi as well as Marathi film industries, has been operated upon for urinary bladder cancer. According to reports, he was diagnosed with cancer a few days back and doctors suggested a surgery. Manjrekar was admitted to Mumbai’s HN Reliance Foundation Hospital at Charni Road around 10 days back where the operation was conducted The surgery went smoothly and Mahesh Manjrekar is now back at his residence. Meanwhile, on the work front, Mahesh Manjrekar is directing Salman Khan and Aayush Sharma-starter Antim — The Final Truth. Neelam Mansingh Chowdhry feels A SCENE FROM BLACK BOX restless, but she is taking online classes, attending webinars and bad as he thought it would be. planning for her next produc“While nothing can replace the tion. “Technology is essential, energy of a live act, it’s not like you vital; but it’s not art.” Through can’t do theatre digitally. His this period, she did hold one Wings Theatre Academy started show. Black Box, with a lone actor, online classes in July last year. “It’s NEELAM MANSINGH CHOWDHRY, as opposed to the ensemble cast so amazing to see students progress. THEATRE DIRECTOR that she works with, restricting the The digital medium comes with its own audience to a batch of 12 to 18. Some 20 benefits; one can do presentations better,” shows of these, she’s yearning to get back. says Mehta, citing that it’s the longest that he’s The theme she wants to work on is the journey of been away from stage. He started as a child artiste back food. “I am quite keen on exploring food and how in 1994. “I have worked every single day more than 13 it relates to caste, class, gender and lifestyle.” Hav- hours and suddenly to not have that routine has been ing started research on this, she is looking forward a sinking feeling,” says Mehta, who credits Vipassana to being on stage where it takes blood and sweat, for having saved him from falling into the low phase. sense of smell, that of touch! “In the meantime there is ‘via’ media, a director in Mumbai, an actor KEEPING IT UP in Kanpur, another in Kolkata, people have opted While Sudesh Sharma’s Theatre For Theatre’s calendar remained packed with festivals through the to make it work, and this is going to stay.” Zubin Mehta is surprised that the new order isn’t as year, in this period they had to make-do with a five- SUDESH SHARMA (L) DURING TFT WINTER NATIONAL THEATRE FESTIVAL day winter festival before stage shows were stalled. To beat the stagnancy, they have started with TFT Rang Samvaad – a series of webinars. “About two years is more than enough to brush up on reading, assimilating it to reflecting on work and life, now we want to be amongst the audience, where we belong,” says Sharma. “We have taken the digital route and connecting with eminent theatre personalities twice a week and creating a knowledge bank for theatre students all over the world.” Apart from being connected with the theatre community digitally, Rani Balbir Kaur is busy pouring her heart and soul into My Theatre Memoir. “It’s going to be an interesting read, for it has lessons from theatre life and how I weaved them in my life.” About five decades into her art, she is one of first few women directors for Punjabi theatre. “Digital medium is a blessing in disguise as you can connect with so many people online.” Taking to the big screen... Vishal Bhardwaj’s son Aasmaan Bhardwaj to make directorial debut with Kuttey Filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj’s son Aasmaan Bhardwaj is all set to make to make his directorial debut with the film Kuttey. Aasmaan had assisted his father in films like Kaminey, 7 Khoon Maaf and Matru ki Bijlee ka Mandola. Actor Arjun Kapoor shared the first look of Kuttey on social media on Monday. The Hindi caption on the poster translates to, “They don’t bark, they don’t growl... just bite!” The film, a thriller, stars Arjun Kapoor, Tabu, Naseeruddin Shah, Konkona Sen Sharma, Kumud Mishra, Radhika Madan, among others. Kuttey is being produced by Vishal Bhardwaj, Luv Ranjan, Ankur Garg and Rekha Bhardwaj. Says Vishal Bhardwaj, “Kuttey is extremely special to me as it is my first collaboration with Aasmaan and I’m excited to see what he does with it. Luv Films and Vishal Bhardwaj Films are also coming together for the first time and I am immensely excited about this association, as I really admire Luv’s brave attitude towards filmmaking and strong commercial sense. I have worked with Naseer Sahab, Tabu, Konkona and Radhika on different films throughout my career, and Aasmaan has brought them all together in one film itself. We cannot wait for the audience to witness this captivating thriller on the big screen.” A gift to remember from a son Ranveer Singh hosts birthday lunch for his mom Ranveer Singh made his mother Anju Bhavnani’s birthday special as he hosted her birthday lunch with wifey Deepika Padukone on Sunday. After the lunch, Ranveer and Deepika stepped out with Anju to pose for the paparazzi. The actor was seen showering his mother with love as he gave her a sweet kiss. But that was not it, Deepika and her mother-in-law both giggled while Ranveer sang Baar Baar Din Yeh Aaye! c m y b Deepika looked gorgeous in a balloon-sleeve red top and black leather pants. She kept her hair tied in a bun while she rocked in gold earrings. Ranveer on the other was wearing black skinny jeans with a denim jacket and leather Chelsea boots. Ranveer and Deepika will be next seen in Kabir Khan’s sports drama 83. Ranveer will be seen playing the cricket legend Kapil Dev, while Deepika will play his wife Romi Bhatia. email@example.com First look of Salaar out From the producer and director of KGF Chapter 1 and KGF Chapter 2 comes yet another larger-than-life movie titled Salaar. Headlined by Prabhas and Shruti Haasan, the film is an action-adventure produced by Hombale Films. On Monday, team Salaar released an intriguing, new poster of the movie. The poster features Jagapathi Babu in the skin of Rajamanaar, a character who is going to play a pivotal role in the movie. After the KGF series, this will be the third collaboration between director Prashanth Neel and Hombale Films. Says producer Vijay Kiragandur, “We cannot wait to present Salaar to the world! The thought behind Salaar’s new poster reveal is to create more curiosity about the character seen in the imagery. All we can reveal right now is that the character is going to mark the movie’s turning point in a huge way.” Director Prashanth Neel added, “More characters will be revealed as the shoot of Salaar progresses.”
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