07092021-LSTC-01.qxd 9/7/2021 12:28 AM Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE Web zone Grahan actress Wamiqa Gabbi has bagged an important role in the web series, Heeramandi, which is being directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. CHANDIGARH | TUESDAY | 7 SEPTEMBER 2021 Proudly donning the khaki Sheetal Mrunal enters Thadam remake Aditya Roy Kapur has created a stir with the recent announcement of joining the Hindi remake of Tamil hit, Thadam. Now the makers, Bhushan Kumar and Murad Khetani, have a new addition to the film. The young actress Mrunal Thakur has joined the team as the female lead, opposite Aditya Roy “When I Kapur. Mrunal will be seen heard the story of the playing the role of a strongfilm, I instantly knew headed cop. Based on true that I needed to be a part events, this yet-to-be-titled thriller, directed by Vardhan of this film. My character Ketkar, will go on the floors in is very intriguing” October this year. MRUNAL THAKUR Talking about joining the team, Mrunal says, “When I heard the story of the film, I instantly knew that I needed to be a part of this film. My character is very intriguing and playing a cop has been on my checklist. This will be a very distinct role from all the characters I have played till now and I am looking forward to audiences watching this one.” A CTRESS Richa Chadha started a meme chain for her own cop avatar in upcoming web series, Candy! Richa says, “From playing a criminal, Bholi Punjaban, in Fukrey to now catching the criminals, I guess I have come a full circle. It’s great to keep exploring different aspects in various roles that I have been offered or will be offered in future.” Directed by Bahut Hua Samman director, Ashish R Shukla, Candy also stars Ronit Roy. Richa believes wearing the uniform infuses a sense of responsibility, especially when one is in public. She adds, “As we were shooting in small cities of Uttarakhand, wearing goggles and mask made me unrecognisable. People would start wearing a helmet or pull their seat belts in cars after spotting me dressed as a cop! While I couldn’t see myself in the cop avatar, after watching them behave in such a manner, I found it quite interesting.” As for scripts, Richa has a clear policy. “I learn a thing or two from each script, if it’s a good Going steady Kim Sharma is making headlines these days for her rumoured relationship with former professional tennis player, Leander Paes. Earlier in August, Kim had shared a post about finding love on her Instagram story. Later, Leander had posted the same on his account. Before that, pictures of Kim and Leander from their Goa vacation made it to the web. And now, Kim has finally made her relationship with Paes official on Instagram. Kim posted the photo of Leander and her, and the tennis star re-shared it on Instagram and captioned it as, “Magic!” Kim Sharma makes her relationship with Leander Paes official Actress Richa Chadha, who is playing a cop in the upcoming web series Candy, says she learns from each script RICHA CHADHA IN CANDY one, but never something from dark and criminal stories. So, from Candy there’s no life lesson for me to take home, which I don’t follow already.” the same side of the law in the series and believe in how drugs are bad. So without sounding preachy, it’s a fictional story that does have a message if one wishes to take it home.” Personal note When it comes to homework for the role, while Richa admits to having talked first-hand to female cops is Mumbai, she was more interested to know the personal aspects. She says, “People are people at the end of the day. So, I wanted to understand them more as a person than just about their duty. I had asked about domestic responsibilities that they were expected to fulfil, the compulsions in their lives, the pressure of rearing children and other aspects, to understand them better.” The crime thriller series, Candy, revolves around a murder and drug culture among youngsters. Richa says, “We are all on Social angle Calling social media a doubleedged sword, Richa talks about how people who are in their twenties and thirties are still doing fine, as they have seen a life without social media too. “But I believe the kids who are just seven or eight years old and have their accounts on social media, and teenage girls or boys dancing on reels or pulling pranks, is not good for society. They are spending more time on the screen rather than playing outside and meeting real people. At the same time, if social media provides a platform to voice opinions, it has also enabled trollers to exploit the medium,” she adds. Hands full On the work front, Richa is waiting for the release of her film Abhi Toh Party Shuru Hui Hai and is doing another web show, Six Suspects, which has her and Scam 1992- fame Pratik Gandhi as well as four others in the lead roles. She will start a new untitled film by the end of October. The filming of Fukrey 3 was also delayed because of the second wave of Covid. She has also come up with a Hindi audio thriller, Virus 2062, which is her first project with her fiancé, Ali Fazal. She adds, “We made it like a radio film. It’s the first time we have collaborated for some project and I can’t wait to do this again. About podcasts, they are already popular and interesting. I really enjoy The Heart Podcasts.” Candy will release on September 8 on Voot Select. Saira Banu discharged Veteran actress Saira Banu was discharged from hospital and returned home on Sunday (September 5). She was admitted last week to Hinduja Hospital’s non-Covid facility, following breathlessness, high blood pressure and sugar. Saira’s close family friend Faisal Farooqui said she was now doing fine. Updating fans on Saira’s health, Faisal Farooqui issued a statement: “Saira ji is doing well. She has been discharged and is back home. Resting. Thank you for your prayers.” No more Cinderella, it’s Ella! … She lives in a multi-racial world full of fierce women ready to topple patriarchy, but with their love intact for fine gowns and fancy footwear Superhero spectacle Lighting up the big screens this Diwali, Marvel Studios much-awaited epic action-adventure Eternals, the third film in the MCU’s Phase Four, will be released on November 5 in Indian cinemas. The film can be viewed in English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam. Directed by Academy Awardwinner Chloé Zhao, the superhero spectacle welcomes an exciting new team of superheroes to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The epic story, spanning thousands of years, features a group of immortal heroes forced out of the shadows to reunite against mankind’s oldest enemy, The Deviants. The ensemble cast includes Richard Madden, as the all-powerful Ikaris, Gemma Chan as mankind-loving Sersi, Kumail Nanjiani as cosmic-powered Kingo, Lauren Ridloff as the super-fast Makkari, Brian Tyree Henry as the intelligent inventor Phastos, Salma Hayek as the wise and spiritual leader Ajak, among others. Soon, Marvel’s epic Eternals to be released in India NET, FLICKS & MORE Mona The old order changeth, yielding place to new and such is Kay Cannon’s spin on arguably the most famous fairy tale – an old kingdom bound in tradition is simmering with intent for change. The Queen Beatrice (Minnie Driver) wouldn’t have her throne slightest bit shorter than that of King Rowan (Pierce Brosnan); their Princess Gwen (Tallulah Greive) is full of ideas to run the kingdom better; and in a basement, a stepdaughter, Ella (Camila Cabello), is dreaming of being a seamstress! Yes, this old era still hasn’t given permission to women to run business. They give birth, manage households, but sure can do business is what Ella thinks and even if there is ‘million to one’ chance, this fierce, funny, fine girl is ready to take it. The film opens on a high note. One loves the stereotypes being challenged; peppy music sets the tone, old and new worlds are juxtaposed, giving the old tale a fresh coat of paint. To see the Bond-turned-King being challenged is amusing; Camilla Cabello has earnestness in her act. Her crown prince c m y b Robert (Nicholas Galitzine) works super-hard, when drunk, to catch the fox; he is not just a mamma’s boy but only there to wreck the things. But one’s got to keep it together and things change – for one Billy Porter is the fabulous Godmother, and why not. Though the ball least interests our protagonist, she goes there seeing it as an opening for her dressmaking business and gets the golden opportunity to travel around the world with Queen Tatiana (Beverley Knight), as her stylist. Oh yes, there is Prince too! Who would she choose? An answer we all know... The kingdom, like the rest of the world today, is multi-racial. The writer-director Kay Cannon manages to make things interesting with a town-crier who raps; too beautiful a best friend; a man who cries, and a prince-turned-king who is not ashamed of wooing his upset queen by serenading down her window. James Cordon as one of the three mice/footman tickles (he’s one of the producers too) the funny bone. Actors have their game right — Vivian (Idina Menzel) as the stepmother isn’t entirely dark, Nicholas Galitzine as crown prince looks every inch handsome, with his heart in the right place. But the high of the opening act wears- STILLS FROM CINDERELLA off amongst the ball and the predictable outcome. The old story at 113 minutes feels like a stretch. A musical it is and forces one to tap the feet, so Ed Sheeran’s Perfect fits perfectly. Material Girl by Madonna, Million to One (Camila, Scott Harris), Somebody to Love (Freddie Mercury) and others, suit the situations. This Ella lives in a multi-racial world full of fierce women ready to topple the patriarchy, but with their love intact for fine gowns and fancy footwear; it sure makes for a one-time watch. Make your children see it, as many rendi- tions of Cinderella are welcome! One misses watching it in the theatre with surround sound though. Streaming on Amazon Prime, the film would have pulled parents with children into cinemas in droves had the times been normal! Film: Cinderella Director: Kay Cannon Cast: Camila Cabello, Idina Menzel, Minnie Driver, Nicholas Galitzine, Billy Porter, Pierce Brosnan, Maddie Baillio, Charlotte Spencer, Tallulah Greive, James Acaster, James Corden, Romesh Ranganathan Rating:
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