23092021-LSTC-01.qxd 9/23/2021 12:38 AM Page 1 c m y b OTT ROUTE FOR SANAK Sanak – Hope Under Siege has joined the list of big-ticket Bollywood movies releasing on the OTT platform. Directed by Kanishk Varma, the movie, featuring Vidyut Jammwal and Bengali actress Rukmini Maitra, will be streaming soon on Disney+ Hotstar Multiplex. TRIBUNE B’day wish On her birthday today, Shalini Pandey, who is making her Bollywood debut with Jayeshbhai Jordaar, has a wish. She hopes that theatres across India open up for audiences. CHANDIGARH | THURSDAY | 23 SEPTEMBER 2021 Ace up the sleeve to essay different characters was a given, for Bhupathi it was tough as he was no actor! The biggest challenge they faced through the shoot was to follow Covid protocols. “While Paes and I shot individually, the seven-part series has some 30-40 interviews with our colleagues, rivals, partners and family, shot across California, Texas and Sweden, which was quite a difficult task.” Mona T Soon, docu on Britney A documentary based on pop singer Britney Spears is one step closer to the screen and will be on Netflix, a trailerteaser for the film Britney Vs. Spears confirmed. In the 18-second clip, Spears is heard leaving a message for an attorney in 2009. A trailer is expected to drop on Wednesday, September 22, and the documentary itself on September 28, ahead of Spears’ next court date on September 29. The documentary is being directed by Erin Lee Carr. — IANS HE star jodi of Indian tennis — Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi, also called Lee-Hesh — rose to the world number 1 position, bagged three Grand Slam titles together, had the longest doubles streak in Davis Cup history, but along with a fair share of controversies. Over the last 10 years, this duo was approached multiple times for its story. While the two always had it at the back of their mind that they were going to ultimately share their story, with whom and in what format was the biggest question?Dangal director Nitesh Tiwari and his wife Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari, an equally acclaimed director, whom Bhupathi calls 'storytellers second to none', fitted the bill perfectly and Break Point was born. “Nitesh and Ashwiny are huge tennis fans, we felt comfortable with them and went ahead and did it,” says Bhupathi, who would rather love to think of future than dwell in the past. “It was amazing to see all these matches, the production team culled the newspaper reports that we had never Hear him out Ranveer Singh’s appeal to the youth on International Day of Sign Languages Ranveer Singh has been constantly working towards raising the issues faced by the hearing impaired community. He has also been urging authorities to consider and declare Indian Sign Language (ISL) as the 23rd official language of India. Ranveer’s independent record label, IncInk, which he has formed with Navzar Eranee, has also released sign language music videos, becoming the only record label to initiate this progressive step. On International Day of Sign Languages today, Ranveer says, “If there is anything we all have come to value and embrace in the last year-anda-half is the power of the community, and being there for each other. My message to the youth today would be to keep doing the work you are... and if in any way you can create or propagate an inclusive space by working with the hearing impaired community, please do...” As the story of tennis greats Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes is set to be showcased in a seven-part documentary, Break Point, on ZEE 5 from October 1, Mahesh recalls how they were opposites who attracted TITLE GAME ❝ WE WERE LOOKING FOR A TITLE WITH A MAHESH BHUPATHI seen. It was exciting to revisit it all,” he adds. UNIQUE BONDING This journey has helped the duo gain perspective on what the other person was thinking. Any compromises are left behind on the court. “Too late for that, we are not going back to court since I am retired.” Bhupathi labels the bond they share as unique. “Ours is a bond very difficult to explain and hard for people to understand. The hardwork we put in, success we had, challenges we had, the disappointments we faced... Makes it Saif lauds Bhoot Police Actor Saif Ali Khan is overwhelmed with all the love coming his way for his performance in Bhoot Police. He says success is measured in strange and different ways, and that in a pandemic it can be called a feather in his cap. Saif said, “There are certain scripts that you read and fall in love with immediately because you see the potential they hold. You find it important that it gets made in a certain way because you have a lot of hope with that kind of script. Bhoot Police is certainly one of them.” He added, “I would also like to thank my co-actors Arjun, Yami and Jacqueline — Arjun especially, because we were in it together from the beginning and it was a lot of fun jamming with him on our scenes together.” Saif said that horror and comedy are genres that are best viewed collectively in a group. “This is a family movie and you can watch it with your young children without them getting scared and that’s always lovely. We are very happy with the enormous traction the movie has received,” he said. — IANS Willie Garson passes away The Sex and the City actor was 57 Willie Garson, who was best known for playing Stanford Blatch in Sex and the City, passed away on Tuesday (September 21). He was 57. His son, Nathen Garson shared the sad news on Instagram and wrote, “I love you so much papa. Rest in Peace. And I’m so glad you got to share all your adventures with me and were able to accomplish so much. I’m so SPORTS ICONS TENNIS CONNOTATION AND BREAK POINT WAS PERFECT. LEANDER PAES AND I HAD QUITE A FEW BREAKS IN OUR RELATIONSHIP❞ proud of you…” The cause of the death is not disclosed, but reports suggested that Willie was not keeping well. The actor had done notable roles in White Collar, There’s Something About Mary, Little Manhattan and many more. He was even seen in a cameo in FRIENDS (Ross’ neighbour who asks for a contribution to throw a party for a member in the building). Several celebs took to social media to mourn Willie’s demise. His Sex and the City co-star Cynthia Nixon wrote, “So deeply, deeply sad we have lost @WillieGarson. We all loved him and adored working with him.” Kim Cattrall tweeted, “Such sad news and a terribly sad loss to the SATC family. Our condolences and RIP dear Willie.” 1964—2021 c m y b all unique and it is going to stay like that forever.” An introvert by nature, Bhupathi isn’t the one to give unnecessary interviews, but Break Point meant sharing it all in front of the camera. “It was a first, and I had to come out of my comfort zone,” he admits, and also that his wife, Lara Dutta, who was recently seen playing Indira Gandhi in Bell Bottom, helped him all through it all. “She knew from the very first call for the interview; about the entire journey for 18 months and the challenges.” While for Lara OTT has lately brought plenty of sports stories for viewers globally, and Bhupathi has enjoyed Maradona’s and Michael Jordan’s, “It’s great to have these inspiring stories for this generation on screen.” This has also been a good year for Indian sports, “Hockey bronze and Neeraj Chopra’s gold at the Olympics have been the highlight, but also let’s not forget the disappointments at boxing and shooting. India is far from where it should be in the sports arena, but the recent wins have been a step in the right direction.” “Opposites attract, and that’s how we were such a good team,” says Bhupathi. Break Point will release on ZEE 5 from October 1. Get set for Dune Jason Momoa and Zendayastarrer Dune is all set to hit the big screen in India on October 22. Warner Bros Pictures is set to release the film in English and Hindi. The film also stars Oscar nominee Timothee Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgard, Dave Bautista, Stephen McKinley, Chang Chen, among others. — IANS
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