25092021-LSTC-01.qxd 24-09-2021 23:18 Page 1 c m y b GOODBYE SUMMER! Priyanka Chopra Jonas has recently shared pictures on Instagram where she is seen at different places, including the time she spent with family and friends. For the caption, Priyanka wrote, “Summer, you’ve been good to me #TBT #GoodbyeSummer #HelloFall.” TRIBUNE Digital route Directed by Shoojit Sircar and starring Vicky Kaushal, the film Sardar Udham is set for a worldwide premiere on OTT this October. CHANDIGARH | SATURDAY | 25 SEPTEMBER 2021 On the right track Rashmi Rocket not only deals with the gender issue but is made in an engaging way, claims the cast at the trailer launch Mona “T Roll of honour Daniel Craig named honorary Royal Navy commander Hollywood star Daniel Craig has been appointed as an honorary Commander by the British Royal Navy, the same rank held by his famous character ‘James Bond’. The 53year-old actor said, “I am truly privileged to be appointed at the rank of Honorary Commander in the senior service,” he said. First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Tony Radakin, the head of the British Royal Navy, who worked closely with Craig and the crew on latest Bond movie No Time To Die, said the organisation’s work was very similar to that done by the spy. —IANS REVIEW Starring Ammy Virk and Sargun Mehta, Qismat 2 sure makes a mark with some powerful performances HIS is by far the toughest role I have ever played; the physiological changes are for everyone to see. If Rashmi Rocket doesn’t move you emotionally, there is something seriously wrong with my choice of films,” shared a confident Taapsee Pannu at the trailer launch of Rashmi Rocket. A story of an athlete, this film touches the issue of gender testing and adds to Taapsee’s profile of issue-based films — Thappad, Saand Ki Aankh and Pink, to name a few. “I feel fortunate that I am able to extend my real persona — how I feel about life — on to my work. I knew forever that I don’t fit into the aspirational diva — the oh-so-gorgeous heroine mould. I made that call early to portray newage characters, someone like me into the films I do,” says Taapsee, who went the extra mile to play an athlete. In fact, Nandha Periyasamy approached Taapsee with the story, and so shocked she was about gender testing practice that she reached out to the producer, Pranjal Khandhdiya, and brought Akarsh Khurana on board as the director over a lunch at a film festival! If physical transformation was rigorous, once the film went on the floors, Taapsee calls it ‘the smoothest process ever’ — a credit that she shares with the director, who further applauds the film’s screenwriter, Aniruddha Guha. “Aniruddha has been a journalist and has that research-based mindset that ❝ ALL OF US HAVE TO FIGHT SOMETIME FOR OUR SELFWORTH; RASHMI ROCKET, WHICH IS ABOUT STRUGGLE AND DETERMINATION, MAY GET YOU THAT STRENGTH. ABHISHEK BANERJEE, ACTOR Real to reel really helped the film come together,” says Khurana, who has directed Karwaan, High Jack and Mismatched. ROLE CALL Rashmi Rocket also has Priyanshu Painyuli and Abhishek Banerjee in significant roles. Banerjee is grateful to Khurana for giving him a role that has him washed, bathed, with a nice haircut and shirt on! “I just couldn’t ask for more,” laughs the Paatal Lok, Unpaused and Stree actor, who plays a lawyer in the film. “It’s the first time I have a degree,” he adds. Playing an Army officer was a dream come true for Priyanshu. “To don the uniform has always been a dream and Rashmi Rocket gave me that chance,” says the Extraction actor. One thing that the cast and the director agrees on is that gender testing, an archaic practice, came as a shocking revelation to them. That the practice still exists; an unfair, rather humiliating test that only women athletes have to undergo is something that appalled the actors. “An athlete already has to go through challenges and to add to that the pressure of being tested is an outdated thing; now that we have moved forward as a society and do not judge people on the basis of race, religion or sexuality,” says Priyanshu. RIGOROUS TRAINING Taapsee underwent rigorous training to get into an athlete’s form, but her mardana body made her a target of trolls. “While calling me names, in a way, they were paying compliments to me — that I looked the part,” says Taapsee. (See the story unfold on October 15 on ZEE5) I HAVE DONE ISSUE-BASED FILMS BEFORE, BUT RARELY WILL YOU FIND A FILM THAT HAS AS STRONG A SCALE, VISUAL APPEAL AND COMMERCIAL ASPECT AS THIS ONE. IT’S A VISUALLY WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE THAT IS SURE TO LEAVE AN IMPACT. TAAPSEE PANNU, ACTRESS Of emotion and fantasy Luck factor QISMAT 2 Emotional roller-coaster Not for a minute does the film fail to strike an emotional chord. You continuously feel something or the other, which is what I liked about the film. Chaya Kumari, student Lanes of love We don’t find enough romantic films in Punjabi and when we do, it’s hard to miss. Shiva and Bani even tried to pull off the Kuch Kuch Hota Hai signature Rahul-Anjali handshake moment and they gave it a new spin. Sukhmani Kaur, lawyer Let them work I enjoyed this one more than the first part. Ammy and Sargun have delivered great performances. I hope they continue to give good films and uplift Pollywood. Kritika Singh, vlogger JUNGLE CRUISE Good escape QISMAT 2 Cast: Ammy Virk, Sargun Mehta, Tania, Jaani, Amrit Amby, Hardip Gill, Balwinder Bullet, Rupinder Rupi, Harpreet Bains, Satwant Kaur and Manpreet Singh Mandi Director: Jagdeep Sidhu Stars: actress Tania, in and as Majaz, head over heels for Shiva, her college coach, the characters in the film have been etched well. One of Shiva’s friends (played by Amrit Amby) brings in humour using his Discovery channel’s nar- maada prompts for ShivaBani’s brewing chemistry. Kudos to the director for placing them well! In terms of being in sync with the current times, the film does not quite present a worthy excuse for Bani leaving Shiva to marry another one (Kaabil). But to make up for it, like Qismat 1 had modern parents, the second instalment has modern in-laws! Sargun and Tania’s banter is quite adorable too. The jodi of Ammy and Sargun looks amazing together, as the two lift the bar with their individual appearance, styling and performance. Not to forget, their unsaid way of communicating which is endearing and something that keeps the essence of the first film as does the bike rides of the couple. Supporting actors, minus Ekta’s cliché dumb role as a friend of Bani, have done well. Ammy’s mirror scene, where he conveys humour and sadness in one go, is worth mentioning too. While we can’t tell much about how fate unfolds for Shiva and Bani this time, the film is sure fated to get much love from the masses. c m y b The trailer of Spencer, starring Kristen Stewart, is finally out and Stewart’s portrayal of Princess Diana looks extremely promising. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that the actress has so well got into the skin of the character that one could take her as the real Princess Diana! From her look to her accent, the two-minute trailer is certainly impressive. ❝ FIRST-DAY-FIRST SHOW NEW RELEASE Sheetal The saying ‘fate is choice, not chance’ stands quite true for the film Qismat 2. It was director’s choice to not force a sequel unless he had a great script, team’s choice to wait for a proper release, and all those choices have worked well. For Qismat fans, the sequel does take you ahead in terms of script, actors’ performances and music. The lead pair, Shiva and Bani, played by Ammy Virk and Sargun Mehta, has brought some fresh acting goals for the industry. Their ability to laugh while crying and vice-versa is appreciable. Jaani as Kabil has shown his ability when it comes to writing lyrics. Blame it on watching too much Bollywood if you may, but the story doesn’t surprise you. But, surprisingly, does hold well. From Shiva (Ammy) as ishq mein haara aashiq trying Hindi dialogues on Bani to surprise-package, Meet Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana After pulling through two lockdowns, I believe we all deserve a fantasy flick that will help us escape from reality. I would recommend it to everyone. Karan Kumar, engineer The Rock rocks I would watch anything and everything that has Dwayne Johnson in the star cast. And trust me, he always delivers, be it in the ring, on screen or social media. He is a complete entertainer. Sanchit Goyal, CA Roger Mitchell is no more Filmmaker Roger Michell, known for directing films such as Notting Hill, Venus and My Cousin Rachel, passed away on Wednesday. He was 65. Born in South Africa, Michell had a successful career in theater, with stints at the UK’s Royal Court Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company, where he was resident director, and the National Theatre, among others. For TV, he made the miniseries Downtown Lagos (1992), followed by the enormously acclaimed adaptation of Hanif Kureishi’s The Buddha of Suburbia (1993). Michell made his film directorial debut in 1997 with My Night with Reg. Romantic comedy Notting Hill, directed by him, written by Richard Curtis and starring Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant, was a global hit. Michell is also known for Venus, starring Peter O’Toole. His last fiction features were Blackbird (2019) with Susan Sarandon leading an ensemble cast that also included Kate Winslet and Sam Neill, and The Duke with Jim The filmmaker, known for directing movies such as Notting Hill, was 65 Broadbent and Helen Mirren. Michell won BAFTAs for best miniseries for ‘The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies’ and for best single drama for Persuasion. Tributes have been pouring in from the industry. Winslet, who worked with Michell on the drama Blackbird, called the director “a gorgeous man, who made the world a better place”. — IANS
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