26092021-LSTL-01.qxd 9/26/2021 12:11 AM Page 1 c m y b UP NEXT FOR DILJIT Diljit Dosanjhshared the poster of his upcoming Punjabi film, Honsla Rakh, on Friday evening. He announced its theatrical release date as October 15. The film also stars Sonam Bajwa and Shehnaaz Gill. TRIBUNE Goodbye! Kartik Aaryan will be soon seen in the romantic thriller, Freddy, co-starring Alaya F. As the movie came to an end, he wrote on Instagram, “#Freddy is nearing a tough goodbye.” LUDHIANA | SUNDAY | 26 SEPTEMBER 2021 Every land is his world Rohit Shetty Nonika Singh Nawazuddin Siddiqui , whose film No Land’s Man is all set to compete at the prestigious Busan Film Festival, believes it is an opportune time for actors provided they have the calibre to sustain themselves TODAY WE ARE WITNESSING THE BOOM OF KOREAN CINEMA. BESIDES, WE ARE LIVING IN TIMES WHEN YOU CAN BE PLACED ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD. BUT IF YOU ARE DOING GOOD WORK IT WILL BE NOTICED GLOBALLY. DURING THE PANDEMIC I HAVE SPENT TIME WITH MYSELF, REALISED MY FLAWS AND HOPE TO NOT REPEAT MY MISTAKES. N AWAZUDDIN Siddiqui, the gifted actor, needs no introduction. However, each new project of his calls for deliberation and elaboration. As he is ready with his new film No Land’s Man that turns the phrase No Man’s Land upside down, he talks about the American Bangladeshi project, quintessentially about a man’s identity and his quest for self- discovery. With the film nominated for Kim Ji-seok Award at the prestigious Busan Film Festival, Nawaz shares how the acclaimed Bangladeshi director Mostofa Sarwar Farooki brings out the best in actors. He adds, “Mostofa is a very interesting human being and part of what he wants to say reflects through his personality as well his work. Besides, when an actor is playing a certain part he has his own insecurities. Only a director like Mostofa ensures that an actor who is in his vulnerable space at that point feels comfortable and secure.” An actor of Nawaz’s calibre one would assume is always secure. But Nawazuddin has a different take, “If I were to always be in a comfort zone, each part of mine be it Manto or Thackeray would be a clone of the other.” Since No Land’s Man happens to be his first feature film in English, the actor, who is otherwise more comfortable with Hindi, asserts that language is no detriment. “It takes only a day or two to find one’s sur.” In fact, the film’s title might be No Land’s Man, today certainly every land belongs to an actor. Nawaz, who has previously acted in international A still from No Land’s Man series McMafia and just the other day nominated for an International Emmy for Serious Men, is not eying international success per se. Or for that matter trappings of fame. In NSD he learnt the all important lesson, “Prasiddhi aur siddhi mein fark hota hai. You can become popular overnight by walking naked on the road while mastering one’s craft requires dedication and effort.” No wonder, he is not misled by stardom. Nor does he care to repeat himself. Today web might be the go-to medium for actors, but Nawaz, whose breakout series Sacred Games once again established him as an actor par excellence, said no to nearly 60 projects of the same ilk. For he cares to set trends and not follow the same. CLEAR VISION A regular at film festivals where more than one film of his has gone, he hails festival films as ones which involve great vision and application of mind. No Land’s Man he also insists is a very engaging film, fast-paced at that which would capture audience’s imagination and attention. Yet he does not believe that audiences today are more ready for content-driven films. “Audiences have always been there. Only films with a difference never got the much-needed platform. I bet you give any film starring any Tom, Dick or Harry 5,000 screens and it will do business worth Rs 20-crore in a single day.” If you think that he is taking a dig at the superstars, the actor quips, “I am only pointing out at the fallacies in the system.” Interestingly, while the biggest lesson he learnt from the lockdown has been ‘to be in the moment and not hanker after worldly things’ he even has a ready reckoner for the entertainment industry. “Until the entertainment world realises that it can’t keep pedalling the same hero heroine formula over and over, it will receive many more jolts.” On the turbulence in his personal life (he was on the verge of a divorce), well, the actor would not entertain any questions on the domestic front. Professionally, he is ready to field any queries just as the actor in him is ready to play any part, howsoever, challenging. No Land’s Man.... but every land is Nawaz’s as he remains every man’s and every director’s actor. Now, OTT route Rohit Shetty helms the cop universe in Bollywood, having super-hit cop movies, including Singham and Simmba, and the highly awaited Sooryavanshi. Now, as Rohit Shetty is reportedly almost done with his film Cirkus, starring Ranveer Singh, he is ready to introduce us to another cop drama. According to reports, the filmmaker is backing an eight-episode web series for Amazon Prime Video, which will be helmed by his assistant director Sushwanth Prakash. Reportedly, Sushwanth has been a part of Rohit’s team for years and this time around, Rohit will serve as the showrunner for the digital offering. Actors, including Vicky Kaushal, Sidharth Malhotra, and Tiger Shroff, have been reportedly approached for the lead role. Sidharth Malhotra inaugurates the first Himalayan Film Festival in Leh Bruce Springsteen & Robert Redford team up Bruce Springsteen Actor Robert Redford and rock legend Bruce Springsteen are teaming up for the documentary The Mustangs: America’s Wild Horses, which will tell the story about America’s wild horses from their turbulent history to their uncertain future. The feature-length documentary takes audiences on an odyssey throughout America to places that few people have seen, with more than 80,000 wild horses on public lands and more than 50,000 in government corrals. The documentary will be released theatrically on October 15, followed by a TVOD (transactional video on demand) release. Redford is an executive producer, and Springsteen contributes to the film’s soundtrack, which also features music from Willie Nelson and Emmylou Harris, and the original song Never Gonna Tame You, performed by Blanco Brown and written by 12-time Oscar-nominated songwriter Diane Warren, who also serves as a co-producer on the film. Redford said: “America’s wild horses are fighting When Maharani came calling! Sheetal Dressed in a kaftan, paired with ethnic jhumkas, Huma Qureshi touched down in Chandigarh to inaugurate a luxury hair salon on Saturday. Happy to be out and making a public appearance, the Bellbottom actress expressed her gratitude for the warm welcome she has got in Punjab. She said, “It has been two to three years since I had last been to Chandigarh or Punjab. I always have a good time in the city; not only is it a wellplanned city, but the people here are full of life too.” With her hair kept open, balayage highlights at the front and baby lights at the back, nude make-up; she had kept it simple. Not to ignore the cream-coloured embroidered face mask, which she kept on even while answering our questions, and telling many other guest to follow Huma Qureshi visits Chandigarh to inaugurate a luxury salon suit. On her recent successful box-office outing as a spy in Bellbottom, she said, “I had kept my fingers crossed for this one. When I was offered the role, it felt like an opportunity, especially because it came to me after the first lockdown.” Her take on social media is little different, as she believes, “It has saved us all in the past one-and-a-half year. While it is true that social media can affect our mental health, at the same time it kept us sane when we were alone and away from our loved ones.” About whether she can take a break from social media, she quipped, “I don’t think I need to. I use it as a platform to speak my mind. As far as the criticism and trolls go, I ignore them all. It is as simple as it can be. You give me a flower and I don’t accept it, so it doesn’t affect me. Like fire can be used to cook food and burn something down, social media can be used for good and bad things. It depends on us.” Look wise Huma believes that is for the audience to decide her best character on screen, but she liked the one of Rani Bharti in Maharani. On more female-centric content being made, she adds, “There are many stories that did not see the light of the day and should be brought forward. Every actress who came before us ignited the movement of change. Our success is because of them.” c m y b their last stand. Increasing competition for our natural resources threatens our wilderness areas, our wild horses and other wildlife species. Horses are interwoven into the very fabric of what is America. What threatens them threatens us all.” — IANS Replacement theory Jacqueline Fernandez to replace Kajal Aggarwal in The Ghost? Rumour mills have it that South-Indian actress Kajal Aggarwal, who tied the knot with her long-term beau Gautam Kitchlu in October 2020, is pregnant with her first child. While we await the couple to address the ongoing speculations, a latest report suggests that she is now being replaced in Nagarjuna’s upcoming film The Ghost. It is also being reported that Jacqueline Fernandez will be replacing her in the movie. A source says, “The makers have already approached Jacqueline Fernandez and are waiting to make an official announcement Jacqueline soon.” Fernandez Shershaah shines Sidharth Malhotra is currently soaking in the success of his recently released film Shershaah. The film has been appreciated by critics and audiences alike. The actor recently attended the 1st Himalayan Film Festival in Leh, where Shershaah was the opening film. Minister of Information and Broadcasting Anurag Thakur was also in attendance. Sharing pictures on Instagram, the actor wrote, “Inaugurated the 1st Himalayan Film Festival with Shershaah today. It was a complete honour to have shared the stage with our honourable Union Minister for I & B, Mr Anurag Thakur. Thank you for having us.” Sidharth essayed the role Captain Vikram Batra, who laid down his life in the service of the nation while recapturing Indian territories from Pakistani intruders during the Kargil War in 1999. Sidharth Malhotra and Anurag Thakur
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