30092021-LSTL-01.qxd 9/29/2021 11:37 PM Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE Mother figure Reality TV personality Kylie Jenner, who is expecting her second child with rapper Travis Scott, feels that she was “always meant to” be a mother. IANS LUDHIANA | THURSDAY | 30 SEPTEMBER 2021 Sheetal ‘A When Demi Lovato made contact with UFO Alien encounter Singer Demi Lovato claims to have made contact with an alien on her 28th birthday. Demi stars alongside her sister Dallas, and their skeptical best friend Matthew in the new Peacock series Unidentified which sees them visit a series of UFO hot spots. The singer said: “I had a pretty profound experience on my 28th birthday. I made (alien) contact, and it was a pretty mind-blowing experi- ence. Ever since then, I started to look into this more and I wanted to do a show about it.” Recalling the experience, they said they were stargazing and “tried to do the protocol where you make contact, and all of a sudden something showed up directly above us in the sky”. “It was huge lights that made a question mark, almost, in the sky - and then it just backed out,” Lovato said. —IANS International route Censor Board has denied permission to release Punjabi singer Sidhu Moosewala’s debut movie Moosa Jatt, the makers take the international route. Says Rupali Gupta, producer, “Censor Board has verbally told us what they found conflicting in the film but changing or deleting those scenes will tamper with the story and what it stands for.” The movie great man who made great films’, that’s how Rajesh Khanna used to describe film director Hrishikesh Mukherjee. Born in Calcutta on September 30, 1922, on the beginning of his birth anniversay today, we remember the director for his contribution to Indian cinema. Trained under Bimal Roy school of thought, the science student had his first job as a lab assistant in New Theatres, Calcutta. We talk to actors and directors who got inspired from his body of work and also learn how he became what the world knows him as, Hrishi da. ‘Wow! This was unexpected’ When the Dada Saheb Phalke Award winner filmed Arjun Pandit (1976), starring Sanjeev Kumar, he had filmed the death scene of the actor in a single take. He even went on to call it ‘the best death scene that he ever filmed’ leaving behind the Rajesh Khanna’s death sequel in Anand, and Dharmendra’s reel death in Satyakam. Through his film Anand (1970), where Rajesh Khanna played a dying man, Hrishi-da had pumped a new lease of life into Indian cinema as well his directorial career. The director was already ruling the industry with his middle-of-the-road genre and editing skills in the 1960s-1970s, but from there on started the silsila of releasing two to three films in a year. The late director had a unique story to tell with each project he picked. He knew his actors inside out. This is the reason he was quick to tell that Amitabh Bawarchi ILLUSTRATION BY SANDEEP JOSHI Anand Chupke Chupke Namak Haraam ■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■ Bachchan’s Angry Young Man image was being exploited by other directors and the actor was reduced to a mere stunt man. After 17 hits in a row, only Hrishi da could have dared to bring the superstar Rajesh Khanna as a cook in 1972 film Bawarchi. On the sets of Chupke Chupke (1975), when Dharmendra inquired a supporting actor why he was in a suit while he was in a driver’s costume, Hrishi da’s reply was, “You wouldn’t have been a hero if you had sense of stories.” He kept the scenes a secret till the last minute. What makes him special? Subhankar Ghosh Mukherjee was a technician who knew the importance of every cut. In a shoot, he would know exactly how much he wanted from an actor, nothing more or less. He would make do with what one calls minimal consumption. He struggled with knee problem during the peak year of his career. Had it not been, he would have given more stories to us. live their fantasies of being an angry young man, Hrishikesh Mukherjee created stories and worlds that actually reflected the Indian middle-class psyche without losing the essence of being an entertainer. His stories are still relevant and strike a chord with today’s generation too, which reflects in the fact that his films like Gol Maal, Anand, and Chupke Chupke are still being watched across generations. Different and relevant Gajraj Rao His flair in comedy Jaswinder Bhalla At a time when audiences watched Hindi films only to Chupke Chupke, Gol Maal, Naram Garam, Khoobsoorat Akshay Kumar and Emraan Hashmi to star in the remake of Driving Licence In the driver’s seat Says Ali Fazal as he gets nominated for Ray at Asia Content Awards by Busan Film Fest Bollywood actor Ali Fazal has bagged the nomination in the Best Actor category at the Asia Content Awards by the Busan International Film Festival. Ali has been nominated for the Best Actor category for his portrayal of Ispit Nair in Forget Me Not segment in the Ray anthology on Netflix. On the nomination, Ali said: Guddi What is dead may never die The boss on sets was supposed to be releasing worldwide on October 1 but it won’t be releasing in India. On the birth anniversary of renowned film director Hrishikesh Mukherjee, industry insiders tell us how they have been inspired by Hrishi da’s body of work Akshay Kumar and Emraan Hashmi are coming together on screen in the remake of Malayalam film Driving Licence. The movie will be directed by Good Newwz-fame director Raj Mehta. A source says, “This is the first time the two actors are going to work together. The film is a remake of the Malayalam film Driving Licence which featured Prithviraj Sukumaran and Suraj Venjaramoodu in the lead roles.” Akshay will reprise Prithviraj’s character who is a superstar while Emraan will play the role of a traffic inspector, who is also a diehard fan of the superstar. The source further said that the shooting of the movie is expected to start early next year. Raj is currently finishing his upcoming film Jug Jugg Jeeyo that has Varun Dhawan, Anil Kapoor, Kiara Advani, and Neetu Kapoor. “There is one song for which the unit will be travelling to Russia after which the film will move into the post-production stage,” added the source. “Wow! This was totally unexpected. I am so humbled to receive this nomination and it means a lot to be recognised by ACA. A lot of great content was produced this year in Asia and to land a nomination amongst such an impressive lineup of films and actors is an honour.” Directed by Srijith Mukherji, the story is a modern interpretation of Satyajit Ray’s story Bipin Chaudhary Ka Smriti Bhram. Ali plays the role of a cutthroat corporate shark.—IANS ■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■ Remembering the legend... Emraan Hashmi Akshay Kumar c m y b and Guddi are some of the finest films by the director. His flair in comedy stood its ground against the test of time and till date people revisit his movies. One of my favourite films of Hrishikesh ji is Chupke Chupke in which he had cast Dharmendra in a comic role. I was in ninth or tenth standard then. It had touched me at so many levels. I feel fortunate that I am offred the role of Prof Sukumar Sinha in the Punjabi remake of Chupke Chupke. Other gem of a movie was Guddi (1971), written by Gulzar which had broken many stereotypes. Did you know! ■ During the shooting of the song O Shama Mujhe Phoonk De from Aashiq (1962), Hrishi da told Raj Kapoor not to swing his arm twice during a song. That’s how minutely he worked as a director. ■ In his directorial debut , Musafir, Hrishi da made his lead actor Dilip Kumar sing a song, Lagi Nahi Chute. He had noticed the actor humming off shoots and thought to present this side of the tragedy king to the audience. Tweets to remember The senior Bachchan had time and again put out a post on Hrishi da’s birth anniversary or remembering the films he had done with the director. His 2017 tweet with a picture from Namak Haraam said, “T 2719 - Namak Haraam .. 44 years ! .. and that instrument in my hand is the first video camera in the film Industry .. it had just come out and it belonged to Rajesh Khanna personally.. when he showed it to Hrishi da, he used it in the scene of the film .. !!” In another post Big B remembered Hrishi da on his birth anniversary in 2018, where words fell short when he shared an old article. “Maharaj..this is your finest ! But it is still only 30 per cent of what you can do!’— Hrishi da’s words for Amitabh Bachchan, after he watched AB’s film Black. The best in everything Being conferred with Dada Saheb Phalke Award in 1999, he received Padma Vibhushan in 2001 for his contribution to Indian cinema. If Madhumati, Naukari fetched him the title of best editor during that time, Anokhi Raat made him the best screenplay writer in 1970. Happy in Hyderabad Samantha Akkineni, who made her OTT debut with The Family Man 2, recently conducted an Ask Me Anything session on Instagram. She interacted with fans and even opened up about her personal life. She did the Q&A session on the first anniversary of her clothing line. During the same, she shared about her journey as an entrepreneur and also addressed certain rumours. One of the questions was on whether she is shifting to Mumbai. “Are you really shifting to Mumbai?” asked a fan, to which she replied, “I don’t know where this rumour started but just like a hundred other rumours, not true. Hyderabad is my home, will always be my home. Hyderabad is giving me everything and I will continue to live here very (happily).” Meanwhile, a few days back, several reports suggested that not everything is good between Samantha and hubby Naga Chaitanya. Some reports stated that Naga Chaitanya has moved out of home and is living with his parents Nagarjuna and Amala. The couple hasn’t confirmed or denied the rumours of their separation. The rumours of her shifting to Mumbai apparently started when certain reports stated that Samantha’s fame in the North with a recent web series, may lead to her move to Mumbai. However, Samantha shut down these rumours in a video. Samantha Akkineni
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