01102021-LSTL-01.qxd 9/30/2021 11:24 PM Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE Release date Actress Alia Bhatt’s much-awaited film Gangubai Kathiawadi is all set to release on the big screen on January 6, 2022. The film also stars Ajay Devgn. IANS LUDHIANA | FRIDAY | 1 OCTOBER 2021 An ode to valour Mona W E all know all about our hero who waited 21 years to avenge Jallianwala Bagh massacre of 1919. Now, Sardar Udham Singh’s story is ready for its cinematic outing. What makes it special is that its director Shoojit Sircar waited as many years to tell the story. Vicky Kaushal gets into the shoes of the braveheart, who carried his mission in his heart till he achieved it. “I came to Mumbai to tell this FOR PLAYING MAJOR VIHAAN IN story,” Shoojit shared at the URI, THE PREPARATION WAS MORE trailer launch on PHYSICAL FOR I HAD TO HAVE THE Thursday. He BODY LANGUAGE OF AN ARMY said he patiently OFFICER, BUT FOR THIS ROLE IT waited with a burning desire WAS MORE EMOTIONAL AND to tell it, “When MENTAL; I HAD TO GO DEEP INTO I came I knew THE CHARACTER nobody — no actors or producVICKY KAUSHAL, ACTOR ers, it took this long to put it together,” says Shoojit, who was hugely motivated by Bhagat Singh during his youth. “When I came to Delhi, I got admission at many colleges, but I was so fascinated by Bhagat Singh that I went to Shaheed Bhagat Singh College.” Research took him to Jallianwala Bagh where he got to know more about Udham Singh, and Nushrratt Bharuccha Best actress nomination at BIFF Nushrratt Bharuccha starred in the anthology Ajeeb Daastaans earlier this year and got rave reviews for her performance. In the film, she played the role of a house help, a non-glamorous role, very different from what she had done before and proved her mettle as an actress. Now, she has been nominated for the Best Actress award at the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) for the film. Nushrratt shares, “Ajeeb Daastaans is one of those films I did purely for myself, purely for the passion I have for films, stories and cinema. Being recognised on a global stage for it is just so overwhelming. I am ecstatic to be nominated by Busan International Film Festival 2021 for its 3rd Asia Contents Awards. So honoured to see my name alongside other talented actors from different countries. This nomination gives me more impetus to follow my calling with renewed fervour to do what I love every day.” The actress has an interesting line-up of upcoming projects that include Chhorri, Hurdang, Janhit Mein Jaari, Ram Setu and an untitled project. A still from Ajeeb Daastaans Jackie is goodwill ambassador ...for India’s first Environmental Film Festival Set to take place between October 9th and 17th, All Living Things Environmental Film Festival (ALT EFF) is back in 2021 with a compelling and entertaining line up of environmental films overseen by a distinguished jury and advisory team. The programme includes 44 films, representing a total of 31 countries and showcasing 33 India premieres. The jury includes Michael Snyder, photojournalist and filmmaker, together with Amin Hajee, Anand Patwardhan and Sourav Sarangi. The ambassadors representing the festival include Jackie Shroff and Mrunmayee Deshpande, amongst other leading figures in the industry. Co-founders of ALT EFF — Neha, Kunal and Rudransh Shoojit Sircar and Vicky Kaushal At the trailer launch of Sardar Udham on Thursday, the cast and crew is upbeat about going back in time and presenting the story of braveheart Sardar Udham Singh ever since he had been itching to tell it to the rest of the world. “Sardar Udham to me is a dream come true. It took years of indepth research to unearth and share with the world the valiant story of a martyr,” Shoojit says. “The true essence of his bravery lives in the hearts of each and every person in Punjab even today. My aim was to make a film that familiarises the viewers with Udham Singh’s valour. It is my ode to his lionhearted spirit, his fearlessness and sacrifice in the fight for the country’s independence,” says the maker of Vicky Donor, Madras Cafe, Piku and October. The film was shot in 2019 before the pandemic sent cinemas packing and now releases on a major OTT platform, just as cinemas are reopening after almost two years of lull. “Every film has its own destiny. While I haven’t compromised at all with the cinematic quality of the film, it is surely made for cinemas. But now that it’s going on OTT, I don’t have any regrets.” CHALLENGING ROLE Actor Vicky Kaushal, who won applause for the film Uri, says playing this role was a huge responsibility, "Just the thought that someone saw and lived with Jallianwala Bagh massacre is unsettling, and to live with it for 21 years is deeply disturbing even to imagine." He talks about the line by Sardar Udham Singh — I don't feel the pain, but I cannot sleep. And, says how he had sleepless nights while portraying this character. "For playing Major Vihaan in Uri, the preparation was more physical for I had to have the body language of an Army officer, but for this role it was more emotional and mental; I had to go deep into the character." This is one story that needs to be shared not only in India but also across the world, feels team Sardar Udham. (The film releases worldwide on Amazon Prime Video on October 16) Maidaan pushed to 2022 After a long time... Ajay Devgn-starrer Maidaan, which was scheduled to release in cinemas on October 15, 2021, coinciding with the Dussehra weekend, has now got a new release date. Starring Ajay Devgn and Priyamani, Maidaan will now hit the screens next year on June 3. On Instagram, Ajay Devgn shared two posters of the film. The multi-lingual film is inspired by a true story and will see Ajay essaying the role of Syed Abdul Rahim. One of the posters shows Ajay standing with a bag and an umbrella in his hand, smiling. The actor has a football under his foot. He is dressed in formal attire. Sharing the posters, Ajay wrote, “Maidaan, a story that will resonate with every Indian, a film that I feel very strongly about. Mark the date on your calendar. Releasing worldwide on 3rd June, 2022…” Basketball love ... Is common between Barack Obama and Ranveer Singh Ranveer Singh has been named the NBA Brand Ambassador for India. He will engage with NBA fans in India throughout the League’s 75th Anniversary Season in 202122. Interestingly, while Ranveer is associated in promoting basketball in India, it is being reported that Barack Obama is backing NBA Africa. Over the course of the season, Ranveer will participate in a number of league initiatives that will be featured on the NBA’s and his social media accounts. Ranveer says, “I have loved basketball and the NBA since my childhood, and have always been fascinated with its influence on popular culture, including music, fashion and entertainment. With the NBA tipping off its 75th season celebrations, there couldn’t have been a better time to join forces with the league and support their efforts to popularise basketball in the country.” Sonakshi Sinha decodes her latest music video Mil Mahiya Sonakshi Sinha is back in a peppy music video Mil Mahiya that got released on Thursday. The actress is can be seen dancing in a different avatar dressed in a hiphop bomber jacket and a glamorous look in the music video sung by Raashi Sood. In an exclusive interview, Sonakshi shared her enthusiasm for being part of the music video Mil Mahiya. The actress says, “I was looking forward to do a music video because it’s been the longest time since I have actually featured in one. And also it has been long since I have been featured in a film song which has the typical singing and dancing style that I associate with.” She was last seen in the film Bhuj: The Pride of India. So when Big Bang Music approached Sonakshi and made her hear a few songs, “Mil Mahiya is what I selected because it just got me grooving to it instantly. It’s the kind of song that I would love to listen to just by myself or with my friends or at a party. It’s got that groove to it; it’s got that vibe, young, cool, fresh feeling to it. Shooting the video was super fun,” informs the actress. While Amith Krishnan directed the music video, it was shot by Enjoy Enjami. She adds, “I love that the music video is so new age and so vivid, visually so appealing that I knew he’ll do a fantastic job with this one and it was exactly that. It was a party on set and we had a blast shooting it,” she adds. About the song, the Dabangg actress says, “The music had really got me grooving and my foot immediately started tapping. I started dancing. I was like I have to do this. Not only me, everyone who was present in the room along with me who heard the song really liked it. It’s a great mix of something nice. I wanted to explore myself. Raashi has sung it so beautifully!” Sonakshi is seen in two different looks in the video, “There are two very distinct looks in the video and we wanted viewers to notice that difference.” —IANS Embracing motherhood Katy Perry calls motherhood her first experience of ‘unconditional love’ Singer Katy Perry, who welcomed her daughter Daisy with fiancee Orlando Bloom last year, says parenthood has given her a new perspective on life. Perry said, “I never really truly knew about unconditional love. Obviously my mother has that for me, but I didn’t really experience it in the first-person until I had my c m y b child. And that was just a whole another level. I think I see through the eyes of a child - like my life and my art always feels playful - so it’s amazing to be able to relate to kids even in your deep 30s.” “And they still want to hang and find you the most fun adult in the room. That is just the biggest gift in the world, added the ‘Roar’ hitmaker. She also said that she has been playing lots of classic tunes to her daughter. When asked if Daisy liked music, Perry said, “Yeah, she loves music, but I’m pretty specific with it. We are on a Stevie Wonder and Bill Withers kick right now. I play lots of old soul, lots of Supremes, lots of ‘shake shake shake Senora.’ We go into different moods. We went to my gym the other day, and they were playing current pop music, and I was like, ‘Oh my God, this is the first time you’ve heard current music!’” —IANS
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