02102021-LSTL-01.qxd 10/1/2021 11:20 PM Page 1 c m y b PRIYANKA, NICK AS PRODUCERS TRIBUNE Web debut Yoodlee Films has announced a show titled Invisible Woman, which will be headlined by Suneil Shetty, who also makes his OTT debut with this project. Douglas Lyons’ Broadway comedy, Chicken & Biscuits, has roped-in global superstars and entrepreneurs Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Nick Jonas into their team of producers. LUDHIANA | SATURDAY | 2 OCTOBER 2021 On Gandhi Jayanti, celebs talk about their favourite film on The Father Of The Nation and also a quote they live by TEACHINGS FOR LIFE HERE’S TRACKING SOME UNCOMMON BUT RELEVANT WORKS ON GANDHI MOHANDAS: This is a film based on Gandhi, released on October 1, 2021, ahead of his birth anniversary. A children’s film, it explores the childhood of the freedom fighter and is directed by P Sheshadri. It is based on the first few chapters of Gandhi’s autobiography, My Experiments With Truth. YUGPURUSH—MAHATMA NA MAHATMA: This Gujarati play depicts the spiritual journey of Gandhi and explores his relationship with Jain philosopher Shrimad Rajchandra. Written by Uttam Gada and directed by Rajesh Joshi, the original song was composed by Sachin-Jigar. The play was adapted into several languages, including English, Bengali, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil and Kannada. ON THE RIGHT PATH GANDHI: Written and directed by Makarand Deshpande, the 70-minute play has him performing solo as well. Carrying forward Bapu’s message of ahimsa, the intelligent play has not only translated Gandhian school of thought without resorting to lengthy or boring speeches, but also managed to stay informative and entertaining. THE PLAY GANDHI WAS AN ATTEMPT TO LET PEOPLE KNOW THAT VIOLENCE IS NOT JUST PHYSICAL; TALKING ABOUT VIOLENCE AND DELETING KINDNESS FROM OUR SYSTEM IS ALSO VIOLENCE. HIS AUTOBIOGRAPHY IS SUFFICIENT TO PROVIDE FOR THE RESEARCH WORK FOR WRITING THE PLAY. MAKARAND DESHPANDE, ACTOR, WRITER AND DIRECTOR OF THE PLAY GANDHI GANDHI Sheetal I T’s the 152nd birth anniversary of The Father Of The Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, today and the teachings he left us with are ever-so-relevant. To commemorate Gandhi Jayanti, we talk to celebs to know about their favourite film made on the great man and how it brought a perceptible change in their lives. Also, they share a Gandhian quote they believe in. NO AGGRESSION Hasan Zaidi Gandhi (1982) is a beautifully made film. Just the man’s ability to say no so affectively without resorting to any violence is my take-away from the film. Favourite quote: It’s the action, not the fruit of the action that’s important. PURE BELIEF Kaveri Priyam I had liked Lage Raho Munna Bhai. The feel-good film made us laugh and touched upon every aspect of Gandhi’s thinking. Favourite quote: If I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it ... GREAT MESSAGE Sneh Binny The message in Lage Raho Munna Bhai is wonderful, as it puts into perspective Gandhi’s way of dealing with everyday problems. Favourite quote: Glory lies in the attempt to reach one’s goal and not in reaching it. BE THE CHANGE Himanshu Malhotra I liked Ben Kingsley’s role in the film Gandhi, which was released in 1982. The film evoked the common emotion of patriotism. Favourite quote: You must be the change that you want to see in this world. CONTEMPORARY TAKE Avinash Mukherjee I loved Lage Raho Munna Bhai, which was a contemporary take on Gandhian ideology LAGE RAHO MUNNA BHAI Favourite quote: We, but mirror the world. TRULY INSPIRING Nidarshana Gowani Gandhi, the 1982 film connected with everyone. Favourite quote: If we are to teach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children. SUBTLE THOUGHT Aly Goni I liked Lage Raho Munna Bhai. The film communi- cates good things in a subtle manner. Favourite quote: Permanent good can never be the outcome of untruth and violence. AHEAD OF TIME Jasmin Bhasin: I liked Lage Raho Munna Bhai because it took ahead the messages that Gandhi left for the world. He had always been ahead of his time and had a unique outlook towards any problem. Favourite quote: The future depends on what you do today. MOHAN’S NO MASALO: Yet another 2015 Gujarati play, this one is a one-man performance by none other than Scam 1992 star Pratik Gandhi. Directed by Manoj Shah, the biographical play later got staged in Hindi and English, and known to many as Mohan’s Masala. It was included in the Limca Book of Records for its performances in three languages (English, Hindi and Gujarati) in a single day. In English, it’s titled Mohan’s Recipe. PEHLA SATYAGRAHI: A play by Suresh Sharma, it was staged to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Bapu in 2019. It was the first work on Gandhi, which traced the evolution of Gandhi through the freedom movement. HAMNE GANDHI KO MAAR DIYA: This film, released in March, 2018, has two people travelling in a train and talking about Gandhi — one for and the other against him. By the time they arrive at their destinations, they get the news of Gandhi’s assassinated. It was directed by Naeem A Siddiqui. GANDHIGIRI: Late actor Om Puri was featured in this Bollywood film, as he tried to apply Gandhian values and beliefs to current times. Released in 2018, it was directed by Sanoj Mishra. Remembering War On the second anniversary (October 2) of War, the film’s cast — Hrithik Roshan, Tiger Shroff and Vaani Kapoor — share their experience of being a part of this hit movie. Hrithik Roshan credits Aditya Chopra and Siddharth Anand for their vision and says, “When I read the script, I didn’t see anything in it that excited me. It was too frivolous and superficial. And I was into ‘real’ cinema like Super 30 at the time. On hearing my reaction both Sid and Adi rushed to my house and it took five minutes worth of reframing for me to get the film.Sometimes, it’s important to get how the director wants to interpret the script. And having done Bang Bang with Sid, I could trust in what they were saying.” Says Tiger Shroff, “It pushed me to deliver something really visually breath-taking on the big screen and I will always cherish this scene. I’m thankful to the makers for putting so much belief in me.” Adds Vaani Kapoor, “I believe with every film one discovers a new dimension. You gain experience, new learnings and observations as an artiste.” Stills from War REVIEW NEW RELEASE What a farewell, Daniel Craig! NO TIME TO DIE Cast: Daniel Craig, Léa Seydoux, Rami Malek, Lashana Lynch, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Jeffrey Wright, Christoph Waltz, Rory Kinnear and Ralph Fiennes Director: Cary Joji Fukunaga Stars: Nonika Singh As we bid farewell to Daniel Craig’s last outing as James Bond, our hearts are already heavy. And the makers intend to rub it in even further and up the emotional quotient, as well as throw in a teaser of who the next Bond could possibly be. For starters, there is another 007 giving further wind to speculation that next Bond could well be black and a woman! Since James has fallen off the radar, has gone into retirement, Nomi (Lashana Lynch) has stepped in, is even called 007. Before you think 007 is just a number as we are reminded in the film, well, let us repeat what Lynch said offscreen. James Bond is James Bond: an opinion with which we agree wholeheartedly. So here Craig is with his customary coolness intact. His marti- Despite a run-time of two hours and 43 minutes, Daniel Craig’s last outing as James Bond has enough momentum topped with some heavy-duty emotions to keep you invested in its rather complex storyline ni is still shaken and not stirred, as he is busy chasing and being chased giving his bête noire, the army of Spectre assassins, and death a close miss. What is different this time around is he has a huge thumping heart, beating only for one woman, Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux.) Now this James Bond film may not be as Seydoux has shared in interviews exactly a love story, but it sure has a heavy-duty emotional core. Emotions are writ on the narrative and on Craig and Seydoux’s face. While a long prologue involving Swann’s past sets up things to take an emotional and dramatic turn, soon (five years down the line in the film’s timeline), the centre of action shifts to a scientific facility. Bio-weapons are not new to Hollywood or Bond films. But here the intrigue attached to these is far greater. Weapons that can be config- ured to kill people with specific DNA might sound too much of a flight of imagination. But implausible, we all know is not a word in Bond films. Even when the narrative (story by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and Cary Joji Fukunaga) gets rather complex even opaque, we are led easily down the path of garden of poison, drawn into the vortex of espionage that has more than one villain. Enemy of an enemy brings us face to face c m y b with Academy Award winning Rami Malek (of Bohemian Rhapsody— fame). Though his part as the deranged bad-man Lyutsifer Safin is not particularly big, he impresses especially in his verbal face-off with Bond. He not only gets under Bond’s skin, but into the skin of his part out to exterminate millions. His menace is suitably under control yet, as deadly as poisons whose science he has mastered. Can Bond save the world as he always does, well, no prizes for guessing the right answer! But at what cost… Once again you can take a calculated guess. Suffice it is to say, the finale does touch an emotional chord and it’s not only because we are saying goodbye Craig. No Time To Die is a befitting adieu to the charismatic actor with crinkling eyes, whose wry humour has forever made us smile. Can the new Bond, man or woman, match up, is a question for future debates. For now, find time to check how Craig, easily and consummately, fits into the part of a former MI6 agent. Craig, however, is not the only USP of this Bond franchise. Women, not just the new 007, but particularly Ana De Armas, scintillating and swashbuckling (in a deep-cut black gown), match his extravagant action. Whistle-worthy action, stupendous locales, wondrous cinematography (Linus Sandgren), musical score (Hans Zimmer) and an award-winning theme song by Billie Eilish add up to take your precious time, if not your breath away. Proud moment The award ceremony of ‘Champions of Change Maharashtra’ took place in Mumbai on Thursday (September 30). The Governor of Maharashtra, Bhagat Singh Koshyari, was the Chief Guest at the award ceremony, which honoured people from different walks of life for doing their bit towards social welfare. Bollywood stars Jackie Shroff and Dia Mirza, who are known for their work on environment, were amongst the ones who got honoured. Meanwhile, Dia Mirza recently completed three years as a UN Sustainable Dia Mirza, Jackie Shroff honoured with ‘Champions of Change’ award Development Goals (SDGs) advocate. In her three-year tenure, she has been the face of many crucial environment campaigns across the country and has tirelessly worked to spread the message on priority areas, including climate change, singleuse plastics, clean air and oceans, and also wildlife conservation as a Goodwill Ambassador.
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