07102021-LSTC-01.qxd 10/6/2021 11:40 PM Page 1 c m y b VIKRAM’S SECRET MARRIAGE? At a time when news about Vikram Bhatt getting secretly married to art promoter Shwetambari Soni during the 2020 lockdown is doing the rounds on websites, the filmmaker took to social media to wish his lady love a happy birthday on Wednesday. IANS TRIBUNE Resting mode Nushrratt Bharuccha has sprained her leg while shooting for her new film Janhit Mein Jaari and has been advised by the doctor to take rest. CHANDIGARH | THURSDAY | 7 OCTOBER 2021 When facts are stranger than fiction The pandemic has brought along a new trend—watching documentaries. On OTT platforms we are now spoilt for choice TOP SLOT Sheetal F ICTION is okay, but what’s real? On the popular demand of the masses, digital platforms have dished out a long list of documentaries, be it series or films. After the much success of original documentaries such as The Tiger King, The Social Dilemma, Bad Boy Billionaires: India, The Last Dance and Time in 2020, we bring you the trends that followed this year in the world of documentaries. BEYOND THE SPORTS ‘Why write a book when you can say it with a documentary’ - seems to be the mantra of 2021 as sports personalities of the likes of Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes or ace Formula 1 driver Michael Schumacher take OTT route to tell their stories. In Break Point on Zee 5, the star jodi of Indian Tennis, Mahesh and Leander come out of their comfort zone to narrate their first-hand experiences and their share of controversies. “It’s great to have inspiring stories for this generation,” says Bhupathi as he names The Last Dance, docu-series, that chronicles Arvind Trivedi aka Raavan passes away Veteran actor Arvind Trivedi, who was best known for his role of Raavan in the muchloved Ramayan by Ramanand Sagar, passed away. The actor breathed his last on Tuesday after he suffered a heart attack and a multiple organ failure. Sharing the news, Kaustubh Trivedi, Arvind’s nephew, said, “He was not keeping well for quite some time, but today he suffered a heart attack and that led to multiorgan failure.” Arvind Trivedi was 82. His last rites took place on Wednesday morning in Mumbai. Apart from his role as Raavan, the actor was also known for his role in Vikram Aur Betaal. Also, he acted in many Gujarati films. Arvind was a Member of Parliament from 1991 to 1996 from the Sabarkatha constituency. Turning Point: 9/11 and the War on Terror The Last Dance the rise of basketball player players Alex Karras and Paul Michael Jordan and 1990s Hornung for gambling in Chicago Bulls of 2020, to be 1963, it has it all. his all-time favourite. And it is not just the iconic tales of legendary players that are becoming the pitchperfect content for documentaries, Bad Sport on Netflix has a mix of sports and crime. It brings forth the accounts of six notorious players and the crimes they have pulled off on and off field. From largest match-fixing scandal of Italian football to NFL suspending star Tiger King The Social Dilemma NATURAL ROUTE “It is but natural for people to be drawn to reality in the form of documentary,” says Madhureeta Anand who is an independent director, writer and producer. The documentaries that really made an impact on her are Three Perfect Strangers, The Social Dilemma and Into the Inferno. “And, I am greatly looking forward to Leena Yadav’s series House of Secrets: The Burari Deaths,” she cap adds. SINGING IT WITH CELEBS When it comes to celeb, the one thing 2021 will be rembered for is the #FreeBritneyMovement. And the rootcause of it all was the documentary, The New York Times Presents: Framing Britney Spears which had highlighted the tale of g lobal popstar Britney Spears and what fame had brought her. Released on Februrary 5, it was followed by another documentary Britney Vs Spears. Teen singing sensation Billie Eilish and the audience interest in her life invoked not one but two documentaries on her in a single year -- Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry and Happier Than Ever: A Love Letter to Los Schumacher Angeles. Justin Bieber: Our World is releasing this Friday for the Beliebers. WHAT’S SENSATIONAL Director Kamlesh K Mishra says, “Today, there’s too much information and media picking sides have made truth a far-reaching thing. That is why you would see, documentaries trending.” Which brings us to a conclusion why sensational series like, House of Secrets: The Burari Deaths, (releasing Friday), Untold: Crime & Penalties (August 31) and Turning Point: 9/11 and the War on Terror (September 1) are some the documentaries brought forward by OTT platforms. Top ranking documentaries according to IMDb in recent years are Seaspiracy, The One Where They Get Back Together, David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet, Godspeed, Los Polacos! and My Octopus Teacher. Michael Jordan's The Last Dance (with IMDb rating - 9.1/10) won 23.8 million global audiences; Tiger King (7.5/10) reportedly was seen by 64 million households. According to sources and Blogspot which keeps an eye on Indian viewership, documentary viewing grew 100 per cent in 2020 over 2019. Bad Boy Billionaires (IMDB - 8.0/10), The Social Dilemma (7.6/10) and Money Heist: The Phenomenon (7.5/10) were the most popular documentaries on Netflix in India in 2020. Top 5 documentaries on Netflix among Indian audiences are: The Creative Indians (8.3/10), Bad Boy Billionaires, Alma Matters(8.0/10), Crime Stories: Indian Detectives(7.5/10) and Searching For Sheela (4.3/10). Whereas, currently on Disney+Hotstar, Among the Stars (released this Wednesday), Playing with Sharks: The Valerie Taylor Story (7.7/10) and Stuntman (6.8/10) sit at Top 3 in the documentary category. They want to adopt parents The first teaser of Rajkummar Rao and Kriti Sanon-starrer Hum Do Hamare Do was released by the makers on Wednesday morning. The 50-second clip gives viewers a glimpse of the kind of films the audience can expect from the talented team. Also, starring Paresh Rawal and Ratna Pathak Shah, the movie will release on Disney+ Hotstar. The teaser sees a nervous Rajkummar Rao waiting for Kriti Sanon’s character to show up and when Kriti enters the scene, audiences get to know by Paresh Rawal’s voiceover that the young couple is keen on adopting parents. Yes, you read that right! Hrithik Roshan & Ranbir Kapoor Epic collaboration Pillow Ranbir & Hrithik Roshan to play Ram & Raavan? Rajkummar Rao & Kriti Sanon Ranbir Kapoor and Hrithik Roshan were recently spotted at producer Jackky Bhagnani’s office. As per the latest reports, they have been roped in for a cinematic version of the epic Ramayana. Ranbir will reportedly play Ram, whereas Hrithik has been roped in to play Raavan. If reports are to be believed, the makers are currently looking for an actress to play Sita. According to a source, Ranbir and Hrithik, in their meeting, discussed the vision of the project. The two actors will be seen together on screen for the first time. Reportedly, the team wants to make a big announcement with a creative featuring the three pivotal characters Ram, Raavan and Sita. Meanwhile, Hrithik will be next seen in Sidharth Anand’s Fighter. Comfort in ‘Pippa has enriched me as an actor’ Mrunal Thakur is logistics essaying the role of Vicky Kaushal’s upcoming film The Immortal Ashwatthama has been in the making for quite some time now. Now, speaking about the same during a recent media interaction, Vicky revealed that he felt disheartened because of the delay. However, the actor tries to be optimistic by thinking that logistically, it is not the correct time. Vicky Kaushal Bollywood actress Mrunal Thakur, who has wrapped up the shooting of the upcoming film Pippa that also stars Ishaan Khattar, says the film has given her a chance to know about a glorious chapter of Indian history. Mrunal said, “Pippa has shown me such a great time and enriched me as an actor. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the era as part of my prep. It is an honour to be part of a film that depicts an Indian victory. The experience of working with Raja Krishna Menon, Ronnie Screwvala, Siddharth Roy Kapur, and the entire cast was fantastic.” She will be seen essaying the role of Ishaan Khatter and Priyanshu Painyuli’s reel sister in the film. Produced by RSVP and Roy Kapur Films, Pippa also features Soni Razdan. While Soni has also c m y b Ishaan Khatter and Priyanshu Painyuli’s reel sister in the film A still from Pippa wrapped up her portion of the shoot, Khatter and Painyuli will continue shooting for the Raja Krishna Menon directorial. Based on The Burning Chaffees written by Brigadier Balram Singh Mehta, Pippa is a heroic tank battle film that underlines the bravery of the war veteran of the 45th Cavalry tank squadron who, along with his siblings, fought on the eastern front during the Indo-Pakistan war of 1971, which led to the liber- ation of India’s neighbour Bangladesh. Christened as Pippa, the amphibious war tank involved in the victory, is akin to an empty ghee ‘dabba’ that smoothly floats on water. —IANS talk! Jake Gyllenhaal says filming with Jennifer Aniston was ‘torture’ Hollywood star Jake Gyllenhaal says it was “torture” filming The Good Girl with Jennifer Aniston because of his real life crush on her. Speaking during an interview with The Howard Stern Show, Gyllenhaal was asked by the host if it was “torture” to film love scenes with somebody he fancied in real life, reports femalefirst.co.uk. Gyllenhaal said, “Oh yeah, it was torture, yes it was. But it was also not torture. I mean, come on, it was like a mix of both.” He said that such is the “mechanical nature” of love scenes he thankfully managed to keep his true feelings towards Aniston well-hidden. He added: “Weirdly, love scenes are awkward, because there are maybe 30, 50 people watching it? That doesn’t turn me on. It’s oddly mechanical. “And also it’s a dance, you’re choreographing for a camera. You can get in it but it’s like a fight scene, you have to choreograph those scenes.” He added that a wellplaced pillow, which was actually Aniston’s suggestion, helped. —IANS
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