14102021-LSTC-01.qxd 10/13/2021 11:12 PM Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE Up next Prakash Jha’s daughter Disha Jha, who started her journey as a producer with Fraud Saiyyan, is all set for her next venture Konman. CHANDIGARH | THURSDAY | 14 OCTOBER 2021 On the digital route Sheetal New journey Singer Shaan bags a role in the Ilaiyaraaja musical Music School Renowned for his euphonious voice, singer Shaan has stepped aboard for Papa Rao’s Biyyala’s Hindi directorial debut, Music School, a musical by Ilaiyaraaja, in the capacity of an actor. The director-writer was thoroughly impressed by the singer’s flamboyance as the latter sang in Ilaiyaraaja’s studio after which he was offered a role. Starring Sharman Joshi and Shriya Saran, the musical shall witness Shaan in the role of Saran’s ex-boyfriend. What’s more is that apart from acting, he will also be singing a song that shall feature him. Shaan says, “I’m hap- py to have stepped aboard a musical by none other than the maestro Ilaiyaraaja. It’s a film that highlights the difference an upbringing in music, arts and sports can make to a pupil’s life. The theme of the film felt personal to me and I thank Papa Rao sir for conceptualising this film. I’m thrilled to be acting and singing for it.” Music School is a 12song musical about the pressure of the unimaginative education system on children to mug equations and aim only to become doctors or engineers, leaving no time for arts or sports. The Punjabi film industry has left no stone unturned post the reopening of theatres to keep the entertainment quotient going for the masses. And now, a film, Jinne Jamme Saare Nikamme, will premiere on ZEE5, making it the first Punjabi movie ever to witness an OTT release. Starring the popular on screen father-son jodi of Jaswinder Bhalla and Binnu Dhillon, the film also features talented actors Seema Kaushal and Pukhraj Bhalla. Then there are some new artistes being introduced to the Punjabi film industry, including Maninder Singh, Deepali Rajput, Bhumika Sharma and Armaan Anmol. “The audience has showered their love upon our father-son chemistry. But this time around, it’s not just about making them laugh. I believe this film is complete in itself for it has all the elements of family Being the first Punjabi film to be released on an OTT platform , the cast of Jinne Jamme Saare Nikamme shares how the family drama also conveys a deep message to the audience drama. It will not only entertain the audiences, but also force them to think about the social message that we have tried to deliver.” About the OTT release, the actor explains, “We respect the decision of the producers because on any given day whoever has invested in a film would like to get his returns. At the end of the day we just want the film to reach out to a wider audience and digital platforms do promise that.” PLOT WISE Directed by Kenny Chhabra, this film has been written by Naresh Kathooria. It is the story of Gurnam Singh (Jaswinder Bhalla) and Satwant Kaur (Seema Kaushal) who are parents to four sons. Like all ageing parents, they want nothing more from their children except for their time and attention, but this is exactly what they don’t end up getting. What starts off as a series of humorous incidents leads to an emotional roller-coaster ride. Actor Pukhraj Bhalla, who will be seen with his real father in the film, says, “It was always fun being around him, be it at work or home. He often shared his inputs about my performance.” ENCOURAGING TREND Binnu adds that the more the number of Punjabi films being released, the better it is for the language. “Many NRI grannies and mothers have told me that because of Punjabi films, their grandchildren and children have a newfound love for their mother tongue and even started learning Punjabi. Words like these inspire me to play all kinds of roles.” Starring opposite him is the actress Deepali Rajput, who, although excited about the film, is disheartened for she won’t get to see the audience react to her performance in theatres. Being young and not addicted to social media, she adds, “The management team had given me a hard time. A month ago I didn’t have an Instagram account but I had to make one to promote my film. I like to live in the present. You would never find me with a phone at any public or private function. And believe me; it helps me remember the people all the more.” (Jinne Jamme Saare Nikamme premieres on October 14, exclusively on ZEE5) Being targeted? After Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri Khan’s son Aryan Khan’s arrest in an alleged drug case, many celebs from the entertainment industry have come together to extend their support to the Khan family. Now, actor Karan Patel too has come forward to show his support. Sharing a note on his Instagram story, Karan wrote, “Using the ‘Prince’ to get back at the ‘King’ is the most coward Karan Patel and Shatrughan Sinha extend support to SRK and shameful act that can be. Just because you needed a dark spot to hide a bigger issue, you are trying to stop the ‘Son’ from shining, well, you can’t... It’s in his genes. #ImWithSRKAlways.” Meanwhile, veteran actor Shatrughan Sinha during a recent media interaction too extended his support to Shah Rukh Khan as he believes that Aryan is being targeted. Shatrughan said, “Shah Rukh is definitely the reason why the boy is being targeted. There are other names like Munmun Dhamecha and Arbaaz Merchant, but nobody is talking about them. The last time such a thing happened, the focus was on Deepika Padukone, although there were other names involved...” (L-R) Bhumika Sharma, Seema Kaushal, Deepali Rajput, Binnu Dhillon, Pukhraj Bhalla, Armaan Anmol, Maninder Singh and Naresh Kathooria Freida Pinto’s baby shower Slumdog Millionaire actress Freida Pinto is all set to welcome her first child with fiancé Cory Tran. The couple got engaged in 2019 and had made the announcement about the arrival of their child in June this year. Now, Freida recently took to Instagram to give her followers a glimpse of her baby shower. In the pictures, one can see the actress wearing a white maxi-gown. The shooting of Shehzada, starring Kartik Aaryan, Kriti Sanon, Paresh Rawal, Manisha Koirala, Ronit Roy, Sachin Khedekar, among others, has takenoff in Mumbai. Producer Bhushan Kumar has teamed up with the makers of Shahid Kapoor’s ‘Jersey’, Allu Arvind and Aman Gill, for this film. The makers have released the film’s logo on social media. c m y b Telugu megastar Chiranjeevi has an attractive slate with multiple movies lined up. While Chiranjeevi’s Acharya, helmed by Koratala Siva, is gearing up for a release, his other projects are progressing well too. The official remake of Malayalam superhit Lucifer is titled Godfather. This Mohan Raja directorial is to feature Chiranjeevi, who would reprise Mohanlal’s role. If reports are to be believed, the makers of Godfather are planning to bring Hollywood’s pop sensation Britney Spears on board to croon a racy song for Chiranjeevi! Bollywood star Salman Khan too can be seen in a cameo. But there is no official confirmation yet. — IANS NET, FLICKS & MORE Beyond the thrill of bizarre Docu Series: House Of Secrets: The Burari Deaths Directors: Leena Yadav and Anubhav Chopra Rating: Nonika Singh Shehzada goes on floors Britney to croon for Godfather? Burari Deaths. It was a case that caught the imagination of the nation and perhaps fell off the radar fairly quickly too. In the House of Secrets: The Burari Deaths, director Leena Yadav who gave us a feminist statement Parched, reconstructs the horrific incident involving the deaths of 11 members of a family in their house. The chilling facts in the Burari deaths cutting across three generations of a household in congested Burari area of Sant Nagar Delhi we all know are stranger than fiction. As the police officer investigating the case says; it’s like never seen or heard before reality, something that he had not even seen in films. Undeniably! Yet, Leena and Anubhav resist the temptation of dramatising or sensationalising the harrowing incident in which members as young as 15 and as old as 80, in all likelihood, fell victim to an occult practice. Even though the story she digs into has all the makings of a horror show, instead of choosing to fictionalise, she introduces us to the horrific Shunning the easy temptation of sensationalism, Leena Yadav and Anubhav Chopra’s three-part docuseries paints a disturbing portrait of not just the Burari deaths but Indian society as a whole. It make us question the thin line between delusion and faith. dimension of facts and reality. She treats her rather gory subject as desired by the format she has chosen — that is of a docu-series. Thus she lets those privy to the case, from the police to the media persons to friends and neighbours of the ill-fated family speak, rather than let her personal opinion guide the narrative. It’s not as if Leena’s own voice is silent. Only it’s not overbearing like the broadcast media that often covers these events. The director’s perspective emerges, often through sane voices like that of the psychologists, and journalists like Barkha Dutt. In the series, Dutt rightly says what we as a society need is social autopsy. Patriarchy is another thread that is concurrent in the narrative. As the three-part series takes us behind the scenes, Leena’s painstaking research deserves a pat on the back as does her ability to stitch it all together. Her persuasive power is evident as she seems to have managed to convince significant others of the family to speak out. It isn’t as if she or them are pointing fingers. Though the younger son of the family Lalit emerges as a ‘culprit’ of sorts who may have in the fashion of an individual cult misled other family members to hang themselves from a mesh in their ceiling. Yet the accusation is directed more at our social system that con- demns families to harbour secrets. And on top of the secrets could be mental health issues. While decoding the mystery, the film does not answer all the questions that might be gnawing on your mind. Was it mass suicide or was it an occult practice gone awry. Or was it a fall out of a psychotic disorder as pointed out by certain revelations like how Lalit’s dead father would speak to him. How a seemingly close knit family of 11 can be alienated… The conundrum has no easy answers. But the director does make us question the thin line between delusion and faith. At which point unquestioning belief in religious dogmas as well as a dear one can transform into blind fate is a query that Leena throws our way. And the quandary not only stays with us but is equally unsettling, further underscored by AR Rahman’s haunting musical score. The biggest triumph of the documentary that makes the hair on our neck stand up with certain visuals is that it reminds us how similar horrors could be lurking around us. Streaming on Netflix, watch it not for the vicarious thrill of the macabre but to understand the reality that could be closer home than we presume or believe.
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