08112021-LSTC-01.qxd 11/7/2021 11:26 PM Page 1 c m y b VARUN WRAPS UP SHOOTING Varun Dhawan, who will be seen opposite Kirana Advani in the comedy drama Jug Jugg Jeeyo, has wrapped up the second last schedule of the film. Varun took to Instagram to share a picture as he wrote, “Ek hi balcony thi Looking forward to the final schedule as we wrap this one! #jugjuggjeeyo.” IANS TRIBUNE Success note Life On the anniversary of Bala, Ayushmann Khurrana says that the success of the film made him confident that cinema that was once dubbed as off-beat is the new mainstream. LUDHIANA | MONDAY | 8 NOVEMBER 2021 Can’t box the figures! The festival season and Sooryavanshi have brought new hope for the box-office; Eternals and Paani Ch Madhani follow suit Sheetal Janhvi throws a birthday bash for sister Khushi H ‘Happy b’day laddoo baby’ Janhvi Kapoor’s sister Khushi Kapoor celebrated her 21st birthday on November 6. The star kid turned a year older and marking the occasion, Janhvi wrote a heartfelt post for her little sister. The actress shared a string of pictures giving fans a glimpse into Khushi’s birthday bash and wishing her ‘laddoo baby’ a very happy birthday. The actress also shared pictures of her posing with her rumoured boyfriend Akshat Ranjan. Janhvi wrote, “HBD my laddoo baby. The guest list for the party reportedly included Bhumi Padenkar, Ahan Shetty and his girlfriend Tania Shroff, Anurag Kashyap’s daughter Aaliyah Kashyap, Varun Dhawan’s niece Anjini and others. The location of the party was Janhvi’s new house which is reportedly worth Rs 39 crore and is spread across three floors. OUSEFULL seasons are back in theatres. This Friday was rewarding for the film business, as many people enjoyed the theatre experience after more than a year. Film distributors, producers and employees at theatres were equally happy. It seems the union of Bollywood, Hollywood and Pollywood releases—Sooryavanshi, Eternals and Paani Ch Madhaani— has worked wonders. We look at the box-office numbers on the first day and the reactions that followed. For the public People have waited for director Rohit Shetty’s Sooryavanshi for two years and the wait was worth it! The opening day collection of Sooryavanshi sums up to Rs 24crore, higher than that of Marvel’s Eternals. Rohit Shetty was quick to issue a statement, “I have waited for a long time to release Sooryavanshi on the big screens and Sooryavanshi Paani Ch Madhani Eternals UPCOMING RELEASES FIRST TAKE: If Kartik Aryan will make his first appearance after a long time with Dhamaka (November 19), then so will Aayush Sharma with Antim: The Final Truth (November 26). Ahan Shetty, Sunil Shetty’s son will make his debut opposite Tara Sutaria in Tadap, which will release on December 3. Dhamaka it’s heartening to get such a wide release across the world. I hope and pray that the audience will enjoy watching it in the cinemas with family and friends this festive season.” The film was released on 1,300 screens across 66 countries; in India it saw a release on 4,000 screens. Expert opinion Komal Nahata, film trade analyst, says, “Sooryavanshi has witnessed an extraordi- nary response on the opening day and I have no doubt that it has brought back audiences to the cinemas. It is a huge hit given the special situation we are facing. Some states are still not permitting the cinemas to operate at 100 per cent occupancy. There are curfews and restrictions at some places. Also, people still have fear in their minds. Despite all these factors, the film managed to get god numbers. While Sooryavan- FRANCHISE MATTERS: Taking the franchise ahead are Bunty Aur Babli 2 and Top Gun: Maverick releasing on November 19 in theatres. Satyameva Jayate 2, starring John Abraham, is set to release on November 25. Bunty Aur Babli 2 shi will prove to be a big hit, Eternals will also do decent business. This will give a big boost to the film industry since the future course of action depends on these films.” Fingers crossed! On our turf In tricity, business was slow on Friday morning, but after that all shows of films, be it English, Hindi or Punjabi, were house full. Raj Juneja, distributor representative, informs, “PVR Elante has witnessed maximum crowd during the weekends and almost every PVR or Cinepolis theatre was house full in the second half of Friday as well as Saturday. Morning shows are slower for various reasons.” Twitter trends like, #YeDiwaliEteranalsWali by Marvels has promoted the Hollywood film, whereas Punjabi-speaking audience was excited to see Gippy Grewal and Neeru Bajwa reunite on screen after 12 years with Paani Ch Madhani. The Punjabi family entertainer has given equal competition to Eternals and Sooryavanshi. A PVR spokesperson adds, “To attract the crowd, there’s a coupon for each ticket bought, which can be cashed at refreshment counter, and with restrictions still in place, it is sent on your mobiles. Elante PVR also has lucky draw tickets and the winners will get a free small vacation!” Isn’t it romantic! Ananya Panday’s cousin Alanna Panday gets engaged Ananya Panday’s cousin Alanna Panday got engaged to her long-time boyfriend, Ivor McCray. In a heart-warming post made by Alanna, she shared the happy news with her followers on social media. Alanna shared pictures showing her beau going down on his knees and proposing to her during their recent trip to Maldives where the couple was celebrating their two-year ...with Akshat Ranjan Going places Sehar, a movie produced by Golden Ratio Films, has been selected at the Asian Film Festival Barcelona 2021. The film will be competing for the best film under Official Competition Section. Directed by Munzir Naqvi, the movie starring Pankaj Kapur revolves around Mahendra Nath Kaul Azad, a famous Urdu poet and also a teacher of Urdu at Awadh Degree College, Lucknow. He is informed of the decision to close-down the Urdu department. Azad is completely taken by surprise. In an attempt to save Urdu he along with his disciples, start teaching at smaller government Urdu schools. The anti-Urdu forces are not able to curb the revolutionary spirit of Azad. Subsequently, the results of Urdu schools in the state begin to fare better than in the previous years, waging war against these communal forces. Munzir Naqvi, director, Sehar, said “I am honoured that our film Sehar has been selected by the prestigious Asian Film Festival Barcelona, anniversary. Alanna had met Ivor during a Halloween party couple of years back. The pictures show Alanna wearing a classy silver bikini top paired with a see-through skirt, whereas, Ivor kept it casual and was dressed in a dark-coloured shirt and white pants. Alanna also penned a heartfelt note in which she showered love on her fiancé and expressed what he means to her. “I wrote Rashmi Rocket the way I would have for a male Bollywood superstar,” says screenwriter Aniruddha Guha WEBSOLUTE FUN The chase is on This week is all about action, thrill and heist. Don’t miss out these top OTT releases NOVEMBER 12 Squad on ZEE5 Sehar to compete at the Asian Film Festival Barcelona, 2021 NOVEMBER 12 Special Ops 1.5 on Disney+ Hotstar NOVEMBER 12 Red Notice on Netflix Squad centres on the battle royal of Special Forces with an emotional relationship at its core, between Bhim (Rinzing Denzongpa), a MARCOS commandoturned-Army deserter, and Mimi (Dishita Jain), an orphaned 6-year-old child who knows nothing about her life or family. The only thing they have in common is their loneliness. Directed by Nilesh Zaheeda Sahay, the movie marks the debut of Rinzing Denzongpa. It also stars Pooja Batra and Malvika Raaj. This Kay Kay Menon-starrer explores the origin story of Himmat Singh and joined the intelligence agency RAW. The prequel will take the audiences back in time to unravel the formative years of agent Himmat Singh. He will be seen wading his way through the dark alleys of politics in this actionpacked installment. It also stars Aftab Shivdasani, Aadil Khan, Gautami Kapoor, Vinay Pathak, Parmeet Sethi and KP Mukherjee. When an Interpol-issued red notice — the highest-level warrant to hunt and capture the world’s most wanted— goes out, the FBI’s top profiler John Hartley (Dwayne Johnson) is on the case. His global pursuit finds him smack dab in the middle of a daring heist where he’s forced to partner with the world’s greatest art thief Nolan Booth (Ryan Reynolds) to catch the world’s most wanted art thief, The Bishop (Gal Gadot). The film is an action heist thriller. and especially since they nurture young debut filmmakers and independent films. Through this film, we have made sincere efforts to keep this language alive and we are sure the audience will appreciate our efforts.” c m y b Time for women to shine... Aniruddha Guha, one of the screenplay writers of the Tapsee Pannu-starrer Rashmi Rocket, is currently busy working on four web series that are in the pipeline and he says it is high time we create and watch female protagonists in Bollywood films like their male counterparts. The story of Rashmi Rocket is based on gender tests on female athletes in India and it is directed by Akarsh Khurana. The story of the film is written by Nandha Periyasamy and screenplay by Aniruddha. Aniruddha sahred: “Look, when the film happened Taapsee only brought the story because Nandha shared the story with her. So I knew that she is going to play the title character of the film. I started writing the film in mid-2019 and these films like Thappad, Saand Ki Aankh among others did not release.” “The idea really was to create a character who is fierce, unapologetic and not a victim but a fighter. Even in the courtroom scene, she was not a victim who was seeking justice but she has taken the entire sports federation to the court because of the wrong practice of gender tests. She demands justice. In my head, I was writing Rashmi like the way I would write a character for a big male Bollywood superstar because why not? Why must a male superstar get a mind-blowing entry shot and why can’t it be a female superstar like her?” he shared. The writer earlier wrote the screenplay of P .O.W. - Bandi Yuddh Ke, Code M and Malang. “Currently, I am working on four web series. One of them is produced by Siddharth Roy Kapur, directed by Vishnu Vardhan, the director of Shershaah. I will be writing two seasons of it, so quite excited,” Anirudhha signed off. —IANS
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