11112021-LSTL-01.qxd 11/10/2021 11:14 PM Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE He’s the one Life Unpaused Paul Rudd has been crowned as People magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive 2021. Host Stephen Colbert revealed it on Tuesday night’s episode of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. —IANS LUDHIANA | THURSDAY | 11 NOVEMBER 2021 Ankahi Kahaniya Ajeeb Daastaans United they wow Lust Stories Relief for Rhea With the combo of exceptional scripts, best directors and actors, anthology series have become the flavour of the season The actress’ bank accounts finally de-freezed A The sudden demise of Sushant Singh Rajput had huge repercussions in the life of his girlfriend, actress Rhea Chakraborty. Rhea was allegedly accused of abetting suicide, cheating and theft in the late actor’s house. The actress along with her brother Showik was even arrested and had to spend months in jail before being granted bail. And now, the NDPS Court has given a big relief to Rhea Chakraborty. After a span of more than 10 months, her bank accounts have been de-freezed by the NDPS Court. Rhea had made a plea to the special NDPS court stating that her bank accounts have been frozen for over the last 10 months and she need funds to support herself. The court has finally allowed her to access the bank accounts. Sheetal NTHOLOGY series is today attracting writers, directors, actors and viewers alike. Writers are delivering exceptional scripts, prolific directors are collaborating with each other and mega actors are devoting their time for these short-format biggerimpact stories, woven with a common thread. We bring the trend and the trendsetters as they talk about anthologies becoming the breath of fresh air in the binge town... Rediscovering romance They chose Chandigarh! Amazon Prime Video original anthology series Modern Love (IMDb rating 8.0/10) of 2019 was so successful that it was renewed for Season 2 almost immediately. Stories from New York Times column, which explore relationships by the same name, this anthology released its second instalment recently. The Indianised version of the same modern take on forever existing love for love stories got us hooked to Feels Like Ishq, which was directed by six directors for six stand-alone episodes connected with love. The shorter-format coupled with the theme of love, it got the immediate attention of youngsters. The sameness & inequalities There are many ways of engaging with the viewers and questioning where your sensibilities and emotions lie is one of them. Pataal Lok actor Jaideep Ahlawat, who had tasted the success of Ajeeb Daastaans (6.7/10), also acted in Prashant Nair’s anthology series, Tryst with Destiny (6.8/10). It beautifully captured the social-economic inequalities that exist in society just like Pataal Lok but in a subtler way and with four distinct stories. It released on November 5 on Sony Liv and was the only Indian film at the Tribeca Film Festival 2020 where it won the Best Screenplay Award. Not to forget Abhishek Banerjee becoming the face of oppressed and downtrodden with his appearance in not one but three anthologies, Unpaused (7/10), Ajeeb Daastaans and Ankahi Kahaniya (5.6/10). HORROR ZONE PANDEMIC POINT anthologies. ❝The pandemic gave us morelong shooting Because of the restrictions on schedules, short stories seemed to be the only solution. Anthologies were being made earlier also. Bombay Talkies came out in 2013 and Lust Stories in 2018. It’s creative genius as audience can watch works by ace directors in one go. Also, there are many ideas which cannot be translated into full-fledged films. Exploring those ideas and executing collaborative projects is the new normal. As an actor the only difference I feel while working in an anthology is that by the time I set in, the project is complete.❞ — Abhishek Banerjee, ACTOR REGION MATTERS NO STRINGS ATTACHED a writer ❝Ascannot beI think thereaare various stories that made into series or a film but they are too good not to show the world. Those are best suited for anthologies. Also, with anthologies, there’s no pressure for sequels and each time a fresh perspective can be added. Take for example Modern Love and Walking Dead anthologies. I have presented one idea for an anthology to producers and waiting for their response. Among the recent releases, I liked Ajeeb Daastaans.❞ — Sukhmani J. Sadana, ACTRESS AND WRITER Great men, greater products Picking Satyajit Ray’s works for a subject and bringing gems of the indus- AMC has announced Walking Dead anthology series called Tales of The Walking Dead. The show will have six episodes featuring new and exhisting characters. Bandai Namco has officially announced the fourth and final chapter in their Dark Pictures Anthology series of horror games—The Devil in Me. Serving teen horror anthology on a platter is Disney+Hotstar's Just Beyond which released in October. try onboard, the results are bound to be great. This is what made Netflix’s anthology series Ray (7.2/10) a suc- Regional filmmakers are not far behind when it comes to anthologies. Tamil anthology Paava Kadhaigal (8.1/10) with a stellar ensemble cast got rave reviews. Netflix’s Malayalam anthology based on MT Vasudevan Nair’s short stories is in the making. It has stars like Fahadh Faasil, Mohanlal and Mammootty. cess, which had satire to psychological thriller under one umbrella. And then, there’s Solos starring Morgan Free- man, Constance Wu and Ann Hathaway to name a few which was interconnected in stories but still an anthology which wasn’t everybody’s cup of tea. One of the reasons anthologies are doable for popular actors is because of the fewer days of shoot schedule. As there is no demand for a sequel as each segment is complete in itself is another reason why many big names have attached themselves to this genre. From Manoj Bajpayee playing a kleptomaniac in Ray to Jaideep Ahlawat in a loveless marriage in Majnu in Ajeeb Daastaans to The White Tiger fame Adarsh Gourav doing a big budget Hollywood anthology, Extrapolations, which will be released on Apple TV, it’s no longer a rare affair. Nor to be taken for granted! Among Hollywood stars, Kit Harrington and Ann Hathaway have been making a regular appearance in anthologies as the former actor was in Solos and is short listed for Extrapolations which will be an anthology based on climate change. firstname.lastname@example.org Rajkummar Rao and Patralekhaa to tie the knot Rajkummar and Patralekhaa are all set to get hitched this week. While the couple hasn’t disclosed any details about their wedding yet, sources close to them share that the ceremony will take place in Chandigarh. It will be a three-day long festivity from November 11 to 13. A source says, “It is going to be a very private affair. Rajkummar Rao and Patralekhaa have invited only select guests. They wanted to keep the wedding small and private due to Covid concerns. That’s why they have a limited guest list and have opted for Chandigarh.” Rajkummar and Patralekhaa met each other during an ad shoot. Where the former found her to be cute, the actress thought he was a horrible person after watching him in LSD. Patralekhaa had said, “I saw him for the first time in LSD. I thought the weird guy he played was actually what he was like.” Restoring sanity Putting his phone down at night has changed Ryan Reynolds’ life Actor Ryan Reynolds has found putting his phone down at night a “weirdly and unexpectedly restorative” practice. The star, who is gearing up for the release of his next Red Notice on Netflix, told US TV show Extra about the things he’s learned from the Covid-19 pandemic, which include his decision to try and switch off more in the evening. “One thing I’ve learned to do is put the phone down at night,” he explained. “It is a discipline, it is hard in this day and age. We are all sort of addicted to our phones and social media... so putting that stuff down at night has changed my life. That has allowed me to be more present with my family and I have found that to be weirdly and unexpectedly restorative.” —IANS COMING SOON Wishing happiness Celebs congratulate Malala as she marries Asser Ashwini Bhide Deshpande The 43rd edition of Annual Chandigarh Sangeet Sammelan will begin on November 12. The three-day music event is being organised by Indian National Theatre in association with the Durga Das Foundation. The music festival will be held in the auditorium of Strawberry Fields High School in Sector 26. Some outstanding artistes Harvinder Sharma Saraswati Mandal Calling all music lovers Three-day 43rd Annual Sangeet Sammelan to roll on November 12 from different parts of the country will be performing. Vinita Gupta, Indian National Theatre’s honorary secretary, says, “The opening day will present Dhananjay Hegde, which will be followed by a concert by well known sitarist Pandit Harvinder Sharma. On November 13, Shashwati Mandal and Shashank Maktedar will give their vocal presentations and Shashwati Mandal will present her vocal c m y b recital. On November 14 Ashwani Bhide Deshpande will present a vocal performance in the morning.” On the same day Pandit Harvinder Shar- ma will present a sitar recital. Vinita Gupta informs that the Sammelan is being organised for music lovers and the entry will be free. A live streaming provision has been made for music lovers who can visit www.indiannationaltheatre.com to get the link for the same. From November 12 to 14, 6 pm onwards —TNS Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai married Asser Malik in a low-key nikah ceremony at their home in Birmingham on November 9. The 24-year-old Pakistani human rights campaigner took to Instagram and shared some pictures of her wedding. She captioned her post as, “Today is a precious day in my life. Asar and I tied the knot to be partners for a life- time. Please send us your prayers. We are excited to be walking together for the journey ahead.” Many celebrities, including Priyanka Chopra, Katrina Kaif and YouTuber Lilly Singh, sent their best wishes to the newlywed. Talking to her Instagram Story, Priyanka Chopra wrote, “Congratulations Malala wishing you lots of happiness and joy..you are an absolute sight.”
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