16112021-LSTL-01.qxd 11/15/2021 11:19 PM Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE Top notch Rahul Khanna will be seen in Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury’s Lost. We hear Rahul stole the show during the shoot with his unique skill. YUNGBLUD LUDHIANA | TUESDAY | 16 NOVEMBER 2021 Rapper Saweetie poses on the red carpet during the MTV Europe Music Awards, in Budapest, Hungary Heady con-coction dustani. The actor has done it in Chachi 420 and Vishwaroop. And I had watched Kay Kay Menon in Bahrupiya from Ray too. Having gone through the process of taking another avatar which requires long hours of work, I have immense respect for actors who have done it.” Sheetal J Meet the winners… BTS, Ed Sheeran win big at MTV European Music Awards Word from the inside Ravii shares a story from the sets. “Initially, it was decided that Matsya would be a smoker. And to perfect that role, I, a non-smoker, started smoking at least 50 cigarettes a day. But the idea was discarded later on. The director wasn’t convinced.” Ravii who considers this series to be his true digital debut, has lost about 12 kg in 20 days to look younger. “Playing Matsya Thada has been an exhilarating journey,” he adds. Ravii Dubey and Zoya Afroz, who are busy promoting their con thriller Matsya Kaand, promise a sequel soon MALUMA MANESKIN WINS THE BEST ROCK AWARD RITA ORA VIKTORIA RADVANYI ACCEPTS THE GENERATION CHANGE AWARD So, what’s different about this conthriller? Answers Ravii, “It is not just the criminal vs cop game, but it also explores the guru-shishya equation of Matsya Thada and his mentor which is played by Piyush Mishra ji. I said yes to this series because it is exactly the kind of work I wish to do. I didn’t know experienced and talented actors such as Ravi Kishan and Piyush Mishra would be in the series. That was a bonus.” Directed by Ajay Bhuyan, the series is going to have a second season. Zoya Afroz, who will make her OTT debut with Matsya Kaand, says she shares similarities with her reel character. She adds, “In many ways, I connected with the thought process of Chandigarh connection PHOTO: PRADEEP TEWARI ED SHEERAN (R) HOLDS THE AWARD FOR BEST SONG Korean pop sensation BTS and British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran were the big winners at the 2021 MTV European Music Awards. BTS won the most awards, including Best Pop, Best Group, Best K-Pop and Biggest Fans, but were not on hand to collect the awards. Sheeran, who was present, won Best Artist and Best Song for Bad Habits. Italian rock band and 2021 winners of the Eurovision Song Contest Maneskin won Best Rock. After the usual round of thanks during their acceptance speech, lead singer Damiano David said: “We also want to say that people usually told us that we were not going to make it with our music - well, I guess you were wrong.” Show host and performer Saweetie won Best New, Nicki Minaj won Best Hip-Hop and Olivia Rodrigo Best Push. Colombian singer Maluma who won Best Latin, said: “Colombia is not Pablo Escobar anymore - Colombia is Maluma, baby.” Yungblud won the award for Best Alternative. “I would like to say that this award is a tribute to individualism - this is an award for the 13-year-old boy from the north of England who was absolutely terrified to be who he was,” the musician said. The Best Collaboration award went to Doja Cat ft. SZA for Kiss Me More, while David Guetta won Best Electronic and Billie Eilish was honoured with the Video for Good award. Among the regional local act categories, Taylor Swift won for the US and Little Mix for the UK and Ireland. Justin Bieber, who was the frontrunner with eight nominations, didn’t win any awards. After a virtual 2020, the event was live from the Papp Laszlo Budapest Sportarena in Hungary and aired on MTV in 180 countries. One of the highlights of Saweetie’s hosting routine was interacting with Squid Gameinspired soldiers in hot pink suits and MTVbranded masks. She also performed a medley of her hits, including Best Friend, Tap In and OUT OUT. Kim Petras made EMAs history as the first trans artist to perform at the show. —IANS AMAI 2.0 actor Ravii Dubey is all set to begin a new adhyaya in the genre of con thrillers with MX Player’s original web series, Matsya Kaand. While actress and model Zoya Afroz will be seen opposite him in this game of disguises, it also includes talented actors like Ravi Kishan, Piyush Mishra, Madhur Mittal, Rajesh Sharma and Naved Islam. As a part of the promotions for this intriguing con thriller, the lead pair visited Chandigarh before its launch on November 18. Urvashi. Like me, she is a go-getter. Also, I like strong female characters be it on television, films or series. I have always made sure that whatever I do should add meaning to the project and my character in Matsya Kaand is as meaty as any other role.” And here comes the story of heavy prosthetics. Ravii adds, “There are very few referral points on conthrillers or usage of prosthetics. The best would be Kamal Haasan in Hin- NET, FLICKS & MORE Film: Special Ops1.5 Director: Neeraj Pandey and Shivam Nair Cast: Kay Kay Menon, Aftab Shivdasani, Vinay Pathak, Aadil Khan, Gautami Kapoor, Parmeet Sethi, Kali Prasad Mukherjee, Kishore Kadam, Vijay Vikram Singh, Aishwarya Sushmita, Shantanu Ghatak and Shiv Jyoti Rating: Aman worth knowing Nonika Singh Prequels are not so common in the Indian entertainment space. So, when one comes along what’s touted as Special Ops 1.5: The Himmat Story, we are all agog with anticipation and excitement. What possibly will it entail? Creator Neeraj Pandey picks up the threads from his successful series Special Ops and once again takes us into the investigation room with the same characters (Parmeet Sethi and Kali Prasad Mukherjee). Only this time over the enquiry is not about RAW officer Himmat’s unwarranted expenditure, but the person. He is about to retire and the enquiry will determine that he can be given an adequate retirement package. Sounds a trifle absurd, and the interest the enquiry officers show in Himmat’s personal life seems a bit out of line. But that’s the premise for taking us back in time and building up Himmat’s persona. With Abbas Sheikh (Vinay Pathak) reminding the officers and us why it is important to know what made Himmat Himmat, the timeline moves backwards. The backstory is expectedly both personal and professional. Mercifully, it is woven once again as a spy drama. The pace is fast and there is more than one character in the four episode series. Aftab Shivdasani makes his entry as Himmat’s friend-cum- colleague Vijay Kumar. We are suitably impressed with his quieter subdued version, quite unlike what we are used to watching in films. Together he and Himmat are assigned the task of tracking an insider-turned-rogue Maninder Singh (Aadil Khan.) What is irksome is how each twist is trapped in a honey trap. Men and their libido that would make them compromise their exalted positions. Sorry for giving the plotline c m y b away. But seriously, there isn’t much surprise involving some of the cameos. However, there are more twists waiting for you and the real one involving Himmat even we didn’t see coming. Kay Kay Menon as the younger self is consummate as always. It may not have been so easy to take off years from his face but his body language and demeanour is in sync with his impulsive character. The one where he walks into a senior police officer’s office and demands revocation of Abbas’ suspension is a treat. Vinay Pathak’s portrayal of Abbas Sheikh is a delight too. He gets more than one punch-line and wisecrack. If he keeps the humour flowing, he is also the glue that cements the happenings around the world together. Like the first season of Special Ops, this one too takes us en route many countries and continents. The treatment has the same lavish scale and More of an appetiser than a full-fledged meal, this prequel to RAW officer Himmat Singh’s story, despite predictable elements is taut and lavish and an easy watch international feel. Shot well, cinematographer deserves credit. So do directors for keeping it taut and engaging, especially the scene in which Himmat’s love interest Anita (Shiv Jyoti) enters her apartment. We can sense something is about to happen to her, but the way it unfolds is quite a shocker. Many other scenes are pregnant with dramatic tension but the overall drama of the four episode series is more of a tantalising appetiser. It whets you appetite for yet another outing. The climax with Karan Tacker returning as Farooq Ali from the original makes us hungry for the sequel. Should you watch the prequel (if you haven’t already as it recorded highest single day viewership) streaming on Disney+Hotstar? Well, no harm in getting more up close and personal with Himmat whom Menon once again makes worth knowing. Elaborating on his trip to Chandigarh, Ravii says, “Chandigarh is literally my second home and it’s always good to be back. This city has given me immense love always.” On the other hand, Zoya is juggling between promotions and her preparation for Miss International 2022 pageant to be held during the fall of 2022, in Yokohama City, Japan where she will be representing India. She has won the Glamanand Supermodel India title of Miss India International 2021. She says, “Knowing that Matsya Kaand has a sequel is truly reassuring. The pageant committee has put a lot of trust in me and has not put any condition of not working till the competition.” Streams on November 18 To forever… After days of speculation around their wedding, Rajkummar Rao and Patralekhaa are finally husband and wife. Taking to their respective Instagram handles, both the actors share two pictures from their wedding ceremony on November 2021. Rajkummar Rao captioned the pictures as, "Finally after 11 years of love, romance, friendship and fun, I got married to my everything today, my soulmate, my best friend, my family. Today there is no greater happiness for me than being called your husband @patralekhaa Here's to forever .. and beyond…" On the other hand, Patralekhaa wrote, "I got married to my everything today; my boyfriend, my partner in crime, my family, my soulmate...My best friend for the last 11 years! There is no greater feeling than to be your wife! Here's to our forever..." Meet Mr and Mrs Rajkummar
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