24112021-LSTL-01.qxd 11/23/2021 11:12 PM Page 1 c m y b CHEHRE GOES INTERNATIONAL Veteran producer Anand Pandit’s film Chehre has been officially selected for the 20th Tiburon International Film Festival (California) and will also be showcased at the 21st River to River Florence Indian Film Festival in Italy. TRIBUNE Lead role Life Abhishek Banerjee and Barkha Singh will essay lead roles in The Great Wedding of Munnes. It’s a Jio Studios Original web series that will premiere on Voot Select. LUDHIANA | WEDNESDAY | 24 NOVEMBER 2021 Missing glory, winning hearts V Though Vir Das and Nawazuddin Siddiqui did not win at the 49th International Emmy Awards, they did the country proud ‘It’s all rubbish’ Madhu Chopra reacts to reports of Priyanka Chopra-Nick Jonas divorce Priyanka Chopra Jonas left her fans in a tizzy when she dropped her last name ‘Chopra Jonas’ from her Instagram bio on Monday (November 22). Soon rumours of trouble in Nick and Peecee’s married life took social media by storm. Rumours mounted that the actress is planning to divorce her husband. Finally, Priyanka’s mother Madhu Chopra reacted to Priyanka-Nick divorce rumours and rubbished all reports. Madhu Chopra said, “It’s all rubbish, don’t spread rumours.” Priyanka Chopra too put rumours to rest with a comment on hubby Nick Jonas’ Instagram post. Nick had posted a picture of him lifting weights in the gym. Priyanka commented, “Damn! I just died in your arms….” Well, this surely ends all speculation! IR Das, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Sushmita Sen had bagged a nomination in the 49th International Emmy Awards, which was held on November 23 in New York City. While Vir Das lost out on the award to Call My Agent, who bagged best comedy series, Nawazuddin lost the Emmys for Best Actor to David Tennant. This was the second year for Nawaz at the International Emmys; he was there in 2019 with two shows nominated for Best Drama— Sacred Games and McMafia, which won. This year, he had nominations under Best Actor category for Netflix’s Serious Men. Meanwhile, Sushmita Sen’s debut web series Aarya was nominated in the Best Drama Series category. However, the Emmy was bagged by Israel’s Tehran. While Sushmita gave the event a miss, Vir Das and Nawazuddin Siddiqui attended the in-person award ceremony in New York. Both of them looked dapper in suits. In fact, there was a special shoot done by the Netflix team, before the two men walked the red carpet at the International Emmy Awards. After the event, Vir took to VIR’S YOUNG DESIGNER Habitual of making headlines with his jokes, Vir Das made a statement even while arriving at Emmys. The comedian and actor had invited young designers to crowd-source his outfit, which would help him support someone who is actually in need to establish a brand. Vir wore a black buttoned-down jacket, which was paired with a short white kurta and black pants. Pradeep Bhatt, a fourthyear fashion student at NIFT, designed his outfit. Vir Das had also mentioned that his dress for the Emmys will be auctioned for charity after the award function. Vir is an advocate of minimalism and repeats his clothes on stage performances as well. Rather than spending a hefty amount on his clothes, he chose a budding designer. Pratiksha Rao, Nathalie Laurent, Nawazuddin and Vir Das his Instagram account and penned a note saying even though he missed out on the coveted award, he still got a medal and ate a fantastic salad! He even shared a picture of his salad and wrote, “I was nominated for best comedy at the International Emmy Awards, for jokes. Call My Agent, a beautiful show I love, won. But I got this medal, and ate this fantastic salad...It was an honour to represent my country. Thanks so much to the @iemmys For India. It’s always for India. #VirDasForIndia.” This was the third consecutive year for Netflix’s Indian stories to be nominated at the International Emmy Awards. Last year, Netflix’s Delhi Crime won India’s first ever Friendly gesture Raveena unveils trailer of Aranyak She ruled the 1990s with her effortless performances and swept the audiences off their feet with her dance moves, and now actress Raveena Tandon is all set to make her digital debut with Netflix’s upcoming crime thriller Aranyak, where she will be seen playing a police officer. The series spotlights the hardships and prejudices female officers’ face as they try to strike a balance between their work and personal lives. The over twominute-long trailer was unveiled in Lonavla. Set in the dense forest, Raveena plays a local cop, who all her life waits for a “big case” and one fine day a news of a teenage tourist’s murder shakes her up and she joins forces with her city-bred replacement, Angad, played by Parambrata Chatterjee, to solve the case. As the two struggle to find the serial killer, a forgotten folklore is revived. The trailer also features Ashutosh Rana, Meghna Mali and Zakir Hussain. The 47-year-old actress will be seen playing a ‘fierce’ officer named Kasturi Dogra and says her “character in itself is so strong she would reach out to you anyhow.” Raveena added: “She’s a fiercely independent, supertalented cop, who is waiting for an opportunity to excel in her life. She’s surrounded by her male counterparts, wants to achieve something in her career and the way we women juggle our career, lives, emotional support that we get or don’t get from home.” The actress during the trailer launch of Arnayak added: “Our priorities are our children, in-laws, family, that’s what completely attracted me to her character. A lot of women can identify with that, especially our women in uniform. It’s so important to get that emotional support, that backing because the job that they do isn’t only physically taxing but mentality taxing. There’s so much pressure on them to try and excel...There are so many women out there, so many Kasturi Dogras who aren’t lucky enough to get that kind of support. . That's what makes the character so strong against all odds.” Aranyak will air from December 10 on Netflix. — IANS Megastar Rajinikanth on Tuesday called up fellow screen icon Kamal Haasan, who has been admitted to a private hospital after having tested positive for Covid-19, and enquired about his health. Sources close to Rajinikanth calls up Kamal Haasan, enquires about his health Gulshan Grover is fluid & flowing What sets Gulshan Grover apart as a classic Bollywood villain is the fluidity in his approach to his craft and his ability to hold the character’s nerve. While he might have mastered the art of portraying dreadful villains, the actor has also played some characters in films across the globe that have varying shades. As his recently released madcap comedy Cash continues to garner audience attention, the actor spoke about his association with the project and how he designs and pitches his characters of bad guys to streamline them with the taste of Indian audience. Sharing how he became a part of the project, the veteran actor said he was directly approached by the film’s producer and director. Gulshan said, “Vishesh Bhatt, the producer of the film and Rishabh Seth, the director of the film, approached me. Of course, I’ve known Vishesh literally from the day he was born because I worked with his great father, Mukesh Bhatt sahab, and Vishesh’s uncle, Mahesh Bhatt sahab on multiple films.” “But this film, he (Vishesh) was making independently. So, when the producer and the director came over and narrated the script and my role to me, I said yes, for my part. And I said, yes because of one learning that I’ve had from Mahesh Bhatt sahab. Way back, he told me, ‘If you want to shine as a talent forever, don’t ignore the young person’. That young person will find something different in your acting. That young person will find something interesting in your talent, in your aptitude, that young talent will make you shine with his younger energy and your experience,” he adds. Cinema’s greatest villains have always had a trait that connected with the audience at large. Talking about the same, the actor says, “A distinct trait, or an ada, makes the character popular and makes a star out of an actor, be it for a protagonist or an antagonist. Unfortunately in realistic films, those possibilities (the trademark of an actor) are not there.” While the audience may have a certain perception about Bollywood’s most famous ‘Badman’, the truth of the matter is that the actor has been a brilliant student with stupendous academic credentials and has always been a man of humility. Ask him what he feels when he sees the artiste inside him has raced light years ahead of the person in him, he says, “What people have not seen is that I’m a regular guy. Some of the things that I had to play in the character of a bad guy, I didn’t even have those emotions or those experi- c m y b ences or those things. But as an actor, I had to do them.” Those who have seen monumental success, are defined by the failures that they have faced. Talking about his struggle, the actor says, “The initial five years were tough. When people met me somewhere, they would not cast me saying ‘Ye kya villain ka role karega, paanch baar toh kursi se khada ho chuka hai (how would this guy play a villain when he has got up from his chair five times out of respect, how would he play a villain convincingly)’.” “They would throw me out of the film saying I’m not confident enough to portray a villain. I had to work on it and realised that what we are looking for is an external trait with a certain kind of aura. Eventually, once the cameras rolled, all that was there. So that’s what acting is. That’s what I did. That’s what I enjoy,” he concludes. — IANS International Emmy for Best Drama Series. In 2019, Sacred Games, Lust Stories and actress Radhika Apte were nominated across different categories. — TNS KARAN JOHAR Coming soon... Rajkummar Rao and Janhvi Kapoor will soon reunite as the two have been roped-in for Dharma Productions’ next Mr And Mrs Mahi. This will be their second outing after the hit horror-comedy Roohi. Dharma head honcho Karan took to social media to announce the film through a 2-D motion graphics animation video. Karan wrote on Instagram, “One dream, chased by two hearts. Presenting #MrAndMrsMahi, directed by Sharan Sharma who is back with another heartwarming story to tell with his touch of magic! Starring Rajkummar Rao & Janhvi Kapoor, a partnership to look forward to. See you on the field aka the cinemas on 7th October, 2022.” Underlined by mellow piano notes soon enveloped by cricket commentary, the video lists the names of its two leads along with their respective characters as it approaches a crescendo. The film, which will soon go into production, will be helmed by Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl director Sharan Sharma and is slated to hit the theatres on October 7, 2022. While Rajkummar recently tied the knot with Patralekhaa, the producer of Mr And Mrs Mahi, Karan Johar is currently busy directing Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt in Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani. — IANS Rajinikanth said that the star called up his close friend Kamal over phone to primarily know about his well-being. On Monday, Kamal had tweeted saying that he had got a slight cough after his US trip and on examination, it was confirmed that he had contracted Covid-19. Stating that he had isolated himself in a hospital, the actor stressed the point that the pandemic hadn’t gone away and asked people to be safe. Later, in a statement, the Sri Ramachandra Medical Centre, where Kamal has been admitted, said, “Sri Kamal Haasan is admitted in SRMC for complaints of lower respiratory tract infection and fever. He has tested Covid-positive. He is on medical management and his condition is stable.” The actor had gone to the US to attend an event and promote Indian Khadi in western nations. On his return, he tested positive for Covid-19. — IANS
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