27112021-LSTL-01.qxd 26-11-2021 22:51 Page 1 c m y b RANVEER UNVEILS TEASER OF 83 The trailer of the film 83 is going to release on November 30, while the film is all set to hit the theatres on December 24. Ranveer Singh took to Instagram and shared a teaser video. TRIBUNE Life story Life Singer Mariah Carey is planning to bring her life story to television through an eight-part series based on her memoir The Meaning of Mariah Carey. IANS LUDHIANA | SATURDAY | 27 NOVEMBER 2021 Bitten by K-drama bug? If not, there is more in the offing with the latest Korean show Hellbound trending too. A quick look at the proven gems and some upcoming shows Sheetal SQUID GAME H CRASH LANDING ON YOU ELLBOUND, from the stable of director Yeon Sang-ho, of Train to Busan-fame, has garnered much attention globally after Squid Game. What they have in common? Both are Korean shows! Since 1990s, the Korean wave has taken over the world and there is a Chinese word dedicated to K-wave as well—Hallyu! We try to understand what makes Korean shows popular. KINGDOM SEASON 2 Big investment MY FIRST FIRST LOVE Although all platforms have some or the other content from Korea, but it is Netflix that is ahead in reaping the benefits of the big binge-market that the country promises. But business is ‘give and THE VIRAL MEME ON ACTOR GONG YOO WATCH OUT FOR THESE Top shot Only a Korean show can compete with a Korean show! Take for example two of Netflix’s shows, Hellbound (IMDb rating 6.8/10) and Squid Game (IMDb rating 8.1/10), both Korean and currently ruling the top 10 popular category chart in India, placed at second and fourth position, respectively. The dystopian horror drama Hellbound was released on November 19 and replaced Squid Game, which was earlier ruling the charts ever since its release on September 17. titles on Netflix in Southeast Asia have been Korean. According to Netflix, Korean shows like Kingdom Season 2, The King: Eternal Monarch, Start-Up, and It’s Okay to Not Be Okay were amongst the most New Korean stories currently in popular TV series production or development stage in Hong Kong, include Move To Heaven, Kingdom: Thailand, India, Ashin of the North, Silent Sea, All of Malaysia, PhilipUs are Dead, D.P, The Hungry and pines, Singapore, the Hairy, Paik’s Spirit, Single’s Taiwan and Japan. Inferno, Juvenile Justice, Love Celebs have often and Leashes, among talked about being bitothers. ten by the K-drama bug. The latest being Parth Samthaan, who had shared a video on his social media handle recently, where he is watching the latest Korean ture Yoo Ji-Tae as the Profes- release—Hometown Cha Cha sor. Squid Game-fame Park Cha. Even Kajol, during one Hae-Soo will portray Berlin. of her interviews in early He was also part of 2019 Net- 2021, had confessed her love flix anthology series Persona for K-dramas. She said, “I (6.6/10), a collection of four find them highly entertainworks of acclaimed Korean ing. I especially like Crash directors. He has done a sup- Landing On You.” porting role in Legend of The From romantic Blue Sea, a cameo in Memo- comedies like Crash ries of the Alhambra; his big Landing On You break as lead was in Prison and Hometown Playbook (8.4/10) in 2017. Cha-Cha-Cha to military-themed Being popular dramas such as In Southeast Asia, Korean Descendants of the shows are much-loved and Sun and D.P, the research has found they are shows are relatwatched more than Holly- able and yet with wood productions. wildly innovative In the last three months, on storylines. an average, four of the top 10 HELLBOUND take’, which is why in 2021 ahead of the plan of producing big Netflix originals, the platform fed the demand by supplying not one but two production facilities in Pajusi and Yeoncheon-gun, just outside of Seoul, in Gyeonggi Province, Korea. Genius in action Squid Game, which also starred an Indian, Anupam Tripathi (migrant worker Ali Abdul) in the series, gave rise to many memes. One was the comparison of how Squid Game made the world discover Korean gems, but legends had known them since the time Train to Busan released! Another sci-fi film, Jung-E by Yeon, is in the making and is expected to release next year. It stars Kang Sooyoun, Kim Hyun-joo and Ryu Kyung-soo in pivotal roles. The setting of this film is in the 22nd century where climate changes have made Earth uninhabitable. Director Yeon Sang-ho, who has been redefining the future of Korean films with Train to Busan, Peninsula and Hellbound, focuses on themes of brain cloning and humanlike mercenary robots. Adaptation in process In March 2021, the cast for the first season of the South Korean remake of Money Heist was revealed. It will fea- MEMORIES OF THE ALHAMBRA FIRST DAY FIRST SHOW Paying tributes Packed with action ANTIM—THE FINAL TRUTH Featuring Bollywood star Salman Khan, Aayush Sharma and Mahima Makwana, Antim: The Final Truth is a remake of the 2008 Marathi film Mulshi Pattern. November 26 marks 13 years of the 26/11 Mumbai Terror Attacks, one of the deadliest acts of terror the nation has ever faced. Many celebs paid tributes to those who lost their lives in the attacks. Packing a punch Both Salman and his brother-in-law Aayush are standing face-to-face as seen in the posters. The film is packed with action and has many good moments. — Shikha Kumari, student Forget-me-not Great cimax The storyline is exemplary and supported by action. I personally liked it for how it builds the suspense in the interval and for a great climax. — Seema Rani, teacher Interesting watch ANTIM—THE FINAL TRUTH Salman’s role is much more than just a special appearance. I will consider this to be the real debut of Aayush Sharma as an actor. Even Mahima Makwana’s role makes a lasting impact. — Deepankar, engineer NET, FLICKS & MORE Portuguese series Gloria is a powerful tale that has it all—love, lust, war, abuse, suspense, mystery and history Series: GLORIA Director: Tiago Guedes Rating ★★★★ Cast: Miguel Nunes, Matt Rippy, Stephanie Vogt, Carolina Amaral, Afonso Pimentel,Victoria Guerra, Joao Arrais and Adriano Luz. HOUSE OF GUCCI House of Gucci stars Lady Gaga, Adam Driver, Jared Leto, Salma Hayek, Jeremy Irons and Al Pacino. Based on the book The House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour, and Greed by Sara Gay Forden, the plot follows the ambitious Patrizia Reggiani as she romances Maurizio Gucci (Adam Driver), and marries her way into the dynastic Italian luxury label. Lady Gaga rocks I like Lady Gaga and anyway would have liked the film. But the film is honestly entertaining and keeps you hooked till the end. Lady Gaga did a great job. — Sanya Malhotra, student Fashion on point Given it was filmed on the history of Gucci, it wasn’t predictable or boring. And fashion was on point. Lady Gaga pulled off every single outfit very well. — Aparna HOUSE OF GUCCI Sharma, fashion designer —As told to Sheetal BLACKPINK: LIGHT UP THE SKY A spy series with the Cold War in the backdrop is a subject that never gets old. While Gloria comes with the standard procedures—a world of double crossing agents, where each is on their own and sex only a means to an end—it’s the setting which makes it unique. Gloria Do Ribatejo, Portugal, is where RARET, an American broadcasting centre, operates, making it a seat of suspense. If women are calling the shots doubling up as spies, then at the same time the series puts forth the horrors of war, but in a subtle manner. And it sure reminds you that war doesn’t pick—it neither has a favourite gender nor a race! You will encounter in the story a wife-beating patriarch like Ramiro (Joao Pedra Vaz), SPY GAMES pervert doctor Miguel (Augusto Madeira) and powerful father Henrique Vidal (Marcello Urgeghe), saving his son even if it means killing a patriot Goncalo (Afonso Pimentel). While this 1960's drama is fiction, but the facts and the role of Portugal in the Cold War are drawn from Portuguese history much before the Carnation Revolution of 1974 to overthrow Estado Novo regime. The lead character, Joao c m y b Vidal, played by Miguel Nueno, has some awesome lines as well as action sequences. Son of a powerful minister in Portugal, he is an engineer who enters RARET to spy for the KGB. A believer in the communist agenda after serving in a war in Angola, a Portuguese colony, he is suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD); not much is given about how he thinks, which leads one to a surprising climax. A little detour to CIA trying to acquire a rocket scientist in the quest to get to the moon before the Soviets, fits well in the storyline that has it all love, lust, war, abuse, suspense, mystery and bits of history thrown in. From Alexandre and Joao’s musical talks to the background score, Gloria’s music befits the slick spy story. The series sure will have a second season, which gives you a peek into how the world used to operate, and how men and women like Alexandre Petrovsky (Adriano Luz), Mia(Victoria Guerra), Anne (Stephanie Vogt), James Wilson (Matt Rippy) and Goncalo (Afonso Pimentel) fit into the plot. A parallel story of Carolina (Carolina Amaral), one of many female interests of Joao, and Fernando (Joao Arrais) is a refreshing diversion, which is also unsettling. The war and many titles it brings for women reflects through Carolina’s relationship status, which goes from fiancé to married to widow to again married, and in between, the fallen one, for having an affair with engineer Joao. In a small village like Gloria where everybody knows everything, it is surprising how spies function when Joao’s affair couldn’t be a secret! The 10-episode series is slow at the start and is not something you would end up watching without a recommendation. So, here’s your cue! — Mona Abhishek Bachchan in a tweet wrote, “26/11 #NeverForget. Remember our heroes. #JaiHind”. Akshay also tweeted, “Remembering those who lost their lives and loved ones...” Sand artist and Padma Shri awardee Sudarsan Patnaik paid a homage via his art along with a caption, “Never Forget.” Honour the lost Chairman of Tata Trust, Ratan Tata, whose company owned The Taj Mahal Palace, where the hostage situation was created, posted a picture of the hotel on Instagram along with a caption, “The hurt we endured 13 years ago today can never be undone. We should continue to let the memory of the attacks, which were meant to break us, become the source of our strength as we honour those we lost.” — Sheetal
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