23122021-LSTC-01.qxd 12/22/2021 11:37 PM Page 1 c m y b TIGER SUFFERS EYE INJURY Recently, Tiger Shroff suffered an eye injury on the sets of his upcoming movie titled Ganapath. Tiger took to his social media account and shared a picture of his swollen eye. Sharing the picture, Tiger wrote, “Shit happens (hot face and ninja emoji) #ganapath final countdown.” TMS TRIBUNE Tax free Life Bollywood star Ranveer Singh’s upcoming sports drama 83 has been declared tax-free in the national capital. The film is all set to releasein theatres worldwide on Friday. IANS CHANDIGARH | THURSDAY | 23 DECEMBER 2021 The tune of freedom Fields Sukhmeet Bhasin of Three farm laws have been repealed by the Union government, but Punjabi singers continue to come up with revolutionary songs. Kanwar Grewal (35), a singer from a farmer family in Mehma Sawai village in Bathinda, who has actively engaged in the protest, has come up with a new song along with Navdeep. The song is titled Ave kiwe kho launge zameenan saadiyan (How can you snatch away our lands). In the video, they have showcased the agitation as the farmers marched towards Delhi. Another song by Kanwar Grewal and Harf Cheema Jadon mudan ge Punjab nu is a tribute to the difficulties endured by farmers during their year-long protest on Delhi border. He urges people to remember the sacrifice of farmers during the movement. art As the farmers won a sweet victory, their struggles have been captured in songs, movies and web series. On Kisan Diwas, here’s a quick check Punjabi singers continue to come up with songs on farmers’ victory Kanwar Grewal Non-violent means Fateh Morcha (Winning the Front) by Virasat Sandhu is another song on farmers’ victory. This song talks about how farmers won the battle by non-violent means while standing up for their rights. Even singer Resham Singh Anmol has also come up with a song Jitke Punjab Challeya, which goes Teri hik ute likh zindabad chalaya ni tenu Dilliye (Punjab returns after writing Zindabad on your chest Delhi). Says Shingara Singh Mann, BKU Ekta Ugrahan leader, “The role played by Punjabi singers in the movement was ‘remarkable’; they injected life into the farmers’ movement. They were the lifeline of this struggle. Not only did they mobilise the youth, they even took an interest in serious talks on how to save farming. The Punjabi music industry took their support to the next level. From participating as volunteers at the protest sites to releasing songs for the protest, they did it all. These songs will make you want to dance on the beats and at the same time encourage you to join the protest.” Harf Cheema Kartik to play a cricketer? After Ranveer Singh, late Sushant Singh Rajput and Shahid Kapoor, looks like now Kartik Aaryan is all set to play the role of a cricketer in his next project. Recently, the actor dropped a teaser on social media that hinted at his upcoming film. In the video, he is seen dressed in a cricket jersey and as he arrives at a Making pitch. One can also see him hitting some shots and giving a tough time to the bowlers. As soon as the video went viral, fans were left guessing if a cricket film is on the cards for Kartik. Meanwhile, Kartik recently wrapped the shooting schedule of Shehzada in Delhi, directed by Rohit Dhawan. — TMS A still from the film Teeja Punjab A RT mirroring reality or life imitating art, arguments are made on both the sides, but 2020 and 2021 certainly draw the scales in the former’s favour. In the time of kisan morcha, if hundreds of songs came up, there were a couple of movies too, as well as plays and web shows. If some of them directly depicted farmers’ movement and celebrated their victory, others touched on the theme of their life and struggles. Art is seen from a different prism lately, vouches Shabdeesh, secretary, Suchetak Rangmanch, Mohali. “If anyone has been to the morcha, music was playing on every tractor trolley but the themes changed and songs rooted in the struggle came up.” As for him, he first landed up in the morcha to exercise his right as a citizen, “Artist later, it was my duty as an Indian citizen that I went to the morcha. Artistes are sensitive souls — pratirodh art mein phir aa hi jata hai,” he quips. Suchetak Rangmanch not only performed at Singhu and Tikri borders, but wherever farmers were protesting—toll plazas, markets or gardens of Punjab. “On November 26, 2020, when Sidhu Moosewala in the film Moosa Jat Darshan Aulakh in the song Kisaan A still from the movie Mein vs Tu Web series Murabba farmers took off for Delhi, we did a play and the leader said they would only return after winning the battle.” Truly inspired Darshan Aulakh, who came up with two songs—Kisaan Web series Range Sing along The play Je Hun Be Na Bole and Satluj Da Paani—and is onto his third—Jitt, the lyrics for which are by Amandeep Singh Aman, says, “The kisan movement reflected in art because it was organic. People like us weren’t motivated by any political ambi- Teeja Punjab, inspired by the movement, were also released. Harf Cheema and Kanwar Grewal came together for a short film Manas Ki Jaat, released on YouYube. One expects more films on this theme in the coming time. The subject has seeped into web series too—Range and Murabba—which were released on Chaupal platform. However, if there were real efforts to give momentum to the cause, some artists also tried to gain mileage by ‘using’ the kisan card for their gains. tions or material gains, but for the land and its people, the struggle.” Aulakh has also announced a film on martyr Gajjan Singh, which he intends to start working on in 2022. Three movies, Moosa Jatt, Mein vs Tu and As for songs, right from Kisan Anthem sung by 11 singers, Ranjit Bawa’s Punjab Bolda, Kanwar Grewal’s song Ailan, Waris Brothers’ Asi jittange zarur, jaari jung rakhyo, jari jung rakhyo. Rajvir Jawanda’s Uthi jedi lehar tainu yaad rahugi, Zindabaad hai Kisani, Zindabaad rahugi, Poojan Sahil’s Farm laws wapas jao, singers established and new not just sang of the movement, but also lent it support. Going by this momentum, one can only see a surge in songs, shorts, films and series on this theme in the coming times! — TNS a mark Purab Kohli hopes that his role of a game developer in Matrix Resurrections opens the doors for more international offers and people in the West take notice of him as an actor. Kohli, who previously worked with director Lana Wachowski in 2014 on Sense8, said he was beaming with joy after he was roped in for the fourth chapter of the Matrix. Hope I am cast in bigger roles in international films post Matrix Resurrections, says Purab Kohli “This is such a big film and you are part of it, and clearly a noticeable part. I think it will kind of make an impression,” Kohli, who has moved to London, said in a zoom interview. “The world is becoming very global, especially in the entertainment front when you have options to watch so many things and films are crossing over. So, I think it’s a good time to be placed where I am placed.” — PTI Rowdy Rathore 2 on way Mystery & thrill Release date of Death on the Nile announced A new trailer for 20th Century Studios’ Death on the Nile was dropped on Wednesday. This tale of passion and jealousy, which is directed by and stars five-time Academy Award nominee Kenneth Branagh, and features an ensemble cast, opens in theatres February 2022. Based on the 1937 novel by Agatha Christie, Death on the Nile is a daring mysterythriller about the emotional chaos and deadly consequences triggered by obsessive love. As for the cast, Kenneth Branagh, back as the iconic detective Hercule Poirot, is joined by Tom Bateman, four-time Oscar nominee Annette Bening, Russell Brand, Ali Fazal, Dawn French, Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Rose Leslie, Emma Mackey, Sophie Okonedo, Jennifer Saunders and Letitia Wright. — TMS Long before Akshay Kumar played the role of a cop in ‘Sooryavanshi’, the actor wore a cop’s uniform in ‘Rowdy Rathore’. The film was a huge hit. And now, the script of the much-awaited sequel to the 2021 film is finally in the making. The news was confirmed by Baahubali and RRR writer KV Vijayendra Prasad in a recent interaction. Reportedly, the film is all set to go on floors by the end of 2022. — TMS Akshay Kumar DUNE NO TIME TO DIE Oscars’ shortlists: No Time To Die, Dune lead mentions Awaiting glory The 25th James Bond film, No Time to Die, made a strong showing at the shortlists released on Tuesday for the 94th Oscars, with mentions in five categories, Song, Score, Sound, Visual Effects, Make-up and Hairstyling, to lead all films. Dune, with four mentions in the same categories, except Song, was close behind. The Oscars shortlists cover 10 categories overall, including Documentary c m y b Feature, International Film, Animated, Live Action, Documentary Shorts; Make-up and Hairstyling, Music Score, Original Song, Sound and Visual Effects. Denmark’s Flee made the cut for both Documentary Feature and International Film. In terms of multiple mentions, which bode well for eventual nominations in other categories as well, the aforementioned Campion’s The Power of the Dog has three, and such big block- buster titles like Spider Man: No Way Home and The Matrix: Resurrections are among those with two. It is a big day for Billie Eilish, who is the subject of a feature documentary that made the cut, as well as cowriter and singer of the shortlisted title song of No Time to Die. Final nominations will be announced on February 8. The Oscars are scheduled to take place on March 27 at the Dolby Theatre. — IANS India’s Pebbles bows out Director P.S. Vinothraj’s Pebbles, India’s official entry to the Oscars, has failed to make it to the shortlist of 15 finalists in the International Feature Film category, which was announced by the Academy of Motion Pictures in the early hours of Wednesday. Director Vignesh Shivan, who is the producer of Pebbles, expressed his disappointment at Pebbles not making it to the shortlist. IANS
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