27122021-LSTC-01.qxd 12/26/2021 11:01 PM Page 1 c m y b CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS Vicky Kaushal has shared a picture with his wife Katrina Kaif from their Christmas celebrations. In the photo, one can see the husband and wife hugging each other tightly, standing in front of a Christmas tree. For the caption, Vicky wrote, “Meri Christmas.” TMS NET, FLICKS & MORE TRIBUNE Life Jatin Sarna, who has essayed the role of cricketer Yashpal Sharma in 83, says the experience has given him memories for a lifetime T Mona With power comes responsibility; would you rather choose your gift to avenge the wrongs or aim at larger good… Is the theme of Basil Joseph-directed film Minnal Murali. Trending among the top on Netflix, this Malayalam film, also available in Hindi, is sure making a mark. For not only does it have a superhero, challenged by a super-villain, but is also a rooted story from an Indian hamlet. It’s rather refreshing to walk into a village where Film: children go to the library Director: Basil Joseph to know more about lightCast: Tovino Thomas, ning and its effects and Guru Somasundaram, Femina not just Google it. It’s George, Shelly Kishore, largely the story of Jaison Vasisht Umesh (Tovino Thomas), who has Rating: ★★★★ a tailor shop to his name. He wants to be successful in America, so that he can marry his sweetheart Bincy (Sneha Babu), but a stroke of lightning changes the course of his life. The same lightning strikes a tea-stall worker Shibu (Guru Somasundaram) as well. Having lost his mother and been rejected by the entire community, his is the struggle that represents caste and class system. As the two protagonists realise their respective powers, the themes of lost love, cops and corruption to good versus evil, spring up. As Shibu tries to win over his love while taking the wrong road, Jaison is trying to correct the wrongs while trying to find the man who is bringing Minnal Murali a bad name. Through this entire prism is seen a story with a heart, set in the 90s; life and its struggles, the beauty of a village in Kerala, a close-knit society, simple joys like a village feast to a treacherous road to one’s dreams. The film, at 2 hours 39 minutes, is a tad long, but there are some great VFX effects with rocks floating through the air! Tovino Thomas as Jaison is impressive; his bodily transformation is commendable as well as act. But it’s Guru Somasundaram as Shibu whom you really feel for. Shelly Kishore as Usha is understated and real. Femina George as ‘Bruce Lee’ aka Biji brings moments of laughter. Vasisht Umesh as Josemon, as his Mama’s (Jaison) sidekick, is lovable. Then there is Sudheesh in a cameo to add some star power. Due credit to Arun Anirudhan and Justin Mathew who wrote a brilliant screenplay, giving each character depth. Basil Joseph builds quite a believable world. Watch the film Minnal Murali for its brave attempt to turn an ordinary man into a superhero and for turning a fictional Kerala hamlet, Kurukkanmoola, into the seat of superpower. MINNAL MURALI Close to life, yet a superhero story, Minnal Murali engages and entertains CHANDIGARH | MONDAY | 27 DECEMBER 2021 Shot in the arm Sheetal Rooted in reality Snake scare Superstar Salman Khan was rushed to the hospital on Saturday night after he was bitten by a snake at his Panvel farmhouse. He has been discharged and is safe. TMS HE film 83 is currently ruling the hearts of Indian cricket fans and cinema-lovers alike. Jatin Sarna, who is essaying the role of middleorder batsman Yashpal Sharma, goes on to call it the project that he is most proud of till date. He says, “It was always my wish to work in films helmed by great directors. Ranveer Singh is the captain in the movie, but for me director Kabir Khan is the captain of our ship, as he envisioned a great subject.” Ask him the first thought when he signed for the role of Yashpal Sharma and he says, “Frankly speaking, I was getting less money for the role! But once the preparations began, when we met Balwinder Singh Sandhu, who was our coach for the film, I realised how huge this film would be. It has been an unforgettable experience. From getting the mannerisms of Yashpal Sharma right to meeting the real and reel teams, working in this film has given me memories for a lifetime.” Winter fun Currently in Punjab, Jatin is filming for an upcoming movie titled Motor Machis Aur Cutter. He says, “The film is a one-night story of a heist gone wrong. So, a lot of shooting happens around midnight and early morning hours. We Members of the band BTS Testing times BTS members RM and Jin test Covid-positive After BTS star Suga, two other members of the KPop band — RM and Jin — have now tested positive for Covid-19. Recently, Big Hit Music released a statement, confirming that the two singers had contracted the virus. The statement also mentioned that after they returned from a con- cert in the US, RM showed no symptoms, whereas Jin, had developed flu-like symptoms. The statement read, “RM and Jin completed their second round of Covid-19 vaccinations in August, and are currently undergoing self-treatment at home as per official guidelines.” — TMS Janhvi prays at Tirumala are shooting in villages in and around Kharar, and our schedule has scenes where we have to be in farms during the cold nights. For someone like me, who has lived for more than a decade in Mumbai now, winter is tough but I am enjoying my time here.” As for his favourite roles other than the one in 83, he names the ones in Sacred Games and Saat Uchakkey. He adds, “While it was Sacred Games that put me on the WEBSOLUTE FUN Fantasy & fun Bollywood star and late actress Sridevi’s elder daughter Janhvi Kapoor visited the hilltop shrine at Tirumala and offered prayers on Sunday. Janhvi was among the VIPs who availed darshan. Clad in a half-sari and jewellery traditionally worn by South Indian girls, the young actress, with her face covered by a mask, was the cynosure of all eyes. Janhvi, who was accompanied by a friend, later recieved prasadam and blessings from the priests at the Ranganayakulu mandap. — IANS map from the audience point of view, Saat Uchakkey was great too. I believe 83 will open the doors for the different kinds of roles that I want to do. In the coming year, I want to shed the gangster and angry guy image! I am not greedy for more screen time in films or web series; all I want to do is to perform well.” Reality never got better… As 2021 draws to a close, here is the list of new releases on OTT that should not be missed 021 2 December 29: The Book of Boba Fett on Disney+ Hotstar This fantasy series is a Star Wars’ franchise spin-off. It features the bounty hunter Boba Fett and mercenary Fennec Shand, navigating the galaxy’s underworld when they return to the sands of Tatooine to stake their claim on the territory once ruled by Jabba the Hutt and his crime syndicate. It stars Temuera Morrison and Ming-Na Wen. December 31: The Lost Daughter on Netflix A woman’s quiet seaside vacation takes an unsettling turn when her fixation with a young mother staying at a nearby villa awakens memories from her past. Maggie Gyllenhaal makes her directorial debut from a script she adapted from the novel by Elena Ferrante. The movie stars Olivia Colman, Dakota Johnson, Jessie Buckley, among others. Reality shows are loved by the LL audiences and REWE A 2021 saw some F of the best return, even as a few took the show Banega Crorepati, Sony format to the next level. KaunIndian version of popularTV The quiz show Who Wants to be a Millionaire?, Viewers had a lot of Kaun Banega Crorepati completed content to choose from, 1,000 episodes in 2021. Hosted by Amitabh Bachchan, the show but here’s our pick of returned this year with season 13, the best reality shows bringing opportunities for contestants to earn good money. of the year Splitsvilla X3, MTV Splitsvilla X3 caught everyone’s attention with its entertaining contestants. The show started with nine boys and 12 girls. This season saw the contestants who got eliminated from Splitsvilla enter the Wild Villa, which was hosted by Nikhil Chinapa. This season was won by Jay Dudhane and Aditi Rajput. Shark Tank Season 13, Voot Select Shark Tank is one of the most successful entrepreneurial reality shows of all time. The business reality show offers budding inventors once-in-a-lifetime chance to present their pioneering ideas in front of a memorable panel of esteemed tycoons. December 31: Stay Close on Netflix With trademark thrills, gripping suspense and secrets of past crimes beginning to unravel, Stay Close questions how much you really know someone. Four people each conceal dark secrets from those closest to them. As the past comes back to haunt, threatening to ruin their lives and of those around them, what will be their next move? January 1: Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts on Amazon Prime Video The retrospective special invites fans on a magical first-person journey through one of the most-beloved film franchises of all time, as it reunites Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, and other esteemed cast members as well as filmmakers across all eight Harry Potter films. This is to celebrate the anniversary of the franchise’s first film, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. c m y b Bigg Boss OTT, Voot Select Roadies Revolution, MTV The Big Picture, Colors Bigg Boss OTT is the first season of the Indian reality TV series Bigg Boss to be released on OTT platforms Voot and Voot Select. With Karan Johar as the host of this digital-only season, the show was themed Stay Connected. Six boys and as many girls entered as pairs, while one girl entered the House alone. Divya Agarwal emerged as the winner. Roadies Revolution was the 17th season of India MTV Roadies, which premiered on MTV . Prince Narula, Nikhil Chinapa, Neha Dhupia and Raftaar (Varun Sood replaced him mid-season) returned as leaders while Rannvijay Singh continued as the host. In this season, there was no gang leader or any gang. The contestants fought solo during their journey. Making his grand television debut with this new show was none other than the 83 star, Ranveer Singh. The Big Picture was a unique quiz game show that gave the audience a chance to win a fortune. With the help of three lifelines, the contestant were asked to answer 12 visualbased (images/videos) questions to win the prize money.
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