02012022-LSTL-01.qxd 01-01-2022 23:57 Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE Wow factor Life Piano Man legend Billy Joel has compared Taylor Swift to The Beatles, and insisted the Shake It Off hitmaker is this generation’s version of the Fab Four. —IANS LUDHIANA | SUNDAY | 2 JANUARY 2022 NET, FLICKS & MORE ‘It’s not been easy to get here’ Rhea Chakraborty sums up 2021 Rhea Chakraborty had to face tough times after the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput. The actress took to her social media recently to share a sweet note as she wrapped up 2021. Sharing a picture of herself Rhea wrote, “You see me smiling and laughing, it’s not been easy to get here. A year full of healing, a year full of pain. But here I am, smiling and looking at you 2021-because indeed what doesn’t break you makes you stronger..! Have a wonderful New Year’s Eve with your loved ones, may 2022 be kind to all of us. Love and light #rhenew.” Meanwhile, on the work front, Rhea was last seen in the thriller Chehre that also starred Amitabh Bachchan, Emraan Hashmi, Annu Kapoor and others in pivotal roles.—TMS Armie replaced by Will Arnett Will Arnett is all set to replace Armie Hammer in filmmaker-actor Taika Waititi’s Next Goal Wins. Reportedly, Hammer’s exit comes after the actor was accused by multiple women of sexual assault. In the wake of the scandal that is currently under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department, Hammer was fired from several films and series, including the Jennifer Lopez’s rom-com Shotgun Wedding and a Paramount Plus show. Also, Hammer exited the upcoming Broadway production of The Minutes. Reportedly, he will appear in Death on the Nile. —TMS Salman Khan Will Arnett Looking beyond doomsday Nonika Singh T WO nerdy astronomers Dr Randall Mindy (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Kate Dibiasky (Jenifer Lawrence) discover that a comet is inching, nay dangerously advancing, towards planet earth. As they decide to go to town with this vital piece of information you expect all hell to let loose and you anticipate yet another doomsday film. DON’T LOOK UP Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Leonardo DiCaprio, Rob Morgan, Cate Blanchett and Meryl Streep Director: Adam McKay Rating: ★★★ Hold your horses…. For star-studded Don’t Look Up is not just another apocalypse story. Instead, drama of a different kind begins, as these two scientists Dr Mindy, a professor, and Dibiasky, a PhD student, wait in attendance for an office with the President of the United States, a woman President in this case. Meryl Streep gets into her act of Janie Orleans with aplomb and caricaturises it suitably as demanded by the script. Her gender, however, we learn has no bearing on her attitude. Like all politicians she is an epitome of opportunism; see an opportunity and grab it with both hands. As well as do a flip flop as it suits her fortunes. With a cast to die for, this Netflix outing of an impending catastrophe does not bombard you with images of a crumbling world, rather, it grips you with power of words, humour & some fine acting The same goes for the media houses. In fact, the bits about where television houses are leading us, is the most interesting part of the film. Lovely actress Cate Blanchett plays a television anchor Brie Evantee whose job it is to trivialise the most serious content. Expectedly, when she learns of the impending crisis, her tone is equally flippant and dismissive. The only thing she discovers of interest in the scientific revelation is her chemistry with Dr Randy. Under the newfound limelight the professor, who we are told needs media training, soon turns a new page as he appears on a prime time show. Seduced by this world of arclights and Brie, this family man becomes a new person and you can only expect Leonardo to deliver the goods. His character arc allows him enough space to bare his tremendous acting potential. Jenifer Lawrence as his protégé is impressive too. Only since she remains the moral compass of the film, there are not very many inflections to her character. Can they prevail and avert the comet from hitting the ground? The question or even the suspense here isn’t whether doomsday arrives or not. The point is; do the governments aided by capitalist forces, in this case billionaire Peter Isherwell, the CEO of a tech company with his own The New Year dinner party of the Pataudi family axe to grind, even care to? Since the answer is something we already know, the climax though a tad disappointing should not come as a surprise. But as the satire blends the harsh reality with surreal touches (don’t miss the anti-climax), the sci-fi does tread an interesting ground. Don’t Look Up, the title is as much a metaphor as a warning of why we need to pay heed and not overlook. A stinging reminder of the world around us where the powers that be will only be covering their own backs, it is an interesting drama that amuses and engages with enough thoughts to mull over. Director Adam McKay’s RRR release postponed welcomed 2022 Kunal Khemu Hrithik Roshan Sonam Kapoor & Anand Ahuja Mrunal Thakur, who will next be seen opposite Shahid Kapoor in Jersey, has tested positive for Covid-19. The actress took to her Instagram Stories on January 1 to share that she has mild symptoms and has isolated herself. “I have tested positive for Covid-19. As of today, I have mild symptoms but I’m feeling ok and have isolated myself. I am following the protocol given by my doctor and health professionals. If you have been in contact with me, request you to please get tested immediately. Stay safe everyone,” wrote the actress on Instagram. Last few weeks Mrunal was busy promoting her film Jersey before its release was postponed due to the rise in Covid-19 cases. An official statement was issued that read, “In view of the current circumstances and new Covid guidelines we have decided to postpone the theatrical release of our film Jersey. We have received immense love from you all so far and want to thank you all for everything. Until then everyone please stay safe and healthy, and wishing you all the best for the new year ahead!” Kangana Ranaut Here’s how celebs The year 2022 kicked off with a bang for B-town celebrities. They took to their respective social media handles and shared glimpses of their New Year celebrations. Kareena Kapoor Khan and Saif Ali Khan turned hosts for a fun family dinner on New Year’s Eve. Soha Ali Khan, Kunal Kemmu, Kunal Kapoor and Shaira Kapoor joined Saif, Kareena and Taimur Ali Khan, for this happening party. Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor jetted off for a jungle safari to ring in the New Year. Alia dropped a carousel of pictures from her outing with caption, “Giving 2022 some hakuna matata energy. Stay safe… smile… Be simple and love more!!!!! Happy New Year.” Salman Khan was joined by Iulia Vantur, Sangeeta Bijlani, Bina Kak and others to ring in the New Year at his Panvel farmhouse. The photos of the celebration with Salman were shared by Bina point of view is clear in his words “This movie came from my burgeoning terror about the climate crisis and the fact that we live in a society that tends to place it as the fourth or fifth news story.” But the film’s basic crux could well apply to any governmental inaction. With a cast to die for this Netflix outing of an impending catastrophe does not bombard you with images of a crumbling world. Rather, it takes you there with power of words, humour and some fine acting. Do look up. The film which had a limited theatrical release has picked up four nominations at the 79th Golden Globe Awards and six at the 27th Critics’ Choice Awards. Mrunal tests +ve for Covid From house party to jungle safari to temple hopping—they did it all on her Instagram handle. Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli welcomed 2022 with a loved-up post. The couple celebrated New Year’s Eve in South Africa. Anushka, who embraced motherhood in 2021, captioned her post as, “The year that got us the greatest happiness I’ve known. So, deepest gratitude 2021, Thank You.” Sonam Kapoor brought in the New Year with her husband Anand Ahuja at her Notting Hill home in London. Hrithik Roshan posted a drool-worthy selfie to wish his fans and wrote, “#2022. Let’s live it well.” Kangana Ranaut marked 1st January 2022 by offering prayers at the Balaji temple at Tirupati and Rahu Ketu temple. The actress shared photos from her trips to both places and expressed that she wanted fewer police complaints against her this year. She also hoped her ‘enemies’ would have ‘mercy’ on her in the New Year. Akshay Kumar, who is vacationing in the Maldives with family, shared a video on Twitter and wrote, “New Year, same me Winking face with tongue. Woke up and greeted my old friend, the sun Smiling face with open mouth and smiling eyes and started my 2022 with all things positive except for Covid, crossed fingers. Praying for everyone’s good health and happiness. Happy New Year!” c m y b Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma Ranbir Kapoor Akshay Kumar Alia Bhatt Director SS Rajamouli’s much-awaited period action film Rise Roar Revolt (RRR) has been postponed once again amid a surge in the coronavirus cases in the country and concerns over the new Omicron variant. The Telugu-language film headlined by South Indian stars – Ram Charan and N T Rama Rao Jr, was scheduled to arrive in cinema halls on January 7. Produced by DVV Entertainments, the news of RRR being delayed comes just six days ahead of its release in theatres and before the grand promotional activities being carried out across the country. The decision to defer the release date was announced on the official Twitter account of RRR film. “Keeping the best interests of all the involved parties in mind, we are forced to postpone our film. Our sincere thanks to all the fans and audience for their unconditional love #RRRPPostopened #RRRMovie,” the tweet read. In an accompanying statement, the makers said they are “forced” to not release the movie as theatres are being shut in many states across the country. “Inspite our relentless efforts some situations are beyond our control. As many Indian states are closing theatres, we are left with no choice but to ask you to hold on to your excitement. We promise to bring back the Glory of Indian Cinema and at the right time, we will,” it added. RRR is the second movie to be delayed due to the rise in the Covid-19 cases across the country. Earlier, Jersey was pulled from its scheduled release date of December 31. The release date of RRR has been postponed multiple times due to the pandemic. — PTI
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