04012022-LSTC-01.qxd 1/4/2022 12:52 AM Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE New role Bryan Adams thinks his photography work has given him some of the skills he would need to direct a film. He said, “I would be interested (in making a film). —IANS CHANDIGARH | TUESDAY | 4 JANUARY 2022 Action replay of worst kind mona J High on romance In 2022, Tahir Raj Bhasin has three back-to-back projects lined-up for release. Tahir says, “I’m so excited about the string of romantic releases I have lined up in 2022. The feature film Looop Lapeta and two OTT series Yeh Kaali Kaali Ankhein and Ranjish Hi Sahi will release early next year. Coincidentally, all three of these have me in the romantic lead. It’s a hat-trick of romance for me this year and I can’t wait for this new chapter of my journey. Looop Lapeta is an edgy It’s a heist romance where I hat-trick of play Satya, who is madly in love with Savi romance for me this (Taapsee Pannu).” year and I can’t wait He adds, “In the series for this new chapter of Yeh Kaali Kaali Ankhein my journey. I play Vikrant, a smallTAHIR RAJ town boy who is head over heels in love with Shikha (Sweta Tripathi), but things explode when a powerful politician’s daughter obsessively pursues Vikrant shattering his life. Yeh Kaali Kaali Ankhen is ‘Drillour’ a dramatic, thriller with dark humour. Ranjish Hi Sahi is a period romance created by Mahesh Bhatt. Set in the 70s, the series explores a passionate love triangle between my character Shankar, his wife (Amrita Puri) and a Bollywood starlet (Amala Paul).” UST as things were looking better, lockdowns were lifted, and life seemed normal once again, along came the Omicron variant. The sudden spike in Covid cases during the past few days has hit the entertainment industry yet again. Sad but true, the third wave of Covid is here and showing its impact. The only sign of relief is that most of the reported cases have mild symptoms. Shefali Shah, who is gearing up for the release of her upcoming medical thriller series Human, had her share of challenges while getting into the nuances of her character of Gauri Nath. The actress says, “Gauri Nath is a Pandora’s box. You don’t know what hits you at each moment. She’s complicated, unpredictable and indecipherable.” What made it tricky was the fact that the character came with a blank slate, Shefali mentions, “Not only is ‘she’ unlike anyone I’ve played before, I don’t know nor have heard of any- NAKUUL MEHTA & WIFE JANKEE RAHUL RAWAIL ARJUN KAPOOR HUGH JACKMAN GLOBAL SLOWDOWN NORA FATEHI Several celebs, including Arjun Kapoor, Rhea Kapoor, Nora Fatehi, Mrunal Thakur, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Amrita Arora, Seema Khan, Maheep Kapoor, Shanaya Kapoor have tested positive for Covid. John Abraham and his wife Priya and Ekta Kapoor are the latest celebrities to have fallen prey to the virus. Taking to his Instagram Stories on Monday (January 3), John Abraham wrote, “I came in contact three days ago with someone who I later learnt had Covid. Priya and I have tested positive for Covid. We have been quarantined at home, so haven’t been in contact with anyone else. We are both vacci- one like her!” Human is a medical thriller based on human drug trials in India, it sheds light on the collateral damage due to fasttracked drug trials for financial gains. Touching compelling themes like medical malpractice and ramifications of fast-paced medical science, Human brings forth the greed to make money in a compelling tale of power struggles. — IANS The producers of Mrs. Doubtfire will pause performances of the musical until March 14 as the show struggles to find a way to survive during the Covid-19 re-surgency that has imperilled Broadway’s tentative recovery. The show’s producers didn’t mince words when they described the financial stakes that lie at the heart of their dramatic decision to take a nine-week hiatus. “The first few months of a brandnew Broadway show are an extraordinarily delicate and important period of time. With the pervasiveness of the Omicron variant of Covid-19, Mrs. Doubtfire would have to close permanently if the production didn’t take drastic, pro-active measures,” Kevin McCollum, a producer on the show, said in a statement. IANS nated and experienced mild “Despite taking all precausymptoms.” tions I have tested Covid posTV actor Nakuul Mehta, his itive. I am fine and I request wife Jankee and their 11- everyone who has come in month-old son Sufi, have contact with me to please test now contracted the themselves.” deadly virus. JanVeteran filmkee took to her maker Rahul Instagram Rawail, account and known for wrote, “We directing rushed him movies like in the middle Betaab and of the night to Arjun, has the hospital also tested when his fever positive and is EKTA KAPOOR crossed 104.2 & in home quaranwhat followed were tine. There were very hard days in the Covid reports that the 70-year-old ICU with my baby boy…” director contracted the virus Producer Ekta Kapoor is last week. On the global level, also Covid positive as she actor Hugh Jackman, footshared a note on Instagram baller Lionel Messi, BTS on Monday that read, members RM and Jin, are cur- Alicia & Ali Abbas Zafar moment, Thank You Almighty for Alicia Zafar #1stanniversary.” Meanwhile, Zafar is currently collaborating with Shahid Kapoor for a project which is said to be the official remake of the 2011 French film Nuit Blanche. A STILL FROM TUMBBAD Sohum Shah hints at Tumbbad 2 The picture shared by Sohum Shah on Instagram c m y b I’m an artiste, R&B singer Omarion not a Covid has responded to the variant, jokes Covid jokes that have R&B singer been circulating online, Omarion the B2K member playfully reminded his fans that he’s “an artiste, not a variant.” Making use of TikTok, he shared a video of him wishing his followers a Happy New Year. “Hi everybody, this is Omarion. I am an artiste, not a variant,” he first quipped.—IANS rently in home quarantine after testing Covid 19 positive. Meanwhile, BTS member Suga has announced his recovery from Covid. LIFE STOPS FOR A WHILE Soon.” The audience comments read, “Tumbbad 2 Super excited,” another comment read, “@shah_sohum woh kya tha..Haster.. wohi bann rahe aap.” The 2018 mythological horror film Tumbbad, directed by Rahi Anil Barve, garnered rave reviews. Sohum, who acted in and produced the movie, said he has been flooded with requests every day to take the film ahead and make it a franchise but he said that he would not do anything to simply cash on the film’s popularity. have pushed its release. Even director S.S. Rajamouli’s eagerly awaited epic RRR starring Jr. NTR, Ram Charan, Ajay Devgn and Alia Bhatt, which was scheduled to release on January 7 has been put on hold. Reportedly close to Rs 18 crore was spent on pre-release promotions of RRR, which now seems to be a waste. Reports suggest that the crew members of Gehraiyaan have tested Covid positive due to which the team is likely to postpone a promotional campaign. Another award function which was scheduled in Mumbai for January 10 has been cancelled. Meanwhile, two other music events have taken the virtual route. JERSEY, RRR PUSHED Shahid Kapoor and Mrunal Thakur’s Jersey is one of the first films, after second JOHN ABRAHAM wave of Covid to SOHUM SHAH Sohum Shah on Monday took to his social media handle as he kick-started 2022 on a working note. Sohum posted a picture with a blue face mask on, and commented on his Monday blues. Many fans asked if Tumbbad 2 was in the making, and was Haster coming back? In his caption, the actor wrote, “I’m literally having Monday blues. Guess karo kya bana rahe hain? P Thrilled to be .S. back in the actor and producers chair for another film for @sohumshahfilms with @adeshprasad! #Coming- MRUNAL THAKUR IN THE LIGHTER VEIN Shefali Shah calls her Human character, a Pandora’s box One year of bliss Ali Abbas Zafar and wife Alicia marked their first wedding anniversary on January 3. The filmmaker tied the knot with the French model in early 2021. Wishing her on the special occasion, the Sultan director shared beautiful moments. Taking to his Instagram handle, Ali shared two romantic pictures with Alicia. Sharing these pictures, the filmmaker wrote, “One year of living in a dream, happiness, silly smiles and feeling alive in every shines bright As more and more celebs are contracting the virus, the entertainment industry is in doldrums once again, reminding us of the harrowing times in 2021 CELEBRITIES TURNING COVID POSITIVE ‘Unpredictable and indecipherable’ Spidey Spider-Man: No Way Home crosses $600 million in North America Hollywood star Tom Holland’s Spider-Man: No Way Home towered over domestic box-office charts for the third weekend in a row. No Way Home minted $52.7 million over the New Year’s holiday frame, boosting its domestic tally to $609 million. It extends an epic streak for the latest Spidey adventure as the lone blockbuster to deliver the kind of ticket sales it would have been expected to make in prepandemic times. It now ranks as the 10thhighest grossing domestic release in history, supplanting Disney’s Incredibles 2 ($608 million). Spider-Man: No Way Home currently has its sights on spots eight and nine, Star Wars: The Last Jedi ($620 million) and The Avengers ($623 million). Globally, Spider-Man: No Way Home has grossed $1.37 billion, passing 2018’s Black Panther ($1.34 billion) to become the 12th biggest film in history. International ticket sales have accounted for a bulk of that haul, with overseas revenues at $759 million. —IANS
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