12012022-LSTL-01.qxd 1/11/2022 11:22 PM Page 1 c m y b GET SET FOR MATKA KING Siddharth Roy Kapur’s production house, Roy Kapur Films, has teamed up with National Awardwinning filmmaker Nagraj Manjule for a series, tentatively titled Matka King. The upcoming venture is inspired by Ratan Khatri’s life, who was known as the Matka King. TMS TRIBUNE OTT route Life Yami Gautam starrer A Thursday is set to have an OTT release. It will premiere on Disney+ Hotstar but the release date has not been announced yet. TMS LUDHIANA | WEDNESDAY | 12 JANUARY 2022 A cinematic tour As Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui becomes the most-streamed content on OTT within 24 hours of its release, we look at how the city lives and breathes in the film Mona W ITHIN 24 hours of Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui releasing on OTT platform Netflix on January 7, it became the most-streamed content. As the movie goes around the world, we look at it not just from the angle of gender inclusivity but also through the lens of a Chandigarhian! While the city gets its due share in songs—Ranjit Bawa’s Yaari Chandigarh Waliye, Hardy Sandhu-Badshah’s Dila doon ghar Chandigarh mein to the original Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui sung by Hardeep Singh (remixed for the film) —the Ayushmann Khurranastarrer brings the city’s name into a film title. While the credit for the title has often been given to Ayushmann, the actor from the city, shares how the title actually came from his other half, Tahira Kashyap, who is also a city resident. So how did this Chandigarh da munda relate to this Punjabi character? Ayushmann, himself a Chandigarh lad, may have Proud moment Harshaali Malhotra honoured with Bharat Ratna Dr. Ambedkar Award CITY SCAPE: Stills from Ayushmann Khurrana and Vaani Kapoor-starter Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui been markedly different from Manu Munjal, but as he puts it, “In Chandigarh one often meets guys like him. You bump into such characters, for whom physicality matters the most all the time, especially at the gyms. Even during my college days, while playing cricket, I met many of his kind.” Fitness first Many iconic landmarks of the city come alive in the cinematography by Manoj Lobo. As for the cultural inflections, the city designed by a French architect is a perfect getaway for many residents of nearby towns. No wonder Vani Kapoor, a trans-woman trying to find a new life in this very city, hails from Ambala. The film, directed by Abhishek Kapoor, justifies its title, feels choreographer Jas K Shan, whose fleeting glimpse one sees through the zumba sequences. “Though shot in Covid times, the film’s got the city feel,” she says. “From boating at Sukhna Lake to the well-maintained gardens and cycling around Leisure Valley, Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui has a feel of the city. While the title justifies the city it is set in, it is a different ashiqui that takes the cake here,” laughs comedian Ssumier S. Pasricha. “Chandigarh Kare Ashiqui has now become a folk song,” says singer Harpreet Singh, who first sang the song in the 90s. “There have been many renditions of the song, but with city actor Ayushmann starring in the film, it creates magic,” he adds. Typical flavour The theme gets amplified in how different characters take the story forward. Over indulgent sisters taking charge of their brother’s love life to Yograj Singh as the mentor, are characters that one can well relate to if hailing from Chandigarh. “Not only one gets to see Chandigarh One for the future Swami Vivekananda, whose birth anniversary falls on January 12, is celebrated as National Youth Day. As Prime Minister inaugurates a fiveday festival on the occasion, we ask celebs what do they think are the problems of the youth today REAL HAPPINESS Pragati Mehra, actor These days, there is stress among youngersters about their social media positioning and two minutes of fame. The need to be liked and accepted, and that has become their real happiness. They sure need to change that kind of mind-set. FILTER INFORMATION Harshali Zine, actress Influencers today mostly come from the younger lot. So, it’s a responsibility to not get manipulated easily. I see influencers making meaningless content on social media, blindly promoting brands without knowing the side effects of the products they are promoting and the followers following their content blindly. But I feel both parties are innocent. The youth must learn how to filter the information they are receiving via any medium. OUT IN NATURE: Somy Ali, actress I think the issue that I have observed is that our youth are too involved with gadgets. They do not have any inclination to be out in the nature, spend time with friends, masked and vaccinated, of course, and have real conversations. It’s all about social media and video games as of now. There has to be a balance in life and that has to be solely the parents’ responsibility. SPEAK UP Aditya Deshmukh, actor Every generation comes with a different thought-process. Maybe sometimes their problems or their way of thinking is not being accepted. So, I think they should take those challenges on instead of labelling them as problems. Let them speak their mind. SAFE & SOUND Ayushmann Khurrana, actor The National Youth Day is yet another opportunity for all of us to commit ourselves to one important issue. As we begin this year, let’s join hands to end violence against children everywhere… Many young people today may have faced violence as children.” He adds, “I want to reiterate that violence and bullying in all its forms is unacceptable. We must build the culture of tolerance and ensure that our homes, schools and social networks are safe places for children. As UNICEF’s celebrity advocate for ending violence against children, I hope that together we can make a difference.” c m y b locales, but also witness the typical mindset. The film reflects how a typical Punjabi would react to a taboo topic,” says Jas K shan. Off-beat topic Well-known theatre director Neelam Mansingh Chowdhry says, “I felt as if the city never became a character in the film, Since there is Chandigarh in the title, I hoped for more signages. But I do like that the film talks about an off-beat topic.” Kabir Khan-directed Bajrangi Bhaijaan was loved by fans, and the chemistry between Salman Khan and child actor Harshaali Malhotra was the film’s highlight. Harshaali, who has now grown up as a beautiful young girl, was honoured with Bharat Ratna Dr. Ambedkar Award, at an event held in Mumbai recently. Harshaali shared pictures from the ceremony on social media and thanked Salman Khan, Kabir Khan, casting director Mukesh Chhabra, and the entire team of the film for giving her the opportunity to play Munni in the 2015 film. — TMS It’s a fun ride! UNDERSTAND THEM Vijayendra Kumeria, actor The major problems of youth is unemployment, mental health and also lack of guidance. The youth wants to be understood and should be able to express themselves, be it home, school or college. Covid has affected the mental health of youngsters as they are just wasting time on social media; they don’t know how to use their time correctly. Jasmin Bhasin set to debut in a Punjabi film Jasmin Bhasin is all set to make her debut in Punjabi film industry opposite Gippy Grewal. Titled Honeymoon, the Punjabi ‘romedy’ is written by Naresh Kathooria and directed by Amarpreet G S Chhabra. The film went on floors on Tuesday (January 11) in Punjab. The makers gave a sneak peek from the sets by sharing pictures in which Gippy Grewal, Jasmin Bhasin, director Amarpreet G S Chhabra and producer Vicky Bahri are seen. Promising to tickle your funny bone, the film revolves around the story of just-married couple Deep and Sukh, who want to go on their honeymoon. But Deep’s naive and extended family, blissfully unaware of what a honeymoon actually entails, tag along with the newlyweds, as they have never been out of their village. And thus begins a mad ride of 16 people travelling together on the honeymoon, which is only meant for the lovebirds. — TMS PICK A HOBBY Bhumika Chawla, actress The youth needs to be more outdoors and more active. They need more interaction at the human level, than just virtual. Due to the pandemic and constant restrictions I understand it’s not easy for people. The youth must pray, meditate, read, exercise and pick up a hobby. — Sheetal Gippy Grewal and Jasmin Bhasin
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