03052022-LSTL-01.qxd 5/2/2022 11:23 PM Page 1 c m y b A JOURNEY OF TWO HEARTS Streetsmart Productions has announced their next film titled First Second Chance. The film stars Renuka Shahane and Ananth Mahadevan, along with Devoleena Bhattacharjee, Saahil Uppal, Nikhil Sangha and others. TMS TRIBUNE Right click Life Junglee Pictures on Monday announced its next project, a thriller titled Click Shankar. The film will be helmed by acclaimed South-Indian director Balaji Mohan. TMS LUDHIANA | TUESDAY | 3 MAY 2022 TREASURE TROVE Mona I T started from a desire to do something on water, leading on to a quest for food, body and gender, and the politics behind it. Neelam Mansingh Chowdhry’s Trunk Tales is all this and more. In this solo, she collaborates with actor Vansh Bhardwaj once again. Four stories, done by the same actor, the theatre-thespian finds it her toughest outing till date. “It was very complex and to communicate it through the same actor, different characterisation… It was like painting the soul,” says Neelam Mansingh, director of Trunk Tales. At 52 minutes, Trunk Tales is supported by a grant from Goethe-Institute and Ranga Shankara. “Theatre, unlike a book or say painting, requires a bigger budget; this production was possible only due to the grant,” avers Neelam. Vansh Bhardwaj in the Trunk Tales and (inset) Neelam Mansingh Chowdhry Renowned theatre-person Neelam Mansingh Chowdhry’s latest play Trunk Tales is based on her life experiences THERE ARE IMPERATIVES OF TIME THAT ONE CAN’T ESCAPE. KABIR, WITH HIS CINEMATIC LANGUAGE AND HAVING GROWN UP IN AN ENVIRONMENT OF THEATRE, HAS DIGITISED IT BEAUTIFULLY. IT’S NOT JUST A TWO-DIMENSIONAL RECORDING Dropped! Meghan Markle’s animated series Pearl cancelled by Netflix In a move to cut costs, streaming giant Netflix has cancelled the development of Pearl, an animated series created by Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle. The show, which was announced last year, is one of several projects being dropped. Last month, Netflix revealed a sharp fall in subscribers and warned millions more are set to quit the service. Archewell Productions, the company formed by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, announced last year that Meghan would be an executive producer of Pearl. The series was planned to centre on the adventures of a 12-year-old girl, who is inspired by influential women from history. Netflix did, however, confirm that it will continue to work on a number of projects with Archewell Productions, including a documentary series called Heart of Invictus. The series will focus on athletes competing in the Invictus Games for injured veterans, an event founded by Duke of Sussex Prince Harry, in The Hague in 2022. Netflix also decided not to move forward with two animated children’s series Dino Daycare and Boons and Curses. Netflix’ total number of subscribers had dropped by 200,000 in the first three months of this year and it was being expected two million more users were likely to quit the service in till July. — IANS The play was long in the making, but soon after conceiving it, Neelam got down with Covid-19; then Vansh was out for shooting, so not just the scheduling issues but the theme and putting it across has been a challenge. “It was one of the toughest content and to communicate it, create empathy, has been a task.” LONG ASSOCIATION Neelam Mansingh’s association with Vansh runs close to 20 years. He’s assisted her on some productions, acted in others. “I find in him a fine actor; intelligent, imaginative and someone who translates the instructions very well. Also, due to Covid, he was back in Chandigarh and that gave us another chance to work together.” A line from a poem, a text from someone, a memory, observations from life, Neelam has put together Trunk Tales from her experiences. “How an idea germinates and a play takes shape is a very intangible, invisible process.”The title for it comes from her son Kabir Singh Chowdhry. “There are four trunks for props and I wanted to take a title from there; my son came up with the name,” avers Neelam. In fact, Kabir, who is a filmmaker, has also digitised the play. Moving online was a necessity for theatre folks, given the circumstances. “There are the imperatives of time that one can’t escape. Kabir, with his cinematic language and having grown up in an environment of theatre, has digitised it beautifully. It’s not just a two dimensional recording,” says Neelam. Her next is going to be an elaborate production—Girish Karnad’s Hayavadana. “It’s going to be on a big scale, as many as 10 actors from across the country will be a part of it,” informs Neelam, who has been running The Company since 1983 and has productions like Kitchen Katha, Yerma, Nagmandla, Naked Voices and Black Box to her credit. Meanwhile, Trunk Tales is on from May 4 –May 10, at the Studio Theatre, house number 9, Sector 4, at 7pm. Entry fee is Rs 500, but for students whatever they can pay! Fit & fine DHARMENDRA It’s a tale of valour Prithviraj director Chandraprakash Dwivedi on how he lived with the project for 18 years Yash Raj Films’ Prithviraj is being directed by noted filmmaker and historian Chandraprakash Dwivedi. The director admits that he lived with this story for 18 years before deciding to make it into a big screen entertainer with Aditya Chopra. He reveals, “Prithviraj is my dream project. It’s a script that I have nurtured for a long, long time because of the extensive research work that was needed before I even attempted to make a film on this mighty and legendary king. To be precise, Prithviraj’s final research took about six months for me to be fully satisfied that every single fact was checked multiple times.” He adds, “I read many books on his life to ensure that we were doing justice to Prithviraj Chauhan in our film. Today, I’m deeply satisfied as a writer and film-maker that I took this time before I could realise my dream...” — TMS Dharmendra was admitted to Mumbai’s Breach Candy Hospital last week after he suffered a muscle pull in his back. The actor was discharged on Sunday (May 1). After he returned home, the 86year-old actor took to his social media account and shared a video in which he gave a health update to his fans. The veteran actor said, “Friends, don’t overdo things … Know your limits, I did it and learnt my lesson. I suffered a big muscle pull in my back. So, I had to go to the hospital for two-four days.” He continued, “It was difficult. Anyway I’m back with your good wishes, his blessings. So don’t worry. Now I’ll be very careful. Love you all.” Meanwhile, Breach Candy Hospital released a statement regarding Dharmendra’s health, which read, “Actor Dharmendra had a backache during shooting, after which he was admitted four days ago. He has now been discharged.” — TMS SONAM BAJWA MADHURI DIXIT SONAM KAPOOR NORA FATEHI Ready to rock on Eid? This Eid, SHARARA SPECIAL SONAM BAJWA take In her latest photoshoot, Sonam inspiration Bajwa was seen wearing a gorgeous from yellow velvet sharara with silver sequin dupatta. Her outfit has come Bollywood from the shelf of Hussain Rehar. She celebs who completed the look with a diamond never fail to earring and nude make-up. impress with their festive GOWN GLORY MADHURI DIXIT outfits. So, At a recent awards function, Madhuri glam up as Dixit opted for an emerald-green tradiyou meet tional gown from the designer label of Anita Dongre. The silver embroidery on friends it looks great. She wore statement earand relatives rings in green while going for nude lips and kohl eyes. c m y b KURTA WITH PANTS NORA FATEHI Nora Fatehi has given major Eid fashion goals with her vibrant salwar-suit by Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla. The fullsleeve salwar-suit comprised an embellished slit kurta paired with palazzos. The kurta is decked in heavy foil motifs and featured a collared neckline. Nora kept it minimal by opting for only delicate earrings and silver sandals. AWESOME ANARKALI SONAM KAPOOR An off-white ethnic long and flowy Anarkali dress with golden detailing work in it, Sonam Kapoor was a sight to behold as she spread festive vibes. With a tight bun, smokey black eyeshadow and a nude pink lip shade, she completes the look. LEHENGA LOOK KRITI SANON Forgoing regular blouses with lehenga, Kriti Sanon opted for a traditional choli-style blouse with strings in the front. Featuring heavily embroidered sleeves and delicate scallops along its hemline, the blouse complements Kriti’s lehenga. To round off her look, she wore silver earrings and a ring. Hair tied in a low bun, rosy eyeshadow, a simple pink on the lips and a hint of highlighter completed her look.
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