10052022-LSTL-01.qxd 10-05-2022 00:14 Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE Richie rich Popular Rapper Badshah has added a new luxury car to his enviable collection. He has bought an Audi Q8 worth a whopping Rs 1.23 crore. IANS LUDHIANA | TUESDAY | 10 MAY 2022 Even though based on a serious topic, Punjabi film Saunkan Saunkane is a laugh riot. The cast shares how… Of sisters & Gurnaaz Kaur W Doctor Strange 2 mints $185 million at US box-office English star Benedict Cumberbatch-starrer Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness has raked in $185 million at North American movie theatres over the weekend, reaffirming the box-office dominance of Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe after a shakier, pandemic-battered year for the sprawling franchise. The timeline-bending Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness represents a return to form for Disney’s MCU after Covid-era releases Black Widow ($80 million debut, plus $60 million on Disney Plus), ShangChi and the Legend of the Ten Rings ($75 million debut) and Eternals ($71 million debut). Due to the pandemic and other extenuating circumstances, these failed to live up to their franchise predecessors in terms of ticket sales. However, Doctor Strange 2 easily delivered the biggest opening weekend of 2022, as well as the secondbiggest debut in Covid times. Overseas, the film earned $265 million from 49 territories, taking the global total to $450 million. Since Doctor Strange 2 is not likely to play in China, Russia or Ukraine, and the makers will rely on repeat viewings from audiences around the globe to push ticket sales past the coveted $1 billion mark. Only SpiderMan: No Way Home has been able to cross that threshold since Covid took hold. Benedict jokes about Will Smith’s Oscars slap British star Benedict Cumberbatch joked about Will Smith’s Oscars controversy with Chris Rock in his Saturday Night Live monologue. The 45-year-old star was nominated for the Best Actor gong at the Academy Awards for his performance in The Power of the Dog. Cumberbatch said during his monologue: “ Well, The Power of the Dog… I was nominated for an Oscar for that… I didn’t win. I was beat by Will Smith… No, not physically! Not physically!” Will Smith had smacked Rock during the Oscars ceremony, after the stand-up comedian made a joke about his wife. The Hollywood star subsequently described his behaviour as ‘shocking, painful, and inexcusable’. —IANS Strong bond More than the chemistry of Pollywood’s established onscreen couple Sargun and Ammy, it’s the chemistry between Sargun and Nimrat that’s winning hearts. But it all began on the sets of Saunkan Saunkane. “We knew each other since we are in the same industry, but we’d hardly met or interacted before this film. We’ve forged a strong bond of catfights PHOTO: NITIN MITTAL This is not strange! ITH so many reels and BTS videos, much before they even began promotions, the Saunkan Saunkane team has already built a lot of craze for the upcoming film. Starring Sargun Mehta, Ammy Virk and Nimrit Khaira in the lead roles, the Amarjit Singh Saron- directorial is based on a relatively unexplored subject in the Punjabi film industry. A couple married for over six years loses hope for a child. That’s when the wife (Sargun Mehta) convinces her husband (Ammy Virk) to marry her sister (Nimrat Khaira). While she wants to bring a girl she can trust and co-exist with, things turn out far from her imagination. And if you thought having two wives would have made Ammy’s life a matter of joy, think again. So when sisters turn cowives and have to share a husband, catfights begin. Although it hints at a lot of tension, one look at the trailer and you know viewers are in for a fun ride. Squabbles between Sargun and Nimrat, their attempts to win Ammy’s heart; his helplessness, his mother Nirmal Rishi’s anger at the whole mess, Saunkan Saunakne’s trailer and social media posts by the team have created a lot of buzz. SARGUN MEHTA AND NIMRIT KHAIRA friendship now,” the two leading ladies share. There are scenes where these women get physical; from pulling each other’s hair to a slap here, a punch there—none of They are back... Rajkummar Rao and Janhvi Kapoor, who shared screen space in the film Roohi, will be reuniting in Mr. and Mrs. Mahi. Backed by Dharma Produc- RAJKUMMAR AND JANHVI tions and directed by Sharan Sharma, the film is said to be a drama based around cricket. The film, which was officially announced a couple of months back, has now gone on the floors. “The field is set and team #MrAndMrsMahi is all geared up! Day 1 of shoot begins!” wrote officials at Dharma Productions, sharing the clapboard of the film. Earlier Janhvi had shared pictures of her at a cricket camp, being trained by Indian cricketer Dinesh Karthik. Sharan Sharma’s directorial debut was in 2020 with the film Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl. —TMS it, they tell, was made up. “No camera tricks or pretence, the scene are real. We actually did hit each other and even Ammy, as and when the script required.” But there On Mother’s Day, Priyanka Chopra took to her social media account and shared the first picture of her daughter Malti Marie. The actress also penned a lengthy note where she talked about bringing her daughter home after 100 days in the hospital. In the picture, Priyanka is seen with baby Malti and hubby Nick Jonas. PeeCee wrote in the caption, “On this Mother’s Day, we can’t help but reflect on these last few months and the rollercoaster we’ve been on, which we now know, so many people have also experienced. After 100 plus days in the NICU, our little girl is finally home. Every family’s journey is unique and requires a certain level of faith, and while ours was challenging for a few months, what becomes abundantly clear, in retrospect, is how precious and perfect Mona A sordid revenge saga, inspired by the Westerns, is what Raj Singh Chaudharydirected Thar, streaming on Netflix, is all about. Munabao, a remote, border village in Thar desert, Rajasthan, has suddenly become the site of gruesome killings. The near-retirement police inspector Surekha Singh (Anil Kapoor), with his sidekick Bhure (Satish Kaushik), follow the trail. The needle of suspicion Film: Thar Director: Raj Singh Chaudhary Cast: Harshvardhan Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Satish Kaushik Rating: leads them to cross-border drug smuggling racket. Also, the quaint village has a newcomer—Sidharth (Harshvardhan Kapoor), a contractor dealing in antiques. An ambitious Western’s look and feel works well for this one hour and 48 minutes film, which has been edited well by Aarti Bajaj. The storyline keeps one hooked and the cinematography by Shreya Dev Dube is impressive. Chaudhary, who has also written the film (he wrote and directed Shaadis- c m y b no doubt, he has worked hard to step into the shoes of rueful Sidharth, one wonders if acting is his strong point. That he was invested in the film from the scratch and has taken it to the release with utmost devotion, makes the producer in him shine. While the dialogues (by Anurag Kashyap) try to establish him as a ‘Hollywood hero’, he sure has worked hard. A story woven around drugs, caste system, dreams and revenge, Thar still ends on a hopeful note... Friendships stay and life moves on. Gruesome, this thriller is reserved for ones who can stomach blood and gore. Is Sonakshi engaged? Sonakshi Sinha‘s latest social media post has grabbed headlines. On Monday morning, she surprised everyone as she shared a series of pictures, flaunting a diamond in her ring finger. She is seen posing with a mystery man (who has been cropped from the snap) and is all smiles with one hand on his shoulder. Sonakshi captioned the pictures as: “Big day for me!!! One of my biggest dreams is coming true… And I can’t wait to share it with you. Can’t believe it was so easy…” — TMS Grandeur of the past Yash Raj Films releases trailer of Prithviraj Priyanka Chopra shares first photo of daughter Malti Marie Gruesome and gory, father-son starrer Thar is a revenge drama set in resplendent Rajasthan than earlier), tries to make most of his home state. Music by Ajay Jayanthi begins on a Western note, turning to folk ever-sobriefly. Background score aids the serious, sedate story as it moves forward. Action scenes are sharp. When it comes to acting, trust Anil Kapoor to be thorough. You like inspector Surekha Singh; Calendar aka Satish Kaushik meets his Mr India halfway and makes for a befitting aide. Fatima Sana Shaikh’s character is full of spunk and she lives the part well. It’s Harshvardhan Kapoor, who is the lead protagonist. While was no resentment at the end of such scenes. “If anything, we would just wait for the director to say cut so that we could laugh out loud and hug each other.” A subject from the ‘80s when IVF and surrogacy were hardly an option, Sargun adds, “I have a domestic help, who is the second wife and there are many others who have lived this story that we are narrating in the film.” But to showcase a sensitive subject in the most comical possible way was a conscious decision. Sargun explains, “Lockdown made our lives so dull and boring. So our team knew we had to pack in as much laughter and humour as we could. Going by the response to the teasertrailer and songs, we’ve hit the right chord.” Nimrat is a popular name in the world of Punjabi music, but it’s only recently that she joined the film industry. Is acting the prime focus as music takes the backseat? “No that can never be. I am equally focused on both the mediums and there are new songs ready for release. I worked on these films during the lockdown, it’s just that now we are finally getting to release them and we are making the most of it.” While Sargun was inclined to bring the story to the audience, both as an actress and producer, Nimrit’s recent experience with Amberdeep Singh (writer of the film) gave her confidence to play a parallel lead at the start of her acting career. These ladies agree there’s been a paradigm shift in the way women are being perceived in the Punjabi film industry. Sargun says, “Like all other branches of the Indian film industry, even in Pollywood now it’s no more about the actor; it’s about the story. If the story is strong, who plays the lead role becomes secondary. Content is above all and you can witness the shift in approach in the recently released Punjabi films.” It’s a really precious moment NET, FLICKS & MORE Drugs, desert & drama Subject wise every moment is. She continued, “We are overjoyed that our little girl is finally home, and just want to thank every doctor, nurse and specialist...” — TMS Makers of Prithviraj released the trailer on Monday and it looks magnificent! The film, which stars Akshay Kumar, Sanjay Dutt, Manushi Chhillar and Sonu Sood, showcases the story of Prithviraj Chauhan. The trailer teleports you to the 12th century when India’s best samrat takes over the country and writes history with his sword. From long shots to the majestic looking havelis, the magnum opus impresses with its grandness. The film will hit cinemas on June 3 in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. — TMS
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