28052022-LSTL-01.qxd 28-05-2022 00:52 Page 1 c m y b BTS INVITED TO WHITE HOUSE The 21st century pop icons BTS have been invited to the White House to discuss diversity and other related issues with President of the United States Joe Biden on May 31. TMS TRIBUNE Life High five Hollywood star Harrison Ford will soon be seen in the fifth instalment of Indiana Jones, which is set to be released in theatres on June 30, 2023. IANS LUDHIANA | SATURDAY | 28 MAY 2022 MOVIE REVIEWS Drugs, danger & devastation Sheetal What happens when a college fight earns you an enemy for lifetime? Drugs find a way into your system to ultimately leave you in ruins? Dakuaan Da Munda answers all these questions besides leaving a message for the audience. The dialogues have the drama and definitely add Cast: Cast: Dev Kharoud, Japji to the movie-watching Khaira, Nishawn Bhullar, Raj Singh experience. From the Jhinger, Lucky Dhaliwal, Preet Baath, introduction scene of Balwinder Bullet, Karanvir Khullar, sirre da nashedi Manga, Anita Meet and Gurmukhi Ginni played by Dev Kharoud, Director: Mandeep Benipal one sees a man ready to Rating: ★★★ go to any lengths to choose his poison. The part where he forgets his daughter near a chemist store is bone-chilling and shows how the character is not to be seen as the hero, but a flawed man his own true enemy. Japji Khaira as Dev’s love interest and later wife has done well. However, the music could have been better. The flashback scenes from Dev’s childhood are touching. The director’s attempt to show how guns, violence and college stunts never pay comes across well. The actor’s multiple looks—from a sportsperson to a local goon to an addict to his efforts to get back on track—look real. Friends of Dev as well as other characters in Dakuaan Da Munda have also done justice to their roles. The film is slow and one loses interest at times, especially during the songs. As the story is a biopic of Manga Singh Antal, the climax is not just emotional but leaves with you a message for life—Jehda nasha kar sakda e, oh chadd vi sakda e. Dakuaan Da Munda Although a slow affair, the message Punjabi movie Dakuaan Da Munda wants to convey comes across well Well-known director Anubhav Sinha’s Anek, which has been shot like an international feature with Ayushmann Khurrana at the helm, is meaningful as it turns the lens on North East. Yet, it could have been more captivating Anek Cast: Ayushmann Khurrana, JD Chakravarthy, Andrea Kevichüsa, Deeplina Deka, Manoj Pahwa, Kumud Mishra and Loitongbam Dorendra Director: Anubhav Sinha Rating: ★★★ In search of inclusivity Nonika Singh M AVERICK and acclaimed director Anubhav Sinha, who has given us a clutch of meaningful films (Mulk, Thappad, Article 15), once again moves onto a new turf and once again explores the idea of the other Indian, those who have to prove their Indianness. Very relevant in the times that we are living in and even more so pertinent since he has turned his cinematic lens on the oft-ignored and barely understood region of North East. As the narrative begins with racist slurs, with a boxing head in Delhi masquerad- ing aspersions with a qualifier, ‘it’s a joke’, the director comes to the point soon enough. Sinha reunites with his Article 15 star Ayushmann Khurrana, who plays an undercover agent deputed in North-East. As he says ‘Mein bandook se baat karne aaya tha’, that is neutralise rebels…In the thick of it, he begins to listen to their stories. He empathises with a whole lot of them and their family members, especially this young boxer Aida (Andrea Kevichüsa), who wants to represent India to be able to talk to India one to one. And here full marks to Sinha for choosing a Naga model Andrea Kevichüsa, who looks refreshingly lovely; even if it is not a stellar part, she nails it. Like Article 15, Ayushmann’s Joshua is an outsider (like us) and makes us see things, including the armed conflict, the way we ought to. Though the role, as the talented actor himself would say, “is away from his statement genre,” he does not disappoint and holds the film with restrained acting, and some meaningful lines. Unlike many of Sinha’s previous outings, the writerdirector stays away from melodrama. Sure, there are some pedantic dialogues like, ‘one man’s peace is other’s chaos and peace is a subjec- tive thesis.’ But the idea is to make us understand the politics behind peace, nay peace accords. For what does the establishment really want as Ayushmann’s character enquires — peace or peace accords? Most directors wear their heart on their sleeve, but Sinha wears his ideology too and in the process throws in a volley of significant queries. At the surface level, the title song Anek mein hoon ek mein (written by Shakeel Azmi and music by Anurag Saikia) sums up what he cares to drive home. As do his thoughtful assertions on why people’s voice should matter only once in five years. But as he spreads this actioner like a political thriller, he spreads it thin. One often gets lost in the maze which foregrounds rebels, government created insurgents and genuine people’s voices. While it’s alright to keep the intrigue factor alive, often we are more confused than captivated, till the finale lays it out for us. Besides, placing a Kashmiri Muslim (Manoj Pahwa) at the centre of the government machinery which deals with counter insurgency too sends confused signals. Manoj Pahwa as the man who believes he is not in the business of trust is excellent though. Then there is an unfair and unwanted dig at fellow filmmaker, with politico (Kumud Mishra) reminding us how politics drives certain films, ‘surgical strike pe film bhi banwa denge’. Of course, a film on North-East is a rarity. And on that count, Sinha deserves kudos. The final message that we need to celebrate all Indians, yes most certainly those from the North-East too, not just those who bring us sporting glory, is certainly worth celebrating. Though one wishes the film, otherwise shot like an international feature (Ewan Mulligan is the cinematographer), had been a more captivating fare, it deserves to be watched. Varun Dhawan and Kiara Advani launch the song Punjaabban from Jugjugg Jeeyo in Chandigarh Punjabi within Happy, perky and bubbly, the lead pair of Jugjugg Jeeyo made an allimportant stop at Chandigarh as they transverse the length and breadth of the country for the promotions. Launching a song, Punjaabban, exclusively in Chandigarh on Friday, they open up on their strong Punjabi connect! Turns out that City Beautiful is lucky for them; promotions of their earlier films here have led to successful runs. “Since we shot the film here, we insisted on adding Chandigarh to the promotions’ list at the last minute. We are very happy that Punjaabban has been launched here,” says Varun. The lead cast—Varun, Neetu Kapoor and Anil Kapoor—are all Punjabi, and Varun adds, “We have also turned Kiara into one.” The film, directed by Raj Mehta, is a relationship drama that has ample situational comedy. A young couple, played by Varun and Kiara, want a divorce. And as Varun tries to share their intention, he is stumped to know that his father, played by Anil Kapoor, also wants divorce from his wife, a role essayed by Neetu Kapoor. Varun says: Duniya ka sabse bada festival pata kaun sa hai – gharwali kyonki use baar baar manana padta hai. Is that true in real? “A hundred per cent,” says the hero of Badrinath Ki Dulhania. His best move to win his wife Natasha over was: “We have a dog Joey, so I use ‘Joey kah raha hai maaf kar do’ ; that usually works.” Varun and Kiara share how they have practically seen the entire city — geri route, Elante Mall, and dinner at Pal Dhaba figures on their Friday night plans! In love with Punjab, and the warmth and hospitality that they have enjoyed, Kiara considers herself a de facto Punjaban. “While my parents are not Punjabi per se, they are very dildaar—which is one pronounced Punjabi trait,” she says. As for Varun, the Punjabi in his mother comes out at every celebration. “My mother wants to invite everybody, whether we have met them in a long time or not; home is for celebrations,” laughs Varun. And, yes, Sunday is parantha day at Dhawan household. “My father loves his paranthas and white makkhan, so Sunday it is, but I can’t let him have it every day seeing his health,” he adds. Varun also fondly mentions his friend Varun Sharma—Choocha from Fukrey. “All Punjabi slang that I know, I have learnt from him and I can’t say that on the mike!” Ask Kiara to share the Punjabi words she learnt here and she quips, “Chaddo yaar.” Interestingly, Varun pretty well knows the Pollywood scene and invokes Honsla Rakh and Saunkan Saunkne to drive home the point: “Punjabis love entertainment, and Jugjugg Jeeyo offers a fair share of that!” The film releases in June end. RAY LIOTTA WITH ROBERT DE NIRO AND (R) LORRAINE BRACCO IN GOODFELLAS Rest in peace Ray Liotta, best known for his role in Goodfellas, passed away on Thursday (May 26). The actor was 67. News of his demise was confirmed by his publicist, who revealed that Ray passed away in his sleep while in a hotel in the Dominican Republic where he was to shoot for the film Dangerous Waters. Ray’s sudden demise has left everyone in shock. Fans as well as Hollywood and Bollywood celebrities took to social media to express grief. Taking to her Instagram Story, Priyanka Chopra shared the news of the actor’s passing along with a heartbreak emoji. Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor also took to their Instagram Stories and shared pictures. Jennifer Lopez, who worked with Ray in Shades of Blue, posted a long note that read, “Ray was my partner in crime on Shades PHOTO: RAVI KUMAR Mona c m y b of Blue … The first thing that comes to mind is he so was kind to my children. Ray was the epitome of a tough guy who was all mushy on the inside … I guess that’s what made him such a compelling actor to watch. The original Goodfella...” — TMS Celebs mourn the sudden demise of Goodfellas actor Ray Liotta
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