26062022-LSTL-01.qxd 6/26/2022 12:05 AM Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE HEADING TO BOLLYWOOD For his Bollywood debut, Kannada filmmaker Hari Santhosh, has chosen a film titled Puppy Love, which will feature Tanuj Virwani, Tridha Choudhury and Sapna Pabbi. TMS Bold take Life Meera Chopra, who has been a part of films like Section 375 and web show Kamathipura, will next be seen in film Super Woman, which is on asexuality. TMS LUDHIANA | SUNDAY | 26 JUNE 2022 On the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, here are some films and web series that raise awareness about the ill-effects of drugs Dakuaan Da Munda 2 Ozark Candy Sheetal L ATELY, most of the visual content is being scripted around drug abuse. Or, there is often a subplot involving characters, who are either addicted or introduced to narcotics. Since June 26 is observed as International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking each year, we highlight some web series and films that have tried to bust the ‘cool’ quotient associated with drugs. Udta Punjab MURKY WORLD The latest season of Imtiaz Ali’s She gave a peek into drug mafia and how trafficking functions. Ozark (20172022) is another such series, which has been renewed thrice. Its fourth and last season came out in two parts, much like every Malang Narcos Smoke screen successful Netflix series, including Money Heist and Stranger Things. Other wellmade web series on the drug underworld, namely Narcos (2015-2018) and Breaking Bad (2008-2013), remain the audiences’ favourite till date. The success of American series Narcos, which was a dramatic representation of the life of drug kingpin Pablo Escobar, who became a billionaire through the produc- tion and distribution of cocaine, invited a spin-off titled Narcos: Mexico (20182021). If Narcos got a series spin-off, then Breaking Bad got a film sequel or an epilogue to the series titled El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie. Then there were other notorious drug mafia names, El Chapo and James St. Patrick, which got their own series such as El Chapo (20172018) and Power (2014-2020). Mirzapur Three seasons of El Chapo were released back-to-back and followed his journey from a low-level member of the Guadalajara Cartel, his rise to power as head of the Sinaloa Cartel and later his downfall. FICTIONAL, BUT TRUE Like She, Queen of the South (2016-2021) also has a strong female character as the lead, only here she is the most powerful drug trafficker in Southern Spain. With five seasons and 62 episodes, it is a fictional story based on Spanish author Arturo Pérez-Reverte novel, La Reina del Sur (2002), but became a global hit after it was streamed on Netflix. It was also adapted into a Spanish telenovela, La Reina del Sur, but wasn’t renewed after the third season. Indian series Sacred Games had a drug angle with the mention of Gochi in the second season, and so did crime Kaalakaandi thriller Mirzapur. Does it ring a bell? Remember Lala who dealt with opium! Web series Bombay Begums landed in controversy for showcasing school-going children taking drugs at a party. The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) addressed the concern and wanted to ban the series. However, many netizens remarked how is was the true representation of the society we live in. Even director Alankrita Shrivastava responded that she did not make films for a job, but for a purpose. Another fictional drama, High (2020), although underrated, revolves around the idea of finding a ‘pill’ solution for de-addiction and rehabilitation of a drug addict. From a drug trafficker in Fukrey to a cop in web series Candy, who is trying to bust theracket of a hallucino- of King Khan Shah Rukh Khan, the undisputed badshah of Bollywood, completed 30 years in the film industry on June 25. The young boy from Delhi with dreams in his eyes and unmatched physical energy has made it big three decades down the line. The actor started off by playing small roles in long-running television series before he ventured into cinema. He made his silver screen debut in 1992 with the film Deewana and has since appeared in more than 80 films. To celebrate three decades of SRK, Yash Raj Films unveiled the first look poster of SRK’s intensely guarded look from Pathaan. Director Siddharth Anand says, “This is team Pathaan’s way of saying thank you to Shah Rukh for the countless memories and smiles that he has given all of us in his incredible journey in cinema.” Talking about SRK’s role in the film, he adds, “Shah Rukh is the alpha man on a mission in this action spectacle, which will hopefully set new benchmarks for the genre in India. When you have Shah Rukh Khan in your film, along with superstars like Deepika Padukone and John Abraham, you have to reach for the stars in every department.” —TMS c m y b The sad reality of drug abuse in Punjab was revealed in Bollywood film Udta Punjab (2016) and now Pollywood too is following suit. With two recently releasedPunjabi films, Dakuaan Da Munda 2 (biopic of a drugaddict- turned-teacher, Manga Singh Antal) and Posti providing different approaches to curb the narcotics problem, the seeds of change have been sown. With films like Fashion (2008), Dum Maaro Dum (2011), Sanju (2018), Kaalakaandi (2018), and Malang (2020), it feels like Bollywood has highlighted the issue many times. She Fashion Sara Ali Khan calls Salman uncle! Sarah Jessica Parker asks fans to stop calling her ‘brave’ for embracing grey hair 30 years BIG CANVAS Sacred Games Hair her story Hollywood star Sarah Jessica Parker is asking fans to stop viewing her as brave for revealing her grey hair. The Sex and the City actress made headlines about her silver mane when photos of her dining with a friend with undyed locks were released in the summer of 2021. “It became months and months of conversation about how brave I am for having grey hair,” says the 57-year-old actress. “I was like please applaud someone else’s courage on something.” The mother of three, who has a 19-year-old son James and 13-year-old twin daughters Marion and Tabitha with actor husband Matthew Broderick, is spokeswoman for beauty range RoC’s #LookForwardProject, which aims to get women to experience ‘joy about living’ as they age. Parker shared that she is convinced females’ stress over growing older stems from misogyny. She added, “I think the anxiety is legitimate and well-placed because there is such a huge amount of focus and attention on women and ageing.” Parker said she has a growing list of things that have improved with her age: “We spend so much time talking about the accumulation of time spent adding up in wrinkles, and it’s the weirdest thing that we don’t say it adds up to being better at your job, better as a friend, better as a daughter, better as a partner, better as a caregiver, better as a sister. I meet women all the time and I’m like, ‘You are beautiful.’ I could stare at them a million years. But I guarantee it has nothing to do with whether they’re 18 or 78.” —IANS gen called candy, life has come a full circle for Richa Chadha as an actor. And this crime-thriller, Candy, awaits a second season after a good response to the first, which was released in 2021. TAAPSEE PANNU ‘I really believe in Shabaash Mithu’ Ever since the trailer of Shabaash Mithu has been dropped, it has taken the internet by storm. Earlier this week, while Sourav Ganguly unveiled the trailer of the film, Sachin Tendulkar showered it with praise. The movie, based on the life and journey of cricketer Mithali Raj, is headlined by Taapsee Pannu. Taapsee’s colleagues, including Ayushmann Khurrana, Bhumi Pednekar, Dia Mirza, Saqib Saleem and many others, too appreciated the trailer. Says Taapsee, “It’s extremely encouraging, people have been texting and calling me to tell me how much they liked the trailer. This is a film I really believe in and I’m glad the trailer has hit a chord with the audience. I am eagerly looking forward to the release of the film, to share this story of courage and resilience with everyone and I hope it is showered with as much love and appreciation.” Directed by Srijit Mukherji, Shabaash Mithu will hit the theatres on July 15. —TMS Bollywood actress Sara Ali Khan was seen pulling superstar Salman Khan’s leg by calling him ‘uncle’ in a promo of IIFA Awards 2022, which will be aired on Saturday night. In a clip shared on Colors channel’s Instagram account, Sara said she wanted to launch a brand. She added: “Salman uncle ke saath (with Salman uncle)”. The Dabangg star replied: “Aapki picture gayi (now your film is gone).” Sara said, “Meri picture kyun gayi (why so?) Salman added: “Aapne sabke samne mujhe uncle bulaya (you called me uncle in front of everyone).” To which Sara replied: “You told me to call you uncle.” —IANS Faadu on its way Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari drops first look of her upcoming web series First Break Point and now Faadu, Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari is a busy director! A short glimpse of her upcoming web series Faadu was showcased at an event recently and it has really impressed one and all. Taking to social media, she shared a heartfelt note: “We just shared a snippet of our soon-to-be-released work #Faadu on #Sonyliv. The unexpected love, oneness and encouragement from known, unknown well-wishers who messaged me has been heartening. It just makes me work harder and evolve as a storyteller...” — TMS
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