10072022-LSTC-01.qxd 7/9/2022 11:07 PM Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE New look Akshay Kumar is all set to return as a Sikh character on screen with a film inspired by real life hero, Jaswant Singh Gill. A recent photo of the actor from the sets has gone viral. TMS CHANDIGARH | SUNDAY | 10 JULY 2022 Packinga punch H Sheetal E has dabbled in many genres, from political sagas to horror flicks to love stories to psychological thrillers. Now, director Ram Gopal Varma has come up with a film based on martial arts titled Ladki: Enter The Girl Dragon. In Chandigarh for the promotion of the same with debutant heroine Pooja Bhalekar, Varma shares that he gets bored easily and in order to keep himself entertained, he likes to reinvent and think of different stories. “I was a tremendous fan of Bruce Lee during childhood and was also into martial arts” RAM GOPAL VARMA In Chandigarh to promote his film Ladki: Enter The Girl Dragon along with heroine Pooja Bhalekar, director Ram Gopal Varma says it’s his most ambitious project till date The director also announced that there is a sequel of Ladki already in the making with the script in place, but when asked whether Rangeela would ever have a sequel he points out, “Rangeela is synonymous with Urmila Mantondkar and there won’t be any sequel of it ever.” The filmmaker also revealed that the film will have the widest release simultaneously for any Indian movie, stating that the Chinese version of the film will be released in over 40,000 screens in China itself. “It’s my most ambitious project till date. I was a tremendous fan of Bruce Lee during childhood and was also into martial arts. But on July 15, I will accomplish my dream and distribute the film worldwide. I also shot the film in China and used Chinese actors, which is nothing short of a dream come true,” he adds. DASHING LADY Ask him why a debutant as the lead and he adds, “Any known actor comes with a prior baggage. With new actors, there is a certain rawness on screen, which is needed in projects such as Ladki.” The film will release in theatres on July 15. About his successful ventures, such as Rangeela and Satya, he says he has done every project with the same sincerity. “It’s just like when you raise a baby you don’t know what he or she is going to be, but you give the best during the upbringing. In the same way, you don’t think about the end result while making a film.” B-town debut for Sargun Actress Sargun Mehta, who is already known in the Punjabi film industry and was recently seen in her home production Saunkan Saunkne, is all set to make her Bollywood debut soon. The actress will be seen in a Bollywood film called Mission Cinderella, which stars Akshay Kumar. “It’s very important to wait for the right role, no matter where you are stepping in, especially when you are going into a new medium. The audience will perceive you in a certain way. So, is Bollywood quite different from the Punjabi film industry? I was so She adds, “The Punjabi industry is still very raw. Frankly, that is scared at first. I was also working for the industry. excited because it was It’s upcoming since it’s evolvmy first project in ing, we are still trying to find Bollywood and that too out what people like.” The actress says she was with Akshay sir. quite anxious and excited as well. “I was so scared at first. I was excited because it was my first project in Bollywood and that too with Akshay sir. Everything was giving me the jitters and I can’t begin to tell you how I gave my first shot. I thought I would collapse. It was a rough and tough role,” she shares. To prepare for the role, Sargun made sure she did not watch cops on screen. “I just feel when you watch a lot of something, you tend to copy and make a caricature out of it. I wanted to do whatever comes to me naturally,” she concludes. — IANS The drama surrounding Johnny Depp’s multimillion-dollar defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife and Aquaman star Amber Heard refuses to die. Things have turned weird, as a wrong juror took the chair during the legal proceedings. A partially redacted new filing by the Aquaman star’s legal team read: “Ms. Heard had a right to rely on the basic protection, as prescribed by the Virginia Code, that the jurors in this trial would be individuals who were actually summoned for jury duty. In this case, it appears that Juror No. 15 was not, in fact, the same individual as listed on the jury panel,” attorney Elaine Bredehoft added in language similar to a previous filing of June 24. “Ms. Heard’s due process was therefore compromised. Under these circumstances, a PHOTOS: MANOJ MAHAJAN Filmmaker R Balki, who is known for helming movies like Cheeni Kum, Ki & Ka, Shamitabh, Padman and Paa, recently announced his new film titled Chup: Revenge Of The Artist. The psychological thriller stars Sunny Deol, Pooja Bhatt, Dulquer Salmaan and Shreya Dhanwanthary. The film is R Balki’s ‘ode’ to Guru Dutt. On Saturday (July 9), Balki unveiled the teaser of the film. The day happened to be Guru Dutt’s birth anniversary too. Says R Balki, “Chup is an ode to the sensitive artiste, and Guru Dutt is right on top of that list. I have had the story for a long time and am glad we finally wrote it, and are almost done filming it.” Meanwhile, the film marks return of Sunny Deol on screen after his 2019 film Blank. —TMS Dunst, Plemons tie the knot RIP, Tony Sirico Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons, who have been together for six years and have two beautiful children together, have finally tied the knot.The wedding took place last weekend in Jamaica. Confirming the news, Kirsten Dunst’s representative said, “I can just confirm they got married. No other details will be given.” Kirsten and Jesse first met on the sets of Fargo in 2015, in which they played a married couple. However, it wasn’t until 2016 that they’d start dating post Kirsten’s split with thenboyfriend Garrett Hedlund. Kirsten and Jesse have been engaged for quite some time, however, due to the Covid-19 pandem- JESSE PLEMONS AND KIRSTEN DUNST ic, their wedding plans kept getting delayed. Nevertheless, the two have now started a new journey as husband and wife. Is there a twist in the tale? Shadow over Depp-Heard verdict because of wrong juror’s presence Pooja Bhalekar Pooja Bhalekar is thrilled to be the lead heroine. “It is a film about a girl who has to choose between her real love and that for Bruce Lee. I am glad that RGV sir chose me,” she says. For the film, she learnt Jeet Kune Do for three years. She adds, “I started learning taekwondo at the age of seven or eight, which was an off-shoot of my interest in yoga during school. It has been fourteen years of training since then. And to prepare for a film based on martial arts, I trained in Jeet Kune Do for three years. Our love for Bruce Lee made it a reality!” R Balki’s ode to Guru Dutt mistrial should be declared, and a new trial ordered.” Unlike the previous motion and memorandum placed in the Fairfax County courthouse docket late last month to dismiss the June 1 verdict and allow a new trial, today’s supplemental memo has a lot more details on what could snatch victory from Depp in his long legal battle with his ex-wife. Meanwhile, on the work front, Kirsten and Jesse were recently seen together in The Power of the Dog. — TMS Ranveer loves it risky! According to the redacted filing, the summon for jury duty was sent out to a Virginia resident in April for the much-delayed $15 million defamation action Depp had set off in March 2019 against Heard for a 2018 ‘Washington Post’ op-ed she penned on being the ‘public face’ of domestic abuse. Heard’s defence team now wants an explanation. — IANS The non-fiction show Ranveer vs Wild with Bear Grylls has become a huge talking point. The show is being hailed for its innovativeness of format and content, as well as Ranveer’s dedication to endure crafty challenges designed by Bear himself. Ranveer says, “Yes, it was an experiment for me and I was unsure about whether it would work on not.” Ranveer adds, “I remember instinctively reacting to it in the room telling Banijay and Netflix teams that it’s got all the navrasas. It’s got c m y b humour, emotion, thrill, suspense, romance; it’s got so many flavours and to add to that, the audience is participating in the journey. I am really happy that what was an experiment for me has worked so well…. In most of my choices in life, I am inclined towards taking risks. So, this was a calculated risk in the sense that I was attempting something that hadn’t been done before, but that was also what was exciting about it.” —TMS I REMEMBER ❝ INSTINCTIVELY REACTING TO IT IN THE ROOM TELLING BANIJAY AND NETFLIX TEAMS THAT IT’S GOT ALL THE NAVRASAS Tony Sirico, who played the mobster Peter Paul ‘Paulie Walnuts’ Gualtieri on the American crime-drama series The Sopranos, has died at the age of 79. Tony’s death was confirmed by his manager. Sirico’s Paulie Walnuts is described as a bombastic and furiously funny foot soldier to James Gandolfini’s Tony Soprano with one-liners like no one else. Sirico was a Sopranos scene-stealer from the start. Sirico balanced Paulie’s menace with his deadpan humour, and his penchant for malapropisms, once calling Sun Tzu ‘Sun Tuh-Zoo’, later referring to the philosopher as the ‘Chinese Prince Matchabelli’. Sirico appeared on all six seasons of The Sopranos, after he initially auditioned for the role of Uncle Junior. Dominic Chianese ultimately landed that part. Real and reel life Born Gennaro Anthony Sirico Jr. on July 24, 1942 to an Italian family in New York City, Sirico spent much of his early life getting into trouble with the law, and has been associated with the real-life Colombo crime family. He was arrested 28 times, first as a seven-year-old after he stole nickels from a newsstand, before getting into acting. He went to prison twice, once after being charged for possessing an illegal weapon, and again for armed robbery. Sirico made his acting debut as an extra in the 1974 mobster drama Crazy Joe alongside Henry Winkler. That film preceded Sirico’s countless later roles as Tony Sirico, Paulie Walnuts of The Sopranos, dies at 79 gangsters and criminals, from Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas in 1990 to Woody Allen’s Bullets Over Broadway in 1994. Sirico appeared in a number of Allen’s films, including Cafe Society in 2016 and Mighty Aphrodite in 1995. In an Instagram post, Sirico’s Sopranos co-star Michael Imperioli wrote: “It pains me to say that my dear friend, colleague and partner in crime, the great Tony Sirico has passed away today. Tony was like no one else: he was as tough, as loyal and as bighearted as anyone I’ve ever known. I was at his side through so much: through good times and bad. But mostly good. And we had a lot of laughs… Heartbroken today.” — IANS
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