10072022-LSTL-01.qxd 7/9/2022 11:05 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 LUDHIANA | SUNDAY | 10 JULY 2022 Packinga punch H 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. 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. 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 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 I was so certain way. scared at first. I was So, is Bollywood quite different from the Punjabi film excited because it was industry? She adds, “The my first project in Punjabi industry is still very Bollywood and that too raw. Frankly, that is also workwith Akshay sir. ing for the industry. It’s upcomShadow over ing since it’s evolving, we are still Depp-Heard trying to find out what people like.” verdict The actress says she was quite anxbecause of ious and excited as well. “I was so scared at wrong juror’s first. I was excited because it was my first presence 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 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.” 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 Tony Sirico, Paulie Walnuts of The Sopranos, dies at 79 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 RAM GOPAL VARMA DASHING LADY Pooja Bhalekar PHOTOS: MANOJ MAHAJAN Is there a twist in the tale? 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 RIP, Tony Sirico 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 “I was a tremendous fan of Bruce Lee during childhood and was also into martial arts” 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 mistrial should be declared, and a new trial ordered.” —IANS Ranveer loves it risky! 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 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. — 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 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 c m y b 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 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
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