14072022-LSTC-01.qxd 7/13/2022 11:22 PM Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE Going boho Life Sonam Kapoor to have a grand baby shower in Mumbai on July 1. After a lavish baby shower in London, Sonam Kapoor will be having another baby shower in Mumbai on July 17. CHANDIGARH | THURSDAY | 14 JULY 2022 As the ferocity of the lions in the National Emblem creates an uproar, artists give their take on the aesthetics of it Mona Roaring for attention T It’s time to roar Confessions of an artiste After a breakthrough performance in and as Mimi, Kriti Sanon will next be seen in Bhediya, Shehzada, Ganapath and Adipurush. While Mimi truly exhibited Kriti’s immense potential and range as an artiste, the star is all set to take it to the next level with her upcoming films, including the Prabhas-starrer, Adipurush. Kriti believes that the Om Raut directorial will be a major step in her professional career and a turning point. Says Kriti, “Adipurush is a role and a world that I was a little bit nervous to play and step into because I didn’t know that world and I didn’t know what I was going to do.” Eminent sculptors weigh in their opinion on the new creation. “Emblems affect the psyche significantly,” points out painter, sculptor Sidharth, who evaluates the emblem on three grounds – material, aesthetic and content. “The original Ashok Stambha, made in chinar stone, fulfilled that time’s purpose. King Ashok with his message of peace - the lions just looking in four directions, doing nothing. Artiste ne sher ko bhi shantipriya bana diya. Chinar stone brought out the aesthetic and content very well at Sarnath for those times!” The serene lions in the National Emblem, however, do not go with current times, he points out. “India has stayed ‘shaant’ for the longest of time. India has such knowledge - Sankhya Yog being just one. About time we claim our heritage and ‘roar’ for we are the ones leading the world out of chaos created by unsustainable practices. So thematically, the roaring lion fits perfectly.” However, he isn’t impressed by the material used and the aesthetics of it. “Power and calmness are shown with the metaphor of lions facing four directions. And the new one has the four directions of roar and power but aesthetically it is a bad depiction. The choice of material and workmanship of the artist should be criticised. Surely a bad work done! Roar and presence should not become abusive!” he says. Wait & watch Vishal Bhatnagar, artist and sculptor at the Government Museum and Art Gallery, Chandigarh, wishes for better photographic material before making a judgement. “Replica means exact copy. At the Museum, this is what I do, create replicas. And I say from experience, it’s the toughest job. The angles, depth...it’s quite a task!” he says. He also feels that a photograph from a particular angle does not justify the magnitude of a sculpture. “The viral photograph sure shows it to be different in The others follow Ted Lasso was the top comedy series nominee with 20 bids and has the chance to earn its second consecutive best comedy trophy. Other top nominees included the tropical resort-set anthology dramedy The White Lotus, which also received 20 nominations; the comedies Hacks and Only Murders in the Building with 17 bids each, and teenage dysfunction drama Euphoria. Its star, Zendaya, was crowned best actress in 2020 was nominated again. Departing series that might have expected salutes were instead snubbed, including the beloved family drama This Is Us, which received Better Call Saul Squid Game one bid, for original music and lyrics. Ozark, which wrapped its run last season, fared better, with 13 bids, including best drama series. The final season for Insecure earned a lead comedy actress bid for its creator-star Issa Rae, while the return of Atlanta brought its creator and lead Donald Glover a shot at a best actor trophy . The crowd-pleasing and acclaimed Abbott Elementary made a splashy debut in its first year, earning a best comedy nod and a lead act- Ted Lasso ing bid for its creator, Quinta Brunson. The other nominees for best comedy series are Barry, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Hacks, The Marvelous Mrs Maisel, Only Murders in the Building, Ted Lasso and What We Do in the Shadows. Dramatic turn Best drama series nominees include Better Call Saul, Euphoria, Severance, Stranger Things and Yellowjackets. Only Murders in the Building, a cheery crime romp headed by the charm- VISHAL BHATNAGAR ❝While we are yet to see the Emblem, the picture doing the rounds shows a slight variation from original Sarnath Stambh, that may be the angle or some technical variation.❞ HIRDAY KAUSHAL ingly unlikely trio of Selena Gomez, Steve Martin and Martin Short, earned best comedy actor bids for its veteran stars but left Gomez off the list. The other nominees for best comedy series actress are Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Kaley Cuoco (The Flight Attendant), Elle Fanning (The Great), Issa Rae (Insecure) and Jean Smart (Hacks). Other nominees for actor in a comedy series include: Bill Hader (Barry), Nicholas Holt, (The Great), Jason Sudeikis (Ted Lasso), Steve Martin (Only Murders in the Building) and Martin Short (Only Murders in the Building). The nominees for drama series actor are: Jason Bateman (Ozark), Brian Cox (Succession), Lee Jung-jae (Squid Game), Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul), Adam Scott (Severance) and Jeremy Strong (Succession). The best drama series actress nominees are: Jodie Comer (Killing Eve), Laura Linney (Ozark), Melanie Lynskey (Yellowjackets) Sandra Oh (Killing Eve), Reese Witherspoon (The Morning Show) and Zendaya (Euphoria). The Emmy ceremony is set for September 12 and will air on NBC with a host whose name is yet to be announced. —AP Stranger Things c m y b the first look, but it’s still difficult to say on the basis of a few pictures.” Vishal is, however, happy at the size and choice of materials. “The massive scale is justified on accord of the building and its height. Bronze works well for material as it’s going to weather all seasons.” In the right direction Contemporary sculptor Hirday Kaushal sees the whole project a right step in the right direction. “India is known for its sculptures, but it is sad that it has become a dying art. Making the Emblem at such a massive scale brings the focus right on the subject. Now that we are talking about it reflects how significant it is.” Praising its scale, medium and placement, he avers, “Putting the National Emblem at the top of the building gives due reverence to our national symbol. Bronze is 101 per cent the right choice for it lasts for centuries. We still have Dancing Girl from the Harappan Civilization. So, bronze it had to be.” However, he insists that a replica has to exact. “While we are yet to see the Emblem, the picture doing the rounds shows a slight variation from original Sarnath Stambh, that may be the angle or some technical variation, that possibly can be rectified,” says Hirday, who hopes that this becomes another tourist attraction. P Rajivanayan, professor at Dr Shakuntala Misra National Rehabilitation University, Lucknow, avers, “In a replica, the scale change is very technical. And for sure, it cannot change the expressions.” He finds an issue with the manner that the sculptures are being commissioned. “In the name of financial transparency, the government floats tenders. But sculptures should be made by artists with strong credentials. At least it should be supervised by someone who knows the art and has sound academic knowledge and experience!” Look who’s back! Veteran actor Mumtaz to be back on screen with Heeramandi Succession tops Emmy nominations, Squid Game also scores Succession ❝The massive scale of the Emblem is justified on accord of the building and its height. Bronze works well for material as it’s going to weather all seasons. ❝Sculptures should be made by artists with strong credentials. At least it should be supervised by someone who knows the art and has sound academic knowledge and experience!❞ P RAJIVANAYAN Here are the chosen ones Succession received a leading 25 Emmy nominations on Tuesday, but the satirical drama about the rich and ruthless has a landmark rival in Squid Game, the first nonEnglish language series to vie for television’s top honour. Squid Game, a South Korea-set drama in which the poor are fodder for brutal games, earned a best drama nomination and 13 other bids for September’s Emmy Awards. Succession captured the best drama trophy and eight other awards when it last vied for Emmys, in 2020. ❝India has stayed ‘shaant’ for the longest of time. About time we claim our heritage and ‘roar’ for we are the ones leading the world out of chaos created by unsustainable practices. SIDHARTH PHOTO: PTI I was a bit nervous to play my role in Adipurush, says Kriti Sanon HE National Emblem atop the central foyer of the new Parliament building has garnered much attention. The Ashok Stambh, a replica of the original, much larger in scale, is made of bronze and is 6.5metres tall and weighs 9,500 kg. The photographs of it are making rounds on social media for its ‘different’ look. Artist Sunil Deore one of the two artists who have been incharge of this project, has defended the replica, and levelled the allegations of ‘roaring’ lion stance on the photograph angle, as it is being clicked from below. Sanjay Leela Bhansali is all geared up for his OTT release, Heeramandi. Although an official announcement of the cast is still awaited, reports suggest that Manisha Koirala will be a part of this web series. And now we hear that yesteryear actress Mumtaz has also joined the cast. Sources close to the development share that Mumtaz has verbally agreed to be in the series. Confirming the news, Manisha Koirala recently took to Instagram and posted a lovely picture. The Marvelous Mrs Maisel Ozark Euphoria Regional connect Gujarati social comedy starring Amitabh Bachchan will hit theatres on Janmashtami Veteran producer Anand Pandit’s Gujarati film Fakt Mahilao Mate, starring Amitabh Bachchan in a never-before cameo along with Yash Soni and Deeksha Joshi, has finally announced its release date. The film will hit cinemas on the auspicious occasion of Janmashtami, August 19. Directed by Jay Bodas and jointly produced by Anand Pandit and Vaishal Shah, the film is touted as a family-centric comedy. Says Anand, “Fakt Mahilao Mate is a social comedy and addresses issues that every member of the audience and especially all women will identify with. We are bringing forth an important social message without being preachy in a manner that will make people laugh and also think. This film is also very special to me because after Chehre, I am once again working with Amit ji.”
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