17072022-LSTC-01.qxd 7/16/2022 11:54 PM Page 1 c m y b ‘NOT TOUCHING INDIANA JONES’ The Zero Dark Thirty star, Chris Pratt, laughed away rumours that he was being eyed by Disney as the next Indiana Jones, saying jokingly that he fears he would be “haunted by the ghost” of Harrison Ford, who just turned 80. He was talking to the podcaster Josh Horowitz. —IANS TRIBUNE Tara rocks Life Tara Sutaria is making her singing debut alongside Ankit Tiwari with the song Shaamat in Ek Villain Returns. The lyrics for the song have been written by Prince Dubey. —TMS CHANDIGARH | SUNDAY | 17 JULY 2022 July has been a busy month for Mithoon, and happily so! Three diverse films—Khuda Hafiz 2, HIT: The First Case and Shamshera—releasing this month show his vast range as a musician Mona M Badshahof hearts The rapper joins as judge on MTV Hustle 2.0 It’s bigger, better, and fiercer! After the mega success of the first season, MTV Hustle 2.0 promises to raise the standard of the panIndia competition. And raising the bar to unprecedented heights is the show’s brand-new judge, Badshah. The Indian megastar, who has created waves across the globe with his phenomenal music and recent international collaborations, will be seen judging fresh rap voices from across the country. Speaking about donning the judge’s hat for MTV Hustle 2.0, Badshah says, “As an indie rap artiste, who dreamt of putting his music on the global map, I know the blood and sweat that goes into it. MTV Hustle is a brilliant platform that resonates with my passion, and I love the way the clutter-breaking first season brought homegrown rap voices from the nooks and crannies of the nation, in front of millions of people. I know for a fact, there’s a lot of talent out there that is yet to be discovered.” USIC director, lyricist, composer and singer, Mithoon is one popular name in the entertainment industry today. Starting with Zeher in 2005 to his most recent Shamshera, he’s been behind most hit songs in the last 17 years. The journey to this success has been an arduous one. A fourth generation musician, his grandfather Pt. Ramprasad Sharma has been a revered guru, his tayaji Pyarelal Ramprasad Sharma (one half of LaxmikantPyarelal) a celebrated name in the industry and his father Naresh Sharma has arranged music for over 200 films. Music is what Mithoon loves, and does! His approach to making music is like no others. “I have no song bank, everyone knows that,” opens up Mithoon, as three of the films that he has given music for release in the month of July Khuda Hafiz 2, HIT: The First Case and Shamshera. “When I take a new project, I ask for the script of the film Take a note HIS FAVOURITE We ask Mithoon to name his most favourite song and he readily comes up with Maula Mere Maula from Anwar. “It was not a big budget film, no huge promotions or campaigns for this one, but based on its simplicity and truthfulness the song reached far and wide.” first.” While he considers making music to be his param dharma, he’s taken to writing lyrics lately and quite enjoying the process. “I feel fortunate that people of India have loved the songs I wrote. I wrote for Aashiqui 2, Sanam Re, Kabir Singh and now Shamshera.” The songs that he has sung have also brought much admiration his way. How does he feel about singing? “That’s not my first love. But if I come across a song that suits my range, I would sing for sure,” says Mithoon, who has crooned Aye Khuda and Woh Ajnabee. About the three films in July, he says, “Shamshera is my first period drama set in the 19th century, Hit is a contemporary, realistic film delineating the challenges of police officers. Khuda Hafiz 2 is a sequel, a revenge drama that goes with Vidyut Jamwal’s action image. Music for each was very different and a distinct journey!” He credits the success of this journey to his father. “There is huge emphasis on training and riyaaz in our family. Mere pitaji ne mujhe bahut kathin raste se guzaar ke sangeetkar banaya hai!” He has spent equal amount of time and efforts on learning about Indian cinema as well. While his favourite music composers remain Laxmikant-Pyarelal, he’s fond of Manmohan Desai and Subhash Ghai films, interestingly his favourite heroes are Sanjeev Kumar and Vinod Khanna. How about women composers in the industry? While he admits that compared to men, there are few, naming Sneha Khanwalkar and Usha Khanna to be very good and successful at their craft, he says, “I don’t think the gift of music is gender based. Our fraternity is also very welcoming to new talents. I am all for young women composers.” Watching sports, reading, travelling and enjoying different cuisines are what Mithoon loves to do in his free time, which is rare. Some of his upcoming films include Ek Villain Returns and Gadar 2: The Katha. Rhea Chakraborty shares cryptic post Rhea Chakraborty’s world turned upside down when her boyfriend, actor Sushant Singh Rajput passed away. While she was grieving SSR’s demise, she was pulled into a series of controversies. The actress had to deal with constant judgements and was subjected to some harsh criticism. All this while, she handled herself with utmost grace. Keeping up with the positive attitude, Rhea has now penned down a note on her Instagram Story. In the note, she wrote, “Rise above the noise, Rise above the ego. Rise so far above that they can only point fingers at you. Because you are where they could never be. You are at peace. You fly with love. You feel compassion even when they give you no reason to. Let them wonder…. You are enough. You are complete. You are lovely the way you are… Don’t let them tell you otherwise.” Set for the South Mrunal Thakur looks stunning with Dulquer Salmaan in her South Indian debut Mrunal Thakur has wowed fans in the glimpse of her South Indian debut Sita Ramam, which also stars Dulquer Salmaan and Rashmika Mandanna. Her look as Sita is seen in the video of its latest song Inthandham. Talking about how relatable the role of Sita is to her, Mrunal says, “Sita is extremely gracious and empathetic, she is kind and humble. And I realised a lot about this empathetic side of the character. Not only that, Sita is decisive and is fiercely independent. She knows what she wants and she is immensely romantic and that’s exactly the way I am. So, these are the few similarities I could tell you about Sita and my persona.” All for The Gray Man Time to reclaim life Dhanush took to social media to share a picture of him with the cast of the Ryan Gosling-starrer The Gray Man, the $200-million action drama streaming on Netflix from July 22. The Gray Man, tweeted Dhanush, “premieres one week from today! For now, please enjoy this high-res photo of the gorgeous and talented cast since I know you’re all gonna want to zoom in.” He also retweeted industrialist and social media commentator Anand Mahindra, who carried an actionpacked clip from The Gray Man, and wrote: “Kudos to the producers for this inspired casting. Never envisioned @dhanushkraja as an intimidating, compact killing machine. I suspect his style will elevate all fight sequences in Indian cinema.” The scene has Dhanush, who plays a sharply suited assassin named Avik San in the movie, engaged in some high-intensity, bare-knuckles action with Ryan Gosling (Court Gentry aka Sierra Six) and Ana de Armas (Dani Miranda). In response to Mahindra’s praise, Dhanush wrote, “Thank you so much for the encouragement, sir.” Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, from a screenplay based on the 2009 novel of the same name by Mark Greaney, the cast of the film also has Chris Evans, Jessica Henwick, Rege-Jean Page, Wagner Moura, Julia Butters, Alfre Woodard, and Billy Bob Thornton. ‘Enough and complete’ Dhanush thanks Anand Mahindra for his praise The iconic mother-daughter duo, Neena and Masaba Gupta, is back and how! Netflix dropped the trailer of Masaba Masaba 2 on Saturday, announcing its release date. The show will premiere on Netflix on July 29. In the new season, Neena and Masaba decide to turn their careers around. While Neena gears up to revive a popular show from her past, Masaba decides to leave the past behind and focus on the future- of her brand and herself. Talking about how excited she is for Season 2, Masaba said, “It was so surreal to be filming Season 2, given the pandemic and all the things Netflix announces release date of Masaba Masaba 2 that have happened since Season 1. It was special because this season has so many different tracks. It’s Rap around CONFESSIONS OF AN ASSASSIN Hollywood star Ryan Gosling will be seen playing a trained assassin in the upcoming film The Gray Man, which he says is the kind of movie that made him want to make movies. Gosling plays Sierra Six, also known as The Gray Man, a trained assassin who is inducted into the CIA’s top-secret Sierra programme from a U.S. federal prison. The actor shared how much he would have loved such a film when he was growing up. The Gray Man will start streaming on Netflix on July 22. IANS With Katrina Kaif celebrating her 39th birthday on Saturday, the makers of her upcoming movie Phone Bhoot have dropped a quirky BTS video of the cast wishing her on her special day. In the video, Katrina Kaif, Ishaan Khatter and Siddhant Chaturvedi can be seen rapping. Katrina looks stunning in her latest fringe haircut. Her fans can not only see her new look in the film, but also watch her rapping for the first time in her career. The video comes with the caption: “There’s hype cos you’re a vibe. Happy Birthday#KatrinaKaif” —IANS c m y b Katrina raps with Ishaan, Siddhant in fun-filled BTS video for her birthday not just about my mom and I reclaiming our lives, it’s also about all these people around us coming into their own. ”
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