25072022-LSTL-01.qxd 7/24/2022 11:45 PM Page 1 c m y b IT’S A MOVING TRIBUTE! The first teaser of the highly anticipated Black Panther: Wakanda Forever was dropped on Saturday. It throws light on a postChadwick Boseman, who passed away in 2020, world and also acts as a moving tribute to the late actor. The film is being directed by Ryan Coogler. TMS TRIBUNE Digital debut Life Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ambitious project Heeramandi will be releasing on Netflix and actor Fardeen Khan will make his digital debut with this series. TMS LUDHIANA | MONDAY | 25 JULY 2022 Power yoga ISTOCK The magic of monsoon It is that time of the year when the raincoats are out. Here are celebs sharing notes from their wardrobes and also their workout regimen during monsoon Learning curve Monsoon in Mumbai means you can no more do yoga in the park; you struggle to reach the gym or the trainer doesn’t show up...But now I have learnt how to navigate Mumbai monsoon. I do yoga inside my home. This monsoon, I am on strict diet. It did take me some time to go off sugar, but on the plus side my skin is so much better. I am ‘shorts’ guy anyway, so monsoon is the perfect time to wear them. I don’t mind getting into slippers every once in a while Home workout I prefer floral clothes and avoid wearing dark colours during rains. I wear cotton clothes in vibrant colours. I go for a ponytail or bun because in Mumbai humidity messes up the hair. I also choose waterproof makeup. I like wearing pop colours. Sun or rain, sunscreen is a must. I avoid the make-up setting spray, as it makes your skin sticky. Mumbai monsoon is crazy and life is totally thrownout of gear during this season. However, I make sure not to change my workout timings. So sometimes when I am unable to go to the gym because of heavy rain, I workout at home with push-ups, squats and lunges, which are a very good exercise. I carry a sporty look and wear dry fits during this time. — Charrul Malik, actor — Avinash Mukherjee, actor Save energy July 29: Good Luck Jerry on Disney+ Hotstar — Vijayendra Kumeria, actor MOVIE REVIEW Keanu’s back! THE GRAY MAN Cast: Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jessica Henwick Regé-Jean Page, Dhanush and Wagner Moura Directors: Joe Russo, Anthony Russo Rating: ★★★ John Wick: Chapter 4 to hit the theatres in March 2023 The wait is finally over! John Wick is set to release in theatres on March 24, 2023, after four long years. The fourth instalment of the mega-franchise promises to entertain fans once again. John Wick brings with it the history of inventive set pieces, revengethriller vibes and, of course, the charming Keanu Reeves! The original John Wick earned $86 million worldwide in 2014, followed by $171.5 million for John Wick: Chapter 2 in 2017 and Presenting a whirlwind journey, a tumultuous family, drug mafia, multiple lovers and the police, this film is a ‘con-medy’. The film stars Janhvi Kapoor as the docile yet gritty character, along with Deepak Dobriyal, Mita Vashisht, Neeraj Sood and Sushant Singh. July 29: Masaba Masaba S2 on Netflix In this new season, Neena and Masaba Gupta decide to turn their careers around. While Neena gears up to revive a popular show from her past, Masaba decides to focus on her brand ‘House of Masaba’. While she prepares for fashion world domination, life has other plans. July 29: Rangbaaz–Darr Ki Rajneeti on ZEE5 After two successful seasons, the marquee gangster drama Rangbaaz is back with its third season. The show stars Vineet Kumar Singh, Aakanksha Singh, Rajesh Tailang, Geetanjali Kulkarni, Prashant Narayanan, Vijay Maurya and others. It is based around Vineet Kumar Singh’s character, Haroon Shah Ali Baig (also known as Saheb), who is a gangster-turnedpolitician. This season charts his rise from a small town in Bihar to becoming one of its most powerful strongmen. July 29: Paper Girls on Amazon Prime Video In the early morning hours after Halloween 1988, four paper girls—Erin, Mac, Tiffany, and KJ—are out on their delivery route when they get caught in the crossfire between warring time-travellers, changing the course of their lives forever. Transported into the future, these girls must figure out a way to get back home to the past, a journey that will bring them face-to-face with the grown-up versions of themselves. —TMS Nonika Singh It sure is a much-hyped Netflix film from the stable of the famous Russo Brothers, who have delighted us more than once with treats from the realm of Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Gray Man sure comes studded with many a superstar. If the presence of dashing Ryan Gosling in the titular part is not enough, there is Captain America Chris Evans stepping into the shoes of this charming villain as Lloyd Hansen, a psychopath who derives pleasure in hurting others. Of course, Regé-Jean Page (of Bridgerton-fame) as Denny Carmichael, a CIA honcho can’t be missed either. And for the Indian fans, here is the icing on the cake; our very own gifted Dhanush, who made has Hollywood debut with The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir, is part of this biggie. But The Gray Man is a classic case of all the might of Russo Brothers and its battery of diverse stars, including the lovely Ana de Armas, can’t put this actioner above the average Owning a house in Mumbai is a dream for many, but Aahana Kumra has been able to fulfil it. She has moved into her new home, located in suburbs of Andheri. The actress says, “For me, a house should feel like a home and not a hotel room. I am a huge fan of decluttered, simple houses. I love modern European decor and colours, so that reflects here. In 2002, I bought crockery for my future house and my mother neatly preserved it for 20 years. I have selected each tile, each lamp, art from places across the globe like London, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Dubai, Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru and Srinagar. I wanted a house pf my own for 20 years and I finally have one.” I ensure rains do not play spoilsport with my workouts. I alternate between a walk, jog or a gym workout, depending on what’s feasible in the given conditions. Off late, I like to do body weight workout and cardio. Wearing casual and comfortable clothes is my thing, so I go for light fabrics. I prefer wearing crocs and sneakers, and a nice trendy umbrella is essential. — Anuj Sachdeva, actor C Aahana’s dream house Light fabrics During monsoon, it is difficult to manage your daily workout. But I plan my day in a way that I complete it. I prefer exercises that do not drain my energy. I make sure I do functional exercises. In this season the body is more prone to falling sick, so one needs extra care. I prefer to wear jogger pants that are short in length. Comfortable clothes and boots or crocs are also my choice. ELEBRATE the rain; it only means that the sun shall shine bigger and brighter than ever... While it sure can send one’s schedule into disarray, celebs speak how a pop of colour, keeping extra time for travel and quick dry capris could help keeping one’s fitness and fashion game ahead through the monsoon season. Comedy, fashion, thriller, sci-fi — here are the new films and shows to watch out for on OTT this week — Mreenal Deshraj, actor Pop colours Mona A mixed bag I love lifting weights; I have been a proper gym person for almost a decade now. I also do yoga. I focus on a protein-centric diet with good healthy fats and complex carbs. Cotton clothes are the best choice for monsoon. They are light and dry quickly. My must-haves are capris and shorts and joggers in all bright hues as they are quite comfortable. I love wearing bootstoo. For the skin, vitamin C face serum is one of my favourites. — Samaira Sandhu, actor — Vaibhav Raj Gupta, actor WEBSOLUTE FUN Cotton comfort Monsoon is my favourite time of the year, I love sipping coffee while enjoying the rain. Yes, life goes out of gear a bit but that can be managed. Power yoga is my workout during this time. I opt for pop colours to offset the grey clouds. And slippers are a saviour. I go for cute, fancy ones. My current pair has it all – a red heart, coffee mug and a rainbow. I wear them everywhere from airports to meetings. Skin and hair need extra care, so I go for oiling twice a week. I make the oil at home with kalaunji, methi, castor oil, mustard oil and coconut oil. Although the action is top class, even a battery of diverse stars can’t catapult The Gray Man into the above average category category. Indeed, the action is top class. The initial rushes in Bangkok have a kaleidoscopic feel to them. Amidst the riot of colours, we see men being shot and killed. On the direct instructions of CIA, assassin Sierra Six (Ryan Gosling) takes down men and an interesting revelation about the agency’s underbelly is made. But as the cards are laid on the table early on, there isn’t much surprise in store. The plot moves on expected and convenient lines, at times even unfolding like a spoof. Even though a high octane chase drives the narrative the outcome is writ on the wall. Wham bam bang bang... Much here is formulaic and reminds you of movies of similar genre. Certainly, Chris Evans make his charm and charisma felt as the bad man aka contract killer Lloyd Hansen, who delights in tor- c m y b turing his subjects/enemies. The way he utters the word ‘boring’ as he grills his adversaries...You are tempted to dismiss the film with the same epithet. But his overthe-top act, letting loose an army of his men to get a single man (who else but Ryan’s character) prevents the film from being an outright dud. Taking us from one exotic country to another, the drama ropes in the abduction of a young girl, heavy dose of filial love, the corruption of powers that be, the rot in the system and more. Predictable, it does not offer anything novel, except the chemistry between the hero and the anti-hero. If one is understated, the other is outright flamboyant and the face-off between them is imminent. As is all else. No need for guessing games as there is little to ‘guessticulate.’ Actually, even though based on the book by Mark Greaney, there is no layering, no nuance. The Gray Man’s grey shades are all but missing. Except for the fact that he is a killing machine and has a sinister back-story, much that he does falls in the very moral realm. Dhanush as a mercenary plays on the right side of morality too. And, if your reasons for watching the film hinge primarily upon the gifted Tamil actor’s presence, brace yourselves for some disappointment. But for flexing his muscles rather deftly and mouthing an inane oneliner or two underling his honourable stance, the lone wolf (so his character Avik San is referred to) hardly gets enough screen time to let his intensity blaze this action blitzkrieg. But of course, a lightning action war The Gray Man certainly is....If flying cars is your thing, here there is added bonus—you even have trains flying off the tracks! Strictly for action buffs, both Gosling and Evans with wondrous cinematography by Stephen F . Windon make it worth your pound of action time. $327.3 million for John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum in 2019. Wick is famous for once killing three men in a bar with just a pencil; this time he is all set to maximise the action! The story of the film revolves around John Wick (Keanu Reeves), who takes on his most lethal adversaries. With the price on his head ever-increasing, Wick takes on the most powerful players in the underworld — from New York to Paris to Osaka to Berlin. —TMS
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