29072022-LSTC-01.qxd 7/28/2022 11:05 PM Page 1 c m y b ACTING NOW FOR REESE’S SON Hollywood star Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe’s 18-year-old musician son Deacon Phillippe will make his acting debut in the upcoming, penultimate season of the hit Netflix comedy Never Have I Ever Season 3. IANS TRIBUNE Life Big break Actor Harshvardhan Rane has been cast by filmmaker Bejoy Nambiar in his next bilingual film titled Dange. Two years ago, during a live session on Instagram Beyoy had praised the actor. TMS CHANDIGARH | FRIDAY | 29 JULY 2022 ‘No regrets whatsoever’ PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR Yesteryear star Zeenat Aman, who rocked the screen with glamorous roles, has learnt from her past and moved on. She is now set for a digital debut High five! Mona “Theatre has been our first love and have always watched from the front row seats too,” professes veteran actor Rajit Kapur on behalf of the Rage Productions, which he runs with fellow actor Shernaz Patel and director Rahul da Cunha since 1992. One of the top theatre companies in the country is all set for a date with the city. The Siddhus of Upper Juhu, a play directed by Rahul da Cunha, is to be staged in Chandigarh on Friday. The Tribune is the media partner for the play. The 90-minute act stars Rajit Kapur, Shernaz Patel, Kajli Shrma, Meera Khurana and Prince Kanwal. The play is based on the life of Balvinder aka Bubbles Sidhu and his Parsi wife, Behroze. They live on the 14th floor of a typical modern Upper Juhu aka Andheri high-rise called Sea View Towers. While this two-and-a-half bedroom flat has cost them their life’s savings, it’s hardly worth it. Paper-thin walls and noisy neighbours’ private lives their constant companion, a flush that works only when jiggled, howling stray dogs and the stench of scattered garbage send them into a daze. Add to it, his professional life coming to a naught, Behroze decides to get back to work post the lengthy hiatus. It’s when the family from Ludhiana —brother Sunny Sandhu and sisters, Pammi and Shammi — join in to tide over the situation, which lead to hilarious consequences. The Siddhus of Upper Juhu, a play directed by Rahul da Cunha and starring Rajit Kapur, is set to delight city folks I love how we have multiple platforms of entertainment now. I have two web series coming up, one murder mystery and another one titled Showstopper. Neha Saini C ALL her the original diva of the Hindi film industry or a glam queen, who at 70 is still a picture of elegance and style, Zeenat Aman has always stood out from the filmy crowd for her unconventionality. On screen or off it, her way of doing things were always bold, often breaking the mould, whether it was playing a ganja-smoking hippie in Hare Rama Hare Krishna or being in a relationship with married Sanjay Khan. But she has no regrets. “I look at my life through a perspective where I have learnt from my past and grown. I feel blessed for the kind of work I did and the characters I played on screen. No regrets whatsoever,” says Zeenat, who was in Amritsar to attend an event by FICCIO FLO chapter to honour women achievers. Zeenat called her trip to Amritsar exceptional and overwhelming. ‘’It’s so heart-warming to see women from small cities like Amritsar contribute towards building a Arati Kadav bags the Best Director Award at Fantasia Film Festival While many actors beginning from theatre lose touch with the stage, what has made Kapur continue the bond? “The sheer joy of being on the stage pulls me back. All of us at Rage Productions are excited about performances, and hope to continue it for as long as we can,” says Kapur. His bond with Rahul da Cunha is over three decades old. The Siddhus of Upper Juhu has been winning the love of the viewers not only in India, but also abroad, for over seven years. “We are glad to start the Punjab leg with Chandigarh. I am grateful to Atul Khanna and Durga Das Foundation for the space. While Tagore Theatre has history, there is excitement to perform in the new place.” Much in love with Chandigarh’s well-organised structure and cleanliness, Kapur is happy to be back after long. His fans would see him in the second outing of Rocket Boys, Mithya and couple of films in the times to come. (The Siddhus of Upper Juhu is on at Strawberry Fields High School-26, Chandigarh, on July 29. Entry by invitation) Many directors might overuse the phrase out-of-the-box, but Arati Kadav lives by it and her works are a proof of it. Recently, she bagged the best director award at the Fantasia International Short Film Competition for her short film The Astronaut And His Parrot. It’s a sci-fi film starring Ali Fazal and was screened in the competition section of the festival. The film is about a space explorer who, due to an accident, has been marooned with a low supply of oxygen. In his final moments in space, he tries to desperately send messages to his daughter via signals, but is received by a gaudy parrot in a fortune teller’s stall. Says Arati, “It feels so amazing to win this award and it is quite significant for an Indian sci-fi movie.” — TMS Little star creates a big buzz... Pratik Gandhi and Hansal Mehta come together again after Scam 1992 for a series based on Mahatma Gandhi Applause Entertainment recently announced a biopic on the life and times of Mahatma Gandhi. Based on the writings of notable historian and author Ramachandra Guha, the series will be adapted from his two books — Gandhi before India and Gandhi-The Years that Changed the World. With Pratik Gandhi headlining the multi-season series, Applause Entertainment has announced the name of Hansal Mehta as the director and show-runner of the upcoming project. After the success of Scam 1992, the acclaimed filmmaker and Applause Entertainment have come together again to bring to life this epic saga. Says Hansal Mehta, “Our vision with the series is to make it as true-to-life as possible.” — TMS ACTING IS A CRAFT She recalls how she bagged the award-winning role of Janice in Hare Rama Hare Krishna. “Of course, Dev Anand was the one who discovered the actor in me. He was the one who offered me the role in Hare Rama Hare Krishna when several actors had refused to do it. I believe that acting is a craft and the more you do it, the more skilled you become. That’s what I learnt from my experience working with so many talented actors and directors of our industry.” The heartthrob of 70s and 80s, who gave us iconic characters in Satyam Shivam Sundaram, Hare Rama Hare Krishna, Don and Qurbani is now back in her groove with some new projects. “I love how we have multiple platforms of entertainment now. I have two web series coming up, one murder mystery and another one titled Showstopper.” She is glad that with so many positive changes in the film industry, women centric films are being made and are doing well. “Pay parity between women and men in the industry needs to address,” she signs off. Fantasy & fantastic Lasting bond A leaf from history progressive society. Be an entrepreneur or a homemaker, they are so good at what they do. I feel that a woman can make all the difference,” she adds. Sharing her own journey with the women of Amritsar, Zeenat says when she had decided to enter the glamour industry as a young model, she had no idea about it. “I had just returned after completing my studies in USA and was told that there was so much glamour as well as fame in the film business. But no one tells you about the hard work. As a fresh actor, model, I used to ask people I worked with, “Where’s the glamour?’ They used to tell me, honey, you are the glamour.” She feels the industry has changed for better now and there is dialogue about several issues, regarding mental health, work exploitation and pay parity. “Now, there are so many platforms to address these issues. But during my time, no one talked openly about what goes behind the camera.” British luxury brand Burberry is winning people’s hearts with its latest AutumnWinter ‘22 collection for children by celebrating diversity in fashion. In a first for the brand, Burberry has featured its first Sikh child model, Sahib Singh. Just four-yearsold, Sahib Singh, is photographed dressed in a Burberry cardigan with a pair of sneakers and a matching black turban, known traditionally as a patka. As reads Sahib’s Instagram bio, ‘Just a boy with a patka (put-kah)’, wherein it is also mentioned that patka is a headgear worn by Sikh boys. As Sahib Singh becomes the first Sikh child model for Burberry, Indians across the world hail diversity in fashion HAPPY FAMILY “Sahib had an incredible day with the Burberry team, who really looked after all the children they were shooting with. To see our son, who does look different from his peers, being given a chance by the iconic British brand was truly a milestone moment,” says Harjot Kaur, his mother. Pos- ing for the camera in the cardigan and shorts, Singh’s back-to-school look is complete with a Thomas Burberry Bear puffer jacket. The campaign and photographs went live on Burberry’s Instagram handle on Wednesday evening. On her kid breaking the net with people across the world sharing this proud moment for the family and Sikh community, Harjot wrote, “The joy and pride I felt at the shoot was overwhelming. I couldn’t hold back the tears seeing Sahib recognised by this iconic brand. So grateful to them for pushing boundaries and always producing the best work.” Many celebs and influencers have hailed this diversity in fashion move by the popular brand by re-sharing it in their instagram stories. @Sikhexpo was quick to comment on Burberry official handle, ‘Young King!’ MATTER OF IDENTITY Says Aman Singh Virk, model and actor, “I think the world is getting informed that turban or patka is not just a ‘cloth’, but an identity of our religion. In the past, Nike did a campaign which was inclusive of Sikhs, as it featured a boy with a turban, but Burberry has helped in bringing about more awareness.” — Compiled by Sheetal c m y b Moolah matters Bawaal is Varun Dhawan’s most expensive film Sajid Nadiadwala’s Bawaal is currently being shot in Warsaw, Poland, with a spectacular star cast of Gen Z sensations Varun Dhawan and Janhvi Kapoor. Bawaal is said to be Varun Dhawan’s most expensive film so far. A source reveals, “We’ve extensively shot the film in the most expensive and interesting locations like Paris, Berlin, Poland, Amsterdam, Krakow, Warsaw, along with a brief portion in India as well. It’s a very unique love story and now we are gearing up for a huge action sequence in Warsaw. The daily cost of shooting is Rs 2.5-crore and this is a 10day schedule.” —TMS Sibling revelry Sonakshi Sinha is set to play leading lady in her brother Kussh Sinha’s upcoming project. Kussh will be making his directorial debut with the film Nikita Roy And The Book of Darkness. Sonakshi Sinha to feature in brother Kussh Sinha’s directorial debut Sonakshi took to Instagram to share the first look poster of the film. While details are under wraps, the actress also revealed that actors Paresh Rawal and Suhail Nayyar will be playing prominent roles in the film. On collaborating with her sister, Kussh Sinha says, “When I found this script, I asked Sonakshi to take a look at it. We both felt drawn to the subject and that’s when we decided to take the plunge and work together.” — TMS
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