31072022-LSTL-01.qxd 7/30/2022 11:13 PM Page 1 c m y b PARINEETI, AKSHAY IN LONDON Akshay Kumar is shooting for Pooja Entertainment’s untitled next in London, which is based on a real-life hero. Now, Parineeti Chopra has been roped-in to play the female lead. The film marks Akshay and Parineeti’s reunion after Kesari, which was released in 2019. TRIBUNE Life Hollywood star Johnny Depp’s debut art collection ‘Friends and Heroes’ was sold out within hours on London art gallery’s website on Thursday, earning the actor millions. ANI LUDHIANA | SUNDAY | 31 JULY 2022 Ramp scorchers! Learning Tamil Actress Mrunal Thakur, who is all set for her Telugu debut, reveals that she underwent two months of intensive Telugu language training in order to perfect her on-screen pronunciation for the role in Sita Ramam. Hanu Raghavapudi, Mrunal’s official South-Indian debut director, has helmed the film starring Malayalam superstar Dulquer Salmaan. Mrunal had private language instruction from Suvarna Majji, who sometimes instructed Mrunal in person at her Mumbai home and other times via phone and video calls. Mrunal underwent training for a month, putting in two hours a day to perfect her Telugu pronunciation and grammar for Sita Ramam’. Mrunal says: “I took it upon myself to make sure that my diction in the movie was spoton. I usually try to put myself in the shoes of my characters.” — IANS Ranveer Singh, Manish Malhotra and Deepika Padukone Shades of love Sheetal R EMEMBER Babbu Bains of Ardab Mutiyaran and her betterhalf Rinku Bansal? Well, this unique pairing of actors, Sonam Bajwa and Ajay Sarkaria, is back with yet another project, Jind Mahi, a romantic drama. It will mark the directional debut of Sameer Pannu, who has previously served as assistant director for films like Sher Bagga, Nikka Zaildar 3 and Ardab Mutiyaran. The film is cowritten by Sameer and Manmord Sidhu. When asked what made Sonam and Ajay his first choice and whether he finalised the stars before or after watching Ardab Mutiyaran, Sameer shares, “I had started working on this script after Ardab Mutiyaran, the project I was associated with. I wanted to do something different from what we had already done, so the character of Laado was developed first and then Harry, who will come across as a pessimist in the film. As the script was developing, Sonam and Ajay felt like the perfect choices.” Romantic genre is being explored on a different scale in Punjabi cinema, thanks to movies like Qismat and Sufna. Sameer adds, “The social message that we have tried to deliver with the tools of romance, comedy and emotions would be the X-factor of the film. The trailer doesn’t give away the entire essence, there is much more!” GOOD VIBES Regarding her on screen chemistry with Ajay, Sonam says, “Had it not been for Covid lockdown, we would have definitely worked together in some or the other project earlier. I loved working with Ajay and am happy Jind Mahi reconnects us.” So, did Sonam, who has more films to her credit, bully Ajay? He answers, “No, she didn’t and now she has lost her chance after doing two films with me.” As for sto- ries from the sets, Ajay shares, “There were two tough scenes. For one, we had to film till seven in the morning as we had the permission to shoot only that night. The other one was where Sonam slapped me!” Sonam adds, “Although I regretted instantly, but it’s the most dramatic scene. I remember the sound of the slap was such that people on the sets were stunned.” Both Sonam and Ajay are quite excited for their film which is releasing on August 5. Power couple Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh walked the ramp at Mijwan Fashion Show 2022 on Friday (July 29). They looked stunning together in designer Manish Malhotra’s outfits. For the night, Ranveer was dressed in a black sherwani with white embroidery, while Deepika rocked in a white and golden lehenga with heavy embellishments and a statement necklace. The couple indulged in some major PDA as Ranveer kissed his darling wife on the stage. Mijwan Fashion Show 2022, hosted by Shabana Azmi, was organised to celebrate the 10 years of NGO Mijwan and the event was held in Mumbai. The event was attended by several A-listers including Vidya Balan, Gauri Khan, Karan Johar, Nora Fatehi and others. — TMS Deepika and Ranveer shine in Manish Malhotra’s outfits at Mijwan Fashion Show 2022 Sonam Bajwa and Ajay Sarkaria are back together with Punjabi film Jind Mahi, a romantic drama that debutant director Sameer Pannu believes will also deliver a strong social message Sara sizzles Internationally acclaimed designer duo Falguni and Shane Peacock unveiled their ‘Love Forever’ collection at the ongoing India Couture Week 2022 in Delhi on Friday. ‘Love Forever’ is influenced by the rich French tapestries and artworks from Renaissance period. Actress Sara Ali Khan walked the ramp as the showstopper. She looked resplendent in a glittery blue ensemble with intricate sequin work. Confident and beautiful, she finished her walk with a charming ‘adaab’ and her signature ‘namaste’ style, leaving spectators mesmerised. — TMS Sara Ali Khan was the showstopper for designer duo Falguni and Shane Peacock’s latest collection ‘Love Forever’ in Delhi Rasik Dave passes away TALKING BEAUTY PHOTO: VICKY About the recent trends such as three-step or ten-step skincare routine, Sonam shares, “When not shooting, make-up is a big no. And, to be honest, I am just like any other girl who will be doing all the good things for her skin but can also go without face-wash for days. So, there’s no strict regimen that I stick to.” Sameer Pannu, Sonam Bajwa and Ajay Sarkaria Courtroom drama Jai Bhim to be screened at Indian Film Festival of Melbourne Bollywood actor Vidya Balan too wore a saree designed by Manish Malhotra T.J. Gnanavel’s critically acclaimed courtroom drama Jai Bhim, starring Suriya, Lijomol Jose and Manikandan in the lead, will be among the Tamil films that will be screened at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne, which will take place from August 12 to 30. The film narrates the story of a brave activist-lawyer, who fights for justice when a poor tribal man, who gets falsely accused of robbery, goes missing from police custody. Some of the other thought-provoking Tamil films in this year’s festival include the docu-fiction movie The Road to Kuthriyar and Perianayaki. The Road to Kuthriyar, directed by Bharat Mirle, stars Dhruv Athreye, Chinna Dorai, Parvathi Om, M.K. Raghavendra, Mariammal and Saravana Dhruv. Perianayaki, by Bala Murali Shingade, stars Jeyagowri Sivakumaran. — IANS Radhika Madan’s Kacchey Limbu makes it to the Toronto International Film Festival Veteran theatre, film and TV actor Rasik Dave passed away on Friday (July 29) due to kidney failure. He was 65. The actor was on dialysis for the last two years and breathed his last at around 8 pm on Friday. Rasik played the role of Nand in Mahabharat, which started airing in the 1980s. Along with his wife Ketki Dave, Rasik was seen together in Nach Baliye in 2006. Actor and producer JD Going places Radhika Madan’s Kacchey Limbu is all set for a world premiere at the 47th Toronto International Film festival in September 2022. Her debut film Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota won a top award at the 43rd Toronto International Film Festival. Radhika shares, “I am more than thrilled and grateful. I feel Toronto has been really lucky for me in the past and I have the fondest memories at the festival. I couldn’t have asked for a better platform for the film’s premiere.” Taking it to her Instagram account, the actress said: “…I’m more than humbled and honestly still trying to process this information. I hope Toronto will be as kind as it was the last time. Let’s go get this team.” Kacchey Limbu is directed by the debutant director Shubham Yogi and focuses on a young girl, Aditi, portrayed by Radhika, figuring out her way to complete freedom. The film also focuses on the bond and love between siblings. — TMS c m y b Fun zone Bollywood star Varun Dhawan, who appeared in the first episode of the justreleased comedy show Case Toh Banta Hai, says the concept and the presence of talents such as Riteish Deshmukh, Varun Sharma and Kusha Kapila make the show ‘unmissable’. —IANS Majethia shared the news on Twitter and wrote, “Heartbroken and deeply saddened to hear about the untimely demise of Rasik Dave. Gone too soon brother. May God give your family the strength to get through this difficult time. Om Shanti.” Filmmaker Ashoke Pandit also tweeted, “Sad to know about the demise of a dear friend Rasik Dave, who was a versatile actor…Heartfelt condolences to his wife Ketaki Dave and his entire family. Will always be remembered.” Rasik is survived by his wife Ketki Dave and daughter Ridhi Dave. —TMS
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