08082022-LSTL-01.qxd 8/7/2022 10:51 PM Page 1 c m y b FIRST LOOK OF UUNCHAI On Sunday, Rajshri unveiled the first look of their upcoming film Uunchai. Slated to release on November 11, 2022, Uunchai will star Amitabh Bachchan, Anupam Kher, Boman Irani, Neena Gupta and Sarika. TMS TRIBUNE Hindi remake Life Shahid Kapoor will play lead in the Hindi remake of Malayalam thriller Mumbai Police. The film originally starred Prithviraj Sukumaran. TMS LUDHIANA | MONDAY | 8 AUGUST 2022 Bold & beautiful Sheetal M UCH before Bollywood actress Neha Dhupia, Punjabi star Neeru Bajwa had normalised working during pregnancy. If in the 2016 movie Channo Kamli Yaar Di she was ‘real’ pregnant for her ‘reel’ character, this was NAWAZUDDIN SIDDIQUI Tough task Counted among the most versatile actors of Bollywood, Nawazuddin Siddiqui. has entertained the audiences with his performances in movies like Gangs of Wasseypur, Sacred Games, Badlapur and Bajrangi Bhaijaan, to name a few. But it was his role in Raman Raghav 2.0 that the actor considers as the most challenging. However, Nawazzudin got under the character’s skin, leaving the audience spellbound. He earned tremendous praises for his acting as a notorious serial killer in the film’. Recently, he wrote on social media, “‘Thank you for sharing this @bindaas.faiz as this is my personal favourite scene because I was running 104 fever and was too under-confident while doing this.” — IANS again the case with Beautiful Billo, a film which marks the digital debut of the actress. Having been blessed with twin daughters, she is now looking forward to the premiere of the film on OTT platform Zee 5 on August 11. Neeru, who has been experimenting a lot in the recent times and likes to associate with films that have a message, says to all the women out there, “Don’t give in to societal pressures that want women give up their careers after becoming mothers. I remember Santosh ji, my husband and I were at the airport when I was talking about taking a break. And then this script of Channo came along. In the case of Beautiful Billo too, I was pregnant first and then came the script! I am very excited to watch it with my family on television.” Punjabi star Neeru Bajwa, who makes a digital debut with Beautiful Billo, says women should not give up their careers after they become mothers RAKHI RELEASE SPECIAL MOMENTS The film is special for it also stars Neeru’s younger sister Rubina Bajwa. “We are like any other siblings. We love each other and yet fight, so much so that our mother has to intervene sometimes,” adds Neeru. The actress confirms how both Billo and Sonica (Rubina’s character) are equally dominating, but the boss in real life is Rubina! On whether the mood swings of pregnancy seeped into her character, Neeru says, “The whole on-screen family is unpredictable. So, I neither NET, FLICKS & MORE Women power DARLINGS Soon, Middle Class Love Anubhav Sinha and Zee Studios have joined hands to launch three fresh faces in Bollywood with Ratnaa Sinha’s directorial titled Middle Class Love—a coming-ofage romantic comedy, releasing in theatres on September 16. Headlining the film’s cast is actor Prit Kamani, along with Eisha Singh and Kavya Thapar. The film’s story revolves around the most commonly felt emotions and experiences by anyone who hails from a middle-class background. —TMS Cast: Alia Bhatt, Shefali Shah, Vijay Varma, Roshan Mathew, Rajesh Sharma, Vijay Maurya and Santosh Juvekar Director: Jasmeen K Reen Rating: ★★★ Brave choice of weaving a comedy around a grave concern and sparkling performances notwithstanding, Netflix film Darlings falters as it moves towards an unsatisfying climax Nonika Singh Domestic violence, we all know and understand, is a grave matter and to weave a dark comedy around it requires some craft as well as deftness. So, on the count of brave choices, Jasmine K Reen can certainly be lauded. As the film unfolds, taking us into the lives of a young Muslim couple, the abusive husband Hamza Shaikh (Vijay Varma) does make us smart and wince. The wife Badrunissa (Badru), played by the spunky and sprightly Alia Bhatt, oscillates between hope and despair, love and hate, hoping as most battered wives do — that my husband will change with time and love. Does he? Well, we know the answer. So what are her options...File a complaint, dump him or as her mother Shamshunissa Ansari (Shefali Shah) tells her — serve him rat poison. Thus, a macabre element is introduced early on...Getting rid of a remorseless husband too is a possibility! But Badru has more empathetic plans and tries to entice him with a fresh start and a baby... Only men like Hamza, who often blame their abominable behaviour on bouts of alcoholism, are incorrigible. So, after a tragic twist, both mother and daughter decide to take matters in their own hands and mete out a rough treatment to their bête noire, Hamza. And, just by the way, it is flashes of the scenes depicting how they rough him up that had certain sections of the social media up in storm. For all those trollers who participated in #boycottAlia, let it be said the film does not justify violence against men. Or women. It is only an unorthodox way of treating a malaise deep rooted in our society. And don’t miss the pun around the title. Darlings, a word of endearment, takes its own spin and we learn how darlings can be daring too. The narrative packs a few mirthful moments as women turn the tables and decide to hold Hamza captive. Their partners in crime are men too. One is out in the open, Zulfi (Roshan Mathew), an aspiring writer, who sells stolen goods to the mother-daughter. Reference to Kasim (Rajesh Sharma) is veiled, but what he may have done back in time to support Shamshu is rather obvious. Certainly the territory these two women are treading is dangerous and not quite legal. How they get out of the had the chance to show nor felt any mood swings.” After the recent Mandeep Kaur suicide case in the US, which highlighted domestic abuse and preference of boy over girl child, the actress initiated the hashtag #JusticeForMandeepKaur. My daughters tie the rakhi to each other...We being a family of three daughters and a brother always tied rakhito our sisters as well, and I say the same to my three daughters mess of their making is kinda hilarious. But if they get trapped in a dilemma, the predicament of the director and writers stilts the narrative. How do you make a film relatable or touching without letting go of the moral stance is the conundrum the director appears to be facing. Thus, as the lead characters plot and scheme, we as viewers can see the writing on the wall and lose interest. The actors, especially Shefali Shah, sparkle. Her wide eyes speak and mirror a world of emotions. She sure is a darling! The scene where she does a volte face when she learns who Zulfi is truly interested in is a winner all the way. Alia is winsome too and once again portrays the many shades of her part with consummate ease. Vijay Varma as the intractable bad husband too scores well. Not all men are monsters and Roshan Mathew’s Zulfi stands as an emblem of kindness. But in the final countdown, the film, which otherwise feels real and believable, does not play up the Muslim card, relies on too many conjectures and leaves you wanting more. Yes, we get it the karmic justice or taking control of your karma...The choice can be tricky. But the poetic justice Darlings finally serves does not gladden your hearts fully. (Streaming on Netflix.) Neeru, who was recently seen in Punjabi film Kokka, opposite Gurnam Bhullar, believes backlog of films due to Covid has affected boxoffice collections. As for Beautiful Billo, it releases on Raksha Bandhan. Neeru adds, “My daughters tie the rakhi to each other and that’s the change I think society needs as of now. We being a family of three daughters and a brother always tied rakhi to our sisters as well, and I say the same to my three daughters.” Directed by Santosh Subhash Thite and Amrit Raj Chadha, Beautiful Billo also stars Roshan Prince and Raghveer Boli. Know why Taapsee did not appear on Koffee With Karan After reimagining Ed Sheeran’s version of 2Step and collaborating with him for it, musician Armaan Malik met up with the singer recently. Ed is currently on the European leg of his ‘Mathematics tour’ and he met our very own ‘Prince of Pop’ at Copenhagen in Denmark. Malik, who hails Ed as an inspiration, shared a picture with him. For the caption, Armaan wrote, “Truly an emotional evening for me. From doing a song with @teddysphotos to finally meeting him, talking about music and watching him live in concert. Thank you Ed for being so warm and humble...” — TMS Bollywood actress Taapsee Pannu, who is currently gearing up for the release of her upcoming film Dobaaraa, shared why she hasn’t been on the Karan Joharhosted popular chat show Koffee With Karan. During an event, while Taapsee Pannu and Anurag Kashyap were promoting their film Dobaaraa, Karan Johar was in the adjacent room c m y b Actress Rasika Dugal is quite excited to host the docu-series Postcards from Jharkhand. As the actress was born and brought up in Jamshedpur, she connects well with the state and introduces the viewers to its tribal traditions and dance forms; the Sohrai painting traditions, as well as the local food, architecture and wildlife. Rasika says: “I felt I hadn’t really explored and experienced different aspects of the place I grew up in and I was keen to correct that. My travel within Jharkhand had so far been only functional. I had never really gone on a holiday within the state. I realised on this trip that I was missing out on a lot.” Postcards from Jharkhand is airing on Nat Geo. — IANS Rasika Dugal WEBSOLUTE FUN Mix & match While Indian Matchmaking is back, this week on OTT will also witness Season 3 of Never Have I Ever. Here’s a quick check. August 10: Indian Matchmaking Season 2 on Netflix The job of Mumbai’s premier matchmaker is never over! Sima Taparia is back with eight fresh, hour-long episodes of Indian Matchmaking Season 2, as she helps single millennials around the globe find their perfect match. This season, Sima will manage more expectations than ever before from the clients. August 10: I Am Groot on Disney+ Hotstar I Am Groot is a collection of five original shorts starring Baby Groot, everyone’s favourite little tree, and will feature several new and unusual characters. There’s no guarding the galaxy from this mischievous toddler! Baby Groot takes center-stage in his very own series, exploring his growing up days and getting into trouble. Vin Diesel is the voice of Baby Groot in the show. August 12: Cosmic Love on Amazon Prime In this one-of-akind reality show, four individuals attempt to find their perfect spouse via astrological matchmaking. Each individual represents one Quick wit & humour When Armaan met Ed Sheeran Home turf for Rasika promoting his chat show. Taking note of that, the media probed Taapsee about the reason why she hasn’t been invited to Karan’s show. Answering the question, the actress said in jest that her sex life is not interesting enough to be invited on Koffee With Karan! Taapsee is known for her quick-wit and this one seems to be an on-point remark as the latest season of Koffee With Karan has so far been circling around sex talks. — IANS of the four elements of astrology (Air, Fire, Water, Earth). Their romantic adventure takes place at a retreat run by a mystical guide, the Astro Chamber. They mingle, match, date, eliminate, and eventually make the biggest decision of their lives — marriage. August 12: Never Have I Ever Season 3 on Netflix In Season 3 of this coming-of-age comedy, Indian American teenager Devi (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan) continues to deal with the everyday pressures of high school and drama at home, while also navigating new romantic relationships. The show is created by executive producer Mindy Kaling, with Lang Fisher serving as co-creator, executive producer, showrunner and writer. August 12: The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent on Lionsgate Play An entertaining take on an awardwinning actor’s life, this actioncomedy will witness Nicolas Cage take on the role of a lifetime — as Nicolas Cage. Creatively unfulfilled and facing financial ruin, the fictionalised version of the actor is forced to live up to his own legend, channeling his most iconic and loved on screen characters in order to save himself and his loved ones.
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