09082022-LSTL-01.qxd 8/8/2022 11:19 PM Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE Right note Ayushmann Khurrana is a music aficionado and enjoys a varied palette of songs. The actor singer has an extensive playlist and passionately keeps adding to it. TMS LUDHIANA | TUESDAY | 9 AUGUST 2022 Real meets reel Hollywood star Nicolas Cage wasn’t very keen on portraying himself in the action comedy movie The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, which will soon drop on OTT. The movie directed by Tom Gormican and Kevin Etten gives an entertaining take on the actor’s life. About his initial reluctance to play the role, Nicolas said: “I had no interest in playing myself in a movie. But then I received a very nice letter from Tom, and I read his script. The first act really terrified me, and by the time I got to acts two and three, I thought Tom is taking us on an adventure that is really quite exciting.” The movie revolves around a fictionalised version of the actor who is forced to live up to his own leg- Mrunal’s fandom Mrunal Thakur has made her South-Indian debut with the recently released Telugu movie Sita Ramam. The actress is seen opposite Dulquer Salmaan in the film. Now, a fan named Sameer has posted a handwritten letter to Mrunal on Instagram thanking her for the way she walked, talked and made the audience believe she is Sita! This sweet gesture is winning hearts! Mrunal said, “I am overwhelmed and gushing with a smile after going through this beautiful letter. These are the kind of fans that pump your adrenaline to perform better on screen and because of such a lovely audience we actors exist. I am grateful to each and everyone who is liking my performance as Sita.” — TMS Sheetal E VERY year on August 9, World Tribal Day, known as International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, is observed to recognise the significance of indigenous communities around the globe and protect their rights. So, as we celebrate these people by listing out films based on and around them, we also ask celebs whether they do justice to their individual identities. Taking centrestage Yesteryear films such as Satyam Shivam Sundaram, Nagin, Ye Gulistan Hamara and Madhumati have characters from the indigenous community. In the modern era, Vidya Balan’s Sherni, Haathi Mere Saathi, starring Rana Daggubati, are in the same category. Actor Himanshu Malhotra says, “I liked the film Raavan and Abhishek Bachchan’s portrayal of Beera Munda, a tribal who kidnaps the wife (Aishwarya Rai) of a police officer, played by Vikram. It had great songs and displayed tribal culture very well.” Adds actor Mohit Malhotra, “Veer, starring Salman Khan, Mithun Chakraborty, Jackie Shroff, Zareen Khan and Sohail Khan, had a tribal hero as the central character. As far as I remember, it showcased the Pindari tribe, which exists for real, but the story was fictional.” Right & wrong The recent hit movie Jai Bhim, in Tamil and also available in Hindi, talks about the brave activist-lawyer Justice Krishnaswami Chandru (played by Suriya), who fought against police bias and state violence ANEK Manushi Chhillar on playing a different avatar in Tehran end, channelling his most iconic and beloved on-screen characters in order to save himself and his loved ones. Cage added: “I call Tom ‘the mind’ because the film really is his fantasy, culled from perceptions in the media and on the internet, as well as blips in my personal life that have gone public. It’s mixed with knowledge of interviews I’ve done and things that have always interested me and drew me down this path. Essentially, the film is an imagination based on Tom’s interpretation of what my life might be like.” The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent will be available to stream on OTT platform Lionsgate Play from August 12. — IANS Native screen Top shot Vijay Sethupathi named Best Actor for Maamanithan at Indo-French film fest On World Tribal Day, here’s a look at some films based on indigenous people and their rights JAI BHIM NEWTON against a marginalised community. The 2002 film Lal Salaam also talked about police brutality, and had Nandita Das and Sharad Kapoor turning into rebels. Newton, starring Rajkummar Rao and Pankaj Tripathi, and Anek as well as Article 15 with Ayushmann Khurrana in the lead roles, are other recent films that talk about voting rights of tribes, addresses disputes, and uncovers caste and tribe-based exploitation, respectively. Big-budget movies like RRR and Baahubali: The Beginning also have shades of tribal communities. Whereas in RRR, Jr NTR’s character of Komaram Bheem belongs to a Gond tribe. In two scenes, the film highlights the problems that the tribals face — one where Jr NTR asks for education from Sitarama Raju (played by Ram Charan) and the other where he calls himself a jahil gawar (a tribal) at one point. One & only The biopic of Mary Kom is perhaps the only movie that had a central character from a north-eastern tribe. In the film based on Mangte Chungneijang Mary Kom, played by Priyanka Chopra, there were subtle references to the tribe the boxer hailed from. Actor Amal Sehrawat shares, “The film’s director, Omung Kumar, and his wife, Vanita did not go highlight Mary Kom’s identity or misrepresented it. In one scene only, she is wearing a tribal dress under the India blazer after winning a tournament.” Great going Music is his life Along with John Abraham, Manushi Chhillar has been signed for producer Dinesh Vijan’s Tehran, a film inspired by true events. With Tehran, Manushi has landed her third big Bollywood project and she is happy that she is being offered roles that allow her to explore different characters. Manushi says, “I have started the second schedule of my film Tehran with John Abraham. It is hugely validating that I’m being offered roles that allow me to explore different characters. Tehran is a project that I’m extremely excited about, as it will not only give me a chance to present myself in a new avatar, but also grow as an actor.” — TMS Mona Hindustani classical vocalist, Madhup Mudgal, Padma Shri, has a long association with City Beautiful. He fondly recalls his very first visit with Pandit Jasraj back in 1967 and then accompanying his guru Kumar Gandharva on the tanpura a few years later, and numerous other times, including with Gandharva Choir, and visiting his elder brother and friends over the years. The openness of the place and heart-warming people have always made Pandit Mudgal come back, again and again. This time around, it’s Indian National Theatre in association with Durga Das Foundation’s Varsha Ritu Small, yet significant References in big-ticket films, such as Chak De! India (2007) and 3 Idiots (2009), although bare minimum, had an everlasting impact. In 3 Idiots, the identity of a guy from a tribe in Ladakh, named Phunsukh Wangdu, was revealed only at the climax. In Chak De!, which was about Indian women’s hockey team, girls from different regions of India were highlighted. One can remember the Jharkhand girl who only says ho for yes and how the team manager compared it to Ram Leela Wali girls due to their attire. Then there was the iconic scene where girls from north-east were teased and the entire team fought back as a united unit. A family rich in classical tradition, and now PHOTO: PRADEEP TEWARI c m y b Actor Vijay Sethupathi has won the Best Actor Award at the Indo-French International Film Festival for his performance in director Seenu Ramasamy’s critically acclaimed Tamil entertainer Maamanithan. The film has also won the award for Best Picture. Taking to Twitter to make the announcement, director Seenu Ramasamy said, “Congratulations Vijay Sethupathi for Best Actor and Yuvan Shankar Raja for Best Picture. Thank you Indo-French International Film Festival.” Interestingly, the film, which had garnered huge praise from various quarters soon after its release, had ace director Shankar calling it a ‘realistic classic’. Shankar had even said that Vijay Sethupathi’s brilliant performance in the film deserved a National Award. Only a week ago, the film had won a Gold medal at the Tokyo Film Awards this year. Maamanithan won the gold in the Best Asian Film category, while Takahiro Kawabe’s Love Song at 5 pm won the silver and Mart Bira’s Nomadic Doctor took the bronze at the Tokyo Film Awards. The story of Maamanithan is about a simple man who longs to provide good education to his children by getting them admitted to a private school. To increase his income, he enters into a deal with a real estate developer and in the process gets conned. The problems he faces are what the film is all about. — IANS Abhishek to be awarded …With ‘Leadership in Cinema Award’ at IFFM 2022 Abhishek Bachchan will be at the 13th Indian Film Festival of Melbourne 2022, where he is going to be felicitated with the Leadership in Cinema Awards. The actor will also be delivering a special talk about his journey in Bollywood and the diversity in cinema. Abhishek, who was last seen in Dasvi on Netflix, started his career with JP Dutta’s romantic drama Refugee and has completed 22 years in cinema this year. He has enthralled audiences with some powerful performances in movies like Yuva, Bunty aur Babli, Sarkar, Ludo, to name a few. Abhishek says, “I’m elated to have been invited by IFFM to a festival that truly celebrates Indian cinema in all its glory. For them to confer me with the Leadership in Cinema Award is truly an honour for me. I’m thankful to the jury and the team of IFFM. To be in another country celebrating Indian pride and content alongside my peers is something I’m truly looking forward to.” IFFM will be taking place, physically and virtually, from August 12-20. — TMS Renowned vocalist Madhup Mudgal loves to perform in City Beautiful where he has a host of memories to cherish Sangeet Sandhya that brings the khayal and bhajan gayak back to Chandigarh. “The Tribune has always been the landmark of this beautiful city,” says the vocalist, composer, conductor of famous Gandharva Choir and a guru at Gandharva Mahavidyalaya. Any role amongst these that gives him more satisfaction? “I love it all. Teaching gives a different kind of satisfaction, being in one’s own room, own atmosphere, with disciples…It’s a different kind of joy!” Pure joy Nicolas Cage didn’t want to play himself initially generation next — his daughters Sawani and Arushi — are also following the family’s love for art. So, is he a revered figure? “Oh no, they really take me to task. I find my best support system as well as criticism right at home,” he chuckles. If khayal and bhajan are his forte, he is open to pop as well as Punjabi music. “I like the beats and how different ragas make the base for countless Punjabi numbers. But it’s classical music that goes deeper than the surface and gives unparalleled anand. Classical music is touching and gives immense joy to the singer as well as the listener,” he says. Interestingly, Pandit Mudgal enjoys his performances in a different way when abroad. “When you go for an artiste’s performance, you must give your next couple of hours solely to him or her. The rapt attention elevates their mood.” While in India, people take out their phones to record or carry on with worldly affairs, abroad he finds there is pin-drop silence, which is heartening. Embracing traditions Although the biggest influence on him remains that of his guru Kumar Gandharva, he is all for embracing other beautiful traditions. “Sticking to a gharana is very important in the beginning of one’s journey. But just as in a garden all flowers are beautiful, thanks to YouTube, one can gather different experiences. That’s how guruji taught us too — take the raga that a particular gharana does the best with and make it your own style.” While he did miss performing due to the ongoing pandemic, it also meant unparalleled growth. “I am very sad for the loss of life. I too was down with Covid, but the artiste in me loved the peace the lockdown offered.” As the world stood still, Pandit Mudgal worked on his compositions. Music is his life, but he is pretty fond of films too. And had classical not been his route, he sees himself as a drummer or a sportsman!
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