12082022-LSTL-01.qxd 8/12/2022 12:11 AM Page 1 c m y b WHEN VIJAY’S MOM PANICKED In the film Darlings, Vijay Varma essayed the role of an alcoholic, abusive husband to Alia Bhatt. He says after watching the film, his mom immediately called him up in panic. She was worried that no one would marry Vijay after this role! TMS TRIBUNE Up next Life Anya Singh, who had caught everyone’s attention with her debut film Qaidi Band, will soon be seen in Zoya and Farhan Akhtar’s production Kho Gaye Hum Kahan. TMS LUDHIANA | FRIDAY | 12 AUGUST 2022 In need of grooming With many scenes that leave a lump in the throat, the narrative in this one effectively describes the personal journey of a man interspersed with India’s recent socio-political history Raksha Bandhan Director: Aanand L. Rai Cast: Akshay Kumar, Bhumi Pednekar, Sadia Khateeb, Sahejmeen Kaur, Smrithi Srikanth, Deepika Khanna Rating: ★★ Bollywood actor Ali Fazal, who plays Guddu Pandit in the web series Mirzapur, is currently busy with shooting season three of the show. In a new development, the actor has hired a new trainer to work towards his character's physicality. Fitness trainer Rohit Nayyar, who has taken the onus, specializes in ju-jitsu, MMA and boxing at the profesional levels. Rohit has taken on the challenge to train Ali with a brand new fitness regimen. Mona Cheers to humanity Laal Singh Chaddha Director: Advait Chandan Cast: Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Naga Chaitanya, Manav Vij and Mona Singh Rating: ★★★ Nonika Singh Kya Pata Hum Mein Hai Kahani Ya Hai Kahani Mein Hum? T HE very first song Kahani, with wondrous lyrics by Amitabh Bhattacharya and music by Pritam, establishes the light-hearted and feel-good tenor of the film. And from the very first scene, Aamir Khan holds us captive as he goes on to narrate his own story, urf that of Laal Singh Chaddha, a simpleton with a heart of gold. In a way, he is both the first and third person. As a narrative device, a man recounting his own story to a bunch of strangers may seem rather perplexing. But Laal Singh Chaddha is not an average being; he is a special person, a pure soul, not as smart as you and me, but blessed with extraordinary abilities. Indeed, Laal Singh Chaddha, an adaptation of Tom Hanks-starrer Forrest Gump, may not get full marks on creative ideation for it sure is a borrowed concept. But as it transposes the story of the Vietnam solider on to Indian soil with astuteness, it gets more than passing marks. Thanks to deft writing by Atul Kulkarni, it does come out as a very Indian story with lots of Indian political markers. The years in which the film is set unfurl through snapshots of political events. With a rather long disclaimer, you don’t expect the film that uses digitised real mileage to wade in choppy waters. Thus, despite pointing out many tumultuous events in the recent history of India, it offers no political commentary. Nevertheless, it manages to bring out the horror of anti-Sikh riots. The scene where Laal’s mother (Mona Singh) cuts off her young son’s (a beautiful Ahmad Ibn Umar) hair to save him from rioters is hair-raising and brings tears to your eyes. In fact, in more than one scene you have a lump in your throat. And that is Vish trained for seven years in martial arts to play Liger’s villain True fighter Vish, who will be seen on the big screen in Liger, claims Baddie is his dream character. Vish, who is playing a MMA fighter on screen, is a real martial artist off screen too and has worked really hard to ace his character. He says “From the last seven years, I have been continuously training in different forms of martial arts, so this is actual- ly a dream character to portray on the big screen. Being a martial artist myself and getting to play an MMA fighter in the film Liger is nothing but just perfect! I think I was born for this character.” Being made in Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, and Malayalam, Liger is scheduled for release in theatres worldwide on August 25, 2022. — TMS one of the biggest triumphs of the narrative, which is quintessentially a very personal journey of a man interspersed with India’s recent socio-political history. And the counterpart to the Vietnam War of the Forrest Gump here is, well, Kargil war where South-Indian star Naga Chaitanya is introduced to us in a part, which may be not as delightful as it was intended to be. Chaitnaya, however, does make an impact even though the prime focus of their friendship is once again meant to bring out the innate character of Laal. Manav Vij’s character as a terrorist-infiltrator from Pakistan once again reaffirms Laal’s attributes of guilelessness and power of goodness in thought and deed. At one level, the film is a love story, with Kareena Kapoor Khan as Rupa playing Laal’s romantic interest and his childhood friend. Her arc, rather wellfleshed out, takes us into another journey, the underbelly of glamour world and an effective Kareena adds to emotional heft. Of course, Laal Singh Chad- dha, which took too long to make and finally release, does seem too long at points. The final turn his love story with Kareena takes is a bit clichéd. But the ultimate message of human goodness that the film cares to drive home reaches out and envelopes you in a bear hug. If the wide-eyed innocence and perpetual sense of wonder writ on Aamir’s mobile face says it all, so do the lines unhon nu mere ch ek umeed nazar aaundi si... Undeniably, Laal Singh Chaddha represents the humanity we all are fast losing. As Indian cinema is busy celebrating many shades of gray here is to purity of thought. Sab changa hai... And now a word on Punjabi diction since the titular character is a Sikh from Punjab. Despite the film boasting of a dialect coach, the Punjabi here is more Hindi than authentic. But the spirit of Punjabiyat does come out flying, and a whole lot of credit also goes to Mona Singh’s stellar portrayal of indomitable sardarni. A brother working day and night to get his four sisters married is a plot that many of us in modern India would find a tad distasteful. Girls are reaching for the moon, are independent and strong, so what times is this film talking about? The current times...If you go by crime stats, even today 20 women die every single day due to dowry issues. This very difficult, and very sensitive, subject, is explored by director Aanand L. Rai in Raksha Bandhan. Kedarnath (Akshay Kumar) is a lala in Chandni Chowk, who is doing his baap-dada’s business of a chaat place that people throng, especially those who desire a ‘son’. Ironically, he has four sisters. With both his parents gone, his greatest endeavour is to get them married. The stumbling block is the heavy dowry, which is a norm, he has to collect. Add to it, an old family loan that he’s paying off, and that his sisters, except one, are rather unfortunate-looking — one is fat, another dark and yet another tomboyish. Not that you can body-shame them, as their quips are ready — big is beautiful, black is back and none can stop the youngest one from taking pangas. Add to it Kedarnath’s promise to his dying mother that he would tie the knot only after marrying his sisters off, stopping him and his childhood sweetheart Sapna (Bhumi Pednekar) from marrying. The film opens on a funny note, the seven-month pregnant women thronging the chaat place get precedence and our lala refusing to give ‘son’ guarantee in Rs 25. As MOVIE REVIEW Ali has a new fitness trainer Raksha Bandhan is over the top, with politically incorrect statements, yet in Aanand L. Rai’s hands it raises a valid issue he sprints to meet the prospective groom for his sister, another dukan wala offers him milk — kyon, naag panchami hai aaj? he asks. References to Nirav Modi to dodge the loan to him taking a resolve to put his sister on a leaf-a day-diet, marinating another in ubtan, to turning Sunny ‘Deol’ to Sunny ‘Leone’ — he is all set! He will do anything to see his sisters married, so as not to lose his sweetheart. But the story takes an overtly sensitive turn, comedy leads to tragedy, the guffaws in the hall turn to sobs. Dowry turns over from a norm to a menace within moments, as the film takes a sombre turn. Raksha Bandhan is over the top. A cringebhajan, loud acts, politically incorrect statements, yet it raises a valid issue, and effectively so. The plot goes all over, and is full on clichés. Akshay Kumar as Lala Kedarnath has a huge weight riding on his shoulders, and despite the histrionics-filled act, he manages to make the audience feel for him. Bhumi Pednekar takes turns from a supportive fiancée to girl at the end of her patience with all the waiting. She looks lovely in sarees. The four sisters – Gayatri, Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati, played by Sadia Khateeb, Deepika Khanna, Smrithi Srikanth and Sahejmeen Kaur, respectively — aid the story in the limited scenes that they get. Sadia Khateeb gets more screen space and justifies the ideal daughter-sister character she gets to play. Seema Pahwa’s character as a matchmaker in Shalu doesn’t give her much of a chance, but she manages to add to the drama. Neeraj Sood as Sapna’s father in the shadi scene reminds one of the desperate father of Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin. At little less than two hours, except for a song or two, the film moves at a fine pace. In fact, the songs, Tere Saath Hoon Main and Bidaai, help the storyline; the music is by Himesh Reshammiya. With Tanu Weds Manu, Raanjhanaa and Tanu Weds Manu: Returns to his credit, expectations are high from director Aanand L. Rai, but Raksha Bandhan sure falls short, but even if this exaggerated social commentary saves another woman from being a victim of dowry death, it’s worth the effort! Ali says, "I don't think I have it in me to be stifled inside a gymnasium at all times, knowing how big the world is and the word fitness is. I experiment a lot to keep myself engaged. For me, it has to be like going back to play school. Even on sets during action sequences, I am like a kid in an amusement park, just trying have some fun — choreographed fun." The actor further mentioned that Rohit has been a great addition to his world view. "He is full of surprises and raw talent and most of all a good heart. So I will try and learn as much as I can," the actor added. Ali will next be seen as the lead in Vishal Bhardwaj's Khufiya with Tabu and another Hollywood flick, Kandahar. — IANS That’s the josh! Big B on trolls Salman Khan spends a day with the sailors of Indian Navy in Vizag Amitabh Bachchan is quite active on social media and often shares priceless throwback pictures, selfies and family photos on Instagram. There are times he gets trolled for multiple reasons. During the latest episode of his show Kaun Banega Crorepati 14, Big B talked about getting trolled on social media. The veteran actor said, “I was told about blogging and started writing blogs. I don’t understand these things at all. At times, I get trolled about images and captions. They give gaalis.” Big B added, “I didn’t know that people also comment on pictures that you post. They write, ‘kya samajhta hai apne aap ko’ and many other things that I can’t say. I have to think a lot before posting anything.” On the Bollywood front, fans are waiting to see Big B on the silver screen in Ayan Mukerji’s Brahmastra. The film also stars Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Nagarjuna and Mouni Roy. It is slated to release in September this year. — TMS Salman Khan recently took a whole day off and spent some quality time with the sailors in Visakhapatnam. The sailors of Indian Navy were more than thrilled to have the actor on board with them. The heartwarming images went viral. From hearing about their lives, training, time away from loved ones, cooking on the ship to doing pushups; signing autographs Shilpa breaks a leg Shilpa Shetty, who is busy shooting for Rohit Shetty’s web show Indian Police Force, has broken her leg. The actress is playing a cop in the show and looks like while shooting some stunts, she might have got injured. Shilpa shared a picture on her Instagram and updated fans about her injury. She is seen smiling in the photo with her left leg in a cast. Shilpa wrote, “They said, roll, camera, c m y b action – break a leg! I took it literally… Out of action for six weeks, but I’ll be back soon stronger and better. Till then, dua mein yaad rakhiyega… Prayers always work. With gratitude, Shilpa Shetty Kundra.” Recently, the actress had shared a behind-the-scenes video from the sets of this Rohit Shetty’s debut web series. Shilpa wrote, “Never a dull moment on sets of Indian Police Force…” — TMS and hoisting the Indian flag, it was a day full of patriotism, laughter and fun for Salman Khan. The actor was left awed by the patriotism and courage the armed forces of our nation. Meanwhile, on work front, Salman has Tiger 3, Bhaijaan as well as a cameo in Shah Rukh Khan’s Pathaan lined up. — TMS
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