25082022-LSTC-01.qxd 8/24/2022 10:48 PM Page 1 c m y b JAMTARA SEASON 2 IS HERE Inspired by real life events, the highly anticipated second season of Jamtara—Sabka Number Ayega will be back on Netflix on September 23. The teaser of the show was unveiled on Wednesday. TMS TRIBUNE Covid again! Life Amitabh Bachchan has tested positive for Covid-19 for the second time. Big B had earlier contracted the virus in 2020. The actor took to Twitter to share the news. TMS CHANDIGARH | THURSDAY | 25 AUGUST 2022 ‘Follow your imagination’ and as an actor, craves for box-office success and critical appreciation. But, as he is busy with his next film, an experimental one-actor film, he professes he has mastered the please-all formula. And the atrangi film will have just the right mix of all ingredients. Nonika Singh M NAWAZUDDIN SIDDIQUI Meet, Nawaz as a woman Director Akshat Ajay Sharma’s upcoming film Haddi has raised curiosity levels of the audience. Starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the lead role, the first motion poster shows Nawaz dressed as a woman. Says Nawazuddin, “I have portrayed different characters, but Haddi is going to be a unique since I will be sporting a neverseen-before look. — TMS ORE than a decade ago when this young lad from Sri Ganganagar entered tinsel town, he not only found himself a ‘misfit’ but would have a tremor in his voice and butterflies in his stomach. So much so that he could not approach a coffee shop for a cup of coffee without trepidation! Today, as Sohum Shah stands as an acclaimed actor with many laurels and awards up his sleeve, he may not be a household name but has certainly carved a niche for himself with movies like Talvar, Tumbbad and National Award-winning Ship of Theseus. So what made him say yes to Maharani, which, as the title clearly suggests, is not so much about Maharaja? But as he is all set to charm us in the second season of Maharani, he shares how he always wanted to work with creator of the series Subhash Kapoor. Besides, he assures nay promises that his engaging character, Bheema Bharti, will no longer be relegated to the margins. Rather he states, “You will get to see at least six to seven rasas out of the navrasa of abhinay.” Actor Sohum Shah, who will next be seen in the second season of Maharani, promises to showcase at least six to seven rasas of abhinay from his repertoire in the series Happy journey A still from Maharani Pure fiction However, one thing he goes on record once again to state is that the character isn’t fashioned after any real political leader and certainly not Lalu Yadav. Any similarity to living or dead is incidental goes his disclaimer and he reiterates, “It’s a work of pure fiction.” Of course, not because it is rather challenging to create a political series on real life events but precisely, “for you can take the story anywhere and in any direction when you follow your imagination.” Thus as a producer he loves the genre of horror for, “You can traverse any galaxy; from pataal lok to swarg lok to mortal earth, the expanse is limitless.” Primarily an actor of films, he especially recalls Meghna Gulzar’s Talvar wherein he got to rub shoulders with none other than Irrfan Khan, whom he remembers as a live lesson in acting; he draws inspiration c m y b from the great actor even after he is no more. Content is king Smitten by the magic of 70mm, however, he is all praise for OTT too and singles out content-driven series like Gullak, which are projecting even middle-aged actors as heroes. Personally, Maharani has brought him more audiences in his home town too, where viewers could not relate to critically acclaimed movies like Tumbbad and Ship of Theseus. With glee, he recalls an anecdote how when with a great sense of pride he had taken his mother to the 75th Venice International Film Festival where his film Tumbbad happened to be the opening film. Guess what, his mother was least impressed and quizzed; why do you make such films? Ideally, Sohum, who has earned fulsome praise both for his films as a producer As for the sequel to Tumbbad, well, if the first one took seven years in the making, the second outing too will not come out in a hurry. As it is, four years have elapsed since feted and lauded Tumbbad’s release, and the weight of expectations makes his job doubly onerous. Yet nothing can dampen his enthusiasm to make films with a difference and that make a difference. From a backbencher in school to a consummate actor and producer, Sohum’s journey, both internal and external, has been a classic case of jahan chaah wahan raah. Of course, when he came to Mumbai, he wanted to be a Shah Rukh Khan till he realised there is only one of his kind. But, yes, he does want to do romantic roles and hopes his romantic turn in Maharani 2 (streaming on SonyLiv) will gladden the hearts of viewers. Vikram Vedha teaser out After revealing the first look of lead actors Hrithik Roshan and Saif Ali Khan, makers of Vikram Vedha dropped the film’s teaser on Wednesday (August 24). The teaser is loaded with action, thrill and also briefly shows the confrontation between Hrithik and Saif. Hrithik looks devilishly handsome and his slowmotion walk will win hearts. On the other hand, Saif’s also looks dapper. — TMS
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