25082022-LSTL-01.qxd 8/24/2022 10:45 PM Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE JAMTARA SEASON 2 IS HERE Covid again! Life 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 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 LUDHIANA | THURSDAY | 25 AUGUST 2022 ‘Follow your imagination’ Nonika Singh M Meet, Nawaz as a woman Director Akshat Ajay Sharma’s upcoming film Haddi has raised the curiosity level amongst the audience. Starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the lead role, the first motion poster of the film shows Nawaz dressed as a woman. Says Nawazuddin, “I have portrayed different characters, but Haddi is going to be a unique and special one since I will be sporting a never-seenbefore look. It will also help me to push the envelope as an actor. Looking forward to starting the shooting the film.” Haddi is a noir revenge drama co-written by Akshat Ajay Sharma and Adamya Bhalla. The film is currently in the making and will release next year. — 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.” 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 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 A still from Maharani 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 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 middleaged 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 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. Happy journey 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. Kamal Haasan to resume Indian 2shooting The shoot of ace director Shankar’s long-pending Indian 2, featuring Tamil superstar Kamal Haasan in the lead, will resume from Wednesday in Chennai, with Udhayanidhi Stalin’s Red Giant Movies joining in as one of the producers along with Lyca Productions. Kamal Haasan announced the resumption of the proj- ect, which got shelved twoand-a-half years ago because of an accident that left three people dead. He wrote: “Filming for Indian 2 from September. Wishing team Shankar Shanmugham, Subaskaran, Lyca Productions and everyone else involved a successful journey. Welcome on board thambi Udhayanidhi Stalin.” Although shooting will resume from Wednesday, Kamal will join the sets only 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 devil- Liger producer remembers how hard it was to cast boxing legend Mike Tyson on. The discussion started off with his legal and managing teams in 2019. As they were midway through the talks, the Covid-19 pandemic emerged in the 2020. We sealed the deal after months of numerous Zoom calls. And then, COVID-19 happened.” And since “India was in the red zone”. Tyson’s team told her it’s a “dealbreaker” because of the Haasan announcing financial aid to the families of those killed in the mishap. When attempts to restart shooting were made, Covid struck and the project had to be put on the backburner. To add to this, there were disagreements between the director, actor and producers. Now, all differences of opinion seem to have been sorted out and the shooting is set to resume on Wednesday. — IANS Vikram Vedha teaser out Fired up! Packing a punch As the Vijay Deverakonda and Ananya Panday-starrer film Liger nears its release, the producer of the film Charmme Kaur shared that casting the legendary boxer Mike Tyson was a monumental task. Not just this, the talks even reached a breaking point once during the course of two years of casting. Charmme Kaur said, “It took us two years to sign him from the first week of September. Udhayanidhi Stalin and his Red Giant Movies, for their part, tweeted, “He is back! Presenting Ulaganayagan Kamal Haasan and Shankar Shanmugham’s Indian 2.” Work on the film had come to a grinding halt after a mishap while shooting the film left three people dead and over 10 injured.” The accident left everybody involved rattled with Shankar, Lyca and Kamal uncertainty and strict social distancing rules. “They didn’t want to travel all the way to India, and we couldn’t have travelled to the US either. It was heart-breaking that things fell apart,” the producer added. But, Deverakonda, Jagannadh and Kaur didn’t leave hope. As the situation improved and things started swinging back to normal after the first wave, Kaur resumed the conversation with Tyson’s teams in late 2020. “I again got hold of everyone. I made calls at 5 am IST. This went on for a year, after which Mike Tyson said, ‘ Fine. Come to my backyard and shoot’. We created a small team and went to shoot in Las Vegas for a month,” Kaur concluded. — IANS c m y b ishly handsome and his slowmotion walk will win hearts. On the other hand, Saif’s body language is also a winner. Looks like director duo Pushkar Gayatri has made the remake version much grander than the original. The film is an actionthriller. — TMS Saiyami Kher is collaborating with Pratik Gandhi for her next project. A source close to the development shares, “Saiyami and Pratik are collaborating on the project, which will be produced by Excel Entertainment and directed by Raees movie director Rahul Dholakia. The film title is Agni, and also stars Divyendu Sharma as one of the leads. The film is based on firefighters. While not much details of the project are known, the shooting has already started this month, most of which will be happening in Mumbai and Delhi.” Last year, both the actors had collaborated for a podcast titled Gangistan, which is streaming on Spotify. Meanwhile, Saiyami also has the third instalment of popular web series Breathe into the Shadows and the film Ghoomer in her kitty. — TMS Saiyami Kher and Pratik Gandhi team up for Agni
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