27082022-LSTL-01.qxd 8/26/2022 11:11 PM Page 1 c m y b NANI IS ALL SET TO ROCK Telugu star Nani’s first pan-Indian film Dasara will hit screens worldwide on March 30, 2023, its makers announced on Friday. Coming out of his comfort zone, Nani plays a rustic character in this movie. The actor underwent a rugged makeover to play this character. IANS TRIBUNE Happy time Life Kangana Ranaut shared a string of photographs from the sets of her upcoming movie Emergency and said that the most gratifying job in the world is to make movies. —IANS LUDHIANA | SATURDAY | 27 AUGUST 2022 The roar turns to a purr Liger Cast: Vijay Deverakonda, Ananya Panday, Ramya Krishnan, Ronit Roy, Vishu Reddy and Makarand Deshpande Director: Puri Jagannadh Rating: ★★ Nonika Singh H E stammers and fights. When people ridicule him for his impaired speech he fights more and mouths a mouthful of gaalis. If that is not enough to make you wince, there is more that will make you throw up your hands in despair. Vijay Deverakonda as and in Liger, a crossbreed of a tiger and lion so we are told, had whetted our appetite for yet another masala outing. For one after another South sensation is conquering the panIndian territory and hearts across India with pure entertainers. Alas, this Dharma Production, which projects Deverakonda as an underdog wanting to conquer the Mixed Martial Arts mantle, falls flat on many counts. Sure the actor can shake a leg and flex his muscles like few can. Up to a point the action sure is seeti maar. But in a two-hour- twenty minutepaisa wasool film you expect more than maar dhaad. To be MOVIE REVIEW Neither Vijay Deverakonda’s popular appeal nor Mike Tyson’s chutzpah can save the film which tries to be an actioner, a love story, a tale of the underdog all at once and ends up being nothing fair for the semblance of a story there is a comely heroine (Ananya Panday), a fierce mother (Ramya Krishnan) and a well-meaning MMA master (Ronit Roy). But if Ananya’s act as she plays a millennial blogger is over the top, Ramya as a tiger mom seems to be in perpetual Baahubali mode, flashing her eyes spewing venom with and without provocation. Till the interval at least, the film generates few laughs and with its breathless speed doesn’t leave you time to think how senseless all this madness is. But if you are looking for a method in the madness, take a break. The storyline which takes us from Mumbai to Las Vegas flies in whichever direction the director writer thought it convenient at whichever point he couldn’t think straight. Some scenes and plot angles are so contrived that these seem to have been written on the spur of the moment, probably on the sets itself. There are so many tropes the film employs that the word cliché itself loses meaning. A love story, break up, millionaire father, kidnap drama and onslaught of action come together to create a concoction that is neither heady nor entertaining. As for performances, well, actors like Ronit Roy are clearly wasted. Ananya as expected of her ‘bimbette’ part overacts and creates no impact whatsoever. Ditto for Chunky Panday, who appears from nowhere as a savior, who ensures our national champion gets to represent India at international arena. The one ray of sunshine is former boxer Mike Tyson whose presence in the movie had generated much buzz prior to the release of the film. Fashioned as a fictional character, his part might be as logicless as the rest of the film, yet he gets to mouth a few lines with a fair degree of élan. But clearly even his chutzpah can’t save the film which tries to be an actioner, a love story, a tale of the underdog all at once and ends up being nothing. By the time it ends, it doesn’t even care whether our hero wins the championship or not. So, the anticlimax should come as no surprise. And just an afterthought; is Dharma’s idea of a pan-India film making a Telugu superstar groove to a Punjabi song Coka 2.0. Jokes apart, Deverakonda did deserve a better Hindi film and so do audiences. The only thing that works here is the chartbuster Aafat. But to enjoy the number you needn’t bear with this aafat. For the movie seems to be taking the lyrics of Sab ki waat laga denge far more seriously. Epic in scope, Three Thousand Years of Longing marries literature with movies, but falls little short to deliver its ambitious build-up Mona One might have been waiting eternally to see Idris Elba as the Bond, but till that happens he sure delights as a gentle, hopelessly in love djinn. Three Thousand Years of Longing transverses many a world, weaving as many themes in Mad Max fame George Miller’s directorial, which is quite distinct from his earlier outings. Dr Alithea Binnie (Tilda Swinton) is a literary scholar from London. She thinks her imagination is getting better of her when in Istanbul for a convention. From its grand bazaar, she chooses a memento, to end up face to face with a gentle djinn (Idris Elba). This djinn with limited powers is persistent. In order to persuade her, he tells her three stories. As the worlds of fire and dust meet, Alithea asks of what her heart desires... In Three Thousand Years of Longing, literature transverses with film in a beautiful manner. From the contempo- ‘I choose happiness’ Three Thousand Years of Longing Director: George Miller Cast: Idris Elba, Tilda Swinton, Aamito Lagum, Burcu Gölgedar Rating:★★★ rary world where students wear masks during a lecture, one is carried off to far-off lands. In the ancient past to the stories of Sheba, who was beauty itself, the power of desire in Ottoman empire and Zefir and her insatiable hunger for knowledge. One is invested in these stories as this ‘convenience’ sized djinn, endlessly curious about human life, goes about trying to find his freedom. Idris Elba is sincere, and touches your heart as ‘an idiot extravagantly unlucky’. He is as beautiful in looks as his character comes out in soul. Alithea is a lovable character and interestingly named after mythological Greek goddess of truth. In fact, both the characters are too good, and giving. Tilda Swinton plays the part beautifully. But there is something amiss, just like one feels about the film. This ‘epic in scope’ film touches too many themes – ageism, body positivity, consent, gender bias, racism and xenophobia – among others. What certainly work are John Seale’s cinematography and Tom Holkenborg’s music that take the viewer as if through the seven seas. Based on A S Byatt’s short story The Djinn in the Nightingale’s Eye has stupendous CGI keeping up with the ambitious plot line-up. The end sure warms your heart, but the film only partially fulfils the cinematic experience. With a runtime of 108 minutes, Three Thousand Years of Longing is running in cinemas. The Khal Naaikaa remembers Britney Spears deactivates her Instagram account Britney Spears, who recently tied the knot with longtime beau Sam Asghari, is all set to release her new song after a gap of six years. However, ahead of the song’s release, Britney has deactivated her Instagram account. Hours after doing so, she took to Twitter to explain why she is off Instagram. The singer tweeted, “I’m learning everyday is a clean slate to try and be a better person and do what makes me happy… yes I choose happiness today. I tell myself every day to let go of the hurt, bitterness and try to forgive myself and others to what may have been hurtful.” Britney wrote, “I want to be fearless like when I was younger and not be so scared and fearful. I pray there actually is truth to the Holy Spirit and I hope that Spirit is with my children as well! Yes… I choose happiness and joy today!” Be wary of your heart’s desire... Rakul Preet is a fan of Akshay Cuttputlli marks the refreshing chemistry of Akshay Kumar and Rakul Preet Singh on screen for the first time. Speaking about her experience of working with Akshay Kumar, Rakul Preet says, “I have always been a huge fan of Akshay sir. I had only heard about his disci- plined nature but now I have witnessed it. I think he is amazing when it comes to loving his work, respecting his work, and being diligently involved in every process of it. Also, what I love about Akshay sir is that his energy on the sets is to bring everyone together and that’s something I learnt from him. So, all in all, it was an amazing experience.” Akshay Kumar plays Arjan Sethi, a dutiful sub-inspector who takes an oath to keep the people of Kasauli safe. However, fate has other plans as a killer strikes from the shadows of terror, leaving behind no trace of evidence, except a body. Produced by Vashu Bhagnani and JackkyBhagnani, Deepshikha Deshmukh and Pooja Entertainment, Directed by Ranjit M Tewari, Cuttputlli unmasks the killer and decodes the mystery using Arjan’s skills to understand the psyche of the murderer. Chennai police file FIR against the makers of Jai Bhim under The Copyright Act Jai Bhim starring Surya in the lead role has landed in legal trouble. The Chennai police have registered an FIR against the director and producer of Jai Bhim under the Copyright Act. The FIR was reportedly lodged by a man called Kulanjiyappan, who alleged that the makers have depicted his life’s struggle, and didn’t pay him royalties. The complainant claims that a character in the film is based on him. The Chennai police registered the case after receiving a direction from the magistrate court. In his complaint, Kulanjiyappan alleged that the makers of the film nar- In legal soup rated his story but did not pay him any royalties, and he was allegedly promised that. c m y b The report further stated that an FIR has been registered under Section 63 (A) of the Copyright Act against the film’s director, T J Gnanavel and the production house, 2D Entertainment. The complainant further added that director TJ Gnanavel met him at his residence in January 2019. And he asked for details about the 1993 incident. Kulanjiyappan claimed that he was promised Rs 50 lakh as royalty and also a share in the profits. However, the complainant said that none of which he claims have been fulfilled till now. Kulanjiyappan also alleged that the film showed his community in a bad light and that the filmmakers have economically boycotted and exploited the victims. Filmmaker Sawan Kumar Tak passed away on August 25 and his last rites took place on Friday. Several members of the fraternity, including actor Salman Khan, took to social media and posted tributes for the filmmaker. Anu Aggarwal, who worked with Sawan Kumar in Khal Naaikaa, also expressed grief and said, “Sawan Kumar ji was an extraordinary visionary and a brave filmmaker. He dared to make a movie, in which the female protagonist turns into a psycho killer. In the 90s, and pretty much even now, the concept can easily be termed unique. When he approached me for Khal Naaikaa with a video of the American film The Hand that Rocks the Cradle, I was mesmerised. I can call it a dream role without blinking an eye.” Anu Aggarwal says Sawan Kumar Tak was a brave filmmaker Relatable saga Bhuvan Bam to star in a romantic comedy Buvam Bam has started working on his third project as a lead actor for one of the leading OTT platforms. The project is touted to be a romantic comedy and based on the story of a young married couple. Bhuvan says, “It is a story about a young couple. It is light-hearted, which can be watched by the entire family. The characters are funny and quite relatable.” He adds, “The project also gave an opportunity to work with veteran actors like Atul sir and Rakesh sir. These are the people I grew up watching on screen and now sharing the screen space with them is like a dream come true. Just being around them is also a huge learning experience for me.”
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