29082022-LSTC-01.qxd 8/28/2022 11:19 PM Page 1 c m y b HRITHIK TOUCHES FAN’S FEET Hrithik Roshan, who will be soon seen in the upcoming film Vikram Vedha, recently won the Internet’s heart as he touched his fan’s feet during an event recently. A fan came on stage to greet Hrithik and he touched the actor’s feet. In a reflex action, Hrithik bent down to touch the fan’s feet leaving the netizens pleasantly surprised. —IANS TRIBUNE Close look Life WEBSOLUTE FUN Action begins here Crime thriller, gossip and a historic series… Make note of top OTT releases for this week September 2: Cuttputlli on Disney+ Hotstar In this direct-on-OTT film, Akshay Kumar plays Arjan Sethi, a dutiful subinspector, who took an oath to keep the people of Kasauli safe. However, fate has other plans as the killer strikes from the shadows of terror, leaving behind no evidence, except a body. Directed by Ranjit M Tewari, the film unmasks the killer and decodes the mystery. September 2: The Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives S2 on Netflix Love them or hate them, you can’t ignore them. The baronesses of Bollywood — Bhavana Pandey, Maheep Kapoor, Neelam Kothari Soni and Seema Kiran Sajdeh are back, bringing couture, crushes, rushes and flashes. From star-studded cameos to drool- worthy vacations to groundbreaking fights and truckloads of hot gossip, the women are ready for a raging Season 2 for this reality series. September 2: The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power on Amazon Prime Video The series brings to screens for the very first time the heroic legends of the fabled Second Age of Middle-earth’s history. This epic drama is set thousands of years before the events of JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings books, and will take viewers back to an era in which great powers were forged, kingdoms rose to glory and fell to ruins. Lara Dutta took to her Instagram to share a few pictures where she goes from all “wiped out” to all “decked up”. She wrote in the caption: “Keeping it real!!!” —IANS CHANDIGARH | MONDAY | 29 AUGUST 2022 NET FLICKS & MORE Beyond the crime scene Delhi Crime Season 2 highlights the chasm between privileged and downtrodden without veering towards pedantic sermonising DELHI CRIME SEASON 2 Cast: Shefali Shah, Rasika Dugal, Aakash Dahiya, Adil Hussain, Rajesh Tailang, Denzil Smith, Yashaswini Dayama, Tillotama Shome and Avijit Dutt Director: Tanuj Chopra Rating: ★★★★ Nonika Singh “W E can’t police the lifestyles of the wealthy nor the aspirations of the less privileged…” the pithy lines are a giveaway as you get a clear sense of what the web-series cares to impress upon. Clearly, expectations from the second season of the International Emmy winning Delhi Crime are enormous. Undeniably, one was more shaken and stirred by the first season based on the horrific Nirbhaya rape case. Yet, the second season doesn’t disappoint at all and is as chilling as the previous one. Even though the creator Richie Mehta has handed over the directorial baton to Tanuj Chopra… there is consistency not only for the lead actors reprise their parts, but also in terms of treatment. The director of photography David Bolen once again captures Delhi through a lens that lends to the ‘grimey’ grain of crime and fear. But, the idea is not merely to whip up that dreadful feeling. On the surface level, Season 2 too unfolds like a police procedural. DCP Vartika Chaturvedi (Shefali Shah) and her team are out to investigate a series of murders of affluent senior citizens. The initial clues lead them to members of de-notified tribes, once notorious for criminal activities. However, before we can object to a whole community being denigrated, undisputedly the series’ intentions are not a wee bit misguided, rather quite the opposite. As righteous and conscientious DCP Vartika says, “We are not going after a tribe, we are going after the criminals.”And crime we know knows no shape, size or gender. While the second season does unravel like a thriller and there is enough horror (bludgeoned faces of victims) and terror in the atmospherics, its prime build-up is not as a whodunit. Rather, it takes you into the minds of the police force and how they go back and forth, piece together bits and pieces of the puzzle and finally manage to crack a difficult case. Indeed, Delhi Crime does not explore the subject of crime at a superficial level. Thus the complex sociocultural reality of India, the Now make way for Drishyam Season3 Archana Puran Singh, Rajat Sood & Shekhar Suman The winner stands tall Sheetal India’s Laughter Champion Season 1 grand finale was an eventful night as five finalists fought it out to tickle the funny bones of judges Shekhar Suman and Archana Puran Singh. Pomedy King Rajat Sood, who hails from Delhi, became the winner of the inaugural season. The event was also graced by Liger star cast, Vijay Deverakonda and Ananya Panday. Popular comedian-actor Sunil Grover made a special appearance in his Rinku bhabhi avatar. The five finalists, Mumbai cha Mulgas Nitesh Shetty, ventriloquist Vignesh Pande, mimicry master Jayvijay Sachan, Pomedy King Rajat Sood and Himanshu Bawandar performed for one last time. While Nitesh Shetty bagged the first runner-up trophy, Rajat bagged the title along with Rs 25 lakh cash prize. Rajat had previ- Pomedy King Rajat Sood, India’s Laughter Champion, talks about his future plans after the big win ously performed the solo stand-up pomedy (fusing poetry with comedy) show, Khayaalbaaz, at many college festivals in India and believes the experience has helped him this competition. He now looks forward to do an all-India tour. Excited and overwhelmed by the win, Rajat says, “Never for a moment I was intimidated by the competition and the fellow contestants as I believed in myself. But I did learn from my experience on the show. I have also realised while every performing artiste has their comfort zone and time to devote to their art, but walking the extra mile doesn’t harm. Seeing people prepare with so much intensity motivated me to do the same.” After the big win, he is open to everything, be it acting, stage shows, singing or writing. “I love to write ghazals and now that I have achieved something concrete, the mind is pulling me into all directions. I would love to see my lyrics being sung by singers like Arijit Singh. I will also continue with anchoring,” he adds. Rajat, while working with the Engifest group, had also hosted a concert for Punjabi singers like Guri and Mankirt Aulakh in Delhi. He says Chandigarh is included in his India tour as the city’s greenery and architecture make him long for it, not to forget the Amritsari kulcha which he loves to eat while he is in the City Beautiful. The India’s Laughter Champion Season 1 winner has moved his base to Mumbai. The makers of the hit franchise, Drishyam, have officially announced its third part. The Malayalam series had Mohanlal playing the lead role. Producer Antony Perumbavoor at Mazhavil Entertainment Awards on Saturday announced that Drishyam 3 is on the cards and Mohanlal is going to be the lead. Director Jeethu Joseph will be looking to repeat the success of the first two movies and maintain the thrills that make Drishyam so successful. In the first movie, Georgekutty, played by Mohanlal, takes unconventional measures to safeguard his family after his wife accidentally kills the son of the IG Police. The second movie sees the resurfacing of the investigation and the sheer brilliance of Georgekutty to protect his family once again! chasm between privileged and downtrodden is woven in the crime drama without veering towards pedantic sermonising. If the director has complete grip over his subject, sharp editing makes it even more gripping. Besides, it’s the cast that makes the show oh-so-credible and engaging. Shefali Shah is stellar and seems to be raising the bar with each performance. If you are already not a fan of her immense acting talent, the series sure will make you sit up and acknowledge her prowess. Like the previous season, she continues to show nerves of steel with her heart in the right place. Madam Sir… the term by which she is addressed doesn’t seem like an anachronism but fits her persona to the T. Rasika Dugal is understated as the diffident officer still finding her groove battling domestic demons. Rajesh Tailang as inspector Bhupinder Singh impresses like always and so do other actors playing cops, including the corrupt and retired Chaddha (Kuldip Sareen). Then there is Tillotama Shome, who raises our hackles more than once. Her performance is so well calibrated that not a move seems out of sync in an otherwise ‘unhinged’ act. The psyche of the killers… really who can get into the bottom of their convoluted minds? However, while pointing out the glaring inequalities in our system, there is no overt attempt to condone or glamourise criminals. Based on the chapter Moon Gazer from former Delhi Police officer Neeraj Kumar’s book Khaki Files, Season 2 is authentic, gritty, potent and compelling. Streaming on Netflix, it has what it takes to be on par with other international crime dramas. ‘We are going through a beautiful phase’ Sangram Singh and Payal Rohatgi, who got married in July, hosted a wedding reception in Mumbai on August 27. Sangram looked dapper in a black suit while Payal looked radiant in her red Anjum Qureshi outfit. “We are going through a beautiful phase of our life as man and wife.” said Payal. Gangubai in the race for Oscars? There has been a strong buzz that SS Rajamouli’s magnum opus RRR, starring Ram Charan and Jr NTR, is being considered for India’s official entry for Oscars under Best Foreign Feature Film category. Vivek Agnihotri-directorial The Kashmir Files and R Madhavan’s Rocketry: The Nambi Effect are also said to be in the race for Oscars. And now we hear that Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Gangubai Kathiawadi, starring Alia Bhatt, might also join the list. The film received positive response with critics singularly praising Alia’s performance along with the film’s scale and direction. Gangubai Kathiawadi, which is based on Hussain Zaidi’s book Mafia Queens of Mumbai, tells the story of Alia’s titular character inspired by the real-life sex worker Gangubai, who rose to be a mafia queen in Mumbai. The final selection for India’s Oscar entry will be made by the Film Federation of India (FFI), the apex body of film producers, distributors, exhibitors and studio owners. Team Drishyam Amitabh Bachchan shares health update Amitabh Bachchan recently tested Covid-19 positive. The megastar has been sharing updates on his health with his fans. On Saturday, in his latest blog, the actor shared his experience of living in isolation and doing all his stuffs on his own. Big B wrote, “Suddenly the exercise of making your own bed, cleaning your bath and toilet, wiping the floor, switching on the required plugs and switches, making your own snack and c m y b drink (tea and coffee), folding and setting up the cupboard with your clothing, responding personally to calls and mobile responses, drafting your own letters .. and submitting yourself to the medication prescription by the doctors without the assist of a nursing staff... ALL... is what life in these times is made of ..And it is the most enjoyable and satisfying experience of them all.” Further talking about his health, Big B wrote, “So .. to get back to the illness... the feel of the ‘feelings’ is in its stable state .. which in present circumstances is the best that one can do, or should…. One could say, and is often tempted to also, to announce betterment or even more, and find that the very next day your statement being overtaken by quite the opposite...best then to be in reserve... in restraint... in quiet appreciation for those that send wishes, grant them the gratitude they deserve... and breathe.”
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