11092022-LSTL-01.qxd 9/10/2022 11:18 PM Page 1 c m y b SHIN ULTRAMAN ON ITS WAY PVR Pictures is set to bring Shin Ultraman, a Japanese film by the director Shin Higuchi to Indian theaters on September 23. This action drama stars Takumi Saitoh, Masami Nagasawa, and Hidetoshi Nishijima. TMS TRIBUNE Show time Life KJo’s Dharmatic Entertainment is set to make a series on Nepotism vs Outsiders titled Show Time. Emraan Hashmi will be playing the lead in it. TMS LUDHIANA | SUNDAY | 11 SEPTEMBER 2022 New avatar Bobby Deol kick-starts shoot of Shlok - The Desi Sherlock Ms Marvel Roohaniyat House of The Dragon The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power Moon Knight TVF Aspirants 13 Reasons Why As several OTT platforms turn to episodic format for their popular shows, experts feel the new trend will go down well with the audiences Sheetal T HERE is no shortage of content on digital platforms nowadays. Be it in the language unknown or in the territory uncharted, OTT has helped viewers take the leap of faith. Lately, there is a growing trend of only episodes of popular shows being released as opposed to the entire season. So is it for the better or worse? Experts share their views. What’s on air? There’s a viral video of people switching on to watch House of the Dragon in a building all at the same time. That defines the craze for content, be it episodes or an entire season, viewers are unfazed as long as the content is good. Mega-budget projects such as House of The Dragon, and Netflix original and Amazon Prime’s The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, are currently running on the respective platforms in a weekly episode format. While SonyLiv has maintained a distance from the episodic format, Disney+Hotstar is ahead of its game. From introducing web series, Loki, Ms Marvel and Moon Knight of Marvel Cinematic Universe to national web shows, and Out of Love, it has the most weekly binge content. Owing to the craze for certain teen dramas, Netflix also tried its hand on episodic release of web series like 13 Reasons Why Taylor wants to direct movies Singer Taylor Swift brought All Too Well: The Short Film to the Toronto International Film Festival for a discussion in front of scores of fans. The talk, moderated by TIFF CEO Cameron Bailey, focused on Swift’s directorial process and considering her music from a visual angle. It was also coupled with the first 35-mm screening of All Too Well, which she wrote, directed, produced and makes an appearance in. Bailey asked if Swift would be interested in one day making feature films, and she said yes, if she could find the right material. “I’d love to keep taking baby steps forward,” she said. “And I think that I’m at a place now where the next baby step is not a baby step. It would be committing to making a film. And I would just absolutely love for the right opportunity to arise...” — IANS WAIT & watch and Riverdale in the past, and who knows Sex Education’s upcoming season also meets the same fate. For a series like Peaky Blinders, it is still understandable but with new web series such as The Wheel of Time or Outer Range, if makers are taking a decision to go episodic it must mean the change is worth the risk. And the positive response from the audience also assures that they are ready for this change. Choice is the same Pankaj Tripathi is shooting for Mirzapur Season 3. Also, he is reprising his role of a lawyer in Season 3 of Criminal Justice: Adhura Sach, which is streaming on Hotstar. He says, “For courtroom dramas like this, I think episodic format is well suited. Most of the viewers do not have the liberty to workfrom-home now, so one episode at a time helps maintain work-life balance. Also, they don’t feel left out for there won’t be any spoilers to ruin the viewing experience. For binge-lovers, there’s always an option to wait till the release. So, choice is the same, binge-time and date could be different. Furthermore when new viewers con- nect with series like Criminal Justice, they get the time to watch the previous seasons.” Episode advantage MX Player’s Original series Roohaniyat also has weekly drops. The platform’s Chief Content Officer, Gautam Talwar says, “The episode format won’t affect the viewing experience in any way. The audience, for years, is used to waiting for episodes (daily/weekly) in the TV format, and bingewatching is a newly formed habit. Most platforms understand the advantages of releasing shows weekly or daily, but it depends totally on the story.” Nascent stage Series TVF Aspirants episodes were dropped in Get set for Mani Ratnam’s PS-1, based on Kalki’s classic Tamil novel Ponniyin Selvan I could have competed in Olympics for self-hatred, says singer Robbie Williams Going back in time ■ ■ ■ ■ PS-1 is the first part of the two-part multilingual film based on Kalki’s classic Tamil novel PonIn just five days, the trailer niyin Selvan, directed by has crossed the four Mani Ratnam and jointmillion views mark. ly produced by Lyca Productions and Approximately Rs 500 crores have been spent to Madras Talkies. make just the Part 1 set in The story is set the 10th century. in the 10th centuThe film is based on Arulmozhi ry during a Varman’s (Jayam Ravi) ascent tumultuous time to the throne of the Chola in the Chola Dynasty. Empire, when Many stars have lent their the power strugvoice for the narrator’s part gle between differin different languages, ent branches of the including Kamal Haasan ruling family caused in Tamil, Anil Kapoor in violent rifts between Hindi and Rana the potential successors Daggubati in to the reigning emperor. It Telugu. is an adventure story where brave soldiers, cunning spies and evil schemers all try to win the empire for themselves. A civil war becomes imminent until the scores can be settled. All this political and military turmoil leads to the Cholas becoming the most prosperous and powerful empire in the continent and one of the most successful and longreigning in history. PS-1 is set to hit the big screens on September 30, 2022. The ensemble cast includes Vikram, Jayam Ravi, Karthi, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Trisha, Aishwarya Lekshmi, Sobhita Dhulipala, Prabhu, Sarath Kumar, Jayaram, Prakash Raj, Jayachitra, Rahman, Vikram Prabhu, Ashwin Kakumanu, Lal, Parthiban and Riyaz Khan. AR Rahman has composed the music of this ambitious project by Mani Ratnan and Amazon Prime Video has acquired its digital release rights. The film will be available in Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada. — TNS It’s tough going Singer Robbie Williams says he could easily have competed in an Olympic Games for ‘self-hatred’ and still battle his natural desire to be morbidly obese. The former drink and drug user, 48, added his substance abuse took him to ‘faraway places’ and shared that his ego was not what some people think, as he ended up convinced he couldn’t sing and hating his body…If there Suspense drama Disney+ Hotstar announces its project Mahabharata On an epic scale At the ongoing D23 Expo in California, Disney+ Hotstar has announced a mega-project. The epic story of Mahabharata is going to be one of their most ambitious projects in association with Bollywood producer Madhu Mantena, Mythoversestudios and Allu Entertainment. At the event, Gaurav Banerjee, Head, Content, Disney+ Hotstar, said, “We are going to make Mahabharata, which will be on a massive scale. The writing sessions have been very exciting.”— TMS c m y b Here’s why Darshan Kumaar said yes to the film Dhokha Round D Corner instalments, which in turn helped in creating the hype. Actor Abhilash Thapliyal, who played SK in the series, says, “We are at a very nascent stage when it comes to OTT, still experimenting and trying to figure out whether one episode a week or fortnight would work or not. I think if the content is good, it doesn’t matter if it’s one episode or full series, eventually the story and actors need to work to make it successful.” Roohaniyat-fame actor Arjun Bijlani opines, “If the content will be in episode format, then makers can also assess the risk for a sequel. It will give an onground report on viewers’ connection with the series as the story progress.” Bobby Deol had taken audiences by storm after his impressive acting in the Aashram series and garnered appreciation. Now the handsome actor has kickstarted the shoot of his next project titled Shlok- The Desi Sherlock. The project marks debut of Ananya Birla and will be directed by Kunal Kohli. The film is a spy thriller and Bobby will be taking the audiences by surprise, as this is the first time we will see him on screen in this avatar. Bobby took to Instagram to share the news and posted a picture of the script with the caption ‘Day 1’. — TMS Darshan Kumaar will next be seen in the Kookie Gulatidirectorial Dhokha - Round D Corner starring, alongside R Madhavan, Aparshakti Khurana and debutant Khushalii Kumar. The film is slated to hit the theatres on September 23, 2022. When asked on why he chose such a suspense drama script, Darshan Kumaar said, “Usually I read each script only once and decide whether it resonates with me. But with Kookie sir’s script, I was stumped.” The actor added, “I re-read the script because it was simply amazing to know what transpired in the lives of the characters.” — TMS was an Olympics for self-hatred I would represent my country.” Williams, who is clean and happier now, thanks to his wife Ayda Field, 43, and their four children Teddy, nine, Charlie, seven, Colette, four, and two-year-old Beau, added about still constantly battling his weight: “I have lost weight but it is a constant fight. Inside me there’s a giant person…” —IANS
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