15092022-LSTL-01.qxd 9/14/2022 11:10 PM Page 1 c m y b LEONARDO, GIGI SEEN TOGETHER Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio and supermodel Gigi Hadid have fuelled speculation that they’re in a relationship. Reportedly, the Titanic star and the supermodel were spotted getting cozy at a party in New York City just weeks after the actor called it quits with Camila Morrone. IANS TRIBUNE New role Life Prime Video has announced the premiere of its first Indian Amazon Original movie Maja Ma. This light-hearted yet thought-provoking drama features Madhuri Dixit in the lead. LUDHIANA | THURSDAY | 15 SEPTEMBER 2022 Reliving the turbulent times Sheetal I T takes a lot more than courage to bring forth the wrongs of the history. However, attempts have been made and many gruesome historical facts have been captured in novels, films, web series and documentaries. As actor Diljit Dosanjh-starrer Jogi premiers on Netflix this Friday, we list other works on 1984 anti-Sikh riots and the various narratives that cinema explored. The starting point Gulzar’s Maachis, which he wrote and directed in 1996, was the first attempt to bring out 1980’s Punjab on celluloid. He stayed true to historic facts in his fictionalised version of Punjab’s turbulent times. The 2003 Punjabi film Hawayein, directed by Amitoj Mann, starred Babbu Mann and Mahi Gill in the lead roles. Amitoj, who also acted in the movie, says, “I was approached by Dr Raman Kumar, who offered me a role in a film he was making on this subject. When I heard the script, I didn’t agree with his viewpoint. So, I did my research and wrote a script based on 1984 incidents. As a director, I feel while working on such sensitive projects, one shouldn’t take creative liberty to distort facts.” Films of the likes of Amu, Kaya Taran, 1984: A Sikh Story, Kush, Dilli 1984, 47 to 84, Rubaru Roshni and 31st October were made on the same subject. Punjab’s version Hawayein helped many other Diljit Dosanjh-starrer Jogi, which premieres on Netflix this Friday, brings out a story from 1984, reopening the wounds inflicted upon Punjab. Here’s a look at other films on the dark chapter... ❝ The biggest challenge while writing Jogi was not to hurt anybody’s sentiment. I come from a progressive family where it wasn’t about taking sides but looking at everyone’s perspective and reflecting upon it. Our focus was friendship, not riots, but since 1984 is the backdrop of the film, it was our duty to get facts and figures right. On the subject of 1984, I liked watching Diljit’s Punjab 1984 which makes the actor, the best choice for Jogi.❞ SUKHMANI J SADANA, CO-WRITER IN JOGI. Jogi Grahan 31st October Punjabi filmmakers to work on this subject and talk about the unspeakable crimes committed against Sikhs during the riots of 1984. Des Hoyaa Pardes with Gurdas Maan was another film on the same topic which came out a year after. Directed by Manoj Punj, the film took home the National Award for Best Feature Film in Punjabi. A web series Grahan on the same subject was released on Disney+Hotstar which was based on Chaurasi by Satya Vyas. Rubaru Roshni Noteworthy tales Punjab 1984: It starred Diljit Dosanjh. In this film a mother (Kirron Kher) tries to find her missing son, who is illegally taken by the police. It was a turning point for Diljit’s career. Chauthi Koot (The Fourth Direction): Directed by Gurvinder Singh, the film follows two different stories after the Operation Blue Star. It was shot in Amritsar and Ferozepur and based on two short sto- HINDI MEETS URDU: Zakir Khan It takes courage and determination to do comedy in Hindi in front of an Englishspeaking crowd and be successful as well. And Zakir Khan does it with ease. His Urdu-laced Hindi is smooth and effortless. He has epitomised the phrase sakhtlaunda. RELATABLE DIALOGUES: Prashasti Singh Prashasti Singh does not just do comedy in Hindi but writes her scripts in Hindi, making them relatable to her audience. She has also appeared in Hindi shows like Hum Do Teen Chaar. INSANELY FUNNY: Prajakta Koli Prajakta Koli is known as Mostly Insane, thanks to her Instagram handle. With most of the content in Hindi, she likes to keep it simple. People relate to her content because she keeps it real. CLEAN COMEDY: Amit Tandon Amit Tandon is known for clean comedy in Hindi. Often taking his wife as his muse in his sketches, Amit has always been presenting the language on a global platform. So much so that after the success of his first show in the US in 2017, many organisers were open to having Hindi stand-up comedy. COMMAND OVER HINDI: Mallika Dua With her typical Hindi or we can say her Delhi style, Mallika Dua can sure make people laugh. The daughter of one of the top journalists, late Vinod Dua, there is no doubt about where her command over the language comes from. ries from Waryam Singh Sandhu’s 2005 collection Chauthi Koot. In the making In September last year, Vivek Agnihotri took to Twitter to announce The Delhi Files as the last film in his trilogy of fiction films on true incidents. A film called Widow Colony was also announced by Gippy Grewal, which is written and directed by Smeep Kang. The king’s quirks HINDI DIWAS:Meet stand-up comedians who have made Hindi popular Here’s getting to know stand-up comedians and content creators from the country, who excel in comedy, tickling our funny bones with their Hindi act. Meanwhile, actor Diljit Dosanjh ahead of the release of his film Jogi, directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, has talked about his experience. He said, “Working with Ali bhaji on this project was very collaborative. As a team they are always in sync and for an artiste it’s relieving when the process of making is enjoyable. It is important that a story be told in a credible yet sensitive manner.” Jogi is set in Delhi in 1984. It charts the story of three friends who unite to save hundreds in their town. It will premiere exclusively on Netflix on September 16. — IANS Punjab 1984 Comedy of the soil Trouble trails him... Akshay’s new road safety ad invites criticism Akshay Kumar was recently seen in an ad for road safety in which he is playing the role of a cop. The advertisement shows a wedding, where the bride is going to her husband’s house from her father’s house and Akshay asks the father how many airbags are there in the car. He later gives a message that there should at least be six airbags in a car so if an acci- dent takes place people travelling in it are safe. The ad has gone viral and is receiving criticism on social media. Netizens feel it is promoting dowry. One user on Twitter wrote, “Propagating dowry in the name of spreading awareness about safety. Someone or a group of people thought this, pitched it, got accepted... Did anyone object and were they heard? Strangely, no.” Ever since King Charles III took over the British Crown, he has been in the limelight. People want to know everything about him - what he eats and does in his free time, what kind of music he likes and the list Does King Charles bring his own toilet seat and paper when he travels? goes on! Now, a report suggests that King Charles “brings his own toilet seat and Kleenex Velvet toilet paper wherever he goes”! Details of the monarch were revealed in a 2015 documentary, Serving the Royals: Inside the Firm. Paul Burrell, who served as a butler to Charles’ late wife Princess Diana and also the Queen, revealed that Charles has given precise instructions to iron his shoelaces. New York Post quoted Burrell who said, “His pyjamas are pressed every morning, his shoelaces are pressed flat with an iron, the bath plug has to be in a certain position, and the water temperature has to be just tepid,” in a bathtub filled “only half full”. —ANI Siddharth Roy Kapur’s Roy Kapur Films is all set to bring Last Film Show (Chhello Show), Pan Nalin’s poignant ode to celluloid dreams, back home to audiences in India. Roy Kapur Films to bring internationally acclaimed Last Film Show to Indian cinemas The Gujarati-language coming-of-age drama has captured the hearts of critics and audiences across the world and will now release in theatres in Gujarat and on select screens across the country on October 14. Last Film Show had its world premiere as the opening film at Robert DeNiro’s Tribeca Film Festival and has won multiple awards across various international film festivals, including the Golden Spike at the 66th Valladolid Film Festival in Spain, where it also enjoyed commercial success during its theatrical run. THE PIONEER: Bhuvan Bam Instagram is filled with monologues or rant videos in Hindi nowadays but it was Bhuvan Bam who started making those funny videos in Hindi, when there was no concept of stand-up comedy. His Hindi commentary on celebrity weddings or any special occasions has been going viral and for a good reason. — TMS Comparing notes R Balki on casting Dulquer Salmaan in Chup HINDI WORDS IN OXFORD DICTIONARY There are many Hindi words that have been added to the Oxford Dictionary. Here’s a list of a few of them. Jugaad: The Oxford Dictionary describes the word as “a flexible approach to problem-solving that uses limited resources in an innovative way”. Dadagiri: The Oxford dictionary translates the meaning of this word to “the act of using strength and power to frighten or hurt weaker people.” Back to the roots Sensitive portrayal Jungle: This is one of the very few first words to be picked up from India by the Oxford dictionary. The word originated from Sanskrit and came to the English language via Hindi. Chamcha: It has been described by the dictionary as “a person who tries too hard to please somebody, especially somebody who is important”. Chakka Jam: The dictionary describes the word as “a protest in which people block a road or cause a traffic jam.” Didi: Oxford describes it as simple as it gets - “older female cousin”. Achcha: The dictionary describes the word as “used to show that the speaker agrees with, accepts, understands, etc. something.” Timepass: To all those who thought it was an actual English word, you’re wrong! There wasn’t any such English word in the dictionary until 2017. The dictionary describes the word as “the action of spending time doing something, especially something that has no aim or is not very useful”. —ANI ‘Fresh face with acting muscle of a veteran’ R Balki recently unveiled the Chup teaser. The film stars Dulquer Salmaan among others. Balki recently opened up on casting Dulquer. Said the director, “For Chup, I was lucky to have someone super talented, a superstar in one half of the c m y b country, who speaks Hindi as if it’s his mother tongue and who can be a terrific discovery for the other half of the country. I wanted a relatively fresh face for Hindi cinema with the acting muscle of a veteran and then I found Dulquer.” As people are gearing up for Rocket Boys Season 2, Ishwak Singh, who portrayed the role of Indian Physicist and father of space programme, Dr Vikram Sarabhai, recalls the time when he spent weeks researching to prepare for his role in the series. Ishwak immortalised Vikram Sarabhai on screen with his performance. He says, “I prepared for Vikram Sarabhai with a multi pronged approach. I wanted to know him inside out i.e from his childhood days in Ahmedabad to his education in Cambridge, the various aspects of his personal and professional life. It was like going back to school as I ended up reading science text books, geeked out on lectures by MIT professor Walter Lewin, studied about ISRO, The making of the bomb and Modern history.” He adds, “I also studied the basics of rocket science and its evolution and that’s how I got to know about the pioneers like Tsiolkovsky Goddard and Wernher von Braun. But while I was going about doing peripheral and prep work I’d keep coming back to the script which was sacrosanct for me and was carved out so meticulously by Abhay Pannu. He had done immense research and had interwoven the highlights of Vikram Sarabhai’s life beautifully in the story.”
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