16092022-LSTC-01.qxd 9/15/2022 11:19 PM Page 1 c m y b ANIL KAPOOR’S WISHLIST Anil Kapoor, who is seen in the latest episode of Koffee With Karan 7, has expressed his desire to work with Deepika Padukone. Karan Johar asked Anil, “If you were cast for a Hollywood romantic film, and you were given the freedom to pick your actress, who would you pick from Bollywood?” Anil took Deepika’s name. TRIBUNE She’s back Life Geeta Basra, who was last seen in Bhaiyyaji Superhit and Second Hand Husband, is all set to make a comeback after six years with her upcoming film, Notary. CHANDIGARH | FRIDAY | 16 SEPTEMBER 2022 Monika Panwar is back in Jamtara Season 2 & she is feeling the pressure of living up to expectations Phishing Sheetal I SOS for Jeymalyatha Paul McCartney pens letter requesting help for abused Indian elephant Musician Sir Paul McCartney has launched a campaign to get an elephant to be rescued after People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) shared a ‘heartbreaking’ video of the animal in captivity. On behalf of PETA India, he wrote a letter to the Indian Government asking for the rescue of Jeymalyatha, which is kept at a temple in Tamil Nadu, India. PETA claims footage it captured shows the beast being beaten while chained and abused with pliers. Sir Paul’s letter to the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change official in India begins, “I have considered India a spiritual place ever since I travelled there in the 1960s. I was impressed by India’s cultural love for animals. I know India reveres elephants, its national heritage animal, but cruelty to animals happens everywhere, even in India.”—IANS T was a newspaper article which led National Awardwinner Soumendra Padhi and writers, Trishant Srivastava and Nishank Verma, to develop a fictional story around the phishing racket comprising students from Jamtara, a district of Jharkhand. And that’s Jamtara, an underdog series packed mostly with newcomers besides performers like Dibyendu Bhattacharya and Amit Sial, which educates and entertains at the same time. The appreciation from the audience has brought another season of the 2020 show. The cast which was once fresh and raw is now full of seasoned actors. As Gudiya in Jamtara, Monika Panwar, reprises her role and she is excited to watch it with the world on September 23 on Netflix. Monika, who hails from Uttarakhand, is a National School of Drama graduate and is active in theatre. She says, “I always wanted to move to Mumbai and pursue acting but guess what, there’s a right time for everything. I feel there couldn’t be better start than Jamtara. The experience we had shooting for this series was no less than a learning curve but more so, it has a set a benchmark and I would never stop comparing my upcoming projects to the experience of for compliment? being directed by Soumendra Padhi. We attended workshops to prepare for our roles in Jamtara—Sabka Number Ayega. That helped us get into the skin of our on-screen character seamlessly.” With every character, actors ‘Nude’ photograph was morphed have to unlearn and also unload their previous screen successes. Monika didn’t have the burden of the latter but now with the upcoming season, she is definitely feeling the pressure to live up to viewers’ expectations but at Baahubali director SS Rajamouli says Mel Gibson is his major influence HERO WORSHIP Travelling with Ache Bache Fatima Sana Shaikh jets off for the next schedule of her upcoming Sam Bahadur Fatima Sana Shaikh left everyone impressed with her amazing performance as Lali in Modern Love Mumbai. She is now gearing up for playing a real-life character in her upcoming Sam Bahadur. The actress recently posted a picture with her co-stars Vicky Kaushal and Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub from a flight calling them Ache Bache. Fatima is playing the character of former late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. Besides Sam Bahadur, Fatima Sana Shaikh has an interesting line-up and she will also be seen in Dhak Dhak directed and cowritten by Tarun Dudeja. Mel Gibson c m y b SS Rajamouli, director of India’s biggest blockbusters Baahubali and RRR, says he is working on his next film which would be a “globe-trotter adventure movie - bigger and better” than his previous works. Speaking during an interaction at the ongoing Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Rajamouli, who is known for his penchant for using visual effects in his films, said his technique is meant not only to enhance the drama but also the emotional impact during crucial moments in a movie. He said over a period of time, he started using visual effects in his movies to enhance the emotional impact of certain moments on the audiences. Then “I started pushing the boundaries and gradually I got a knack for it”. He singled out Mel Gibson as his major influence. “Mel Gibson pushes the boundaries when it comes to action. How he does it is related to a strong emotional drive.” —IANS A human perspective Sumit Kaul will next be seen in Indian adaptation of Israeli series Fauda Actor Sumit Kaul will next be seen in Tanaav, a web series based in Kashmir of 2017. The show is an Indian adaptation of Israeli show Fauda against the backdrop of Kashmir. Like Fauda, it presents two sides of the Kashmir issue from a human perspective. Sumit plays Umar Riaz, a Kashmiri militant fighting for the freedom of Kashmir and its people. The same character in Fauda was called Taufeeq. Tanaav is helmed by Sudhir Mishra along with Sachin Mamta Krishn. It also stars Manav Vij, Arbaaz Khan and Rajat Kapoor. Pronounced guilty Worldwide release... Hrithik, Saif-starrer Vikram Vedha to get 100-country release Ranveer Singh tells Mumbai cops Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh has told the Mumbai police that one of his `nude’ photographs which led to the filing of a case for obscenity against him had been morphed. He denied that this photograph was among the pictures from a photo shoot that he had shared on social media, a police official said on Thursday. Singh’s statement was recorded by city police on August 29. He told police that the photograph in which private parts were allegedly visible had not been uploaded by him, the official said. The actor also maintained that the photos which he had shared were not obscene as he was wearing underwear. “We have sent the photos to a forensic science laboratory to ascertain if they had been morphed,” said the official. A First Information Report (FIR) was registered against the actor at Chembur police station here in July on the basis of a complaint filed by an office-bearer of a non-governmental organisation. The complainant claimed that the actor “hurt the sentiments of women in general and insulted their modesty through his photographs.” —PTI the same time has faith in director’s vision and the cast and crew’s hard work. And does Monika feel that she has an advantage as a pass-out from the prestigious NSD? “It depends on how much you draw from your daily experiences as well as how much you read and learn about things. We have examples of great actors who entered the industry with proper educational qualification to support their talent and then there are others who are born to act. We don’t have to go very far. In Jamtara we have Sparsh Shirvastva, who plays Sunny, the main character. He is not a trained actor but he is someone I respect and learnt so much from,” she explains. As to look her part in Jamtara, Monika feels costumes play an important role in shaping up of a character. She says, “For Jamtara, I had to de-glam and wear plain salwar-suits for more than a month before the shooting started. It was to get used to the traditional attire which is not my choice of attire in real life, and also to live the character to make it look natural and organic.” As of now, besides Jamtara Season 2, Monika has two more projects, a film titled Dukaan to be released in theatres and another Netflix series called Choona, which stars Namit Das and Jimmy Shergill. For Monika, if not a challenge, it is definitely tough for an actor to re-enact a character after a considerable time gap because of multiple seasons. “Because we move on and grow as a person in the mean time. But then again that’s what makes it interesting and fun, isn’t it?” Monika signs off. Actors Hrithik Roshan and Saif Ali Khan’s upcoming movie Vikram Vedha is releasing worldwide in over 100 countries, making it one of the widest openings for a Bollywood film. Besides India, the film is releasing in territories where Bollywood films normally release, including North America, UK, the Middle East and Australia and New Zealand, on September 30. Vikram Vedha is opening across 22 countries in Europe and 27 countries in Africa and Latin America, including Japan, Russia, Panama and Peru, all non-traditional territories for Bollywood. —IANS Hrithik Roshan American singer R Kelly convicted in child pornography case American singer R. Kelly has been convicted on federal child pornography charges. On Wednesday, R Kelly was convicted for making videos of himself abusing his 14-year-old goddaughter. The victim is now 37 years old. According to sources, on six of the 13 counts Kelly was charged with, including three child pornography offences, the jury returned with a guilty judgment after deliberating for almost 11 hours.—ANI
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