17092022-LSTL-01.qxd 9/16/2022 11:10 PM Page 1 c m y b BIEBER’S TOUR CANCELLED Pop singer Justin Beiber, who was supposed to pay a visit to India for his tour in October in the Capital, has cancelled the event due to health issues. Bieber had pulled out of his ongoing world tour, citing exhaustion as he recovers from Ramsay Hunt syndrome. —IANS TRIBUNE Life MOVIE REVIEW With jerky screenplay, Jahaan Chaar Yaar attempts to put too many strands together, making it messy Avoidable trip Director: Kamal Pandey Cast: Swara Bhaskar, Shikha Talsania, Meher Vij, Pooja Chopra, Girish Kulkarni, Manish Chadhari Rating: ★★ Not The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants or Sex and the City it is. Not Veere Di Wedding either. Not even close. Writer-director Kamal Pandey’s Jahaan Chaar Yaar tries to say too many things at the same time, and struggles. A Goa trip with friends is a standard Indian dream. It comes a tad too late for this group of four women, but trust us when we say—they need it more than anyone else. Caught in domestic drudgery, cheating and domineering spouses, these three — Shivangi (Swara Bhaskar), Neha (Shikha Talsania) and Sakina (Pooja Chopra) are in for a surprise as they leave their families to meet their fourth childhood friend Mansi (Meher Vij), who apparently is dying and her last wish is to have her friends by her side in her last moment. As they leave their shellshocked families behind in UP and take a train together to Mumbai, turns out it’s no last reunion but an intervention pulled off by their friend Mansi. The friends land up in Goa. But the idyllic vacation is in for a rude jolt as a firang man they befriend on the beach is murdered. As police investigates the case, the four friends have to stay put and help trace the killer. Painfully slow, the movie’s plot goes from one direction to another, touching themes of infidelity, friendship and feminism and all get lost. Even Mika showing up with What The Luck number can’t save the day. The screenplay is jerky and the attempts to put too many strands together leave the story hopelessly tangled. The cop’s portrayal is caricaturist. Swara Bhaskar is a fine actress and this time she plays a religious woman and devoted wife, who is labelled dasi. Shikha and Pooja as wronged wives try hard to live up the one dimensional characters that come their way. Meher too bravely puts up a front to live a role that you neither love nor hate. Girish Kulkarni tries to save the day with his acting skills but botchy writing gives him in too. In the age of body positivity, you rather struggle to appreciate the real women representation with all their body flaws for the characters just don’t feel real. The humour is crass, the dialogues aimed at inducing laughter are forced. The pictures of Elon Musk with his ex-girlfriend from college Jennifer Gwynne were recently at an auction house in the US and the photos were sold for more than ~1.3 crore ($ 1,65,000)! —ANI LUDHIANA | SATURDAY | 17 SEPTEMBER 2022 Fact meets fiction A JAHAAN CHAAR YAAR Mona Price of love NTI-Sikh riots of 1984 are without doubt one of the worst blots on the secular fabric of India. Nearly four decades may have passed since the horrific dance of death snuffed out lives of innocent men, women and children in the streets of Delhi, but the wounds still fester and memories haunt us. As Jogi revisits this dark chapter in our contemporary history, what we expect is a sensitive and heartrending portrayal of the events that scarred a community and the nation. Sadly what we get is an over dramatised version that is rooted in truth alright but is lost in celluloid translation. The film set four months after the Operation Bluestar, opens with a happy family scene. The titular character Jogi (Diljit Dosanjh) is involved in an amiable banter with his family members. Soon, post Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s assassination, tragedy unfolds and Sikhs are targeted for who they are that is their religious identity. Hamari galti kya hai, quizzes Jogi and the repartee of aggressors “Tum Sardar ho” speaks volumes about religious bigotry. Streets turn into gruesome display of human barbarity. Caught in the crossfire of hatred and violence, the family too burns NET, FLICKS & MORE Headlined by an effective Diljit Dosanjh, Jogi that takes us to the harrowing period of anti-Sikh riots, called for more forceful and poignant storytelling JOGI Director: Ali Abbas Zafar Cast: Diljit Dosanjh, Amyra Dastur, Mohd. Zeeshan Ayyub, Hiten Tejwani and Kumud Mishra Rating: ★★ and amidst the tragic turn of events Jogi emerges as the saviour of Sikh community. He ferries them in a truck with the support of his friends one of whom is a Muslim and the other a Hindu, in keeping with secular values that the film ultimately cares to espouse. The rescue operation is mounted like a thriller and has a few heart-in-themouth moments. But repetition of certain scenes which intercut the narrative, rob the atmosphere of fear and violence and dilutes the tension. While the film does not get caught in politics overtly, the hate politics of the cataclysmic period does manifest and has a face in the shape of a councillor of Trilokpuri. Kumud Mishra brings out the monstrous shades of this devilish and power-hungry politician Tejpal until Ali Abbas Zafar makes him a cardboard character. Even a gifted actor like Mohd Zeeshan Ayyub doesn’t get to find much leeway as the cop Rawinder Chautala, who follows the ‘a friend in need...’ dictum in all sincerity. As for Diljit, who has previously impressed us tremendously in a film around the same time and similar subject (Anurag Singh’s terrific Punjab 1984) is hemmed in by the writing and limited vision of the director. Yet, he makes the most of the material that is given to him. A backstory with a love angle (Amyra Dastur looks fresh and pretty) thrown in is totally unwarranted. All this interjection does is flesh out Hiten Tejwani’s part of Laali whom we see as friend-turned-foe. Sure we get it, the film is more about friendship in trying times… but the HinduMuslim-Sikh triumvirate here seems more formulaic than organic. Indeed, the period that showed human bestiality is dotted as much with inhumane acts as with those of sterling courage and peerless humanity. But the film fails to capitalise on its premise of hope in dark times. Its attempt to tap into the sentimental core is sapped of solid emotional connect except for a few moments close to the climax which anyway is overplayed. Where the film scores is how it depicts Sikh characters and even minor ones seem genuine. The director of photography Marcin Laskawiec captures the aerial shots well. Set design and costumes too look authentic. Wish we could say the same about the film as a whole. An important subject like this called for a far better manner of story-telling. While we agree with Diljit that what happened in 1984 was genocide, his other assertion that ‘it is important that a story is said in a credible yet sensitive manner’ does not apply wholly to the film. Streaming on Netflix, it could and should have been far more poignant and forceful. Boycott Thank God trends; netizens slam the film for hurting religious sentiments Indra Kumar’s Thank God has been facing some legal hassles for its portrayal of Chitragupt played by Ajay Devgn. The film showcases the story of a common man, played by Sidharth Malhotra, who meets Chitragupt in his after life, after he meets with an accident. As per Indian mythology, Chitragupt is a Hindu deity, who records the good and evil deeds of human beings. The film portrays Ajay Devgn as the modern-day Chitragupt. It is a social comedy that showcases him in a funny avatar. The film’s concept has not gone down well with audi- Age limit Madonna’s dating rule being compared to Leonardo DiCaprio’s Singer Madonna’s dating history has been compared to Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio’s. Social media users have found the similarity between Madge and Leo’s “dating rule” as they found out that the Queen of Pop has only been dating men at least 28 years younger for nearly two decades. Reportedly, the 64year-old pop star has dated men a minimum of 28 years her junior since her 2008 divorce from Guy Ritchie, who is 10 years younger than her. Her current beau, model Andrew Darnell, is 41 years behind her. At just 23, he falls right between her 25-year-old daughter Lourdes Leon and 21-year-old son Rocco Ritchie. —IANS Oh God! ences as a UP-based lawyer has filed a complaint against the makers of the film for hurting the religious sentiments as well as mocking Hindu religion. On social media also #BoycottThankGodMovie is trending. A user wrote, “Lord Chitragupta is considered the God of Justice. Lord Chitragupta keeps a detailed account of one’s sins and virtues, and also performs the task of punishing or rewarding human beings according to their deeds. But Thank God movie is ridiculing Lord Chitragupta.”Another user tweeted, “No action is taken against the rampant parody of Hindu deities. Hindus feel that their tolerance level is being tested. What if Hindus take the law into their hands? The government should think ahead and make a blasphemy law now.” InDepp analysis Richa Chadha confirms October wedding with Ali Fazal New life loading…. Richa Chadha took to social media and confirmed her October wedding with beau Ali Fazal in the sweetest way possible. Richa shared a picture that had “New Life, Loading” written on it. She captioned the image as, “Can’t wait for October.” The couple is set to tie the knot on October 6 in Mumbai. Festivities will be spread over a week with pre-wedding functions in Delhi. One of the places, where Richa and Ali Fazal’s pre-wedding celebrations will be taking place is an exclusive club in Delhi. Established in 1913, the Delhi Gymkhana Club is one of the national capital’s most sought-after venues. The bride-to-be will be wearing five different designers for her wedding celebrations, including an international label. —TMS Johnny Depp-Amber Heard defamation trial movie to air on streaming platform The controversial defamation case between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard is the subject of a new movie, Hot Take: The Depp/Heard Trial, set to debut exclusively on the free Tubi streaming service. The film stars Mark Hapka as Depp and Megan Davis as Heard. It’s set to premiere Friday, September 30. Melissa Marty will join Hapka and Davis as Depp’s lawyer Camille Vasquez and Mary Carrig will portray Heard’s lawyer, Elaine Bredehoft. Hot Take follows the tumultuous relationship — in and out of court — of Depp and Heard, dramatising the twomonth defamation trial that concluded June 1, with the jury finding that Heard had defamed Depp by alluding to domestic violence allegations against him in a December 2018 op-ed piece. —IANS c m y b Trouble mounts Amber Heard is hit with yet another accusation in the aftermath of the much-publicised defamation trial against Johnny Depp. She is now accused of blackmailing Hollywood men to nab parts, including Aquaman director James Wan. According to a source the rumours about Heard had been swirling even “before the divorce drama started. ” Family way Actors Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively are all set to welcome their fourth baby. On Thursday (September 15), Blake flaunted her baby bump on the red carpet of the 10th Annual Forbes Power Women’s Summit. The actress stunned in a gold sequin dress. She happily posed for the paparazzi at the event. Blake and Ryan tied the knot in 2012. The couple is parents to three daughters – James Reynolds, Betty Reynolds and Inez Reynolds.
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