23092022-LSTL-01.qxd 9/22/2022 11:31 PM Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE GRAY GOES INTERNATIONAL Goan feel Life Short film Gray has been officially selected at the 13th Annual Chicago South Asian Film Festival and will be premiered today (September 23). The film stars Dia Mirza and Shreya Dhanwanthary in the lead roles. TMS Rasika Dugal is all set to star in the dramedy Little Thomas, a film directed by National Award-winning director Kaushal Oza. Says Rasika, “Little Thomas is a beautiful story about a Goan family.” TMS LUDHIANA | FRIDAY | 23 SEPTEMBER 2022 ‘My language is cinema’ F esting observations: “Peer pressure, lots of free time, easy money and availability, and lack of direction has led many to addiction.” He believes this insider view would become the content for his films in the future. Mona ROHAN JOSHI Not in good taste Stand-up comedian Atul Khatri took to social media on Wednesday (September 21) and expressed grief over Raju Srivastava’s demise. While Atul was all praise for Raju, a comment on his post went viral for wrong reasons. The comment was made by AIBfame comic Rohan Joshi. Rohan wrote, “We haven’t lost a thing...Raju Srivastava took every opportunity he ever got to run down new comics, especially after the wave of stand-up started. He went on every news channel Raju Srivastava and criticised upcoming artistes, and called their comedy offensive just because he couldn’t understand it, and that new stars were rising. He might have told a few good jokes, but he understood nothing about the spirit of comedy or defending someone’s right to say something even if you don’t agree.” After getting trolled, Rohan apologised and wrote: “Yehi soch kar delete kiya kyunki after a minute of anger, I realised today is not about my personal feelings. Sorry if it hurt and thanks for the perspective.” — TMS Rohan Joshi apologises after being trolled for his post on Raju Srivastava Personal note “I grew up in Delhi. Mine is a family of refugees. Post FTII, I realised that ethnicity and anthropology were the setting for cinema. If I knew very little about Punjab, I Filmmaker Gurvinder Singh, of Chauthi Koot fame, believes one can take inspiration from a book but the film has to do justice to its essence on screen knew nothing about UP as well. I chose Punjabi to be the language of my work, I had never explored the land in person.” His first was a documentary, Pala, which was based on folk artistes in Punjab, and then came along Anhe Ghore Da Daan and Chauthi Koot. It’s not easy to win purist readers with cinematic adaptation of a book, but, interestingly, Gurvinder isn’t even aiming at that. “I am a storyteller and my language is cinema. One can take inspiration from a book for a film, which is a completely different medium but it should do justice to cinema,” he shares. Not that he wasn’t conscious of how Gurdial Singh would view his work. “Before Gurdial ji saw the film, it had already won awards. When he saw, he said, ‘with this I got to know the difference between Creative streak PHOTO: RAVI KUMAR ROM a feeling of rootlessness to getting back to his roots, Gurvinder Singh was happy to be in Punjab after his days at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) in Pune. He gained experience, and then made films, including Anhe Ghore Da Daan (2011) and Chauthi Koot (2014), among others. While Anhe Ghore Da Daan is based on Gurdial Singh’s book by the same name, Chauthi Koot has been adapted from Waryam Singh Sandhu’s short stories. Gurvinder has now turned a leaf and is going to make a film on the story that he has written – a musical that trails the life of a Punjabi singer. Interestingly, this singer is not one of the many that have turned actors in Pollywood, but a female! While he is not divulging the name as yet, Gurvinder is happy bringing two of his films to Chandigarh, which he now calls home. The screening of the films have been organised by Punjab Lalit Kala Akademi. cinema and literature’. It was such a great compliment.” Apart from the musical, Gurvinder is also doing lots of non-fiction work. He is working on a 10-film series on drug addiction with Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) and University of California, Berkley. Meeting and interviewing former drug users who are in rehabilitation centres, he has made inter- While he keeps writing and making films, the painter in him has taken a backseat for a moment. “I love to paint. Though I haven’t done any serious work for about a year, but who knows when I do and have a series. It would be lovely to present my works in Chandigarh, which is relaxed and not as competitive as the art scene in Delhi and Mumbai.” About awards and recognition, his films have opened at prestigious film festivals around the world. Anhe Ghore Da Daan won three National Awards. Gurvinder finds this satisfying: “To be recognised, gives you confidence to keep following your instinct and take the work forward.” Meanwhile, his work Adh Chanani Raat will be screened at 5:30 pm at Punjab Kala Bhawan-16 on Friday. “I wanted to make art. I wanted be an artiste. That cinema could be an art and filmmakers are seen as auteurs is the kind of ambition that led me on to this path. Bigger the screen, better Late night show The Multiplex Association of India (MAI) has declared September 23 as the National Cinema Day to encourage cine-goers to celebrate a day in theatres. On this day, tickets across India will be priced at Rs 75 for all! This has come as a pleasant surprise for all film aficionados. Celebs share their thoughts… Long time coming Pandemic effect I’ll surely be going to a late night show as I am shooting for a daily soap during the day. It is a fantastic initiative. I will go and watch Sita Raman with my family. — Amal Sehrawat, actor Important day Such a day should have been in place earlier. And if tickets are on offer, it is all the more exciting. I will go and watch Brahmastra. There is no substitute for watching a film in a theatre. Not going is not an option. As an actor it is really important for me to be a part of this. I really want to thank everyone who watches our work and appreciates it. — Angad Hasija, actor I think the pandemic has taught the audience how to spend money wisely. People are also spoilt for choice as OTT offers entertainment at a much lesser cost. I do think the way movie tickets are priced currently, along with refreshments, it has gone beyond the reach of a middle-class person. — Nyrraa M Banerji, actor Boycotting boycott — Shefali Jariwala, actor Pulling the crowd It’s a great initiative to get the crowd back to the cinemas. I think everyone would want to watch Alia Bhatt’s and Ranbir Kapoor’s movie Brahmastra. Need of the hour — Florian Hurel, actor It’s a nice strategy by the multiplex association to attract people during this boycott phase that films are facing. I feel that multiplexes should reduce their price on normal days too. This is something different and unique. I am planning to watch Brahmastra today. Celebration of Cinema Day is definitely needed in a country like India, which has so many film lovers. — Vijayendra Kumeria, actor — Ashoka Thackur, actor Safety first On National Cinema Day, everyone can get together and have a good time. I will be watching any film that releases today with my family. — Sidharth Sagar, actor Double delight Release date of Sonakshi Sinha and Huma Qureshi-starrer Double XL out The makers of Double XL have dropped a teaser, announcing the film’s theatrical release date. The sliceof-life comedy-drama, directed by Satramm Ramani, questions stereotypes associated with ‘weight’, which have long been plaguing our society, in the most humorous manner. The film will hit theatre screens on October 14, 2022. Shot extensively in India and the UK, Double XL explores a journey into the hearts of two plus-size women, one from the heartland Uttar Pradesh and the other from the urban New Delhi, as they navigate through a society that’s often attributed beauty or attraction to a woman’s size. Sonakshi Sinha and Huma Qureshi underwent massive body transformation for their roles in the movie and had even piled on extra pounds for their roles in the film. — TMS Gauri on Aryan’s arrest Nature first Raveena Tandon appointed Wildlife Goodwill Ambassador of Maharashtra Nothing can be worse than what we’ve been through, says Gauri Khan on the show Koffee With Karan Season 7 Superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s wife Gauri Khan recently talked about her eldest son Aryan Khan, who was arrested in a drugs case by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) last year after a raid on a cruise ship. However, he got a clean chit from the NCB this year. Gauri addressed the issue on her friend and filmmaker Karan Johar’s chat show Koffee With Karan Season 7. Without taking her son’s name, Karan said: “It’s been such a tough time for (Shah Rukh Khan) not just professionally but recently with everything the family went through personally. You all have emerged so strongly.” Gauri replied: “Yes, as a family, I think nothing can be worse than what we’ve just been through, obviously, as a mother, as a parent. But today, where we stand as a family, I can say that we are in a great space, where we feel loved by everyone… And I would say I’m grateful to all the people who have helped us through this.” — IANS c m y b Peaky Blinders-fame Tom Hardy wins Jiu-Jitsu tournament Actor Tom Hardy has gained a lot of traction on the Internet after was unveiled that he recently participated in a martial arts competition that he ultimately won. The 45-year-old star entered the 2022 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Open Championship, a competition held by Ultimate Martial Arts Championships at Oakgrove School in Milton Keynes, on September 17. Dressed in a blue gi, he competed under his real name Edward Hardy. Tom won all his matches and walked away with a gold medal. — IANS Birthday surprise for Shalini On National Cinema Day, celebs are excited to watch a film in theatres Sheetal Fighting fit Raveena Tandon has been appointed as the Wildlife Goodwill Ambassador of Maharashtra. The state’s Forest Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar made the announcement: “We have witnessed Ms Raveena’s passion and love for wildlife, so she has been appointed as the Wildlife Goodwill Ambassador for Maharashtra.” Raveena described it as an honour to serve as the wildlife goodwill ambassador. She says, “Honoured to join hands with Maharashtra Forest Department as the Wildlife Goodwill Ambassador. The mission is to work towards sustaining the natural world for the benefit of people. I am grateful for this platform and cannot wait to get to work with these dedicated and passionate individuals.” — TMS Shalini Pandey, who made her Hindi film debut with Jayeshbhai Jordaar, is ringing in her 29th birthday today (September 23). To celebrate her special day, Shalini will take off on a trip planned by her younger sister Pooja. While the details are a surprise, Shalini is quite excited about the same. The actress says, “This year my birthday is going to be different, since I am not aware of what is in store for me. My baby sister has planned a surprise trip for me and a few of my friends. I have just been asked to keep my bags ready to catch a flight. The destination and details are going to be revealed to me only at the airport. And I am quite excited about this trip, because sometimes it is good to not know what the plans are. But whatever be the destination, I am sure it’s going to be special because I will get to spend my big day with some of my closest people. I am really looking forward to it.” — TMS
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