24092022-LSTL-05.qxd 9/23/2022 11:42 PM Page 1 c m y b UP NEXT FOR SAMANTHA On Friday, makers of Shakuntalam announced that the movie will be released on November 4, 2022. Actress Samantha Prabhu will star in the movie. TMS TRIBUNE B-town debut Life Sanjay Kapoor and Maheep Kapoor’s daughter Shanaya Kapoor is set to make her debut in Bollywood with Bedhadak. She will be sharing screen space with Gurfateh Pirzada and Lakshya Lalwani. TMS LUDHIANA | SATURDAY | 24 SEPTEMBER 2022 MOVIE REVIEWS Not ‘quiet’ there! DHOKHA: ROUND D CORNER Director: Kookie Gulati Cast: R. Madhavan, Khushali Kumar, Aparshakti Khurana, Darshan Kumar Rating: ★★ CHUP: THE REVENGE OF THE ARTIST Cast: Dulquer Salmaan, Sunny Deol, Pooja Bhatt, Shreya Dhanwanthary, Rajeev Ravindranathan, Saranya Ponvannan, Abhijit Sinha and Anand Krishnan Director: R Balki Rating: ★★★ Short of betrayal Mona Every film comes with its own fate. It was in Dhokha’s fate to release on country’s first-ever National Cinema Day - it met a full house, courtesy Rs 75 a ticket! With R. Madhavan, Aparshakti Khurana, Darshan Kumar for cast and The Big Bull director Kookie Gulati at the helm, wasn’t a bad bet to pay an ode to cinema, or was it? The story opens with Yathaarth Sinha (Madhavan) and Sanchi Sinha (the ravishing new entrant in the industry— Khushali Kumar bickering over divorce. As boss’s favourite, Yathaarth deals with pressures of the ad agency that he is part of, a major news flashes that a terrorist Gul Haq (Aparshakti Khurana) on a death row managed to flee police custody and landed in Sinha’s flat in a Mumbai high-rise. In comes a cop Harishchandra Malik (Darshan High production quality, fine actors and crazy twists are brought down by flimsy characterisation and paper thin plot of Dhokha Kumar) and Yathaarth dashes back to save his wife. Meanwhile, the terrorist and the hostage housewife have cups of tea in the flat, while the cop along with the aggrieved husband are outside in the control room, as the thriller take one on a rollercoaster ride. What works for the film is definitely the first half. A delusional wife or a cheating spouse, a hardcore terrorist or an innocent Kashmiri boy, the viewer is invested in the story. The production quality of film is rather stupendous, even rather ramshackle Mumbai looking truly like a shining mayanagri. The second half continues the crazy treatment but by now the four lead actors have turned into these unhinged characters, who are losing their grip. Madhavan doesn’t even need dialogues to stand out, here too he wins his fans, as he gives his best to the character offered to him. Aparshakti, who is indeed an honest actor, gets a meaty role finally and his command of the Kashmiri diction is impressive. Being a cop has become Darshan Kumar’s second nature and he gives his best too. But flimsy character-writing lets these three down. Khushali Kumar makes an impressive debut as a typical Bollywood heroine; she is sultry and sensuous. In the music department, Zooby Zooby is a catchy number but makes an appearance only as the credits roll. Kookie Gulati fares okay as a director but fails as a writer. If only, there was enough effort on the plot and characters, the film was right up there. Whether you agree or disagree with what Chup has to say about movie critics, its real strength lies in how it marries a thriller, a tribute and the world of cinema Nonika Singh B EFORE we write any further…The million dollar question is should we be critiquing this film that turns the spotlight on us, the movie critics? In short, it is ‘critics ka critic’. But whatever may be the fate of critics in the film…We are sticking our neck out and trying to review Balki’s film as honestly as possible. Without a doubt, as with all of Balki’s films, the premise is unusual and packaged in an interesting manner. Does it live up to its full potential is once again a question mark. A serial killer is on the prowl and guess who his targets are; the film critics whom he not only butchers mercilessly, but also leaves stars on their foreheads. And that alone is not the only indictment of reviewers and star-rating system. Much revolves around the business of movie critics, their impact on the lives of artistes, the business of cinema and more. Do reviews make or mar a film? Can they affect a film’s business or in the age of social media audience is the real deciding factor? Once again questions for which there are no definitive answers. It’s not as if Balki is trying to answer them for us or is trying to rubbish the role of critics or reviews. Rather, he has Big B extolling why fearless and unbiased critics are ‘oh so important’. Indeed, can there be a Balki film without his customary ode to Amitabh Bachchan? But the maker to whom Balki pays a tribute here is none other than the great Guru Dutt. So not only do songs from his films waft in delightfully, we see his portrait, flashes from his films and also made to realise how his masterpiece Kaagaz Ke Phool was panned by critics back then. So much for film appreciation and the knowledgeable tribe of critics…We get the message…In the long scheme of things do they even matter? Indeed, with a critic-turnedwriter Raja Sen on the writing board as a co-writer, the world of critics is an insider’s view. Even if a bit loaded against them, it brings to us their many kinds, from those who can be bought to the ignorant ones. But whether you agree or disagree with what the film has to say about movie critics, its real strength lies in how it marries a thriller, a tribute and the world of cinema. Yet another plus is even though like Andhadhun, the identity of the killer is revealed early on, we are totally invested in how he will be caught. Besides, humour is not just spot on, but intelligent and that is some achievement for a film about serial killing in full ‘blood and gore’ glory. And despite tailing a heartless murderer, the film has its fair share of romance and tulips. Cinema’s escapist feel is captured well by cinematographer Vishal Sinha and it helps that our hero is a florist. Dulquer Salmaan is so good as the psychopath who is now tender now brutal that he makes you forget some of the incongruities in the film’s script. So questions like what is the recent trigger that sets him off on a killing spree 10 years after, fall by the side. But one that rankles is: Could his tragic backstory been avoided? But here again Balki wants to make a point…In OTT-driven entertainmentscape, who can predict what will grab eyeballs? But here, it’s not just Dulquer Salmaan who has our attention. It’s refreshing to see Sunny Deol back on silver screen with a role tailor-made for him. As the cop on the tail of the killer, he is in excellent and restrained form. Shreya Dhanwanthary playing the newbie entertainment writer Nila and romantic love interest is thoroughly impressive. Pooja Bedi too fits the part of a maverick psychoanalyst. Yes, a lot feels pretentious in this narrative of love-hate relationship between filmmakers and critics yet a lot is imbued with meaning. After all the love story between the killer and the film writer has not been thrown in for effect alone. Finally, while it reinforces how cinema is art…On the art of critical writing…Well, we better be ‘chup’. But let us admit the film with a quirky core is more than watchable. One for film buffs Fifty movies to be showcased at Indus Valley International Film Festival Dream role Rohit Saraf on playing Hrithik’s brother in Vikram Vedha Rohit Saraf, who will be seen playing the character of Vedha’s brother in Hrithik Roshan and Saif Ali Khan-starrer Vikram Vedha, says it’s his dream come true to work with his mentor Hrithik Roshan in the film. Rohit says, “I’ve always found Hrithik sir and the stories about how he prepares for every character he plays fascinating. And I had the greatest opportunity to witness him actually in the process of creating magic. So, playing his brother in Vikram Vedha is nothing short of a dream come true.” Admiring the directors Pushkar-Gayatri, he further adds, “I feel so stoked that I could be a part of a film that’s being helmed by the most amazing director duo- Pushkar and Gayatri. As directors, they’re so prepared that I felt extremely safe even though the character I portrayed had all the reasons to make me feel otherwise. I felt that they’ll pick me up even if I fall. There’s no better feeling than that.” — TMS Being perfect The fourth edition of Indus Valley International Film Festival (IVIFF) will be held at Chandigarh from September 26 to October 2, 2022, in partnership with the UT Administration through their departments of Culture & Tourism. This mega-festival, supported by CITCO, will be hosted at the Tagore theatre, with additional venues being Piccadilly Cineplex and Chandigarh Club. As many as 50 films will be screened from 15 countries, including India, Bhutan, Canada, USA, Denmark, Australia, Italy, Iran, Serbia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal. The festival will be attended by eminent personalities from the film world, like Rahul Mittra, Rajat Kapoor, Anurag Basu, Madhur Bhandarkar, Rajit Kapur, Saurabh Shukla, Riverdale actor Ryan Grantham gets life sentence for murdering his mother Rahul Mittra Madhur Bhandarkar Brahmanand Singh, Ketki Pandit, among others. They will interact with audiences and attend ‘panel discussions’. A musical concert, workshops and master classes on scriptwriting, filmmaking, acting and more will also be organised during the festival. Students can register at www.iviff.com/masterclass for free of cost workshops. Saurabh Shukla A film bazaar is also being established where makers can pitch their films/fiction shows/reality show formats/web series and seek support. People from some top OTTs, studios and TV channels have agreed to participate in it. Cinema professionals can register at www.iviff.com/filmbazaar. — TNS Brought to justice Ryan Grantham, who is known for his work in Riverdale and Diary of a Wimpy Kid, has been sentenced to life in prison, after pleading guilty to murdering his mother in March, 2020. The court has also issued a lifetime firearm ban on him. According to reports, Grantham pleaded guilty to shooting his mother, Barbara Waite, via a single gunshot to the head while she played piano. The verdict was delivered by the James Cameron threw an Avatar 2 script that he wrote in a year Fulfilling a dream Filmmaker James Cameron said before Avatar: The Way of Water there was a full Avatar 2 screenplay that was written and then thrown into the trash. It turns out that at least an entire year of the 13-year gap between 2009’s Avatar and 2022’s The Way of Water was spent on a screenplay that will never see the light of day. “When I sat down with my writers to start Avatar 2, I said we cannot do the next one until we understand why the first one did so well. We Parineeti Chopra, who is gearing up for her next film, Code Name Tiranga, says growing up she fantasised being an agent for India. The actress added that she used to carry a toy gun and pretended that she was the best agent in service of the country. Parineeti said: “As an actor, we are constantly blessed to have many firsts all through our career. I’m thrilled that in my 11th year in cinema I’m doing my first full blown must crack the code of what the hell happened,” director James Cameron said. Cameron and his team came to the following conclusion: “All films work on different levels. The first is surface, which is character, problem and resolution. The second is thematic. What is the movie trying to say? But Avatar also works on a third level, the subconscious. I wrote an entire script for the sequel, read it and realised that it did not get to level three. Boom. Start over. That took a year.” — IANS c m y b action film and I’m ecstatic about the reaction that I have been getting for Code Name Tiranga’s teaser. It is hugely encouraging for someone who has never dabbled in this genre.” She added, “The teaser is just a glimpse of what to expect from the trailer and my performance on screen. I have pushed myself and my body for this intensely physically challenging film but I have thoroughly enjoyed every bit of it.” — IANS British Columbia Supreme Court in Vancouver. After initially being charged with first-degree murder, Grantham ultimately confessed to second-degree murder earlier this year. —TMS
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