27092022-LSTL-01.qxd 9/26/2022 11:06 PM Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE Live action PVR Pictures is all set to broadcast Coldplay’s Argentina concert live in cinemas on October 29. The concert is a part of his Music of The Spheres world tour. LUDHIANA | TUESDAY | 27 SEPTEMBER 2022 Watch out for Rihanna Popstar Rihanna has confirmed that she will be headlining the next Super Bowl Halftime Show for Super Bowl 2023. The nine-time Grammy winner shared a picture of an NFL-branded football on her Instagram account, hinting that she will be performing at the next Halftime Show. The show is set to take place at the State Farm Stadium on February 12, 2023 in Glendale, AZ. Following the announcement, JayZ, who is also a part of the event, said, “Rihanna is a generational talent, a woman of humble beginnings, who has surpassed expectations at every turn. A person born on the small island of Barbados, who became one of the most prominent artists ever. She is self-made.” —TMS Chhell(o) shocked! I Mona ndia’s official entry to the Oscars hasn’t ever been a smooth ride. Right as SS Rajamouli’s RRR and Vivek Agnihotri’s The Kashmir Files were seen as the strong contenders for Best Foreign Language Film category at the 95th Academy Awards, the Film Federation of India’s (FFI) decision to send Chhello Show/The Last Film Show took everyone by surprise. While ‘not the best option’ has regularly been the refrain, whether it’s Paheli over Swades, or Tamil film Jeans over Satya, Nalin Pan’s Gujarati coming-of-age drama has earned objections on issues more than one. EKLAVYA — THE ROYAL GUARD As filmmakers war over Chhello Show, which is India’s official entry to the 95th Academy Awards, does it spoil its chances at the Oscars? We find out... The Night Manager, a British espionage thriller, now has an Indian remake NOT THE ‘LAST’ WORD It’s over and done Anil Kapoor has completed filming of the Indian remake of The Night Manager. He took to Instagram to announce the completion of the film, and even shared a never-seen-before photo of him as Shailendra Rungta from the sets. “And #TheNightManager of India is off duty! #Thatsawrap for Shailendra Rungta a.k.a Shelly! Based on: The Night Manager; by John le Carre,” he posted. The post had netizens drooling over Kapoor’s suave look, and even close friend Karan Johar commented, “Rocker” while his The Night Manager co-star NEWTON Sobhita Dhulipala wrote, “Shelly, beloved.” The Night Manager is an espionage thriller that revolves around the cat-andmouse chase between a covert agent and an arms dealer. The 2016 original series stars Tom Hiddleston in the lead role. In the Indian remake, Anil will essay the role which was originally played by Hugh Laurie. The cast also includes Aditya Roy Kapur and Sobhita Dhulipala. The original British series earned several awards at the 74th Golden Globe Awards. The series will be released on Disney+ Hotstar. Akshay’s Ram Setu to release this Diwali Akshay Kumar’s Ram Setu has got its release date. The film is set to hit theatres this Diwali. Announcing the release date, Akshay shared the Ram Setu teaser on his social media. In the teaser, Akshay is seen as an archaeologist who goes on a dangerous mission to save the Ram Setu from getting destroyed by the bad guys. The teaser video doesn’t divulge much details but it promises to give an adventurous ride. While Nushrratt Bharuccha is missing from the teaser, Jacqueline Fernandez is seen in a blink-andmiss appearance. In the teaser, Akshay is heard saying that he has only three days to save the Ram Setu. Sharing the first glimpse of the film, the actor wrote, “First glimpse of Ram Setu… just for you. Made this with a lot of love, hope you like it. #RamSetu. October 25. Only in Theatres worldwide.” Apart from Ram Setu, Khiladi Kumar will be next seen in Gorkha, OMG 2, Captain Gill, Chote Miyan Bade Miyan and Selfiee. Members of the Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) have raised three objections over Chhello Show’s selection by the Film Federation of India (FFI). First, it’s primarily produced by foreign studios; second, most of the crew too is from foreign countries. It’s only recently some Indian companies made a deal for this film for its release in India. And the third, that it premiered in June 2021 but is an entry for year 2022. Another issue doing the rounds is that the film is copy of 1988 Italian film Cinema Paradiso. To address this, Nalin took to Twitter to post, “Copy? Homage? Inspiration? Original? Find out yourself on 14.10.2022 in cinemas near you. Power to the people, let them decide.” In 2017, much loved Newton battled the similar charges – it being a copy of an Iranian film, Secret Ballot. DEVDAS tal, and Tamil film Jeans (1998) over Satya met with opposition. Lately, regional films have made a go, while Malayalam Jallikattu (2020) and Tamil Koozhangal/Pebbles (2021) largely got the support from viewers and filmmakers, the 2013 Gujarati film, The Good Road, over Irrfan Khan-starrer The Lunchbox earned film lovers’ ire. Also, India’s official selection has battled the tag of glamourising the ‘poor’ image of the country, be it the 2020’s official selection Gully Boy; or last two entries Chhello Show and Koozhangal/ Pebbles. Gully Boy also came under the scanner for copying Hollywood flick 8 Mile. The Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhattstarrer also battled nepotism charges for being chosen over Ayushmann Khurrana-starrer Article 15. POOR CHOICES? In 2005, Paheli’s entry over Ashutosh Gowariker’s Swades and Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Black was considered a weaker choice; as was 2012’s Anurag Basu’s Barfi! chosen over Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs of Wasseypur and Tigmanshu Dhulia’s Paan Singh Tomar. Similarly Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s visual spectacle Devdas (2002) chosen over Mani Ratnam’s Tamil musical Kannathil Muthamit- THE LEGAL TANGLE In 2007, entry of Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s Eklavya: The Royal Guard was challenged by director Bhavna Talwar in Bombay High Court as her film Dharm was passed over. She alleged FFI’s selection committee of bias due to closeness to Chopra. But she later dropped it because the submission deadline had already passed. Welcome Alija Ali Abbas Zafar and his wife Alicia Zafar welcomed a baby girl on September 24. The couple had tied the knot in 2021 and this is their first child together. The filmmaker took to Instagram a day after embracing fatherhood and shared the good news with fans. He also revealed the name of their little munchkin – Alija Zehra Zafar. Ali posted a picture of his wife cradling her baby bump and penned a sweet note. Ali Abbas Zafar wrote, “Alicia and I began our journey with love, love which is beyond borders – colour & race. We are very fortunate that we found each other and got married. Now, after almost after two years we are thankful to Almighty Allah for blessing us with the most beautiful gift of our life.” Ali Abbas Zafar and wife Alicia blessed with a baby girl c m y b FAILED ATTEMPT We can have opinions here in India but it doesn’t matter to the Oscar committee. This time around, with RRR in the race, which has generated a huge buzz in the West, it would have been a much better bet. The committee needs to understand that the submission is not the ultimate aim. Sending Chhello is an already failed attempt. Ranjan Chandel, director It’s demoralising Once a film is selected we should support it. A lot of work and energy goes into making a film, especially an independent film. Controversy in India would not affect the chances of the film with the Academy. However, it can be demoralising for those associated with the selected film. Madhureeta Anand, director Universal appeal I have seen Chhello Show. It is a semi-autobiographical film when Indian cinema was undergoing massive transition from celluloid to digital. It is a What a guest list! Hollywood personalities such as Gerard Butler and Judi Dench, who have worked with Indian actor Ali Fazal, will be seen attending his wedding with actress Richa Chadha. Richa and Ali’s wedding is now only days away and the actors are soon set to jet off to New Delhi to begin their celebrations. According to sources, those invited to the Mumbai reception are Ali Fazal’s co-actors from Victoria and Abdul, legendary Judi Dench and Gerard Butler, who Ali costars with in his upcoming Hollywood film Kandahar. Among others, even the cast of spy thriller series Tehran is on the guest list. The wedding celebrations are expected to start within days from now in New Delhi and will finally conclude on October 4 in Mumbai. — IANS Gerard Butler, Judi Dench among invitees for Richa, Ali’s wedding great choice as it has universal appeal. The film has travelled the world and won many awards in leading film festivals. I strongly feel that we stand a very good chance at Oscars this time. Ashwini Chaudhary, film director Sync with Oscar sensibilities The Oscar committee is objective and isn’t likely to get swayed by such a controversy. In India, we make commercial films largely, that probably doesn’t cut the ice with Oscar sensibilities. That probably is the factor for India’s dry run so far. Komal Nahta, film trade analyst Gujarati connect? My very first thought on the announcement was Chhello’s Gujarati connection. I may be biased. Also, what worries me is that it’s not an original idea. Oscars isn’t fair either. White supremacy still pervades. Secondly, the Oscar jury’s idea of films is very western. But considering Oscars is also about business, seeing India’s big business potential, we might win Rajeev Kumar, film director this year.
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