01102022-LSTL-01.qxd 9/30/2022 11:28 PM Page 1 c m y b UP NEXT FOR VARUN DHAWAN Varun Dhawan will next be seen in Bhediya. The movie marks the reunion of Varun Dhawan and Kriti Sanon. On Friday, the makers of Bhediya unveiled a teaser and also shared the trailer release date. Bhediya will hit the screens on November 25. TMS TRIBUNE New line Alia Bhatt has announced launch of her own maternity-wear line. The actress, who is expecting her first child with Ranbir Kapoor, took to her Instagram handle to announce the same. TMS LUDHIANA | SATURDAY | 1 OCTOBER 2022 As Navratri celebrations peak, celebrities share their favourite memories and plans for this year With a heart full of devotion called ‘Pragati Maidan,’ where various celebrities are called on stage and everybody is dressed in their best festive attire. The mood is quite vibrant. I’ve also enjoyed the celebration in Mumbai.” Mona V IBRANT costumes, allnight dancing, mouthwatering spread and a salute to nari shakti, Navratri means different things to different folks. As festivities have already begun, actors go down memory lane and also share their plans for this year. Chinmayee Salvi, who portrays Sakhi Wagle in Wagle Ki Duniya, says, “I’m a dancer, so every Navaratri our dance group would put on a show. Apart from that, my friends and I would attend garba events in places like Dombivali. We planned our dresses around the colour of the day and also our dance steps. My uncle lives in Mulund’s Gujarati community, so I am often invited there too. I adore all dance forms and enjoy visiting places where people play authentic garba. I’m also really excited to try Gujarati delicacies now that I’ve made many Gujarati friends since joining Wagle ki Duniya.” Colourful times Dressing in colourful attire is the high for Bhakti Rathod. The actor, playing Sonal Good over evil RAJSHREE THAKUR CHINMAYEE SALVI Parikh in Sony SAB’s Pushpa Impossible, shares, “In Ahmedabad, near my house, there is a popular place called Law Garden where you get DARSHAN GURJAR BHAKTI RATHOD chaniya cholis of all kinds, and in a variety of colours and designs. Every year during Navratri, my sister and I buy clothes from there. We also RACHANA MISTRY participated in garba events and sang ‘aartis’. Navaratri is not just about traditions, it’s also about self-healing.” The Chirag Patel from SHUBHAVI CHOKSEY Pushpa Impossible, Darshan Gurjar returns to his hometown, Ahmadabad, for the grand celebrations. Close to my house, there is a ground Rajshree Thakur, who plays the role of Pallavi in Appnapan Badlte Rishton Ka Bandhan, says, “Born and brought up in Mumbai, my childhood memories are deeply connected to Navratri. These nine nights are full of entertainment, music, food and, of course, garba. As a child, I loved to play garba and even now the songs compel me to dance. The festival is about the victory of good over evil. Rachana Mistry, who is currently seen in Star Bharat’s Na Umar Ki Seema Ho, shares her excitement: “I love Navratri and know all the dance steps. I really love playing garba and can do it anywhere, whether it be my society or any public ground. I’m very excited this year since we couldn’t enjoy the festival for the past two years due to the pandemic. Although I’ll be shooting this year, I’ll arrange garba on the sets!” Dream moments for Richa, Ali Richa Chadha and Ali Fazal formalised their union two-and-a-half years ago, and are now celebrating with friends and family. The wedding festivities kicked off in Delhi on Friday (September 30) and the images are out! While Richa looks stunning in a custom-made outfit by Rahul Mishra, Ali is seen in an angrakha by Abu Jani & Sandeep Khosla. — TMS MOVIE REVIEW Shining stars Sheetal Sometimes things are not as simple as they look; there is more to the story then just black and white characters. Vikram Vedha’s tale has exploited this grey zone and how! The director-writer duo Pushkar-Gayathri gets full marks for giving mythological stories of Vikram-Betaal from Baital-Pachisi a modern Uttar-Pradesh crime thriller touch. As for our stars, Saif Ali Khan and Hrithik Roshan, they clearly did their homework well to pass off as modern-day Vikram and Betaal. Saif, as Vikram the cop, knows only right and wrong side of law. But meeting Vedha and listening to his stories sets Vikram on to a different path, where for once they find themselves not standing against each other but working together as one unit. It’s all about good moments and the film has many, thanks to Vedha aka Hrithik. The directors kept the characters’ back stories a mystery, leaving a ray of hope for the franchise. Just like the original tales of Vikram-Betaal, this Betaal will definitely lure you into the narrative. Not to forget every detail in the story leaves a cue and while you feel smart if you catch it, not knowing some also double the viewing experience. In other words, this twoedged sword VikramVedha, although a remake, will have a reputation of its own. And, the credit goes to flawless Bhojpuri of Hrithik and to Saif for acing Stellar performances by Hrithik Roshan and Saif Ali Khan make this actioner worth its while VIKRAM VEDHA Director: Pushkar- Gayathri Cast: Hrithik Roshan, Saif Ali Khan, Radhika Apte, Yogita Bihani, Rohit Saraf and Sharib Hashmi Rating: the cop’s role. Vijay Raaj’s voiceover for the animated introduction of VikramBetaal story was another plus. As for Radhika Apte, she is connecting the dots between the two heroes and has played her role pretty well. The movie has two songs, while Alcoholia puts Hrithik’s dancing talent to use, the other one, Bande, is the theme song. Superlative action, fantastic cinematography, fine acting and attention to detail, director Mani Ratnam’s Ponniyin Selvan is a treat for the senses Nonika Singh Spectacular; the word has often been used to describe many a movie...But in Mani Ratnam’s magnum opus, harking back to Chola period, 10th century, you can use all possible synonyms to describe cinematic quality of the multilingual film. As we watch the Hindi dub of Ratnam’s directorial signature based on Kalki Krishnamurthy’s epic historical-fiction novel, at the very onset we witness a highoctane battle scene. In fact, action has never been more authentic as mounted here. Be it the war scenes or one to one combat, it is of superlative quality that seems as real as stupendous. So is the cinematography (Ravi Varman) that captures the grandeur of the period, both at the macro and micro level. From the magnificence of ships lined up on the sea coast to grand palaces and forts or the beauty of its bejewelled heroines or the warrior skills of its heroes...Every single scene is created with love, craft and precision. In reimagining the golden Royal tale, told royally PONNIYIN SELVAN Cast: Vikram, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Jayam Ravi, Karthi, Trisha, Aishwarya Lekshmi, Sobhita Dhulipala, Prabhu, Sarathkumar, Vikram Prabhu, Jayaram and Prakash Raj Director: Mani Ratnam Rating: period in which arts flourished and Chola might spread right up to Sinhala, Ratnam successfully transports us to another era, another world and refrains from making it a history lesson. As his imagination acquires wings, little is left to our imagination. But can we say the same about the screenplay which Mani Ratnam has co-written with Elango Kumaravel and B. Jeyamohan? To be honest, c m y b if you have not read the novel and not fully clued into this important chapter of history, it takes quite a while to get full grasp of the hydra-headed complexity and the family web of its principal characters. As expected of a historical drama, the characters here are far too many. There is Vikram as Aditha Karikalan, the crown prince and the commander of Northern troops, his younger brother Arulmozhi Varman aka Ponniyin Selvan (Jayam Ravi) and then ailing emperor Sundara Chola, played by Prakash Raj. If men war on battleground, women, including lovely Trisha as Kundavais Ilaiya Piratti, the Chola princess, play mind games. Interestingly, most part of the story remains with Karthi, who as Vallavaraiyan, the warrior prince of Vaana clan doubling up as a spy, hogs the limelight for major part of the screen time. He delights with his wisecracks, easy flirting with lovely heroines and warring dexterity. As Ratnam lays down the pieces of the chess game, we meet the beauteous Aishwarya Rai Bachchan as queen Nandini, who dazzles as much with her beauty as her talent. Though, of course, while her aged husband tells her ‘stunned by your beauty I often forget your skill’, there is no danger of her resplendence getting in the way of her acting prowess. Can the same be said of the film whose visual language is so enriched that you can’t find a single folly? Well, Ratnam keeps us absorbed in the royal tale of connivance and collusion, of loyalties and treachery. As the three-hour film climaxes, no, not towards finale, but its second part, there is a tantalising teaser. Post a tumultuous battle scene in the high seas, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan swimming under the sea leaves you agape with wonder. Clearly there is more to come, including her double role. But the first outing of the visual extravaganza is more like a sumptuous build up than a fully satisfying standalone feast. Just as in the titular part of Ponniyin Selvan, Jayam Ravi looks robustly handsome and every inch royalty personified, yet his character arc is only a warm up, of course, with a bright prom- ise of what to expect. Overall, there is no reason to miss the cinematic tryst with Chola Dynasty, one of the longest-ruling dynasties in world history. For apart from fine acting, fantastic musical score by AR Rahman, the stupendous scale, with attention paid to minute details, keep you awestruck.
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