28102022-LSTC-01.qxd 10/27/2022 10:45 PM Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE Show time Riteish Deshmukh had unveiled the first look poster of his directorial Marathi movie, Ved. The poster features Riteish and his wife and actress Genelia Deshmukh. CHANDIGARH | FRIDAY | 28 OCTOBER 2022 Mona V Superman’s promise Henry Cavill says Superman will be ‘joyful’ when he returns Henry Cavill confirmed in a social media post that he is returning as Superman in a new Warner Bros-DC movie following his cameo at the end of Black Adam. The actor wrote to his fans, “I wanted to make it official: I am back as Superman. Thank you for your support and thank you for your The patience. I promise it character means will be rewarded.” so much to me. It’s Two days later, Cavill been five years now. I spoke publicly for the first time about his never gave up hope. Superman return durHENRY CAVILL ing a live recording of the Happy Sad Confused podcast at 92NY in New York City. “The character means so much to me. It’s been five years now. I never gave up hope,” Cavill told the audience. “It’s amazing to be here now talking about it again. There is such a bright future ahead for the character. I’m so excited to tell a story with an enormously joyful Superman.” —IANS ETERAN film director and writer Esmayeel Shroff, who gave hits like Agar, Ahista Ahista, Zid, Police Public, Dil Akhir Dil Hai, Bulundi, Nishchaiy and Suryaa, breathed his last at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani hospital, Mumbai on October 26 morning. He was 70. Hailing from Andhra Pradesh, a graduate in sound engineering from the National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli, Shroff moved to Mumbai and was part of the film industry from late 70s to early 2000s. Known as a disciplined and methodological filmmaker, he was one of the few who started a film with a bound script, and there were no digressions from it. Filmmaker Krishna Kant Pandya, who started his innings with Shroff, remembers him as one of the few directors who delivered a film within the given budget and time. “I learnt my craft from Esmayeel Shroff and was lucky to be his chief assistant in films from Thodisi Bewafaii to Police Public. He was a very seasoned filmmaker, always standing by his word. Many had asked him not to take a chance with Love 86 for logistical issues. But he released the film on the scheduled date, in February 1986.” Shroff’s demise sent a pall of gloom among his colleagues. Shroff worked with legends like Raaj Kumar, he directed actors Govinda and Kunal Kapoor in their early days and worked with Arya Babbar in his last film Thoda Tum Badlo Thoda Hum (2004). Interestingly, God And Gun, directed by Shroff was Raaj Kumar’s BOLLYWOOD LOSES ANOTHER GEM ESMAYEEL SHROFF 12-8-1952 TO 26-10- 2022 Celebs mourn Esmayeel Shroff, the man behind movies like Agar, Ahista Ahista, Zid and Thodisi Bewafaii last film. Filmmaker Ashoke Pandit took to social media to mourn the loss, “Sad to know about the demise of ace filmmaker Esmayeel Shroff. It’s another big loss to the film industry.” Padmini Kolhapure, who worked with Shroff in two films, Thodisi Bewafaii and Ahista Ahista, posted on Instagram, “A man of few words... a filmmaker, a person of action rather than words! Rest in Peace Esmayeel ji. Prayers for his family for strength.” Govinda, who made his Bollywood debut with Love 86, directed by Esmayeel Shroff, said, “I’m deeply saddened. My career started with his film. May his soul rest in peace. Not only did he give me work, but he used to have faith in me, too. He was the first person in my life who said that Govinda understands cinema. He played a big role in making me Govinda from Govind.” Shabana Azmi tweeted, “Sorry to hear that director of my film Thodisi Bewafaii and many other films passed away today. My heartfelt condolences to his family and friends,” only to be trolled for missing out mentioning Shroff’s name in her post. Shashi Kapoor’s son Kunal Kapoor worked in Shroff’s film Ahista Ahista. The film was recently in news as Kunal shared a throwback picture of King Charles III on the sets of the film. Shroff is survived by his wife and son. Up she goes! A STILL FROM AA BHI JA O PIYA Here is a surprise package... Aa Bhi Ja O Piya mints a magnificent ~19.25 cr gross in two weeks at the box office We have seen a paradigm shift in Indian cinema with content-rich movies getting glory in Bollywood. Surprisingly, small-scale movies are getting accepted by the audience, and big-budget movies are failing to leave a mark on everyone’s mind. The recent release Aa Bhi Ja O Piya is a primary example that has impressed the audience and the critics. The film starring Yaariyan actor Dev Sharma and South Indian beauty Smriti Kashyap has done a brilliant business in two weeks. Aa Bhi Ja O Piya was released on October 7 on 600 screens across India. After a successful first week, the movie went on to do decent business in its second week. The two weeks collection of Aa Bhi Ja O Piya went past Rs 19.25 crore gross at the box office. Well, it is a positive sign that such a low-budget Hindi film is smashing the box office with limited screens. In its first week, Aa Bhi Ja O Piya’ grossed Rs. 12.10 crore in India. Based on the rural Indian setup, the movie is a simple love story of a city-educated guy named Kaushal and a girl named Kalpana. They meet each other when Kalpana visits a village in Jharkhand for a research tour with her mother. What happens next is a series of twisted incidents along with an important message about conserving the environment. — ANI Rihanna makes her highlyanticipated return to the airwaves today (October 28) with Lift Me Up, the lead single from the upcoming Black Panther: Wakanda Forever original soundtrack. The song that releases today was written as a tribute to the extraordinary life and legacy of Chadwick Boseman by Tems, Ludwig Göransson, Rihanna and Ryan Coogler. The track was recorded in five countries and was produced by Göransson. Tems says, “After speaking with Ryan and hearing his vision for the film and the song, I wanted to write something that portrays a warm embrace from all the people that I’ve lost in my life. I tried to imagine what it would feel like if I could sing to them now and express how much I miss them. Rihanna has been an inspiration to me, so hearing her convey this song is a great honor.” Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, directed by Ryan Coogler and produced by Kevin Feige and Nate Moore, opens in theatres November 11. Etoile d’Or honour for Ranveer Singh Marrakech International Film Festival to honour the actor The 19th edition of the Marrakech International Film Festival is set to take place from November 11 to 19. This year, the acclaimed festival will pay tribute to Ranveer Singh and will honour him with the Festival’s Étoile d’or, previously received by the likes of Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan. Along with Ranveer, iconic Scottish actor Tilda Swinton, renowned US filmmaker James Gray and Moroccan film pioneer and director Farida Benlyazid will also receive this honour, in keeping with the festival’s tradition of celebrating cinema in all its diversity. Ranveer has had a meteoric rise to become one of the most celebrated actors in the history of Hindi films. In Morocco and in Marrakech in particular, Indian cinema has many admirers and Ranveer is one of its most appreciated personalities given his body of work that includes films like Band Baaja Baarat, Ram Leela, Bajirao Mastani, Padmaavat, Gully Boy and 83. Ranveer says, “I’m deeply humbled and thrilled to be receiving a tribute which recognises my body of work along with this very, very special honour, the Etoile d’Or! The Marrakesh International Film Festival is one of the most respected film events in the world, bringing together the best of cinema from across the world, especially Asia and Africa, which have universal appeal. As such, I’m extremely grateful for this distinctive recognition and the prestige bestowed upon me by the festival.” c m y b RIHANNA Rihanna leads soundtrack of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever SELENA GOMEZ A peep into her mind Pop star Selena Gomez has opened up about her mental health struggles in her new documentary. The 30-year-old pop star has opened up about her experience of living with bipolar disorder, which causes extreme mood swings, in her new documentary, My Mind and Me. In a preview clip from the documentary, she says, “When I first got out, I didn’t know how I’d cope with my diagnosis. What if it happened again? What if the next time, I couldn’t come back? I needed to keep learning about it. I needed to take it day by day.” Despite this, Gomez said that she’s now in a good frame of mind. The chart-topping star, who has been open about her mental health struggles in recent years, said, “I am happier, and I’m in control of my emotions and thoughts more than I have ever been.” —IANS Selena Gomez ‘didn’t know how to cope with bipolar disorder’
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