04112022-LSTL-01.qxd 11/3/2022 11:16 PM Page 1 c m y b AP DHILLON SET TO DELIGHT As the popular global music festival Lollapalooza is all set to make its debut in India in January 2023, popular names such as AP Dhillon, Imagine Dragons and Cigarrettes After Sex would be seen performing. As many as 40 artistes will be in action during the festival. IANS TRIBUNE Period drama Life PHOTO RAVI KUMAR Director Mahesh Manjrekar’s next is a Marathi period drama titled Vedat Marathe Veer Daudle Saat, starring Akshay Kumar as Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. TMS LUDHIANA | FRIDAY | 4 NOVEMBER 2022 Fantasy world Trailer of Avatar: The Way of Water released (L-R) SIMERJIT SINGH, GUGGU GILL, TANIA AND AMMY VIRK Sixth sense! Mona C HACHA-bhatija is a winning combination in Punjabi culture, add to it a love story and an Oye Makhna is born! Actor-singer Ammy Virk and director Simerjit Singh come together for the sixth time — after Angrez, Nikka Jaildar, Nikka Jaildar 2, Nikka Jaildar 3 and Muklawa — for this comedy drama. Actor Guggu Gill plays the chacha. The hero of this film Makhan Virk (aka Ammy Virk), is caught between two girls — played by Tania and Sidhika Sharma — but also has to choose between his love and honour of the family. The story by Rakesh Dhawan, interested the director Simerjit immediately, “Chacha-bhatija is a special bond in our region, and probably all of India.” His working equation with Ammy has only got better with each film. “Ammy is an amazing actor. My effort is now just at 10 per cent, he understands much without saying. I share a wonderful bond with Guggu Gill, Punjabi actor-singer Ammy Virk and director Simerjit Singh come together for the sixth time for Oye Makhna. They share notes from the journey so far Tania and Sidhika Sharma too. We had fun shooting.” HAPPY TEAM The cast duly seconds their director. “He is the most easy-going director on the sets,” says Tania. “The dialogues were so funny that we would start laughing ourselves and had to go for retakes,” says Ammy. Simerjit moved from Moga to Mumbai in search of work. “Films attracted me from childhood. Doing college in Moga, I fell even more in love with acting. But knowing acting isn’t my cup of tea, I headed towards direction. I was fascinated by the person who called the shots on the sets.” Simerjit spent years in Mumbai, assisting mainstream directors. In 2010, he directed his first Punjabi film Chak Jawana with Gurdas Sharon Stone to undergo surgery after misdiagnosis Facing a tough time Actress Sharon Stone is expected to go under the knife to have a ‘large fibroid tumour’ removed following a misdiagnosis. She will undergo the surgery 21 years after she suffered a brain haemorrhage and stroke that almost killed her. She said the new growth, which develops in or around the womb, was found in her body after a previous medical misdiagnosis. Taking to her Instagram Stories with an update on her health, Sharon said she ‘just had another misdiagnosis and incorrect procedure.’— TMS Maan. Helming Punjabi films one after another, he calls Mohali his base now. As Oye Makhna releases, Simerjit isn’t anxious but concerned. “Each Friday release is like an exam; you have the report by day-end whether audiences have liked the film or not. If the film works, great, if not it does feel bad as nobody sets out to make a bad film.” Dividing his years between Bollywood and Pollywood, he sees a world of difference. “In Mumbai, actors are professional. Right from Shah Rukh Khan to Priyanka Chopra to Amitabh Bachchan report on time, get ready and wait for the call for the shot; here time is not the priority, the focus is more on gup-shup than on the job.” However, it’s not just Pollywood that Simerjit wants to be restricted to. “I have a few subjects that have global appeal, and I am already in touch with some French, Israeli and Turkish screenwriters to develop the script. I want to make a film that’s watched all over the world.” Oye Makhna cast wishes the audiences step into cinemas and enjoy the film they claim is a winning combination of comedy and emotional appeal, while Tania wants more female-centric films in Punjabi. “Internationally, and even in the Hindi film industry, now female-led films are accepted. I wish that is the case with the Punjabi film industry as well. Guggu Gill, who has enjoyed close to four decades in the industry, hopes to bag some memorable roles. “I grew up appreciating actors like Dilip Kumar and Sanjeev Kumar, who have given unforgettable performances. I wish for a role like that of Sanjeev Kumar in Khilona.” And, Ammy has his eyes set on an action film next! (Oye Makhna releases in cinemas today) A new trailer and poster of 20th Century Studios’ Avatar: The Way of Water, a sequel of director James Cameron’s Academy Award-winning film Avatar. The film will be released in theatres in India on December 16 in English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam. In celebration of the trailer launch, a light show featuring highlights from the film was projected over Niagara Falls. Set more than a decade after the events of the first film, Avatar: The Way of Water begins to tell the story of the Sully family (Jake, Neytiri, and their kids), the trouble that follows, the battles they fight, and the tragedies they endure. Produced by Cameron and Jon Landau, the Lightstorm Entertainment Production stars Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldaña, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang and Kate Winslet. The screenplay is by James Cameron, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver. David Valdes and Richard Baneham serve as the executive producers. —TMS Concern for ecology After winning worldwide recognition and different accolades, Delhi based director Shaunak Sen’s All That Breathes is now set to be screened at the prestigious All Living Things Environmental Film Festival 2022. The film is set in the backdrop of Delhi, where two brothers— Nadeem and Saud—devote their lives to protect casualties of the turbulent times. It has won the Grand Jury Prize in the World Cinema Documentary Competition at Sundance Film Festival Rumour mill Although they are yet to accept their relationship status in public, it is believed that Sidharth Malhotra and Kiara Advani will get married in December this year. The latest buzz around the couple suggests that the ‘soon-to-get-married’ lovebirds are busy scouting wedding venues. Reportedly, they have contacted Chandigarh’s The Oberoi Sukhvilas Spa & Resorts. It was the same location where Rajkummar Rao and Patralekhaa got hitched. The source says, “Kiara and Sidharth also gave a thought on changing the destination to Goa, but considering Sidharth’s Punjabi family the plan of tying the knot in Goa was dropped.” — TMS The truth is out PUNEETH RAJKUMAR RAJINIKANTH when he remembered the late actor. The legendary actor even revealed the reason why he could not attend Puneeth Rajkumar’s funer- al. He said, “I underwent an operation and was in ICU when Puneeth died. I was only informed about his passing after three long days, owing to my health condition at that time. I would never want to lose that child’s smiling face from my memory.” — TMS Meet Nawab Khan Jimmy Shergill wants to work on characters that leave a footprint c m y b 2022 and the Golden Eye award for the best documentary at Cannes Film Festival 2022. Shaunak says, “It’s an honour to have my film screened at a prestigious environmental film festival. I have followed their journey Actor Jimmy Shergill will soon be seen in Shravan Tiwari’s upcoming movie Aazam. Jimmy will play the antagonist in the film, which is based on gangwar and a syndicate. The story revolves around the succession battle of mafia don, Nawab Khan, who controls the syndicate of five partners who govern the city. Jimmy shares how Aazam has given a new dimension to his acting career, “I have been associated with this industry and they have always had a great selection of the movies for screening. Cinema is such a powerful medium and the idea of creating awareness about the environmental issue through it is incredible.The film is based on ecological change.” The festival will have filmmakers like Kiran Rao and director Amit Masurkar, known for the films Newton and Sherni, on the panel of jury. This year’s edition will take place from November 17 to 27. — TMS Sidharth Malhotra, Kiara Advani to tie the knot in Chandigarh? I was in ICU when Puneeth Rajkumar died, says an emotional Rajinikanth Puneeth Rajkumar’s untimely death had shocked everyone. Many dignitaries from the industry attended the last rites, but Rajinikanth, who had a strong connection with the late actor, could not do so. There were many questions raised about his absence and he was also brutally trolled for remembering Puneeth two weeks after his death on October 29, 2021. Recently at an event, Rajinikanth and Jr NTR were special chief guests where Kannada legend Puneeth Rajkumar was conferred with Karnataka’s highest civilian award —Karnataka Ratna — posthumously. Rajinikanth turned emotional and broke down Award-winning film, All That Breathes to be screened at All Living Things Environmental Film Festival 2022 for a long time and essayed different roles, but now I want to work on such character that will leave an impression on the audiences’ heart and mind. In Aazam, both the character and dialogues are impressive. I even liked my look in the film. I hope the audience also like this suspense thriller.” Apart from Jimmy, the film also stars Abhimanyu Singh, Indraneil Sengupta, Govind Namdeo and Sayaji Rao Shinde. — TMS
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