05112022-LSTL-01.qxd 11/5/2022 12:00 AM Page 1 c m y b GET SET FOR INDIA LOCKDOWN ZEE5 has announced its latest original film India Lockdown. It’s yet another direct-to-digital film by director Madhur Bhandarkar, who made his OTT debut with successful comedy-drama Babli Bouncer. TMS TRIBUNE On board Life MOVIE REVIEWS Asur actress Ridhi Dogra has bagged a role in Salman Khan’s film Tiger 3, which also stars Katrina Kaif and Emraan Hashmi. It is being produced by Yash Raj Films. TMS LUDHIANA | SATURDAY | 5 NOVEMBER 2022 DOUBLE XL Cast: Cast: Sonakshi Sinha, Huma Qureshi, Zaheer Iqbal, Mahat Raghavendra Director: Satramm Ramani Rating: ★★ Not weighty enough Satramm Ramani’s Double XL deals with a weighty issue; unfortunately, the execution doesn’t match up to its intent Just short of fun Nonika Singh PHONE BHOOT Wacky and spooky, this tale of horror buffs turned ghostbusters aims high. Sure, it treads an unusual and amusing ground. Two good for nothing youngsters Gully (Ishan Khatter) and Major are trying to make a living out of their passion for horror, evident in their apartment and their paishachik pursuits. An encounter with beautiful and friendly ghost Ragini (Katrina Kaif) sets them on the path to earn mega-bucks, bust ghosts and even score brownie points on humanitarian report card. Funny or illogical! Any movie that moves into the supernatural genre is not meant to be taken seriously or measured on the yardstick of rationale. Phone Bhoot joins the stable of horror comedy, a genre that gave us delightful Stree four years ago and super-hit Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2. Only, here the idea is primarily to tickle your funny bone and not make shivers run down the spine. Horror is only an aside, just a Cast: Katrina Kaif, Ishaan Khatter, Siddhant Chaturvedi, Jackie Shroff and Sheeba Chadha Director: Gurmmeet Singh Rating: ★★ The film Phone Bhoot has some intelligent twists, but the writers don't always succeed in their bid to strike a funny chord backgrounder in which ghosts of all sizes, races and region dwell. More so since this one is coming from the makers of Fukrey, it has one point agenda—to make you laugh. So be it….Who minds a good laugh? Of course, it takes a while for the fun quotient to get going. But once things get rolling, especially after the best buddies’ rather bizarre idea of setting up Phone Bhoot fructifies, makes you chuckle if not laugh wholeheartedly. More than one-liner is an acknowledgment of Bollywood films right from Ramsey productions and actors. With Jackie Shroff playing tantric Atmaram, a whole scene reminds you of his Hero days. ‘Hero since 1983’… He declares unabashedly and grandiosely. Only here he is a baddie who entraps ghosts, makes them do his bidding and in the name of moksha traps them in bottles. Expectedly, there will be a face-off with our good Samaritans ghost-busters, especially as our lovely Ragini has a lovestory stowed away in her ghostly past. The final denouement matters little here. What does is the path it takes. Sure it’s a crazy one. Among other madcap antics, we see a Tamilian ghost tamed with the photograph of Rajinkanth and a Punjabi dayan made to groove to Punjabi beats. Sadly, what could have been a laugh riot falls way short. It’s not as if Phone Bhoot is outright unfunny. There are intelligent twists, not just in the title but also some Hollywood dialogues. Like the famous one ‘with great power comes great responsibility’ gets transformed into…‘With great power comes great danger’. But, the biggest undoing is that the writers (Ravi Shankaran and Jasvinder Singh Bath) try too hard to amuse you and go in an overdrive to churn out ribtickling lines with cross references. No wonder they succeed now and then. Sure, the chemistry between Siddhant Chaturvedi and Ishaan Khatter energises the proceedings and the atmospherics. Ishaan delivers with perfect comic timing and panache. Katrina brings the necessary lustre and Jackie proves he hasn’t lost any of his. The film could have shone bright, only if it were not too caught up in its overzealousness to strike a funny chord. Watch it if you are amused easily and laughter comes naturally. Mona Moti is a standard character or say prop in Hindi cinema. Double XL brings it to the fore and explores a story that goes beyond marriage rejections, and how being too ‘healthy’ affects life — personal and professional. The film opens with ladkewale coming to see Rajshri (Huma Qureshi). Much to Rajshri’s relief and dismay, the prospective groom Ratan (Digvijay Pratap) rejects her on account of being ‘healthy’. A sports enthusiast, she aims at being an anchor. As Rajshri’s dream shatters post an interview at Delhi, she ends up sharing her story with Saira Khanna (Sonakshi Sinha), who, having broken up with a cheating boyfriend, is looking for a video director for her fashion shoot. Saira and Rajshri leave their respective hometowns, Meerut and Delhi, and go to London to explore their dreams. The story by Mudas- Smooth affair OYE MAKHNA Cast: Ammy Virk, Tania, Guggu Gill, Sukhwinder Chahal, Hardeep Gill, Tarsem Pal, Deedar Gill, and Siddhika Sharma Director: Simerjit Singh Rating: ★★★ Sheetal Ammy Virk’s fifth outing of the year, Oye Makhna does not have a shred of repetitiveness and similarity with the others when it comes to the subject. While many Punjabi films often have a common thread of comedy, this film has a fresh take. Writer Rakesh Dhawan has done well and has taken care of all aspects. Not only the film makes you laugh, but it also has some emotional moments. The background music also becomes noticeable, as the wedding segment in the film features singer Afsana Khan’s real wedding song Lakh Lakh Vad- Teaser of The Kerala Story released When Selena Gomez had a wardrobe malfunction at the 2022 Emmys A human tragedy that will shake you to the core is Vipul Amrutlal Shah’s next, The Kerala Story. The film unearths the incident when 32,000 women went missing in Kerala and the teaser has now been dropped. Directed by Sudipto Sen under the supervision of Vipul Shah, the film narrates a heart-breaking and shocking tale of women trafficking, manipulated by a terrorist outfit. The simple yet hard-hitting teaser is a straight-tocamera account of one such victim, who dreams of becoming a nurse but is abducted from her home, and is jailed in Afghanistan as an ISIS terrorist. The role has been played by Adah Sharma. The film is backed by four years of extensive and thorough research. — TMS Actress-singer Selena Gomez shared the unexpected style hiccup she experienced at the 2022 Emmys, telling Kelly Clarkson on her daytime talk show, “A lot of people saw something they didn’t want to see.” During a November 2 appearance on The Kelly Clarkson Show, she recalled having issues with her white sequined Celine gown at the September 12 awards show. “My dress was riding up the entire time,” Selena told host Kelly Clarkson about her wardrobe malfunction. “So a lot of people saw something they didn’t want to see.” — IANS (L-R) SHAHEEN BHATT, ALIA BHATT AND SONI RAZDAN ‘Wonderfully weird ladies’ Actress Alia Bhatt is pretty close to her mother Soni Razdan and sister Shaheen Bhatt. Alia often steal moments to make them feel special and November 3 happened to be one such day. The Darlings actress shared an adorable post and called them her ‘wonderfully weird ladies’ along with a picture. Mom-to-be Alia recently had a close-knit baby shower. In the post, Alia can be seen with her sister Shaheen and mother Soni which she captioned as, “Appreciation post for these wonderfully weird ladies.” While Shaheen left a comment, “Takes wonderfully weird to know wonderfully weird”, Soni reacted with heart emojis. — TMS Ryan Reynolds to receive Icon Award at 2022 PCA Hollywood star Ryan Reynolds will be honoured with the People’s Icon award at the 2022 edition of the People’s Choice Awards. The 46year-old actor will receive the honour for his contribution to film and television, during a ceremony to be held on December 6 at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California, NBCUniversal said. “In any endeavor – whether it’s acting, producing, marketing or business – Ryan Reynolds has the unique ability to create joy and authenti- cally connect with his audience. . We cannot wait to present Ryan with ‘The People’s Icon’ award at this year’s show,” said Cassandra Tryon, Senior Vice President of Entertainment Live Events at NBCUniversal Television and Streaming. — PTI c m y b touch. However, it reflects little in their portrayal, blame it on weak writing. Two melodious numbers—Ki Jana and Tumse Mila Doon—are refreshing, as is the Tamilian touch to the music. The cameos by Shikhar Dhawan, Kapil Dev and Jimmy Shergill, though essential to the plot, ends up being a passable affair. Double XL deals with a weighty issue, but the execution doesn’t match up to the sincere intent! Laughter, emotions, music and more, Punjabi film Oye Makhna scores on all fronts Oops moment! Shocking reality sar Aziz dares to part away from the regular filmy plot, but ends up being a series of happy coincidences as if the universe is coming together to get these two passionate women all they want. Srikanth (Mahat Raghvendra) as camera person, and Zorawar (Zaheer Iqbal)) as line producer in London take the story forward. Kudos to Sonakshi and Huma for having gained considerable weight that gives their characters a realistic Gone missing! Has Amber Heard ‘deleted her Twitter account’? Amber Heard appears to have deleted her Twitter account, just days after her former beau Elon Musk’s controversial takeover. He finally closed his $44billion takeover of the social media platform last week, and promptly set about announcing a string of changes. Heard, who previously posted under the handle @realamberheard, is no longer visible on the microblogging site, sparking speculation that she has followed suit. Instead, a message on her former page reads: “This account doesn’t exist. Try searching for another”. The reason has not been made clear yet. — IANS haiyaan. Tania as Rimple, a modern independent girl, impresses. Not just her dialogues, but also her fashion sense leaves a mark. Siddhika Sharma imparts a different arc to the story with her character of Guddi. In fact, Guddi becomes the starting point of all the confusion, which leads to the big twist in the life of Makhan Singh aka Makhna, played by Ammy Virk. Guggu Gill’s coming timing and the relationship between the two actors, Gugu and Ammy, is endearing. The film’s run time is not long, but the climax is too stretched. Director Simerjit has delivered a quality film without having to shift to a foreign location. The film is beautifully shot and tricity seems to be the parallel lead!
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