12112022-LSTL-01.qxd 11/11/2022 11:21 PM Page 1 c m y b SALAAM VENKY POSTER UNVEILED Kajol has unveiled the first look poster of her upcoming film Salaam Venky. The poster features Kajol in a red saree, pushing a man on a wheelchair with bags full of groceries. Kajol went on to announce that the trailer for the film will be dropped on November 14. TRIBUNE Back on track Life Lindsay Lohan had taken a break from acting in recent years and explained it was “refreshingly exciting” to return to movies with festive romcom Falling for Christmas. IANS LUDHIANA | SATURDAY | 12 NOVEMBER 2022 MOVIE REVIEW What a lifting experience! Black Panther: Wakanda Forever It is as much a tribute to Chadwick Boseman as a sequel with stunning visuals and fine screenplay Cast: Letitia Wright, Angela Bassett, Lupita Nyong’o, Dania Gurira, Winston Duke, Tenoch Huerta, Martin Freeman, Dominique Thorne Director: Ryan Coogler Rating: ★★★★ Nonika Singh L ONG live the king… but since the King of Wakanda is dead and so is the brilliant actor Chadwick Boseman, who simply mesmerised us with his portrayal of Black Panther, what options do makers have to continue the franchise? Anoint a new king and let a new actor slip into the part. But then who can replicate the enigmatic charm of Boseman? So, they let us soak in the inevitable that both King T'Challa, and Boseman are no more. Then they take a chanceand let women call the shots. The queen is none other than Black Panther's mother (Angela Basset). But since as a dialogue goes; “Is there like a new Black Panther you can call to come rescue us?" someone has to follow in his footsteps. Who it will be is kind of obvious in this all women show. The kingdom of Wakanda is ruled by a woman, young princess Shuri is busy experimenting with artificial intelligence and a woman general (Lupita Nyong'o) is defending the realm. Welcome to Black Panther Wakanda Forever, where might of women rules like never before. Why the young scientist (Dominique ) of MIT, a science prodigy, is girl too and a black at that. And guess what the one behind the camera too is a woman, noted cinematographer Autumn Durald. Of course, Black Panther is not just about busting stereotypes or taking diversity to another level. It's as much a tribute to Chadwick Boseman as a worthy sequel. As with any Marvel Cinematic Universe, the antagonist has to be as powerful as the lead. So Namor, a man who knows no love, is. Only here, he not only possesses superhuman powers, born with wings on his ankles, revered by his people as Feather Serpent God. And his kingdom has vast resources of vibranium, a metal which can create weapons of mass destruction. Of course, we know Wakanda too has similar reserves of the rare metal a reason why the US is after them and the scientist who has designed the machine that can detect vibranium. Namor's underwater kingdom, however, is a secret and since he wants to keeps it that way, he seeks an In black & white Skin colour put limitations on my career, says Viola Davis Actress Viola Davis has said her career was ‘limited’ by her skin colour in the early days and believes there is a ‘lack’ of stories for black women to tell. The 57-year-old actress started out in the industry in the late 1990s and explained there was a ‘deficit’ of stories about black women and often found herself playing supporting characters because Hollywood had Watch out Directed and co-produced by Mani Ratnam, Ponniyin Selvan 1 stars Vikram, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Karthi, Jayam Ravi, Trisha Krishnan, Prakash Raj, Sarath Kumar and Parthiban in key roles. Fans of PS–1 can now rent this visual extravaganza in Hindi with Movie Rentals and the film will be available for the subscribers from November 26. Ponniyin Selvan 1 is Mani Ratnam’s masterpiece historical drama from 2022 and is based on Kalki Krishnamoorthy’s book of the same name. ally in Wakanda. Since Wakanda is the moral centre in the universe full of avarice ridden men and women, it can only follow its conscience the conscientious way. A face off is imminent and there lies the USP of MCU; the spectacular action. The action sequences especially when Namor's people come riding on whales are meant to take your breath away and boy it's some magic on screen! The cinematography by Autumn Durald and the visual splendour of Namor's underwater kingdom is truly majestic. Wrapped somewhere in between the stunning visuals and fine screenplay is a significant message on vengeance. Don't let retribution consume failed to ‘dig deep’ into her culture. She said, “There is a deficit of stories that women of colour are able to access in Hollywood. When I started off as an actor, the scope of what I wanted to do was infinite. It was definitely a big blow to see limitations put on me in my career. You’re just there to give the white lead advice, to be the sage, to be the nurturer. We lack digging deep into who we are.” Meanwhile, the Academy Award-winning star received the Icon award at the Harper’s Bazaar Women of the Year Awards 2022 on November 10 and explained that the honour has become ‘embedded’ in her spirit and she will use it to help progression in showbusiness. —IANS you. But the film does, as it's an immersive experience enhanced further by the note of loss and poignancy accentuated even more by fine performances. If Angela is both stoic and vulnerable, Letitia Wright as Princess Shuri packs that rare quality of strength within a delicate frame. She grieves for her brother's loss and when time come measures up to the mantle that was once his. A sharp mind that inhabits an agile body you obviously root for this young warrior. However, you don't abhor her enemy… Thanks to some fine writing by director Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert Cole', Namor played by Tenoch Huerta is no devil incarnate but a man who would protect his people and his surreal Aztec city of Talokan, whatever it takes. Of course, Wakanda can only be protected by Black Panther. Has its gender identity been sealed forever? Well, an epilogue points in a new direction which is as uplifting as the end credits song Lift Me Up by Rihanna. "We need light, we need love…" the world could do with greater empathy. And that makes the experience of watching Black Panther Wakanda Forever uplifting and nostalgic too Height of adventure Mona Uunchai How far would one go to fulfil a friend's wish? Well, three men in their sixties take the climb to the Everest base camp at 17,598 feet. Sooraj Barjatya dons the director's hat after seven years and what he brings is starkly different to his signature cinema. No Prem aka Salman Khan here, or a family saga but four friends— writer Amit Shrivastav (Amitabh Bachchan), book store owner Om Sharma (Anupam Kher ), shopkeeper Javed Siddiqui (Boman Irani) and retired civil servant Bhupen (Danny Denzongpa)—who put each other above everything. Their life takes a rude turn when Bhupen is found dead. Bhupen wanted to take his Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Anupam Kher, Boman Irani, Danny Denzongpa, Parineeti Chopra, Neena Gupta, Sarika Director:Sooraj Barjatya Rating: ★★★ friends to Nepal, where he spent his childhood, and to the Everest base camp for he believed 'pahadon ke paas har swal ka jawab hai'. The three friends decide to find it for themselves. A road trip by three old people is a brave choice for a theme. The story is interesting, and trust Anupam Kher, Boman Irani and Amitabh Bachchan to make it engaging. Hats off to Amitabh for portraying such a difficult role, shot at tough spots, including the world's most Celebrating Aashiqui This weekend, Sony Entertainment Television’s singing reality show Indian Idol – Season 13 will feature Aashiqui special episode. On Sunday (November 13), bringing alive the magic of love, the show will be Celebrating Aashiqui in the presence of the evergreen cast – Deepak Tijori, Annu Agarwal and Rahul Roy! Joining the judges, Himesh Reshammiya and Vishal Dadlani, will be singer Kumar Sanu. Viewers will be in for a trip down memory lane as the cast will ‘tell Siddhaanth Vir Surryavanshi The ‘beast’ is out collapses at gym, dies Popular TV actor Siddhaanth Vir Surryavanshi passed away on November 11 while working out in the gym. He was 46. Siddhaanth made his acting debut with the show, Kkusum. He was also a part of Krishna Arjun, Kasautii Zindagii Kay, Virrudh, Bhagyavidhaata, Kya Dill Mein Hai and Grihasti, to name a few. Siddhaanth was a fitness enthusiast. His Instagram handle is full of videos of him working out in the gym. The news of his sudden demise comes as a shock. Jay Bhanushali took to his Instagram Stories and shared a picture of Siddhanth as he mourned his demise. The actor wrote, “Gone too soon @siddhaanth RIP Many .” heartbroken fans took to his Instagram posts and mourned his demise. A fan commented on one of his posts saying, “I am still coming to terms with this…Just too shocked.” Another fan commented, “Very sad news.” “Can’t believe my ears and eyes. Rest in peace sir. Om Shanti,” wrote a fan. Another fan expressed sadness and wrote, “Can’t believe, rest in peace.” c m y b dangerous Tenzing-Hillary Airport. He, as well as the film, defies ageism. Kher is a treat to watch—his gussa or the thumkas are admirable. Boman is brilliant as always. Danny Denzongpa gets a short but an endearing role. Parineeti Chopra as the tour guide gets to play a spunky character and she holds her stead among these veterans. Neena Gupta and Sarika provide strong support to the cast. Cinematography by Manoj Kumar Khatoi is breathtaking. Amit Trivedi's songs Keti Ko, Arre Oh Uncle to Haan Kar De aid the narrative. What doesn't work, however, are the different plot lines added and aborted - be it letting go of their children or the past. And, the runtime at 2 hour and 50 minutes is a tad bit too long. all’ about the movie! The contestants will also be seen singing the hit songs from the movie with Kumar Sanu joining them on stage and recreating the magic. Deverakonda recovers from back injury Vijay Deverakonda made his Bollywood debut with Liger where he played an MMA fighter. He reportedly suffered a shoulder injury during the tough training sessions he needed to go through his character. Vijay has finally recovered and shared it with his fans on social media. Taking to his Instagram Stories, the Arjun Reddy actor shared a health update with a picture in yellow outfit. He covered his face with his hands in the picture and captioned, “The back is almost fixed after eight months of rehab. The beast is dying to come out. Has been kept caged too long now. Go hard and outwork everyone my loves.”
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