15112022-LSTC-01.qxd 11/15/2022 12:10 AM Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE Going places Richa Chadha has signed an Indo-British project. The actress will play the lead in this film and the shooting will begin in London during the first month of 2023. TMS CHANDIGARH | TUESDAY | 15 NOVEMBER 2022 ISTOCK SHOTIN THE ARM Sheetal T HE Punjab Government on Sunday launched a crackdown on both ‘reel’ and ‘real’ gun abuse in the state. There will be a ban on display and use of fire arms at public events, social media and also on music that glorifies gun culture. Celebs from the Punjabi film and music industry share their take. With the Punjab Government banning songs that glorify gun culture, will there be a shift in the approach of youngsters? Celebs share their take... Twice the joy Armaan Malik wins his second MTV Europe Music Award Prince of pop Armaan Malik has once again made history by winning the 2022 MTV Europe Music Award for ‘Best India Act’ for his English single You. This is the second time that Armaan has won the prestigious award. His debut single Control won him the MTV EMA in the same category in 2020. The awards’ ceremony was held on November 13 at Düsseldorf, Germany. Armaan says, “I’m humbled and overjoyed to win my second EMA! You is a very special record for me and for it to receive a nod at such a prestigious global platform is extremely heartening. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the fans and well-wishers who voted for me. The amount of love and support I have received all over the world is truly unprecedented and fills me with gratitude. This one’s for them, my family and my country!” Taylor Swift wins four awards Pop icon Taylor Swift bagged four out of the six awards she was nominated for, the most at the ceremony this year. She won in the categories of ‘best artist’, ‘best video’, ‘best pop’ and ‘best longform video’ for All Too Well (Taylor’s version). Swift has bagged numerous awards at the EMA’s in the past decade. However, she hasn’t appeared at the award ceremony for long. Her last memorable performance at the event was at the closing of the 2012 ceremony, when she put on a spectacle with her circusthemed performance of hit number We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together. Among the other winners were rapper and Anaconda hitmaker Nicki Minaj, who took the awards in the ‘best hip-hop’ and ‘best song’ categories. British vocalist Harry Styles also grabbed an award in the ‘best live’ category. Notably, three Ukrainian activists, Lina Deshvar, Anna Kutova and Anfisa Yakovina, were awarded the MTV EMA Generation Change Award. They were recognised for their work amid the ongoing conflict between Ukraine and Russia. —ANI Actor Sunil Shende is no more Noted actor Sunil Shende, known for movies and shows such as Circus, Shanti and Sarfarosh, passed away in Mumbai on Monday. The actor, who was in his 70s, breathed his last at his Vile Parle residence, film and music critic Pavan Jha said. The cause of Shende’s death was not immediately known. In his career of over 30 years, Shende was known for essaying supporting characters in movies such as Gandhi, Khalnayak, Ghayaal, Zid- di, Daud, Magan and Viruddh. He played the deputy commissioner of police in Aamir Khan-starrer Sarfarosh, and an inept politician in Rohit Shetty’s Zameen, headlined by Ajay Devgn and Abhishek Bachchan. On Twitter, actor Rajesh Tailang paid a tribute: “Great actor and a great human being ...Shri Sunil Shende is no more. I was fortunate enough to get a chance to work with him in the serial Shanti...” — PTI Singer Jasbir Jassi has been actively speaking against gun culture for more than 15 years. He says, “It’s high time we understand it’s not the people that we were against, but the kind of content that is spoiling our culture. This ban is a good step.” The Laung Da Lashkara singer has consciously stayed away from promoting gun culture. “Before forming a committee that would govern the content, it would be apt to make a thorough policy for everything. There should also be rules in place to check the content being released in the Punjabi music industry.” WORD WISE Writer and lyricist Harmanjeet Singh also stresses thesame. He says, “Words like, gandasa and kirpaan are also there in our folk songs, but they didn’t have the same connotation. It is too soon to talk about the effects of this ban on the artistes. Moreover, it’s not just guns, there are other issues that plague the Punjabi music industry.” “One cannot deny that gun violence has grown not just in reality, but also in the songs that are being produced. And to counter the same, this announcement was muchawaited. Other strict measures are also needed to uphold law and order.” “Songs can convey different meaning to different people, that’s why a committee of different artistes and intellectuals is needed to uphold the ban in the true sense,” opines Jassi. GREAT MOVE MATTER OF CHOICE Actor Dev Kharoud, who is gearing up for his next release, Blackia 2, has hailed the news and looks forward to execution of the ban. He explains, Lamberghini singer Ragini Tandan, who has recreated another folk song, Batti Bal Ke, in collaboration with Collecktive Projekt. She shares, “I don't believe bans are usually productive. There's a concept in psychology — The General Aggression Model —which states mere exposure to weapons through any source increases aggressive behaviour. Lyrics and videos have a huge impact subconsciously. We won't realise but these messages do seep in, so I understand where the ban is coming from. But my hope is that it reminds us of our power as artistes and how we need to be responsible when wielding it.” SHORT-TERM SOLUTION “In the last five-seven years, one sure has seen youngsters being swayed by the gun culture and the ban is right to some extent, but it’s only a short term solution. The ban might be effective for the next sixeight months, and aspiring musicians might desist for a while. But haven’t our forefathers kept arms or aren’t they part of history or culture? Anyone promoting gun culture might be booked and that can work as a temporary deterrent, but, unfortunately, today art is miles apart from aesthetics. It’s easier to lower down standards for easy ‘entertainment’ while uplifting consciousness is what we should be striving for,” opines Atul Sharma, Chairman, Chandigarh Sangeet Natak Akademi. FIRST STEP Preet Sanghreri, lyricistsinger believes the ban should definitely be in place. He says, “I think the songs that talk about guns or drugs have an effect on youngsters’ mind-set and should definitely be banned. But it’s just the first step. Now, either a committee or government’s tie up with social media handles can curb gun violence in music. It’s true that films on gangsters will still be made and would also need songs. An artiste’s responsibility is to tell the story, but also establish that those gangsters were on the wrong path and shouldn’t be glorified. Only then this chain of gun culture will stop.” Love-ly times When stars descend Guneet Monga, Sunny Kapoor to marry Jackie Shroff hosts a reunion party for 80s co-stars Filmmaker Guneet Monga is all set to get married to fiancé Sunny Kapoor next month. The wedding is scheduled for December 11 and 12 in Mumbai. Their roka ceremony was held recently and pictures are doing the rounds on social media. Sunny is a Delhibased businessman and owns a fashion company. The eleventh edition of 1980s Reunion of Indian Film Industry was hosted by Jackie Shroff and Poonam Dhillon at the former’s house. Many celebs from Hindi, Tamil and Telugu industry graced the event. While Anil Kapoor, Vidya Balan and Anupam Kher were present from Bollywood, South-Indian stars were present too. — TMS This dark comedy is a delectable offering — less ghastly and more delicious, but no less insightful Nonika Singh Remember the yesteryear song Monica, Oh My Darling from the movie Caravan, which caught our imagination like few songs have? Well, the same seductive song not only becomes the title of Vasan Bala’s quirky film, but expectedly one of the central characters here is the voluptuous Monica (Huma Qureshi sizzles as femme fatale). Rare is a film that opens with a murder and follows up with a few more yet more than having you on tenterhooks, it makes you chuckle. Behold the world of neonoir crime. Based on Japanese novel Burutasu No Shinzou by Keigo Higashino, this slice of dark comedy is a delectable offering — less ghastly and more delicious, but no less insightful. Sure, death is serious business. But this tale of robotics engineer Jayant Arkhedkar (Rajkummar Rao) caught up in boardroom politics and bedroom manoeuvring tickles your funny bone. He is no saint of course but a social NET, FLICKS & MORE Masala magic climber and can certainly walk over a dead body, even knock someone dead to achieve his goals. Rao does full justice to this grey character driven by ambition and greed. Of course, he is not alone in the world of acquisitiveness and self preservation. He has company in this company called Unicorn. Thus, he along with two others Nishikant Adhikari (Sikandar Kher is wickedly funny as the son of the owner of Unicorn) and Arvind Manivannan c m y b Film: Monica, O My Darling Director: Vasan Bala Cast: Rajkummar Rao, Huma Qureshi, Radhika Apte, Sikandar Kher, Akansha Ranjan Kapoor, Bagavathi Perumal, Sukant Goel as Gaurav More, Zayn Marie Khan and Shiva Rindani Rating: (Bagavathi Perumal) plan and plot a murder of sexy secretary, who else but Monica! Reason: she is blackmailing all three of them. Clearly a woman with such gall is not going to die any time soon. Who dies and who has committed the murder is not exactly the stuff Sherlock Holmes murder mystery is made of. Your guess is as good as mine and you can easily unlock the guessing game. Still the twists and turns make for some engaging and zany fare. Aided by some peppy songs with music by Achint Thakkar and lyrics by Varun Gover, the tone remains flippant and entertaining of course. Nothing is what it appears to be. Neither the head of Unicorn group nor the cop played with playful glee by Radhika Apte. As ACP Vijayashanti Naidu, she keeps telling Jayant, ‘kahani ko itna tight kyon pakad ke rakha hai thoda dheela chodo.’ Director Bala of course does the impossible; the storyline is tight and gripping enough to have all your attention yet he gives both his story and characters long enough rope to swing from one end to another in a joyful ride. And we love the end which is at once openended and metamorphical. Even otherwise this is no linear tale but one that comes in waves of intrigue and entertainment. Lust, greed, corporate manipulations even class differences, all lurk in the corners but do not override the fun element. Packed with many a tonguein-cheek innuendo, intelligent references to other films, sharp writing and proficient performances, the film is worth your time. (Streaming on Netflix)
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