24112022-LSTC-01.qxd 11/23/2022 11:13 PM Page 1 c m y b ALAYA F PRAISES KARTIK AARYAN Alaya F has worked with actor Kartik Aaryan for the first time in upcoming OTT release Freddy, which will be streamed on Disney+Hotstar from December 2. Alaya says, “Working with Kartik was not only a wonderful experience, but I also learnt a lot from him.” TMS TRIBUNE On board Life Basking in the glory of his recently released film Har Har Mahadev, Sharad Kelkar has joined hands with the makers of the biopic on industrialist Srikant Bholla titled SRI. TMS CHANDIGARH | THURSDAY | 24 NOVEMBER 2022 Direct to the point For exceptional contribution to cinema, Shah Rukh Khan to receive award in Jeddah On Day 4 of the 53rd edition of the International Film Festival of India being held in Goa, directors Kabir Khan, Luv Ranjan and Aanand L Rai talk about the changing face of the entertainment industry With the rise of social media, everyone has a voice. And when everyone has a voice, it is noise. Earlier you had to earn your voice. Now, Kantara on OTT LUV RANJAN, DIRECTOR Aanand L Rai Nonika Singh T Global superstar In a long list of awards that Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan has received, another will be added soon. He will be honoured for exceptional contribution to cinema during the second edition of The Red Sea International Film Festival, hosted in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. SRK was in city to shoot for his upcoming film, Dunki. The movie is his first collaboration with Rajkumar Hirani. The event will be a part of the festival’s opening ceremony in Jeddah on December 1. Mohammed Al Turki, CEO of the festival, said, “We are thrilled to be honouring Shah Rukh Khan, who is a remarkable talent and global superstar. After 30 years in the industry, Shah Rukh Khan remains one of the most successful superstars of Indian cinema and is loved by audiences around the world. We look forward to welcoming him to Jeddah this December.” In a statement, SRK said, “I am truly honoured to receive this award. It’s wonderful to be here among my fans from Saudi Arabia and the region, who have always been huge supporters of my films. I am looking forward to celebrating the region’s talent and being a part of this exciting film community.” On the work front, the actor will be seen in Pathaan, which is releasing in January 2023. — TMS HE insider vs outsider debate, the ‘N’ word that is nepotism and much more insightful points raised their head during the In-Conversation session at the 53rd edition of International Film Festival of India, Goa. And who better than three successful directors, Kabir Khan, Luv Ranjan and Aanand L Rai, all three outsiders, to reflect upon the changing face of the entertainment industry as well as how to break into it. As Khan, Ranjan and Rai came together along with producer Mahavir Jain and singer-turned-actor Ananya Birla, many a reflection coupled with quotable quotes made for an invigorating start to Day 4 of the nine-daylong festival. With Ranjan of Pyar Ka Panchnaama-fame and Kabir Khan, director of critically acclaimed films like 83 and Bajrangi Bhaijaan, taking the lead, the former, in particular, was at his candid best, mincing no words to make his point: “Nepotism is just another fancy word for inheritance. If we are okay with what we inherit from our parents and grandparents, why should we object to the same in context of the film industry? The problem is that newcomers suffer from a victim syndrome and want to blame someone.” Kabir Khan WHEN KABIR HEARD MERE SAPNON KI RANI IN AFGHANISTAN! Long before Kabir Khan became one of the most recognised names in the film industry, he realised the import of Bollywood, that too in Afghanistan. During the making of his documentary, as he was almost air- OPEN TO NEWCOMERS That is not to say the industry is not open to newcomers. Khan, another first generation filmmaker, shared how both producers and the studios are rather excited about new voices. His own journey when he got an opportunity, from none other than Yash Raj Films to back his dream project, Kabul Express (2006), is a classic example of how even the biggest studio was ready to back new talent. Of course, before trying to make inroads the new talent has to do a reality check. For instance, had he approached Ranjeet delighted over son Jeeva’s acting debut Jeeva some producer to finance his project on Azad Hind Fauj back then, which required a massive budget and was later made for OTT, he would have hit a wall. Whether OTT platforms are more welcoming of new talent is a question that was answered by Khan as sincerely, “Yes indeed, OTT platforms are more courageous. But it’s an evolving game and now even they are hankering after stars.” To provide a level playing field, Mahavir Jain is coming up with an app that will make it easy for fresh voices to mark and make their pres- Akshay Kumar’s comments do not go down well with producer Firoz Nadiadwala First step Veteran actor Ranjeet is delighted to see his son Jeeva making his acting debut in Shashank Khaitan’s Govinda Naam Mera. Produced by Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions, the film stars Vicky Kaushal, Kiara Advani and Bhumi Pednekar. Expressing his joy at the development, Ranjeet shared Jeeva’s picture from the film on Instagram and said, “Mera beta abhi Govinda ke bade problem ka beta! What a surprise! Good luck @shashankkhaitan ... love you @just_jeeva.” To this, Jeeva replied, “@ranjeetthegoli don’t ever worry! I promise that I will first and forever be your problem…Exclusively.” He also wrote, “It feels surreal. This is actually happening. Govinda Naam Mera is a fantastic entertainer for everyone and it features some of the best talent our industry has to offer. It’s an absolute blessing to be part of a Shashank Kaithandirectorial in a Dharma Production. This journey gave me the rare opportunity to absorb invaluable experience from the best of our industry.”— TMS dropped in the most uninhabited terrains of the country, he came across a lone individual, an Afghani who he thought was all but hostile. But remembers Khan, “Just as I uttered the word Hindustani, he War of words Much drama unfolded during Firoz Nadiadwala’s upcoming film Hera Pheri 3’s casting. As Paresh Rawal, who will reprise his role of Baburao unintentionally disclosed to a fan that Kartik Aaryan was finalised for the role of Raju, which was played by Akshay Kumar in the previous two movies, fans of Akshay got agitated. While the producer claimed it was Akshay’s high fee that led to his exit from the third part, the actor said otherwise. Ranjeet c m y b He revealed the script was the reason why he was bidding adieu to the franchise. Now, that did not go down well with Firoz. The producer, who has to work on two other sequels, Awara Paagal Deewana 2 and Welcome 3 after Hera Pheri 3, has decided to go ahead without Akshay. So, who will fill Akshay’s shoes in the other two films, while Kartik Aaryan has already been finalised for Hera Pheri 3? — TMS responded by singing Mere Sapnon Ki Rani… And I instantly knew nothing is more powerful than Bollywood and I had to make at least one film in this industry.” He has made many and is still counting! ence felt. Of course Applause Entertainment, of which Ananya is a part, has a judicious mix of content that gives opportunities to newcomers. But as in the entire conversation, moderated by Komal Nahta, Ranjan hit the nail on the head when he put the onus on audiences too. He wondered aloud, “The audience is ready to watch newcomers on OTT but are they ready to buy Rs 300 movie ticket to see their films in cinema halls?” A ticklish query indeed… Since entertainment at the end of the day is both a con- sumer market and an expensive art that can’t be detached from business, clearly much depends on the audience response. And in this ecosystem, which is of people, Khan opines there is no room for government intervention or subsidy to back such projects. What new talent however needs to do is to, “Find their unique voice and be a clutter-breaker.” No doubt all the three directors, Rai, Ranjan and Khan, have a unique signature and their USP writ all over their films! Prime Video has announced the worldwide digital premiere of Kannada blockbuster Kantara. Produced under the banner of Hombale Films by Vijay Kiragandur, the action-adventure is written and directed by Rishab Shetty, who also acts in the movie, alongside Sapthami Gowda, Kishore Kumar G. and Achyuth Kumar. After winning audiences’ hearts in theatres, viewers can now enjoy the film on OTT from November 24. On Kantara’s digital release, Rishab Shetty shares, “Audiences from all corners of the country have showered love on Kantara and I am excited that with its global digital premiere on Prime Video, we will be able to take our labour of love to a wider audience .” — TMS
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