30122022-LSTC-01.qxd 12/29/2022 10:49 PM Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE Watch out Prime Video has announced the global streaming premiere of Malayalam crime comedy film Gold, starring Prithviraj and Nayanthara. LUDHIANA | FRIDAY | 30 DECEMBER 2022 And we were floored... LOOKING BACK2022 Oops moment Rashmika Mandanna is trolled for comments on South Indian film music Sheetal T Rashmika Mandanna is being trolled once again for “forgetting and looking down upon her roots.” It comes days after she invited the ire of netizens for showing no gratitude for the production house that gave her a break in Kannada cinema. The Pushpa star, whose Hindi movie Mission Majnu with Siddharth Malhotra is releasing soon, stated during the film’s promotions that in Bollywood, romantic songs have a tradition, whereas in the South, there are only masala songs and item numbers. “For me, when I was growing up, romantic songs meant Bollywood romantic songs,” Rashmika said, upsetting her fans and followers. “In the South we have all mass masala songs, item numbers and dance numbers. This is my first Bollywood romantic song from the film Mission Majnu,” Rashmika continued. Rashmika earlier landed into a controversy by expressing aversion to the production house that launched her through the Kannada movie Kirik Party, which was directed by Rishab Shetty, now famous because of Kantara. She did not tweet or comment on Kantara and stated that she didn’t watch the movie. —IANS HIS has been the year of big-budget prequels, followed by some experiments by MCU. Some makers executed few tried-and- tested subjects with a new perspective. Here’s a list of foreign shows that wowed the masses and were hard to miss… Our love for foreign shows strengthened with House of the Dragon, Ms Marvel & Wednesday this year. Here are some series which we couldn’t afford to miss Nitin Manmohan passes away WEDNESDAY MS MARVEL THE WITCHER THE LORD OF THE RINGS—THE RINGS OF POWER EUPHORIA MOON KNIGHT PREQUELS PERSPECTIVE HOUSE OF THE DRAGON LAADLA WAS PRODUCED BY NITIN MANMOHAN Veteran film producer Nitin Manmohan passed away on December 29. He was in his early 60s. The producer was rushed to a hospital on December 3 after he suffered a massive heart attack. He was on the ventilator for 15 days. His condition deteriorated on Wednesday and he took his last breath on Thursday morning. Nitin Manmohan is the son of late actor Manmohan, who featured in films such as Brahmachari, Gumnaam and Naya Zamana. The late filmmaker was a wellknown producer, director and writer. He had started his film career in 1986 with the Zeenat Amanstarrer Baat Ban Jaaye. He later produced films, including Bol Radha Bol, Laadla, Baaghi, Army, Shool, Love Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega, Deewangee, Dus, Yamla Pagla Deewana and Ready, to name a few. Nitin Manmohan is survived by his wife, son and daughter. As per reports, his son Soham, who lives in Dubai, had flown down to Mumbai. Confirming the sad demise of the filmmaker, his daughter Prachi said, “He passed away this morning (29th December). He was hospitalized for last three weeks.” The Game of Thrones fans waited for this one with bated breath. The pacy narration puts this prequel in a different box from the original series, which is again based on the novels of author RR Martin. Set in times some 200 years before the period of Game of Thrones, it chronicles events that led to The Dance of The Dragons. Actor Matt Smith’s role as Daemon Targaryen was much appreciated. THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RINGS OF POWER December 11 marked 20 years of the first international premiere of the first film of The Lord of The Rings franchise. And, this year a series set in Middle-Earth inspired from author JRR Tolkien novels brought a prequel set in the Second Age, 4,000 years before the events of LOTR and The Hobbit trilogies. The series began a new era for LOTR franchise and Prime Video. The premiere episode was watched by more than 25mn viewers on the very first day. Showrunners JD Payne and Patrick Mckay introduced many new and old actors. mas Day. The four-episodic series is set 1,000 years prior to the events of The Witcher. It is created by Declan de Barra and Lauren Schmidt Hissrich and adapted from The Witcher book series by Andrzej Sapkowski. It’s currently trending in top 10 shows on the platform. SEASONAL SHIFT EUPHORIA SEASON 2 Fans waited for the series to return for two years and it was worth it. Not just the series but the memes and gif of the show also trended on social media. Created by Sam Levinson, it stars actors Zendaya, Sydney Sweeney, Hunter Schafer, Alexa Demie and Barbie Ferreira. THE WITCHER: BLOOD ORIGIN BIG BREAKOUTS WEDNESDAY The much-awaited prequel of The Witcher made it to Netflix on Christ- Based on how web series Wednesday is trending in India, we wonder why New twist to the costume drama CBFC asks makers of Pathaan to implement changes in the film The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has advised the makers of Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone’s upcoming film Pathaan to implement certain changes in the film, including in its songs, and submit a revised version, chairperson Prasoon Joshi has said. The film recently reached the CBFC examination committee for certification and went through the due examination process as per the board’s guidelines. Helmed by Siddharth Anand, Pathaan is scheduled for theatrical release in January in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. One of its songs Besharam Rang courted controversy over the orange-coloured bikini sported by Deepika Padukone. CBFC chairperson, Prasoon Joshi said, “Pathaan went through the due and thorough examining process as per the CBFC guidelines. The committee has guided the makers to implement the advised changes in the film including the songs and submit the revised version prior to theatrical release. Joshi said that A still from Pathaan; Prasoon Joshi (inset) “CBFC is always committed to find the right balance between creative expression and sensibility of the audience and believe that we can always find solution through meaningful dialogue between all stakeholders.” “Whilst the process is getting duly followed and implemented I must reiterate that our culture and faith is glorious, intricate and nuanced. And we have to be careful that it does not get defined by trivia which takes the focus away from the real and the true. And like I have said earlier as well, that the trust between creators and audience is most important to protect and the creators should keep working towards it.” Besharam Rang dropped online on December 12, and soon it became the talk of the town. Several people found the song objectionable over the use of saffron and green costumes. — ANI c m y b her character wasn’t explored earlier for a separate film or series. After The Addams Family and people’s obsession with the hit cartoon column published in The New Yorker over 50years since 1938, it was adapted for television shows, films, video games and comics. Now, the teen character of the family, Wednesday, has got its own spin off. Since its release on November 23 in India, it continues to trend at No 1 position on Netflix. DAHMER—MONSTER: THE JEFFREY DAHMER STORY Serial killers and drug mafia stories have always piqued interest of the audience. Dahmer is no different. It is based on the life of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, played by Evan Peters. The series was at No. 1 spot in the first week of its release on Netflix and became second most viewed English Netflix series of all times. Within 60 days of its premiere, it became the third Netflix series to cross 1 billion views. MS MARVEL Disney+Hotstar became home for Marvel Cinematic Universe web series and the one which got the most viewership was Ms Marvel. Be it for the backdrop of Pakistan or first Asian Muslim superhero Kamala Khan, played by ImanVellani, the show was pretty popular in the sub-continent and created fanfare in the world. MOON KNIGHT Another MCU series that aired on Disney+Hotstar brought back another superhero from the dead. While MCU’s films of the year couldn’t charm the audience and served more as fodder for meme content, this particular series was immensely popular. FILMS ON CBFC RADAR PADMAAVAT 2018: Starring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus met stiff resistance from Rajput Karni Sena. The CBFC asked the makers to change the name of his historical drama Padmavati to Padmavat along with some other modifications. MOHALLA ASSI 2016: The CBFC denied a rating to this satirical drama directed Dr Chandraprakash Dwivedi that starred Sunny Deol and Sakshi Tanwar. An FIR was filed in Varanasi against Deol and Dwivedi for the alleged use of abusive language in the film. Delhi High Court allowed the release of the film with one cut and adult certification, setting aside the order of CBFC. LIPSTICK UNDER MY BURKHA 2017: The scissor-happy CBFC rejected Lipstick Under My Burkha in its entirety and refused to even grant it a certificate. On the intervention of the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT) the film released with an A certificate. UDTA PUNJAB 2016: The CBFC gave a 13-pointer list that demanded 94 effective cuts in the Abhishek Chaubey directed film starring Shahid Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Kareena Kapoor and Diljit Dosanjh that focussed on Punjab's drug problem. However, the producers approached Bombay High Court and the film released with, 'A' certificate. ANGRY INDIAN GODDESSES 2015: Director Pan Nalin’s film was released in India post CBFC made 16 cuts. The producer of the film released a video on social media of all the scenes and words that were part of international release. WHAT’S NEXT? CBFC’S PATHAAN CALL IS LIKE SETTING A PRECEDENT, TODAY IT’S SAFFRON BIKINI, TOMORROW IT COULD BE ANYTHING. BAHÁÍ CAN TOMORROW CLAIM BEING HURT OVER A WHITE BIKINI. IT STARTED WITH CHANGING NAMES LIKE FROM PADMAVATI TO PADMAVAT AND HAS COME TO THIS STAGE THAT NOW FEW PEOPLE ON TWITTER TAKE A CALL ON WHAT COLOUR COSTUME TO BE WORN IN A FILM. —MADHUREETA ANAND
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