15032023-LSTC-01.qxd 3/14/2023 10:33 PM Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE Swara Bhasker channels ‘Telugu brides’ at her wedding celebration Anti-hero Actor Dino Morea, who is known for his work in Tandav and The Empire, will be seen playing an anti-hero in the Malayalam drama Bandra. IANS CHANDIGARH | WEDNESDAY | 15 MARCH 2023 Accolades, Everywhere Sheetal Happy times Swara Bhasker is set to tie the knot with Fahad Ahmad in a traditional ceremony soon. Over the weekend, the couple had their haldi and mehendi ceremonies. And on Monday (March 13), they hosted the sangeet ceremony, which was a Carnatic music night. Swara Swara looked ethereal in a red Bhasker and banarsi saree and tradiFahad Ahmad held tional jewellery for the night. Reposting a picture their haldi and mehendi ceremonies on her Instagram Story, the actress wrote, “Chanover the nelling Telugu Brides.” weekened The decor for the night was done in a traditional South Indian way with marigold and white flowers. Swara also shared a video of Carnatic vocalist Sudha Raghuraman performing on stage, and wrote, “The amazing @sudharaghuraman20 making our wedding celebrations magical #SwaadAnusaar.” The couple will now host a Qawwali night on March 15, followed by a reception on March 16. —TMS Story of hope B E it at 95th Academy Awards or the awards that went by — Golden Globes, BAFTA, SAG and Critics' Choice Awards — this film has won everything, everywhere! As Everything Everywhere All at Once converts seven out of 11 nominations into victory at the Oscars, it has evoked a phenomenon similar to Parasite (the first non-English film to bag an Oscar in The Best Picture category) For her role in the film, Michelle Yeoh clinched the Oscar for Best Actress while becoming the first South-Asian woman to do so. The multiverse created by team Everything Everywhere All at Once, which won seven Oscars, is futuristic as well as philosophical The film, which has grossed over $ 100 million worldwide, successfully did the unimaginable — beating top contenders at the Oscars this year, such as Steven Spielberg's The Fabelmans, Cate Blanchett's Tár, and the German war drama All Quiet on the Western Front. Available on OTT platform SonyLIV in India just a day after the big win, watching it grounds your soul in humanity and kindness. The comedy- Bheed to celebrate Sonu Sood, other heroes for their humanitarian efforts wide lockdown. The Sonu Sood Foundation kicked-off the Ghar Bhejo campaign that helped 7,50,000 migrants get home and offered meals to 60,000 people. Bheed, which is completely monochromatic, is the story of hope. The makers wanted to tell the stories of the heroes who made such dark times better for the world. — IANS drama genre doesn't really justify the multi-layered film. Just like the protagonist, Evelyn (Yeoh) and her daughter/villain Joy, played by Stephanie Hsu, who face the dilemma of 'you could be anything, anywhere', the writer-directors Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert come out as the real heroes for making a film which is about everything. It might sound controversial, but the verse-version that the film has created seems better than the multi-verse of MCU. Ticking all the boxes The film, which operates on a macro as well as micro level, is breathtakingly wonderful, as it talks of real things yet imaginary, focuses on family yet is scientific. There are clueless moments and then deep down relatable. There are moments that leave you in splits with absurd comedy and yet has an emotional climax. As Parasite was hailed for a shocking twist that didn't follow three-act structure, this Americancomedy drama also employs something new to engage viewers. It's an idea beyond imagination; a futuristic belief that there exists another version of you in some oth- THE PROUD WINNERS When Tom preferred an igloo Superstar Tom Cruise decided to skip the 95th Academy Awards and instead spent the evening in an igloo. The actor’s hit film Top Gun: Maverick had been nominated for a Best Picture award at the ceremony, but Tom was nowhere to be seen at the star-studded event. Tom is said to have ‘known’ the film would miss out on the Oscar and so decided to ‘get on with doing what he does best’. An insider has said the 60-year-old Hollywood icon flew out to Svalbard, 500 miles south of the North Pole to film scenes for the eighth installment of Mission Impossible. A source shared, “Tom would rather get on with doing what he does best and making amazing movies...He’s seen it all before”. Top Gun: Maverickhad received six nominations at the Academy Awards, but went home with just one accolade for Best Sound. POCKETING ALL THE AWARDS ■ Oscar Award in the Best Picture category for it's a breakthrough film, which showcases Hollywood diversity with Asia-American themes and Asian cast. Or, as actor Ke Huy Quan said in his acceptance speech, 'This is American Dream.' ■ Best Director and Best Original Screenplay to Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert for bringing a breath of freshness to cinema and attempting various subjects, genres and mediums in one project. ■ Best Actress to Michelle Yeoh (Oscar and Golden Globes) for her multifaceted performance that involved characters of a martial artist, singer, laundermart-runner, traffic instructor, chef and many more. ■ Best Actress in Supporting Role for Jamie Lee Curtis for her role as IRS inspector Deirdre Beaubeirdre and others. ■ Best Actor in Supporting Role to Ke Huy Quan (Oscar and Golden Globes) for his character made you believe in the goodness of the world. ■ Best Film Editing (Oscar and BAFTA) to Paul Rogers for the shift from one scene to another with sudden 'verse jumps' without any disconnect er verse. Dwelling upon that, it marries all the relevant themes — from generational family trauma to identity crisis (here Chinese-American) to mid-life crisis of Yeoh to depression — yet somehow manages to dwell upon love and kindness. One such love theme doing the rounds on social media comes from Best Supporting Actor Male, Ke Huy Quan, as Waymond. He says, "In another life, I would really have liked just doing laundry and taxes with you." Not so teen, the 32-year-old Oscars’ diary Stephanie Ann Hsu as Joy and the multi-verse villain Jobu Topaki, played half her age, and yet aced the character. But the actress was competing with her own co-star, Jaimie Lee Curtis, and the latter took the trophy home. That reminds of another powerful moment when Evelyn (Yeoh) tells Deirdre Beaubeirdre (Curtis), "You are not unlovable. There is always something to love. Even in a stupid, stupid universe where we have hot dogs for fingers, we get very good with our feet." Here are a few interesting stories about the Oscar awards Tom Cruise PHOTOS: AGENCIES The upcoming Rajkummar Rao and Bhumi Pednekarstarrer film Bheed will celebrate the heroes of the Covid-19 pandemic, including actor Sonu Sood, who restored faith in humanity with their efforts. The actor set an example by arranging for multiple transport buses for hundreds of migrants stuck in different parts of the country amid the nation- A STILL FROM EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE KARTIKI AND GUNEET KAALA BHAIRAVA AND RAHUL SIPLIGUNJ Jimmy Kimmel acceptance speech.” Last year, the moment was followed by Smith, 54, winning Best Actor for his role in King Richard; he took the stage but decided not to apologise specifically to Rock during his emotional acceptance speech. Kimmel joked during his opening monologue, “We know this is a special night for you. We want you to have fun. We want you to feel safe. And most importantly, we want me to feel safe. So we have strict policies in place. If anyone in this theatre commits an act of violence at any point during the show, you will be awarded the Oscar for Best Actor and permitted to give a 19-minute-long speech.” Tourists flock Theppakadu Camp Meeting their star, Rihanna Kaala Bhairava and Rahul Sipligunj, singers of the Oscar-winning Naatu Naatu, were on cloud nine after meeting Rihanna on the sidelines of the 95th Academy Awards. Kaala Bhairava shared a picture taken with the nine-time Grammy Award winner. Rahul Sipligunj and choreographer Prem Rakshith are also seen posing with the superstar singer. The Barbadian singer performed her Oscar-nominated song Lift Me Up from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever at the awards gala. Rihanna, who is expecting her second child, showed off her baby bump through a black sheer cut-out gown. Many Will Smith Jokes removed RIHANNA There were quite a few Will Smith jokes made at the 95th Academy Awards, but there were certainly more. An executive producer of the Will Smith An artist from Mumbai paints a congratulatory message for The Elephant Whisperers team event has explained why there weren’t more. Jimmy Kimmel, 55, hosted the ceremony, one year after Smith slapped Chris Rock on stage when Rock, 58, made a joke about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. Molly McNearney, an executive producer of this year’s show, and Kimmel’s wife, explained why her hus- c m y b band did not go ‘harder’. “We didn’t want to make this year all about last year,” McNearney, 45, said. “I cannot tell you how many Will Smith jokes we had that we got rid of. We think that only the best for that room made it. There were certainly some that went harder, but we didn’t think that was our place to do that. That should be Chris Rock, not us.” Still, they didn’t want to ignore the incident altogether. “We really liked the idea of making fun of the reaction to it last year,” said McNearney. “I think we’re all still in a bit of shock of how that went down and how after watching that violence everyone had to then sit through an A large number of tourists keen to see the elephants Raghu and Ammu, who have become famous after the documentary short film The Elephant Whisperers won an Oscar at the 95th Academy Awards. The film, helmed by Kartiki Gonsalves, revolves around two Kattunaiyakan tribe members, Bomman and Bellie, who nurture and bring up the orphaned elephant calves. Bomman and Bellie even got married while the film was being shot. A tourist, Sukumaran Nair from Thiruvananthapuram visited the Theppakadu Elephant Camp for the first time. The camp is located deep inside the Mudumalai National Park in the Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu. It was set up in 1917 for timber loggers. The camp officials said a few foreign tourists were also there because they wanted to meet the elephants, as well as their mahouts. — AGENCIES
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