16032023-LSTC-01.qxd 3/15/2023 11:02 PM Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE Make way for docu-film on Yo Yo Honey Singh Mom-to-be Hollywood star Lindsay Lohan has revealed she is expecting her first baby with her husband. The actress, 36, took to social media and shared the news. IANS CHANDIGARH | THURSDAY | 16 MARCH 2023 Up, close & personal Netflix is set to launch a bare-it-all docu-film based on the life of hip hop artiste and rapper Yo Yo Honey Singh, the universally loved and celebrated artiste who has several hit songs to his credit. No stranger to controversy, the film will showcase his sudden disappearance at the peak of his career that startled the industry and fans. Produced by Guneet Monga and directed by Mozez Singh, Yo Yo Honey Singh will take his fans through the unseen and unheard chapters of his life with his raw and candid revelations, which capture his highs as well as lows. The docu-film capI have spoken about my tures his personal and professional journey personal and with behind-the-scenes professional issues before, but moments straight from I’ve never been able to bare it Hirdesh Singh aka Yo all. My fans deserve to know Yo Honey Singh’s life, the whole story. including family members, friends and music collaborators who have been by his side through it all. Commenting on the docu-film, Yo Yo Honey Singh says, “I have spoken about my personal and professional issues in the media before, but I’ve never been able to bare it all. I have received tremendous love from my fans, so they deserve to know the whole story. This Netflix docu-film will give everyone an honest and sincere account of my life, my upbringing, where I’ve been and my current journey to return stronger.” — TMS ❝ Scienceof success plot forward.” As the second season will pack the incredible journey of Dr Homi Bhabha, Dr Vikram Sarabhai and Dr APJ Abdul Kalam shaping a new era to make India a nuclear nation, Jim promises, “more entertaining drama and a wiser Homi Bhabha.” Nonika Singh H E loves cats and hates to generalise. Statements like ‘OTT is the Mecca for actors like him who love to experiment’ leave him cold. Jim Sarbh who has not just played a variety of roles, but given us many shades of every character that he has etched out can be dismissive and expansive at the same time. He could answers your queries in monosyllables and at another moment dwell at length on topics that interest him. Without a doubt, Rocket Boys, one of the best shows of 2022, has him talking. The show amalgamated science, emotion, entertainment and information in a riveting package, and Jim, a Parsi himself, nailed all the inflections of renowned Parsi physicist Homi Bhabha. Jim Sarbh, usually a man of few words, talks at length about how the second season of Rocket Boys will be more dramatic as well as impressive Today as the second season of the series, which will take the story forward to India’s secret nuclear test at Pokhran, is all set to stream on SonyLIV, Jim is neither over-confident nor jittery. All he feels at this stage is, “A restlessness, nervous excitement akin to what one feels INDEED A LIVEWIRE A STILL FROM ROCKET BOYS 2 before a play goes up. Now you just want an audience.” HE’S A TEAM MAN While canning the first season he may not have anticipated the critical acclaim that came his way or the show’s, but he certainly knew they had a special thing at hand. Having worked with the best there is, Sanjay Leela Bhansali in Padmaavat, who knows his job like few others, he was not apprehensive about working with debutant director Abhay Pannu. Few minutes into discussion with him he knew, “Here was a sharp director. On the sets, I saw his vision and intricate knowledge of camera movements.” Today as he recalls the pluses like ‘consistency’ in having the same technical team and director for the second season, he is all praise not just for Abhay Pannu but entire crew whose names he rattles with ease. He insists, “No matter how good a screenplay may be, the role of technical crew is humongous. They can make or mar a film. In Rocket Boys, be it cinematographer Harshvir Oberai, editor Maahir Zaveri or composer Achint Thakkar, they all made the project look like a million bucks even with limited resources.” Among the many parts that he has essayed, Homi J Bhabha surely is closest to his heart. It required him to play Three cheers! VICKY KAUSHAL AND MEGHNA GULZAR Sam Bahadurshoot ends The filming of Vicky Kaushal-starrer Sam Bahadur has finished. Directed by Meghna Gulzar, it will release on December 1. On Tuesday, Kaushal took to his Instagram handle and shared a picture from the sets. In it, he is seen in an Army uniform, while director Meghna Gulzar stands beside him. The film is based on the life of Sam Manekshaw, Chief of the Army Staff, during the India-Pakistan War of 1971. Kaushal, who is portraying the titular character, is collaborating with Meghna for the second time. He was earlier part of hit film, Raazi, directed by Meghna. — TMS THE FABULOUS LIVES OF BOLLYWOOD WIVES ‘Khopdi’ is no more Nukkad actor Sameer Khakhar passes away Veteran actor Sameer Khakhar, who was popularly known for playing Khopdi in the famous TV series Nukkad, on Doordarshan, passed away on Wednesday (March 15) due to multiple organ failure. He was 71. Over the course of his 38-year acting career, he appeared in numerous TV shows, films and was also a part of Gujarati theatre. Besides Nukkad, he was seen in TV shows such as Manorajan, Circus, Shrimaan Shrimati, Adaalat and Sanjivani. He had played a key role in Salman Khan’s Jai Ho and was last seen in web series Sunflower. Sameer Khakhar’s cousin Ganesh Khakhar confirmed the news of actor’s demise: “He was suffering from respiratory issues, then went to sleep and became unconscious. We called the doctor and he suggested that we admit him to the hospital. He was kept on ventilator, but gradually he collapsed at 4:30 am this morning.” Paying a tribute to Sameer Khakhar, famous director Hansal Mehta took to Twitter and wrote, “For some reason I was nicknamed Khopdi in college after his iconic character in Nukkad. My closest friends from the time still call me Khopdi. But I guess it’s time to say goodbye. Goodbye Sameer Khakhar. Thank you for the memories.” — TNS Having started his career on ‘bad man’ note in an industry that thrives on pigeonholing actors, he could easily have fallen in a trap. How did he escape it? “Simply by doing nothing except acting.” Today he may or may not say no to smaller roles as in Sanju, for, “impact and not length matters.” this complicated being, “mercurial, But after the success of Rocket Boys thoughtful, confident, brash, smug, he certainly is eyeing lead parts. arrogant, charming, generous”, which Besides second season of Rocket Boys indeed is a challenge for an actor. Play- he will also be seen in Mrs Chatterjee ing an inspirational character or a bad Vs Norway, which releases this Friday. man or grey (Made in Heaven), he does- Yet another outing of Made in Heaven too is on the anvil. n’t think there is any major difLivewire on screen, off ference and you tap into that screen Jim claims to be part of your experience “what you see is what which is appropriate for you get.” And what do the scene. And it may not we get? Well, a man who necessarily be one emois not one thing but tion. For example, in many and for whom one Neerja he brought out the thing can’t exist without impatience of a hijacker the other. Only he would not who is ferocious yet believes do anything by design. So he is righteous, in Padmaavat’s he has no answers when devious Malik Kafur he he is quizzed, “Why do unveiled his loving facet No matter I play real characters and in the towering peror bad ones? Or what sona of Homi, apart how good a genres do I prefer?” from his greatness, screenplay may be, Having studied psyhis impudence too the role of technical chology getting into had to be factored in. the mind of an actor Ultimately, whatcrew is humongous. too was not a conever may be the They can make or scious choice, for, “I genre, he observes, mar a film. have been acting all my “People come to a show life…” and one thing he is to be entertained.” So dead sure of is, “I want to keep Rocket Boys could not have been “a boring science lesson but had acting.” To be part of storytelling to weave science organically.” Not process of brilliant films, web series, once during the shooting did he feel plays is his dream. Only he is living that they were doing scenes just for that dream…Watch Rocket Boys to the heck of it, “each scene was either know how an actor can make a brilrevealing the character or taking the liant show soar even higher. Netflix announces Season 3 of its top five web shows DELHI CRIME KOTA FACTORY MISMATCHED c m y b Successful Indian shows on Netflix from previous years are set to return on the platform and guess what’s the common thread in the announcement— they all happen to be the third seasons of the respective series. Popular series — Delhi Crime, The Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives, Kota Factory, Mismatched and SHE, will be returning this year. Netflix officials posted a video, which begins by showing tweets from fans, showing their excitement for the third season of their favourite shows. Bhavana Pandey, who features in Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives, says, “You don’t even know what’s coming!” After which shots from the previous seasons are played and their renewals announced. As for the caption, it goes, “It’s time to refill your coffee cups because our favourites are coming back for a new season with a whole lotta twists, Ajay Devgn gets candid with #AskBholaa SHE crime and drama!” Kota Factory follows the lives of a group of students preparing for IIT entrance exams, whereas Shefali Shahstarrer Delhi Crime is a crime drama and was based on true crime stories until now. Shriya Pilgaonkar-starrer SHE is created by Imtiaz Ali and is based around a female police constable who goes undercover to bust an underworld gang. The Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives is a reality show which features celebrity wives Neelam Kothari, Bhavana Pandey, Seema Sajdeh and Maheep Kapoor. And Mismatched is a coming-of-age romantic series. — TMS Fun with fans Ajay Devgn has another highly anticipated film, Bholaa, to offer his fans. Besides acting, Ajay has also directed and produced Bholaa. The actor on Tuesday conducted #AskBholaa session with his fans on Twitter. Answering questions, Ajay got candid and gave some funny replies. When one Twitter user asked about his fitness and Ajay quipped, “I eat food and brain in the right quantity.” Another fan inquired about Ajay’s prediction on how much Bholaa will earn and Ajay gave a heartwarming reply, “Money is not known, I hope I earn your love a lot.” — TMS
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