04062023-LSTC-01.qxd 6/3/2023 11:50 PM Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE Go green British rock band Coldplay's tour is one of the most eco-friendly of all time. Chris Martin 's group is currently playing a four-night residency at Manchester City's Etihad Stadium. - IANS CHANDIGARH | SUNDAY | 4 JUNE 2023 All shadesof love Mona ‘Spread love, not hate,’ says Urmila Matondkar Actor Urmila Matondkar shared an inspirational post on her Instagram handle on Saturday. The Rangeela actor dropped a picture of herself and in the captions she wrote, “Dance like no one is watching but more importantly Love as Everyone Matters... at the end of it love will sail you through the challenges of life not hatred and grudges.” Urmila looked gorgeous as she wore an offshoulder black dress. She paired it with matching heels. The Judaai actor opted for soft makeup look and left her curly hair untied. The actor’s fans chimed in the comLove as ments section as soon as the Everyone Matters... picture was uploaded. A fan at the end of it love will wrote, “My favourite.” Another commented, “Urmila U R sail you through the Looking Beautiful.” challenges of life not Urmila who married hatred and Mohsin Akhtar Mir, a Kashgrudges mir-based businessman in 2016 in a low-key ceremony, had entered the film industry as a child artist. Like the other 90s actresses, Urmila is set to debut on the OTT platform. Helmed by Saurabh Varma, the series Tiwari is said to be a thriller, based on an emotional mother-daughter story. In the poster of the series, Urmila could be seen with a rustic look, with injury marks on her body and white cloth tied to her hand. The series is now in pre-production. — ANI ‘Lost everything’ Sharon Stone on losing work after her health scare in 2001 F EVERYBODY JUST WANTS TO BE COOL AND HOP ON THE INCLUSIVITY BANDWAGON. BUT MANY STRANDS ARE RATHER ONE DIMENSIONAL AND STEREOTYPICAL HERE IN OUR STORIES. FRENCH FILM CLOSE, PAKISTANI DRAMA JOYLAND, AMERICAN EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE ARE BRILLIANT STORIES TO HAVE COME INTERNATIONALLY ILMMAKER Onir is an unstoppable force, be it the personal sphere or the professional. As his ambitious film You Are got scrapped due to denial of permissions, vengeful he channelised his energy in the film Pine Cone – a romance that celebrates a queer love story. Much in love with mountains, the very outdoorsy director treks Great Lakes Trek of Kashmir this summer. The National Award winning filmmaker opens up on his cinematic journey. Onir’s next outing Pine Coneto be the opening film of the 14th edition of KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival THEN & NOW Onir came to Mumbai as an editor some three decades back. His first film My Brother…Nikhil came in 2005 followed by I Am (2011) that won him prestigious National Award. Over close to two decades, scenario has starkly changed, believes Onir. “OTT has given exposure to audience not only to Indian regional flavours but also international taste. As a filmmaker it propels you to challenge oneself and give your best. The cinema-OTT competition, however, holds little value, as with the onset of television such fears rose, but nothing can beat a theatre experience!” QUEER LOVE You Are is a project too special to him. Story of a gay Army officer that he was denied permission by the Defence Ministry to make, and guess what...it’s a real story. “I was filled with rage but then I am not the one to sit and brood I put my energies into this queer love story Pine Cone that pans from Kerala to Mumbai to Sikkim.” The audition process was thoroughly engaging, it happened over the Covid period and initial auditions happened online and that ONIR helped the director-producer scout five fresh faces to debut in this film. While there has long been demand of queer community to have them star in films celebrating such subjects, it was happy coincidence that the lead played by a Vidur Sethi is an ‘out’ theatre actor. “The LGBTQIA+ community sure should see representation in films but I can’t ask an actor if they are gay or not in an audition, it would be reverse discrimination for an actor should get to play all kind of roles. It was after Vidur was selected for the role, he shared with me he was ‘out’ and proud and how amazing!” KERALA TO SIKKIM The shoot took Onir to two of his favourite places. While shooting at Kochi in Kerala, he was in love with The Kathacontinues The Basic Instinct actress, Sharon Stone, 65, said that she was shunned out of Hollywood after suffering a stroke. She was rushed to the hospital in 2001 after suffering a brain hemorrhage that lasted nine days, forcing her to step away from her career for two years, which she said led to her being out of the movies for 20 years. She said, “I recovered for seven years, and I haven’t had jobs since. When it first happened, I didn’t want to tell anybody because you know if something goes wrong with you, you’re out. Something went wrong with PTI me—I’ve been out for 20 years. I haven’t had jobs. I was a very big movie star at one point in my life.” Despite her being part of cinema’s most recognisable scenes thanks to her leg-crossing moment in 1992’s Basic Instinct and a 1996 Oscar nomination for best actress for her role as crazed hustler Ginger McKenna in Martin Scorsese’s Casino, she feels like she has “lost everything” since her health scare. Sharon Stones’s roles after her stroke have included parts in films such as Catwoman, Lovelace and The Laundromat. — IANS Director Anil Sharma who commenced the shooting of upcoming film Gadar 2 with the blessings from Darbar Sahib shot some patchwork scenes in Panchkula few days ago. The film stars Sunny Deol, Ameesha Patel and Utkarsh Sharma amongst others. The entire cast was in the tricity to shoot some final sequences of the film. The schedule lasted two days. Director Anil Sharma shares, “We had shot in Gurdwara Koohni Sahib in Panchkula, few scenes in Dara Studio and some inside the house scenes at a private property. This city has always been welcoming and offers a great working vibe. Be it Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Saathiyo, Gadar: Ek Prem Katha, or now Gadar 2: The Katha Continues, shooting here is an unforgettable experience. Whenever you arrive here even for as less as twofour days, it’s mandatory to go back with four kilos of extra body weight thanks to the great food options here.” The director calls the sequel of 2001 film a muchneeded one, “It’s not just me. Fans made it a phenomenon and I am just trying to take the story and legacy forward. And this time, I feel the Almighty is with us. Because by chance we got to visit Darbar Sahib when we commenced the shoot in Palampur and now with our last patchwork shoot in Panchkula, we got to visit the Gurdwara again.” —TNS their food and people. Sikkim and its monasteries and the food had him hooked as well. “Being born and having grown up in Bhutan, I have a close affinity with Himalayas and to be able to shoot in their majestic monasteries was a beautiful spell.” FESTIVAL RUN Pine Cone premiers at the Kashish Film Festival on the opening day of the festival on June 7, 2023 and is due for a festival run post it. Post that Onir intends to release it in theatres around September. “KASHISH gives us a chance to enjoy liberty and it’s an amazing get together to celebrate LGBTQIA+ themes. Similarly Pride Month holds huge significance as in many countries being gay is punishable with a death sentence. While I Team Gadar 2 enjoyed divine blessings as they wrapped up shoot in the tricity DIRECTOR ANIL SHARMA WITH ACTOR SUNNY DEOL Celebs mourn train tragedy Actor Salman Khan and many other Bollywod celebrities expressed their anguish over the triple train accident in Odisha's Balasore district, which claimed 238 lives and injured over 1000 people as per the latest estimates by the South Eastern Railway. The three-way accident involved Bengaluru-Howrah Superfast Express, the Coromandel Express and goods train on three separate tracks at Bahanaga Bazar Station, c m y b OTHERS IN GRIEF “Heartbreaking to see the visuals from the tragic train accident in Odisha.Praying for the speedy recovery of the injured.My thoughts and condolences to the families of the affected during this difficult time. Om Shanti.”AKSHAY KUMAR “Gutted about the loss of so many lives in the train accident in Odisha. Praying for the souls of the deceased and their families” SHILPA SHETTY Balasore district. 17 coaches of these two trains have been de-railed and severely damaged. AcTaking to Twitter, Salman wrote, "Really saddened to hear about the acci- dent, May God rest the souls of the deceased in peace, Protect and give strength to the families n the injured from this unfortunate accident." — ANI agree, one must celebrate being oneself every single day, but a month to bring attention to basic civil and marriage rights for one and all is the demand of the times.” INCLUSIVITY BANDWAGON Like it or not, a queer angle is part of almost every other story that comes out whether it’s on cinema or OTT. “Everybody just wants to be cool and hop on the inclusivity bandwagon. But many strands are rather one dimensional and stereotypical.” While it sure irks Onir, he is happy how internationally the subject is dealt with utmost sensitivity. “French film Close, Pakistani drama Joyland, American Everything Everywhere All at Once are only some of the many brilliant stories to have come in recent times.” Ms popularity Actress Rani Mukerji will be felicitated at the International Iconic Awards, which are to be held on June 8. The actress has bagged the title of the ‘Most Popular Actress’ in Indian cinema worldwide. Unfortunately, she won’t be able to attend the ceremony as she will be travelling at the time. Rani says, “Thank you for honouring me with the award for the Most Popular Actress in Indian cinema worldwide. As an actress, I have only wished to entertain people locally and globally with my acting and choice of films, and I have been fortunate enough that my work has resonated with people around the world. A big thank you to all my fans across the world who have given me so much love and adulation over the years. The support means the world to me, and it strengthens my belief in the choices that I make. Thank you.” Rani Mukerji bags International Iconic Award
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