01092023-LSTC-01.qxd 8/31/2023 10:35 PM Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE Five years Actor Abhishek Banerjee celebrated the fifth anniversary of the film Stree on Thursday. He said his character in the film, Janaa, gave him the opportunity to embrace the humorous facets of his craft. IANS CHANDIGARH | FRIDAY | 1 SEPTEMBER 2023 Jawan Gagan Dev Riar and Sana Amin Sheikh, who headline the web series Scam 2003: The Telgi Story, say the attempt is not to glorify criminals but to present the story as it took place and let the audience judge the rest Stamped! Just for one day… GAGAN DEV RIAR Sheetal Popstar Beyonce will now be running the town of Santa Clara, as she has been given the key to the city and made the town’s honourary mayor for her concert at Levi Stadium. Santa Clara City Council carried out a vote back on the night of August 29, to pass over the title for a day from Mayor Lisa Gillmor to the Crazy In Love singer! “The city of Santa Clara is excited about Beyonce’s upcoming visit to the worldrenowned Levi’s Stadium. Her concerts will certainly bring a great deal Singer of energy and excitement,” Santa Beyonce Clara spokesperson Michelle Tembecomes honourary pleton said in a statement. mayor of As such, the city of Santa Clara has Santa Clara declared that Beyonce has become the honourary mayor of Santa Clara for the whole duration of August 30, in celebration of her Renaissance tour stop at the Levi’s Stadium. Beyonce is now the latest popstar to be named honourary Mayor of Santa Clara. Prior to this, Taylor Swift was also given the title of city mayor on July 28 and 29, as part of her Eras tour dates at the Levi’s Stadium. Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour has already done wonders, though Beyonce is not behind as it has been estimated that the 41-year old singer’s Renaissance could be her highest-grossing concert tour ever. — IANS T HE wait is finally over! After Hansal Mehta’s successful outing, Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta Story, in 2020, the audience has been waiting for its sequel. The second part brings the story of Abdul Karim Telgi, who was involved in a counterfeit stamp paper scam in 2003. Titled Scam 2003: The Telgi Story, this one stars actor Gagan Dev Riar. Having worked in critically acclaimed web-series Not Fit, feature film Sonchiriya and BBC/Netflix series A Suitable Boy, directed by Mira Nair, Gagan says, “I didn’t believe for some time when Hansal sir called me to offer the role. At that time, I was out somewhere and was so surprised that I stopped for a while, and time stopped for me to.” Much like Gagan, his co-star Sana Amin Sheikh, who is playing the character of Telgi’s wife, was also excited, as this big project happened to be her digital debut after having worked in tel- evision for many years. She says, “I couldn’t have asked for a better OTT debut. It’s uncanny that I was watching the series in 2021 when I got a call for the audition of this one.” WEIGHTY AFFAIR Dev was in perfect physical shape when he was cast for the series, but immediately knew that to impersonate a real-life character, he had to change. “I had to gain 19-20 kilos for the role and started looking just like him. Not many videos were available on Telgi, so we had to rely on pictures that were readily available.” Both the actors were aware of the Telgi scam before signing the series. Dev explains, “When the scam broke out, I was in college. I know as much details as a common man would know through newspaper articles, but I didn’t have this idea as to how he managed to create fake stamp papers, and other details.” Dev feels that often when a series or film like this is made, it is perceived that the act is to whitewash his acts or glorify him, which isn’t true. “Yes it was a crime and the person behind that should get punished. But there are other aspects to the story too. I know that some people say that we are glorifying the criminals, but I do believe that we are smart ❝ IT’S VERY RELATABLE, AS I HAVE SEEN MY MOTHER AND GRANDMOTHER DON THE HEAD COVER IN A CERTAIN WAY. ALSO, THE COSTUME DESIGNER HAS DONE A PHENOMENAL JOB Indo-Spanish Top-notch assistant director Jamie Christopher, best known for his work on Harry Potter franchise and Marvel films, has passed away. Christopher died of heart complicationson on Tuesday in Los Angeles . He was 52. tadka! Grammy-nominated Camilo joins hands with Diljit Dosanjh for Palpita Harry Potter assistant director Jamie Christopher passes away In a career spanning nearly three decades, Christopher became a frequent collaborator with directors like James Gunn and Rian Johnson, along with Marvel Studio’s Kevin Feige. After learning about Christopher's demise, Rian paid his heartfelt condolences via a statement: “Jamie was a good friend, and he loved making movies. He loved his crew, loved his job, the process of it and the history of it. He was truly one of the greats, and this is a heartbreaking loss for everyone who was lucky enough to work with him." He worked with James Gunn on Guardians of the Galaxy along with other films from Marvel, including Avengers: Age of Ultron, Thor: The Dark World and Black Widow. — ANI DIFFERENT TURF Sana found the working style pretty different from television. “Having been the central character in TV shows that are shot for 12-13 hours a day, we never saw it as an unhealthy working style. But shooting a series with so many characters involved, the waiting period used to be a lot. This is different. But at the same time, it was phenomenal watching other actors perform, whom you had always seen on big screens.” Sana plays a mother and a Muslim woman for the first on screen. She adds, “It’s very relatable, as I have seen my mother and grandmother don the head cover in a certain way. Also, the costume designer has done a phenomenal job.” Scam 2003 is directed by Hansal Mehta and Tushar Hiranandani, and is currently streaming in SonyLIV. MARDAANI 3 ON WAY? Rani Mukerji has revealed that YRF is currently ideating the storyline of Mardaani 3. Rani is the only actress to have a blockbuster franchise to her credit in Mardaani. She plays a fiesty and fearless cop, Shivani Shivaji Roy, in this franchise. Rani says, “Mardaani 3 is in ideation stage. Once YRF has a great and conAS AN ACTOR, I crete story idea, HAVE ALWAYS BELIEVED Mardaani 3 THAT WE DON’T WANT TO DO A will get into scripting FILM BECAUSE IT SOUNDS GOOD. stage. I’m WE NEED TO DO A FILM WHEN THE excited to see SCRIPT IS GOOD AND WHEN WE how it shapes WANT TO MAKE A up. I am crossing my fingers DIFFERENCE. because I would love to play the part of Shivani again.” Rani says Mardaani 3’s script will need to be exceptional because the expectation from audiences is sky high from this franchise. Rani adds, “I will be very happy and excited if the Mardaani 3 script comes up. As an actor, I have always believed that we don’t want to do a film because it sounds good. We need to do a film when the script is good and when we want to make a difference.” She adds, “With Mardaani 3, we can’t make a film if the story does not have that substance. It has to be something that people relate with today and the girls find it empowering. Only then we can do Mardaani 3.” ❝ Grammy nominated and five-time Latin Grammy-winner singer Camilo has teamed up with Bollywood star Diljit Dosanjh on a new song Palpita. It is an original track released for the second season of Coca-Cola’s global music campaign Coke Studio. Palpita represents an incredible coming Music has together of cultures this extraordinary with Camilo ability to bridge singing in Spanish, cultures and create an and Diljit in Punjabi. The new sinunbreakable bond gle validates the among people. power of bringing DILJIT DOSANJH people together through music and creating meaningful connections across different languages. This release also comes close on the heel of Camilo headlining two music festivals in Japan, to rave reviews and massive crowds, for the first time. “I have always felt a fascination for Indian culture and traditions. I had the chance to go once and fell in love with it. Years later, I noticed what’s happening with Punjabi music and how artistes like Diljit were crossing over and sharing their music, culture, and sound worldwide. I’ve admired Diljit for a long time, long before this collaboration came to me, so it was an incredible surprise to see it all come to life.” “Working with him in the studio was a learning experience because I had the chance to truly feel his huge heart, the richness of his melodies, his kindness, and his team. This song makes me very proud, not just because we did it but what it means in my career, and what we are building between his country and mine.” DILJIT SPEAK “Collaborating with the incredibly talented Latin artiste Camilo on Palpita for Coke Studio has c m y b been a truly enriching experience,” said Diljit. “Music has this extraordinary ability to bridge cultures and create an unbreakable bond among people, and this collaboration exemplifies that beautifully. Working on this project has been an absolute joy, and I’m eagerly looking forward to sharing our Latino X Punjabi musical fusion with the world. I hope Palpita resonates deeply with listeners, and brings a sense of unity and joy to everyone who listens.” The new single marks Camilo’s second track of the summer for Coke Studio. He previously featured on Jon Batiste’s song Be Who You Are (Real Magic) with other global power house artistes, including NewJeans, J.I.D, and Cat Burns. Be Who You Are (Real Magic) was the first track to officially kick off season two of the worldwide Coke Studio campaign. — IANS Finally, the long wait for Jawan trailer has come to an end. Thursday became special for Shah Rukh Khan fans as the actor unveiled a nearly three-minute-long video showcasing him in a neverseen-before character. The trailer showed SRK hijacking a train and operating a team of six women as they pull off different heists around the country. Seems like SRK is playing a double role in the film, as he is seen in different avatars. Nayanthara plays a cop tasked with tracking down the culprit. In the trailer, we can also see her romancing SRK. Clearly, the makers have kept plot details under wraps! — ANI enough to understand the difference between good and bad.” SANA AMIN SHEIKH RIP, Jamie trailer out SHAH RUKH KHAN
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