11092023-LSTC-01.qxd 9/10/2023 9:30 PM Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE Seven years Actor Sidharth Malhotra’s film Baar Baar Dekho has completed seven years of its release. To celebrate the occasion, Sidharth took to Instagram and shared a still from the movie. LUDHIANA | MONDAY | 11 SEPTEMBER 2023 With films like 3 Idiots, Hera Pheri, Zindagi Milegi Na Dobara and more giving us memorable ‘trios’, here’s a look at how these characters have stood the test of time THREE FOR JOY HERA PHERI: Paresh Rawal, Suniel Shetty and Akshay Kumar Sheetal A Emma Stone-led Poor Things wins top prize at 80th Venice Film Festival Not so poor! Poor Things, a film about Victorian-era female empowerment, won the Golden Lion on Saturday at the Venice Film Festival, largely deprived of Hollywood glamour because of the strikes by writers and actors. The film, starring Emma Stone, won the top prize at the 80th edition of the festival, which is often a predictor of Oscar glory. Receiving the award, director Yorgos Lanthimos said the film wouldn’t exist without Stone, who was also the producer but was not on the Lido for the festival. “This film is her, in front and behind the camera,” Lanthimos said. The film, based on Alasdair Gray’s 1992 novel by the same name, tells the tale of Bella Baxter, who is brought back to life by a scientist and, after a whirlwind learning curve, runs off with a sleazy lawyer and embarks on a series of adventures devoid of the societal judgements of the era. Other top winners on the Lido were two films shaming Europe for its migration policies. Io Capitano (Me Captain), by Matteo Garrone, won the award for best director while Garrone’s young star, Seydou Sarr, won the award for best young actor. The film tells the story of two young boys’ odyssey from Dakar, Senegal, to the detention camps in Libya and finally across the Mediterranean to Europe. Agnieszka Holland’s Green Border, about Europe’s other migration crisis on the Polish-Belarus border, won the Special Jury Prize. OTHERS WHO WON Peter Sarsgaard won the best actor award for Memory, which is a film about high schoolers reuniting. In his acceptance speech, Sarsgaard referred to the strike, and the threat of artificial intelligence to the industry in the coming times. “I think we could all really agree that an actor is a person and that a writer is a person. But it seems that we can’t,” he said. Cailee Spaeny won best actress for Priscilla, Sofia Coppola’s portrait of the private side of Priscilla and Elvis Presley. — AP Tahir’s tips Bollywood actor Tahir Raj Bhasin recently got an opportunity to conduct a guest lecture for students of the foundation course on screen acting at the prestigious Film and Television Institute of India (FTII). Tahir Raj Bhasin has carved a niche for himself through memorable performances in films such as Mardaani, Chhichhore and 83, among others. About his experience of interacting with the students, Tahir Raj Bhasin said, “When I’m not shooting, I’m looking forward to every opportunity to meet and interact with film students. I love the energy and the ambition that they have. Having been in the industry for some time now, I would love to give youngsters all the knowledge that I have accumulated<, so that they could benefit from it. If my experience aids them even one per cent in shaping their career in the movie industry, I would be happy.” LL of us have a list of movies that we can watch multiple times just for our favourite actor or character. But there are rare instances of films in which picking favourites is hard. Some of the iconic multistarrers have given us not one or two but three characters to love! We check out these memorable trios of Hindi films. SEQUEL GUARANTEED What proves that a film has left an impact on the audiences? A sequel, indeed. So to know that characters like Bittu, Vicky and Jana of Stree, or Raju, Shyam and Baburao of Hera Pheri being revived for their timeless chemistry and on-screen energy doesn’t come as a surprise. Akshay Kumar, Suniel Shetty and Paresh Rawal formed the backbone of Hera Pheri. And the eccentricity of their characters created memorable humour. Stree 2 is in the making after the actors Aparshakti Khurana (Bittu), Rajkummar Rao (Vicky), and Abhishek Banerjee (Jana) formed the remarkable trio in Stree, which was released in 2018. Not to forget, Bittu’s dialogue, ‘Bikki Pleajjj’, went viral. The horror-comedy not only paved the way for the genre, but also helped makers create a ZINDAGI MILEGI NA DOBARA: Hrithik Roshan, Abhay Deol and Farhan Akhtar 3 IDIOTS: Sharman Joshi, Aamir Khan and R Madhavan CHECK OUT THESE POPULAR TRIOS IN THE COMING TIMES... Films Fukrey 3 Hera Pheri 3 Jee Le Zaraa Stree 2 Actors Pulkit Samrat, Varun Sharma and Manjot Singh Akshay Kumar, Suniel Shetty and Paresh Rawal Priyanka Chopra, Katrina Kaif and Alia Bhatt Rajkummar Rao, Aparshakti Khurrana and Abhishek Banerjee universe for this one with a spin-off — Bhediya. In the latter, Varun Dhawan, Abhishek Banerjee and Paalin Kabak’s sparkling chemistry was the highlight. THE THREE MUSKETEERS The Three Musketeers is the title of a historical French novel, but is often used to refer to three close pals. It quite reminds one of the hit film Zindagi Milegi Na Dobara with lead characters, Kabir, Imran and Arjun, on an adventure trip to Spain to get past their biggest fears. The roles were played by Abhay Deol, Farhan Akhtar and Hrithik Roshan, respectively. While this movie was directed by Zoya Akhtar in 2011, a decade earlier, her brother, Farhan, gave Indian audience the famous trio of Aakash, Sameer and Sid Release dates September 28 TBA (to be announced) TBA TBA from the movie Dil Chahta Hai. It was a film that encapsulated the transition of teenage friendships into mature relationships. And who can forget Raj Kumar Hirani’s 3 Idiots? It again has three actors, Aamir Khan, R Madhavan, and Sharman Joshi, who portrayed the iconic characters of Rancho, Farhan and Raju, respectively, in the movie. Their charming companionship resonated with the audience. Fukrey 3, although a multistarrer, has a funny chemistry between three actors, Manjot Singh, Pulkit Samrat and Varun Sharma, who essayed the characters of Laali, Hunny and Choocha, respectively. Similarly, Pyaar Ka Punchnama (2011), starring Kaartik Aaryan, Sunny Singh and Divyenndu Singh, was a path-breaking movie Breaking stereotypes Reflecting upon her Bollywood career, actress Raveena Tandon opened up about the time when heroines were more often typecast as mere love interests, and also revealed the secret about her craft. In the weekend episode of India’s Best Dancer 3, Raveena will grace the stage as a special guest. The judge of the dance reality show, Geeta Kapur, will ask Raveena about her daring choices during an era when heroines typically picked safe characters to essay: “Getting heroine-oriented roles back then usually meant sweet, beautiful characters that heroes would fall in love with. However, your portrayal in Aks was different and much darker. I don’t recall heroines often opting for Actor Tahir Raj Bhasin conducts a guest lecture for students of FTII Raveena Tandon likes to embrace new characters such roles during that time.” To this, Raveena will reply: “You are absolutely right. During that era, heroines were apprehensive about being typecast, and we often found ourselves dancing to catchy tunes with ponytails. I made a deliberate effort to take on films and songs which broke that stereotype. Whether it was Daman, which addressed a sensitive issue, or Aks, where I portrayed a completely negative character, and later the film Satta, these projects were all divergent from the norm of the late 90s,” she said. The Aranyak’ fame actress will add: “Interestingly, many of my songs became massive hits, sometimes overshadowing the depth of the roles we were tackling. Nonetheless, I believe I’ve not only survived but thrived in my career, reaching a luxurious peak today with projects like KGF 2 and others on the horizon. My secret, I believe, lies in embracing new characters and breathing life into them - that’s my craft,” — IANS St Louis concert of legendary rock band Guns ‘n’ Roses postponed They’ll be back The St Louis concert of legendary hard rock band Guns ‘n’ Roses has been postponed. “Gunners, the concert scheduled for St. Louis on September 9 has been postponed due to illness,” a post read on the band’s social media account. “Hang on to your tickets, fans who are unable to make the rescheduled date will be eligible for a refund. Thank you for the support,” the note added. c m y b It is unclear who has gotten sick and no further details have been released. Slash, the group’s lead guitarist, also reposted the same announcement on his Instagram account on Friday. The heavy metal band kicked off the Guns ‘n’ Roses World Tour 2023 in June in Tel Aviv, Israel. They held 20 shows in Europe, including performances in Spain, Denmark, Germany and the UK. — ANI JEE LE ZARAA: Alia Bhatt, Katrina Kaif and Priyanka Chopra with three friends going through similar problems in relationships. The film also saw a sequel in 2015, but since Divyenndu was replaced by Omkar Kapoor, it did not do well at the boxoffice. Among the recent releases, Dream Girl 2, where Ayushmann Khurrana, Manjot Singh and Abhishek Banerjee, reprised their roles, created magic on screen. Bold & beautiful Actress Reese Witherspoon has become adept at dealing with rejection during her career. The Oscar-winning actress had plenty of setbacks during her early days in Hollywood, but Reese has gradually become much more philosophical about rejection. How Reese Witherspoon dealt with rejection “I started young, and rejection was such an early piece of my life that I learnt soon that other people’s opinions of me are none of my business,” Witherspoon, 47, said at a recent conference. — IANS
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