23092023-LSTL-01.qxd 9/23/2023 12:26 AM Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE Milan calling Actress Sonam Kapoor is all set to attend Milan Fashion Week 2023. Recently, celebrities like Scarlett Johansson, Sofia Richie and Emma Watson marked their presence at the ongoing gala. LUDHIANA | SATURDAY | 23 SEPTEMBER 2023 Ghosts PREP in full swing of the past Sheetal RAAGNEETI WEDDING: Blue tape on cameras, security net around Pichola Lake in Udaipur Udaipur is all set to host the wedding of Aam Aadmi Party MP Raghav Chadha and Bollywood actress Parineeti Chopra at Leela Palace. Raghav and Parineeti reached Udaipur airport on Friday, as the wedding rituals are set to begin before the big day on September 24. Along with the couple, their family members and friends would also be present. For the wedding, 100 private security guards have been deployed. Special preparations have been made to ensure that photos and videos of the event do not go out. Blue-coloured tape will be pasted on the phone cameras of those entering the hotel, so that they cannot take any videos or photograph during the wedding ceremony. — IANS Parineeti Chopra at the New Delhi airport before leaving for Udaipur. PTI EL CONDE (THE COUNT) T Director: Pablo Larraín Cast: Jaime Vadell, Stella Gonet, Gloria Münchmeyer, Alfredo Castro, Paula Luchsinger, Antonia Zegers and Amparo Noguera Rating: HE film El Conde is a satire, a vampire film, a history lesson and, above all, about existential crisis. For a 250-yearold vampire, named Claude Pinoche, who is also a former dictator of Chile, it draws a chapter from history, presenting the former corrupt ruler Augusto Pinochet Ugarte in flesh and blood. Pinochet died at 91, but in this black comedy he takes the form of a vampire to reflect upon his bad deeds. The lead actor Jaime Vadell pulls off Pinochet’s real-life appearance for the screen well and also keeps the viewers hooked as he justifies his corrupt and unruly actions as a dictator. Just before the climax, the narrator is revealed, which for the longest time viewers believe to be Lucia. Claude’s partner in crime Lucia, played by Gloria Münchmeyer, in many scenes appears to be more villainous than the villainhero! From addressing the 1973 Chilean coup d’état, to Prabhu turns NET, FLICKS & MORE villain Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet Ugarte comes to life as a vampire in the film El Conde and impresses ★★★ embezzlement charges against the family, to misusing funds from the NGO, CEMA Chile, the once-powerful family of Chile is held accountable for many crimes, including the loss of innocent lives. Add to that a dash of humour and monochrome dramatic retelling of events with a little bit of fiction, which makes it an act of cinematic brilliance. The film’s per-climax and climax is unexpected even for the best of cinema buffs. The pace is deliberately kept slow and doesn’t hamper the screenplay. Paula Luchsinger, who plays the sacrificial nun, Carmencita, investigating into the family’s secret accounts for wealth, is put to task to steal money for the church. The background keeps the gothic theme going and some scenes, such as a vampire falling down due to old age, newly turned vampire nun, Carmen, trying to fly or Claude dancing to an old tune when his zeal to live comes back, are all beautifully picturised. Stella Gonet, who plays a surprise character in the second half, is an imper- sonation of a very close political ally of Augusto. The writing and direction leaves you in awe, it is no surprise then that Pablo Larraín won the Best Screenplay Award at The Venice Film Festival, 2023. Even if you leave the historical relevance aside, the director has brought freshness to gothic and vampire dramas! Changing screen Veteran writer and lyricist Javed Akhtar on Thursday said Indian films have been faithfully reflecting the sentiments of the society. “Indian films have always depicted and reflected what is happening in our society. Cinema comes from the society. It is the same with dreams. What is there in the conscious and subconscious mind will get reflected in dreams as well,” Akhtar said at the launch of his book, Talking Life: Javed Akhtar in Conversation with Nasreen Munni Kabir. Akhtar said in the 1930-1940s, when K.L Saigal essayed Devdas’s role, the khansi (cough) had become a virtue and fashion. “Selfdestruction had become a virtue because of Saigal. However, as the society grew, this selfdestructive virtue also vanished,” he said. “When the Nehruvian era came, everyone thought that soon things would be fine,” Akhtar continued. “But as people felt that not much was changing, cinema gave society the ‘rebel star’ in the form of Shammi Kapoor. Who was this ‘rebel star’ fighting? He was fighting against his parents and society. In most of the cases this ‘rebel star’ was fighting Lalita Pawar. So, here the virtue was the negation of the feudal system.” He said in the films of this generation the villain invariably used to be the mill owner or landlord. “In the pre-Emergency days — in the 1970s — the vigilante became the hero and we saw the emergence of the ‘angry young man’ in the form of Amitabh Bachchan. He took the law in his own hands. He would not wait for the law or the police to take their course, but would decide himself and on the spot,” he said. He said as the society evolved, the virtue and essence of the ‘villain’ died with it. “In this capitalist market, it is very difficult to find ‘villains’. The rich are khandani (from a good family), so how can they be ‘villains’?” Akhtar noted. — IANS Actor Prabhu Deva will be seen playing the negative lead in Himesh Reshammiyastarrer Badass Ravikumar. The film is scheduled for release on October 11, 2024. Interestingly, it is a spin-off inspired by his famous character Ravi Kumar from the film The Xpose. Set in the glamorous and larger-than-life 1970s era, the film will be a musical action entertainer with opulent songs and some very high octane action sequences by the best action directors across the globe. Prabhu Deva will essay the role of a villain, Carlos Pedro Panther, in the film. Badass Ravikumar will be shot extensively from February 2024 in India and abroad. The film’s music composer is Himesh himself and he will soon start recording the songs. — ANI Prabhu Deva Business ACT MANY ROLES: Alia Bhatt Alia Bhatt, known for her versatility as an actress, co-owns 'Eternal Sunshine Productions', a flourishing production house that has delivered hits like Darlings and Gangubai Kathiawadi. She has also ventured into the world of fashion after launching her brand, which caters to babies and moms-to-be. Renowned lyricist Javed Akhtar believes Indian films have always reflected the mood of society PUSHING THE BUTTON: Richa Chadha Katrina Kaif Bollywood is not just about acting and glitz anymore. In recent years, several talented actresses have ventured into the world of business, proving that they are more than just stars on the silver screen. Let’s take a look. Richa Chadha, a powerhouse performer, decided to take her career to new heights by stepping into production. She cofounded 'Pushing Buttons Studio' along with her husband, Ali Fazal. Her maiden production, 'Girls Will Be Girls,' showcases her commitment to creating meaningful and impactful content. BRANCHING OUT: Deepika Padukone Neha Dhupia Alia Bhatt Deepika Padukone's journey from a talented actress to a successful entrepreneur is nothing short of remarkable. She recently launched her skincare brand, which took the market by storm. Not only is she achieving success with films like Jawan, she recently invested in a popular coffee brand. MAKE-UP ZONE: Katrina Kaif Katrina Kaif, known for her beauty and grace, expanded her horizon by co-owning a brand that offers a wide range of make-up and skincare products. BEING POPULAR: Neha Dhupia Neha Dhupia's production company, 'Big Girl Productions,' has brought fresh and engaging content to the audience. Neha's celebrity audio show, '#NoFilterNeha,' has become one of the most popular podcasts in the country. Furthermore, her parenting community initiative, ‘Freedom to Feed’, supports and empowers mothers in their parenting journey. MAKING WAVES: Priyanka Chopra Deepika Padukone Richa Chadha c m y b Priyanka Chopra Priyanka Chopra, a global icon, has ventured successfully into various industries in addition to successful films and shows. She owns a haircare brand that's making waves in the market.
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