15112023-LSTC-01.qxd 11/14/2023 10:20 PM Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE MEET BRAD PITT’S GIRLFRIEND Tough time Life ANI American actor Brad Pitt and jewellery designer Ines de Ramon are in a “good place”. “This is Brad’s first proper relationship since the divorce,” a source said, referring to the actor’s split from ex-wife Angelina Jolie. Pitt and de Ramon made their first public appearance together earlier this month. Dua Lipa felt “so upset all the time” when she first found fame. The 28year-old pop star put out her self-titled debut album in 2017 but admitted she was left miserable during the promotion period. CHANDIGARH | WEDNESDAY | 15 NOVEMBER 2023 A little birdie told us… The upcoming film Parinda Paar Geyaa is about a singer nursing a heartbreak but if the makers’ words are anything to go by, this Punjabi outing is not modelled on Rockstar Sheetal O Law of attraction! Billie Eilish says she is ‘physically attracted’ to women Singer-songwriter Billie Eilish says she is physically attracted to women and also intimated by their presence. The 21-year-old musician, known for chartbusters such as No Time To Die, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? and What Was I Made For?, said she shares “deep connections” with women in her life. “I’ve never really felt like I could relate to girls very well. I love them so much. I love them as people. I’m attracted to them as people. I’m attracted to them for real. “I have deep connections with women in my life, the friends in my life, the family in my life. I’m physically attracted to them. But I’m also so intimidated by them and their beauty and their presence,” Eilish said. While she identifies as a woman, the multiple award-winning singer also said she has never felt “desirable” or “feminine”. “I’ve never felt like a woman, to be honest with you. I’ve never felt desirable. I’ve never felt feminine. I have to convince myself that I’m, like, a pretty girl. I identify as ‘she/her’ and things like that, but I’ve never really felt like a girl,” she added. Eilish has been in relationships with men, most recently with Jesse Rutherford of the alternative rock band The Neighbourhood. They parted ways in May. She was previously accused of “queerbaiting” (when someone acts queer without coming out), an allegation she addressed saying her sexuality was no one’s business. — PTI N Monday the makers released the trailer of the Punjabi film Parinda Paar Geyaa and the star cast, comprising Gurnam Bhullar, Roopi Gill and Gurnazar Chattha, exuded festive vibe at the event. From title change to postponing its release date, this musical project has seen it all. Director Ksshitij Chaudhary and Gurnam Bhullar worked together in Sohreyan Da Pind Aa Gaya. While addressing the media, the Uda Aida-fame director shared that the idea of making a film on a Punjabi singer dealing with heartbreak came from Gurnam Bhullar. “It took us more than six months to build on this idea and transform it into a script. While Gurnam had already cast himself in the film, I liked Roopi’s work even though her earlier film didn’t work. I had immediately called her after seeing her work and told her that we would do a project together. So, that’s how Roopi came in the picture for the film,” adds Chaudhary. While many draw parallel between Parinda Paar Geyaa’s trailer to that of Bollywood outings like Rockstar and Aashiqui 2, the director PHOTOS: RAVI KUMAR The makers of the recently released biographical war film Pippa on Monday issued an apology after facing backlash for AR Rahman’s Karar Oi Louho Kopat rendition. Pippa makers issue apology after AR Rahman’s Karar Oi Louho Kopat rendition faces backlash Gurnazar Chattha clarifies that it’s just that the film falls in the same genre but the story is unique and its treatment is experimental for Punjabi cinema. Initially the film was titled Superstar. Gurnam reveals, “We called this movie Superstar, but while making it we realised that the name wouldn’t resonate with the Punjabi audience. It’s not a word that’s used in the daily life in general. At the same time, we already had an exceptional song, Parinda Paar Geyaa, in the film which everybody loved. So, we though why not give the film the same title as its poster song.” Gurnam’s bleached hair look is appreciated, but the actor says that repeated bleaching for the role has turned his hair turn grey. But anything for acting and the love of the fans! Roopi, who has many music videos and films under her name, is portraying the love interest of Gurnam in Parinda Paar Geyaa. She says, “The character is similar to what I am in real life. She is a Punjabi kudi from Gurnam Bhullar abroad and she is committed to her work, and so am I. The only difference is that I do not express anger and heartbreak in the manner my character does in the film.” Roopi plays a news anchor in the movie. The film is shot in London and Birmingham, UK. Ask Roopi to share some memories from the shoot days, all she can recall is the extreme cold weather and how her hands turned blue while shooting. The actress finds it hard to manage her social media handles, especially during the promotions of films, as she is not that social media savvy. On the top of it, she does not plan her looks but likes to keep it simple. “Less is more,” she says and hopes to grow along with Punjabi cinema. She awaits the day when characters like Alia Bhatt’s Gangubai would be written in Punjabi cinema. Besides Gurnam and Roopi, the film also has debutant Gurnazar in a negative role. It has another new face Isha Sharma. Roopi Gill Quite an eye-opener Series: ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE Cast: Aria Mia Loberti, Louis Hofmann, Lars Eidinger, Hugh Laurie and Mark Ruffalo Director: Shawn Levy Rating: ★★★ RIP Kevin Hollywood producer Kevin Turen, the creator of Euphoria and The Idol, has passed away. He was 44. Euphoria producer Kevin Turen dies at 44 The film and television producer died over the weekend. The cause of his death has not yet been ascertained. “Kevin was so incredibly special, this world will be less without him,” his father, Edward Turen, said in a statement on Sunday night. Turen was born on August 16, 1979, in New York City and attended Columbia University before coming to Los Angeles. His wife, Evelina, and his two children, Jack and James, survive him. — ANI Nonika Singh Book adaptations are a tricky business… yet remains a go-to formula for OTT content providers. But when the book in question is a Pulitzer- prize winning novel by Anthony Doerr, comparisons are bound to be more critical. In case you have not read the book, the Netflix series All The Light We Cannot See throws sufficient light on the book, the period in which it is set and the spirit that it intends to capture. Times are desolate…it’s world war II, but it’s almost the end of it and in war-torn France, French have to face adversities and the wrath of German soldiers. Germans’ plight is no better; they are waiting for fait accompli, the impending doom. For Americans are coming. Amidst these tumultuous times the series connects a French blind girl Marie Laure and a young German Army NET FLICKS & MORE This Shawn Levy directorial makes us see light not just at the end of the tunnel but one lying dormant within us man Werner. She reads passages from Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne and sends coded messages to Americans. He is a brilliant signals guy whose job it is to intercept such missives. Their bond has something to do with air waves, radio to be precise. As the series moves back and forth, we learn how both protagonists in their childhood years listened to one particular radio frequency where a professor talked about light, love and hope. In a way the series’ basic premise despite the air ‘We have deep respect for Nazrul Islam’ of melancholy is exactly that… light that we can’t see, which exists within us conquers all, not just darkness but even hatred. In a divisive world, inching towards inclusivity, the series make a refreshing statement. Marie in the series is played by a blind actor Aria Mia Loberti and even her childhood part is essayed by a visually challenged actor Nell Sutton. No wonder their performances are not affected and touching to the point of poignancy. In the company of fine actors like Mark Ruffalo c m y b and Hugh Laurie, Loberti makes an assured debut. Then there is Louis Hofmann. As a man drawn into the vortex of war out of compulsion rather than choice, he is impactful as Werner. The length of the series, a mere four episodes, is both its strength and weakness. The advantage is that the pace never flags and your attention does not waver. But the fourpart series cannot probably capture every complexity of the written word. Nevertheless, resplendently shot (cinematographer Tobias A Schliessler), with a background score (by James Newton Howard) befitting the mood of the narrative. It engages and touches at the same time. The conversations and scenes between the father Daniel LeBlanc (Ruffalo) and daughter Marie in particular are riveting. Hugh Laurie comes alive in his character of veteran war hero Etienne LeBlanc and Mark Ruffalo’s face is aglow with the warmth of love for his daughter. The only grouse could be the characterisation of German soldiers. Not just the main villain Reinhold von Rumpel (Lars Eidinger) but almost all except Werner are portrayed as rabid monsters. Of course, the tale is more personal than a summary of nations at war. War scenes appear authentic. But the most real are emotions at play. Wars are about death and destruction and it’s a rare account that is affirmative with lines like ‘Open your eyes and see what you can with them before they close forever.’ This Shawn Levy directorial with screenplay by Steven Knight makes us see light not just at the end of the tunnel but one lying dormant within us, one which even darkness of the times we live in can’t snuff out. Rahman recently made a rendition of Bengali poet Nazrul Islam’s patriotic song Karar Oi Louho Kopat for the war drama, which started a controversy. On Monday, production house Roy Kapur Films took to Instagram and issued an apology regarding the controversy of AR Rahman’s rendition of Nazrul Islam’s patriotic song. The statement reads, “In light of the current discourse surrounding the song Karar Oi Louho Kopat the producers, director, and music composer of the film Pippa wish to clarify that our rendition of the song is a sincere artistic interpretation, embarked upon only after securing the necessary adaptation rights from the estate of the Late Kazi Nazrul Islam.” — ANI AR Rahman An exhibition on augmented reality is on at Alliance Française Aurélien Jeanney Where art meets technology The Alliance Française de Chandigarh in partnership with the Embassy of France in India is presenting a digital spectacle embracing modern art and technology starting today at 6.30 pm. Aurélien Jeanney, the curator of the exhibition, informed, “Witness an endless cycle between day and night through the lens of eleven globally-acclaimed artists. Via the Midi Minuit, an augmented reality exhi- bition, people will witness 11 posters showcasing an endless cycle between day and night through the lens of eleven globallyacclaimed artists. Every poster is a bilingual delight (French/English), available on both iOS and Android platforms. Just hover over the posters with your device, and each image springs to life, narrating tales of timeless moments.” — TNS
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