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EMMYS 2021: ‘THE CROWN’ & ‘THE MANDALORIAN’ LEAD NOMINATIONS

Murtaza Ali Khan

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The nominees for the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards have been announced. The awards night will be held in Los Angeles on September 19, 2021. Now, some of the Indian shows have tasted some success at the International Emmy Awards in the recent times but some media outlets have failed to distinguish them from the Primetime Emmy Awards. So, let me clarify that the Primetime Emmys are bestowed by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in recognition of excellence in American primetime television programming. These are different from the International Emmy Awards bestowed by the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in recognition to the best television programs initially produced and aired outside the United States.

In recent times, we are witnessing some of the most fascinating experiments taking place in American television space. In fact, American television today is far ahead of American cinema. Looking the 73rd Primetime Emmy nominations, the first thing that one notices is the open-mindedness of the Television Academy voters. Can there be anything more exciting than seeing The Mandalorian top the list with 24 nominations (tied with The Crown) followed by WandaVision with 23 nods. While Lovecraft Country got 18 nods, Mare of Easttown ended up with 16. Another offering from Disney in the superhero space, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, has scored 5 nominations.

In terms of numbers, HBO and HBO Max are clear winners here with a total of 130 nominations (94 and 36, respectively). Netflix finished close second with 129 nominations. Apple TV’s comedy show Ted Lasso has also emerged as a favourite with 20 nominations. Hacks, also in the comedy space, picked up 15 nominations. Hacks and Ted Lasso will be competing against Black-ish, Cobra Kai, Emily in Paris, The Flight Attendant, The Kominsky Method, and Pen15 for Outstanding Comedy Series.

One feels really happy to see The Queen’s Gambit getting acknowledged with 18 nominations and would be a frontrunner for Outstanding Limited Series along with WandaVision, The Underground Railroad and Mare of Easttown. Among the new entries, Netflix’s Bridgerton has emerged as a strong contender with 12 nominations. It would be vying with The Boys, The Handmaid’s Tale, The Crown, The Mandalorian, This is Us, Lovecraft Country for Outstanding Drama Series.

Also, Perry Mason scores deservedly in the departments of acting, cinematography, and production design. Essaying the eponymous part in the series, Matthew Rhys seems to have picked up from where he left in The Americans. Also, it’s heartening to see Cobra Kai getting some much-deserved attention. Ewan McGregor is always a delight to watch and his nomination for Halston is certainly well deserved.

However, The Underground Railroad put up a rather disappointing show. While Barry Jenkins’ mesmeric work did pick up a nomination for Outstanding Limited Series, Thuso Mbedu failed to get the nod for Outstanding Lead Actress which is really a travesty. But given its scathing criticism of white supremacy as well as the philosophical undertones it was always going to find it hard to win any major awards. Also, Steve McQueen’s Small Axe is totally overlooked which is just unacceptable. Further, it’s very disappointing to see Raised by Wolves getting just one solitary nomination and that too for Main Title Design. It’s really the definitive Sci-Fi show on offer right now and certainly deserves a lot more praise and appreciation for its actors and creative/technical members.

The Good Lord Bird is another important show to get snubbed with Ethan Hawke’s brilliant portrayal of the abolitionist John Brown getting completely overlooked. Fargo is another important show to have missed out this time around. Also, I would have been happy to see Pedro Pascal get a nomination for The Mandalorian. Yes, his character is always wearing a suit and a helmet but there is no denying that Pascal owns the part. But it’s heartening to see Giancarlo Esposito scoring a much deserved nomination for his supporting part in The Mandalorian.

Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale is here again as if it’s customary for the Emmy voters to reserve sports for the Elisabeth Moss show out of sheer respect for what it has achieved over the years. But as good as Elisabeth Moss has been as Offred, I believe that Amanda Collin as Mother in Raised by the Wolves is better than her this year. Sarah Paulson and Judy Davis also deserved nominations for Ratched but clearly the show is not a favourite of the Emmy voters.

Clearly, this year’s Primetime Emmy nominations are far from being spot on with several notable omissions but overall I am not too disappointed as I see progression which is always pivotal to any medium’s growth.

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ANGAD BEDI, MOUNI ROY’S NEW SONG ‘BAITHE BAITHE’ TO RELEASE ON 28 JULY

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MUMBAI : Actors Angad Bedi and Mouni Roy will be seen together in an upcoming music video titled ‘Baithe Baithe’.

Taking to Instagram, Angad shared that the new song will be out on July 28. He also unveiled the first poster of the song, wherein he and Mouni are seen dressed up in ethnic attires.

“Do you believe in love at first sight? Baithe Baithe releasing on 28th July 2021,” Angad wrote. ‘Baithe Baithe’ is sung by Stebin Ben, Danish Sabri and Aishwarya Pandit. Meet Bros have composed the love track.

Mouni has also shared the poster of the song on her Instagram handle. With the announcement, congratulatory messages and best wishes have poured in for the actors. “Congrats beauty,” actor Vidya Malwade commented.“Best of luck. Can’t wait to hear the song,” a fan commented.

On the film front, Mouni will be seen in ‘Brahmastra’ and ‘Bole Chudiya’. The details of Angad’s upcoming film and shows projects have not been announced yet.

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HARBHAJAN SINGH WRAPS UP SHOOTING FOR ‘FRIENDSHIP’

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MUMBAI : Former cricketer Harbhajan Singh has finished shooting for his film ‘Friendship’.

Film’s producer Kiran Reddy Mandadi has given the shooting update about Harbhajan. Reddy also shared that the cricketer-turned-actor will start his dubbing soon. “I feel extremely delighted to share that we have wrapped up the final schedule for Friendship. It was just an amazing experience working with the fun, ball of energy that Harbhajan is. He is now going to start his dubbing soon as the film releases in multiple languages- Hindi, Tamil, Punjabi and Telugu. It is as exciting as it gets as Bhajji will be taking onto the screens with a different avatar and speaking different languages, which will definitely reach the audiences soon,” Reddy said in a statement.

The trailer of the film will be released by the end of this month. Apart from Harbhajan, Arjun and Losliya are also playing the lead roles in the upcoming movie. Presented by Toughened Studios Limited, ‘Friendship’ is Directed by John Paul Raj and Sham Surya.

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TWINKLE SHARES CHILDHOOD PICTURE WITH LATE AUNT

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MUMBAI: Author Twinkle Khanna on Sunday took a stroll down memory lane and shared a childhood picture with her late aunt Simple Kapadia and sister Rinke Khanna.

In the picture, Twinkle and Rinke look super cute while posing with Simple Kapadia, who’s the younger sister of veteran actor Dimple Kapadia. For the unversed, Simple made her acting debut with ‘Anurodh’, opposite her brother-in-law and late superstar Rajesh Khanna. Unfortunately, in 2009, Simple breathed her last after her long battle with cancer. She is survived by son Karan Kapadia. Coming back to Twinkle’s post, it garnered a lot of love from social media users. “Beautiful pic,” a netizen commented. “Hahha…such cute photo,” another one wrote. Along with the throwback image, the former actor expressed her thoughts on nostalgia. “Nostalgia is akin to the red and white Phantom cigarettes of our childhood. Like all sugary treats, it may prove detrimental as a daily habit, but it could provide occasional respite. A way of transporting ourselves to a time when we felt loved and safe, and sometimes, oh so cool, as we inhaled the minty smell of a candy-stick held between our lips. Nostalgia reminds us of not just how we lived, but what it was like to thrive,” she captioned the post. 

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NIKKI TAMBOLI SHARES HER EXPERIENCE IN KHATRON KE KHILADI

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Nikki Tamboli gained popularity after Bigg Boss 14, and was recently seen in Khatron Ke Khiladi 11 (KKK). Nikki was the first contestant to get eliminated after she was unable to perform the stunt. Nikki Tamboli spoke to The Daily Guardian about her Khatro Ke Khiladi journey and other projects.

How was your experience of being a part of Khatron Ke Khiladi? -I love to take up new challenges in my life so Khatron ke Khiladi was one of the most challenging experience for me. Every moment in Khatron Ke Khiladi was an experience. I had a phobia over most of things.  I tried to face them but unfortunately could not even face it. Though it was a short journey for me but I loved everything about the show. From Rohit sir to my fellow contestants, it was indeed an amazing experience!

Your Journey in KKK11 though short but was extremely entertaining how would you describe that ? Yes it was a short journey. When I performed my first stunt I had got an intuition that I won’t be able to go further. I was scared and could not manipulate my mind to do the stunts. I had to keep it entertained as did not want the audience and fans to get bored and wanted them to laugh and enjoy. Overall it was an amazing journey. Which stunt do you think was the most toughest one and why? It would be my elimination stunt as I did not know how to hold my breath underwater and perform the stunt which was really tough as I have never done something like before and I had panicked. I thought I’ll perform the stunt but as soon as I went in the water catfish and snakes were put on me which made me panic more. It was too dangerous.

Who was your favourite contestants from KKK11 who you think can win the show? My favourite contestant is none other than Arjun Bijlani and we share a good bond. Vishal Aditya Singh and Shweta Tiwari are also those who deserve to win. But my favourite would be Arjun. You already gave 3 hit songs what are the other upcoming projects on your list ? I am waiting to shoot for the songs which are lined up. I have also signed a Bollywood film and a south Indian film as well. I am also planning to be a part of webseries and tv shows. Fingers crossed.

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‘FEELING BLESSED’: SHRUTI ON COMPLETING 12 YEARS IN BOLLYWOOD

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MUMBAI: On completion of her remarkable 12 years in Bollywood, actor Shruti Haasan said that she is feeling blessed and wants to get better everyday.

For the unversed, the actor made her Hindi film debut with the film ‘Luck’, which was released in 2009. Taking to Instagram, Shruti penned a heartfelt note expressing her gratitude towards her fans.

“12 years ago today – I had no idea what I was getting into… all I knew was that I like it and I wanted to get better everyday – I still feel that way… a LOT has changed and for that, I am so grateful. Thank you for all the love and support… I have a special place in my heart for you. I feel blessed truly onwards and upwards everyday feels like a new journey has just begun,” she wrote.

Along with it, Shruti posted a few pictures of herself from the movie ‘Luck’.

Currently, the ‘Ramaiya Vastavaiya’ actor is busy shooting for her web series in Mumbai.

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SHAH RUKH LEAVES RARE COMMENTS ON SUHANA’S PHOTOSHOOT

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Film producer and interior designer Gauri Khan has treated her followers to some new pictures of her daughter Suhana Khan. On Friday, she took to Instagram to share a bunch of pictures from a new photoshoot she did for Suhana. In the photos, which are all clicked by Gauri, Suhana is seen posing by a pool in a white tank top and blue denim shorts. She is also holding a can of Coca Cola in a couple of pictures.

Sharing the photos, Gauri wrote, “Yes !!!! Blue is my favourite colour.” Suhana also shared pictures from the shoot and invoked Cindy Crawford’s famous Coca Cola shoot in the caption. “Pretend it’s a Pepsi and I’m Cindy Crawford,” she wrote.

In the comments section, Suhana’s father, actor Shah Rukh Khan delivered a rare comment. “Can I pretend it’s you and the cola is incidental…..and still appreciate the picture,” he wrote. Shah Rukh rarely leaves any comments on Suhana’s posts on Instagram. On Gauri’s post, he wrote, “Whatever colour you take the picture in and Suhana is in it, is our favourite colour.”

Suhana called Gauri the ‘Best photographer’ and Shah Rukh’s Raees co-star Mahira Khan also left a comment. “How gorgeous is Suhana! MashAllah xx,” she wrote. Shanaya Kapoor, Maheep Kapoor, Seema Khan, Bhavana Pandey, all left loving comments and emojis on the post.

Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri Khan have three children–son Aryan and AbRam and daughter Suhana. Suhana is their middle child and currently pursuing a course in film studies at Tisch School of Arts at the New York University. Suhana wishes to be an actor like her father and has acted in a short movie with her friends and some stage productions at her school.

The couple’s eldest son Aryan does not aspire to be an actor but a filmmaker. He recently graduated from the University of Southern California, where he was pursuing a course in film studies as well.

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