Hollywood actress Katie Holmes has learned several lessons amid the Covid-19 pandemic. In an interaction with etonline.com, Katie spoke about her quarantine life with her 14-year-old daughter, Suri. “This lockdown has had a lot of silver linings. I’ve been taking time to FaceTime and really be there, be present. This year has also been a reminder that the simple things are really beautiful and that is, those are the gifts of life,” she said. Katie is all set to feature in the film, “The Secret: Dare To Dream”. She portrays Miranda Wells, a widow with three children who is struggling to be there for her family.
“The narrative is a good accompaniment to the book.She’s really struggling to provide financially and emotionally, and you just see her exhausted and really not surrendering to anything, just kind of fighting it all. That’s taking its toll on her children and her relationships and she’s just not being true to herself,” Katie shared.
Pellissery set to unleash a new VR-based movie experience with ‘Churuli’
Malayalam filmmaker Lijo Jose Pellissery is one of the most original and exciting filmmaker working in India right now. In the recent years, Lijo has succeeded in raising his game by leaps and bounds to produce some of the best films seen in Indian cinema over the last decade. The dream run started with Angamaly Diaries, his 2017 Malayalam-language crime drama film, which proved to be a major critical and commercial success. The story follows Vincent Pepe who wants to be a powerful leader of a righteous gang that would rule the town of Angamaly. The film features a breathtaking 11-minute-long single take in the climax that features around 1,000 artists.
Ee.Ma.Yau, his 2018 Malayalamlanguage satire, revolves around the death and funeral of an older man from the Roman Catholic community in a coastal village. The film won the Best Director and Best Actor awards at the 49th International Film Festival of India. Jallikattu, his 2019 Malayalam-language action film, is set in a remote village where a buffalo escapes slaughter and triggers an orgy of violence involving the beast and the villagers. Lijo Jose Pellissery received the IFFI Silver Peacock Award for Best Director at the 50th International Film Festival of India.
Lijo’s upcoming film Churuli, a sci-fi thriller set in a tiny, nondescript village nested in a lush, impenetrable forest, was all set to premiere at film festivals but the ongoing pandemic thwarted his plans. “A film like Churuli, just like Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, can only be complete as an experience in the cinemas. In the context of the pandemic, I thought of many options like online release, prop up film tents and modular cinemas seating limited to 20 people. As social distancing is a need of the time, the social movie going experience was no more an option along with mounting legal barriers, and an online release would not do justice to the art,” reveals Lijo.
This pushed him to think of some innovative solution. “This is when an idea of a simple device struck me, which I thought, can be a solution to this problem of providing a cinema hall experience. The irony in the situation is that we have all the infrastructure ready right before us, yet we never put them together. The idea is to bridge the gap between the creator and viewer by introducing matchbox cinema headset into the equation. This is basically a VR headset which can deliver a whole new movie going experience at par or even sometimes better than that of going to a theatre. The Match Box headset is essentially a VR monitor to your phone,” explains Lijo.
Lijo proposes a unique approach to create accessibility of VR gears to all. “While cheaper ones bought more problems, the ones with quality weren’t affordable for all. This prompted the need for a distribution system, much like our old movie libraries. How do we implement this? Imagine an additional device on the library rack, a VR Headset. Synonymous to a book library providing the reader with the reading experience, VR facilitates cinema hall experience to viewers. You can implement this immediately because it is an enhancement of a personal experience, just like buying a brand new headphones. I am deeply concerned with the release of films on online platforms when a simple idea may revolutionise the industry,” adds Lijo who is ready with the complete implementation model and is close to the implementation of his film in a VR platform by partnering with companies like HTC, Sony and Oculus.
Though his innovative solution, which he has devised after brainstorming with some of the best creative minds in the country such as A.R. Rahman and Anurag Kashyap, Lijo hopes to start a conversation with fellow artists that can help pave the way for the future.
Why Kriti Sanon ‘never missed having a brother’
Mumbai: Actress Kriti Sanon has never missed having a brother, thanks to her sister Nupur Sanon. On the occasion of Raksha Bandhan on Monday, Kriti took to social media to express her feelings for her sister. Kriti has shared a photograph on her verified Instagram page, where she can be seen tying a Rakhi on her sister Nupur’s wrist. The actress shared that Nupur is the reason why she “never missed having a brother”.
“I remember the moment I held you for the first time… or maybe I’ve just made my own version of that memory in my head… I felt you were so precious that I needed to hold you correctly with utmost care and love… Protect you, make you smile…giggle…Never missed having a brother… Because I knew I got my best friend for life,” Kriti wrote. Nupur also took to her verified Instagram account to share a photograph where she can be seen tying a Rakhi on Kriti’s wrist. “To the sister who has protected me more than any brother could ever have… Happy Rakshabandhan Krits,” Nupur captioned the photo.
Nicole Kidman meets mother after 8 months
Los Angeles : Actress Nicole Kidman has reunited with her mother Janelle after eight months amid the Covid pandemic. The actress took to Instagram to share two photographs of her reuniting with her 80-year-old mother in Australia, reports people.com. In the images, Kidman, who was selfisolating in Tennessee with her family, gave her mother a tight hug. “Feels so good to be able to hug my mum! It’s been 8 months,” the actress wrote, adding: “I missed her 80th birthday but I’m here now. Love you Mumma.” Kidman recently returned to Australia to work on her new series, Nine Perfect Strangers. The 53-yearold star, her husband Keith Urban, and their daughters Sunday, 12, and Faith, 9, spent the twoweek quarantine at home in Australia’s Southern Highlands.
Akshay Kumar’s Rakhi gift to fans
After claiming festive releases like Diwali, Christmas, Independence Day and more, actor Akshay Kumar on Monday announced his new film on the occasion of Rakhi. Titled Raksha Bandhan, the film will feature Akshay as a doting brother. In the first look poster of the film, which released today, the superstar can be seen hugging his 4 on-screen sisters. The tagline of the film reads, “Bass Behne deti hai 100% return.”
Directed by Aanand L. Rai, penned by Himanshu Sharma, Raksha Bandhan is slated to hit the theatrical screens next year on 5 November. The film marks Akshay Kumar and Aanand L. Rai’s second collaboration after Atrangi Re, which also stars Sara Ali Khan and Dhanush.
Akshay Kumar said, “A story that touches your heart so deeply and so instantly, it’s the quickest I’ve signed a film in my career. Dedicating this film, Raksha Bandhan, to my sister, Alka, and to the most special bond in the world… that of a brother and sister.”
Rhea Chakraborty is not missing, says her lawyer
Mumbai: Actress Rhea Chakraborty is not absconding, her lawyer has clarified after several reports claimed that she has gone missing over the past few days. “The contention of Bihar Police that Rhea Chakraborty is missing is not correct. Her statement has been recorded by Mumbai Police. She’s cooperated with police as and when called,” shared the actress’s advocate Satish Maneshinde.
“Till today no notice or summons has been received by her from Bihar Police and they have no Jurisdiction to investigate the case. She has filed proceedings in the SC. She has sought transfer of the case to Mumbai. The case is Sub Judice,” Maneshinde added.
There were several reports claiming that Rhea left her building in the middle of the night along with her family a few days back. It was reported that Rhea went missing soon after she was charged with abetment to suicide, along with six others, in an FIR lodged by late actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s father K.K. Singh.
Sushant was found hanging at his residence on 14 June. Last week, Rhea released a video addressing the allegations against her over the death of her boyfriend Sushant.
In the clip, she said: “I have an immense faith in God and the judiciary. I believe that I will get justice. Even though a lot of horrible things have been said about me in the electronic media, I will refrain from commenting on the advice of my lawyer as the matter is sub judice.”
“Satyamev Jayate (The truth shall prevail),” Rhea concluded.
Clients need to be more sensitive to artists right now: Kamakshi
Kamakshi Khanna has reached new heights as a vocalist and musician since she started off as an 11-year-old. The singer and songwriter speaks to The Daily Guardian about her origins and influences, the future of live music and staying inspired during the lockdown.
Q. You rose as a solo singer and formed your collective in 2013. When and how did you start and realise that music was your calling?
A. I started singing when I was 11. That was just for fun though, not as a professional. But I was part of a choir when I was 13. It was an initiative started by Pandit Ravi Shankar and we toured places like Austria. I also wrote songs in college. I have had some great friends who encouraged me to release my music, which led me to perform at events like The Gig Week. That is how I started as a live musician.
Q. But concerts and live music have taken a real hit during the Covid-19 pandemic. How has it affected you?
A. It is very weird, but I guess this is the new normal. I really miss being on stage but it is important to remember that this is a difficult time for everybody. I am trying to adapt to the situation, and prioritising accordingly. I am training in classical music right now and learning about streaming and recording music.
But I am mostly focused on making and releasing new music. As long as you are being creative, you have a lot to be grateful for. We are lucky to have technology within reach.
Q. Technology has also brought musicians closer during the lockdown in a way though. Are you also collaborating with people for performances?
A. Yes, it has. I am actually finding it easier to stay in touch with people. We only need to not be lazy and start our laptops and reach out. So there are some positives to this definitely. I collaborated with several artists from India; I sang with a friend, Abhilasha Sinha, and Rashmeet Kaur more recently. I also collaborated on this music video with Tejas Menon, which was about conference calls!
Q. What is your take on artists performing online, for free mostly, during the lockdown? There are concerns about them losing money which previously came from ticket sales and sponsorships.
A. This is why clients need to be more sensitive to artists right now. There are performances, for instance, live sessions on Instagram, where channels expect artists to come sing without pay. I am not up for things like that. Artists need to be clear about what they deserve and want. This is our bread and butter. For the same reason, I am learning more about streaming and production. Music can be recorded or used with other forms of media. If we research well we can find out how to make these into opportunities for revenue.
Q. What does the post-Covid future of concerts and live performances look like to you?
A. Concerts will probably be much smaller. Performances will have to be more curated, in that sense. Venues will change, people will have to be safe and seated, most likely away from each other. This will be very different from a usual live performance where the crowd is a like a single unit, just feeding off of each other’s energy.
Q. How have you been keeping yourself inspired at home? Who have you been listening to during the lockdown?
A. It has been difficult and I have been struggling to find inspiration. But I am trying to create new things. My music comes from personal experiences, besides which consuming art and learning from friends keeps me motivated too. I have been listening to Lianne La Havas a lot through this time.
Q. What do you have in store next?
A. I have been working on new music. A new single is scheduled to be released this year, and an album next year. I’m still writing it right now. We had also planned to shoot a music video this year, which could not work out. We will look at alternatives for how to do that now.
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