What all have always made the Star Wars saga memorable are its heroes and villains. Speaking of heroes, who is the greatest of all Star Wars heroes? That spot is undoubtedly reserved for the one who successfully resisted the dark side of the Force against all odds. Who can forget the epic lightsaber duel on Cloud City in ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ which paved the way for arguably the greatest reveal in movie history? By now you would have guessed that it’s Luke Skywalker that I am talking about. In the original Star Wars trilogy, Luke had a powerful nemesis (other than Darth Vader, of course) who was apparently killed in ‘Return of the Jedi’ after falling into a Sarlacc. He was none other than Boba Fett—an armored bounty hunter, serving the crime lord Jabba the Hutt, on the desert planet Tatooine. Of course, at the time, George Lucas, the creator of Star Wars, had no idea that Fett would become so popular with the fans. After all, the fans adore the Star Wars villains as much as they love the heroes, if not more. And now that Disney has acquired Lucasfilm, no Star Wars character, whether dead or alive in the canon, is off the radar. And voila! Boba Fett is not just back, but he has a spinoff series of his own titled ‘The Book of Boba Fett’ taking place after the events of ‘Return of the Jedi’. Fett is played by the Kiwi actor Temuera Morrison.
Now, ‘The Book of Boba Fett’ is technically is a spin-off from the series ‘The Mandalorian’ whose second season saw the legendary crime lord and bounty hunter making a much-awaited return to the Star Wars canon with the episode director Robert Rodriguez not leaving any stone unturned to make Boba Fett look as badass as possible. And the effortless ease and disdain with which Fett decimates an army of stormtroopers in that episode of ‘The Mandalorian’ got the fans doubly excited. But the fun didn’t just end there. The final episode of the second season of ‘The Mandalorian’ has a post-credits scene in which Fett travels to Jabba’s Palace on Tatooine where he kills Bib Fortuna to claim the throne. And to think that it happens immediately after Luke Skywalker’s epic appearance in that episode of “The Mandalorian”, it’s anybody’s guess how exciting these last few years have been for the American television and web.
Now, just like ‘The Mandalorian,’ Disney isn’t providing the bingeing option for ‘The Book of Bobba Fett’ and so a new episode would be released every week. So far three episodes have been released and surprisingly the response from the critics as well as the audiences has been mixed. The general expectation after what was seen of Fett in ‘The Mandalorian’ is that he must unleash his dominance over Jabba’s territory on Tatooine from the word go in ‘The Book of Bobba Fett’. After all, he is supposed to be this mean and ruthless bounty hunter who can single-handedly wipe out an army of stormtroopers without breaking a sweat. Ruling Tatooine in comparison should be child’s play for someone of his pedigree. However, on the contrary, Fett isn’t taken seriously by anyone on Tatooine. For, they all see him as just another bounty hunter who served Jabba. So, Fett basically has two options. He can either kill all those who oppose him or convince them to accept his daimyoship. “Jabba ruled with fear. I intend to rule with respect,” Fett categorically tells his confidante Fennec Shand when the elite assassin offers to kill someone who tried to defy his authority. Jon Favreau, Robert Rodriguez and team clearly want to build up things slowly and the first three episodes have done an effective job of introducing the world and setting things in motion. The stage is now set for Boba Fett’s rise to supremacy on Tatooine.
Now, it is important to understand that two different storylines are running parallel here. One of the storylines is following the ‘The Madalorian’ timeline with Boba Fett declaring himself as the Daimyo of Tatooine. So, it basically follows his struggles to consolidate his power on Tatooine and suppress any form of mutiny. Already, he has been forced to confront a panoply of fascinating characters, including the Twins, Jabba the Hutt’s cousins, and Krrsantan, a fearsome Wookiee bounty hunter. The other storyline, which unfolds in form of flashbacks every time Boba Fett is resting in his bacta tank, follows Fett after he barely escapes from the Sarlacc that swallowed him, only to be left for dead by the Jawas who steal his Mandalorian armor. He is subsequently captured by the Tusken Raiders whose respect he must earn in order to not just secure his freedom but also realize his true potential.
It’s really the Tusken Raiders segments that elevate ‘The Book of Boba Fett’ above the Star Wars sequel series as well as ‘The Mandalorian’. The second episode features some truly breathtaking sequences set in Tatooine’s desert lands that offer a fascinating parallel to Frank Herbert’s ‘Dune’. The lives and ways of the Tusken Raiders up until this point were never shown from this proximity. I personally wasn’t expecting ‘The Book of Boba Fett’ to be such a meditating experience and it is certainly not without truckloads of action-packed adventure. Replete with easter eggs, fascinating characters (old as well as new), and brilliant crossover moments, ‘The Book of Boba Fett’ is really Star Wars at its best. In recent times, the Star Wars films may have been disappointing but shows like ‘The Mandalorian’ and ‘The Book of Boba Fett’ are proving that the Star Wars saga is far from done.
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SONU NIGAM DEDICATES HIS PADMA SHRI AWARD TO HIS MOTHER
After being conferred with the Padma Shri award, singer Sonu Nigam expressed his happiness.
He issued a statement in which he shared that he would like to dedicate the award to his late mother Shobha Nigam. “January 25 was a rather special day for me and my family. I’m very thankful to the Government of India for thinking of me as a deserving candidate and bestowing me the Padma Shri. My heartfelt thanks to all those who selected me and suggested my name for this prestigious honour. I would also like to thank my mother, Shobha Nigam, and my father, Agam Kumar Nigam. In fact, I want to dedicate this award to my mother. Had she been here today, she would have cried a lot,” Sonu said. The ‘Kal Ho Naa Ho’ singer also thanked his gurus for teaching him the valuable lessons of music. “I would also take this opportunity to fold my hands before my gurus who have taught me so much. Whatever I know today is because of them and their blessings. Watching and listening to them has been a learning experience for me. My sincere gratitude to my friends and colleagues who have been a part of my journey, and my family who is my pillar of support,” the statement concluded
KAREENA SPENDS ‘PERFECT AFTERNOON’ WITH BFFS
MUMBAI : Bollywood actor Kareena Kapoor Khan on Wednesday afternoon spent some quality time with her friends Manish Malhotra, Karan Johar, and the Arora sisters, Malaika and Amrita.
Glimpses from their get-together were shared by Malhotra on his Instagram handle where the celebrity fashion designer posted a couple of pictures of them, in which the stars could be seen posing for the camera. He captioned the post as, “That perfect afternoon home with friends @kareenakapoorkhan @karanjohar @amuaroraofficial @malaikaaroraofficial missing you @therealkarismakapoor.”
The post garnered more than 17,000 likes within an hour of being shared and several fans of the celebs left heart and fire emojis in the comment section.
Meanwhile, on the work front, Kareena will be seen sharing screen space with Aamir Khan in ‘Laal Singh Chaddha’, which will release on Valentine’s Day, 2022. The film is a loose adaptation of Tom Hanks’ ‘Forrest Gump’.
B-TOWN EXTENDS HEARTFELT GREETINGS ON 73RD REPUBLIC DAY
On the occasion of 73rd Republic Day on Wednesday, members of the film industry took to social media to extend their heartfelt greetings to everyone.
Megastar Amitabh Bachchan shared a slew of photographs, a few of which show him dressed up in white and holding the Indian flag.
Taapsee Pannu shared an excerpt of the Indian Consitution that came into force in 1950. “OF the people FOR the people BY the people” Happy Republic Day to the PEOPLE of India #RepublicDay,” she wrote on Twitter.
Actor Shahid Kapoor shared a picture of a postal stamp from 26 January 1950, and wrote, “Happy Republic Day”. Filmmaker Karan Johar urged people to always celebrate our constitution. “To the spirit of our republic – may we continue to uphold, cherish and celebrate our constitution – the pillar that upholds the country’s values and binds it together in unity! Jai hind,” he posted on Instagram.
Actor Varun Dhawan sent out wishes on Republic Day by painting his cheeks in tricolour. He also posted a video of him unfurling the flag. “Had the absolute honour of unfurling the flag. #proudindian,” he wrote.
Actor Tiger Shroff uploaded a clip from his music video ‘Vande Mataram’ to mark the occasion. Republic Day is celebrated every year on January 26 to commemorate the adoption of the Indian Constitution, which came into effect on this day in 1950.
ANUSHKA’S MESSAGE TO NEW PARENTS PRIYANKA-NICK
A few days after Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas announced the birth of their baby, actor Anushka Sharma, on Wednesday, penned a cute wish for the new parents in town.
“Congratulations Priyanka and Nick. Get ready for sleepless nights and unparallel joy and love. Lots of love to the little one,” Anushka, the mother to one-year-old Vamika, wrote on her Instagram Story.
For the unversed, Priyanka and Nick welcomed their first child via surrogacy.
In a joint statement, the star couple had written, “We are overjoyed to confirm that we have welcomed a baby via surrogate. We respectfully ask for privacy during this special time as we focus on our family. Thank you so much.”
The couple refrained from revealing the gender of their child but several reports state that Priyanka and Nick have become proud parents to a baby girl.
PRATIK GANDHI SHARES HIS EXPERIENCE OF WORKING WITH RICHA CHADHA
MUMBAI: Ahead of the release of ‘The Great Indian Murder’, actor Pratik Gandhi opened up about his experience working with his co-star Richa Chadha.
“There are a lot of things I admire about Richa but one thing that I admire the most is, she is very passionate about her work and is very pure at heart and thought. Whatever she thinks she says, I can see that purity and passion in whatever she does,” he shared. ‘The Great Indian Murder’ has been taken from the pages of Vikas Swarup’s riveting novel, ‘Six Suspects’, which revolves around the murder of the son of a high-profile minister.
The project is helmed by Tigmanshu Dhulia and will be out on Disney+ Hotstar on February 4.
PATRIOTIC AND HARD-HITTING WEB SERIES TO BINGE WATCH ON REPUBLIC DAY
NEW DELHI: As India celebrates 73 years of becoming a republic on Wednesday, the Covid-19 pandemic has once again confined us to a subdued celebration. So while you celebrate Republic Day at home, we bring you a list of 5 web series you can binge-watch with your friends and family that is sure to arouse the feeling of patriotism in you.
‘Family Man’ Season 1 and 2: One of the most talked-about web series of 2019 and 2021, is the Manoj Bajpayee-starrer ‘The Family Man’. Manoj, as Shrikant Tiwari is a middle-class man secretly working as a senior officer in the Threat Analysis and Surveillance Cell (TASK) and does everything in his strength and might to save his country. Both the seasons are edge-of-the-seat thrillers with drama and comedy sprinkled in it, in just the right amount.
‘Special Ops’ Season 1: This series stars Kay Kay Menon as Himmat Singh, a RAW agent investigating the prime suspects of the 2001 Parliament terror attack. The series is available on Disney+ Hotstar.
‘Bhaukaal’ Season 1 and 2: Inspired by true events, the web series ‘Bhaukaal’ is set in Muzaffarnagar in 2003, which was then better known as the crime capital of India, and the series tells the tale of how one courageous officer goes on a clean-up drive to punish criminals, battles local influential personalities and re-establishes the faith of the common man in the law. It is available for free on MX Player.
‘Mumbai Diaries 26/11’: One aspect that everyone forgets when we speak about terror attacks is the impact it has on the hospitals. The first web series to show the reality of what doctors faced during the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks is this. The series is available on Amazon Prime.
‘Grahan’: A hard-hitting web series that is sure to leave any person teary-eyed is the 2021 web series, ‘Grahan’. Based on the Sikh Riots of 1984, the web series revolves around Inspector Amrita Singh (Zoya Hussain), who has been assigned in the Special Investigation Team (SIT) to investigate and reopen the 1984 Sikh Riots in Bokaro, Jharkhand, only to discover that the main accused is her own father, Gursevak Singh, a Sikh himself.
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