Lindsay Lohan is back in the UAE after vowing to return to Hollywood

Lindsay Lohan is set to star in a new film entitled “Among the Shadows.” (AFP)
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Updated 12 February 2020

Lindsay Lohan is back in the UAE after vowing to return to Hollywood

DUBAI: Has US actress Lindsay Lohan changed her mind about leaving the Middle East for her home country?  

The “Freaky Friday” star took to Instagram to share a picture of herself at Zaya Nurai Island in Abu Dhabi after she announced she was leaving her adopted home of Dubai to return to the US earlier this year. 

Her photo caption quotes the Dalai Lama and reads: “The purpose of our lives is to be happy.” 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

'The purpose of our lives is to be happy' - Dalai Lama

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In January, Lohan told CNN’s Andy Cohen and Anderson Cooper during a satellite interview that she was planning to return to the US in an effort to revive her acting career and begin filming again.

“I’m managing my sister, so I want to really focus on me and everything that I can do in my life and come back to America and start filming again, which I’m doing some time soon in this new year,” Lohan revealed. “And, you know, just taking back the life I’ve worked so hard for and sharing it with my family and you guys.”

Lohan is set to star in a new film entitled “Among the Shadows,” which is slated for release on March 5, 2020. The film marks Lohan’s first role in a feature film since 2013’s “The Canyons.”

But, for now, it seems the flame-haired star is enjoying her time in the UAE and has been sharing a flurry of snaps on social media, including photos of her lounging in the sun.


Film review: Great storytelling makes for fascinating watch in Netflix’s ‘Yeh Ballet’

“Yeh Ballet” is no rags-to-riches story, but one of sheer fortitude and a bit of luck. (Supplied)
Updated 24 February 2020

Film review: Great storytelling makes for fascinating watch in Netflix’s ‘Yeh Ballet’

CHENNAI: Sooni Taraporevala gained immense fame by writing for Mira Nair’s films, such as “The Namesake,” “Mississippi Masala” and the Oscar-nominated “Salaam Bombay.” In 2009, Taraporevala stepped behind the camera to helm a small movie called “Little Zizou” about the Parsi community. It was a hit, and three years ago, she took up the camera again to create a virtual reality short documentary about two boys from Mumbai’s slums who became renowned ballet dancers. 

Taraporevala converted her documentary into a full-length feature, “Yeh Ballet,” for Netflix, and the work, though with a somewhat documentary feel, is fascinating storytelling — a talent we have seen in her writings for Nair. 

Happily, “Yeh Ballet” is no rags-to-riches story (of the kind “Gully Boy” was), but one of sheer fortitude and a bit of luck. The film begins with a breathtaking aerial shot of the Arabian Ocean on whose shores Mumbai stands — an element that points toward the director’s background as a photographer. 

The film chronicles the lives of Nishu and Asif Beg. (Supplied) 

A story inspired by true events, “Yeh Ballet” chronicles the lives of Nishu (Manish Chauhan) and Asif Beg (newcomer Achintya Bose). The two lads are spotted by a ballet master, Saul Aaron (British actor Julian Sands) who, driven away from America because of his religion, lands in a Mumbai dance school.

Nishu and Asif, despite their nimble-footed ballet steps, find their paths paved with the hardest of obstacles. When foreign scholarships from famous ballet academies come calling, they cannot get a visa because they have no bank accounts. And while Asif’s father, dictated by his religion, is dead against the boy’s music and dancing, Nishu’s dad, a taxi driver, feels that his son’s passion is a waste of time and energy.

Well, all this ends well — as we could have guessed — but solid writing and imaginative editing along with Ankur Tewari’s curated music and the original score by Salvage Audio Collective turn “Yeh Ballet” into a gripping tale. It is not an easy task to transform a documentary into fiction, but Taraporevala does it with great ease. Or so it appears. Of course, the two protagonists add more than a silver lining to a movie that will be long remembered — the way we still mull over “Salaam Bombay” or “The Namesake.” But what I missed was a bit more ballet; the two guys are just wonderful to watch as they fly through the air.