05032017-LSTL-01.qxd 3/4/2017 7:30 PM Page 1 c m y b ludhiana | sunday | 5 march 2017 TRIBUNELIFE+STYLE BALANCING ACT Rudra Soni, who made a debut on television with Balika Vadhu and also acted in Bajirao Mastani as the young Nana Saheb, is now seen in Peshwa Bajirao. The excited youngster talks about the show and more. PAGE 2 Þ All that bling FUKREY RETURNS WRAPS UP Fukrey Returns, the sequel to 2013 comedy film Fukrey, starring Ali Fazal, Richa Chadha, Varun Sharma, Manjot Singh, Pulkit Samrat, Vishakha Singh and Priya Anand, has gone into its post-production stage. PAGE 3 Þ NATALIE WELCOMES DAUGHTER AMELIA A wave of joy has swept the lives of Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied, as the couple welcomed their second child on Friday. PAGE 3 Þ OF BARRA & BIRYANI Aromatic flavours and lip-smacking delicacies are here to delight foodies in Chandigarh, as Karim’s from Delhi opens its doors in Sector 7. The menu they promise is the same as the original, which goes back to 1913. PAGE 4 Þ Filmmaker Abhay Kumar was always driven by passion. Something, that is truly reflected in his documentary titled Placebo, which has won a jury nomination award for best debut at the International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam Designer Manali Pratap, who loves to dabble in Phulkari, believes the brides today are more open to experimentation Mona Looking good is a tricky business. It requires deft touches and a clear vision. Something which designer Manali Pratap has in abundance. Currently, she is in Punjab touring across major cities, mingling with relatives (she is married to a Punjabi) and assimilating influences for her next collection. While Phulkari tops her chart, trousseau is what she specialises in, “Bright and blingy is my style, and Phulkari with its vibrant colours and hand-embroidered styles is just perfect for wedding lehengas.” While Manali started her career pretty early, her first show was held when she was 22; while it’s only a year or two back that she has seen the wedding market open up. “No more am I restricted to reds, maroon, pinks while doing bridal-wear; today’s brides are open to experimentation with colours, cuts and styles, which gives me so much liberty.” While this designer did her entire trousseau; her reception outfit was by her favourite designer Sabyasachi. “I went crazy in his studio; each of his creation is so special.” Personally, she is comfortable with her daily style. And no, it’s not labels that she opts for each day. “We are work- ing class people, so stilettos don’t go for workdays. But yes, I love to do my hair and make-up.” Personal note Based in Mumbai, Manali has dressed lots of Bollywood celebs and even designed for films; so, just like in the West, do celebs demand loads of money to flaunt styles on the red carpet? “Not really. I have worked with Kalki Koechlin and Richa Chadda, and for occasions dressed many Bollywood actresses. They do take the dress and return it, but it’s not as commercialised as in the West yet.” “No doubt actresses carry your design well but by the end of the day, mass consumer is the common man,” shares Manali, who puts people from different walks of life on the ramp, just like sports stars or fitness experts. “When someone in the audience sees someone just like them carrying the design with confidence, it works very well for the collection; most of the times it’s to be sold totally.” Invest in some dungarees for casual and fitted blazers for formal look, advises Manali for this spring. As for weddings, go berserk is her mantra, “Opt for a different colour, different style and look for each of the functions.” email@example.com Scriptof a creative mind Amarjot Kaur HOULD a heart that beats hard enough to break free from the ribcage allow itself to be bruised and broken with every attempt? This question haunts most anti-conformists who struggle within, first to fit in, and then to escape out. The story of Chandigarhborn filmmaker Abhay Kumar, 31 — who studied at St John’s High School and then in DAV College, Sector 10, to pursue non-medical just because all his peers, who scored more than 90 per cent were doing so — is both dramatic and relatable. “I think I am one of those people who have a problem with authority and that I got to know when I was studying. I didn’t like the idea of shuttling between tuitions and college to get into a good institute, so I gave all my exams and left blank pages for teachers to check,” begins Abhay, whose recent hybrid feature documentary Placebo premiered at International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam (IDFA), winning a jury nomination award for best debut. S FLIGHT OF IMAGINATION It was not only for the fear of repeating class XI and XII that Abhay decided to study journalism in Delhi in 2004; it was mainly because he wanted to find his creative expression. Little did he know that the walls of this classroom too would restrict his flight, so, finally, a college excursion to Jim Corbett National Park accommodated the flight of this wild child’s imagina- DEEP FOCUS: The poster of Placebo and (below) Abhay Kumar I SHOT THIS FILM IN AIIMS, DELHI, WHERE MY BROTHER STUDIED AND ON A CULTURAL EVENT SOME STUDENT UNIONS CLASHED. MY BROTHER WAS HURT AND HIS RIGHT ARM IS DYSFUNCTIONAL tion! “I interned with a newspaper because in the first year we were taught about print media, and then about television in the second year. I didn’t find print journalism too exciting and then in second year I got a paid internship at Doordarshan. It was the sort of internship where I was paid for running errands like getting coffee, picking up guests, getting photostats and stuff like that. So, I left it in three days,” he says. However, for his annual report, Abhay shot a documentary at Jim Corbett and A firm no RIGHT CUT: Manali Pratap Alabama Theatre has cancelled the screening of Beauty and the Beast because the film features Disneys first openly gay character. Director Bill Condon earlier this week told Attitude magazine that Josh Gad’s LeFou — villain Gaston’s (played by Luke Evans) eccentric sidekick — will be Disney’s firstever LGBTQ character, which is a way of honouring the original 1991 animated film’s late lyricist Howard received a standing ovation. “It was then that I decided to make films. I studied filmmaking at St Xavier’s in Mumbai and won three consecutive awards at the Mumbai Film Festival.” REWARD TIME A TED fellow and teacher, in 2011, Abhay’s hybrid short animation film Just that Sort of Day became the first Indian animation film to compete at the Tribeca Film Festival and went on to win the best film at Busan, and New York Indian Film Festival, Alabama Theatre not to screen Beauty and the Beast because the film features a gay character Ashman. Opened in 1999, the Henagar Drive-In screens family-friendly double features. The theatre’s shift away from Beauty and the Beast was decided by the business’ new owners, who took over in December. “When companies continually force their views on us we need to take a stand. We all make choices and I am making mine. If we cannot take our 11-year-old granddaughter and eight-year-old grand- c m y b son to see a movie we have no business watching it. If I can’t sit through a movie with God or Jesus sitting by me then we have no business showing it. I know there will be some that do not agree with this decision. That’s fine. We are first and foremost Christians. We will continue to show family-oriented films,” said a spokesperson on behalf of Alabama Theatre. Disney hasn’t responded on the matter. — IANS Regensburg. “Now, this was my first short film that wasn’t made for any competition. It was an outburst of my creative expression and my existential angst.” At 25, in 2011, Abhay won the national award for the short film. “You know, we had made the film using basic animation with illustrations,” he smiles. In Placebo, however, Abhay shared a part of his agony that brought him back to the dilemma he faced when he was pursuing non-medical! “I shot this film in AIIMS, Delhi, where my brother studied and on a cultural event some student unions clashed. My brother was hurt and his right arm is dysfunctional. Everyone tells you that you are only as good as the institution you get in to; no one tells you what happens when you get into these institutions...this film is all about that. It’s about how sharp minds cut each other in a pressure cooker. It’s about how a child can’t discuss anything with parents because they have expectations too and your peers just make you feel like you’re no good.” In 2016, Abhay was selected for the Berlinale Talent Campus as part of the Berlin International Film Festival. He spent a decade in hybrid genres — merging fact and fiction, animation and live action to create emotionally resonant narratives, which transcend cultural and geographical limitations. Well, some people are not made to fit in, they are made to stand out. So, let your heart break away from the cage and follow it! firstname.lastname@example.org Art comes first Brad Pitt skipped Oscars to work on a sculpture Moonlight actor-producer Brad Pitt skipped the Oscars this year to work on a secret sculpture! The star’s Plan B Entertainment production company produced Moonlight, which won the Best Picture award. “Pitt has been engaged in creating a sculpture at British artist Thomas Houseago’s Frogtown studio,” a source said. It’s unclear what form Pitt’s sculpture was taking, but the source added that Pitt, who had been building a substantial art collection with former wife Angelina Jolie, had been at it for nearly 10 days. Apart from the sculpture, Pitt has plenty on his schedule. As an actor, he’s wrapped filming on War Machine for director David Michod, and he’s expected to reprise his role in World War Z 2. — IANS
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