20042017-LSTL-01.qxd 4/19/2017 8:00 PM Page 1 c m y b LUDHIANA | THURSDAY | 20 APRIL 2017 TRIBUNELIFE+STYLE MEET SCHWARZENEGGER, THE NARRATOR SPACEY TO HOST 2017 TONY AWARDS Actor Kevin Spacey has been announced as the host of the 2017 Tony Awards. “I was their second choice for Usual Suspects’ and 15th choice to host this year’s Tony Awards,” Spacey, the former artistic director of the Old Vic theatre in London said. “I think my career is definitely going in the right direction,” he added. IANS SAMI INSPIRED BY SD BURMAN Action star Arnold Schwarzenegger has joined the upcoming feature documentary film Wonders of the Sea 3D as a producer and narrator. The film is co-directed by Jean-Michel Cousteau and Jean-Jacques Mantello, and produced by Schwarzenegger and Francois Mantello through 3D Entertainment Films. IANS England-born singer-composer Adnan Sami, who was granted Indian citizenship more than a year ago, says he has been influenced by the folk music of the northeast and by maestros like Sachin Dev Burman, “Northeastern folk music influenced me from a very young age. Sachin Dev Burman is one great inspiration. IANS Amazing to see book on Amar Akbar Anthony, says Big B Megastar Amitabh Bachchan is more than happy after he got to know that Harvard University Press has come up with a book on his 1977 film Amar Akbar Anthony. Amitabh on Tuesday late night took to Twitter to share the look of the book, the cover of which reads: Amar Akbar Anthony: Bollywood, Brotherhood and the Nation. The 74year-old superstar captioned the image: “The Harvard University Press brings out a book on Amar Akbar Anthony, a thesis almost on the merits of the film. Amazing!” Directed by Manmohan Desai, Amar Akbar Anthony also featured Vinod Khanna, Rishi Kapoor, Shabana Azmi, Neetu Singh, Parveen Babi, Nirupa Roy and Pran. — IANS TOP CLASS: Clad in traditional attire, artistes are all geared up to receive the award-winners at the Punjab Kala Bhawan in Chandigarh PHOTOS: PRADEEP TEWARI They have dedicated their lives to creativity. And even as the Punjab Arts Council honours six distinguished luminaries, their zest for life is what impresses the most A NATURE LOVE Paramjit Singh His frequent visits to Chandigarh suggest that there must be some connection with the city. In fact, when we got in touch with Amritsar-born and Delhi-based artist Paramjit Singh, he had just finished a walk amidst nature, which he has always loved to capture in his paintings and drawings. “But I don’t do spots. Be it Europe or Chandigarh or the nearby hills, I observe, find interesting bits in nature, let it sink in and then reproduce not just what I saw but what it conveyed,” shares the artist, renowned for his interpretation of landscapes. Having taught for nearly three decades in the Department of Fine Arts at Jamia Millia Islamia in New Delhi, it’s a significant part of life spent creating and teaching art. CINEMA SCOPE Preeti Sapru Mandala by Girish Karnad, and poems of Bertolt Brecht and Pablo Neruda — developed a deep love for poetry right in his childhood. TRUE INSPIRATION RTISTIC doesn’t quite sum up the lives they have led. Interesting is more like it! With heaps of creative satisfaction thrown in! As Punjab Arts Council honours accomplished people from different walks of life, we steal a minute or two with each of them. plan to come back soon and there are many offers; right from Bollywood filmmakers from Shaad Ali, Karan Johar to Balaji…to Punjabi films.” On the anvil is a production house too. While talking of all things Punjabi, films can’t be far behind! She notes, while admitting to having watched a couple of recent films, “Recently there is a trend of singers becoming actors. Among the younger lot, I think Jimmy Shergill is a fine actor,” she signs off. GREAT VISION Uma Gurbaksh Singh The fact that she is the first female actress of Punjabi theatre is an intimidating introduction. How she got that role is yet another epic story! Back in 1938, very few Punjabi plays were being written and even fewer being staged. Playwright Gurbaksh Singh wished to get his play Raj Kumari Latika staged and was not willing to let the Prof Kirpal Singh Kasel Kirpal Singh Kasel lost his sight at 80. For anybody else, it would have been the end of everything. Not for Prof Kirpal Singh Kasel, the poet and the littérateur, who has won several awards. One of his recent books, spread over 1,125 pages, Atma Dee Kavita (Poetry of the soul), is translated poetry of Professor Puran Singh, the legendary Punjabi romantic and mystic poet. What replaced his sight were the insights that he captures through his prose and poetry. No words to say… Superstar Shah Rukh Khan has confessed that he doesn’t know what to say when someone asks him to describe himself in one word or in one minute. The actor said it has taken him over 50 years to “understand about 10 per cent” of himself, so how can he express it to people within a minute. “When in a 30seccond or a oneminute byte, I am asked ‘Can you describe Shah Rukh Khan in one word as a person?’ This is something I don’t know at all. How do I describe anyone, let alone me, in one word and that also in a oneminute interview? It has taken me 52 years to understand about 10 per cent of who I am, let alone try to express it to people within a minute,” Shah Rukh said in a statement. The actor, who enjoyed success at the box-office with Raees and Dear Zindagi, also shared two SCULPTING SUCCESS role of a girl be performed by a boy, so he immediately decided that his eldest daughter Uma would take up the role. The play was a great success. But this gave to people a point to talk about…that a girl had acted in a play. Culturally rich and progressive background ensured that Uma Gurbaksh Singh engaged in literary, musical and theatrical activities, moving onto to write some short stories for children as well. Avtarjeet Singh Dhanjal England-based sculptor of Indian origin is in no mood for introductory questions like… how does it feel to be honoured? It obviously feels good. He laughs over the obvious and discounts it. But what does get him to talk is his work, his projects and the city that he visits almost annually, For anyone who has known Punjabi cinema much before the current crop of singers invaded it, they have known her. So when you come across Preeti Sapru, yesteryear actress, all you want to ask is…What has kept her away and what has kept her busy all this while? She laughs, “I had two daughters growing up whom I didn’t want to leave. But yes, now I because, “Chandigarh was the starting point in my life.” The multi-media artist also minces no words while sharing his impressions of an exhibition he saw in the city lately. “It was a little disappointed because I feel the new generation is starved of ideas and inspiration. When I was a student, I used to go to libraries and spend my time there,” shares the artist, currently working on projects, busy with reading and forever in pursuit of new thoughts and ideas in sculpture. Is the younger generation listening? email@example.com c m y b Shah Rukh finds it tough to describe himself other questions that journalists tend to repeat while interviewing him. “First is ‘What is the practical joke you played on another artist on the set?’ Well, my age for practical jokes is over and not many people come on the set to do practical jokes. We just have a good time and laugh. I am not saying it’s a bad question, it’s just that I don’t have an answer to it,” the Dilwale star said. Shah Rukh said that he is often asked, “‘What’s next?’ Well, this is next, this is what I am doing right now”. “What’s next will come next and at that time I will come and talk to you about it. This kind of throws me out because I normally do one film at a time and this is the one most important thing right now, so I will talk about this. What’s next, I will discuss in detail when it happens,” he added. SRK is currently busy filming director Imtiaz Ali’s tentatively titled The Ring. — IANS Character calling VERSE WISE Surjit Patar The city and this region is wellversed with his academic achievements. The fact that among his works of poetry are Hawa Vich Likhe Harf (Words written in the Air), Birkh Arz Kare (Thus Spake the Tree), Hanere Vich Sulagdi Varnmala (Words Smouldering in the Dark), Lafzaan Di Dargah (Shrine of Words), Patjhar Di Pazeb (Anklet of Autumn) and Surzameen (Music Land) is well-known. But very few know that Surjit Patar, an alumnus of Punjabi University, Patiala — who has translated into Punjabi tragedies of Federico Garcia Lorca, the play Nag Bollywood superstar Salman Khan on Wednesday released the first poster of his upcoming historical war drama film Tubelight, which has been directed by filmmaker Kabir Khan. The poster shows Salman from the back and dressed in a suit with a woollen cap while looking towards the hills. Salman released the poster on Twitter and wrote: “Kya tumhe yakeen hai? Agar tumhe yakeen hai then Back his Back (Do you have faith? If you have it then Back his Back.” The film also has a special appearance by Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan. IANS Anthony khush hua The craft of art Manpriya Singh Salman releases Tubelight poster Rishi Kapoor to make a special appearance in Manto Veteran actor Rishi Kapoor will be seen in a special role in actress-filmmaker Nandita Das’ Manto. Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who plays the lead role of Saadat Hasan Manto, today took to Twitter to thank Rishi for joining the cast. “It was indeed a pleasure sharing the screen with @chintskap Sir. What an amazing energy you possess even now,” he wrote. The 64-year-old actor also thanked Nawaz and expressed a desire to work with him in future. “Thank you Nawaz! Did that bit for Nandita Das and “Manto”title role played by you. We will have fun working together in the future. Regards!” Rishi tweeted. Om Puri was supposed to play a character in the film, but the actor passed away earlier this year and there can be a possibility that Rishi has replaced him in the movie.” Manto also stars Rasika Dugal in the role of the writer’s wife Safiyah. — PTI
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