24122018-LSTL-01.qxd 12/23/2018 8:16 PM Page 1 c m y b MOM-SON COLLABORATION Actress Sonali Bendre says she is excited about her first collaboration on the book club with son Ranveer. “In some situations, he even reverses roles,” Sonali wrote on social media. -IANS TRIBUNE Over & out Johnny Depp is no longer part of Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Johnny Depp will not return as his iconic character Captain Jack Sparrow. PTI LUDHIANA | MONDAY | 24 DECEMBER 2018 Notes from Punjabi music FLASH BACK 2018 Jasmine Singh T HE Punjabi music scene of 2018 has been a happening one. New concepts, songs crossing more 230 million views, Bollywood and Pollywood actresses featuring in music videos, there has been a lot of activity this year. At the same time, it was a year that saw the biggest controversies of the time, which shook the entire artiste fraternity. But the show went on, the music kept rolling, and we heard some of the best tunes. The controversies Music has the power to heal hearts, it can strike a chord with all and sundry, but in 2018 it struck the wrong note, when singer-actor and video director Parmish Verma of Gaal Nai Kadni fame was shot in the knee by a gang- With new trends, new faces and many new numbers, there were also some controversies that surrounded the Punjabi music industry in 2018 PARMISH VERMA ster. Parmish is a very wellknown name and the Punjabi music industry had to face a terrible time because of the incident. This raised a hue and cry with artistes seeking police security from the goons. And it was exactly at this time, looking at the gravity of the situation that lead Punjab government to form a culture commission to check on vulgarity in songs. The commission has the right to issue show cause notices to singers who glorify vulgarity or violence. Looks like the step taken in 2018 did have little effect on the situation as an accidental fire at Punjabi singer Sidhu Moosewala’s show in Mohali turned all eyes on the social responsibility of the singers. Amidst the big controversy that lead to numerous debates on who is responsible for vulgarity and violence, listeners or the singer, Punjabi singer Miss Pooja created another controversy by showing a drunk yamraj in her song Jeeju. On a happy note If you thought controversies are the only thing that remained hot on the Punjabi music scene this year, well, then here is touchdown on the popular Punjabi numbers that kept our feet tapping. Punjabi singer Gurnam Bhullar re-entered the music scene with his single Diamond with more than 250 million YouTube views. The song became an overnight success, being played at all Punjabi weddings and parties. Another Punjabi song, a collaboration between Neha Kakkar and Jassie Gill, Nikale Currant crossed 200 million views. This peppy number released towards the end of 2018, will definitely set the mood for 2019. Year 2018 also belonged to Punjabi singers who GURNAM BHULLAR JASMINE SANDLAS had not been around for long. This year was their backwith-a-bang story. Punjabi singer Jordan Sandhu’s song Teeje Week written by Bunty Bains remained on the top of the list for weeks together. With 138 million views, the song was definitely one of the most watched songs of 2018. The year also gave the rumoured Punjabi artiste couple, Jasmine Sandlas and Garry Sandhu, a reason to celebrate. While on one hand, Garry’s song Yeah Baby crossed over 100 million views, Jasmine Sandlas’s Sip Sip was also the peppiest number of the year. The year of Diljit 2018 saw actor-singer Diljit Dosanjh being on the music scene for the maximum time. The popular artiste released various songs from his album Roar in different genres. Hi End, Putt Jatt Da, Gulabi Pagg, Pagal, Jind Call for empowerment: Michelle Obama The former U.S. first lady has been promoting her memoir globally and speaking up for women’s rights and girls’ education. Obama, who grew up in a working class household in Chicago, said she wanted to empower women to seek hope in a difficult political and social climate. Right step: Meghan Markle Since marrying into Britain’s royal family in May, the U.S. actress has vowed to shine a light on women’s rights. She was also snapped wearing “slave-free” jeans from Outland Denim in Australia, which sparked a run to buy the trousers, and collaborated with survivors of London’s Grenfell Tower Babes in music Apart from the highs and lows in the Punjabi music industry, 2018 saw many Hindi television actresses and popular Punjabi actresses feature in Punjabi songs. Bol- lywood hottie Nargis Fakhri was seen in Satinder Sartaaj’s track Tere Vaastey. Popular reality TV star Hina Khan also made her debut in Punjabi entertainment industry as she modelled in Punjabi song Bhasoodi sung by Sonu Thukral. ❝ AN ACCIDENTAL FIRE AT PUNJABI SINGER SIDHU MOOSEWALA’S SHOW IN MOHALI TURNED ALL EYES ON THE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY OF THE SINGERS SIDHU MOOSEWALA BANITA SANDHU AND DILJIT DOSANJH Stars from Buckingham Palace to Bollywood and Hogwarts used their fame in 2018 to highlight a list of global challenges from climate change, to disease and women’s rights. hawa who is now a popular name in Bollywood music, released Made In India with 335 and 660 million views. d Sonia Mann Another of his sinJordan Sandhu an gle, Downtown broke the internet with Mahi, Aar Nanak Paar 110,075,349 views. The young Nanak, with his fans giving a singer was the most happenthumbs up to all the singles. ing singer of 2018 announcing a collaboration with PitGuru & the Indian connect bull. Punjabi singer Guru Rand- JASSIE GILL PITBULL WITH GURU RANDHAWA THE DO-GOODERS From Meghan Markle to Michelle Obama, here are the celebrities who used star power for good in 2018 fire to produce a community led cookbook. Me too: Emma Watson Best known as Hermione in the Harry Potter films, Watson used 2018 to campaign for the #MeToo movement, donating one million pounds ($1.3 million) to a fund that supports charities fighting sexual abuse. In October, Watson wrote an open letter to end restrictive abortion laws from India to Ireland, while she was also photographed wearing a earrings fashioned from shrapnel and undetonated bombs from Laos. It doesn’t sting: David Beckham The former English soccer captain joined a campaign to reinvigorate the global fight against malaria, launched by charity Malaria No More UK. The retired athlete starred in a short film in which he was swarmed by mosquitoes to highlight that malaria continues to kill about 445,000 people a year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). c m y b All clear: Amitabh Bachchan Bollywood veteran Amitabh Bachchan cemented his popularity in India when he spent more than 40 million rupees ($560,000) to clear the loans of farmers after an agricultural crisis left many of them in extreme poverty. Child’s play: Millie Bobby Brown The teen star of hit Netflix series Stranger Things became the United Nations children’s agency UNICEF’s youngest goodwill ambassador this year, vowing to raise issues around children’s rights, education, poverty and work to end bullying. HIV/AIDS medical treatment, describing the lack of access a “disgrace.” Cyber safety: Princess Beatrice The British princess, eighth in line to the throne, campaigned to tackle online abuse and cyber-bullying, especially against young women and girls. For one and all: Elton John The British singer-songwriter, a long-time advocate for LGBT+ rights, called for more to be done to support those living in poverty to gain better access to Standing tall: Cate Blanchett Australian actress and United Nations’ refugee goodwill ambassador spoke out about the Rohingya crisis, urging nations to do more to support refugees fleeing Myanmar for Bangladesh. Blanchett, who has won two Oscars, warned of a “race against time” to protect Rohingya refugees. —Reuters
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