07012019-LSTC-01.qxd 1/6/2019 8:06 PM Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE Fear of failure Hollywood star Bradley Cooper says he was worried his directorial debut A Star Is Born would “fail miserably”.“I mean I had no idea what was going to happen,” Cooper said. -IANS CHANDIGARH | MONDAY | 7 JANUARY 2019 A YEAR OF BIOPICS From Chamkila to Bhai Jaita, with Pollywood taking a fancy for biopics, it seems we are all set to know even more about the real heroes of Punjab in 2019 Jasmine Singh Gippy Grewal W PHOTO: @SBULLOCKWEB ‘Streaming has changed films’ Actress Sandra Bullock, who stars in Netflix’s acclaimed thriller Bird Box, believes that “streaming has elevated the bar” in terms of opportunities for actors. “Cinema is not going anywhere, streaming has elevated the bar. Before, if you were a superhero, you were able to get a movie made; anything else was not getting made. Now, with streaming, we have all kinds of work available,” Bullock said. She added: “The movie business is changing, and providing so many more opportunities for women and for people of colour.” The Ocean’s 8 star went on to explain that she feels the industry is changing in all ways and said she saw a notable difference in attitudes towards women before and after filming the all-female heist flick, reports femalefirst.co.uk. She said: “We started that film before #MeToo and we ended it during. I saw a noticeable difference.” Despite changing attitudes, the Proposal actress also noticed a difference while filming Bird Box due to the presence of a female director, Susanne Bier. — IANS Business wise HILE Bollywood has explored this genre pretty well, it is now Punjabi cinema’s turn, to turn to biopics. In 2018, Subedar Joginder Singh, Rangroot, Harjeeta and Rupinder Gandhi, Dakuaan Da Munda were some of the films we saw on real life heroes. This year, we might get to see many more such real-life based stories. A production house will soon be producing Punjabi film Sarabha, a biopic on freedom fighter Kartar Singh Sarabha who joined Ghadar Party at the age of 17. The makers have also shared the first look poster of the film. Although there are rumours about a biopic being made on popular gangster Vicky Gounder, but nothing has been confirmed yet. On the other hand, producer Gunbir Sidhu gives his confirmation about the upcoming biopic based on flying officer Nirmal Jit Singh Sekhon, PVC, an officer of the Indian Air Force who was posthumously awarded the Param Vir Chakra. Although the screenplay of the film is ready, the production house is looking for the right actor to portray the role. “Punjabi cinema is totally ready for biopics, the medium needs a lot of research, which of course we can do,” adds the producer who has already acquired the rights for the film. Amongst the biopics that the audiences will see in 2019, the one on Chamkila is still in the pipeline. In fact, two known artistes from the Punjabi entertainment industry have already claimed about acquiring the rights of the film. Popular actor-singer Roshan Prince has been working on this story for a long time but nothing has been confirmed yet! Tatas are the most globalised conglomerate in India. 66% of their revenues comes from overseas. The kind of internal changes they have made to adjust and live up to the changes liberalisation kind of Yet another much talked biopic based on Bhai Jiwan Singh ji called Bhai Jaita starring Gippy Grewal is also in the pipeline. Although, the first look poster of the film was released on social media, no fresh news on the film has come yet. “Although in 2019, you will see many films like Sidhu Moosewala’s I am a Student, Harish Verma’s Nadoo Khan, Train To Bikaner based on real life incidents, Punjabi directors and producers are still not very confident about biopics,” shares producer Harjot Gill. Harjot Gill could be right, ALTHOUGH IN 2019, YOU WILL SEE MANY FILMS LIKE SIDHU MOOSEWALA’S I AM A STUDENT, HARISH VERMA’S NADOO KHAN, PUNJABI DIRECTORS AND PRODUCERS ARE STILL NOT VERY CONFIDENT ABOUT BIOPICS. HARJOT GILL but amidst this we hear a new sports biopic on popular kabaddi player, Harjeet Brar Bajakhana to be written by Gurpreet Bhullar. Although the makers are still finalising the star cast, it has been heard that actor Kartar Cheema has been approached to play the lead in the film. Harjeet Brar Bajakhana was a professional kabaddi player born in Bajakhana village Faridkot who was a raider in circle style kabaddi. While Bollywood has become comfortable with the genre of biopics, Punjabi film industry is done overseas but how do they perceive our companies in their geographies, so therefore it’s not an opiniated book. It’s a book based on several perspectives. forced on corporate India. With all that how they also streamlined their focus and value system. While I was doing my research, I realised that the last major work on the Tatas was done in the year 1992, which captured the Tata story historically but over the next 25 years the Tatas have grown substantially- 25 times precisely. From twenty thousand crores to six lakh fifty thousand crores post liberalisation. The kind of global success they have achieved made me delve deep into their story. EACH ONE US HAS INHERENTLY A LOT OF POTENTIAL TO DO OUR BEST AND THE ECOSYSTEM PROVIDES US WITH ALL THE OPPORTUNITIES. YOU DON’T NEED TO HAVE A FOREIGN DEGREE TO EXCEL IN LIFE, JUST FOCUS ON DOING YOUR BEST. I CREDIT MY SUCCESS TO THREE THINGS— GOD’S GRACE, HARD WORK AND RIGHT PRIORITIES What all has gone into the book? I have done about 100 interviews with senior Tata leaders, right from Mr Rattan Tata, MDs of all Tata companies then the next level and gone down all the way of hierarchy to middle managers, visited the factories in Pune, Jamshedpur. Tatas have 7 lakh employees. I’ve referred to all the published data on the Tatas, journals, magazines, newspapers, archival records, speeches, letters both Indian and international. It was important to include what the international press perceives about the kind of work they have done because we are very patriotic about how our companies have benefits the country, the society. That’s a key learning. Tell us about the key learning from the research. PHOTO: PRADEEP TEWARI What made you write about Tatas? Kartar Cheema Shashank Shah believes younger generation is passionate to contribute to India; this approach to give back to the society promises a great economy Gurnaaz Kaur Shashank Shah is a stakeholder management strategist, researcher and published business author. His research and publications focus on the role of corporations in economic and social value creation through visionary leadership, stakeholdercentric decision making and inclusive business strategies. He has coauthored over 100 research-based papers, case studies and articles in the areas of Corporate Stakeholder Management Strategy, Private Sector Development, Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability, Governance and Leadership. He has been a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Business School, Fellow and project director at Harvard University South Asia Institute. After two successful books Soulful Corporation and Win Win Corporation, this time he has come up with The Tata Group: From Torchbearers to Trailblazers. This book tells riveting tales and gives insider accounts of adventure and achievement, conflict and compassion, dilemmas and decisions across twenty-five Tata companies. Here are excerpts from interview with this young author on all that has gone into bringing this book together. Gunbir Sidhu’s biopic is based on flying officer Nirmal Jit Singh Sekhon, PVC My passion has been based on my observation of the Indian economy. In the early years of the new millennium, there was a huge change in the way the Indian economy was operating- from pre-liberalisation to post-liberalisation era, in the licence raj where everything was so controlled and so limited in availability to an era where multinationals came in. We moved from all the made in India services to global competition which forced the Indian companies to give their best and improve. There was that transition that happened in the Indian economy because of which there was a lot change but as a young student I also observed a lot of things that were happening on the negative side. There were .com companies that made large amount of money and in a year or two later all of those companies had gone bust. A lot of cases of insider trading, fudged accounts were surfaced. This kind of made me think what is the purpose of business? Is it the purpose of business to make money at any cost and portray an artificial sense of success of it or is about creating genuine value for all the stakeholders, while also earning money for those who have invested in the company. That kind of embarked me into my area of research as to how this can be done. What I have gained is it is possible to do well by doing good. It’s usually perceived that you win at someone else’s cost and vice versa but my premise has been that no it’s possible to win yourself and help your stakeholders to win. Tatas are considered as a group of companies that has done really well by building various institutions, but that’s just one part of it, that’s the kind of charitable work they have done. The way they have done business is equally interesting because sometimes charity is considered as clearing your guilt of doing things in an incorrect way but that has not been their strategy because the Tatas are owned by trusts and these trusts by mandate have to spend 85% of the earnings for social welfare, so it’s a virtuous cycle. This is a model that has been in place for 100 years and this is going to be a model in perpetuity. Therefore money is going to be continuously used for social welfare and the more success the companies achieve the more money is available for larger good. This is a very unique model and this is my learning that you don’t earn money just for the sake of passing it on to your next generation but you earn money and create wealth in such a way that it c m y b How did you take up this line of study based on social value creation or stakeholder-centric decision making? still exploring the creative and the commercial aspects of it. Dream Reality Movies and Ravneet Chahal has also announced their project based on the honour killing case of Jassi Sidhu (Jaswinder Kaur) & Mithu (Sukhwinder Singh Sidhu). It is the same murder conspiracy which shook many to the core. In a post by the makers, they mentioned “After the success of Rupinder Gandhi 1,2, Dakuaan Da Munda and upcoming Kaka ji D.S.P DEV Dream Reality Movies Coming with another biopic based on jassisidhu murder.” AR Rahman turns 52 As composer-singer A.R. Rahman turned 52 on Sunday, several members from the Indian music industry wished their “inspiration”, love and happiness. The music maestro has been wooing audiences for over three decades with his soulfoul and dance songs like Tu hi re, Urvasi Urvasi and Jai ho. Many Indian artistes took to Twitter to shower the Oscar and Grammy winner with birthday wishes. Here’s what some of them tweeted: SHREYA GHOSHAL: Wishing you a very happy birthday Sir! May you have a very happy, healthy, blessed year ahead. ANIL KAPOOR: Wishing the infinitely talented guru of timeless music a very happy birthday! May your musical magic continue to win hearts and souls for years to come. Shweta Pandit: Dear Sir, on your birthday, sending you wishes for continued unparalleled musical creations, constantly raising the bar. Thank you for being so incredibly honest and keeping yourself so real. You have been my guardian angel and my guru for life. Thank you for your magic. BEJOY NAMBIAR: Happy birthday Sir. Not a single day goes by wthout listening to your music. You always were and always will be an inspiration. HARSHDEEP KAUR: Happy birthday Sir. My musical journey would have been incomplete without you. DALER MEHNDI: Wishing you a very happy birthday! May you have a very happy, healthy, blessed year ahead. ANIRUDH RAVICHANDER: Happy birthday to the Mozart of Madras. AMIT TRIVEDI: Dear Sir, wishing you a very happy birthday. I wish for you to have a successful year ahead and you continue to inspire us with your music. Lots of love. — IANS
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