11012019-LSTL-01.qxd 1/10/2019 8:15 PM Page 1 c m y b ACTOR OVER DANCER The rationale behind casting Richa Chadha as a bar dancer for Cabaret was that the team wanted an excellent actor over a dancer, the film’s director Kaustav Narayan Niyogi and producer Pooja Bhatt have said. IANS TRIBUNE Not again Lady Gaga has vowed to remove a duet she recorded with R&B singer R Kelly from streaming services and never collaborate with him again. REUTERS LUDHIANA | FRIDAY | 11 JANUARY 2019 I AM A CHILD OF TOTAL TEAM EFFORT Nonika Singh A ‘No substitute for hard work’ Actress Madhuri Dixit Nene says she has tried to give her best in every role in her life — right from being an actress to a mother to a wife. “I was fortunate to get good songs and collaborate with amazing choreographers to create such memorable songs, which are loved I WAS FORTUNATE TO and enjoyed till date,” Madhuri GET GOOD SONGS said in a statement. AND COLLABORATE “And there is no substitute for hard work. To succeed, WITH AMAZING two per cent is genius and 98 CHOREOGRAPHERS TO per cent is hard work. I have CREATE SUCH tried to give my best to every MEMORABLE SONGS, role in my life; right from WHICH ARE LOVED AND being an actress, dancer, ENJOYED TILL DATE mother and wife,” added the actress, who is married to Shriram Nene. Madhuri, who has two sons with her husband, expressed her views when she became a part of Star Plus’ show Dance+4. “One of the most important aspects of dancing is growing and practicing every day,” she said. On the film front, the actress will soon be seen in Kalank and Total Dhamaal. — IANS LL eyes are on Anupam Kher, who also finds himself in the eye of controversy for stepping into the reel shoes of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Amidst all the media hype and hoopla over The Accidental Prime Minister, stands Aahana Kumra the Priyanka Gandhi of the film. Aahana, of course, is not new to controversy. Laughs she, whose last film Lipstick Under My Burkha created no less hungama, “I am a child of controversy.” But, she would not be drawn into the politics of the film. Excited with “countdown in her head” and all set for curtains to go up on the film; you and me may feel the film doesn’t do justice to the Gandhi family, she is a huge fan of Priyanka. The only reason why she said yes to the part was for she admires this self-assured woman who despite coming from a political family said no to politics. She adds, “Can you believe it, for a long time I was so high on the very fact that I am playing Priyanka that I didn’t even ask for the script.” IT IS ALL ABOUT NAZARIYA. WE ALL HAVE DIFFERENT POINTS OF VIEW. WHAT IS HONEST FOR ME COULD BE DISHONEST FOR OTHERS. IN THE WEST, FILMS THAT NAME REAL PEOPLE ARE MADE ALL THE TIME. IN INDIA, EVERYBODY TAKES OFFENCE TO EVERYTHING PRIYANKA GANDHI FAN However, once she began watching clippings of Priyanka’s interviews, she realised how different she is from the enigmatic political personality. “She is so collected, while I am so high on energy that my director had to constantly calm me down.” Interestingly, she also shares how her director Vijay Gutte “can’t believe he is a first time director” and is “incredibly com- posed too”. In fact, she can’t stop gushing over Gutte, who set the tone for her and others, “actually he lived with the characters longer than any of us.” Above all, she gives him full marks for the casting coup. She says, “When we were shooting for this one particular scene, the uncanny resemblance of the actors with their flesh and blood counterparts, be it Lalu Prasad Yadav or LK Advani, was so real, that I couldn’t take my eyes off them.” On the spur of the moment? Of course, to make her character as real as Priyanka, her hair and make-up team stepped in. “I was asked not to do my eyebrows. As for getting Priyanka’s immaculate hairdo right, I was ready to cut my hair, but was told that my hair texture is very different and a wig would work better.” On the bigger picture, how plum is her part, whether she has scenes with Anupam Kher playing Mamnohan Singh, she rues that she is not at liberty to disclose it all. Besides, she reasons, “The film is releasing today and you can judge for yourself.” For those whipping up a storm around it, she says, “Cinema ought to be democratic. People reserve the right to watch or not, and artistes have every right to make what they want to.” Anyhow, she is all for political dramas, “how long can we watch a hero wooing a heroine or senseless comedies?” Among politicians, who is a hero and who isn’t, well she is not getting into these conversations. As the film hits the screens today, she isn’t even a tad nervous. Clearly, some of Priyanka’s self-assurance has rubbed on this reel Priyanka. email@example.com Fan mail name that came to his mind when one of the prompts was botox, Tusshar blurted out, ‘Preity Zinta’. Much to the surprise and shock of the actress and her fans! Later, in an interview, he confessed to sorting things out. “She was upset and I cleared my stance. Recently, I saw her on one of the covers and she looked extremely beautiful, so that name came out on the spur of the moment.” Manpriya Singh There is something about chat shows, not to forget the chat show hosts (and of course the rapid fire round), that makes the guests (read celebs) say things they didn’t mean, or say all the mean things and then piggy back on ‘got carried’ away excuse! Currently, who’d know this better than our very own boisterous cricketer Hardik Pandya. In the eye of the storm for his comments on how he approached women in night clubs, “You are just watching and observing how they move. As I said I am a little from the black side so I have to see how they move first!” In between were snuck in comments like him not knowing the names of the women at parties. Needless to say, post the social media backlash and BCCI’s tough stance, the cricketer admitted to being, “Honestly, I got a bit carried away with the nature of the show. In no way did I mean to disrespect or hurt anyone’s sentiments. Respect.” But wasn’t he on Koffee With Karan? A chat show where almost every remark should be taken in the same spirit and with the same level Aahana Kumra, the actress in The Accidental Prime Minister, talks about how she prepared for the role of Priyanka Gandhi and gives a lot of credit to her director as well as make-up team Kimmel caught WHEN WORDS GO WRONG: (L-R) Hardik Pandya, Karan Johar and KL Rahul It is not always that celebs are politically correct on talk shows. Being human, they can err too… just like cricketer Hardik Pandya recently did. Here are some others who have been in trouble before of gullibility as Salman’s ‘virginity remark.’ (Salman Khan confessed to being a virgin on the show). We take a look at some such shining foot-in-the-mouth episodes that either started or culminated on chat shows. Starting with the notorious Karan Johar and his show, where there are only three winners — scandalous private lives, dirty linen washed in public and snide digs taken at each other! Tusshar in dock When asked to mention the first c m y b Talk of being put in the dock and there’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, who was probably put in one on his very own show back in 2013, when in one segment of the show a bunch of five to six years olds were made to discuss the US government shutdown. One of the kids suggested, “Killing all the people in China,” to which Jimmy responded, “that’s an interesting idea” and followed it up with, “Should we allow the Chinese to live?” The incident sparked a petition signed by more than a 100,000 people, to which he responded, “I thought it was obvious that I didn’t agree with that statement, but apparently it wasn’t.” Elvis fans arrive at Central station, before boarding a train to The Parkes Elvis Festival, in Sydney on January 10. The annual event celebrates the life of Elvis Presley in the New South Wales town of Parkes. AFP Hrithik Roshan turns 45 As actor Hrithik Roshan turned 45 on Thursday, his former wife Sussanne Khan called him her “best friend forever” and “soulmate”, even as several others from the film fraternity wished the “great son” and “extraordinary father” all the best. Sussanne took to Instagram, where she shared multiple photographs of herself along with Hrithik, who she married in 2000. The couple divorced in 2014 and have two sons, Hridhaan and Hrehaan Roshan. “Happiest happy birthday to my BFF the force will always ... be with you. Shine on unlimited, this man, best BFF best dad in the ... world... Soulmate,” she captioned the image. — IANS ... ex-wife Sussanne says ‘shine on’
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