25012019-LSTL-01.qxd 1/24/2019 8:01 PM Page 1 c m y b JUSTIN BIEBER DRAWS FLAK Popstar Justin Bieber is under fire after supporting singer Chris Brown, who is currently under investigation for reportedly raping a woman in Paris. On Tuesday, Brown posted a video of him practicing a choreographed dance on Instagram and captioned it as: "We Working." Bieber’s support for Brown has got his fans confused. IANS TRIBUNE In the net Sandra Bullock is gearing up to work on another Netflix project, Reborn. The movie is based on Mark Millar and Greg Capullo’s comic book series by the same name. PTI LUDHIANA | FRIDAY | 25 JANUARY 2019 HIP HOP HURRAY! C Manpriya Singh WHERE DOES THE BUCK STOP? OURTESY 19 long years in the music industry, there are several boxes that Manj Musik, Manjeet Singh Rai, has by now ticked off his bucket list. So it’s a check on fame, money and hit singles with eternal shelf life. Fans of Punjabi music will nod in unison over how Shera Di Kaum Punjabi totally fits the bill. There is no denying the omnipresent daaru or pegs in Punjabi songs, and sadly even the guns and gandaasas. He is neither mincing words nor passing the buck. “The responsibility one hundred billion per cent lies with the artiste because of the influence we carry over the masses. The violence and guns are totally uncalled for, that needs to stop. But alcohol and drinking, I don’t think that can be stopped. The parties will be there forever and so will be drinking, as long as it’s not encouraged. There are slightly negative party numbers and positive numbers.” Famous musician Manj Musik, in Chandigarh for a brief stopover, might be seen in Gully Boy but has no intentions of pursuing a career in Bollywood PHOTOS: NITIN MITTAL What gives him a high now is launching new talent and scouting for it. “What I look for in a new artiste is of course the musical content, the delivery and also how the person is because the industry is as it is filled with wannabe artistes full of ego,” he shares during a brief halt in the city, while back from a wedding in Ludhiana and on his way to Delhi. He is joined by another upcoming artiste Abeer Arora of Rambo fame, just the kind of talent he now takes pride in promoting. His songs, tattooed look and videos are quite a contrast to his life back in childhood where music was always there in the family. He laughs, while recalling his growing up days, learning music while doing kirtan at home. “We loved the life of all the cool artists. We are obviously influenced by our beginnings, but chose to go this way.” CAMEO IN GULLY BOY It’s India, absolutely any outing to do with cricket or B-town is something artists go tom-tomming about. But he said a yes to his brief stint in Gully Boy because it’s a film about hip hop and he got to play a part where let’s say he didn’t actually have to act. He laughs, “I mean I could even tell you the climax of the film if you ask me, but then that would be wrong. Let’s just say I have a cameo, which I agreed to do when the makers of the film called me for it because my role has such a strong and direct connection with hip hop.” That’s it for now because acting doesn’t figure in his future plans. “I have not given enough thought to it. I don’t think I can do it.” POLLYWOOD VS BOLLYWOOD There was a time when Bollywood music was predominantly influenced by Punjabi music. “That was the time when artistes used to say that I want to be big and go to Bollywood,” he draws a comparison. “Seeing the momentum that Punjabi music industry is going through, Bollywood is now coming to it.” RDB THAT FANS REMEMBER The reason he did not continue with the name RDB is because that name is sacrosanct. Three UK Sikh brothers whom the listeners still fondly remember as RDB is something he did not want to tamper with after the death of his elder brother Kuljeet Ral, whom he fondly calls, “my partner in crime.” “If a Manj Musik song fails, I have no problem but if RDB song does not do well, I cannot take it,” adds the artiste, who though now listens to everything. email@example.com ‘I am ready to take up acting’ Sandeep Singh’s life story found its way on to the silver screen last year with “Soorma”, and he will be entering the world of small screen this year with an adventure-reality show. The former India hockey team captain says he is also eager to take up acting stints in the future. Singh will be making his small screen debut with Roadies Real Heroes, which will air on MTV from February 10. “Rannvijay Singha was of the view that I should have starred in Soorma and he feels that post Roadies, there will be a lot of film offers for me. I love experimenting and if things fall into place, I’m ready to take up acting too. I’m sure it will be a wonderful experience for me,” Singh said. ROAD AHEAD He will join the 16th edition of the adventure reality show as a gang leader. “I am very excited to be a part of Roadies Real Heroes, as it has been one of my favourite reality shows. I am now ready for an adventurous journey as one of the gang leaders on the show,” he said about being part of the show. Singh could relate to the concept of the show, which tests contestants’ physical and mental strength. When the team approached him to do the show, Singh said he didn’t think much about it and immediately said “yes”. Roadies tests your mental and physical ability in the most challenging way and I have gone through this. So I don’t think I could have got a better opportunity to enter the small screen,” added Singh, who hails from Haryana. SMALL SCREEN WHEN STARS GRACE THE OCCASION Prateik marries Sanya Sagar Prateik Babbar got married to Sanya Sagar at an intimate wedding in Lucknow on Wednesday night. Pictures of their wedding are doing rounds on the net and the two look adorable together. The couple were dating each other since the past two PRATEIK, WHO years. It was a WAS LAST SEEN IN Maharashtrian both THE MOVIE MULK, wedding andin trawere dressed IS THE SON OF ditional attires. ACTOR AND MP OF While Prateik was RAJYA SABHA, RAJ dressed in an offwhite sherwani, BABBAR. ON THE Sanya wore a yellow saree and had OTHER SIDE, red silk dupatta SANYA IS THE over it. DAUGHTER OF BSP Prateik, who was LEADER PAWAN last seen in the movie Mulk, is the SAGAR. son of actor and MP of Rajya Sabha, Raj Babbar. On the other side, Sanya is the daughter of BSP leader Pawan Sagar. She has done a course in fashion communication from NIFT and also has studied practical film-making from London Film Academy. So, what about fiction shows on the small screen? “In today’s world, I believe reality shows are more in demand as compared to fiction shows. A show like Roadies is a brand on its own and I feel the concept this season is the best till now, and at the same time the most challenging one too.” Singh himself has seen a lot of hardship. He was left almost paralysed after he was accidentally shot by a Railway Protection Force jawan inside a train in 2006 while he was on his way to join the national squad due to leave for the World Cup in Germany. The incident left him wheelchair-bound for two years. His passion for the sport brought him back to his feet and on to the field. The turning point came when he became the captain of the Indian national team in 2009. Looking back, Singh, also famous as “Flicker Singh” due to his ability to shoot drag-flicks on the field, said: “Whenever I’m in a dilemma or any bad situation, I just look back and remember those days. That really motivates me.” — IANS SANDEEP SINGH WAS LEFT ALMOST PARALYSED AFTER HE WAS ACCIDENTALLY SHOT BY A RAILWAY PROTECTION FORCE JAWAN INSIDE A TRAIN IN 2006. THE INCIDENT LEFT HIM ON A WHEELCHAIR FOR TWO YEARS. HIGH FLICK: Sandeep Singh At the Australian Open Tennis Tournament 2019, while top players fight it out on the courts, a bevy of stars descend on to the stands to support them. While Nicloe Kidman is seen with Keith Urban, Hollywood director Baz Luhrmann is with Anna Wintour. Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli was also there with his wife, Bollywood star Anushka Sharma. PHOTOS: AFP c m y b
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