29012019-LSTL-01.qxd 1/28/2019 8:13 PM Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE Nervous soul The Favourite star Olivia Colman says she feels ‘sick to her stomach’ before attending award ceremonies. She admitted that she has gradually become more nervous. IANS LUDHIANA | TUESDAY | 29 JANUARY 2019 Shining bright on screen Black Panther, Rami Malek, Glenn Close win big at SAG Awards The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards in Los Angeles saw Marvel Studios’ Black Panther taking the best cast ensemble prize, while Rami Malek and Glenn Close emerged as best actors. Close won the honour for her leading role in The Wife, and Malek was tapped as best actor in a film for Bohemian Rhapsody at the 2019 SAG Awards, which were handed out Sunday night. This Is Us was named best drama series ensemble, while The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel won the award for best performance by a comedy series cast at the event, where a sil- TEARS OF JOY FOR HUSBAND JOHN KRASINSKI Actor John Krasinski had tears of joy in his eyes at the 2019 Screen Actors Guild Awards, as his wife Emily Blunt took home the award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture for her role in A Quiet Place. Blunt and Krasinski were both surprised overjoyed when Chris Pine announced her name. The Jack Ryan star embraced her with the biggest hug, cheered and gave her a standing ovation as Blunt made her way to the stage. IANS HIGH FIVE: EMILY BLUNT ver carpet was rolled out for the 25th anniversary. BLUNT WINS On the film side, Emily Blunt won the SAG Award for best supporting actress for A Quiet Place, while Mahershala Ali was named best supporting actor for Green Book. In the TV comedy series categories, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel made a clean sweep with a trio of honours. The show’s cast won best ensemble in a comedy series, while Rachel Brosnahan was tapped as best actress and Tony Shalhoub was named best actor. As for other TV categories, the This Is Us cast earned best drama series ensemble honours, Jason Bateman was tapped as best actor in a drama series for Ozark and Sandra Oh was named best actress for Killing Eve. Darren Criss (The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story) and Patricia Arquette (Escape at Dannemora) won the prizes for best actor and actress in a TV movie or limited series, respectively. Megan Mullally hosted this year’s SAG Awards ceremony, where Alan Alda received the 2019 SAG Awards’ Life Achievement Award. — IANS Laughter challenge Actress Sara Ali Khan, who is currently riding high on the success of her latest release Simmba, says acting has always been a dream for her, but then she got distracted because she was very “nerdy”. Was performing in front of the camera her first career choice? “When I finished the tenth grade, I was almost convinced that I wanted to do medicine. But the thing is that I have a mild tremor problem and I realised that I can’t do surgery. So, I decided to do law, and I studied History and Political Science. But then in my last year, I did an acting course,” Sara said at a Leadership Lecture Series of Global Indian International School. Gurnaaz Kaur W Chandigarh is waking up to stand-up comedy acts like never before. The men in the business of laughter share what it takes to make the city laugh PRITISH NARULA E seem to be getting serious about comedy. Wondering why or how? Well, it’s simple and it’s evident. We are talking about the growing demand for stand-up comedy shows in Chandigarh in a way not many anticipated. In the last two-three years, almost all Indian comedians have performed here. The very first month of the New Year has witnessed names such as Vir Das, Appurv Gupta and Parminder Singh entertain the city audience. The upcoming shows are as promising. Pritish Narula and Harsh Gujral will be performing at SOCIAL tomorrow. The very next day we’ll have Jaspreet Singh live. Come February and comic veterans Jeeveshu Ahluwalia and Amit Tandon will take the city by storm! APPURV GUPTA STUDIOUS SOUL These comedians love to perform here. Jeeveshu, for instance, says, “I must have performed in Chandigarh over 20 times; people are wellread and travelled, which makes it all the more fun.” MONEY & FAME Credit it to the likes of Kapil Sharma, Gurpreet Ghuggi, Bhagwant Mann and Jaswinder Bhalla in Punjab, Jeeveshu and Amit Tandon in Delhi, Vir Das and Papa CJ in Mumbai, that people are realising there’s money and fame in comedy. Says TV host and comedian Balraj, “Since I am a Punjabi living in Mumbai, somewhere in the back of my mind I have this doubt about whether I have to perform in Hindi or Punjabi when I go to Chandigarh. Stand-up comedy is all about timing, so I have to be sure about the mix. Another important thing is to keep in mind the audience. Chandigarh has a lot of youth and middle-aged people, so my content focuses on them.” TOUGH JOB Preparation is a must for all these live performers. Even after being 10 years in the industry, Appurv Gupta says making people laugh is the toughest thing. “I have done around 1,000 shows at all big colleges, IIMs and IITs; believe me, each time I prepare for it for almost six months. For everyday shows, I bring a few changes based on which city I am going to.” It’s no exaggeration to say that comedians are the new superstars of this generation. They receive quite a lot of adulation; the new crop joining this space is happy that times are changing. “The gestation period has come down in comparison to when standup comedy started gaining ground in our country. While the likes of Amit Tandon and Zakir Khan may have spent four to five years for reaching a point, these days it has come down to a year or two,” JEEVESHU AHLUWALIA BALRAJ Tamil remake of Pinkfor Vidya Balan Actress Vidya Balan, last seen on screen in Telugu film NTR Kathanayakudu, will be making her Tamil debut via upcoming-yetuntitled Tamil remake of Amitabh Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu-starrer Pink. The film’s producer Boney Kapoor, who is foraying into southern filmdom with this project, said in a statement. Vidya has been paired opposite Ajith Kumar in the remake being directed by H. Vinoth. The shoot is Vidya has been paired opposite Ajith Kumar in the remake being directed by H. Vinoth underway in Hyderabad. “Happy to introduce Vidya Balan to Tamil audiences. She is paired with Ajith and her role is very special. Shraddha Srinath has also been roped-in for a I was very nerdy: Sara pivotal role. Rangaraj Pandey plays a very important character,” Kapoor said in the statement. The film also stars Adhik Ravichandran, Arjun Chidambaram, Abhirami Venkatachalam, Andrea Tariang, Aswin Rao and Sujith Shankar among others. Sridevi’s wish Apparently, it was late Sridevi’s wish that Ajith does a film in her husband’s production. “While working with Ajith in English Vinglish, Sridevi had expressed her desire that Ajith does a Tamil film for our home production. Nothing exciting came up till one day last year. “Ajith suggested remaking Pink in Tamil. She immediately agreed as she thought it was most appropriate and timely film to make and Ajith would bring all the elements required to make it into a great Tamil film,” Kapoor had previously said. The film, slated to release on May c m y b 1, will feature music by Yuvan Shankar Raja. Popular lensman Nirav Shah has been roped-in to crank the camera. Kapoor also confirmed that he has another project with Ajith in the offing. “We hope to bring the remake of Pink to theatres on May 1,” he added. — IANS says Pritish Narula, Chandigarh-based businessman and comedian. Being from the city and having performed here before, he opines, “This art form is a recent phenomenon in Chandigarh. Initially, people didn’t relate to satire immediately, maybe because the comedy parlance was not that mature, but things have seen a sea change.” For Harsh Gujral, the city audience poses a challenge to his prowess, “It takes time to make people laugh in Chandigarh, maybe because they are so sophisticated.” Comedy is the new wave in entertainment and everyone wants to ride on it. Srishti Arora, 22, started a comedy club, Laugh Out Loud, last October and has already done a show. She thinks there should be an exclusive space for comedy shows. EYP Creations, an event management company, is known to have brought maximum comedy shows and festivals to the city as well as the region. The 25-year-old actress said she was always studious. Describing herself, she said she is “somebody that till date loves reading and has studied almost every subject, and has thoroughly enjoyed it in a university like Columbia and a city like New York”. But the rush that she felt while doing theatre on stage, she says she had never felt like that. “That’s when I knew what I knew since I was a child.” Sara said her mother used to take away her books. “Acting has always been a dream, but then I got distracted. Firstly, I was really fat and secondly I was very nerdy, and the combination meant that I shouldn’t be acting. So I used to keep studying and there was a time when my mother used to confiscate my books because she would say it’s not normal,” she said. —IANS
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