03022019-LSTL-01.qxd 2/2/2019 8:21 PM Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE Role model Sussanne Khan says people know her as the former wife of actor Hrithik Roshan, but her identity goes beyond that.”My mother Zarine has been a role model for me,” she said. IANS LUDHIANA | SUNDAY | 3 FEBRUARY 2019 Walk in a different ring Geeta Phogat on the ramp for designer Rina Singh at LFW Wrestling champion Geeta Phogat packed a punch at the Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) Summer/Resort 2019 ramp at a show, where 10 other accomplished names turned showstoppers to pay an ode to women and their inner strength. The women were dressed in subtle and feminine ensembles from a collection called Post Cards from Summer by designer Rina Singh’s label Eka. “This was my first experience of a ramp walk. Even though I go into a wrestling ring I don’t get nervous, but I got a little nervous for a ramp show,” Geeta said after the show on Friday evening. “It felt really nice after meeting everyone, the models and everyone... They are inspiring,” said the rough-and-tough sporstwoman. HARYANA CONNECT Geeta was also happy to draw out the Haryana connect between her and Rina Singh. “Rina belongs to a village in Haryana, and she has scaled from there to here... It’s a huge thing. I think that just like my father made strides to bring us (the Phogat sisters) where we are today, I am sure even Rina has worked as hard,” said the 30-yearold, who wore make-up and a long layered floral printed ensemble. INNER STRENGTH “Inner strength is most impor- tant. If you don’t have inner beauty, there is no meaning of outer beauty. That was the reason why I came here to be a part of this fashion show. I would like to thank everyone for inviting me and introducing me to the world of fashion,” Geeta added. The showcase was an attempt to bring ‘beautifully strong’ women on to the ramp. Actors Tillotama Shome and Sayani Gupta were also a part of the line-up, as were celebrity chef Sarah Todd. Tillotama, who has won accolades for her film Sir recently, told Geeta: “Just sitting with you makes me feel stronger.”— IANS LOVE LOST When stars sing Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper to perform at Oscars Rakesh Bedi, Shweta Tiwari and Rahul Bhuchar, in city with the play Jab We Separated, share how it explores the lack of love, compassion and forgiveness in young couples story, where I play Priya Maheshwari, a modern, emotional, strong and weak — all at the same time — girl.” Her character as Prerna in Kasautii Zindagii Kay has stayed with us for years, but TV is not on her mind for now. She says, “I am busy enjoying motherhood. During my daughter’s childhood, I was very caught up with work and I’ve learnt from that mistake; my son is two and I want to spend all the time with him.” As we talk of her transition from TV to theatre, she explains, “I started acting with theatre and gradually moved to TV, so it’s the other way round. Acting isn’t easy because you have to display emotions that you aren’t feeling and theatre is one step ahead in terms of being challenging as unlike TV, there are no takes in it.” But the gratification is instant too! Gurnaaz Kaur MTIAZ Ali’s Jab We Met is a love story that has garnered rave reviews. Even after so many years, its depiction of the relation between Shahid Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor is considered no less than a benchmark for young lovers. On the other hand, there’s Jab We Separated, a play by Felicity Theatre, written and directed by multifaceted Rakesh Bedi, which highlights the social issue of divorce. The star cast of this drama, in Chandigarh on Saturday, includes TV actress Shweta Tiwari, theatre actors Rahul Bhuchar and Rakesh Bedi. I BOOK THE TICKET Be it theatre, comedy shows or music concerts, Chandigarh as an audience is ready to shell out money for art and entertainment. There are online platforms such as BookMyShow, Insider.in, JustDial, Townscript, etc, where the tickets are sold, starting from Rs 200 and going up to thousands. Packed shows and bookings closing in advance are evidence that City Beautiful has a growing appetite for all things rich in content. DRIVEN BY PASSION PLAY ON: RAKESH BEDI, SHWETA TIWARI AND RAHUL BHUCHAR PHOTO: MANOJ MAHAJAN MODERN RELATIONS This drama on modern-day relationships depicts the mindset and emotions of couples who resort to divorce. It explores the lack of love, compassion and forgiveness in young couples, which leads to discord in marriage. Add how issues such as infidelity, nagging and mistrust make their relationships bitter. The trio feels theatre has become one of the mainstream sources of entertainment. “I wrote this play five years back, but was waiting for an opportune time to direct it. These days, divorce rate has gone up. It is no more considered a taboo and girls of this time are quite independent. All this is a good development, but such an outlook has also made pettiest of issues a cause of separation. My role as a neighbour adds humour to the play and also gives some unwarranted advice to the perpetually fighting couple,” shares Rakesh. LEADING LADY Shweta Tiwari, who has made a comeback to acting after a break, is of the opinion that this is a story of every woman, no matter what age group. She says it captures the many shades of being a woman. “Be it a daughter, wife or mother, there are relatable parts for all of them in this Another important part of Jab We Separated is Rahul Bhuchar, producer and MD of Felicity Theatre. While he plays Priya’s husband in the story, he is also working towards establishing theatre in cities other than Mumbai and Delhi. “I am a full-time businessman and act out of my passion, but I first learnt the craft for three years. My reason for starting this company was to make theatre a sustainable option for artistes who have given their lives to it. There are many popular faces in our group and we focus on content, thus we also expect our viewers to be willing to pay for all the pain that goes into making a good drama.” email@example.com A whole lot of greens KARTIK AARYAN ATHIYA SHETTY In the recent past, many celebrities have opted for vegetarianism or veganism to switch to a healthier, and a cruelty-free lifestyle. The latest to join is Athiya Shetty. Let’s take a look at the hottest and fittest vegetarians: convince him to go vegetarian. “The kindest thing anybody can do for cows, pigs, chickens, and all animals is to stop eating them,” he said. TO BE KIND Kartik Aaryan Athiya Shetty is new to the bandwagon of stars who are vegetarian out of choice or to keep fit. The actress said, “I decided to turn vegetarian from January 1, Kartik Aaryan said it only took one video of animals suffering and dying in the meat industry to FEEL HEALTHIER Athiya Shetty JOHN ABRAHAM 2019. I don’t know how long it’ll last, but I feel healthier and am eating cleaner. I eat eggs. I think my body needed some sort of change, and I’m loving it. Nobody recommended or asked me to go vegetarian.” ANIMAL INSTINCT John Abraham One of the fittest actors in Bollywood, John Abraham, is also a vegetarian by choice, all thanks to c m y b NEHA DHUPIA his love for animals. ECO CRUSADER Neha Dhupia Former Miss India and recently turned mommy Neha Dhupia pledged to protect the environment and animal by adopting veganism. Neha opted for plantbased foods and even helped PETA launch their V-Card, India’s first-ever discount savings card for vegans. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper will be performing the song Shallow from their film A Star Is Born at the upcoming 2019 Academy Awards. The news was shared by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) on Twitter. “Cooper. Gaga. “Shallow.” #Oscars” the Academy tweeted on Saturday. “Shallow”, written by Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt, has been nominated in the best original song category of the Oscars. Previously, the Academy had announced that When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings from The Ballad of Buster Scruggs will be performed by Gillian Welch and David Rawlings at the awards ceremony. Still from the show A Star Is Born It was also revealed that The Place Where Lost Things Go from Mary Poppins Returns will be performed by a “surprise special guest” during the telecast, while Jennifer Hudson will take the stage for the Diane War- ren-penned I’ll Fight from documentary RBG. The only nominee in Oscar’s Best Original Song category that has not yet been announced. The 2019 Academy Awards will be held on February 24. — PTI
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