24022019-LSTL-01.qxd 2/23/2019 8:22 PM Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE Kiss & tell Newlyweds Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas were seen locking lips at a parking space in Los Angeles. The couple was on Friday captured in the intimate moment by the paparazzi. —IANS LUDHIANA | SUNDAY | 24 FEBRUARY 2019 When pain flows out of pen Gurnaaz Kaur T The enigma continues Today is iconic Sridevi’s first death anniversary “It will never ever register that Sridevi is not there”. Anupam Kher puts the sentiment of fans, family members and fraternity friends in just the right words a year after the demise of the enigmatic actress, who lived the cinematic dream for 50 years. A regular Sunday morning turned one full of disbelief as Sridevi’s fans the world over woke up to the news of her abrupt death in Dubai in a hotel’s bathtub on the night of February 24. Only a day or two earlier, social media enthusiasts were lapping up her impeccable fashion taste at a family wedding she was attending. At 54, she was gone in a jiffy. Sridevi’s tryst with the arc lights began at a tender age of four with a devotional film Thunaivan. There was no stopping her from experimenting with genres, languages, looks and characters, leading her to become one of the most formidable actresses of the 1980s and 1990s in Bollywood. The sea of fans during her last journey in Mumbai was proof of the love she garnered over the years. Anil Kapoor, Sridevi’s brother-in-law and co-star of several films, including the iconic Mr. India, says there’s a certain emptiness that the family always feels whenever there is any occasion in the house or a get-together. “Her presence is irreplaceable,” Anil said, and added: “With time, we get over people and their presence... and then there are some personalities whose presence, enigma, beauty, and body of work, everything is memorable. She is that personality.” Satish Kaushik, who has acted with and even directed Sridevi, said: “It was not only a personal loss, but also a huge professional loss because it is hard to find an actor who is so dedicated and disciplined.”—IANS HE February 14 terror attack in Pulwama left over 40 CRPF troopers dead and the whole nation aggrieved. There have been hardhitting statements from politicians, claims made by security forces, ideas to change the current procedures in order to promise security for jawans and a lot more at the organisational or political front. Alongside, cricketers, actors, NGOs and masses have come forward to support the families of the slain soldiers. And as the nation mourns the deadliest attack in Kashmir, there are some who have decided to pen down their grief as a poem, song and rap for the bereaved families. Actor Ayushmann Khurrana wrote a beautiful poem in Hindi saluting the martyred CRPF officials, which he shared on Twitter. The verses read, “Desh ka har javaan bahut khaas hai, hai ladata jab tak shvaas hai, parivaaron ke sukhon ka kaaraavaas hai, shaheedon kee maon ka anant upavaas hai, unake bachchon ko kahate suna hai -paapa abhee bhee hamaare paas hain! Poems, songs and rap— youngsters vent their anguish through words on the deadly Pulwama attack Closer home, there is rapper Saheer Banwait who has expressed his understanding of the attack and feels the Internet is loaded with wrong facts. While he agrees with the general emotion of shock and anger, his effort is to educate the masses about what really happened. “I felt compelled to write about Pulwama attack because I saw not many know about the details of the attack. I’ve done a lot of research and I found out that the suicide bomber Adil Ahmad Dar was full of rage and he got manipulated by the terror outfit. Now, if we wage a war for those we’ve lost, won’t we end EKJOT KAUR up losing more of our jawans? Isn’t it more important that we get the facts right and not get fuelled by political agendas?” Saahir asks, through his writings and otherwise. Be it YouTube or Facebook, the sentiment shared is the same. Music label King Paaji has also put the feelings into words through its song Shoorveer. Sung by a 13-year-old girl Ikjot Kaur, the CEO of this label, says, “There is nothing commercial about this song. We’ve not launched it anywhere and nor do we plan to monetise it. It’s the patriotism in us that we wanted to share with our brethren,” says Prabhjeet Singh. It’s the final countdown… OSCARS 2019: Diversity in spotlight after drama BLACK PANTHER ROMA BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY No host, a historic push to a superhero movie, a backlash to plans to give away some awards off-screen: much drama surrounds the 91st Oscars even before the main show. But the question that lingers on is whether The Favourite and Roma — the BAFTA winners — will continue their golden run or will the Sunday’s mega gala spring a surprise? Despite the pre-show hiccups, viewers will be expecting lots of diversity at the event on February 24, which for the first time in 30 years, will be held without an official host. This comes after comedian Kevin Hart stepped down after being criticised over some past ‘homophobic’ comments. The neck-to-neck competition was expected to keep the audience hooked. Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma, a memoir of his childhood in the 1970s while living in Mexico, and Olivia Colman’s period drama The Favourite, are in a tie with 10 nominations each for the 2019 Academy Awards, to be held at the Dolby Theatre, Los Angeles. Both movies are nominated for Best Picture alongside BlacKkKlansman, Black Panther, Bohemian Rhapsody, Green Book, A Star Is Born and Vice. A Star Is Born and Vice are also dominating the nominations, earning eight nods each, followed by Black Panther with seven, BlacKkKlansman with six, and Bohemian Rhapsody (Roma), Glenn Close (The and Green Book with five each. Wife), Olivia Colman (The Black Panther, about an Favourite), Lady Gaga (A Star African superhero, has become Is Born) and Melissa McCarthy the first superhero film ever to (Can You Ever Forgive Me?) are make it to the Best Picture cate- in contention. Aiming to trim gory at the Oscars. the show’s run time, the AcadAlso, it will not be a no-show emy of Motion Picture Arts for India. and Sciences had earlier decidAlthough India’s official ed to hand out four awards, entry for the Oscars — Rima including Best Screenplay, Das’ Assamese film Village during commercial breaks. It Rockstars failed to make it to the retracted after a backlash. initial shortlist, but Period. There will be a performEnd of Sentence, an ance by rock band India-set film on the Queen with Adam taboos around menLambert on vocals. struation and feaCooper will also turing the real Pad perform with Lady Gaga on the Man Arunachalam Oscar-nominated Muruganathan, is song Shallow. nominated in the Despite minus a Documentary Short THE FAVOURITE host, the event will have Subject category. a dozen of the biggest Apart from this, three names in Hollywood, films — Green Book, who have joined First Man and the impressive rosReady Player ter of presenters. One— backed by There is Michael Anil Ambani-led B. Jordan, Michael Reliance EntertainKeaton, Helen Mirment, have scored a ren, Javier Bardem, total of 10 Oscar nomiVICE Angela Bassett, Chadwick nations. Bradley Cooper Boseman, Emilia Clarke, might have missed getting a nod in the directing category, but Laura Dern, Samuel L. Jackhe is in the race to win the Actor son, Stephan James, Keeganin a Leading Role. He is pitted Michael Key, KiKi Layne, McAvoy, Melissa against Christian Bale (Vice), James Willem Dafoe (At Eternity’s McCarthy, Jason Momoa and Gate), Rami Malek (Bohemian Sarah Paulson.The award cereRhapsody) and Viggo Mortensen mony will aired in India early on Monday morning and then (Green Book). In the Actress in a Leading repeated in the evening on Star Role category, Yalitza Aparicio Movies.—IANS c m y b PRABHJEET SINGH And the little girl, who sang the song takes pride, in being associated with it. “I signed up for it because I wanted to tell people the freedom we enjoy, the independence with which we live is given to us by our army men. They are giving lives for us, for the country. I want the world to know it’s not easy. We may feel nice and emotional at their win but going to a war is painful for them and their families. We must do something for them. I was crying when I sang the song,” says Ikjot Kaur from Faridabad. Another one titled Pulwama Attack Song on YouTube says it’s our own system which is responsible for the fallout. It pleads the government to scrap Section 370. Vande Mataram- Pulwama- that says there has been a failure in our intelligence. It pleads to wake up and realise the role of security. It also criticises politicians and asks why there never has been any politician laying their lives for the nation. In the end it requests to scrap Section 370. Even Bhojpuri superstar Dinesh Lal Yadav has dedicated a rap song go ‘Vyarth nahi jaaye balidan har shaheed ke’ . That went viral. Pain brings out a poet in one, many say. These songs and poems stand testimony to it.
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