25022019-LSTL-01.qxd 2/24/2019 8:09 PM Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE Two of a kind A biopic on the life of Celine Dion is in the works. Titled Celine Before Celine, the film will be helmed by Quebec-based director Marc-Andre Lavoie. Another Dion biopic, titled The Power of Love is also slated for a 2020 release . — PTI LUDHIANA | MONDAY | 25 FEBRUARY 2019 Trip down the PU lanes T O express your opinions is one thing, to not mince words quite another and when Bollywood actor Annu Kapoor enters the room he does both and how. In sync with the mood of the nation that feels betrayed, he doesn’t beat about the bush. “They have not left any scope for reconciliation, so it’s time for revenge. And I don’t say this as an angered person, I say this after contemplation,” in Chandigarh to pay homage to the martyrs of Pulwama at Elante, the actor is every bit ready to debate, discuss, contest and criticize and address all that’s ailing the nation, its citizens and everything in between. Love for City Beautiful and the country on Annu Kapoor’s mind as he pays a touching tribute to Pulwama martyrs No more nude scenes, please! It’s something he has always done but how important it is for celebs to take up causes and most importantly voice them? “Why just celebs, it is important for every citizen to be responsible, take up issues, voice their opinions. It is absolutely okay to criticize but no one has any right to abuse.” So much it’s a little daunting to navigate back to his illustrious career in Bollywood spanning four decades. But we get down to it and so does he. A few excerpts. Looking over the Bollywood journey Impossible as it might be but ask him to pick a role out of his long innings spanning quirky characters from the likes of Mr India and recently Vicky Donor and Jolly LLB, and he picks something that might come as unexpected for the fans— getting to play the role of Saint Kabir. “He was a rebel for a cause and after portraying him, I became mellow, enlightened and much more.” Talk about the most commercially viable role and he is quick to respond, “As for money, the film Shaukeen paid me really well. So I did the role.” You are listening to Annu Kapoor Bringing in known unknown Bollywood trivia, his radio show Suhaana Safar with Annu Kapoor has been unmissable for Bollywood fans for almost five years now. And unignorable for anyone shuttling through frequencies to find the right song. “I take full responsibility for the trivia that is shared and mentioned on the show. It is well-researched, factual and something you will not find on the net,” he says while sharing how it’s his production company behind the show. Chandigarh after nine years There are a few strong associations he has with Panjab University but before he gets to that, there are a few compliments waiting to be conveyed. “We Indians have this nasty habit of appreciating things by way of comparing them with foreign countries. Oh yaar lagda hi nahi India aa ge. Bilkul foreign lagda.’ So, that is the feeling I had after landing at the airport here and the drive thereafter. I am coming after nine years and it’s still clean, beautiful, planned. So I TAKE FULL RESPONSIBILITY much so I called FOR THE TRIVIA THAT IS SHARED my wife and even shot a AND MENTIONED ON THE SHOW. IT video of my IS WELL-RESEARCHED, FACTUAL drive from the AND SOMETHING YOU WILL airport.” Over to NOT FIND ON THE NET the memory lane and apart from a few classes at the Department of Indian Theatre, he remembers running around the sports complex. “That is This issue has been raked up before as well. At the end of the day, Pakistani where one of my elder brothartistes represent their country. I welcome them home, give them respect ers, in Punjabi we fondly and then they go back to the same country, which is responsible for killing address them as kakaji, gave so many of my soldiers. It doesn’t feel right. So, I feel they should be politely me the key to decoding sent back and told that right now we are in no position to offer any James Joyce’s Ulysses.” hospitality because we are in mourning and will be so till justice is delivered. PHOTO: MANOJ MAHAJAN Manpriya Singh ❝ Sorry, we are mourning email@example.com Art to the rescue Actress Keira Knightley says she will no longer strip off on screen because she is a mother in her thirties. “I have been comfortable earlier with more nudity than I am now. I have had a kid, I am in my thirties, I am very happy with my body. But I don’t feel I need to get it out that much anymore,” Knightly said. “That was a choice. I get to choose the body double. It is an interesting selection process! It kind of goes like, ‘That’s a little bit like you, but better. She has a lovely body, so she can do this’... then I get final approval of what the edit is,” added the actress, who is married to musician James Righton. She had earlier said that she suffered a breakdown when she was 22 after she “lost confidence” in herself following criticism about her career. The actress shot to fame as a teenager with roles in movies including Bend It Like Beckham, Love Actually and Pirates of the Caribbean and has said criticism over her career and her changing body left her “broken”, and eventually led to her suffering a mental breakdown when she was just 22 years old. — IANS To counter all the negativity, Nakash Aziz unveils peace song after Pulwama attack Following the February 14 Pulwama attack that killed 40 CRPF troopers, singer Nakash Aziz has released a single titled Darkhwast. He wishes to spread the message of peace through the song. The song has been conceptualised and composed by Nakash, who has co-written it with Roshan Abbas. “There was a lot of negativity after the Pulwama attack. With this song, I wish to spread some peace and joy,” Nakash said. “I just thought how can we end this hatred that dwells in the heart of so many people... How can we all understand how fortunate we are just to be alive and well. There is so much suffering around us. We have to become an active part in making this a better world,” he added. The song has been sung by Abhijeet Sawant, Aditi Singh Sharma, Amit Sana, Amitabh Bhattacharya, Anusha Mani, Antara Mitra, Ash King, Benny Dayal, Divya Kumar, Harshdeep Kaur, Meenal Jain, Nakash, Prajakta Shukre, Rana, Shalmali Kolgade, Shruti Pathak and Soham Chakraborty. —IANS This one has arrived! It looks like Apna Time Aa Gaya for Gully Boy actor Siddhant Chaturvedi After several rejections, walk-in auditions and a six-year-long wait for his chance in the spotlight, Siddhant Chaturvedi, the breakout star of Zoya Akhtar’s Gully Boy, is exactly where he always wanted to be. As MC Sher, a sympathetic mentor to Ranveer Singh’s budding rapper Murad, Siddhant has won over critics and the audiences with his charismatic screen presence and confident acting. Megastar Amitabh Bachchan is one of the admirers of his performance and recently sent a handwritten letter and a bouquet of flowers to Siddhant. The 25-year-old actor, who studied to become a chartered accountant like his father but left it midway to pursue a career in Bollywood, says he started trying his luck at the age of 19. “I struggled for six years and there were many rejections and low points along the way. I started from the bottom. But I always had this raging ambition to go out there and prove myself with that one perfect opportunity.” c m y b He adds, “I always used to think ki apna time kab ayega. And as luck would have it, Zoya had been looking for MC Sher for a year and I happened to be there at the right time,” Siddhant said in an interview. Zoya spotted Siddhant just days before the film’s shooting while he was dancing at the success party of Inside Edge, where he played the role of a rookie fast bowler. The rest, as they say, is history. “I joined the film just 22 days before the shooting so it was not like I had a rap background, nothing. I knew that this was a grand film and I had to give my all to the role. But I was also conscious that just because it is a big opportunity, I should not overdo it. All I wanted was some respect and appreciation for the role but what I have got is beyond my expectations,” he says. “My father always told me, ‘Don’t do something if your heart is not there’. I could have earned more money. They say beggars can’t be choosers but here I was being choosy because that’s what makes or breaks an actor. “I did Inside Edge to establish myself and some ads here and there for pocket money. I just kept myself ready for a good film. I knew that Gully Boy was one such film where every actor will get to shine and that’s what has happened.” The actor, meanwhile, is happy that he has made his film-buff parents proud. “I think they have watched the film for 15 times already,” he adds. —PTI Big B lauds Gully Boy actors Recently Gully Boy actor Siddhant Chaturvedi had posted a picture of a note that he received from Amitabh Bachchan. Siddhant was applauded by the Pink actor for his surreal performance in the Zoya Akhtar’s directorial. And now, Alia Bhatt has posted a picture of a note that she received from Big B. An excited Alia, who played Safeena in the movie shared a picture of the note along with the orchid bouquets that Amitabh Bachchan sent to her place. She captioned the picture as, “Its not everyday you receive a letter from the legend. Grateful…”
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