01032019-LSTL-01.qxd 2/28/2019 8:24 PM Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE Sci-fi action Oscar-winning actor Mahershala Ali has bagged the role in the science fiction movie Sovereign. Marc Munden will direct the project. IANS LUDHIANA | FRIDAY | 1 MARCH 2019 Salman’s pitch Mona Nation comes first Diljit Dosanjh’s wax statue unveiling postponed as Indo-Pak tensions rise Actor-singer Diljit Dosanjh, who was due to unveil his Madame Tussauds’ wax statue at an event in New Delhi on Thursday, has decided to postpone it in the wake of escalating tensions between India and Pakistan. “Amidst the tensions rising across the nation, (we) have decided to re-schedule the launch of Madame Tussauds wax statue... Will post (a) new date soon,” Diljit tweeted on Wednesday. “Our soldiers are fighting hard to protect the nation. We stand by our soldiers,” he said, adding “Bring back Abhinandan” in reference to a missing Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot. A statement from Madame Tussauds said: “We all stand by our nation at this important juncture. We will inform you about the new schedule once it is finalised.” Cross-border tensions between India and Pakistan are on the rise. Amidst the tension, a press conference for Zee TV’s show “Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Li’l Champs” on Thursday was also postponed. — IANS ALMAN Khan kept his date with the City Beautiful on Thursday. As the Mumbai Heroes took on Telugu Warriors at the ongoing Celebrity Cricket League, the Dabangg actor was cheering from the sidelines! Dressed in a blue t-shirt with hard-to-miss bulging biceps, as he appeared on the balcony in Sector 16 stadium in Chandigarh, he wasn’t the only one not dressed in keeping with the weather! Many pretty fans (read girls) dropped their jackets following the star! Sadly, he disappeared as soon as he appeared. As the beats of Aye Re Aye Mumbai Ke Hero echoed in the stadium, the crowd waited with bated breath to welcome Sunil Shetty, Bobby Deol, Riteish Deshmukh, Apoorva Lakhia and Sohail Khan! S Shera in tow Late, but nonethe- STAR APPEAL SUNIL SHETTY SALMAN KHAN PHOTOS: PRADEEP TEWARI Akhtar and his actress-wife Shabana Azmi decided not to attend an event in Pakistan, which was being organised by the Karachi Art Council days after a suicide bomber killed 40 CRPF soldiers in Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir. He added: “I feel this situation is actually being forced upon us (India). It was not our choice but if things go beyond your control, then till when and how many times should we be quiet about this? So, we have to react to it some day or the other,” Akhtar said. “I think repercussions of the current developments are really dangerous and banning Pakistani actors and artistes are minor things, but whatever is happening on our borders should be stopped. We should ban terrorism. It’s an unfortunate thing.” — IANS Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin had a chance to appear in the upcoming final season of the popular fantasy series, but he decided against it. The author, whose A Song of Ice and Fire novels form the basis for the HBO hit, was extended an invitation by series showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss to travel from his New Mexico home to Northern Ireland to be included in a scene in season eight. But the author decided to focus on writing his next book, the long-awaited The Winds of Winter, instead. “David and Dan invited me to a cameo in one of the final episodes, which I was tempted to do,” Martin said. “But I didn’t think just for the sake of a cameo I could take the time to return to Belfast.” Martin pointed out that he previously did film a cameo in the show in the first Game of Thrones pilot, which was subsequently reshot. “There was a cameo in the original pilot that was cut,” he noted. “I was a guest at Dany’s wedding. But that was when she was played by Tamzin Merchant so all that footage got thrown out when we recast with Emilia Clarke.” — IANS GEORGE R.R. MARTIN True professional ‘Don’t understand Pakistan’s agenda’ Veteran lyricist-screenwriter Javed Akhtar says he does not understand the agenda of Pakistan to sponsor terrorist activities in India. “I don’t understand what is their (Pakistan) agenda and what will they get out of it by constantly sponsoring terrorism. It’s an open truth that they support terrorist organisations but they are constantly denying it,” Akhtar said on the sidelines of an event in Mumbai. “Masood Azhar (the founder and leader of the militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed) was released from Indian prison when they (Jaish-e-Mohammed) hijacked an Indian aircraft and then, how he reached Pakistan from Kandahar (Afghanistan)... and why is Pakistan not arresting him if they have an honest establishment over there,” he questioned. The comment comes amidst escalating tensions between India and Pakistan. less, Salman Khan too trooped down to the stadium amid much cheer, this time with a leather jacket completing his look. While the stands were empty, the fans at the VIP gallery showed much enthusiasm trying to catch a glimpse of the superstar, whose every move was shadowed by his equally famous bodyguard Shera, whose t-shirt bore Also came along actor his name Sonu Sood, singer Jasbir just like the Jassi and Jassie Gill. Sonu other Mumwon many hearts as he bai Hero interacted freely with fans players! along with rapper As children Badshah screamed his name waiting in the corner to see the superstar, he promptly walked to their side, putting the bouncers in a tizzy! A quick greeting and he was back to cheering his brother Sohail Khan’s team. In his characteristic ‘hands in pockets’ style, as Salman stood enjoying the cricket match, fans shouted to catch his attention. And, he obliged from time to time, turning towards the crowd with a wave and a smile! Cricket has never been far away from Bollywood. So, when stars took to the ground for a match of the Celebrity Cricket League, it was none other than superstar Salman Khan who clapped for them from the stands Martin refused GoT cameo Gaga quashes rumours about romance with Cooper JAVED AKHTAR FUN & FROLIC People dressed in varied hues celebrate the start of hot carnival season during the Women’s Carnival, in front of the Cathedral in Cologne, western Germany. — AFP c m y b Singer Lady Gaga quashed romance rumours with Bradley Cooper, which emerged after their cosy performance at the 91st Academy Awards. Gaga appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Wednesday, where Kimmel was quick to bring up the internet’s fixation on the moment at the end of the pair’s performance of Shallow, which won the Academy Award for best original song. “You had such a connection with Bradley that, instantly, and I guess this is a compliment, people started saying, ‘Oh, they must be in love’,” Kimmel said. The Oscar-winning songwriter, who brought her statuette along for the interview, gave a massive eye-roll, and then said: “First of all, social media, quite frankly, is the toilet of the internet. And what it has done to pop culture is abysmal. And people saw love, and guess what, that’s what we wanted you to see.” “This is a love song, Shallow,” she continued. “The movie, A Star Is I NEVER RELINQUISH Born, is a love story. We CONTROL ABOUT A LIVE worked so hard, we STAGE PERFORMANCE worked all week on that AND I’VE DONE A MILLION performance. Bradley, OF THEM who and you know, I never LADY GAGA relinquish control about a live stage performance and I’ve done a million of them — but he directed this film and he directed, obviously, the musical moments in the film, and Shallow, the moment, in the film. So I knew that he had the vision for how it should go, and so I was like, ‘What do you think Bradley?’ And he laid it all out.” Elucidating on their chemistry, Gaga said: “From a performance perspective, it was so important to both of us that we were connected the entire time.” — IANS ❝
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