03032019-LSTL-01.qxd 3/2/2019 7:51 PM Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE Isn’t it funny Priyanka Chopra says it is funny to admit the reason behind saying ‘yes’ to Isn’t It Romantic. “The film happened to be perfectly within the schedule of my free time,” she said. IANS LUDHIANA | SUNDAY | 3 MARCH 2019 Beard it like ABHINANDAN! The beard signifies machoism or valour and bravery, something that our hero Abhinandan has shown the world. He has added the ‘heroism’ quotient to this style. Just for you Tamannaah Bhatia is ready to break ‘no kissing’ contract for Hrithik Roshan Actress Tamannaah Bhatia, who has a no on-screen kissing clause in her film contracts, is ready to break the policy for actor Hrithik Roshan. In an episode of chat show Famously Filmfare (Tamil), Tamannaah said that if she ever gets a chance to work with Hrithik, she is ready to bend the rule for him. “I don’t kiss on-screen basically. So that’s actually a part of my contract. But I keep joking with my friends, with Hrithik Roshan, yay! I would, I would,” she said as she blushed away. I AM A HUGE The Baahubali: The Beginning HRITHIK actress also recalled her first ROSHAN FAN. I meeting with Hrithik. RECENTLY She said: “I am a huge Hrithik BUMPED INTO HIM Roshan fan. I recently bumped AND I DIDN’T into him and I was so stupid. I KNOW WHAT was like ‘Hi, I am a big fan and so TO SAY nice to meet you’ and then I was like okay I didn’t know what else to say. And then he walked a little and looked back. He was like, ‘You want a picture?’ and I was like ‘Yes! I want a picture. “So, I felt like a 16-year-old when I met him for the first time.” On the work front, Tamannaah has done several Bollywood movies like Humshakals, Entertainment and Himmatwala, but she is more popular down south. Tamannaah has featured in several southern films. She is currently gearing up for the release of the Telugu remake of Kangana Ranaut’s Queen. — IANS H IS bravado apart, Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot Abhinandan Varthaman’s stylised beard — a mix of a thin mutton chop beard, a classic gunslinger or a Franz Josef — has become the talk of the town. It may not be too long before it becomes a trend among people, say experts. Reminiscent of a beard sported by megastar Rajinikanth in Petta or Suriya in Singam, Abhinandan’s well-groomed facial hair style may well be the next big thing for men who have drawn from shapes sported by cricketers Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan and Bollywood star Ranveer Singh in recent times. “It won’t be wrong to say the beard sported by the IAF pilot will be soon be called India’s very own Abhinandan style,” Darshan Yewalekar, personal hairstylist to Ranveer Singh and owner of D Shave Barbershop, said. Abhinandan, an IAF Wing Commander, returned to India on Friday night, two days after he was captured by Pakistan when his MiG-21 crashed in that country. After the end of the nail-biting drama over his return, Twitterati have finally got a chance to mull over his unique moustache. For generations altogether, Army and Air Force personnel have been particular about flaunting a wellgroomed moustache or beard, and it is part of their sub-culture. “It tells a lot of the soldier’s and the official’s individuality. It is like an expression of their character and they wear it with pride,” Yewalekar said. Bharti Taneja, founder and director, Alps Beauty Group, finds Abhinandan’s moustache more of a gunslinger. “It is shaped somewhat like the handlebars of a bicycle. But from now onwards the common man of India will remember this as Abhinandan moustache only,” Taneja said, adding a gunslinger is typically considered a cool and classic style that never goes out of vogue. “It signifies machoism or valour and bravery, something that our hero Abhinandan has shown the world. He has added the ‘heroism’ quotient to this style. “His moustache reflects his strong physical and mental health. Just see how groomed and cool his moustache looks — it would make any man want to follow his style. Women are loving it too! It’s a style of a gentleman,” Taneja said. Twitterati are going gaga over the moustache. If there are memes, there are also discussions about how long it’s going to be before the style becomes a rage. “Barbers are going to have a tough task designing this, and may thus benefit from premium pricing,” wrote one user, while another mentioned the IAF wings on Abhinandan’s uniform, and quipped: “I love how no one is acknowledging #Abhinandan’s double wings. His IAF wings and his moustache wings.” One user commented: “Abhinandan’s moustache will be the next styling sensation throughout India. Don’t get flabbergasted when your barber asks you ‘Abhinandan cut chahiye?’” Some even recounted actor Suriya’s Singam moustache and calling Abhinandan the “real Singam” for his bravery. — IANS ‘Unpredictability keeps me on the edge’ Janhvi a sincere Bollywood actor Ali Fazal, whose forthcoming film is Milan Talkies, says the element of unpredictability excites him to explore it. Ali has dabbled in different platforms of the entertainment industry, whether it is Hollywood, Bollywood or OTT platforms. What does he look for in a script? Ali said: “I think unpredictability. When I am reading a script and cannot predict how the final story will come out and create an impact, I am excited, because I will go through the process with a sense of uncertainty that will drive me through and keep me on the edge. At the same time, such characters and stories make me more involved with each collaborator - dress, light and camera. “The clothes of the character bring a change in the body language, the diction of the dialogue allows me to enter that world from where the character is coming... So you see, it is a process.” Giving an example of his Judi Dench-starrer film Victoria & Abdul, Ali said: “Though there’s no timeline mentioned in the narration when you (audience) watch it, through the change of the costume you would be knowing how time has passed. So yes, I think I prefer to work closely with those departments too.” In the film Milan Talkies, Ali plays a budding filmmaker from Malegaon. He harbours a dream to become a popular film director and settle in Mumbai. Ali, who started his journey in Bollywood with 3 Idiots and last year delivered a commercially successful film like Fukrey Returns, is yet to get his due as a bankable star. He finds it unfortunate that getting a positive feedback from critics and audience is not enough for an actor to bag more roles, as commercial success is of the utmost important in the busi- ALI FAZAL ACTION & REACTION Depp slaps $50mn defamation suit against Amber Actor Johnny Depp has sued actress and former wife Amber Heard for defamation, seeking $50 million. Depp’s lawyers filed the defamation suit against Heard on Friday over her December 18, 2018 op-ed in The Washington Post in which she characterised herself as a domestic abuse victim. Depp’s lawsuit calls Heard’s allegations of domestic violence against him a “hoax”. Heard “purported to write from the perspective of ‘a public figure representing domestic abuse’ and claimed that she ‘felt the full force of our culture’s wrath for women who speak out’ when she ‘spoke up against sexual violence’,” Depp’s lawyers state in the lawsuit. “The op-ed depended on the central premise that Heard was a domestic abuse victim and that Depp perpetrated domestic violence against her. “Depp never abused Heard. Her allegations against him were false when they were made in 2016. They were part of an elaborate hoax to generate positive publicity for Heard and advance her career,” Depp’s lawyers say in the lawsuit. In response, Heard’s representative said: “This frivolous action is just the latest of Johnny Depp’s repeated efforts to silence Amber Heard. She will not be silenced. Depp’s actions prove he is unable to accept the truth of his ongoing abusive behaviour. The actress filed for a domestic violence restraining order against Depp in May 2016 after she accused him of abusing her. — IANS c m y b ness of cinema. However, he said it is a global phenomena now. “In cinema, we are somewhere going through a confusing phase... It is good for us to experiment. We have got a chance to come up with a new concept and new actors. While in Hollywood, except for superhero and fantasy films, they get (a good) opening with names like Denzel Washington... It is clearly the current scene everywhere. So, yes cinema is tough.Directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia, Milan Talkies is releasing on March 15. — IANS actress: Pankaj Actor Pankaj Tripathi says his on-screen daughter Janhvi Kapoor is a sincere actress. Pankaj is in Lucknow shooting for Dharma Productions’ film on the real life hero Gunjan Saxena. Janhvi will essay the role of the Indian Air Force pilot Gunjan Saxena, who played an important role during the Kargil War in 1999. Pankaj, on the other hand, will play her father. This is their first film together. “I liked the character very much. I am having a lot of fun while shooting for the film. Janhvi is a very sincere actress. She respects me a lot and I too respect her for the sincerity and commitment towards her work,” Pankaj said. The biopic is being helmed by Sharan Sharma. “Sharan is a very talented director and is well versed with his craft. It’s an opportunity to work under Dharma Productions,” said the Stree actor. — IANS
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