15092020-LSTC-01.qxd 9/14/2020 11:12 PM Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE Up close National Geographic is all set for the second season of Mega Icons, which will premiere on September 20. This time the show will feature Deepika Padukone, among others. CHANDIGARH | TUESDAY | 15 SEPTEMBER 2020 Luckis in your hands With the launch of Pro Panja League, actor and director Parvin Dabas has given a good platform to amateur arm wrestlers to prove their mettle at the global level ADITI RAO HYDARI which is dangerous. We need to keep our ideology out of the workplace.” Sheetal ‘B-town is an inclusive space’ Actress Aditi Rao Hydari feels that Bollywood is an inclusive space! Actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s untimely death on June 14 has sparked a heated debate about “insiders and outsiders” and nepotism in Bollywood. With so much of toxicity in and around Bollywood and social media, how does Aditi keep herself positive? “Just by believing that one day it will sort (out), also by knowing that we can do something about it. No industry is devoid of flaws. We are also human beings, we make mistakes, we have our flaws, we oversee certain things but there is a beautiful side to our industry too,” Aditi said. Aditi explained: “We all stick together, we are loyal. Whatever people might say we really stand together. People have our backs.” She said that even though she is considered an “outsider” she doesn’t like to believe that she is an outsider! “People talk of outsider-insider. I can say there are so many people who I can call if I have a problem. They will help me even though I am considered an outsider. But I don’t like to consider myself an outsider. I feel that the industry is an inclusive space,” Aditi said. “Yes, it can be hard and tough for some time for some of us who don’t have family within the industry, but isn’t that so in any industry? So, why do we single out the film industry? I feel it’s up to us if there are certain things that need to be looked into, we need to pay attention, need to change that and stand together,” she added. Aditi was recently seen in the digitally released Telugu film V, starring Nani and Sudheer Babu. The film is streaming on Amazon Prime Videos. — IANS F “We all stick together, we are loyal. Whatever people might say we really stand together” OR actor-director Parvin Dabas, last seen in Hostages Season 1, the love for boxing, arm wrestling and mixed martial arts (MMA), led him to the idea of launching the Pro Panja League (PPL). He says, “This will not only provide amateur arm wrestlers a great platform to represent themselves, but also help us take a bigger leap towards Fit India, Hit India campaign, which has been launched by the government. It will give a fair chance to everyone and thus justify our tagline — Aapki Kismat Aapke Haath. The plan is to raise awareness for the sport first and then ultimately invite franchises in the third edition of PPL.” Family affair (L-R) PREETI, PARVIN, KIREN RIJIJU, KHYALI AND VIJENDER SINGH AT THE LAUNCH OF PPL Singh and Union Minister of Sports Kiren Rijiju. So, was getting Vijender on board easy? Explains Parvin, “I was in the audience during his last match, and know him as well as his manager really well. I am still connected to kick-boxing and practice MMA too. The jat connection with each other brought us together to celebrate the sport. I respect him for his honesty and hard work; he fits into our tagline perfectly.” Jat connection “Being a Haryanvi, I grew up in an environment where panja was considered the ultimate non-violent method of testing one’s strength. Now I wish to re-introduce world-class athletes to the game, which has its root in India and is celebrated all around the world professionally and what better place to launch it than New Delhi.” The ‘Ranking Tournament’ marked the launch of PPL on February 29, 2020, at Thyagraja Stadium, New Delhi, in the presence of WBO Asia-Pacific and WBO Oriental super middleweight boxing champion Vijender Not judgmental Parvin says the drug culture among elites as well as commoners disturbs him. He adds, “Being a sportsperson, I have led a healthy lifestyle. I am not somebody who has taken to drugs. To be honest, I do smoke a cigar once in six A trend for the future As we move towards an era of sustainable fashion, designer Payal Singhal believes comfort will be the new mantra al appeal. “When I started, the fashion scene was dominated by the likes of Ritu Kumar, who aced Indian traditionalwear. I picked up designs for my generation, brought up during the 70s, the ones who did not grow up in a salwarkameez, but denims, shorts and t-shirts.” Her collection at The Diwali Edit, an online exhibition to be held from October 19 to November 6, 2020, by Design One, a fund-raising initiative of Sahachari Foundation, would showcase chic, multifunctional pieces. “Our association with Sahachari Foundation has been long and strong. The proceeds from Design One will go to charities supported by Sahachari Foundation and Covid-19 relief efforts.” Mona Comfortable, stylish and ‘multi-use’ seems to be the new fashion diktat and designer Payal Singhal is all set to embrace it. The new normal has made people question all that was given earlier – huge wardrobes neatly divided into workwear, gym-wear, party dresses and much more! Now, in times of Covid-19, the scales have tipped towards sustainable fashion and here Payal Singhal Design House sees an opportunity. “I have been at my creative best through it all,” says Payal. The day that her brand’s new showroom was to open in Bandra, Mumbai, on March 25, the lockdown was imposed. But Payal was fast to adapt, “We started social media campaigns and almost immediately began researching for masks.” While she already has a huge variety in masks, she adds, “Now who would have thought of making masks. We are soon launching softer, washable and triple-layered ones with filter.” Her upcoming collec- AN OUTFIT BY PAYAL SINGHAL tion blends the desire for comfort, multi-use wear for a huge population that spent the lockdown in comfortable pyjamas. “Our crop toppyjama combinations in pure crepe can multi-function as comfortable yet stylish-wear. Pair them with sneakers for a quick visit to the grocery store or add some jhumkas and mojris to turn them into perfect-wear ❝ EVEN THE SO-CALLED PRIVILEGED LIKE ME HAD TO FIGHT ALL THE WAY TO RECOGNITION, BUT THINGS ARE NOT AS BAD. PAYAL SINGHAL months, but I have never been a smoker. As far as Pro Panja League goes, we will start testing as soon as the infrastructure is in place. It is a league that I want to be drug-free.” On nepotism & groupism “I don’t fully understand the word. These days, it has become a negative term but actually it is pervasive in our society. I am not defending it, but my belief has always been that one has to deal with the situation as it is. We cannot wish for a utopian setting where everything will be perfect. The industry kids are better prepared as they are born into that setting, whereas an outsider struggles to understand how the industry functions. Not only talent, but how you get along with others, which is a big part of your personality, counts when you are looking for work in Bollywood. And that pretty much happens everywhere,” comments the actor. Saying that he too has faced groupism, he adds, “But one disturbing trend that I have observed recently is groupism based on ideology, With the lockdown, the plans changed significantly for him. What was supposed to be hosted in 12 states, this year’s edition of PPL is still awaiting requisite permissions. On the personal front, he is set to come up with a web series and also planning a movie with wife Preeti Jhangiani. Ask him how she is a big support in his life and he contradicts, “We have an equal role to play. There are things that I can’t do, but she is good at and vice-versa.” ❝ BEING A HARYANVI, I GREW UP IN AN ENVIRONMENT WHERE PANJA WAS CONSIDERED THE ULTIMATE NON-VIOLENT METHOD OF TESTING ONE’S STRENGTH. PARVIN DABAS No comments, please! Streereleased Shibani Dandekar and her sister Anusha Dandekar have been supporting Rhea Chakraborty throughout her ordeal in connection to Sushant Singh Rajput’s case. Shibani had even got into a war of words with SSR’s former girlfriend, actress Ankita Lokhande. Shibani’s ‘2 seconds of fame’ remark did not sit well with Ankita and Sushant’s fans, and they slammed the actress on social media. In fact, her Wikipedia page was also vandalised. Shibani had been hoping that Rhea’s bail plea would be accepted, but it was rejected. Shibani had put up a post of #ReleaseRhea on her social media handle. However, the post was taken down later. Now, Shibani and Anusha have ‘limited’ their comments section on social media posts, as users have been slamming both the sis- in Japan SHIBANI DANDEKAR ters with hateful messages. Shibani Dandekar happens to be a friend of Rhea Chakraborty. The former had also put up a lengthy post slamming people for their ‘witch hunt’. Shraddha Kapoor and Rajkummar Rao’s film Stree was released in Japan on Monday. Shraddha took to Twitter to share the news with a poster of her 2018 film. She captioned the image as, “#Stree is all set to conquer #Japan! Releasing today, beware!” The Amar Kaushik directorial venture is a horror-comedy. Released two years ago on August 31, Stree went on to become a money-spinner at Shraddha Kapoor the box-office, minting over in a still from Rs 100 crore. For a small- Stree budget film like Stree, it was no mean feat. Apart from Shraddha and Rajkummar, Stree starred Pankaj Tripathi, Aparshakti Khurana and Abhishek Banerjee, among others. Positive note for a wedding function.” All in the family Her father Dinesh Singhal, a name in the design business, and grandfather, JP Singhal, a national awardee known for his love for art and photography, Payal started early too. And one of her first designs, which also won a competition, was donned by Aishwarya Rai Bachchan! Did she ever feel intimidated by the expectations? “Never; my family spotted my inclination towards design early and at 16, I was already on my journey on something that I absolutely loved.” Over the last two decades, Payal has stuck to her philosophy –Indian-wear with glob- A Mumbai girl with having spent six years in New York, Payal feels disconnected with the light her city is shown in these days. “Who doesn’t have highs and lows in life? While I sure can identify with anyone who despite being deserving has not got the due, life is all about taking it in your stride.” Been in close association with the industry due to her work and family connections, Payal finds it as well as the city welcoming and friendly. “Even the so-called privileged like me had to fight all the way to recognition, but things are not as bad. I feel it’s pent up frustration of the lockdown that is making people behave a certain way.” Fun in tough times Last week, Malaika Arora had confirmed that she had tested positive for coronavirus. She was judging a dance-based reality show on television, but now work has come to a halt for her. Looks like Malaika is desperately waiting to get back, as she shared a funny post on her Instagram Story. The actress posted a joke about waiting for coronavirus vaccination. Malaika wrote, “Koi vaccine nikaal do bhai warna jawani nikal jayegi”. In another post, Malaika shared an adorable picture of her son and a pet dog with an emotional caption. Missing her loved ones, she wrote, “Love knows no boundaries. With social distancing and self-quarantine in place, we still find a way to check on each other, see each other and talk… #thistooshallpass.” MALAIKA ARORA c m y b
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