05102020-LSTC-01.qxd 10/4/2020 11:04 PM Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE Akshay Kumar breaks his silence on SSR and drug abuse in Bollywood She’s fine Kareena Kapoor Khan is five months pregnant and going strong. In a recent Instagram picture, Kareena is seen sitting in a park and soaking in the sun. CHANDIGARH | MONDAY | 5 OCTOBER 2020 That Punjabi touch Sheetal With a heavy heart… Akshay Kumar, who is just back from Scotland after wrapping up the shoot of Bellbottom, took to social media on Saturday and shared a video in which he opened up about the death of Sushant Singh Rajput, drug investigation, tarnishing of the name of the industry and his expectations from media. The actor says, “I am talking to you today with a heavy heart. I had a lot of things in my heart to say in the last couple of weeks. There was so much negativity that I didn’t understand what to say, who to speak with. See, we are called stars but you made Bollywood with your love. We are not just an industry but through films, we have spread our culture and values of our country to every corner of the world.” Further, speaking of the untimely death of Sushant and how it put the focus on various aspects of the industry, Akshay says, “After the sudden death of Sushant Singh Rajput, many such issues have come to the fore. It has also pained us the same way as it has pained all of you. And those issues have made us reflect on ourselves… Like the talk about drugs… it does exist. But, it is not AKSHAY KUMAR possible that everyone is involved in it. It is a legal matter and I have all the faith in the law enforcement authorities that whatever they are investigating, they will come out with the truth.” He adds, “With folded hands, I am requesting you all not to see the entire industry in the same light and tarnish its name. This is wrong.” Akki concluds his video message by saying, “If our media does not highlight the right issues at the right time, then maybe not many people will not find their voice and justice. My request to the mediapersons is that they should continue to raise their voice but please show some sensitivity… To the fans, I have only this message—you only made us. We won’t let you down.” W HENSalman Khan announced that Ek baar jo Bhai ne commitment kar di, to vo Covid19 ki bhi nai sunte, he rekindled the frenzy for this reality show. We talked to the Punjabi contestants before they entered the Bigg Boss house on Saturday night. They shared their excitement to be a part of its legacy, their worries and strategies to turn the tide in their favour. Meet the contestants from Punjab in the brand-new season of Bigg Boss ENTERTAINING THE AUDIENCE SARA GURPAL I am requesting you all not to see the entire industry in the same light and tarnish its name. Manje Bistre actress Sara Gurpal is already a star in Pollywood but with her entry into the Bigg Boss house, she aspires to expand her reach from North India to pan- India. She says, “I am a fan of this show and since long I have wanted to be a part of it. Because of the pandemic, I had lost hope. The news of Bigg Boss Season 14 brought happiness, for people will be able to relate to the contestants after living through the lockdown. And then, when I received a confirmation from the makers, my joy knew no bounds. My parents are also excited.” Ask Sara about her approach and she says, “Though excited, I didn’t want to find out who all would be there in the show. Rather than knowing the contestants through newspapers or news channels, I wanted to meet them in person and make my own perception. I am going to represent myself, so you will definitely see the Punjabi side of me.” RUBINA DILAIK SHEHZAD DEOL She feels the most difficult part would be not seeing her mother. About making connections she says, “I believe in everlasting friendship. If you are my friend, then you are invited for my birthday parties, my wedding to my grandchild’s wedding.” SUITCASE FULL OF PAGGAN SHEHZAD DEOL Shehzad Deol is hoping to last long inside the Bigg Boss house because of his experience. He was a part reality show The Ace of Space, where he was one of the finalists. What’s in his suitcase to survive inside? “I have at least 15 paggan (turbans) in different colours. After all, a sardar is incomplete without his turban,” says Shehzad. A gym person, he was unable to keep up with his exercises routine at home which he will change once inside Bigg Boss house. His newly acquired skill, thanks to the pandemic and the lockdown, is cleaning and he has no problem doing it in the house. A mobile phone and social media addict, Shehzad says, “To divert my mind off those things, I would love to learn cooking from whoever would be will- SARA GURPAL ing to teach me. It will be good social media detox.” COUPLE AFFAIR ABHINAV SHUKLA Ludhiana-born actor Abhinav Shukla will be giving couple goals as he is entering the reality show with his wife Rubina Dilaik. Commenting on the same he says, “The big disadvantage of going together is that the others will perceive us as a potential threat. We are the supposed team of two who will have each other’s back.” Seen alongside Salman Khan in Jai Ho, he was also a part of movie Luka Chuppi. Being Khaali Peeli makes you see red Film: Khaali Peeli Director: Maqbool Khan Cast: Ishaan Khatter, Ananya Panday, Jaideep Ahlawat, Swanand Kirkire, Satish Kaushik, Anup Soni Rating: This time around, you have what Bollywood is known for, or let’s say was once renowned for—a masala movie set in Aamchi Mumbai. Only times have changed and so have the viewers’ taste. So, going by the genre, there are all the necessary ingredients. There is drama, romance, action, humour, twists and turns and an arch villain. Vijay Chauhan aka Blackie (Ishaan Khatter) is a taxi driver who runs his kaali peeli car (hence the name) on his own rules, so even if the taxi association in the city is on an indefinite strike, he looks at it as an opportunity to mint some extra money. On a fateful night, meets Pooja who has a bag full of cash and jewellery and is running from goons. She is on the run because her pimp Yusuf Chikna (Jaideep Ahalawat) is trying to get her married to a pedophile (Swanand Kirkire). A pretty girl with lot of moolah! Blackie, who himself is running from the cops, finds it hard to say no to this opportunity. Now begins the mad, endless chase, so crazy that it gives you a headache. The climax is predictable. By the way, these two are lovers from childhood, which you will discover through the many flashbacks. In fact, the two timelines overlapping each other breaks the momentum. First 40 minutes into the movie and you’ll end up asking, ‘why is this film a pay-per-view?’ Here are some good points. Both Ishaan and Ananya have given praise-worthy performances. Ishaan’s character demands him to be a tapori and he has put in great effort. His dance moves and action stunts are impressive. Ananya is so feisty and spirited that you wonder if she ever faced any hardship in life. But the good part is she is no damsel in distress. She has her wits about and can fight the gundas. Together they have a sizzling chemistry. Jaideep Ahlawat has delivered a solid performance. On occasions, he creeps you out. Among the negatives are the countless Bollywood clichés. The couple running from the goons is an age-old template, the only freshness is a girl has a good head on her shoulders and is not a bechari or pyaar ki maari. It has a paper-thin screenplay, the transitions between past and present are an impediment. Khaali Peeli stops being even a time-pass after the initial quirky dialogues. c m y b confined to a place is a challenge especially for an outgoing and adventurous person like Abhinav. He says, “Hopefully after surviving the lockdown first in Mumbai, then at Rubina’s hometown Shimla, it will be easier inside. As much as I know, you have to train your mind to ace these cabin fever like games.” While Rubina is a strong personality who knows how to lead a team, Abhinav is competitive when it comes to games and tasks. He adds, “I am sure to give my 100 per cent in every task that I will be given.” Big step Sushmita Sen’s daughter Renee is all set to make her acting debut. The 21-year-old is entering the world of cinema with a film titled Suttabaazi. The shooting for the film has already started. Suttabaazi is set in the lockdown period and focuses on a mother and a daughter who are at odds with one another. The film explores the theme of women empowerment. The role of the rebellious daughter is essayed by Renee Sen. Komal Chhabria and Rahul Vohra play her parents. NET, FLICKS & MORE Gurnaaz Kaur ABHINAV SHUKLA Remo D’Souza booked for reckless driving Bollywood choreographers Remo D’Souza and Salman Yusuff Khan, who have been vacationing in Goa, have reportedly been booked for reckless driving in Panaji. Reports suggest that the Calangute police issued summons to them after a video went viral on social media, showcasing them riding bikes along with Shakti Mohan. Both bikes have been reportedly seized. As per reports, the twowheelers are prohibited over the Mandovi river bridge due to the high wind speed. When the local people saw the video, they called it irresponsible behaviour and shared it on social media tagging the DGP Goa police. Sharing , update, DGP Goa police, , tweeted, “Thanks, Goa for bringing traffic violations to notice. Recently two bikers were seen riding on Atal Setu which is closed to 2 wheelers. SP Traffic Dinraj Govekar took cognizance and not only identified and impounded the bikes but has summoned the riders for legal action.” Sushmita Sen’s daughter Renee to make acting debut
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