26102020-LSTC-01.qxd 10/25/2020 11:31 PM Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE Fifty plus Actress Alia Bhatt on Saturday extended love and gratitude to her fans as she crossed the 50-million milestone of followers on Instagram. CHANDIGARH | MONDAY | 26 OCTOBER 2020 Changing their tune... Is the Punjabi music industry finally ready to usher in a new trend of message-driven, clean lyrics, making those vulgar, misogynistic songs a thing of the past? ‘I don’t believe in marriage’ Radhika Apte got married for visa Gurnaaz Kaur S Radhika Apte tied the knot with British musician Benedict Taylor in 2012 and only because it was ‘easier’ for the actress to get a visa as revealed by her in a recent chat with actor Vikrant Massey. She added that she is not a believer in the institution of marriage. Radhika, who is currently in London with Benedict, was recently talking to Vikrant Massey as the two were answering questions about themselves. On being asked about her marriage, Radhika said, “Well, I realised that it was easier to get a visa if you are married. I think there should be no boundaries. I am not a big marriage person; I don’t believe in the institution. I got married because visa was really a problem and we wanted to live together. I think that’s not fair.” Speaking about her quarantine time, Radhika said, “In this period, I ate well, exercised, tried to write and watch, and did nothing, without any pressure of having to be at any place. All these have been really good things. But, there have been too many bad things, too.” Just married! Meet Mr and Mrs Rohanpreet Singh After much speculations surrounding Neha Kakkar’s wedding, we can finally say that the singer is now married to Rohanpreet Singh. Yes, Neha has tied the knot in a traditional Anand Karaj ceremony on Saturday morning at a gurdwara in New Delhi. The wedding festivities continued with a grand ceremony later that night. During the day ceremony, Neha opted for a soft pink lehenga. She wore a red lehenga for the function which took place in the late evening. On the other hand, Rohanpreet was seen twinning with Neha during the day, later complemented her in a pink and maroon embroidered sherwani. Pictures and videos from Neha and Rohanpreet’s wedding have been doing rounds on internet. The couple also gave special performances on their big day. The ceremony was attended by close friends and family of the two. The couple would be hosting a grand reception in Punjab on November 26. Home front Hrithik Roshan to build a mansion-inthe-air worth Rs 97.5 crore Hrithik Roshan has reportedly purchased lavish apartments worth almost Rs 100 crores in Mumbai for building a ‘mansion-in-theair’ by integrating them. Reports state that while one apartment is a duplex penthouse, the other is a singlestory home. The deal was reportedly closed earlier this week and is estimated to be worth Rs 97.5 crore. The apartments are on the 14th, 15th, and 16th floors of a building. Going by the reports, the apartment offers an open view of the Arabian Sea and is spread across a combined 38,000 sq ft. There is a 6,500 sq ft terrace with an access to 10 parking spots. ANGRUR meri jaan, Punjab meri shaan… Virsa ae dharti da kidhre bhul na jaayo ji, vekhan eh Sangrur virasat lazmi tusi aayo ji… from Viraast-e-Sangrur written and sung by Sat Nagar. Sikh regiment kadon bani si, te kithe kithe dhak paunde is, padhi na kitab raani jinda… from Kinne Aye Kinne Gaye written by Lovely Noor and sung by Ranjit Bawa. These are some of the recently released songs. There is the classic Challa that in its latest form by Nishawn talks about the farming crisis that Punjab is dealing with. Amrinder Gill’s song Soorjan Wale, which features Ammy Virk and Nimrat Khaira, is a sentimental take on the poverty and struggles of farmers and villagers... Why a mention of these songs? Because these are message-driven, focused on the heritage of Punjab, have clean lyrics and most importantly reflect a changing landscape in an industry that is mostly identified with vulgar, misogynistic songs. At every step of the way there are many involved in bringing out the final product and each of these stakeholders is in favour of this new trend. As a singer, one becomes the band ambassador of the words he weaves in his tunes. Ranjit Bawa believes songs that inform the youth about their roots is the need of the hours. “All the time we hear that Punjab’s youth is into drugs or walking the wrong path. With easy access to internet, they hardly stop and think. So, in a subtle way, music can nudge them towards the forgotten history. Therefore, it’s our responsibility to create songs that become melodious reminders and eventually eye-openers for people.” KINNE AYE KINNE GAYE VIRASAT-E-SANGRUR ❝ ❝ BEING A MUSIC COMPANY OWNER, I’VE MADE AN EFFORT TO GIVE SOCIETY THE RIGHT KIND OF SONGS. THERE WAS A NEED FOR CHANGE IN PUNJABI MUSIC BECAUSE SOMEWHERE WE HAVE DRAWN AWAY FROM OUR VIRSA. RANJIT BAWA JATINDER SINGH RAI SUKH BRAR JUST THINK ABOUT IT Ravi Inder Sheen, lyricist, singer and music composer, who gave music to National award-winning movie Nabar thinks there is still a long way to go. “Drugs and lyrics have done equal damage to the youth of Punjab. Our industry is not music based; it is lyrics based. Ninety per cent of the songs have the same composition and very few songs really help you understand our society, folk, culture but that is not enough. Even today I would say, just a couple of songs cannot promise change. The current political scenario is such that as a natural reaction we are hearing such songs but only if it continues will it mean something else it is just an eyewash.” Pretty much on the same page is lyricist-singer Sat Nagar who began his musical journey some six years ago and has since stuck to his father’s advice. “When I joined the industry, my father told me to always make songs that can be enjoyed in the presence of kids and women in the family. That’s my idea of good music.” If music can be educative for its listeners, it can be the same for its creator. In the opportunity to write about his own town Sangrur, Sat Nagar says he got close to the place. “I dis- Watch out! Here’s a list of shows and movies to catch up this week October 28: This is Us S5 on Disney+Hotstar This Is Us chronicles the journey of the Pearson family across decades — from Jack and Rebecca as young parents in the 1980s to their 37-year-old children Kevin, Kate and Randall searching for love and fulfilment in the present day. The series returns with its fifth season and will follow up on stories from the previous season. October 28: Nobody Sleeps in the Woods Tonight on Netflix A group of technologydependent teenagers go to an offline camp. Common hiking in the woods without access to smartphones will not end, however, as planned by the organisers. They will have to fight for their life with something that they have not seen even in the darkest corners of the internet. WEBSOLUTE FUN THIS IS US S5 TAISH THE MANDALORIAN NOBODY SLEEPS IN THE WOODS TONIGHT Taish on ZEE5 Starring Pulkit Samrat, Harshvardhan Rane and Jim Sarbh, Taish is slated to release as a feature film as well as a six-part web series. It is a story of friendship narrated in the format of an intense thriller. covered so many new facts and figures, stories of some great personalities who once lived on this land.” Music composers too have come on board to reclaim the space and thus turn it into a real movement. Sukh Brar, who composed Kinne Aye ‘Wish I never made it’ Hansal Mehta says making Simranwas ‘painful’ October 30: Kaali Khuhi on Netflix Kaali Khuhi directed by Terrie Samundra features Shabana Azmi, Sanjeeda Shaikh, Satyadeep Mishra and Riva Arora in pivotal roles. The film features story of Shivangi, a 10-year-old girl, who must save her family’s village in Punjab. October 30: : The Man- October 29: ❝ IN A SUBTLE WAY, MUSIC CAN NUDGE THE YOUTH TOWARDS THE FORGOTTEN HISTORY. Kinne Gaye, says it is the responsibility of the entire industry to showcase the real Punjab through the art. “There was a dire need for change in Punjabi music because somewhere we have drawn away from our virsa. The new generation doesn’t know the real Punjab. It is our duty to inform them about asli Punjab. We have done many such tracks, including Time, Jinna Rabb Ditta Je Ehna Vi Na Denda Te Ki Karde that can prove to be a guiding force or at least make people think.” Music labels also need to support songs that create a new wave. Rhythm Boyz is among the top production companies and producer Karaj Gill thinks, “All these songs are a good sign. We have been complaining since a long time that the youth is being misled by poor lyrics. Finally, there are songs talking about issues that are relevant or will have a long-term positive effect, I am very happy about it.” Jatinder Singh Rai of Rai Beats, a music company, also promises to paint the right picture through the music his company endorses. “Our society needs people with right thinking and being a music company owner, I’ve made an effort in that direction through our song Jatt Te Siri, which is written by revered saint Ram Udasi.” dalorian S2 on Disney+ Hotstar The Mandalorian and the Child continue their journey, facing enemies and rallying allies as they make their way through a dangerous galaxy after the collapse of the Galactic Empire. KAALI KHUHI c m y b Hansal Mehta, who is currently basking in the glory of his latest web series Scam 1992, recently spoke about his film Simram which had Kangana Ranaut in the lead. The filmmaker admitted that the experience wasn’t too pleasant. Hansal quotes, “I sometimes wish I never made it. There was no need. It was an unnecessary aberration in my career. It makes me sad. It could have been a much better film. It was a painful time.” He added, “The film affected my mental health. I went into a shell...I was in a period of very low self-esteem.” Meanwhile, Kangana Ranaut and her sister Rangoli Chandel, who were supposed to appear beforeMumbai Police on October 26 and 27, will be giving it a miss. Their lawyer responded to the summons sent by Mumbai Police and has sought time after November 15. The reason behind is said to be their brother’s wedding and festivities at Kangana’s hometown, Manali. Kangana Ranaut and Rangoli Chandel
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