10112020-LSTC-01.qxd 11/9/2020 11:49 PM Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE Green joy This Diwali, Bollywood actress Bhumi Pednekar will be gifting saplings to her industry friends and colleagues. Bhumi says, “I want to spread green joy on Diwali.” CHANDIGARH | TUESDAY | 10 NOVEMBER 2020 ‘I am more fearless now’ Nonika Singh ❝ I N the hugely popular web series Aashram, he takes to the throne-like seat as if to the manor born and in this zoom conference Bobby Deol relaxes in a winged chair at his home with the same ease. Only charming and handsome as ever, it’s hard to imagine Prakash Jha could see a conniving baba in him! Even Bobby was taken aback and quizzed the director with whom he had been pining to work with for a long time, “Are you sure? Am I hearing it right?” But then he gives full marks to Jha his belief that he could pull off a character like Nirala Baba. Sure Bobby has played some grey shades in his career before too in films like Race 3. But these he reminds were “Not so abominable and were justified in the end.” To step into the shoes of a man BOBBY DEOL I DIDN’T DO A CARICATURE OF THE BABAS LIKE YOU OFTEN SEE IN FILMS. THE KIND OF CHARACTER I WAS PLAYING IN AASHRAM HAD THE POWER OF INFLUENCING PEOPLE; HE WAS AN ‘INFLUENCER’, WHO WAS AWARE OF HIS SWAY OVER PEOPLE. SO I PORTRAYED IT IN A CALM AND COLLECTED MANNER. A STILL FRM CLASS OF ‘83 whose actions have no justification whatsoever was easier said than done. So, what were the reference points? Bobby explains it as simply as possible. “In my life, especially in my 25-year-long journey in Bollywood, I have come across some good people and some bad ones. As human beings we all have the good and bad in us. And I tapped into those experiences and emotions.” He wants to play diverse parts yet admits, “Bad boys intrigue us more as human beings.” Only a reel take The fact that this particular bad man is drawn from real life is something he denies blatantly. “I don’t think Nirala baba is fashioned after any real godman. It is fiction.” Oh really, and Bobby plays along. Refusing to be caught even as we remind him of the uncanny resemblance of his character to this one baba from Haryana right now cooling his heels in a jail, he insists, “I A STILL FROM AASHRAM Though Punjab da puttar Bobby Deol is ready to play a diverse range of characters, he feels one can’t justify an out and out negative character like the one he plays in Aashram,whose part two is ready to be streamed on MX player On top of the music world! Armaan Malik bags Best India Act at Europe Music Awards 2020 MTV Europe Music Awards 2020 which were held on Sunday night saw Armaan Malik bagging a top honour. The singer-songwriter won the Best India Act for his pop single Control at the ceremony, defeating the likes of Kaam Bhaari, Siri x Sez On The Beat, Divine and Prabh Deep. Expressing his excitement Armaan said, “I’ve just had the most unreal year so far and this win at the EMA’s just made it better by a million notches! Control is my debut English single and to have received this kind of love, support, and recognition at a global level so early in my journey makes me really emotional.” Other winners include the South Korean pop group BTS. They won four awards, including Best Song for Dynamite and Best Group. Lady Gaga took the Best Artiste prize. BTS also picked up Best Fans and Best Virtual Live for Bang Bang Con. The show honouring the best in global music will stream on Voot Select and will be aired shortly on Vh1 India with performances from Alicia Keys, Sam Smith, Doja Cat and DaBaby. The girl group Little Mix hosted the ceremony. Chiranjeevi tests positive South superstar Chiranjeevi took to this Twitter account on Monday and announced that he had tested positive for the novel coronavirus, adding that he is asymptomatic and has home quarantined himself. He was all set to resume filming for his upcoming Telugu film Acharya. Laxmii’s trending song BamBholle has been conceived and recorded in Mohali Within 24 hours of its release, the song BamBholle from the film Laxmii was trending on number one, crossing over 17 million views! Recorded in Mohali, this number isn’t the first to make noise in the Hindi film industry, yet its story is surely unique. Enthused by the great response, Anup Kumar from Ullumanati, a team of artistes that has given lyrics and music for BamBholle, feels Akshay Kumar’s energy in the video has taken it to another level. BamBholle, originally three years old, started as an ode to Lord Shiva. “We had just started a film, Raduaa, and it was around the month of saawan that I felt we should make a song dedicated to Lord Shiva,” says Anup. “For the first three months on YouTube, This Viruss is good! VIRUSS, AKSHAY KUMAR AND ANUP KUMAR there were just about 30–40 thousand views; then we woke up one morning to a few lakh views, which kept growing magically,” he adds. The audio got immense love, was picked up by the TikTok tribe, and its American singer-songwriter Jason Derulo’s version then went viral! c m y b Bollywood version Then came the Bollywood version. “The team of Akshay Kumar reached out to us. Surprisingly, while they did make some lyrical changes, they retained its original singer Viruss,” says Anup, who has worked in the music industry since the last two decades, collaborating with Honey Singh extensively, along with Jassi Sidhu and late singer Romey Gill. Currently making music with many singers, old and new, Anup sees the success of BamBholle as ‘a good Viruss making an entry in Bollywood in grand style’. The singer is obviously over the moon. “It’s so amazing to get such a positive feedback. Akshay sir’s performance has been super,” says Devansh Sharma, who opted for a stage name Viruss, as it sounded catchy. — Mona don’t follow any godmen.” Actually the only man whom he follows rather reposes blind faith in is his father Dharmendra, who remains his only inspiration. Even in the annals of acting he believes,“He is the most versatile actor, far superior than many.” Probe him further if he thinks Dharmendra didn’t really get his due in the film industry and Bobby says, “Well, we are simple people my father simply did his work, went home and looked after his family. There was no PR machinery to propel him and tell the world he is the best actor.” Great going As he looks back at his own career, he thinks he too made the same mistake of not promoting himself and some bad choices as an actor too. If he were to turn back the clock, he could rectify a few things. But then he laughs and interjects, “I wouldn’t have known these were mistakes.” As things are going exceptionally well for him with critics/ viewers/ fans going gaga over his latest phase, has he too rediscovered the actor in him? He observes, “You need right kind of subjects for people to appreciate you. Viewers saw me in Class of ‘83 and week after came Aashram, and seeing me in two contrasting characters made them sit up and take notice.” For Aashram coming his way, he is grateful to Prakash Jha. Once again Bobby won’t go into technical details. He simply sumps him up Jha as an amazing man full of energy, who would show up at the gym during the shooting so early in the morning that, “By the time I would reach he would be halfway through his work out.” He also shares how Jha’s maiden foray into digital space was akin to “making three films at one go.” Bouncing back OTT platform, where Bobby is savouring his newfound success, according to him, is full of, “Immense creative possibilities.” So is his career. Apart from starting work in Apne 2, he has also signed yet another Red Chillies’ production Love Hostel, and once more it’s a negative part. Is he afraid of being typed? Well, Bobby, who is far more fearless in his choices in his new innings, is ready to go with the flow. Besides who can predict success or failure? Having tasted both the upside and downside, he avers, “Failure can put you down, but not break you. Today I know even if I fail tomorrow I will bounce back.” Like he has today! Richa takes to Urdu shayari When a start-to-finish schedule was lined up for her upcoming project in Lucknow, Richa Chadha was happy to be back at work. Keeping true to her style, the actress spent time honing her Urdu pronunciation, or talaffuz, for her character. Though her character in the movie doesn’t speak Urdu per se, there’s a lehja or manner which she sought to perfect. RICHA CHADHA NCB arrests Firoz Nadiadwala’s wife Conducts fresh raids at Arjun Rampal’s house SHABANA SAEED Bollywood producer Firoz Nadiadwala’s wife Shabana Saeed was arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Sunday after they found 10 grams of marijuana at their Mumbai residence. Confirming the news, NCB Mumbai zonal director Sameer Wankhede said, “We have arrested Firoz Nadiadwala’s wife under the Narcot- ARJUN RAMPAL ic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act. Further investigation is on.” Reports suggested that the contraband seized from Nadiadwala’s house had been purchased from an accused identified as Wahid Abdul Kadir Sheikh alia Sultan, who was arrested earlier. After his wife’s arrest, Firoz Nadiadwala was seen at NCB FIROZ NADIADWALA office on Monday. The agency will now be questioning him. In another development, Arjun Rampal’s house was searched by NCB, for alleged drug links, on Monday. His girlfriend Gabriella Demetraides’ brother was said to be a part of the drugs case and this was the second time NCB raided Rampal’s house.
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