11112020-LSTC-01.qxd 11/10/2020 11:59 PM Page 1 c m y b MILIND IS MAKING HEADLINES After his birthday post, now another picture of Milind Soman is breaking the net. His latest post has fans wondering if he is a part of the film Laxmii. The actor shared a picture where his face is covered with vermillion and he is sporting a nose pin and kohled eyes. TRIBUNE Web world Zareen Khan, who had recently launched her YouTube channel, has launched her website, called Happy Hippie Zareen. CHANDIGARH | WEDNESDAY | 11 NOVEMBER 2020 Eat, pray…socially distance Gurnaaz Kaur No grand parties, no firecrackers, and the fear of the pandemic— how does one whip up enthusiasm to celebrate Diwali? We turn to celebs to know what their plans are for the day T HIS year, it is not the same as before… Diwali is not what it used to be but the spirits remain high. So what if there won’t to be grand parties… celebrations are a must, even if from a safe distance. It’s all about family time and valuing the little things that matter! In their jazziest outfits, this is how the Punjabi stars are going to celebrate the day. Grandma here I come! Wamiqa Gabbi My grandmother was Covid positive and she was hospitalised. She was really upset and she asked me to be home for Diwali. So, I will wrap up work and go home. I am happy that I will be celebrating Diwali with her. It will be with family and some close HARBHAJAN MANN friends. No crackers, just some healthy food, warm water and plenty of conversation. Spiritually speaking Mandy Takhar I will be going to the Golden Temple with a few friends as my family is back in the UK. Having said that, my friends are my family here, so Diwali is always with family in one way or the other. I will wear a GURPREET GHUGGI & MANDY TAKHAR WAMIQA GABBI GURLEEN CHOPRA mask when I go to the Harmandir Sahib and of course, no fireworks. parties, no going out. Home celebration Pooja Verma I am in Mumbai and won’t be able to go back to Chandigarh for Diwali. One of my friends will join me and the plan is to go to a gurdwara, light some candles there and at home, make a rangoli and prepare a meal. I’ll make a video for my YouTube channel and share the day with everyone virtually. This Diwali will be very simple. It would be about dressing up, doing pooja, lighting diyas and lights, making rangoli, having mouthwatering delicacies and enjoying the presence of loved ones. I love this festival. However, with the strict social-distancing laws imposed due to the pandemic, Diwali 2020 will be a little different. It’s going to be just family. No friends, no Away from home Gurleen Chopra Keep it clean Harbhajan Mann I will be celebrating this Diwali at home with my family. It’s going to be a small celebration with just the immediate family. We like to celebrate these special occasions together and create new memories. We will be staying away from firecrackers and urge everyone to celebrate in a safe and clean manner as well. Getting real Gurpreet Ghuggi Nothing much really. The gloom of Covid-19 has cast a shadow on the charm of Diwali. But there is a lesson in these times. We’ve seen that if we do not pollute, then the environment becomes so beautiful. Also, all these years, Diwali had turned into a mere formality than a festival. But this time, it is about being with family and being grateful for what we have. Green message Jobanpreet Singh This time Diwali happens to be on my birthday, so I am planning to plant 50 saplings. The day would be about going to a gurdwara for prayers and gratitude. Rest, some fun with family. ‘Unfollow or block me if you wish’ Kangana Ranaut took to Twitter and wrote, “All the fans who keep checking my tweets all day and keep declaring that they are bored/tired and ask me to stay quiet should Mute/Unfollow or Block me, if you don’t then you are clearly obsessed.” KANGANA RANAUT And good things happened… Credible choice Kriti on the film that changed her life Actress Kriti Kharbanda says her 2017 release Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana changed her life. The film had release on this day. Kriti has recalled working on the project in a new Instagram post. She also shared a few stills from the film costarring Rajkummar Rao. “This day, 3 years ago, #smza happened, and life changed. A big thank you to the entire team, the audience, the fans, the supporters, the lovers! #3yearsofshaadimeinzarooraana,” she captioned the post. Directed by Ratna Sinhaa, the film revolves around a small town couple who meet for a proposed arranged marriage. An unexpected event on their wedding night turns their innocent love story into a revenge saga. Kriti is seen in Taish, also featuring Pulkit Samrat, Jim Sarbh, Harshvardhan Rane and Sanjeed Sheikh. The Bejoy Nambiar directorial is streaming in film as well as web series formats. A few days ago, Kriti revealed that she was diagnosed with malaria. “Hi! This is my malaria wala face. Say hi world:) it’s just visiting, not here to stay coz I need to get back to work.”—IANS The three celebrities currently endorsing the education sector are Shah Rukh Khan, Ranveer Singh and Ayushmann Khurrana. A trade source says, “Education as a sector is built on trust because it is looked as an industry that gives incredible value addition to the children of our country. The sector is extremely careful about who they pick to endorse because strong equity of the celebrity is a must for this sector. The person endorsing needs to be respected for his/her value system, credibility, should be immensely trusted and people should have faith in them and their work.” SHAH RUKH KHAN Meet the actors who endorse India’s educational sector! RANVEER SINGH VAANI KAPOOR AYUSHMANN KHURRANA A masalamix that is far too bland As a man possessed by the spirit of a transgender, Akshay Kumar holds the film as best as he can Nonika Singh Horror, comedy, action; mix all the genres together and the potpourri at hand is called Laxmii. Flirting with a semblance of cause in what is essentially a masala mix, at the heart of this much hyped, much awaited Akshay Kumar-starrer is an out and out commercial fare. Nothing wrong with that provided it would be an entertaining ride. To expect less or more from superstar Akshay Kumar is kind of unfair. To be fair, even though sparse, Laxmii has its fun moments. The comic tenor, especially with the spectre of ghost driving some of the family members over the wall, is what drives the narrative for a while. Akshay as Asif the man whose logical reasoning has taught him to reject the very existence of ghosts might be a tad bland. But as the man NET, FLICKS & MORE Film: Laxmii Cast: Akshay Kumar, Kiara Advani, Manu Rishi Chadha, Ashwini Kalsekar, Rajesh Sharma, Ayesha Raza Mishra, Sharad Kelkar, Tarun Arora Director: Raghava Lawrence Rating: A STILL FROM LAXMII possessed by the spirit of a transgender, he comes into his own and holds the film as best as he can. The flashes of a fine actor that he has turned out to be can be seen in ample measure. Cameos played by Ayesha Raza Mishra and Ashwini Kalsekar do keep the comic interest going. The frightened look and the antics they deploy to get rid of the ghost are amusing and a few scenes heighten the chill factor too. c m y b But if you think the film upholds the cause of transgender community, well, you will be disappointed. For it perpetuates more stereotypes rather than knocking them down. There is a certain emotional gravitas in the monologue delivered by the real Laxmii and Sharad Kelkar is in fine form as he points out at the discrimination meted out to transgender. But thereafter the film descends into a regular revenge saga topped by bizarre climax and nonsensical anti-climax. The muchtouted Bam Bholle song might be high on energy but offers little solace to senses by now distraught with avalanche of blather and babble. If villains are one note people reminiscent of films of yore, who would kill for pleasure, actors like Rajesh Sharma and Manu Rishi are wasted. Kiara Advani, the Hindu wife of Asif, too has little scope. A horror-comic film on transgender with an actor of Akshay’s calibre ready to play the part, don the saree, clank the bangles and wear a bindi might have seemed like a brave choice on paper. But Laxmii, a remake of Tamil hit Kanchana (also directed by Lawrence), is no trendsetter. Akshay may have tweeted ‘let’s break the gender stereotype and extend our support to the third gender’, the film does precious little. Catch it only if you have ample spare time at hand. This one streaming at Disney+Hotstar does not come with our recommendation and you can safely shut your screens to this Laxmii. We could say watch it for Akshay, but if you are a fan better revisit his Bhool Bhulaiyaa and if horror comedy is your wont, better go in for Stree. ‘I have been living out of a suitcase’ Vaani Kapoor has been neck-deep in work through the pandemic. The actress wrapped Shamshera with Ranbir Kapoor, signed and finished Bellbottom with Akshay Kumar, and also signed and is currently shooting for Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui opposite Ayushmann Khurrana. Vaani was in Scotland and she then travelled to Chandigarh. The actress will also have a working Diwali and won’t be able to see her parents . Vaani shares, “I have been living out of a suitcase for months now and I will be doing so in the coming months too. Honestly, I’m not complaining because I have been fortunate enough to be working even in the midst of a pandemic. I haven’t met my family and I have been living in a hotel room for months.”
The Tribune, now published from Chandigarh, started publication on February 2, 1881, in Lahore (now in Pakistan). It was started by Sardar Dyal Singh Majithia, a public-spirited philanthropist, and is run by a trust comprising four eminent persons as trustees.
The Tribune, the largest selling daily in North India, publishes news and views without any bias or prejudice of any kind. Restraint and moderation, rather than agitational language and partisanship, are the hallmarks of the paper. It is an independent newspaper in the real sense of the term.
The English edition apart, the 133-year-old Tribune has two sister publications, Punjabi Tribune (in Punjabi) and Dainik Tribune (in Hindi).