26112020-LSTC-01.qxd 11/25/2020 11:18 PM Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE Married Priyanshu Painyuli, of The Mirzapur 2 fame, will tie the knot today (November 26) with girlfriend Vandana Joshi in his hometown Dehradun. LUDHIANA | THURSDAY | 26 NOVEMBER 2020 A sport, a passion With the docu-series Sons Of The Soil: Jaipur Pink Panthers, Amazon Prime Video is set to showcase India’s indigenous sport kabaddi to the world BEYONCE Nine Grammy nominations for Beyonce ❝ Sheetal Nominations for the biggest music awards, Grammys 2021 were announced on Tuesday. The eligibility period for award recognition was from 1st September 2019 to 31st August 2020. Hosted by Trevor Noah, the event will be aired live in India on Vh1 on 31st January 2021. Topping the list is Beyonce who has bagged nine nods, which has made her the second-most nominated Grammy artiste in history — with a total of 79 nominations! She is nominated for her song Black Parade and visual album Black is King, along with her collaboration with Megan Thee Stallion on the single Savage. The British-Indian sitar player and daughter of Pandit Ravi Shankar, Anoushka Shankar has bagged a nomination in the Best Global Music Alum catTHE WEEKND egory. Reacting to her nod, she tweeted, “We did it! I can’t believe Love Letters has been JUSTIN BIEBER nominated for a Grammy!!! Thank you to everyone who has been a part of this journey..!” South Korean group BTS has become the first South Korean pop artistes to be nominated in the mainstream category. They have been nominated for the Grammy Award in Best Pop Duo/Group performance for song Dynamite. F OR some a sport is just a recreational pursuit, but for some it is life. On that note, Amazon Prime Video unveils the trailer of their first-ever Indian sports-docuseries, Sons Of The Soil:Jaipur Pink Panthers, which showcases the team’s journey in Pro Kabaddi League (PKL). And, of course, as the franchise owner, actor Abhishek Bachchan is standing right at the centre of it all! I HAVE ALWAYS STOOD BY THE FACT THAT THE REAL SUPERSTARS ARE OUT THERE PERFORMING ON THE MAT AND ARE NOT THOSE WATCHING FROM THE STANDS. ABHISHEK BACHCHAN those watching from the stands. As a celeb being associated to some sport or the other, the least we could do is to transfer the spotlight and attention to the game. It should be the players on the front foot.” Which is why, the moment is sure historical for him, Bunty Walia, the team manager and the players of Jaipur Pink Panthers (JPP), as they have become the flag-bearers of kabaddi and will be able to connect to a wider audience through this docu-series, which will help this indigenous game propagate in the world. All for the players ‘Once a panther, always a panther’ echoes quite literally in every word that Abhishek utters for his team, inspired by the stories of the players of his team — Jaipur Pink Panthers (JPP). In the stands or in the team related press-conferences, Abhishek has often walked away from answering questions that were not directed to him as a franchise owner. He says, “If I go back to the very first match of ours, which was against Mumbai team, many friends from Bollywood came down to show support apart from my family. While it was said this has become another star-studded, glamorous event, I have always stood by the fact that the real superstars are out there performing on the mat and are not Raw truth From the trailer itself, the uncut, unfiltered, unbiased and raw approach to showcase the locker room views of the team is clear. As Abhishek goes says, “Nobody likes to deal with failure, fail- ure has a nasty way to deal with you.” A one-time winner, JPP (won the first season) is struggling to repeat history again. Abhishek adds, “Win or lose; owner or player, trust in each other is far more important. After seven seasons, they are family… I am happy that this Amazon original will make their stories heard, which will inspire many others.” Produced by BBC Studios India, the docu-series is helmed by British director Alex Gale, a double BAFTA Scotland-winning executive producer and director. Many ‘pangas’ The head coach Srinivas Reddy explains the difference between national games and professional games. He says, “In the Nationals, the cream from different parts of India comes together, whereas in professional matches, there’s a balanced approach, wherein anyone could be the hero of a particular game. Each game is played as if it is the final.” Bunty adds, “The tagline of Pro Kabaddi League — Le Panga — stands true for these players, who have taken many pangas in their life to be where they are today. It will provide a window into the players’ persistence, rigorous preparation and hard-work.” ANOUSHKA SHANKAR TAYLOR MADE Taylor Swift has bagged six nominations. Her coronavirus lockdown album Folklore brought her back to the album of the year contest, while her single Cardigan was among the song of the year entries. On the other hand, Harry Styles has become the first member of One Direction to get a Grammy nomination. He Sonu Sood airlifts his fan who was cycling from Bihar to Mumbai What a gesture! Sonu Sood’s fan from Bihar, Armaan was on his way to Mumbai to meet Sonu, cycling all the way. As soon as Sonu got to know about this, the actor airlifted him along with his cycle. Says Sonu, “I contacted Armaan. He had reached Varanasi. I told him, ‘Dekho tum aisa mat karo. Tum milna chahte ho, zaroor milo. But not like this.’ I convinced him to get into a flight and come to Mumbai. He shall stay in a hotel at my expense and fly back to Patna all at my expense. If I mean so much to him, then MEMBERS OF THE BAND BTS has been nominated under three categories — Best Pop Vocal Album for Fine Line, Best Pop Solo Performance for Watermelon Sugar and Best Music Video for Adore You. Meanwhile, fans of The Weeknd were disappointed as his name was missing from the nominations list. The Weeknd, whose critically acclaimed album After Hours was No. 1 on the Billboard 200 charts for four weeks, took to Twitter and slammed the Recording Academy for not getting him a nomination. He wrote, “The Grammys remain corrupt. You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency.” Justin Bieber also slammed Grammys for putting his song Yummy and the album Changes under the category of Pop and not R&B. ❝ TAYLOR SWIFT HAS BAGGED SIX NOMINATIONS. HER SINGLE CARDIGAN WAS AMONG THE SONG OF THE YEAR ENTRIES. I should make his visit as special as I can. His bicycle is also flying to Mumbai with him and will fly back with him. How can we leave his precious conveyance?” Sonu understands that his fans from all over want to meet him, but says, “At the moment, there doesn’t seem to be any time for anything except making sure that those in need are helped. It’s very easy to donate a few thousand to the needy and move on. But quite often that token amount is not enough to tide the needy over his crisis. The important thing is to ensure that the problem is sorted out fully and finally.” Kriti Sanon supports domestic abuse victims It was earlier during the lockdown when Kriti Sanon had recited a heart-breaking poem on the issue of domestic violence and came in support of all the victims. Making her voice count once again, Kriti now took to social media to share a video where she sheds light on the increasing cases of domestic violence in the country amidst lockdown. The actress shared that National Commission for Women is organising a three-day virtual discussion on the subject of ‘India Against Abuse on Women’ where the Commission aims to bring together organisations and individuals for an inclusive discourse A strong stand around ways to curb abuse against women and girls across the country. In her video, Sanon said, c m y b “While we all have been in the middle of this pandemic, the rate of reported cases of domestic violence and gender-based harassment have really been increasing and it’s worrisome. I feel it’s extremely important for all of us to come together and eliminate this issue from its deep roots. If you’re someone who’s going through or has gone through any form of domestic violence or harassment, or if you know someone who’s going through something like that, please don’t hold back. Come forward, report, register a complaint on the website of the National Commission for Women.” On the big stage Malayalam film Jallikattuis India’s entry for Oscars 2021 The Malayalam film, Jallikattu, has been selected as the official Indian entry in the Best International Feature Film category at the upcoming 93rd Academy Awards, 2021. The news was confirmed by trade analyst Ramesh Bala. “Lijo Jose Pellissery’s #Jallikattu is India’s entry for the Best International Film #Oscar category,” Bala wrote on his official Twitter account. The 2019 action drama has been directed by Lijo Jose Pellissery with a screenplay by S. Hareesh and R. Jayakumar. It is based on the short story named Maoist by Hareesh. The film stars Antony Varghese, Chemban Vinod Jose, Sabumon Abdusamad and Santhy Balachandran. The story revolves around a buffalo that flees from a slaughterhouse in a remote hill town of Kerala, and how the entire townsfolk end up in its hunt. As the hapless animal runs riot in the town, the plot brings alive the vicious side of humanity. The film had its international premiere at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival. It has been screened at the 24th Busan International Film Festival before a theatrical release on October 4 last year in Kerala. Pellissery was feted with the Best Director award at the 50th International Film Festival of India (IFFI). — IANS In black & white Masaba Gupta, who was recently seen in Masaba Masaba on Netflix, has often opened up about how she was subjected to racism during her growing years. Masaba was born out of wedlock to Neena Gupta and legendary cricketer Vivian Richards. Now, during a recent interaction on Mojo Story, the fashion designer opened up on how she was bullied around by her schoolmates. Masaba Gupta reveals how she faced racial discrimination
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