26122020-LSTL-01.qxd 12/25/2020 11:38 PM Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE John hurt John Abraham got injured while shooting for an action scene. He was shooting for the film Satyameva Jayate2 in Varanasi. John hurt his finger. He was taken to a local hospital. LUDHIANA | SATURDAY | 26 DECEMBER 2020 A tune of resistance actions Getting some Sheetal T ‘I’m not the content kind’ Kiara Advani says she always wants to push herself Actress Kiara Advani has had a satisfying year. She was among the rare Bollywood stars to have releases on OTT as well as theatres, in a year that has been fraught by the pandemic. This year, she was seen in the OTTreleased films Guilty and Laxmii, while Indoo Ki Jawani opened theatrically across India earlier this month. Kiara, who started her journey in Bollywood with Fugly in 2014, has impressed in hit I am films as M.S. Dhoni: The yearning for more. Untold Story, Kabir Singh, and Good Newwz, as well I think the drive is very as the digitally released much alive and it anthology Lust Stories. should be that way. She is, however, not in a mood to rest on her hits. “I KIARA ADVANI am yearning for more. I don’t think I am a very content kind of person — (I am) somebody who always wants to push and try doing better. I think the drive is very much alive and it should be that way. So, yeah that is how I am as a person,” Kiara said. The actress has three films lined up over the next months — Shershaah opposite Sidharth Malhotra, the Kartik Aaryanstarrer Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2, and Jug Jugg Jeeyo co-starring Anil Kapoor, Neetu Kapoor and Varun Dhawan. — IANS HE anthem of Italian resistance, Bella Ciao is now in Punjabi. And the relevance is uncanny. Bella Ciao, an Italian folk song of the 19th century which was the result of protests against the pitiable working conditions in paddy fields, becomes the protest anthem acentury later in the biggest organised protests in India by the farmers to oppose new farm laws. The music, coupled with interviews from the farmers at the Singhu border, makes the video of the song an interesting one as it gives a peep into the struggles the farmers are going through sitting on the roads to make their voices heard. Poojan Sahil, who penned and uploaded the song, Bella Ciao— Punjabi Farm Laws Wapas Jao on December 17, is the same guy who created the Hindi version of Bella Ciao, which got popularised during the anti-CAA protests. Poojan Sahil’s Punjabi rendition of the Italian folk song Bella Ciao, Bella Ciao—Farm Laws Wapas Jao, has become the protest anthem with 288K views “Music has always been a part of my life but I started creating original songs and parodies two years ago. It’s a conscious effort to create socially relevant music and honestly, it feels good to get equally enthusiastic response from the audience. I couldn’t believe when with- in 24 hours, the views and comments started pouring in,” says Poojan. The video is created by a page called Karwan-e- Mohabbat. And, the inspiration for the song wasn’t Money Heist. In fact, Poojan had parodied the Hindi version of Bella Ciao much before he watched the web series which is credited for re-popularising the song and making it mainstream today. The Hindi version was easy but for the Punjabi version, this mathematics teacher got home-tutored by his parents. “Although born and brought up in Delhi, our roots are in Punjab. So, I took help from my family and friends while writing Farm Laws Wapas Jao. It was a good experience throughout, from writing to recording and now for the response it has got. Standing in solidarity with the farmers, I only wish this will boost their morale because they are the ones on the road while it’s a fight for everybody.” While there are many who inspire him to create the kind of music that he does, but Faiz Ahmad Faiz is on the top of the list. Ask him if he is approached by any big names in the music industry after his songs became popular and he says, “Till now, no one. I have no problem working with big banners but at the same time I am not willing to stop creating the kind of music that I relate to. As soon as you put a constraint on an artiste, the flow of creativity is bound to falter.” While the pandemic stopped Poojan from taking an active part in the protests till now, he is willing to take that risk and be a part of the crowd that has given him and his song so much love. Mr India Darasing Khurana set for acting debut Manav on battling Covid Actor Manav Kaul had tested positive for Covid a few months ago. He says he was confident that he would be fine, and his sole concern was to ensure he did not spread the virus. Manav tested positive for Covid19 on the set of his upcoming film Nail Polish in September. “My doctor friend was very helpful. He said ‘you are a fit person and you live alone, so don’t worry about anything’. He checked my report and said I had very mild Covid. So I was confident that I would be fine. I just didn’t want to give Covid to anyone else. I was completely at home for about two weeks. Then I tested negative, so it was okay,” Manav said. He returned to work after rest, and Nail Polish is ready for release now. “The title is absolutely stunning as far as a thriller is concerned. We want people to be curious about why we chose ‘Nail Polish’. There are four men in the film and it’s a courtroom drama. It is intriguing. But after watching the film, you will feel the title is IN NAIL POLISH, I AM PLAYING VEER SINGH, WHO IS A SPORTS COACH. MY FIRST INSTINCT WAS ‘I CAN’T PLAY THIS ROLE’. apt,” he said about the film that also stars Arjun Rampal, Rajit Kapur and Anand Tiwari. “I am playing Veer Singh, who is a sports coach and trains kids. He loves kids. He helps people, too. Suddenly, there is a charge against him. Then, Arjun’s character comes in. He feels that my character is innocent,” he added. Manav found the script “very interesting”, but initially he didn’t have the confidence to take it up. “My first instinct was ‘I can’t play this role. It’s very difficult’. Somehow the director (Bugs Bhargava Krishna) convinced me. He said he wanted me to perform the role otherwise, he would not make the film. That puts so much burden on an actor’s shoulder. A few days before the shoot, I told him that I was scared. He said ‘you will be fine, you will do this’,” shared the actor. “Rarely, one gets an opportunity to perform a complex character like this. I feel lucky,” he added. — IANS ‘I don’t want to jinx it’ Ranbir Kapoor hopes to marry Alia Bhatt in 2021 After ruling the runway for many years, former Mr India International Darasing Khurana is making his acting debut with a Punjabi film. Titled Bai Ji Kuttange, the movie also marks senior actress Upasana Singh’s debut as a producer. The film has been directed by Smeep Kang, who is known for helming several hit Punjabi films over the years, including the Carry On Jatta franchise and Lucky Di Unlucky Story among others. Darasing will be seen alongside actors like Dev Kharoud, Upasana Singh, her son Nanak, and Gurpreet Ghuggi among others in the film, which is an action comedy. Talking about his debut, the model-turned-actor says, “It definitely is every actor’s dream to work with a director like Smeep sir. He is so approachable and relaxed on the sets, he makes us all feel very comfortable. We are currently shooting in Chandigarh. I couldn’t have asked for a better debut, and I hope my performance would be accepted by the audience. I’m looking forward to exploring Bollywood.” Alaya flaunts A lot has been said about Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt’s relationship and speculations of their wedding have been doing rounds since a long time. Now, for the first time, Ranbir has confessed that he is hoping to get married soon to his girlfriend Alia Bhatt. The actor revealed that if there had not been a pandemic situation, the two would have got married already. In a recent interaction, Ranbir said, “I don’t want to jinx it by saying anything. I want to tick mark that goal very soon in my life,” he said. Further, talking about the time they spent during the lockdown, Ranbir said, “My girlfriend Alia is a bit of an overachiever, and she probably took every class there is - from guitar to screenwriting. I always feel like an underachiever next to her. But no, I didn’t take any classes. Initially, we were dealing with the family crisis, and then I got into reading, spent time with my family, and I watch two-three films every day.” Bollywood actress Alaya F has shared a . sultry pose on Instagram for fans, with a characteristic witty caption adding to the charisma. Alaya looks stunning in a faux leather jacket paired with boy shorts. “I always sit on stools like this, nbd,” Alaya wrote alongside the image, which currently has 91.3K likes. The daughter of actress Pooja Bedi, Alaya made her Bollywood debut with Jawaani Jaaneman earlier this year. She has a three-film deal with producer Jay Shewakramani. —IANS charisma c m y b Gauahar Khan gets hitched Gauahar Khan on Friday tied the knot with Zaid Darbar as the couple concluded the Nikaah ceremony and pronounced each other husband and wife. Pictures of the gorgeous actress are going viral in which she can be seen donning a beautiful white outfit from Laam whereas Zaid is in a white kurta. Gauahar’s sister Nigar Khan was also seen at the wedding ceremony in a beautiful saree. Last week, Gauahar had shared her digital wedding invite on Instagram, which narrated her ‘lockdown love story’ with Zaid. They first met at a grocery store and soon began exchanging text messages and in one of the messages, he called her the ‘most beautiful woman in the world’. It mentioned how their dates were all about ‘quarantine drives and parking garages’ and how in July, Zaid went down on his knees to propose. The couple reportedly dated for six months.
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