20022021-LSTL-01.qxd 2/19/2021 11:41 PM Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE War zone Aamir Khan is all geared up to shoot the final schedule of Laal Singh Chaddha in May in Kargil. The team is waiting for the snow to melt to shoot the Kargil war sequence. LUDHIANA | SATURDAY | 20 FEBRUARY 2021 Diggi goes digital It’s official! M Amazon Prime announces Shahid Kapoor’s digital debut Amazon Prime Video on Thursday officially announced its upcoming yet-to-be-titled series featuring Shahid Kapoor in the lead. The thriller-comedy is created by Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK, and will mark the digital debut of actor Shahid Kapoor. Talking about his digital debut, Shahid said, “I have been keen to collaborate with Raj and DK for a while. My favourite Indian show on Amazon Prime Video is The Family Man. I couldn’t think of anyone better for my digital debut than them. I loved the story idea when I first heard it and since then it has been an exciting ride so far! Can’t wait to share this series with the audience.” Creator duo Raj and DK added, “This is our favourite script and has truly been a labour of love. We found a perfect match in Shahid. He was always our first choice for this series. We hit it off immediately, and have been on the same page from the first time we spoke. Shahid is an exciting actor to watch and work with! The intensity he brings to his roles is amazing. And we can’t wait to create this series!” AKING a move from the famous Diggi Palace to its digital avatar, Jaipur Literature Festival kick- started on Friday. “The challenges and disruptions of 2020 have transformed into the triumphs of 2021,” says Jaipur Literature Festival co-director Namita Gokhale and the virtual fest with semblance of the Palace on one’s screen and a chock-ablock schedule just like a regular one, sets the tone to the new normal. Over 300 speakers and performers representing around 25 Indian and 18 international languages and over 23 nationalities - the grandeur remains the same, only that the participants as well as the audience join in from their own living rooms, their own work desks, the world over for this ‘Kumbh’ of literature. Right from facing the pandemic to books, phones and music crossing barriers to become one whole experience, JLF presented an amalgamation of experience on Day 1 on its 14th edition. “It was as exhilarating as if being present at JLF for us, however, for sure the festival folks had to put in way more energy and hard work doing it virtually,” says Seema Kohli, As the Jaipur Literature Festival kickstarts its digital version, the Diggi Palace, the venue of the festival, stands for the challenges and disruptions of 2020 which have been transformed into the triumphs of 2021 an artist. She was part of the book launch and an early session on Friday, Experiencing the Goddess: On the Trail of Yoginis, edited by Stella Dupuis, the book is by Janet Chawla, Nilima Chitgopekar, Anamika Rao and Seema Kohli. “The book delves into feminine energy from different perspectives,” says Kohli, all enthused to be a part of the fest. “Sanjoy (K Roy) told me that the session was attended by around 5,000 people, some- thing that one cannot even imagine if it were a physical session,” she exclaims. Just like her book, that she calls a fruit of the happy friendship among five women who share their journeys, creativity, research, curiosity and a common passion— humanity, she see the JLF’s virtual outing to be the right step in the right direction. Interesting themes dotted the day - Edward Luce, Anne Applebaum and Suhasini Haider coming together for the session The Many Lives of Democracy, poet Ranjit Hoskote talked about his diasporic, microminority cultural identity with Anupama Raju; Prasoon Joshi and Vidya Shah talking Across Genre: Classical, Folk and Popular Music. “Music, like any art is a co-creation between the artist and its listener,” reflected Joshi. The longer sessions were peppered with smaller ones like Jaipur Writers Shorts. Young author Adishree Kasliwal talked about dealing with being Covid positive and how she embraced the challenge of penning it down in her book Quarantine Diaries. While no denying, the virtual edition of JLF is painstakingly put together to make it as real as possible, and that it might have a way bigger reach, those in love with books would rather see, read, hold a book than trying to tap it virtually where despite best efforts the real essence is lost. If Priyanka Chopra Jonas was the celeb attraction on Day 1, watch out for the likes of Bill Gates, Joseph Stiglitz, Malala Yousafzai, Jeffrey Gettleman Douglas Stuart and Jeffrey Gettleman in the coming days. On till February 28— TNS Priyanka doesn’t leave it Unfinished! Priyanka Chopra Jonas in conversation with Shobhaa De Looking like a million bucks, Priyanka Chopra Jonas joined Shobhaa De for the session Unfinished. Talking about her book and pushing the envelope, she is one go-getter who talked about many myths she would rather challenge. “When I came to Hollywood about six years back, I heard an ‘insider’ say that films with black and brown people in lead don’t do well. I was out to change that and look today The White Tiger is number one film on world’s largest streaming platform. We are a fifth of the world’s population and not to have a brown find the significant place in the mainstream entertainment is not done. I am glad to be a part of actors from South-East Asian Diaspora who are continually pushing the boundaries.” On being asked if she sees herself doing the Kamla Harris feat, she remained non-committal, “I don’t think that far in the future.” From the east coast Nila Madhab’s first Odia movie Kalira Atitain Oscar race Odiya film Kalira Atita (Yesterday’s Past), directed by Nila Madhab Panda, has made its entry into the Oscar race in the general category for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director and many others. The film is about the disappearing villages of India’s eastern coastline in Odisha because of climate change and the rising sea level. The movie has been made available at the Academy screening room now onwards and will be viewed by the academy members for votes and nominations. Director Panda says, “It was a difficult year to make it qualify as all theatres are shut in Los angles and New York. We have started publicity and reaching out to the juries to show the film.” Kangana seeks Lord Jagannath’s blessings ‘I’m not fascinated by Bollywood’ Kangana Ranaut on Friday took time off from the Dhaakad shoot and visited the Puri Jagannath temple in Odisha. After her visit to the temple, Kangana took to Twitter and shared pictures in which she is seen looking pretty in a white suit with golden work all over it. She tied her hair in a neat Aaliyah Kashyap opens up about boyfriend, Bollywood and social media trolls Anurag Kashyap’s daughter Aaliyah Kashyap recently posted a new video on her YouTube channel, in which she answered questions by fans about her boyfriend Shane Gregoire, Bollywood and how she had cried after being trolled for posting lingerie photos. Talking about her boyfriend, Aaliyah said, “Shane and I don’t really argue on anything. If something does come up, we just talk about it. Like, we have a conversation about it and then move on. I think that is the best way to deal with disagreements in a relationship, just to communicate, instead of fighting, screaming, and arguing with each other.” Further, talking about social media trolls, she said, “Social media negativity is something I have come to terms with. People were telling me that I should be ashamed of being Indian and posting stuff like that. People were sending me rape threats, calling me a prostitute, asking me what my ‘rate’ was, sending me death threats… That whole incident of the picture got me a lot.” Aaliyah also revealed that she has no plans of joining the film industry and added, “I grew up watching my parents so, it’s not like, ‘Oh my God, it’s Bollywood’.” bun. The actress had expressed her wish to visit the Puri Jagannath temple in 2020 in a tweet when she had shared a photo with her mom from a visit to the Kashi Vishwanath temple. Well, it seems that Kangana was able to fulfil this wish for her in 2021. Sharing photos from her visit, Kangana wrote, “We always see Krishna with Radha or Rukmani (Laxmi) but in Puri Jagannath, Lord Krishna is placed with his siblings, Balrama and Subhadra (Arjun’s wife, Abhimanyu’s mom). Pulsating with the energy of his heart chakra, the whole place has a healing and soothing sweetness to it, enchanted.” Kajol’s partner-in-crime Together on screen Rohit Shetty’s next directorial Cirkus features Ranveer Singh and Varun Sharma along with Pooja Hegde and Jacqueline Fernandez. The film is based on The Comedy of Errors, which inspired the Gulzar cult comedy Angoor and is set in the 1960s. The shooting of the film is on in Mumbai and the makers are expecting to wrap it up by next c m y b Deepika Padukone to do a cameo in Ranveer Singh’s Cirkus month. And now, we hear that Deepika Padukone has joined the Cirkus gang. A source says, “Cirkus has just got bigger with the presence of Deepika Padukone. She has a special dance number in it.” Bollywood actress Kajol on Friday shared a special birthday message for her mother-in-law Veena, whom she lovingly called her partner-in-crime and crab. “Happy birthday to my partner in crime and crab for the last 22 years. Aapki hansi kabhi kam na ho. #motherbylaw #mominspirit,” she wrote as the caption of her Instagram post. Kajol love to share witty posts with fans on social media. Her sense of humour and sarcasm has won her a ready fan following. The actress was recently seen in the OTT-released film Tribhanga: Tedhi Medhi Crazy, directed by actress Renuka Shahane. The film narrates the story of three generations of women. Kajol plays an actress-dancer who shares a strained relationship with her mother (Tanvi Azmi), a noted author. The film also stars Mithila Palkar as Kajol’s on-screen daughter. —IANS
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