25032021-LSTC-01.qxd 3/24/2021 10:45 PM Page 1 c m y b AAMIR TESTS COVID POSITIVE Aamir Khan has tested positive for Covid-19. The actor issued a statement on Wednesday via his spokesperson, confirming the news. The statement read, “Aamir Khan has tested positive for Covid 19. He is at home, in self-quarantine, following all the protocols and he’s doing fine.” TRIBUNE It’s knotty! Karan Tacker and his rumoured lady love Shreya Chaudhry are often seen together. The buzz is that Karan is all set to tie the knot with Shreya and he has picked a solitaire ring for her. CHANDIGARH | THURSDAY | 25 MARCH 2021 ‘Lockdown’ became a part of our vocabulary last year on this day. Here’s a look at how people from different professional segments coped with the unprecedented new normal which the pandemic brought along... The year of new normal Sheetal adaptive nature of humans. T FINDING A WAY HE rise in number of cases in Maharashtra and Punjab has set in ‘déjà vu sentiments’ for one and all. As we complete a year of the lockdown that forced the old order to change, we talk to few known names from art, entertainment, fashion and hospitality industry to take stock of the Director Kookie Gulati, who shot his film The Big Bull through the pandemic, admits that the first lesson was never to take anything for granted. “This time taught me to appreciate life and work more. Only through disciplined team work we can get by. If we continue with cau- THAT’S THE WAY TO GO ❝ IT WAS NOT A PLEASANT TIME, BUT LOOKING AT THE POSITIVE SIDE, I COULD CONNECT BETTER WITH MYSELF. I CONVERTED A ROOM INTO A STUDIO, AND WORKED WITH COMPLETE FOCUS. – TULSI KUMAR, SINGER ❝ THIS PANDEMIC HAS TAUGHT US THAT ONE NEEDS TO LIVE LIFE BY MAINTAINING A GREAT BALANCE BETWEEN HEART AND MIND. I COMPOSED NEW SONGS, LIKE VANDE MATARAM AND MEIN HI MERA RAKSHAK HU. THE VIRTUAL CONCERT WAS ALSO A DIFFERENT KIND OF EXPERIENCE FOR ME. THIS ENABLED ME TO ENHANCE MYSELF PERSONALLY AS WELL AS PROFESSIONALLY. - KAILASH KHER, SINGER ❝ THE PANDEMIC TAUGHT ME ONE THING— YOU CAN MAKE PLANS, BUT LIFE IS UNPREDICTABLE, AND YOU NEED TO SURRENDER TO IT. SO, WHILE I DO MAKE PLANS, I ONLY PLAN THINGS FOR THE NEXT 24 HOURS NOW, NOT BEYOND THAT. - SHILPA RAO, SINGER ❝ IT HAS BEEN ALMOST ONE YEAR SINCE COVID STRUCK. MARCH 17, 2020 WAS THE LAST DAY OF SHOOT FOR US BEFORE THE LOCKDOWN HAPPENED ON MARCH 25. IN JULY WE WENT BACK TO SHOOTING OUR SHOW WEARING MASKS AND FOLLOWING ALL COVID GUIDELINES. THOSE MEASURES HAVE NOW BECOME A HABIT. —AVINESH REKHI, ACTOR ❝ THERE WAS NOT ONLY ONE CHALLENGE BUT MANY. MY MAIN CONCERN WAS THAT I WAS ALONE IN MUMBAI AND MY FAMILY WAS IN CHANDIGARH. I DECIDED TO FOLLOW MY PASSION - DANCE. ALSO, I LEARNT TO LOVE MYSELF A LITTLE MORE. —SAPNA THAKUR, ACTRESS ❝ THE PANDEMIC HAS ONLY FAST-PACED THE GROWTH FOR MANY. THERE WAS A GROWTH IN MINDFULNESS ABOUT THE ECOIMPACT OF ONE’S EVERYDAY ACTIONS AND THERE’S BEEN AN INCREASED DEMAND FOR COMFORT WEAR OVER STATEMENT PIECES —POOJA MONGA, FASHION DESIGNER ❝ WE UNLEARNT WHAT WE HAD LEARNT, AND WE LEARNT WHAT WE HAD UNLEARNT DURING THE TIME OF PANDEMIC. MY RECENT CONCERT WAS AT BULANDSHAHR. WE TOOK ALL PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES. THIS IS A NEW HABIT WE ALL HAVE FORMED, ADOPTED AND MADE IT A PART OF OUR LIFE AND WILL CONTINUE TILL WE ARE COMPLETELY OUT OF IT. —JUBIN NAUTIYAL, SINGER ❝ FOR HOSPITALITY, THE COVID TIME HAS BEEN THE WORST. OUR RESTAURANT CAME UP WITH STRICT SOCIAL-DISTANCING SEATING, REGULAR THERMAL SCANNING AND OTHER MEASURES. DRIVE-IN-CINEMA AS A CONCEPT WAS INTRODUCED IN THE CITY BEAUTIFUL WITH INDIA’S FIRST COVID-READY CABANA STYLE CAFÉ. —ARPIT SINGH, HOSPITALITY SECTOR ❝ THE PANDEMIC TAUGHT US NEVER TO PUT ALL OUR EGGS IN ONE BASKET. ALSO, WE LEARNT TO MINIMISE EXPENSES BUT STILL KEEP THE SHOW RUNNING. TOUGH TIMES CALL FOR TOUGH MEASURES. —VIPUL DUA, HOSPITALITY SECTOR ❝ WE GOT GOOD RESPONSE FOR ONLINE ART FESTIVALS AND EXHIBITIONS. MANY HAD BACK-TO-BACK EXHIBITIONS BECAUSE THEY WERE ABLE TO PAINT WHILE THEY WERE SITTING AT HOME. ALSO, I BELIEVE WITH ALL THE NEW EXPERIENCES, THE CREATIVITY QUOTIENT OF AN ARTIST WENT UP. —BHEEM MALHOTRA, CHAIRMAN CHANDIGARH LALIT KALA ACADEMY ❝ STAR-DRIVEN MOVIES TOOK A BACKSEAT AND IT MADE AUDIENCES WATCH WEB SERIES AND MOVIES FOR THE LOVE OF CONTENT. AS A RESULT, IT GAVE BIRTH TO AN AUDIENCE WHO APPRECIATED CONTENT THAT WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN HEARD OR WATCHED OTHERWISE. PIYUSH JHA, AUTHOR, FILM DIRECTOR c m y b tion we will be able to make better movies, create better content and also lead a better life,” says the director who shot with Abhishek Bachchan after the actor got cured of Covid-19. “This sure was challenging. Then my other actor Sohum Shah got infected. Then my editor and I tested positive. But we adapted ourselves to work our way around,” says Gulati. KOOKIE GULATI
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