25032021-LSTL-01.qxd 3/24/2021 10:44 PM Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE 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.” 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. LUDHIANA | 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 by catering to the needs of the new normal which translates to cost effectiveness, wearability and to stop over stocking the pieces,” she says. Sheetal T 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 adaptive nature of humans. New time, new concept Finding a way Kookie Gulati 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 caution 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, (L-R) AVINESH REKHI, VIPUL DUA, SAPNA THAKUR AND POOJA MONGA who also completed filming a movie for T-Series, tentatively called Dhoka Round the Corner, post The Big Bull. alone in Mumbai and my family was in Chandigarh. I decided to follow my passion - dance. Also, I learnt to love myself little more.” Dancing away the blues Conscious shoppers Sapna Thakur, who plays the role of Samaira in Kyun Rishton Mein Katti Batti, found a way. “There was not only one challenge but many. My main concern was that I was Fashion designer Pooja Monga believes that after the pandemic, many have opted for sustainable choices be it in fashion, food, health or lifestyle. “The pandemic has only Bollywood BO report With news of theatres opening up, Bollywood producers wasted no time in announcing releases date of their films, which were in the pipeline due to lockdown. Roohi, Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar and Mumbai Saga were among the earliest big productions to test the water as box office business resumed. First batch of Bollywood films fight to survive However, Bollywood business isn’t off to a flying start. The audience, it seems, is still too cautious to venture to cinema halls what with number of Covid cases on the rise in many parts of India, notably Mumbai — the hub of film business. According to the website Bollywood Hungama, the Rajkummar Rao-Janhvi Kapoor starrer Roohi managed a first weekend collection Rs 12.58 crore (nett), after releasing on March 11. A week later, the John Abraham and Emraan Hashmi- starrer Mumbai Saga has managed a weekend collection of Rs 8.74 crore (nett). Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar, starring Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra, opened below expectations. As per the website, the film’s first weekend collection is around 0.25 crore. “I wouldn’t call releas- ROOHI MUMBAI SAGA SANDEEP AUR PINKY FARAAR ing these films a hasty move. Things were looking quite good when these release date announcements were made. When the release came closer, there was a sudden rapid rise in Covid cases. Everyone was expecting that public will come to theatres but the outpour was not as expected,” says trade analyst Atul Mohan. Keeping the current situation in mind, he feels that the industry “should wait, instead of taking risks”, and adds, “In the current situation, when cases are multiplying, we should ideally delay by a couple of more weeks.” Trade analyst Taran Adarsh points out: “There have been restrictions and night curfews and these factors have affected the films’ box office business. Most importantly the scare of rising cases to a major extent deters the family audience and people in groups. Restrictions were not very prominent in the last week when Roohi released.” Does the current business of films spell a word of caution for the upcoming releases? “There is a huge line-up of films. The producers’ fraternity is supporting the exhibitors. It’s a waitand-watch situation right now,” he replies. —IANS fast-paced the growth for many. There was a growth in mindfulness about the eco-impact of one’s everyday actions and there’s been an increased demand for comfort wear over statement pieces.” Designer Sonu Gandhi puts her lockdown learning to be ‘to be prepared for the unexpected’. “It’s been almost a year and no respite. We have adapted Arpit Singh, co-owner of newly launched Piccadilia Theatre Café, says, “For hospitality, the Covid time has been the worst. Our restaurant came up with strict social-distancing seating, regular thermal scanning and other measures, while battling liquor ban and time restrictions. Necessity is the mother of invention, hence we came up with Piccadilia - one of its kind experience. Drivein-cinema as a concept was introduced in the City Beautiful with India’s first Covid-ready cabana style café.” The pandemic taught us never to put all our eggs in one basket,” says Vipul Dua, member of Hotel and Restaurants Association of Chandigarh. “Also, we learnt to minimise expenses but still keep the show running. Tough times call for tough measures.” Art online For art lovers when the canvas shifted online, it did become the need of the hour to celebrate art in times of Covid. Bheem Malhotra, chairman Chandigarh Lalit Kala Academy, says, “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 creativity quotient of an artist has gone up because of all the new experiences that he went through.” Content became the king Film director, screenwriter and author Piyush Jha believes while there was no choice but to accept the Covid situation. It offered variety when it came to entertainment, “Star-driven movies took a back seat 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.” Sing with caution “We unlearnt what we had learnt, and we learnt what we had unlearnt during the time of pandemic,” says singer Jubin Nautiyal, who is back to live concerts. “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.” 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 HIS 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 ALL 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 Haathi Mere...will not release this Friday A new journey begins Rana Daggubati-starrer Haathi Mere Saathi was scheduled to hit cinema halls on March 26. The film was simultaneously shot in Telugu and Tamil. However, just two days before its release, the makers of this film have announced that the film’s release date has been pushed. Citing the reason behind their sudden decision, Eros Now, the producer of the film has said that due to the current Covid-19 situation the film’s Hindi version won’t be releasing this Friday. Eros Now tweeted, “Haathi Mere Saathi Release update- Dear viewers, It pains us to share this news but given the Covid-19 situation in the Hindi markets, the team of Haathi Mere Saathi has decided to Malayalam superstar Mohanlal, who was recently seen in Drishyam 2, is now all set to don the director’s hat. Mohanlal will be making his directorial debut with Barroz. As the film went on the floors on Wednesday, Amitabh Bachchan extended his warm wishes to Mohanlal. Thanking Big B for his wishes, Mohanlal replied, “Sir, it is with great gratitude that I accept your passionate message. Your thoughtfulness always touches my heart and your blessings I will always cherish. I thank you and reiterate my great admiration and respect for you. Love & Prayers...” Announcing his directorial debut, Mohanlal had recently shared a video on his social media account in which he said, “In the wonderful paths that life travelled through, without even realising it, I HAATHI MERE SAATHI hold on to the release of the film. We shall keep you posted on further developments. However, we will be releasing Aranya and Kaadan in the South markets on the 26th of March.” Meet the heroes S S Rajamouli wanted to showcase freedom fighters as superheroes in RRR The excitement around SS Rajamouli’s film RRR has been at its peak. RRR tells the fictional tale of two real fighters who made a difference in the history of freedom struggle, which is why they stand out even today. Talking of why he chose to tell the story of them in a fictional form in RRR, c m y b Rajamouli shares, “The film is a fictional take on two real men Alluri Sita Ramaraju and Komaram Bheem who inspired me.” Big B sends best wishes to Mohanlal for Barroz AMITABH BACHCHAN became an actor and a filmmaker. Cinema became my life and livelihood. Now, I am setting out on another wonderful journey; with the start SIR, IT IS WITH GREAT GRATITUDE THAT I ACCEPT YOUR PASSIONATE MESSAGE. YOUR THOUGHTFULNESS ALWAYS TOUCHES MY HEART AND YOUR BLESSINGS I WILL ALWAYS CHERISH. of the Barroz shoot on March 24, I am making my debut as director. I request that you support me as the Barroz journey gets underway.”
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