01042021-LSTL-01.qxd 3/31/2021 11:48 PM Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE Good job Ranveer Singh is proud of his music label IncInk. He doesn’t want newcomers to go through what he did when he began his career as an actor. IANS LUDHIANA | THURSDAY | 1 APRIL 2021 His desire has no limit A National Award and a brand new track with 20 million views, any artiste would call this a high-point in career, but not B Praak. This Teri Mitti singer says he has miles to go... Sheetal A Demi Lovato is pansexual! The singer opens up about feeling shameful about her sexual identity Demi Lovato is opening up about her sexual identity, confirming that she identifies as pansexual. In a recent episode of Joe Rogan’s podcast, Lovato discussed her sexuality while explaining that she is interested in adopting children one day. She said, “I also don’t know if I’m going to end up with a guy, so I can’t really see myself getting pregnant. I don’t know. I’m so fluid now, and part of the reason why I am so fluid is because I was like super closeted off.” Rogan then asked, “You mean like sexually fluid? You like girls, you like boys?” Lovato replied, “Yeah, anything really.” “What do they call that, pansexual or something like that?” Rogan asked. “Yeah, pansexual,” Lovato replied, confirming how she identifies herself. She then opened up further about growing up in Texas and feeling shameful about her sexual identity. She said that she experienced a sexual awakening while watching the kissing scene between Sarah Michelle Gellar and Selma Blair in Cruel Intentions, but felt a lot of shame about it. N artiste’s desire has no limit,” says singer and composer B Praak, emphasising that he can never be content with what he has produced. Though he has proved his mettle once again by bagging the 67th National Film Award in Best Playback Singer (Male) category for the song Teri Mitti from Kesari, the singer believes that he still has miles to go before he can call him- self a successful artiste. He says, “One has to improve his skills and enhance the standards for the love of the art. I and Jaani (the lyricist he frequently collaborates with), have been making conscious steps to revive the era of sad and soulful romantic numbers,” he adds. After one successful hit, B PRAAK Actor Adil Hussain returned in the OTT-released film The Illegal, which has garnered praise. He says he finds it strange when people consider money as a factor while judging films. “I genuinely find it strange and bizarre when people talk about films in numbers. It looks like you are selling toothpaste. Like, ‘Oh you are wearing 50,000 rupee-sunglasses!’. Art cannot be quantified that way,” he said. The actor says there needs to be another way to qualify films. He adds that good films need to be valued more. “Critics need to find their own language to define art, not in numbers and crores. If marketeers are truly educated, they would be able to sell a good film. They won’t say it’s a good film but we have sell it cheap. What kind of an MBA degree holder are you?” he wonders. Adil laughs and adds that if everything has to be valued in figures, then he is part CRITICS NEED TO of a ‘5,000 crore club’. FIND THEIR OWN “My friend reminded me once about LANGUAGE TO DEFINE this. He said, ‘Adil you forgot, you are a ART, NOT IN member of the 5000 crore club!’. I don’t NUMBERS AND think any Indian film has crossed that. CRORES. IF That is Life Of Pi.” he says. He adds, “So is MARKETEERS ARE Suraj Sharma, who is also a part of The IlleTRULY EDUCATED, gal. We can pitch it like that instead of saying THEY WOULD BE ABLE TO SELL A GOOD ‘Oscar-winner’, because a lot of peoFILM. ple don’t care much for the Oscars! I never thought about it that way.” The actor says he loved being a part of The Illegal. “The shooting was fun, we shot at Old Delhi and that is a fascinating place to see life on the street. I lived in old Delhi for one year in 1993. It is always fascinating to shoot and see the lives flowing around you, also inside you, in old Delhi because of the proximity of the road, noise, fragrance of food,” he says. He loved shooting with his co-actors. “I shot with amazing actors. Shweta Tripathi is an excellent actor and doesn’t need my certification. I enjoyed working with her and Neelima ji (Azeem), who played my wife. This is the first time that I am working with them and they are wonderful people to work with,” he says. Adil is known for films such as The Reluctant Fundamentalist and English Vinglish. —IANS ❝ A STILL FROM KESARI UP CLOSE & PERSONAL ■ Born in Chandigarh as Pratik Bachan, he is best known for his stage name, B Praak. He credits his father Varinder Bachan, a well-known Punjabi music composer and producer, for his success. He says the city lives in him wherever he goes. “I cannot stay away from Chandigarh. I can work in Mumbai or any part of the globe, but in the end, you will find me here where my family and loved ones reside. Being a bigtime foodie, I often discover new restaurants in and around the city, but ‘Illegal’ discussion Bizarre when people talk about films in numbers, like selling toothpaste: Adil Hussain TEAM BAARISH KI JAAYE Elante Mall is my favourite place when it comes to hanging out,” he adds. ■ His career as a music composer started from the city. He gave Punjabi hit tracks that made careers of various Punjabi singers. One advice that he has for budding singers is ‘work with all your heart and although we are often told that to survive you have to be cunning and smart, it isn’t true. If you are true to your work, nothing can stop you and never stop counting your blessings’. the amount of pressure to give one’s best definitely doubles and it has only made him work harder and be more committed to his love for music. His musicalbucket list involves all genres and languages in the world if time and opportunities allow. Praak recalls the day when the 67th National Film Awards were announced. He says, “I was flooded with calls and congratulatory messages from friends, family and well-wishers. In fact, I came to know about my win through others. I cannot put my happiness in words but I am thankful for the love that I have received from fans and audiences.” Busy promoting his new song Baarish Ki Jaaye, released two days ago, Praak hasn’t got the time to enjoy his big win at the National Awards. With his new song, Nawazuddin Siddiqui has debuted in music videos for the first time opposite Sunanda Sharma. Like the trio’s (B-Praak, lyricist Jaani and music video director Arvindr Khaira), many past hits, this song too has got 20 million views within two days of its release. Praak adds, “I and Jaani are like backbones of each other. We go back to those initial days of our career and trust each other’s work ethics and ideas. I remember when I was doing Teri Mitti, Jaani had predicted that this song would be a life-changer.” About the new song, he adds, “In Baarish Ki Jaaye, we brought in a true story of love where a guy gets married to a mentally-challenged girl.” Praak and Jaani often come out with sequels of their music videos. Their Filhall 2.0 will soon be out while the world is still gushing over the first one that starred Akshay Kumar and Nupur Sanon. In another film of Akshay, Bachchan Pandey, Praak confirms an upbeat romantic song which would showcase the singer in different shades. firstname.lastname@example.org Soorarai Pottru & V, dubbed in Hindi, to be on OTT Soorarai Pottru (Udaan in Hindi), which was running for Oscars this year, is all set to premiere on OTT. The film, dubbed in Hindi, will release on Amazon Prime Video on April 4. Starring Suriya and Aparna Balamurali in the lead, Soorarai Pottru is a fictionalised version of the book Simply Fly, written on the life of Air Deccan founder Capt G R Gopinath. The film takes us through the life of Maara (Suriya), who is determined to overcome every obstacle in his path to start a low-cost airline. Directed by Sudha Kongara, the film also stars Paresh Rawal, Urvashi, Mohan Babu and Karunas in pivotal roles. Besides Soorarai Pottru, South Indian film V, dubbed Watch out... in Hindi, will also premiere on the same day on Amazon Prime. Starring Nani, Sudheer Babu, Nivetha Thomas and Aditi Rao Hydari in pivotal roles, V is a showdown between a celebrated cop and a serial killer who challenges the former to nab him, resulting in consequences laced with heavyduty action, playful romance and dark humour. Produced by Dil Raju, Shirish and Harshith Reddy, V is directed by Mohana Krishna Indraganti with music composed by Amit Trivedi. Celebrating Mamma mia! love...& birthday Anushka Sharma has resumed shooting two months before she was expected to face the camera. Anushka, who became a mother in January this year, was slated to return to work in May but she was spotted shooting for an endorsement looking supremely fit and drop-dead gorgeous. Anushka Sharma back to work post pregnancy A source says, “Anushka is definitely in the best of shape. She has been a hands-on mom and has also ensured that she is ready to balance her work life and personal life perfectly. She’s known for her punctuality in the industry and she was there on the sets before her call time for the shoot, looking ravishing.” Suniel Shetty’s son Ahan Shetty has been vocal about his relationship with longtime girlfriend Tania Shroff. Ahan recently celebrated her birthday and even posted a series of pictures on his Instagram handle. Sharing the photos, Ahan said, “Happy birthday babe.” Commenting on it, Tania replied, “Thank You, I miss you.” Tania is a fashion influencer and designer based in Mumbai. TANIA & AHAN SHETTY c m y b AMRITA SINGH, IBRAHIM & SARA ALI KHAN Ibrahim Ali Khan to assist KJo Saif Ali Khan and Amrita Singh’s son Ibrahim Ali Khan will be seen as an assistant director in Karan Johar’s next directorial with Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt. Karan Johar wears the director’s hat after Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. Ibrahim, who is still in college, has no plans of getting launched as an actor for now but is keen to understand the process of filmmaking. Meanwhile, talking about Ibrahim’s acting dreams, his sister Sara Ali Khan had ear- ❝ I THINK IBRAHIM DOES WANT TO BE AN ACTOR. WE TALK ABOUT FILMS AND I DO KNOW THAT BEING AN ACTOR IS WHAT HE DREAMS OF. SARA ALI KHAN lier said, “I think Ibrahim definitely does want to be an actor. We talk about films and I do know that being an actor is what he dreams of. But I have also often told him that having a dream and living it are two different things.”
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