18042021-LSTL-01.qxd 18-04-2021 00:07 Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE On rights Hollywood star Gal Gadot says her biggest struggle as a woman has been against pay disparity between her and her male co-stars. LUDHIANA | SUNDAY | 18 APRIL 2021 Romancing the past Action & reaction Kangana Ranaut reacts to Kartik Aaryan’s exit from Dostana 2 Dharma Productions released an official statement on Friday evening announcing lead actor Kartik Aaryan’s exit from Dostana 2. Reacting to the news, Kangana Ranaut took to Twitter and slammed the production house and Karan Johar alleging nepotism. Kangana also compared Kartik Aaryan’s position with late Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput. The actress tweeted, “Kartik has come this far on his own, on his own he will continue to do so, only request to papa jo and his nepo gang club is please leave him alone like Sushant don’t go after him and force him to hang himself. Leave him alone you vultures, get lost chindi nepos.” She continued, “Kartik, no need to be scared of these chillars.... after doing nasty articles and releasing announcements blaming only your attitude for fall out this moron wants to maintain a dignified silence. They spread same stories of drug addiction and unprofessional behaviour for SSR also.” Meanwhile, Karan Johar unfollowed Kartik Aaryan on social media on Saturday. Veteran South Indian actor Vivek passes away Tamil actor-comedian and Padma Shri recipient Vivek passed away on April 17. He was 59. On April 15, Vivek took his first jab of Covid-19 vaccine at a government hospital in Chennai and suffered heart attack the very next day. He was admitted to ICU on April 16. The hospital where he was admitted released a statement that read, “This is an acute coronary syndrome with cardiogenic shock. This is a separate cardiac event. It may not be due to Covid vacci- nation.” Vivek had worked in several movies including Rajinikanth’s Shivaji, Kushi, Minnale, Alaipayuthey, Mugavaree, Dum Dum Dum and many others. A.R. Rahman, Mohanlal, Rajinikanth, Dulquer Salmaan and many other celebs mourned the death of Vivek. While Mohanlal gave his “Heartfelt condolences” to Vivek, A.R. Rahman wrote, “@Actor_Vivek can’t believe you’ve left us ..May you rest in peace.” T ODAY, on World Heritage Day, also known as International Day for Monuments and Sites, celebs talk to us about preserving the national heritage sites. They also talk about their favourite monument, their favourite heritage film and the place they would love to visit soon after the pandemic is over: There is something majestic and magical about a place which has witnessed history. Celebs tell us about their fascination with heritage sites BIDITA BAG AJAY SINGH CHAUDHARY MAGIC OF THE MINAR BIDITA BAG Our government has enough rules to preserve our heritage sites but people seldom follow those rules. Local people should get involved and take part in cleanliness drives. More awareness should be spread about the importance of these monuments, how they talk about our history, customs, traditions and are our national pride. Shaheed Minar of Kolkata is my favourite monument. The heritage movies I like are Virasat and Parineeta. Post pandemic, I will look out for less visited heritage sites in West Bengal. SEARCHING FOR THE SUN ANIRUDDH DAVE Heritage sites are precious to us and the government should preserve those for generations to come. The India Gate, formerly known as the All-India War Memorial, is my favourite heritage site. I feel Rang De Basanti has the maximum shots of the old Delhi sites and the India Gate was shown in a very interesting way in it. Well, I would love to visit the Sun temple, Konark, after the pandemic. JAIPUR CALLING MEERA DEOSTHALE I am proud of our heritage but over the period of time certain monuments have lost their sparkle. People litter around, scribble and even spit on them. We should avoid such AARVIKA GUPTA VIJAYENDRA KUMERIA things and be responsible. My life’s first shot was taken around the Qutub Minar and India Gate so that will always remain special for me. Internationally, I like the Eiffel Tower. I want to visit Jaipur for its palaces and Udaipur for forts. ALL FOR ELLORA AJAY SINGH CHAUDHARY I feel we should invest more time and money to preserve all these heritage monuments. Recently, when I was shooting in Lucknow, I took some time out from my schedule to visit one of the wonders of the world— the Taj Mahal. This was my first visit to the Taj Mahal and it will be embedded in my memory forever. Once the pandemic gets over, I will visit the Ellora MEERA DEOSTHALE caves in Aurangabad. FORTIFIED! AARVIKA GUPTA Monuments are a reflection of how rich the culture of those era was. They represent the quality of craftsmanship as well as the hard work they put through, to cut each and every stone and turn them to some beautiful pieces of art. I have stayed in Kota and Jaipur. The Nahargarh fort is my favourite site. My tickets are already booked for last week of April for Jaipur but I have to cancel the plan now. Besides Jaipur, I wish to see the Taj Mahal. UNDENIABLY UDAIPUR VIJYENDRA KUMERIA Our heritage monuments must be ANIRUDDH DAVE preserved and future generations should be able to visit and understand our beautiful history. Udaipur is my favourite place in terms of heritage city. It is surrounded by a breath-taking view. When things get back to normal, I want to visit the Nahargarh fort in Jaipur. SENTIMENTAL CONNECT SHARAD MALHOTRA We should also take care of our ancient monuments like a responsible citizen. The India Gate is my favourite monument, for national sentiments. It gives very positive vibes. Taj Mahal: An Eternal Love Story by Akbar Khan is my favourite heritage film. After the pandemic, I would like to visit the Statue of Liberty in New York. Some s(h)ort of genius! Ajeeb Daastaans, an anthology of four short stories, may not follow an even keel yet is easy, breezy and meaningful nonika Singh KHILAUNA Film: Ajeeb Daastaans Directors: Shashank Khaitan, Raj Mehta, Neeraj Ghaywan and Kayoze Irani Cast: Fatima Sana Shaikh, Jaideep Ahlawat, Armaan Ralhaan, Nushrratt Bharuccha, Abhishek Banerjee, Inayat Verma, Konkona Sen Sharma, Aditi Rao Hydari, Manav Kaul and Shefali Shah Rating: ANKAHI GEELI PUCHHI Twisted…. so goes the hashtag around Ajeeb Dastaans as being promoted by its cast. But that is only one way of looking at this anthology. Sure, the four shorts that make up this Karan Johar production are not regular cute ‘boy meets girl’ love tales. Karan can’t resist throwing in the same sex love angle. But the manner in which the two shorts that speak of gay and lesbian relationships unfold is different and Geeli Puchhi is particularly insightful. Whoever believes such relationships are only about societal taboos is in for a surprise. Geeli Puchhi featuring Konkona Sen Sharma and Aditi Rao Hydari packs in a delectable twist and you gape and chuckle at the irony of it all. Directed by competent Neeraj Ghaywan, Geeli Puchhi is easily the best story and not a superficial lip-service to the caste divide. Comparatively, the spin in the first story Majnu, directed by Shashank Khaitan, which too delves into class division and stars hugely talented Jaideep Ahlawat as Babloo can be felt fairly early on. The sex-less marriage between Babloo Bhaiya and his sexy wife Lipakshi (a feisty Fatima Sana Sheikh) you know is headed in the disastrous direction. Handsome and educated Raj (Armaan Ralhan) arrives on the scene and you know which way the cookie will crumble. Still the predictability factor doesn’t take away from the fun of watching the revenge of the c m y b MAJNU NET, FLICKS & MORE underdog. In Raj Mehta’s Khilauna, revenge acquires an ominous hue. As you watch the glamorous Nushrratt Bharuccha slip in her maid avatar as Meenal, dressed in a sexy blouse and sexier saree, she belies the standard notion of what a maidservant ought to look like. But if she isn’t a regular domestic help, nor is this short that climaxes on a macabre note. Abhishek Banerjee gets into the skin of his part as a dhobi and the narrative is likely to get under your skin. As you do a double take at the turn of events in the story of not-so-gullible sisters Meenal and Binni (Inayat Verma), you can’t help but scream aloud; is this even plausible? The underlying allusion could be that insidious class divisions can actually snatch away what is most precious to us; the future of our future generations. The final story, Ankahi, in the hands of Boman Irani’s son Kayoze Irani ( as a director) comes alive with the sheer presence of these two won- derful actors. Both Shefali Chhaya, as a mother dealing with hearing loss of her daughter, and Manav Kaul, as speech and hearing impaired photographer, light up the screen. Ankahi pulsates in their luminous faces and each sinew of their body. And their sign language takes you into the joyous world of love where words are anyway superfluous. Subtitles decode the sign language for you but their expressions need no decoding and speak volumes making it a heart-tugging tale of love and heartbreak. The anthology follows somewhat nuanced style of storytelling, but for Ghaywan’s short, these are not too complex. Easy, breezy and meaningful, you sail through these vignettes that allow you a peep into four different worlds connected by splendid acting and fractures that rock our world and break our hearts. All shorts may not be on an even keel, but streaming on Netflix the anthology makes for decent viewing. Covid crisis in B-town The surge in the number of Covid-19 positive cases has been increasing drastically. While there are already many celebs, who are battling the virus currently, more fresh cases are being reported with each passing day. Sonu Sood, who had expressed his helplessness over not being able to arrange hospitals, beds and medicines for Covid-infected patients across the country, has now tested positive for coronavirus. The actor took to Twitter and wrote, “Covid - positive. Mood and spirit - super positive… I have already quarantined myself and taking utmost care. But don’t worry this gives me ample time to solve your problems. Remember I am always there for you all.” Sumeet Vyas has also tested positive for Covid-19. He says he has “mild to negligible” symptoms and is under home quarantine. Meher Vij, who was shooting in Goa for Jahaan Chaar Yaar, is also Covid positive. Fashion designer Manish Malhotra has also tested positive and has isolated himself. Sonu Sood
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