20042021-LSTC-01.qxd 19-04-2021 23:27 Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE 10 years! Celebrating his 10-year mark in the Indian film industry, action star Vidyut Jammwal has launched his home banner, Action Hero Films. CHANDIGARH | TUESDAY | 20 APRIL 2021 Gurnaaz Kaur O THER than being great at their acting chops, celebs such as Amitabh Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra, Kalki Koechlin, Rajkumar Rao, Radhika Apte, Neena Gupta, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Diljit Dosanjh, Divya Dutta and many more have another thing in common. They are now book narrators! After releasing her book, PeeCee recorded the audiobook of her memoir, Unfinished. She shared videos from the recording session on Instagram and one of the captions read, “This is so hard to do, but I am so excited for you to hear this book.” Kaali Awaazein is a book written by Mishkka Singh Shekhawat and narrated by Amitabh Bachchan and others. Rajkummar Rao, Radhika Apte and Kalki Koechlin lent their voice to Mafia Queens ‘But I persisted...’ Ranveer Singh says he stayed focused in the most testing of times Bollywood star, youth icon, fashion icon, entrepreneur and actor. It’s taken Ranveer Singh just over a decade to tick all those boxes and establish himself as an entertainment super brand who promises a maverick surprise, every time he hits the public gaze, on or off the screen. Ranveer’s sucHe can now afford to look back cess as a celebriat his struggling years with a ty lies in his abilnote of contentment. ity to balance “At different points and in two very differseveral instances during my struggling years, I felt like there ent aspects of was no hope. Getting one’s foot being a new-age Bollywood star. inside the door of a largely He is equally at exclusive entertainment industry seemed unachievable. home cutting an But I persisted. You could say I impromptu was both hungry and foolish. eccentric picture More than anything, I believed — mostly highin my abilities and in my lighted by his potential,” he recalls. irreverent sarto“Even back then, when I had rial choices for nothing, the same driven, the media glare tenacious and meticulous work — as he is while ethic was characteristic of my showcasing wellhustle. I was well aware of what prepared perfeca long shot it was. But I was willing to take that leap of faith. tion while living his protagonist When there wasn’t a good lead in films such as in sight for long periods, the Bajiraophone wouldn’t ring for Mastani, Padmonths, my faith was challenged, but I debunked the maavat and Gulidea that what I was trying to ly Boy. achieve was impossible. I Ranveer would stayed focused in the most tell you it is testing of times...,” he adds. important for him to draw from life’s experiences, in order to take his on-screen roles to the point of authenticity. “For each different character, one has to tap into one’s own bank of experiences to make the portrayal truthful, visceral and honest. I deeply empathise with the underdog characters that I have played because I have been through a similar journey in my own life,” says the actor. — IANS TOUGH CHARACTER HEAR A BOOK! Reading books isn’t necessarily a part of everyone’s life, but with audiobooks things can change. Celebs share why the medium is picking up of Mumbai, a short story collection by S Hussain Zaidi and Jane Borges. Similarly, Alia Bhatt joined Harry Potter At Home initiative last year and read chapter eight of Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone. With a glimpse of the recording, Alia shared the experience of becoming a part of the magical world. She wrote, “Two months ago Harry, Hogwarts, and the wizarding world walked into my life and almost immediately, in my heart. Somehow, when I was younger, life always intervened and I never quite got around to befriending the books. But. Just like magic, two months ago, I did. And, just like magic, 10 million points to Gryffindor!” Emotional touch Like she said, reading isn’t necessarily a part of everyone’s life for various reasons but with audiobooks, things can change. Divya Dutta recently recorded her own book Me and Ma. She says. “You are not just telling a story, but also adding emotions to make your listeners feel exactly what the book is conveying. Maybe because I do a lot of voiceovers for ads, so I was eager to try this medium.” Actor and RJ Mantra Mugdha, who has narrated over 20 books, adds, “I am into audioshows and audiobooks. While in audio-shows there is support of background music and you are responsible only for your character, audiobooks can be challenging since you are not only narrating the book but also playing different characters. It is surely tedious but I enjoy it. Of all the books I have recorded, my favourite one has been The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.” Actress Saumya Tandon looks at narration as an art. Narrator of You, Me and Tara by Nikita Singh on Storytel, a Sweden-based audiobook firm, she feels, “It has been a huge learning experience as an artiste; to explore your voice, how many different ways there are to use it. It is extremely challenging and very interesting to explore the use of voice to be able to convey so much.” She adds, “You just have your voice to create the atmosphere; in one minute it can be funny and in the next you have bring in suspense!” Personalised experience So, can audiobooks replace PRIYANKA CHOPRA, DIVYA DUTTA, SHIBANI KASHYAP, SAUMYA TANDON AND MANTRA MUGDHA Keep it COOL! Rakul Preet Singh shares her recipe to beat summer heat Actress Rakul Preet Singh on Monday shared her recipe to beat the summer heat. Rakul revealed that she resorts to barley water, which not only helps her stay cool during the scorching months but has numerous health benefits too. She shared the health tip on Instagram along with a post where she poses with a glass of barley water. “Thinking how to beat the summer heat? Let barley water come to your rescue. A cool drink suggested by my super cool nutritionist @munmun.ganeriwal, it will rid you of all summer woes; be it bloating, acne or any digestive issue. Ise THINKING HOW TO BEAT THE kehte hai: SUMMER HEAT? LET BARLEY chota naam, WATER COME TO YOUR RESCUE. bada A COOL DRINK SUGGESTED BY kaam,” Rakul wrote. MY SUPER COOL The actress NUTRITIONIST. appears alongside Arjun Kapoor in the latest music video “Dil hai deewana”, which released on Saturday. — IANS ❝ paperbacks and ebooks? Divya Dutta opines. “Well, reading is a very personalised experience where you create your own world. You can’t say one is better than the other.” Quite on the same page, Mantra feels every medium has its own space. “The oldschool readers, who love the feel of holding a book, will remain, but what about the people who would love to read books but don’t have that kind of attention span? Reading is a different skill altogether, so why should they miss out on books?” Saumya adds, “After coming to Mumbai, I tuned to audiobooks because of the long travelling hours to go to my sets because watching a movie in a moving car is not good for your neck and eyes.” Sumitra Bhave passes away The National Award-winning filmmaker was battling lung infection Acclaimed Marathi filmmaker Sumitra Bhave passed away on Monday (April 19) in Pune. She was 78. Bhave was undergoing treatment at Sahyadri hospital for lung infection, but her Covid test was negative. Sharing details, Sunil Sukthankar, who partnered with Bhave for multiple film projects, said, “She was admitted to the hospital for the past 10 days. She was working on a project with Mohan Agashe on the happy lives of old people until January, when her health deteriorated. The infection was irreversible.” 1943-2021 As a writer and director, Sumitra Bhave was known for several critically acclaimed projects such as Dahavi Fa, Devrai, Vastupu- rush, Astu and Kaasav. Her movie Vastupurush was awarded the Best Feature Film in Marathi at the 50th National Film Awards, while Kaasav, which depicted the issue of depression among youngsters in relation to the life and nesting cycle of olive ridley sea turtles, was given the Best Feature Film award at the 64th National Film Awards. Sumitra, along with Sunil Sukthankar, was known to have changed the face of Marathi cinema over the years. For The Disciple, Sumitra had lent her voice. The film will soon be streaming on Netflix. AYUSHMANN KHURRANA Alia, Ranbir off to Maldives Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor, who have recently recovered from Covid19, have jetted off to Maldives. The love birds were spotted at the Mumbai airport on Monday morning. They are all set to spend some quality time together. Keeping it stylish, Alia Bhatt picked a pair of white flared high-waist pants styled with a matching white cropped jacket. Ranbir Kapoor, on the other hand, kept it casual in a pair of blue jeans and a simple white t-shirt. Looks like Bollywood has found its new favourite holiday destination in Maldives! c m y b Real & relatable Ayushmann Khurrana’s debut film Vicky Donor completes nine years today (April 20). Ayushmann reveals that he was very jittery about the reaction that he would receive from audiences, as an unconventional hero in his debut film. Ayushmann says, “I remember all the phone calls with my family and friends, how they kept telling me that audiences would welcome me because I have put in my best.” The actor says the success of Vicky Donor told him that audiences want to see a new hero on screen.He says, “It’s a film that told me to dream, to be bold, to be gutsy and risky about choices and most importantly, it told me that audiences want to see a different form of heroism on screen. They want something real, relatable, endearing and they want to see good cinema that has-clutter breaking stories.”
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