21042021-LSTC-01.qxd 4/20/2021 11:37 PM Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE Singer now! Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui has now donned the hat of a singer! The actor has unveiled his song Swaggy Chudiyan from the film Bole Chudiyan. CHANDIGARH | WEDNESDAY | 21 APRIL 2021 Abhilash Thapliyal, who stars in the web series Aspirants, based on three friends who appear in the IAS exam, believes if the content is good appreciation has to follow Sheetal OTT debut for Ajay Devgn Ajay Devgn is all set to make a grand entry into the digital space with his first-ever crime-drama series Rudra – The Edge of Darkness, coming soon on Disney+ Hotstar VIP The series will soon be going into . production and will be shot across iconic locales of Mumbai. Produced by Applause Entertainment in association with BBC Studios India, the series reimagines the iconic globally successful British series, Luther, for Indian audiences. Says Ajay Devgn, “My attempt has always been to tell unique stories and work with good talent. The idea is to raise the bar of entertainment in India...” ASPIRANTS’ APPRECIATION I T’S not a normal race. It’s marathon… If you do not succeed in the first, second, third or fourth attempts, palat ke dekhoge zindagi ke kai saal gayab, self-confidence zameen ke neeche ghusa hua hota hai’ … Says Shvet Ketu aka SK, played by actor Abhilash Thapliyal, to sum up the complexity of the IAS examination in the web series by TVF (The Viral Fever) titled Aspirants. Truly the story of a tortoise from old Rajinder Nagar, the hub of IAS aspirants, it is full of hopes, emotions and broken dreams. The story is about three friends, Abhilash (Naveen Kasturia), Guri (Shivankit Singh Parihar) and SK (Abhilash Thapliyal), who have just one aim - to clear the IAS exam. The show has crossed 9.7 million views and counting! GAINING GROUND Kishore Nandlaskar is no more The actor succumbed to Covid-related complications Veteran actor Kishore Nandlaskar passed away on Tuesday after suffering from Covid-related complications. He was 81. Nandlaskar had worked in many films, such as Vaastav, Khakee, Singham and Simmba, to name a few. He was also known for his work in the Marathi film industry and television serials. Nandlaskar had tested positive for Covid-19 two 1940-2021 weeks ago and was undergoing treatment at Thane’s Covid centre. Nandlaskar is survived by his wife and three sons. For Abhilash Thapliyal, whom we have seen in different avatars, playing SK was challenging. He says, “SK is very different from who I am and how I am. I am this hyper-energetic guy, but SK is calm, composed and sensible. Also the transition in his character, from a 21-year-old boy to 34year-old man, who has seen his share of failures, was difficult to portray. The accent too had to be learnt for he comes from Bihar.” About the response Abhilash adds, “The beautiful thing is when people are able to pick the dreams flight c m y b WHEN TAKE nuances of the characters you have played. To be put in the same bracket of actors they look up to is overwhelming because I am not even close to Pankaj Tripathi or Manoj Bajpayee or Kay Kay Menon.” In fact, Abhilash went through a series of audi- tions to become SK. So, will there be a sequel? The actor says, “It is justified only if there’s a logical script and rational extension to it. But right now, I just want to enjoy all the appreciation and love our project has got.” The series has been shot in the nooks and corners of Rajinder Nagar, where many IAS aspirants lived. Ludhiana-born Chandan Singh, who has taken coaching from the same place, and is appearing in the exam this year, says while the first episode of Aspirants was relatable the second was motivational. “The series is doing the rounds in every IAS group there is and memes on the three protagonists are being shared too. Which is contrary to the rules of the groups, as we only use them for study purpose,” says another IAS aspirant, Pulkit Sharma, from Panchkula CONTENT IS SUPREME ❝ IT IS ALWAYS THE CONTENT. WE DIDN’T ENGAGE IN PROMOTIONS FOR ASPIRANTS. ONE DAY WE RELEASED THE POSTER AND THE NEXT DAY THE FIRST EPISODE WAS STREAMED. — ABHILASH THAPLIYAL
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