21042021-LSTL-01.qxd 4/20/2021 11:26 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. LUDHIANA | 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 ASPIRANTS’ APPRECIATION Sheetal OTT debut for Ajay Devgn I 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. An engaging and dark new take on cop stories, combined with a unique storytelling format and powerful characters, will make the series an interesting watch for fans of thrillers and crime-dramas. Produced by Applause Entertainment in association with BBC Studios India, the series re-imagines 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. The digital world excites me, and I am looking forward to working with Applause and BBC to bring this series to life on Disney+ Hotstar VIP . Rudra - The Edge of Darkness is a compelling and highly intriguing story and I can’t wait to begin this new journey! Playing a cop on screen is not new to me, but this time the character is more intense, complex and dark. What drew me most to his persona is that he is possibly the greyest character you may come across in recent times.” 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 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 WHEN 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.” After a meeting chaired by tweeted, “It’s a great decision PM Narendra Modi on Mon- by the government to open up day, April 19, the Indian gov- the Covid-19 vaccination for ernment announced a ‘liber- everyone above 18 years alised and accelerated’ phase old. #vaccineforall.” Mira three strategy of Covid-19 Rajput also deemed it vaccination. Starting from important to share the May 1, 2021, all above the age news with millions of her of 18 years will be eligible for fans. Ronnie Screwvala vaccination. This is indeed tweeted: “Excellent news ALIA BHATT great news amidst the surge that all above 18 can in Covid-19 cases in the coun- get vaccinated...” try. Many people, including Malaika Arora Bollywood celebrities, wel- and Katrina comed this decision and took Kaif also laudto their social media accounts ed the govto thank the government. ernment’s Alia Bhatt shared the news move. on her Instagram Story with a HUMA QURESHI strong hand emoji.Huma Qureshi asked all her followers, ‘Please guys stay safe’, while sharing the information through her handle. Kareena Kapoor Khan wrote, ‘Let’s KAREENA KAPOOR KHAN do this India’, and encouraged people to participate in this cause by using the applause MALAIKA ARORA emoji. Swara Bhasker’s Twitter post read, “Finally! Yes, Thank You.” Riteish RITEISH DESHMUKH RONNIE SCREWVALA KATRINA KAIF Deshmukh TAHIR RAJ BHASIN be seen in the Ranveer Singhstarrer 83 in which he plays the role of the legendary Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar. Tahir has a very special wish for himself on his birthday; he says, “My wish is to attract incredible lead roles that allow me to tell magnificent new stories and work with epic directors and co-stars. My wish for the industry in these times is that we adapt and use today’s challenges as tomorrow’s strength.” ❝ 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 PICKING THE NUANCES ❝ THE BEAUTIFUL THING IS WHEN PEOPLE ARE ABLE TO PICK THE 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 Kishore Nandlaskar passes away Of allowing Covid-19 vaccine for everyone above 18 Tahir Raj Bhasin turns 34 today (April 21) and he is feeling good about where he has reached in Bollywood. A total outsider to the industry, Tahir has impressed one and all with his brilliant performances. He started his journey as a villain in Mardaani and now he is a hero in three projects – Looop Lapeta opposite Taapsee Pannu, Bulbul Tarang opposite Sonakshi Sinha and Yeh Kaali Kaali Ankhein with Sweta Tripathi. Not to forget, he will also CONTENT IS SUPREME TAKE Celebs laud govt’s decision Tahir’s birthday wish! 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 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 weeks ago and was undergoing treatment at Thane’s Covid centre. His grandson Anish said in a statement, “My grandfather was admitted to a Covid-19 centre in Thane on April 14 after he tested positive last week. He breathed his last between 12.30 pm to 1 pm on April 20. He was having trouble breathing and talking The veteran actor succumbed to Covidrelated complications 1940-2021 before being admitted to the Covid centre. His oxygen level had also fallen significantly.” Nandlaskar is survived by his wife and three sons. Joining hands NAOMI CAMPBELL ‘Air-conditioning gives me wrinkles’ Model Naomi Campbell believes air-conditioning gives her wrinkles, so she makes sure she switches it off when she goes to bed. “I just love this room, it’s just chilled. We have air-conditioning. I don’t personally sleep in air-conditioning. I don’t like it, it gives wrinkles, I believe,” Campbell said during a tour of her luxury villa in Malindi, Kenya. She is a big fan of hydrotherapy treatments. “So, this is hydrotherapy. You’re getting a bath for like 30 minutes. And then they wrap you, they cover you with mud and they sink you in this one and you sink down, down, down, down, but your skin, good detox,” she said. Campbell added that it’s about detoxing, peeling out all the toxins. — IANS c m y b Even after receiving two doses of Covaxin, former Prime Minister of India, Dr Manmohan Singh, has tested positive for Covid-19. The 88-year-old leader was admitted to the Trauma Centre of Delhi’s AllIndia Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on Monday. As soon as the news broke, messages poured in for the veteran leader on social media. From dignitaries, celebrities to common people, everyone wished for his speedy recovery. Filmmaker Hansal Mehta tweeted, “Dr. Manmohan Singh sir, prayers for your health and recovery.” Richa Chadha and Dia Mirza wrote, Swara Bhasker Richa Chadha Celebs pray for speedy recovery of Dr Manmohan Singh from Covid-19 “Get well soon… Dr Manmohan Singh.” Swara Bhasker also tweeted, “Get well soon #ManmohanSingh ji... Prayers and best wishes for a speedy recovery!” Meanwhile, Swara Bhasker’s mother and their cook have tested positive for Covid-19. Dia Mirza Hansal Mehta
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