23042021-LSTL-01.qxd 22-04-2021 23:07 Page 1 c m y b AIIMS RDA DEMANDS ACTION Recently, a video of stand-up comedian, Sunil Pal went viral in which he is talking against doctors working in Covid management. Reacting to the video, AIIMS Resident Doctors’ Association has written to Union Home Minister Amit Shah demanding the strictest action. TRIBUNE Thank God Arjun Rampal has tested negative for Covid-19. The actor had been battling the virus for a week. He had taken the first dose of the vaccine. IANS LUDHIANA | FRIDAY | 23 APRIL 2021 BROCCOLI ‘We have lost a unique voice’ Bring on the Manushi Chhillar celebrated Earth Day on Thursday. The actress has been roped in by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India to encourage everyone to adopt vegetarianism. Manushi Chhillar encourages everyone to give vegetarianism a try! Manushi says, “For me, staying vegetarian was a personal choice that I made long back. I encourage everyone to give being vegetarian a try for Earth Day and beyond if they so choose.” Singers and music aficionados mourn the death of Farid Sabri who gave Bollywood evergreen songs like Der Na Ho Jaye & Ek Mulakat Zaruri Hai Sanam F AMOUS for his raw, energetic style of delivering traditional qawwali repertoire, Farid Sabri, of Sabri Brothers, lost his life to severe pneumonia in a hospital in Jaipur on Wednesday. He was 58. Reports suggest that he was unwell since last fourfive days and his condition worsened on Tuesday night. It wasn’t a case of Covid-19 but Farid Sabri had lung infection. Son of Saeed Sabri, the two brothers along with their father have given some of the great qawwalis in Bollywood. Der Na Ho Jaye from Heena (1991), Ek Mulakat Zaruri Hai Sanam from the film, Sirf Tum (1999), countless stage performances both in India and internationally. Their works have been recreated by many others. Singer Hans Raj Hans feels it is unfortunate to have lost an artiste. “Qawwali and classical music is a dying art and on top of that to have lost someone who mastered the art of qawwali is really sad. These days, songs have no content or musical notes; there are such few good HEENA 1962-2021 ❝ A GOOD ARTISTE IS CAPABLE OF BRINGING HAPPINESS IN THE LIVES OF PEOPLE AND FARID SABRI WAS ONE OF THEM DALER MEHNDI artistes and they should have a long life. Artistes like Farid Sabri bring life to their surroundings with their music. The two brothers have a distinct voice quality, which is a rare blessing.” Qawwali singing is a unique musical experience and has millions of aficionados. Daler Mehndi says we are living in such horrid times when every day we are A good gesture Bollywood has lent out a helping hand to the Covid frontline workers who are on duty for long hours at a stretch. As per reports, the vanity vans’ owner Ketan Rawal has diverted vans used on the sets of Cirkus, Gangubai Kathiawadi and Raksha Bandhan to be used by the frontline workers. The owner said that they had done a similar deed last year as well and female police officers were provided with vanity vans to change and freshen up when required. Ketan has been associated with the film industry for over 20 years. Ketan says once the pandemic is over or the shoots have begun, the vanity vans will be sanitized for Bollywood celebrities to use them again. Celebrating the bond! waking up to news of death. “It is an irreparable loss. A good artiste is capable of bringing happiness in the lives of so many people and Farid Sabri was one of them. I pray for strength to his family and may he be in peace.” To have known someone and lost him is quite painful. As singer Kumar Sanu puts it, “He was indeed a gem in our music industry. We have lost a brilliant and unique voice. I always liked their kind of rendition as it had uniqueness and depth that always touched my heart. I am sure many more people out there will agree.” These are unprecedented times but Farid Sabri will live eternally through his songs. Art, after all, is forever. - Gurnaaz Kaur A STILL FROM SARDAR KA GRANDSON Netflix’s upcoming film Sardar Ka Grandson promises warmth, love, and celebration of the bonds within a large Punjabi family. The family entertainer is all set to release on May 18. Comprising an incredible ensemble cast - Neena Gupta, Arjun Kapoor, Rakul Preet Singh, Aditi Rao Hydari, John Abraham, Soni Razdan, Kanwaljit Singh, Kumud Mishra and Divya Seth - the film showcases the journey of a US-returned grandson (Arjun Kapoor) who will go to any length to fulfil the last wish of Sardar (Neena Gupta), the family matriarch. Covering up for the lost time! A leaf from medieval literature A book is a celeb’s best friend too. When the lockdown presented the time and opportunity to pick up their favourite books, these celebs just lapped it up Pick any book, and it will take you on a journey to an imaginary world created by the author where you will feel each and every word mentioned. Books are stress- burster and motivate you with positivity. So, on World Book Day (April 23), we ask celebs how books helped them during the lockdown and here’s what they have to say: WORLD BOOK DAY READING IS MEDITATION Meera Deosthale I love reading books. I get some sense of calm, and it’s like meditation for me. I have read a lot of books during the lockdown. I like all genres but enjoy fiction the most. For me, being a well-read person comes before being a highly educated one. When we read books, we learn and our perceptions towards a lot of things change. Our vocabulary increases for sure. SOURCE OF KNOWLEDGE Prateik Chaudhary Not only in the pandemic or the lockdown but generally also, I do read books. But yes, definitely reading books is one of the best therapies one can find in this pandemic. I love to read books mostly related to cinema or art. Currently I am reading Game Of Thrones. I also love to read books that keep you selfmotivated. MEERA DEOSTHALE SHARAD MALHOTRA AUDIOBOOKS ARE AMAZING Nitin Kumar Gupta I discovered audiobooks during the pandemic, which is quite amazing. I believe books are the shortest and most comprehensive way to learn anything. I am a big fan of early sci-fi and fantasy fiction like Discworld, Asimov’s Foundation, Lord of the Rings and some romantic authors like Erich Segal. Harry Potter was a guilty pleasure! Currently, I’m devouring books on filmmaking - screenplay, character arcs, edit, cinematography, directing actors. BOOKS EXPAND YOUR MIND Hasan Zaidi Books have always been a part of my life. My father was PRATEIK CHAUDHARY ANIRUDDH DAVE an avid reader, he was a professor and a prolific poet, and he always encouraged us to read and gifted us books. I have always enjoyed reading autobiographies and biographies of actors and filmmakers. Books help you expand your mind, your emotional and intelligence quotients. I am currently reading a book called Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey. READING STARTS A CONVERSATION Sharad Malhotra I am into autobiographies and have read those on Adolf Hitler, Charlie Chaplin, Sachin Tendulkar, Karan Johar and Rajesh Khanna. I feel books make you forget HASAN ZAIDI where you are, what you are doing and engage your mind with those beautiful words. I feel reading makes you a conversation starter. It not only gives you knowledge but is also good for your mind. BOOKS ARE FOREVER Aniruddh Dave I got this habit of reading books from my parents. I want my son also to read books when he grows up. During trying times books can be good friend. I read few books during the lockdown. One of the most interesting books I recommend is When Bad Things Happen to Good People by Harold S. Kushner. One must read at least one book per month. NITIN KUMAR GUPTA c m y b Director Chandraprakash Dwivedi has a fascination for adaptation from pathbreaking books and create equally brilliant cinema. He has helmed projects like Pinjar, Mohalla Assi and also directed the iconic television show Chanakya. The filmmaker is busy with his next, Prithviraj, and on World Book Day, he reveals how an epic Prithviraj Raso is the inspiration behind this much-awaited historical. Dwivedi says, “Prithviraj is also based mainly on medieval literature, an epic called Prithviraj Raso by the great poet Chand Bardai. Apart from a cou- ple of versions of Raso, there are many other literary works on Prithviraj, his life and times. In addition to these there are commentaries on Raso.” He adds, “I get involved in exhaustive research as I enjoy the process of entering the unknown and unexplored world of great heroes of India and their times. It is like having a dialogue with these great characters in their times. I am sure most of the writers must have experienced this strange phenomenon.” A future full of uncertainties Will Salman Khan’s hybrid release plan for Radhe change B’wood box office game? The announcement of actor Salman Khan’s big budget film Radhe having a simultaneous release on the payper-view platform Zeeplex, along with its theatrical release on Eid this year, has created a flutter in Bollywood. Is this the first step at re-organising film exhibition and distribution in India, in the era of OTT? More importantly, could such a hybrid release plan make permanent dent in box office collections, if producers make it a habit. Trade analyst Atul Mohan feels that Radhe releasing on pay per view platform has come as a jolt to the exhibitor in India. “This is a game-changer. We all know that we have zero expectations of opening (theatres) by May 13. We all are going through a tough time and this has come as a big jolt. For a year now, all exhibitors had their hopes pinned on this film along with other big-ticket films like Sooryavanshi and 83,’’ says Mohan. Salman Khan is known to deliver mass market, masala-oriented entertainer and Radhe falls exactly in this category. With Zeeplex launching the film on a payper-view model, it can also trigger other streaming giants like Amazon Prime Video, Netflix or Hotstar to make similar offers to the other biggies. “We all were walking on this slippery path holding each another’s hand. If even one person falls, everyone will. Zee has backed this one, there is possibility that other platforms will get aggressive to acquire big titles,” feels Mohan. Radhe was expected to do at least Rs 250 to Rs 300 crore in theatrical business — the sort of business the Bollywood box office is in dire need of right now. Girish Johar, producer and film business expert, feels the Radhe strategy is symptomatic of changes creeping into film business as well as film viewing patterns mainly owing to the pandemic. —IANS Prithviraj is based on an epic book, says director Chandraprakash Dwivedi
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