25042021-LSTL-01.qxd 4/24/2021 11:30 PM Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE Stay safe Rakhi Sawant shared a video where she is seen shopping for vegetables dressed in a PPE suit. “Guys please be safe, wear PPT kit,” Rakhi wrote alongside the video. IANS LUDHIANA | SUNDAY | 25 APRIL 2021 Providing Insta-nt help Janhvi Kapoor issues clarification over her bridal photos A No rules broken! On Friday, Janhvi Kapoor took to Instagram to share a series of photos that featured her as a Gen Z bride on a magazine cover. The series of clicks made headlines and caught the attention of netizens. However, before anyone could raise a question or put Janhvi in a hot spot, the actress issued a clarification that the cover was shot before the restrictions were imposed. Alongside the series of photos, she wrote, “In these trying times, I know it’s important to be sensitive to the troubles we as a country are facing and I would never want to be inconsiderate towards that. This cover, however, and the subsequent posts of it had been committed to a while back and were shot before the lockdown. We were as safe and cautious as possible. I hope all of you are staying safe and strong! Love always.” The wait is on Valimai’s trailer release delayed South Indian superstar Ajith Kumar’s fans were pretty excited as his much-awaited project Valimai’s first look was to be revealed on his 50th birthday which falls on May 1. But producer Boney Kapoor revealed in a statement that it has now been postponed. Boney took to Twitter and released a statement that read, “We had announced that we would be releasing the First Look of our film Val- BONEY KAPOOR imai on May 1, 2021 to coincide with Shri Ajith Kumar’s 50th birthday. At the time of making the announcement, none of us had even anticipated that the second wave of coronavirus would spread across India like a tsunami. At this moment, lakhs of Indians are affected by financial hardship and emotional trauma due to loss of family mem- AJITH KUMAR bers and friends.” Appurv Gupta Meanwhile, entrepreneurs and B-towners have also conveyed their willingness to help. S the second wave of Covid-19 gets intense, people are rising up to the occasion and offering their help. And social media is playing a huge role in connecting donors/helpers to the families of Covid patients. From actors like Sonu Sood to Instagram influencers like Kusha Kapila, Dolly Singh to comedian Saloni Gaur to artist Neha Doodles, many have come forward to engage with their followers to help the needy. We ask celebrity artistes, comedians and writers how they have contributed their bit in this hour of crisis. HELP IS HELP “Tough times call for unity, help all those that you can…small help or big help, help is help. DM me if I can help in any way…will try my best…take care, be kind… Love and strength Rhea” reads the Instagram Story of actress Rhea Chakraborty. LET’S BE POSITIVE Rhea Chakraborty& Ronnie Screwvala (inset) As the number of Covid infections skyrockets, throwing the healthcare system into a tizzy, it’s these social media influencers who are setting an example by helping thousands of patients Amit Tandon Stand-up comedian Amit Tandon had posted a message of hope amid the growing lockdown woes a week ago, wherein he volunteered to connect with Covid patients on a daily basis, a 30-minute session which involved talks and possibly few laughs. He says, “The idea just came to me because of the second lockdown. This time it hit harder. So, I announced that I would talk to people who are Covid positive on Twitter. It exploded instantly and we’ve been getting too many mails. We have spoken to around 250 people. I speak for 10 minutes and for the rest 40-50 minutes they share what they are going through. Somebody is stuck in Maldives in a water villa, someone is in a hospi- Rahul Dua & Gurmeet Choudhary (inset) tal, someone has blood cancer. Once there was one aunty ji who was in a hospital and just wanted to listen because she couldn’t talk.” CLASSIC AND CONSTRUCTIVE Ludhiana-born stand-up comedian Rahul Dua calls this flow of DMs (Direct Messages) and first-hand verifications of important contacts in his stories, a classic example of utilising social media in its truest sense. “We have gained something beautiful out of this. And unlike the ‘usual’ way of using social media, of becoming a keyboard warrior of trolls and abuses, many artistes and comedians have come together to utilise their resources. The second wave was inevitable but still we were caught unprepared. The system wasn’t prepared. And when the entire system collapsed, mankind rose above expectation and social media came handy.” Currently residing in Gurgaon, it Lalit Behl passes away due to Covid-19 Veteran filmmaker and actor Lalit Behl passed away on April 23. The 71-year-old succumbed to Covid-19 related complications. A gold medallist from the Department of Indian Theatre, Panjab University, Chandigarh, Lalit Behl is known for critically acclaimed films such as Mukti Bhawan and Titli. He also starred in the web series Made In Heaven and movie Judgementall Hai Kya. Lalit’s Mukti Bhawan co-star Adil Hussain confirmed the sad news on his Twitter handle and wrote, “Extremely saddened by the demise of one of my dearest and most respected co-actors, Lalit Behljee. Who, so brilliantly played the father in @MuktiBhawan! I feel the loss of my father again! Dear Kanu, I am so very sorry for your loss.” Actor Ranvir Shorey was also shattered to hear the news of Lalit’s demise and tweeted, “Shattered to read this. So many memories. He was warm and affectionate and wise. Learnt so much from him. Heartfelt condolences to the family, @KanuBehl.” Lalit Behl is survived by his wife, actor Navnindra Behl, his son Kanu Behl and daughter-in-law, music composer Sneha Khanwalkar. Lalit Behl: 1949 –2021 c m y b “Last five days looking for one positive thing to say-not found it. Feels like 24/7 lump in throat to see so many suffer in silence and pain-would love to say “Let’s be positive” but can’t. I urge anyone who can to daily turn to five people known/unknown and see how you can help or comfort them! -Ronnie Screwvala, chairman and co-founder, upGrad BE A HERO LET’S TALK Flutist Ravinder Singh is no more A pall of gloom fell over the artiste fraternity and music lovers of the region after they learnt about the demise of acclaimed flautist Ravinder Singh, 76, at a local hospital in Mohali on Friday, where he was admitted for treatment of Covid-19. He is survived by wife Tejinder Kaur and sons Kamaldeep Singh and Sandeep Singh. An embodiment of humility, Ravinder Singh, inspired by flute legends Pt. Panna Lal Ghosh and Pt Hari Prasad Chaurasia, started playing the flute at the age of 10. He also learnt classical music from Jagdish Mitter of Kirana Gharana. He had the degree of Sangeet Praveen from Prayag Sangeet Samiti, Allahabad in classical vocal music and also obtained senior diploma in Classical Instrument Music (flute). A grade artist of AIR and Doordarshan, he had been a regular performer. He had the distinction of providing flute accompaniment to Ghazal King Jagjit Singh, Reshma of Pakistan, Kathak queen Sitara Devi and many alike. He was also honoured by the Punjabi University, Patiala at Annual Bhai Mardana Classical Sangeet Sammelan. Kathak exponent Shobha Koser says, “Having known Ravinder Singh for past 40 years, the news of his demise was heartbreaking for me. A calm and composed man that he was, his melodious works struck a chord with the listeners. I cannot put my pain in words. There will be a void in our hearts.”— TNS REACHING OUT AND HOW! Gurnaaz Kaur & Sheetal all started when someone from his friend’s family got admitted to a hospital and he tried to arrange a plasma donor for him. Now, he posts about available help in Delhi NCR, Chandigarh, Punjab and other states. He adds, “I am thankful to be in a position where I can sit at a place and reach out to so many people just by sharing a story. It’s a privilege and should be used in the right way.” IN RIGHT DIRECTION Popularly known as Guptaji, comedian Appurv Gupta is using his social media handle to help people fight Covid. He says, “Many of my shows scheduled during the last week got cancelled and free time on my hands made me think, ‘what’s the use of so many followers on Twitter when I cannot utilise it and point them in the right direction.’ In our case, towards the availability Gurmeet Choudhary shared a message: “Let’s be a hero instead of just supporting your favourite heroes. Requesting not only my FAN CLUB but for all the different celebrities FAN CLUBS to come together in support to help eachother.. My mission is to help as many people as possible. Request all to help me in my mission…You guys are powerful and can reach out to as many as you can, keep supporting ” of plasma donors, Remedesivir doses and oxygen cylinders. There were few requests at first but after a few days my social media handles were bombarded with requests. I don’t know the exact number but we have helped 100+ people since last week. We have also made a group on telegram to reach out to more affected people.” WE SHALL OVERCOME THIS Nikhil Taneja, entrepreneur and co-founder of @weareyuva, says, “Many of us, including myself, are not keeping tabs on the lives saved or lives lost but we are just busy making a difference and doing our bit.” He believes that we have to sail through these tough times. “It is frightening to think how many people are there who don’t have access to internet and not privileged enough to reap its benefits,” adds Nikhil. Bravo girl! Global star Priyanka Chopra on Friday took to her Twitter handle to praise a girl from a village in Jharkhand. Going by the name Seema, she has successfully secured a full scholarship to the Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Priyanka shared Seema’s story by Yuwa India and captioned her post as, “Educate a girl and she can change the world... such an inspiring achievement. Bravo Seema, I can’t wait to see what you do next.” Seema lives with her family in a village named Ormanjhi. After joining a Yuwa football team in 2012, she has avoided child mar- Priyanka Chopra praises Seema for securing scholarship at Harvard University riage, defended her right to education and played football for years despite being ridiculed for wearing shorts. Warina Hussain quits social media Warina Hussain has announced that she will no longer be using social media. The actress has 1.9 million followers on Instagram. Following the footsteps of Aamir Khan, who gave up social media a day after his birthday, the actress decided not to be available personally on the platform. During interactions, the actress has always mentioned that she does not consider herself to be social media savvy. In past few months, Warina has been seen with simple button phones, which has prompted a flurry of questions from her fans. The actress debuted in Bollywood with the movie Loveyatri in 2018. She later appeared in Dabangg 3 for the special song Munna Badnam Hua with Salman khan. Meanwhile, she has completed shooting for her film The Incomplete Man and will be soon making her debut in the South with two unannounced Telugu projects and in a Telugu film along with Kalyan Ram in an NTR production film.
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