26042021-LSTC-01.qxd 4/25/2021 11:35 PM Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE Virtual hug Bollywood actor Abhishek Bachchan on Sunday sent virtual hugs for netizens. Abhishek said we needed to spread love in times like these. IANS CHANDIGARH | MONDAY | 26 APRIL 2021 On wings of dreams Actor Arjan Bajwa, who was applauded for his role in State of Siege 26/11, believes creative freedom should not imply obscenity with Shahid Kapoor and Kiara Advani. About working in a Punjabi movies, he says, “I have worked in a Punjabi movie before, but that didn’t work out for me. The Punjabi industry was just progressing then, but I am wellversed with the language. I would love to work on a script that is powerful.” Sheetal Being different No conscious effort to move away from glam roles: Nushrratt Bharuccha Nushrratt Bharuccha rose to fame with her roles in the Pyaar Ka Punchnama franchise and Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety. Moving away from glamorous avatars, she has portrayed de-glam roles in Chhalaang and Ajeeb Daastaans. Nushrratt says there is no conscious effort to switch I HAVE BEEN DOING over from roles she may CERTAIN KIND OF FILMS, have played before by taking up characters BUT I DON’T LOOK AT that are different. THEM THAT WAY. I TAKE “There is no conscious THEM AS DIFFERENT choice or effort in anyCHARACTERS. thing. Honestly, I know I have been doing certain kind of films, but I don’t look at them that way. I take them as different characters, and I have to do the same kind of hard work to make them different from the films before, which is even more challenging. Because the genre and the premise is the same, but your thinking is to make it different,” she says. The segment in Ajeeb Daastaans featuring Nushrratt is titled Khilauna, and it co-stars Abhishek Banerjee and child star Inayat Verma. Khilauna has been directed by Raj Mehta and she plays a house help in it. “Doing something different in a similar kind of thing is difficult…,” Nushrratt adds. — IANS ❝ A CTOR Arjan Bajwa has immense passion for flying and has also undertaken a special course from a reputed flying school in San Francisco, may be that is why his dream role is playing a pilot in a web-series or a movie. He says, “I wanted to be a pilot and feel like I am an actor by chance.” Arjan made his digital debut with Zee 5 Original’s State of Siege 26/11. He adds, “I have been fortunate to work in two web series now and both were based on bestsellers. I am proud of the role that I essayed in State Of Siege 26/11 — that of a NSG commando.” Arjan’s powerful performance in the series was highly appreciated by the fans. UP NEXT Arjan will be next seen in an Amazon Prime series opposite Shruti Hassan. It is an adaptation of the book The Best Seller She Wrote by Ravi Subramani- ❝ I HAVE BEEN FORTUNATE TO WORK IN TWO WEB SERIES NOW AND BOTH WERE BASED ON BESTSELLERS. I AM PROUD OF THE ROLE THAT I ESSAYED IN STATE OF SIEGE 26/11. WEB WORLD Among the various platforms that are available, Arjan is looking forward to working with international ones, such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Hotstar, because they are bound to give international recognition. As for what he has recently enjoyed on OTT platform, The Serpent comes to his mind instantly and he is all-praise for actor ARJAN BAJWA, ACTOR Tahar Rahim. When it comes to creative freedom, Arjan adds, “If you call abuses and unnecessary scenes creative freedom, I beg to differ. Creative freedom existed even during the sixties and that’s how we brought about changes in cinema.” Having started off with South-Indian movies, he was last seen in Bigil, a Tamil movie. Arjan does not feel language is a barrier for him! Best known for his unconventional roles in Fashion, Rustom and Bobby Jassos, he was recently seen in Kabir Singh, along From the premiere of an Oscar-nominated movie to a comic show that will tickle your funny bone, here’s a list of new OTT releases this week LOL – HASSE TOH PHASSE THE DISCIPLE Comedy, revenge & more April 30:LOL – Hasse Toh Phasse on Amazon Prime Video A local avatar of International Original Series LOL, Hasse Toh Phasse will unite an eclectic group of comedians who have left their own indelible mark on India’s comedy landscape. Aadar Malik, Aakash Gupta, Aditi Mittal, Ankita Shrivastav, Cyrus Broacha, Gaurav Gera, Kusha Kapila, Mallika Dua, Sunil Grover and Suresh Menon, under the vigilant eyes of hosts Arshad Warsi and Boman Irani, will face their toughest challenge till date. It’s not just their sense of humour, but also their endurance that will be tested as they battle it out for six consecutive hours, to make the others in the house laugh, while maintaining a poker face themselves! April 30: Nomadland on Disney+ Hotstar Winner of Best Motion Picture Drama and Best Director at Golden Globe WEBSOLUTE FUN NOMADLAND multi-award-winning film follows the life of Sharad Nerulkar, a role essayed by Aditya Modak. The story encapsulates the journey of Sharad, who diligently follows the traditions and discipline of the old masters — his guru and his father — and devotes his life to becoming an Indian classical music vocalist. However, as the years go by, Sharad starts to wonder whether it’s really possible to achieve the excellence he’s striving for. ‘There is nothing like a flop’ Bollywood actor Amit Sadh says there is always an audience for a film. “Someone very important in my life taught me there is nothing called a flop. People will continue watching the film at some point in time. A film is a collective creative expression of the people involved; right from the spot boy, technician, art directors, stylists, designers, actors, producers, directors, assistants and more. So with strong content, a film will need strong backing from all these people. If people resonate with the work then good... Else we have another time to come back with something worthwhile,” he says. Amit says he has never felt that he is a celebrity and has always focused on his work. “I do not pick work based on what platform it is getting released on. I am still working, learning so many things on the go, so I do not associate myself with the celebrity tag. I associate myself with the tag of an actor in Indian cinema,” he adds. — IANS April 30: Without Remorse on Amazon Prime Video WITHOUT REMORSE Awards 2021, Nomadland has six Oscar nominations this year. The movie revolves around a woman (Frances McDormand) who leaves her hometown after her husband dies. She sets off on the road exploring a life outside the conventional society as a modernday nomad. April 30: The Disciple on Netflix Written and directed by Chaitanya Tamhane, this Known for his roles in films like Black Panther, Creed and shows like The Wire, Michael B. Jordan will be seen as the lead in this action-thriller titled Without Remorse. The film is based on Tom Clancy’s novel by the same name written in 1993. It will see Jordan aka John Kelly in action, as he seeks justice for the murder of his pregnant wife by Russian soldiers. c m y b am. The series also stars Mithun Chakraborty and is being shot in Mumbai. Arjan is also known for his charismatic looks and immense talent. Being a fitness freak, he has been involved in different activities like karate and crossfit to maintain his muscular body. AMIT SADH Ali mourns his grandfather’s demise Actor Ali Fazal has lost his maternal grandfather, after his mother passed away in June last year. Ali hasn’t revealed the cause of his grandfather’s death, but penned a heartfelt note on Instagram in which he shared that his grandfather was more than a father figure to him. Nawab tests Covid-positive Actor Nawab Shah has tested positive for Covid-19 and recently took to his Instagram handle to share the news. Nawab wrote, “This morning I tested positive for Covid; I have mild symptoms and have isolated myself... Stay home people and stay safe…” Meanwhile, Nawab’s wife Pooja Batra commented on the post, “Praying for you to get well soon”. She also shared a post on her Instagram handle about her husband and friends getting infected with the deadly NAWAB SHAH AND POOJA BATRA virus. Pooja wrote, “It’s heartbreaking to know so many of my friends and their parents are down with Covid. My husband too tested positive...” For the needy Akshay Kumar donates Rs 1 crore to Gautam Gambhir Foundation India is witnessing tough times due to the second wave of Covid-19. Lockdowns have been announced in many parts of the country. Many people, including Bollywood actors, are coming forward and providing help to the people in need. Now, Akshay Kumar has donated Rs 1 crore to former cricketerturned-politician Gautam Gambhir’s foundation to help Covid victims. Gautam Gamhir took to his official Twitter handle and wrote, “Every help in this gloom comes as a ray of hope. Thanks a lot @akshaykumar for committing Rs 1 crore to #GGF for food, medicines and oxygen for the needy! God bless #InThisTogether @ggf_india.” In response, the actor replied, “These are really tough times, @GautamGambhir. Glad I could help. Wish we all get out of this crisis soon. Stay safe.” Meanwhile, Akshay has recently recovered from Covid-19. ‘Heartbreaking...’ ...is how Greta Thunberg describes India’s Covid-19 crisis Environmental activist Greta Thunberg often sheds light on numerous sociopolitical issues using her social media platforms. Recently, Greta highlighted the current Covid-19 situation in India. She tweeted, “Heartbreaking to follow the recent developments in India. The global community must step up and immediately offer the assistance needed. #CovidIndia.” While sharing the message, Greta also shared a news report about the health crisis as India reported its third consecutive day with over three lakh cases. Several people re-tweeted her statement and praised her for using the platform to show her support.
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