29042021-LSTL-01.qxd 4/28/2021 11:03 PM Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE Hi there! Allu Arjun has tested positive for Covid-19. The actor took to his Twitter account and wrote, “Hello everyone! I have tested positive for Covid.” LUDHIANA | THURSDAY | 29 APRIL 2021 Moves that move the story forward From Shammi Kapoor’s jhatkasto Tiger Shroff’s gravity-defying steps, Bollywood dance has evolved over the years Meera Chopra opens up on her struggle in Bollywood Priyanka Chopra’s cousin Meera Chopra has opened up about her struggles in the film industry. Stating that her relationship with cousin Priyanka hasn’t helped her journey in the showbiz world, Meera revealed that she has had her own share of struggles to bag roles in movies. After doing movies in South India, Meera ventured into I HAVE NOT GOT the Hindi film industry with ANY WORK BECAUSE Satish Kaushik’s 2014 comeOF PRIYANKA. THEY dy-drama Gang Of Ghosts. DO NOT CAST ME She was also seen in 1920 London and Section 375. BECAUSE I AM Meera says, “The only time HER SISTER. when I came to Bollywood there was a buzz that Priyanka’s sister was also coming but honestly, I have not faced many comparisons. I have not got any work because of Priyanka.Producer have not cast me just because I am her sister. Honestly, being related to her has not helped me in my career but it has really helped me in a way that people did take me seriously. They did not take me for granted as they knew I was coming from a family who knew cinema. That is the only privilege I got. Otherwise, I had to struggle.” ❝ H INDI cinema is incomplete without songs and dance. If during its inception the style of dancing was heavily influenced by Kathak and Bharatnatyam, soon we saw cabaret dance and other western dance movements making their way into choreography. Large group performances in a song, just the hero and heroine singing and dancing around trees, Shammi Kapoor doing those jhatkas and jumping around… there has been a constant evolution. The 80s brought in Disco, and the 90s freestyle dancing. Today, Bollywood dance is known as a genre in itself. “I think the dance scene in Bollywood will keep undergoing changes given the current scenario as well. When Bollywood first happened to me, I found movies interesting because I was choreographing in a moving frame and not in a fixed one. Working on Aditya Chopra’s Dhoom marked a notable change, as it was the first time that the audience witnessed the western style of dancing on the Indian stage in the song Remo D’Souza Karishma Chavan Dhoom Machale. Since then I think a lot has changed for the better,” says Ashley Lobo, who is considered to spearhead of international dance in India. Bollywood is the melting pot for all dance forms and styles. “In the initial days of cinema, there were a lot of classical elements in the dances; then folk dances and other western dance styles like Twist, Cabernet, Cha Cha Cha, Rock and Roll became popular. Later, we saw a shift to Disco, then to Break Dance and then came the time of Jazz Broadway and now it’s Hip Hop that rules the silver screen. Dance is like fashion, styles come and go, but what remains is the essence of expressions that is the best part of our films,” explains Sandip Soparrkar, Indian Latin and ballroom dancer and Bollywood choreographer. The change he says happens when there is a new narrative because dance is as much a part of storytelling as is the script. “When vamps were popular in our cinema, western dance gained momentum. Today, when films have become global and are being shot mostly abroad, street dances have become the toast of the season.” Not honor-able! Jimmy Shergill booked for flouting Covid norms Jimmy Shergill, who was shooting in Ludhiana for web series Your Honor on April 27, has been booked for defying the Covid lockdown. A case has been registered on Jimmy, director Eeshwar Nivas and more than 30 crew members as they were shooting at a school in Ludhiana at 8 pm, two hours after the curfew time. Currently, lockdown has been imposed in Punjab from 6pm to 5am to curb the spread of the virus. The case has been registered under Sections 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) and 269 (negligent act likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life) of the Indian Penal Code and Section 3 of the Epidemic Diseases Act. As per reports, the crew was allowed to shoot for the series after they got the permission from the commissioner of police. The team had sought permission for 10 days. Arjun steps forward In mind & heart... to help the needy Prateik Babbar gets mom Smita Patil’s name inked Prateik Babbar has revealed his new tattoo and it’s his mother’s name. The actor has got ‘Smita’ tattooed on his chest. Prateik tattoo reads, ‘Smita’ along with the infinity symbol. He captioned his Instagram post as, “Inked my mother’s name on my heart..smita #4ever 1955 – infinity...” Within no time, his post received a lot of appreciation and praise from his friends and fans. Last year on Smita Patil’s death anniversary, Prateik penned down a heart- warming note for his mom. “34 years ago today my mother left us.. over the years i have tried to imagine & create the perfect image of her.. in my mind & heart.. we’ve arrived at a very special place.. a very precious place..now.. she’s the perfect mother.. the perfect woman.. the perfect role model.. the apple of every little boys eye.. that perfect mother every little boy idolises...” Kangana compares herself to SRK Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut completed 15 years in Bollywood on Wednesday. However, she was trolled when she drew comparisons with superstar Shah Rukh Khan. Kangana, who made her Bollywood debut in 2006 with Anurag Basu’s Gangster, tagged herself and Shah Rukh as the “biggest success stories ever” on Twitter. What drew flak from neizens was her assertion that while “SRK was from Delhi, convent educated and his parents were involved in films”, she came from a “remote village”, “did not know “English” and had “no education”. She tweeted: “15 years ago Gangster released today, Shahrukh Khan ji and mine are the biggest success stories ever but SRK was from Delhi, convent educated and his parents were involved in films, I did not know a single word of English, no education, came from a remote village of HP ” —IANS . Ashley Lobo ISTOCK PeeCee factor didn’t help INTERNATIONAL DANCE DAY Gurnaaz Kaur Arjun Kapoor and his sister Anshula Kapoor’s online celebrity fundraising platform Fankind has been working all through the pandemic to help people across India. The brother-sister duo raised over Rs 1 crore and has helped over 30,000 people. Arjun says, “The pandemic has made us stare at an abyss of suffering. It has made us all step forward and help as many people as possible in our own, unique way. Anshula and I have tried to contribute through Fankind. I’m happy that we have helped about 30,000 people pan India and raised 1 crore to help aid those in crisis.” The actor adds, “From monthly ration kits to hot meals, to cash in hand for migrant workers, to providing hygiene kits for Covid19 prevention, the initiative has managed to touch the lives of many and hopefully has helped them in a small way to fight the virus and its far-reaching devastating impact.” Arjun says he is really happy to have lent a helping hand during this crisis. He says, “I had invested my life’s sav- c m y b ❝ THE PANDEMIC HAS MADE US STARE AT AN ABYSS OF SUFFERING. IT HAS MADE US ALL STEP FORWARD AND HELP AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE. ARJUN KAPOOR ings for this venture and it makes me proud that the platform has supported those in serious need in these desperate and trying times.” Choreographer and film director Remo D’Souza credits reality shows for the changing landscape in dance. “Dancing has grown so big in the last one and a half decades. Since the advent of reality shows, even the audience has become so aware about the varied dance forms. And not just that, they want to see the actors doing it.” Remo believes every actor joining the industry comes prepared accordingly. “So, the newcomers know they have to do it and they learn all the styles when they are coming to Bollywood. Sandip Soparrkar Nowadays, when I do choreography, it’s different from when I started. If I get Hrithik Roshan, Tiger Shroff, Varun Dhawan or Shahid Kapoor, I know I can experiment some really cool moves and they will carry it well.” From participating in a reality dance show to becoming a choreographer, Karishma Chavan feels the YouTube boom opened up all forms of dance all over the world. “As a choreographer, one must evolve and incorporate newer styles to stay relevant and fresh. All my seniors have influenced me in small and big ways. But I think Ahmed sir and Remo sir are the biggest role players in my understanding of dance as an art,” she affirms. And no matter how westernised Bollywood dance maybe now, classical dance these choreographers say will always be relevant. Body basics Dwayne Johnson never over-stresses body for a certain look on screen Dwayne Johnson’s personal strength and fitness coach Dave Rienzi says the Hollywood superstar never needs to take drastic measures or over-stress his body to obtain a certain look. “We hold his conditioning in a very tight window to allow him to be ‘scene ready’ at any moment. Keeping him at striking distance ensures that we never need to take drastic measures to obtain a certain look, or over-stress his body. The bottom line is that he always needs to be able to perform at his best on screen,” said Rienzi, according to femalefirst.co.uk. Johnson, who shot to fame as The Rock in the world of professional wrestling before cracking Hollywood, is also on a very strict diet, says his coach. “The execution of his diet and training needs to be as nuanced and complimentary as possible to allow him to do that consistently,” he said in an interview. —IANS In time of need Akshay Kumar and Twinkle Khanna donate 100 oxygen concentrators Akshay Kumar and Twinkle Khanna have donated 100 oxygen concentrators as the nation takes in the second wave of the deadly virus. Twinkle took to her social media account to urge everyone to do their part in these trying times. She tweeted, “Wonderful newsDr Drashnika Patel & Dr Govind Bankani of London Elite Health through Daivik Foundation are donating 120 oxygen concentrators and as @akshaykumar and I have managed to get our hands on 100 as well, we have a total of 220. Thank You for the leads.Let’s all do our bit.” Twinkle shared the screenshot of this tweet on Instagram with caption, said, “I think for the last few weeks with members of my own family ill, I have been in a bit of a hole. But I couldn’t stay there for long. I implore all of you in your own way to do whatever you can so we can look back at this bleak moment and at least say it took the worst but it brought out the best in all of us. #ILookForSilverLinings.” Meanwhile, earlier Akshay donated Rs 1 crore to former cricketer Gautam Gambhir’s foundation as a help for the Covid-19 victims.
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