21052021-LSTC-01.qxd 5/20/2021 11:12 PM Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE Wah Taj! DJ Aqeel, who is known for his remixes of Bollywood songs, will feature the scenic beauty of the Taj Mahal in his new amalgamation of hit chartbuster songs. CHANDIGARH | FRIDAY | 21 MAY 2021 People’s man is no more Mona W Love-ly vibes A$AP Rocky confirms he is dating Rihanna Reports of American rapper A$AP Rocky dating popstar Rihanna have been doing the rounds since long. Putting an end to all speculation, Rocky in a recent media interaction confirmed that he was indeed dating Rihanna! During the interaction, Rocky addressed her as ‘the love of my life’ and ‘my lady’. Rocky said, “She amounts to probably, like, a million of the other ones. I think when you know, you know. She’s the one.” Rocky also revealed that his new song All Smiles has glimpses of Rihanna. He said, “I think it’s important to have somebody from whom you can bounce those creative juices and ideas off. It’s just a different point of view.” Last year in December, Rocky and Rihanna were spotted together on Christmas Eve. The couple was clicked walking together while holding hands in Rihanna’s hometown, Barbados. Both of them had even attended the Fashion Awards 2019 and posed together for the paparazzi. HILE waking up to how many lost their lives to Coronavirus has been a norm for last few weeks, Thursday morning came as a jolt with the news of the death of famous Chandigarh-based theatreperson Gurcharan Singh Chani due to Covid-19. A National School of Drama alumnus, he was one jovial gentleman known for his colourful turbans, as he along with his team spread cheer in children’s wards in hospitals, regaling little patients with his act. The director of Centre for Education & Voluntary Action (CEVA), Chani was a Fulbright scholar at Boston University College of Communication. He was a recipient of Sangeet Natak Akademi award for community theatre. Right from his first play Dafa 144 to Zindagi Retire Nahi Hoti to Rocket Ho Ya Bomb, his has been a theatre of the people, for the people and by the people. Chani has to his credit several telefilms, including the acclaimed Tuttu and over two dozen documentaries. TRIBUNE FILE PHOTOS As renowned theatre-person from the city Gurcharan Singh Chani loses his battle with Covid-19, his friends and compeers go down memory lane to remember the man who spread smiles GURCHARAN SINGH CHANI, ALONG WITH HIS GROUP, ENTERTAINS A YOUNG PATIENT AT A CITY HOSPITAL “One cannot even go to the funerals due to Covid and that is terrible.” Chowdhry calls Chani a significant part of city’s cultural landscape, “His clowning brought so much happiness to patients in children’s ward — young children were so happy to see a clown in the ward. He was a friend, a colleague and always there when I needed help in maintaining theatre accounts. It’s a loss in these times of losses. Twitter, Facebook have turned obituaries in today’s time.” Musician-actor Kamal Tewari says, “Our friendship goes back to Patiala even before we moved to Chandigarh. We worked together over the years. For one there wasn’t a more passionate Happy soul Eminent theatre person Neelam Mansingh Chowdhry goes down the memory lane to recollect how seeing a turbaned young man at NSD campus warmed her heart. “He was a year junior. It was so heartening to see a ‘sardar’ on campus, as I was the only so-called Punjabi from Amritsar.” She adds on a sad note, GURCHARAN SINGH CHANI (October 19, 1951 to May 20, 2021) man than him in our town.” Tewari recalls how when they worked together Chani would become one with his work. “Not only was he passionate about theatre, how lovingly he taught was fabulous too. His work spoke to people — be it his plays or films. When he would do street theatre in Sector-17, the whole crowd would be pulled in by his act.” As much for his films and plays, Tewari gives credit to Chani for serving Sangeet Natak Akademi Chandigarh and Delhi. Zest for life “Rangla Sardar tur gaya (Colourful Sardar left),” posted theatre director Sahib Singh on social media. In deep sorrow he is, for he has lost the man with whom he could joke and discuss philosophy with the same zest. “Chani sir was a man who gave people life – he would tell a silly joke, hug tightly, smile or do anything that would bring a smile to another person’s face. And on the other side, discuss life and philosophy in depth. I was very new in the field when I had the opportunity to witness both his jovial and intellectual side. At his age and stage who goes to hospitals doing clown antics to bring a smile to children’s faces?” Singh says Chani would always stay in his life, “As a man who never depended on any actors, auditorium or audience, bus kahin bhi dafli uthayi and theatre shuru...” firstname.lastname@example.org Helping the needy AR Rahman unplugged! Jr NTR’s look from Oscar and Grammy-winning music composer and singer AR Rahman recently appeared on talk show host Lilly Singh’s show, A Little Late With Lilly Singh. During the show, Lilly asked Rahman, “In 2020, Selena Gomez said in an interview that she wanted to work with you, did you know that?” Responding to this, Rahman said, “I keep seeing all this stuff… Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez and Madonna, all these people talk about Mini Mathur and Shruti Seth join Covid 911 initiative RRR unveiled me, but then I never get to meet them because I am on the other side of the world.” He added, “Sometimes you feel that the whole world is one because we all understand beats and we all understand music.” Meanwhile, Rahman who turned producer and co-writer with the film 99 Songs, took to Twitter on Wednesday and announced that the film would be streaming on Netflix from May 21. Into the web zone MINI MATHUR TV host Mini Mathur and actress Shruti Seth recently joined forces with RepIndia to push their Instagram handle, Covid 911, which shares verified and up-to-date information with thousands of followers and their families in need. Talking about the initiative, Shruti Seth says, “Hats off to this group of relentless, selfless volunteers who are helping people find resources in this time of crisis.” Adds Mini Mathur, who is an active participant in the initiative, “The only thing that really matters right now is how we can be more compassionate and united to alleviate the suffering of our citizens. I am truly touched by the great humanitarian effort that everyone has put into connecting people and their families with life-saving aid.” SHRUTI SETH Actor Ashish Vidyarthi, who will be seen in the OTT show Sunflower, says he loves the medium as it is a healthy mix of cinema and television. The actor says he had ample freedom to add his nuances to his character in the show. “OTT is a very new thing for me. I think it is a brilliant mix between cinema and television. My work experience with the cast and crew of Sunflower was very fulfilling. As an actor I got a lot of freedom from my director, which helped me learn a lot in many different ways,” he says. He also adds that there is no “hierarchy” among actors on an OTT show set, which makes shooting a fulfilling OTT is a brilliant mix of cinema and television, says actor Ashish Vidyarthi c m y b experience. “The series has a great ensemble cast, and the casting is apt. I enjoyed working with each and every actor in the show. The thing I liked the most was each one of us was having fun with each other and there was no hierarchy while playing our roles, because of which the experience of working with such an eclectic cast and director was extraordinary,” he says. The series has been directed by Vikas Bahl and codirected by Rahul Sengupta. It stars Sunil Grover, Ranvir Shorey, Girish Kulkarni, Shonali Nagrani and Sonal Jha, and will stream on Zee5 from June 11. — IANS On the occasion of Jr NTR’s birthday (May 20), ‘RRR’ makers unveiled his look of Komaram Bheem from the muchawaited film. Director SS Rajamouli took to Twitter and shared the fiery poster of Jr NTR as the celebrated freedom fighter and wrote, “My Bheem has a heart of gold. But when he rebels, he stands strong and bold! Here’s @tarak9999 as the INTENSE #KomaramBheem from #RRRMovie.” Meanwhile, Jr NTR is currently in home isolation as he had tested positive for Covid-19 on May 10. He had requested fans not to worry and ensured them that he would be back in action soon.
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