23052021-LSTC-01.qxd 5/22/2021 11:45 PM Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE Voice over Hollywood star Dwayne Johnson is set to voice Krypto the Super-Dog in Warner Bros’ upcoming animated feature DC League of Super-Pets. PTI CHANDIGARH | SUNDAY | 23 MAY 2021 AMIT SIAL & SOHUM SHAH IN MAHARANI The queen makers It’s a boy! Shreya Ghoshal blessed with a baby boy Shreya Ghoshal and her husband Shiladitya Mukhopadhyaya welcomed a baby boy on May 22. The singer took to her social media account and shared the good news with fans. She wrote, “God has blessed us with a precious baby boy this afternoon. It’s an emotion never felt before. @shiladitya and I along with our families are absolutely overjoyed. Thank you for your countless blessings for our little bundle of joy.” As soon as Shreya shared the news, congratulatory messages started pouring in from fans as well as her colleagues from the music fraternity. Singer Neeti Mohan wrote, “Many many congratulations. This is such a wonderful news. Hope you and the baby are doing well. Lots of love and congratulations from the Mohan & Pandya family @shreyaghoshal @shiladitya @soumghoshal Nana Nani Dada Dadi.” While singer-composer Shekhar Ravjiani commented, “Congratulations!!! Big love.” Nothing but the truth A homemaker forced to become the Chief Minister! Sounds familiar? But Sohum Shah & Amit Sial say their web series Maharani has nothing to do with erstwhile Bihar CM Rabri Devi Sheetal A political drama that revolves around power, plotting and patriarchy! What’s there not to like? On the top of it, Sony Liv’s new offering Maharani is a web series with a female lead, Rani Bharti, portrayed by Huma Qureshi, at the centre of it all to give the viewers a glimpse of the maledominant field as she, an illiterate homemaker and a loving wife, is the reluctant next Chief Minister, announced by her Chief Minister husband. After Aarya, another women-centric story! Backed by powerhouse actors Sohum Shah and Amit Sial, the trailer has unlocked a new world of political thriller. And ask the actors if it is inspired by true incidents in Bihar when former Chief Minister of Bihar Lalu Prasad Yadav had given his chair to his wife Rabri Devi, and Amit calls it an ‘out and out fic- tional story’. He says, “Often as audience we are compelled to look for true incidents while watching a series, so comparisons are bound to be made. To float any story, timeline, place and setting is important, but one can look at it as a story from any other state of the country.” Amit was amazed at how strikingly similar his character Navin Kumar and Sohum Shah’s role of Bheema Bharti, Huma’s husband, looked on screen. “The resemblance was uncanny. There’s a twist involved in our stories and the wait will be over on May 28.” And will there be another season? Even for that both Sohum and Amit remain tight lipped. A Simple Murder, Kathmandu Connection and now, Maharani were independent projects for him but as all three are aired on Sony Liv, Amit jokes, “It is bound to come off as I am the damaad (son-in-law) of it was Mirzapur because his role was extended to the next season and he had to watch it for recall value. He adds, “Barring the three initial months of the lockdown, I have been working back-to-back since July. It has stopped only now that the second wave has forced us relive the lockdown memories.” Mother’s love & ladoos SOHUM SHAH the platform.” He credits digital platforms for getting the due recognition for his work. The Mirzapur actor will next be seen in Inside Edge Season 3. Unlike many actors, he does not go through his work as an audience post completion as it involves a lot of self-critique. The only time he had to watch a show, Neena Gupta’s memoir to release on June 14 Music director Laxman no more Neena Gupta’s autobiography titled Sach Kahun Toh is set to hit the stands on June 14. Publisher Penguin Random House India announced the same on Friday. Reportedly, the book will share the actor’s life story in the most ‘unapologetically honest’ manner with issues like casting couch, film industry politics, and more being addressed in the book. “She details the big milestones in her life, her unconventional Veteran music director Vijay Patil aka Laxman of Raam Laxman duo, who is known for his work in films such as Maine Pyaar Kiya, Patthar Ke Phool, Hum Saath Saath Hain and Hum Aapke Hai Kaun passed away on May 22. He was 79. Confirming his demise, his son Amar in a statement said, "My father passed away at 2 am on Saturday. He died due to a heart attack. He got the second jab of Covid-19 vaccine a few days ago, following On the other hand, Sohum suffered from Covid twice, lucky enough to be asymptomatic, he utilised the isolation time working on his upcoming project and watching series. The Tumbbad actor and producer feels it was his larger-thanlife character of a Chief Minister and the opportunity to work with filmmaker Subhash Kapoor, creator of the series, that made him say yes to this project. Having worked in Bard of Blood, The Big Bull and now Maharani, he has ticked off almost all the leading OTT platforms in India. Next, his focus is on a silent film from the comedy genre, something he hasn’t done before as an actor but which he enjoys as a viewer. About gaining weight to portray his character in the series, he calls it an organic process wherein he ate all that his mother cooked and baked for him during his stay at his home in Sri Ganganagar during the last lockdown. “It was mother’s love and ladoos that helped me prep. Besides this, I watched a lot of speeches and videos of politicians to prep for my role. To crack the native language and diction, the videos helped as much as the inputs from Subhash and writer Nandan Singh.” He will be seen in Reema Kagti’s next, Fallen. Sohum says his production company aims at supporting unique ideas and projects that have the potential but acting will always remain his first love. pregnancy and single parenthood, and a successful second innings in Bollywood,” read the statement from the publisher. “I thought in these very difficult and gloomy times, when we are stuck at home, we are sad and anxious, may be my book will help you tide some of the tough days,” the actor said in a video message. which he was feeling very weak and fatigued, and a doctor was treating him for that." Mourning his demise, Salman Khan tweeted, "Ram Laxman, music director of my successful films like maine pyaar kiya, patthar ke phool, hum saath saath hain, hum apke hain kaun has sadly passed away. May his soul rest in peace." Lata Mangeshkar also tweeted, "I just learned that the extremely talented and popular music composer Raam Laxman ji (Vijay Patil) has passed away. I am very sorry to hear this. He was a great man. I sang many of his songs which got very popular. I pay him my respects." Elli AvRam is glad to see foreigners doing well in Indian films ‘Bollywood has changed a lot’ Actress Elli AvRam, who is originally from Stockholm, Sweden, says with time more foreigners are being accepted in Bollywood and getting better roles. The actress, who has been seen in films such as Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon, Mickey Virus and Malang, says many people around the world “die” to be a part of Bollywood. “I’m so glad seeing other foreigners doing so well and getting so much of love and appreciation in the Indian film industry. Bollywood is something so many people around the world love and die for, literally! I’m one of them,” she said. The actress says she always wanted to be a part of Bollywood. “I just fell in love with its cinema since my childhood. And I’ll never forget when I watched Love Aaj Kal, and there was a Brazilian girl who played an Indian character (refers to Giselli Monteiro in the 2009 release). As I walked out of the cinema in Stockholm, I just said to myself, ‘if she can do it, then so can I’,” she says. The actress says the film industry has changed a lot since she became part of it. “From the day I entered Bollywood till now, things have c m y b opened up and changed quite a bit. I’ve got many offers where I sometimes have had to choose which one to do, due to dates clashing. When that happens, I feel a lot of gratitude because it tells me your hard work and talent pay,” she says. “I’ve got something new I’m excited about, work-wise. Apart from that, I’m currently questioning a lot of things and working on my personal growth as a human being. I’m not scared about surviving in this industry, I’d say I’m more scared about how to survive as a free human being in this world,” she says.—IANS Selling sob stories? Abhijeet Sawant calls out Indian Idol makers MIKA SINGH Mika organises langar for the needy Amid lockdown, Mika Singh is doing his bit to help those in need. He has started a langar seva for all the needy people who are battling hunger during this pandemic. To provide them with fresh, home-cooked food, Mika in association with his NGO Divine Touch has started a langar seva in Mumbai, Delhi, Indore while trying to extend the service to other parts of the country too. Mika says, “Right now, people are dying of hunger rather than coronavirus. We should worry about people who are on the road and need food. People don’t have drinking water, clothes to wear and a place to sleep, and it’s time we take their living into consideration as well. It’s my humble request to everyone, do help them out. My NGO - Divine Touch has started an initiative to provide home-cooked food and water to the needy.” Indian Idol 12 is nowadays making headlines quite often for all the wrong reasons. Now, show’s Season 1 winner Abhijeet Sawant has called out the show for emphasizing on poverty, love interests, and tragic stories of the contestants to sell it. During a recent media interaction, Abhijeet said, “These days, the makers are more interested in whether the participant can polish shoes or how poor he is, rather than his talent. You should watch regional reality shows where viewers may not know anything about the background of their favorite contestants. Their focus is only on singing, but in Hindi reality shows, the tragic and sad stories of contestants are shown. The focus is only on that.”
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