30052021-LSTC-01.qxd 5/29/2021 11:05 PM Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE Kiss & tell Actress Emily Blunt has described her first kiss as a “horror show”, because she was left needing to wipe her mouth when the kiss was over. —IANS CHANDIGARH | SUNDAY | 30 MAY 2021 Vardhan Puri, grandson of late Amrish Puri, has climbed the Bollywood ladder from the lowest rank—serving tea and sweeping floor on the sets When acting is in the DNA... In the hit league Vidyut Jammwal featured among ‘top martial artists in the world’ Vidyut Jammwal is on cloud nine as he has been featured alongside legends like Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee as one of the top martial artists in the world. The Commando actor shared this proud moment with his fans on his social media account as he posted a screenshot that had his name along with Jet Li, Johnny Tri Nguyen, Steven Seagal, Donnie Yen and others. Sharing on his Instagram account, Vidyut wrote, “Jai Hind #Kalaripayattu.” The news had his fans going gaga as they poured in congratulatory wishes for him. “Always making the country proud! Jai Hind,” commented a user, while another one wrote, “Proud of you Vidyut.” Vidyut has learnt kalaripayattu (a type of martial art) since the age of three and he has always promoted it in his movies as well. ‘This nomination a win in itself’ Actress Prajakta Koli, who is part of the YouTube documentary Creators For Change, is thrilled that the project has been nominated under the category of Outstanding Daytime Non-Fiction Special at the 48th annual Daytime Emmy Awards. The documentary focuses on Michelle Obama in conversation with Prajakta, Liza Koshy and Thembe Mahlaba. It tracks the experiences of adolescent girls in Vietnam, India and Namibia and their journey in overcoming adversity to pursue education. “This news is unbelievable. The Emmys are such prestigious awards. Being nominated for a project this special is a win in itself. Big hugs to YouTube and Michelle Obama for giving me the opportunity of being a part of something so amazing,” Prajakta says. Besides this, her short film, Khayali Pulao is being screened at the New York Indian Film Festival which will be held from June 4 to Mona A CTOR Vardhan Puri realised his passion for cinema early in life. He acted in plays when he was just five and worked his way up and that included working as the junior-most assistant on film sets which required him to do odd jobs like serving tea and sweeping the floor. Later, he was featured in minor roles. His first role as a lead came in 2019 with the film Yeh Saali Aashiqui. His second is with director Vivek Agnihotri whose working title is The Last Show. Vardhan, who aims to do 500 films, is taking it slow and steady, enjoying every act, role and opportunity! Film school started early The grandson of legend Amrish Puri, Vardhan got the taste of world-class cinema pretty early in life. “My granddad’s bedroom had the perfect ambience to enjoy movies. We would watch a film together, analyse, and critique it.” It was the infectious energy of Amrish Puri that he still marvels at. “He worked long shifts but I never saw him looking tired or stressed. He was always enthusiastic about his lines and his scenes.” Comparisons with the veteran actor don’t bother him at all. “I do a different kind of work than what he did. And he always told me no two people are alike, I have to stay true to my craft and that’s all that matters.” Having a clear vision Unlike Puri senior, Vardhan’s parents were not associated with film production. His father enjoyed a career in the Merchant Navy, and mother is a doctor. Vardhan has full support of his family. “I distinctly recall the first time when I acted on stage. I was about 8, it was a small scene and one dialogue – my seniors told me how unnerving it could be with blinding lights and audience staring, but as I went on stage and said my line, I was not nervous but excited. I knew from that moment that I belonged on the stage and Kishwer Merchant is currently waiting for the arrival of her first child with husband Suyyash Rai. The actress keeps on sharing pics with her fans and followers flaunting her baby bump. Recently, during a media interaction, the actress opened up on her casting couch experience. She revealed that she was once asked to ‘sleep with the hero’ by a big filmmaker. ...says Sidharth Shukla who makes his debut on OTT with Broken But Beautiful 3 audience and it has nothing to do with previous seasons. ■ What is the USP of this new season? It’s a real story with characters that are relatable. ■ What was your prep work for the role? Entering the culinary world The pandemic ruined Vardhan’s plans like everyone else’s. Had the shoots been on, he would have completed three films. But what cannot be challenged must be endured. “No doubt Covid-19 has been very unfortunate. As a defence mechanism I try to focus on Kishwer Merchant shares her casting couch experience June 13, 2021. “Another very special project has been Khayali Pulao, a film, very close to my heart. Getting noticed across the globe on such a precious platform is our honour. Thanks to the jury of the New York Indian Film Festival,” she says. Prajakta will be seen in the upcoming film Jug Jugg Jeeyo, which features Anil Kapoor, Neetu Kapoor, Varun Dhawan and Kiara Advani.—IANS A still from Broken But Beautiful 3 Virasat it is. The honesty that he brought to Bade Raja Thakur’s character was one stellar performance. Indecent proposal PRAJAKTA KOLI ‘Ekta Kapoor is marketing genius’ The winner of Bigg Boss 13, TV and Bollywood actor Sidharth Shukla has made his OTT debut with AltBalaji’s Broken But Beautiful 3. The actor talks to us about the show, his role and more ■ The first two seasons of Broken But Beautiful were quite successful. Was there any extra pressure for you to portray the role? I’m glad that the franchise has done well but that doesn’t change anything for me as an actor. It’s a new story, a new script, new character and so for me the pressure is to perform for myself and my in front of the camera.” His family has now turned producers, and together they want to tell stories that they feel about. Ask him to choose the best from his grandfather, he rattles out names at supersonic speed – Manthan, Mandi, Party, Ardh Satya, Aakrosh, Vijeta— all are outstanding. And then there are popular favourites—Mr. India, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge and Nagina. But if have to choose just one, then I thought about similar situations which I had been in and the rest all fell into place. ■ The girl opposite you, Sonia, is debuting with this show. How did you make her comfortable in front of the camera? I understand the feeling of being on the set on the first day. Hence, I just went to her, greeted her and we spoke. I cracked a few jokes and was myself so that it didn’t feel like two strangers were working together. She’s confident in her craft which is a huge plus since it’s her first show. ■ How will you define Ekta Kapoor, the maker of this show? A marketing genius, who has changed the path of content in our country. ■ OTT space is new to you, do you see working yourself more in this? I would love to but rather than looking at the medium, I take on work looking at the challenge it brings to me. c m y b Kishwer said, “It happened with me when I had gone for a meeting, but just once. My mother was accompanying me. I was told that I would have to sleep with the hero.” She further added that she politely turned down the offer and left. On being asked if the same incident had kept her away from movies, Kishwer says, “I kept getting work. All said and done, I am very happy with the way my career shaped up. I stuck more to TV because it gives you more recognition. Small roles in films serve no purpose.” what I gained through the lockdowns.” Being locked up home was tough for him as he is a very active and social person. “I have only emerged stronger. I have become my best friend.” While he spent time catching up on cinema, doing workshops, writing scripts, he’s very proud of his culinary skill which he has developed during this time. “Before the first lockdown, I did not know the layout of our kitchen. I can make many Punjabi and Italian dishes. Now, I am exploring Chinese and Japanese cuisines.” The latest recipe that he has mastered is kadah parsad. “So pure is the process, no wonder nothing in the world tastes as good as kadah prasad.” Feeding friends and family makes him happy. “When I get requests to cook a particular dish, I am thrilled. Either I am a good chef or my family and friends are being supportive.” When not acting, Vardhan likes to spend hours at the gym. “Exercise is like meditation.” Reading and watching films are another favourite. He makes a case for Fredrik Backman’s A Man Called Ove. “The book is funny as well touching. Among the films that he has enjoyed, Joji is by far his favourite. “I am a fan of Malayalam cinema. Dileesh Pothan’s Joji with Fahadh Faasil, a take on Macbeth, is just outstanding.” With two more films in his kitty, he is excited to bring some the stories he’s written on screen, hopefully soon! firstname.lastname@example.org Producer Ryan Stephen passes away Producer Ryan Stephen who is known for the movie Indoo Ki Jawaani and Kajol-starrer short film Devi, passed away on May 29. He was 50. As per reports, Ryan had contracted Covid-19 a few days back and was undergoing treatment in Goa. Mourning his demise, several Bollywood celebs took to their social media handles and expressed their grief. Filmmaker Suparn S. Varma was among the first to share the sad news on Twitter. He wrote, “Life is cruel! But you were kind!@ryanmstephen thank you for your compassion in a ruthless world. I’m glad we undertook a journey on a few stories, the joy in writing them was because of you. You leave behind so many who loved you. Cook up a storm my friend. God bless you.” Varun Dhawan shared a photo of Ryan on Instagram story and wrote, “Rip Ryan.” Kiara Advani, who was the lead in Indoo Ki Jawaani also shared a picture and wrote, “Our dearest Ryan gone too soon.”
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