10062021-LSTC-01.qxd 6/9/2021 11:52 PM Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE Get jabbed Sonu Sood is gearing up to host a vaccination drive this week at Saffuwala village, located at his hometown, Moga, in Punjab. up CHANDIGARH | THURSDAY | 10 JUNE 2021 Funny side Sunil Grover might have become serious, even menacing, on screen, but his sense of humour is as effervescent as ever Redefining love Priyanka Chopra celebrates Pride Month in new video June is marked as the Pride Month. Various celebs are coming forward and talking about the LGBTQA+ community. Joining thousands across the globe, on Tuesday, Priyanka Chopra too celebrated the occasion with a social media post. The actress posted a happy sun-kissed video of her on Instagram in support of the LGBTQA+ community and wrote, “Love is....Take a video sharing what love means to you and tag me so I can see! #HappyPrideMonth,” followed by pride-themed heart emojis. Numerous celebs and fans poured love into the comment section. YouTuber Lilly Singh wrote, “Yayayayya!! Thanks Didi x.” Screenwriter Mushtaq Sheikh and actor Zareen Khan also dropped a bunch of emojis. Meanwhile, Kubbra Sait, who is vocal about her support for the LGBTQIA community, has curated a unique interactive online session called LGBTQIA+ For Dummies. She will interview four prominent members from the community in these sessions. Kubbra says, “The love we received from the community has always overwhelmed me and left me at a loss of words. The thought behind this concept was to normalise the fact that I’m a dummy when it comes to my awareness about the community. I often make mistakes with pronouns. I also unintentionally make mistakes by making a comment which is not correct or doesn’t fit with the guidelines of the community.” Nonika Singh I ❝ THE LOVE WE RECEIVED FROM THE COMMUNITY HAS ALWAYS OVERWHELMED ME . KUBBRA SAIT F wishes were horses, would Sunil Grover aka Mashoor Gulati aka Gutthi turn back the clock? And ensure his last series Tandav was not mired in controversy, his film Pataakha was a super-hit and the industry had woken up to the serious actor in him earlier than they did? Actually, a firm believer of the Gita’ s philosophy which deems much in life is preordained, Sunil has no regrets, not even a twinge. As his web series Sunflower is ready to stream on Zee5, we meet him in a reflective mood, ready to jog down the memory lanes of City Beautiful and more than ready to answer all our queries. In an exclusive Zoom interaction, his trademark funny side comes alive and so does an agile mind ticking and tickling. ■ Your fame as Dr Mashoor Gulati is almost legendary, but as an actor ‘actor’, do you think it has taken the industry a long time to wake up to your talent? I think it’s my destiny. I was happy doing comedy. Earlier, I made caricatures out of characters, now I cut out the caricature part and try to get as close to the character. Yes, as a student of the Department of Indian Theatre, Panjab University, Chandigarh, I did act in a whole lot of tragedies, so I would often wonder will I be able to use what I learnt in the drama department and get to play those parts. Luckily, I am doing that now and the audience too ‘All we are asking for is clarity’ Juhi clarifies her stand on 5G Bollywood actress and environmentalist Juhi Chawla took to social media on Wednesday to claim that she is not against 5G technology but just wants to learn whether it is safe for all. Juhi shared a video on Instagram on Wednesday where, speaking in Hindi and English she said: “There has been so much noise in the past few days that I almost could not hear myself too! And I feel that a very important message probably got lost in the middle of all this noise, which is that we are not against 5G. In fact, we are welcoming of it. Please bring it. “All we are asking is that the authorities certify that 5G is safe. Please certify it and publish your studies and research made on this on the public domain so that we get rid of this fear of ours. We just want to know that it is safe for children, for pregnant women, for unborn children, for people who are old, infirm, for flora fauna. That is all we are asking,” the actress said in her video. Juhi’s video comes just a few days after the Delhi High Court dismissed the lawsuit filed by her against the setting up of 5G wireless networks in the country, and also imposed a fine of Rs 20 lakh for the abuse of the process of law. The plea filed by Juhi Chawla, Veeresh Malik and Teena Vachani claimed that 5G wireless technology can be a potential threat to provoke irreversible and serious effects on humans and it could also permanently damage the earth’s ecosystems. —IANS ❝ SUNFLOWER IS A THRILLER WITHIN A THRILLER AND IT TURNS THE WHOLE IDEA OF WHODUNNIT UPSIDE DOWN. has been receptive. ■ For a man who tasted success on television, how do you compare television with OTT platform? I love being on television where I got immense amount of love. Then came ning hair? White hair? Cellulite? For me it’s my back flab and arms. I work on acceptance every day and it has taken me so long to embrace it.” She continued, “Your body is listening and every time you have a negative thought of how much you hate it, it’s only magnifying how bad you feel. The best exercise for #bodypositivity is to look at the ■ You were discovered by Jaspal Bhatti, what did you learn from him apart from the fact that you both carry humour with deadpan expression? I learnt so much from Jaspaljee. From him I came to know what crafted humour means, what comedy with purpose is, how it can show a mirror to society? He had a prophetic vision. He could foresee that Modijee will become the Prime Minister of the country. Personally, he would tell me I could achieve great success if I ‘played’ characters, which turned true as well. ■ How do you look back at your alma mater and do you think we owe a lot to our teachers? I hate the term self-made, it’s so pompous and egoistic. It undermines the part played by so many significant others in one’s life. A confession... Truth tumbles out Singer Liam Payne talks of suicidal thoughts and his alcohol addiction One Direction, one of the biggest boy bands, featured five boys—Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Nial Horan, Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne, who were grouped together during their time in the reality show, X-Factor. Once they were introduced as a band, there was no looking back. But, looks like it all got a bit overwhelming for Liam Payne. Recently in a podcast, Liam opened up about having suicidal thoughts and addiction. Liam told host Steven Bartlett, “There is some stuff that I’ve definitely never spoken about. It was really severe. It was a problem.” Sameera on body positivity Actress Sameera Reddy, on Wednesday, shared a collage of her ‘imperfectly perfect’ self on her Instagram profile. She added that she works on acceptance every day and that it has taken very long to embrace it. She wrote in her post, “Which part of your body makes you most uncomfortable? Is it stretch marks? Loose skin? Belly? Acne? Thin- a lull and Vishal Bhardwaj offered me Pataakha and the trajectory of my journey changed. More recently OTT has come to my rescue. ■ Sunflower is a thriller, do you think we are done with this genre or there is place for more and more? See, we have enough humour around us, so are we done with it? Emotions and subjects are only a handful. What makes a film or a series different is your take on it. What fresh angle you can bring to it. Sunflower is a thriller within a thriller and it turns the whole idea of whodunnit upside down. ■ Is your character of Sonu Singh in Sunflower more like Gurpal of Tandav or a bit of Mashoor Gulati? Neither. There are layers to it. Sonu thinks he is very smart, which he is. Yes, I remember my teachers be it Mohan Maharishi, Mahendra sir, Kumar Varma, Rani Balbir Kaur, Neelam maam and others with a deep sense of gratitude. ■ You have worked with different directors from Vishal Bhardwaj to Ali Abbas Zafar to Vikas Bahl; do you have to redefine your craft according to a director? Yes, that is why we are called the cast. We dovetail ourselves according to the mould they want us to be cast into. Ali Abbas brings aesthetics, glamour and commerce together. Vishal jee makes it more artistic, closer to reality and gives an earthy feel to his projects. Vikas sir is passionate and tends to keep adding layers. Even when the project is on the paper, you can feel its vibration. So, different directors have different approaches and the beauty is you learn to adapt to others’ creative processes which is a lesson I imbibed when I was doing voiceovers. ■ Do you think comic actors are not taken seriously? (Laughs) Look at how seriously we take humour in our country. Each time I make a statement or crack a joke I am more concerned about the reaction rather than action and how this particular gag might be interpreted. Yes, this consternation does affect creativity. ■ Mashoor Gulati made you a national figure, but is there a minus of playing the character over and over? None. To bring a smile on someone’s face is the greatest blessing. I have been blessed with the ability to make people laugh and connect at the same time. And it’s this livewire connection that will be once again on ample display in Vikas Bahl’s Sunflower which streams on June 11. parts that you feel insecure with and be kind to yourself. Every day like a mantra.” Sameera married Akshay Varde in 2013 and quit acting soon after her wedding. The couple welcomed their first child Hans Varde in 2015. While she is away from movies, the actress makes sure to stay connected with fans via her social media posts. c m y b Harsh Varrdhan Kapoor confirms Katrina Kaif and Vicky Kaushal’s relationship Reports of Vicky Kaushal dating Katrina Kaif have been doing the rounds since quite some time now. While the duo has remained mum about their relationship, Anil HARSH VARRDHAN Kapoor’s son KAPOOR Harsh Varrdhan Kapoor has recently confirmed their romance. During a recent interaction, when asked, which industry relationship rumour he believes is true or a PR move?, Harsh replied, “Vicky and Katrina are together, that’s true” but quickly added, “Am I going to get in trouble for it?” Katrina Kaif & Vicky Kaushal
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