11062021-LSTL-01.qxd 6/10/2021 11:28 PM Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE What a ride Prateik Babbar has been in Bollywood for over a decade. He calls it an eventful journey with lots of ups and downs. Prateik made his debut in 2008. LUDHIANA | FRIDAY | 11 JUNE 2021 Love needs no grandeur So as not to draw attention amid the pandemic, celeb couples, who tied the knot this year, chose to keep their wedding ceremony a simple affair Mona Jolie good show Angelina expresses solidarity with India Among the worst-hit countries in the world, India’s fight with the second wave of coronavirus has been tough. And during these difficult times, many international celebrities have shown their concern and support towards India’s fight with Covid-19. The latest celeb to join this list is Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie. In a recent media interaction, Angelina said, “I would certainly say to the people of India, with a very heavy heart, there are really no words to express the grief, solidarity, for all that the people of India are suffering.” Meanwhile, Angelina did a special photoshoot last month in which she was seen covered with bees. The shoot was to create awareness and promote the initiative of bee conservation on ‘World Bee Day’ which falls on May 20. On the work front, the actress was last seen in Those Who Wish Me Dead, directed by Taylor Sheridan. It is a story of Hannah, a smokejumper who is struggling emotionally, after failing to save three young campers and a colleague in a forest fire. L ET me not to the marriage of true minds Admit impediments. Love is not love Which alters when it alteration finds, Or bends with the remover to remove ... the Shakespearean sonnet rings true as love-struck celeb couples ditch the dreams of big, fat, fancy weddings for simple, small ceremonies as love triumphs over the lockdown. 1. The most recent couple to tie the knot is Yami Gautam and Aditya Dhar, smiling in the backdrop of deodars as they take their first step as husband and wife. The Uri actor and its director got married on June 4 in Yami’s home state Himachal Pradesh among close family members. 2. Home was the setting for Ari- SUGANDHA MISHRA & SANKET BHOSALE ANKIT GERA AND RASHI PURI Restless but not reckless Meet Abhay Verma, who is making headlines for his role of Kalyan aka Salman in The Family Man Season 2. The 22year-old boy is also a co-producer of recently announced biopic on Veer Savarkar. A tête-à-tête with Abhay Verma: ■ Where are you originally from? I was born and brought up in Panipat, Haryana and went to a school called St Mary Convent School. Post that, I enrolled myself for a BBA degree but left it midway as I was convinced that acting was my final destination. ■ How has your family helped you in your career? My elder brother Abhishek Verma is also an actor and is currently working in the TV show, Aapki Nazron Ne Samjha. Our parents At 22, have always been supportive towards Abhay our dreams and encouraged us to follow our heart. Verma knows ■ How did your journey in Mumwhat he wants bai start? and how to go I came to Mumbai three years back and did commercials with about it. Kalyan Amitabh Bachchan and Alia aka Salman from Bhatt. started exploring opporThe Family Man, tunitiesIin acting. So, while comis now mercials were helping me make a living, my pursuit of an acting co-producing career was keeping my dream alive. a biopic ■ How was it meeting Amitabh Bachchan for the first time? I was mesmerised. He is one actor who I have worshipped all my life. When I first saw him, I was spellbound for a while and couldn’t blink my eyes. He came close to me and gave me two nuts. I was in a dilemma to have it or not as I wanted to preserve that. But then I thought of it as a prasad from my God. ■ You must be very happy after getting all kinds of compliments for your performance in The Family Man 2? I am very happy and overwhelmed with the response. I have been receiving so many positive messages. It really feels great. That’s the power of good cinema – it is appreciated by all. ■ Any regrets on not having a scene with Manoj Bajpayee? No regrets. I met him on the sets of The Family Man and experienced his craft. He has this capability of switching on and off which amazed me. He’s a different person in front of the camera. ■ You have turned producer quite early, tell us about that? I believe age and creative process have no connection as one has to believe in his/her craft. Apart from acting I also love the process of film-making. Lot of effort goes in a project. I am co-producing a film titled Swatantra Veer Savarkar with SandeepSingh. YAMI GAUTAM & ADITYA DHAR ana Grande and Dalton Gomez’s big day at Montecito, California. The songstress and the real estate agent were engaged in December 2020. She exchanged vows with Dalton in mid-May in a small ceremony attended by just 20 friends and family members making it to the guest list. 3. Year 2021 started with Varun Dhawan making it ‘official’ with his long-time girlfriend Natasha Dalal. The star went for a small inti- VIKRAM CHAUHAN & SNEHA SHUKLA DIA MIRZA & VAIBHAV mate ceremony on January 24 at Alibaug. Dressed in a Manish Malhotra outfit, the couple posed for shutterbugs outside the venue. 4. Actor, environmentalist Dia Mirza found love again in businessman Vaibhav Rekhi. The duo tied the knot on February 15 in an eco-friendly ceremony in Mumbai. The Thappad actress chose a red Banarasi saree and local flowers for sustainable practices. 5. “We had one thing in common as kids, we both never smiled for photos. Here’s hoping we can make each other smile every day for the rest of our lives. #YouAndMe”, posted singer Shilpa Rao on social media as she tied the knot with her long-time friend Ritesh Krishnan in January. The Ghungroo singer had a small, private ceremony in Mumbai. VARUN DHAWAN AND NATASHA DALAL JASPRIT BUMRAH & SANJANA GANESAN Ritesh & Shilpa Dalton Gomez & Ariana (Above); Tushaan Bhindi & Evelyn Sharma 6. Cricketer Jasprit Bumrah and TV presenter Sanjana Ganesan had a dream wedding in Goa on March 15. “Steered by love, we have begun a new journey together. Today is one of the happiest days of our lives and we feel blessed to be able to share the news of our wedding and our joy with you,” posted Bumrah on Instagram. 7. Evelyn Sharma married her long-time beau Tushaan Bhindi, an Australia-based doctor, in May. The couple decided to keep the ceremony low key as not to draw attention in the pandemicstricken world. 8. Television actor Ankit Gera married Nigeria-based NRI Rashi Puri in the presence of just about 10 people on June 5 at Chandigarh. It’s an arranged match for the Agniphera actor. 9. Mardaani 2 actor Vikram Singh Chauhan got married to Sneha Shukla on April 30. Vikram said, “With the blessings of our parents and God – Sneha and I entered into a new phase of our life. We decided not to have any grand celebration ” ‘She was a star’ Boman Irani pens an emotional note as his mother passes away (L-R) Aamir Khan, Sajid Nadiadwala & Riteish DeshmukhL A master strategy Aamir Khan, Riteish Deshmukh and producer Sajid Nadiadwala, among others, are set to play the game of chess with the world champion Viswanathan Anand at an event on YouTube on June 13. The event is to extend support to the victims of the second wave of the Covid-19 crisis. Celebs and Viswanathan will be virtually playing these exhibition matches as part of a celebrity edition. The organisers of the event took to their social media accounts to announce the game. Announcing the first match between Aamir Khan and Viswanathan, they tweeted, “Held in association with The Akshaya Patra Foundation, all proceeds of Bollywood celebs to play chess with Viswanathan Anand for Covid-19 relief Boman Irani’s mother Jerbanoo Irani passed away on June 9 due to age-related illness. She was 94. The actor, who was very close to his mother, penned an emotional note on his social media and shared the sad news with his fans. He wrote, “Mother Irani passed away peacefully in her sleep early this morning. Jer was 94. She played the role of both mother and father to me, since she was 32. What a spirit she was. Filled with funny stories that only she could tell. The longest arm that always dug deep into her pockets, even when there wasn’t much there. When she sent me to the movies, she made sure all the compound kids came with me. ‘Don’t forget the popcorn’ she would say.” He further added, “She loved her food and her songs and she could fact-check Wikipedia and IMDb in a flash. Sharp, sharp, sharp, till the very end. Last night she asked for Malai Kulfi and some mango. She was, and always will be…….a star.” They made it! Here’s the list of BAFTA Breakthrough India this event will go towards serving individuals and families from vulnerable communities who have been affected by the global pandemic. The match between Aamir and Anand will be held on June 13 at 5pm.” This will be live streamed on the YouTube channel, Chesscom India. c m y b The British Academy of Film and Television Arts on Thursday announced names of the 10 selected participants for its talent initiative, BAFTA Breakthrough India. The selected participants include A Suitable Boy actress Tanya Maniktala, Scam 1992 writer Sumit Purohit and Gully Boy cinematographer Jay Pinak Oza among others. The list of the selected 10 promising talents, drawn from the of film, games and television industries in India is: Renu Savant, Jay Pinak Oza, Tanya Maniktala, Akshay Singh, Vikram Singh, Karthikeya Murthy, Palomi Ghosh, Arun Karthick, Shruti Ghosh and Sumit Purohit. —IANS SCAM 1992 A SUITABLE BOY
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