25082021-LSTL-01.qxd 8/24/2021 11:56 PM Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE Age wise Actress Anna Faris has revealed that she secretly tied the knot with cinematographer Michael Barrett in July, and chose to elope rather than have a huge wedding ceremony because of her ‘age’. IANS LUDHIANA | WEDNESDAY | 25 AUGUST 2021 Of travel, music & reality A grand event Actress Isha Chhabra to represent India at Perfect Lady Gala 2021 Actress Isha Chhabra of MTV Forbidden Angels fame is all set to represent India at the Perfect Lady Gala 2021. The Gala Dinner is going to take place on September 5, 2021, and will be held in California, USA. Various celebrities across the world are selected to represent their respective nations and the title of Perfect Lady 2021 will be awarded based on the judge’s decision. An excited Isha says, “Perfect Lady Gala is going to be very tough, as there will be representatives from different countries participating in it. The Gala is considered very prestigious. I am working really hard to be the Perfect Lady 2021. I have very closely been planning everything with my team, right from the costumes to my performances.” She continues, “I hope to win this Gala, as this is an amazing opportunity for me to represent my country, India, at an international platform.” Singer Sona Mohapatra’s documentary Shut Up Sona, which won the Best Documentary Film Award at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne, says it is a beautiful validation by the Indian diaspora ‘I owe it to Arjun Reddy’ Shalini Pandey Shalini Pandey is set for a huge launch in Bollywood with her big-ticket debut — Jayeshbhai Jordaar opposite Ranveer Singh. On the fourth anniversary of her South-Indian superhit Arjun Reddy, Shalini credits the film and the director Sandeep Reddy Vanga for making her a performer to watch out for. Shalini says, “I owe everything to Arjun Reddy because it put me on the map as a performer. I had done my level best to put up a performance that I was immensely proud of and I’m glad that audiences appreciated my hard work...” Gurnaaz Kaur “I felt I was pushed against a corner in the industry. I was not getting to sing as often as I deserved to. And sitting around and waiting for others to give me an opportunity is not me,” these thoughts and emotions became a breakthrough for Sona Mohapatra, who then decided to make a documentary and Shut Up Sona was born. It recently won the Best Documentary Film Award at the prestigious Indian Film Festival of Melbourne. Some months back, it got the National Award for Best Editing. The film that premiered at MAMI in 2019 and won a critics guild award , has gone on to make a big impact at the Rotterdam Festival, Gotteborg Festival, even winning a special mention at Impact Docs Award. Unapologetic to speak up and make her voice heard, this singer is excited about her film travelling far and wide to the best of international festival. "Winning the IFFM was particularly like a beautiful validation by the Indian diaspora. When you get an Indian award or an award like IFFM, it shows your own people, are celebrating your jour- ney and what you have to say. They believe in your voice that says a lot needs to be changed." EQUAL SPACE Directed by Deepti Gupta, the feature length film resonates with every woman's search for an equal space in a culture ridden with millennia of misogyny. In its initial stage, the motivation was to share her love for music, history and the cultural influence that her tunes draw from the various alleys of India. "The plan was to cover the length and breadth of my country, to connect dots for my musical inspiration, my love for travel and history. So, whether I went to Nizamuddin Dargah where qawwalis have been sung for 800 years or to Vrindavan to trace the journey of Meerabai, who in my eyes is a rock star since even after being a princess, 400 years ago she could sing and dance openly (a sign of a strong woman who impacted the society in incredible ways), I was in search of these inspirations and showcase them to people. Deepti Gupta and Sona Mohapatra A model showcases a Manish Malhotra outfit NEW NARRATIVE But as the film began to roll, the tumultuous life events of this singer began to shape a new narrative. "So many incidents were happening in my life that was so full of conflict and so masaledaar so to say. A criminal notice for a video that led to many visits to the police station, then a big debate on national TV, getting threats, all this was painful and taxing but not new for me. During the Salman Khan troll, I had spent three months running to police station every other day. I was severely trolled with death threats, acid attack threats and so much more." At this point, her partner Ram Sampath gave a suggestion that made all the sense to Sona. "Ram said your life is so full of conflict, there's so much to reveal, so why are you caught up with only travel and music, Khusro and Meera Bai; it should reflect your own journey too!" REAL TAKE Sona was producing it because there was no plan of making it about her, but then the film became Shut Up Sona. And she says, "But that is how the documentary format is, it captures reality and my reality was very masaledaar and film-worthy at that time." Already working on a sequel, Sona has titled it Please Sing Sona and says it will be a political-music documentary with a very strong gender narrative. "It's not your typical serious documentary; it is a lot of gaali galoch, music, fun and craziness at the heart of it." Going the distance Swara Bhasker interacts with a psychologist to prepare for her next Swara Bhasker is putting in extra work for her next film, a murder mystery, titled Mimamsa. Swara will be seen playing the role of an investigating officer, Adhira Dixit, in this film. Since the movie is a murder mystery and will see her chase a serial killer, Swara decided to talk to a psycholo- gist to understand what goes through a serial killer’s psyche. Talking about the same, Swara says, ‘’I feel that it is extremely important to understand your role and get things right while dealing with such topics. At a time when the audience is extremely aware and well- read, it becomes all the more important for the actors and those making content to take necessary steps to get the portrayal on screen right. And hence, as someone who belongs to the creative field, along with the creative freedom, we also wanted to get things right.’’ Sacred reds, ‘I tried not to panic’ scintillating golds Kriti Sanon turns muse for Manish Malhotra’s bridal edition Nooraniyat The week-long India Couture Week 2021 kick-started in New Delhi on Monday (August 23) with Manish Malhotra launching his bridal edition titled Nooraniyat. The designer found his perfect muse for the collection and it was none other than Mimi star, Kriti Sanon. Kriti was the virtual showstopper for the collection and she certainly did justice to it. The stunner wore a red and gold patterned bridal lehenga, which featured a blouse with a dipped neckline and an embellished skirt. Paired with it was a sheer red dupatta with a gold border. The heavy gold pattern work added opulence to Kriti’s look. Talking about Nooraniyat, Manish Malhotra says, “My bridal edition is an amalgamation of moods and emotions of the brides...” c m y b Sofia Vergara ‘educated’ herself after cancer scare Modern Family star Sofia Vergara was diagnosed with thyroid cancer at the age of 28, and she handled the shocking news by educating herself about the condition. “At 28, during a routine visit, my doctor felt a lump in my neck. They did a lot of tests and finally told me I had thyroid cancer,” Vergara said during the ‘Stand Up To Cancer’ telethon. She added: “When you’re young and you hear that word ‘cancer’, your mind goes to so many places but I tried not to panic and decided to get educated. I read every book and found out everything I could about it. I was fortunate to have caught it early and to have the support of my doctors and most importantly, my family.” The 49-year-old actress believes she learnt a lot from her health scare. She said: “I learnt a lot during that time, not just about thyroid cancer but also learned that in times of crisis we’re better together.” The actress previously said she was “lucky” to have survived her cancer scare. She was relieved the problem was discovered before the cancer had spread. — IANS Happy times... Rajeev Sen and Charu Asopa’s baby shower Sushmita Sen’s brother, Rajeev Sen married Charu Asopa on June 7, 2019. And this year, in May, they announced that they were expecting their first child soon. Rajeev and Charu have now posted pictures of the baby shower on their respective Instagram handles. “Our first baby shower pictures from the balcony of our new house,” Rajeev wrote. Charu too posted the same photos with a similar caption on her page. Amongst the guests and family members, Sushmita Sen looked pretty in a pink salwar suit.
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