14092021-LSTL-01.qxd 9/13/2021 11:38 PM Page 1 c m y b THE COMMANDO PROPOSAL Vidyut Jammwal took to his Instagram account and confirmed his engagement with the fashion designer Nandita Mahtani. Doing a daredevil stunt, the Commando actor slipped the ring on Nandita’s finger when they both were rappelling down a 150-metre-high wall at a military camp close to Agra. TRIBUNE Hi Dubai Popular singer Jubin Nautiyal is all set to enthrall the audience with his soulful and foot tapping music at his first live concert in Dubai following the Covid pandemic.IANS LUDHIANA | TUESDAY | 14 SEPTEMBER 2021 OUT OF THE TEXTBOOKS Mona F Believe it or not! Britney Spears and Sam Asghari are officially engaged Britney Spears and Sam Asghari are officially engaged. Spears made the official announcement on Sunday on her social media handle. Showing the rock on her finger with Sam, she wrote, “I can’t f—-ing believe it.” She shared the news on Instagram with several ring emojis in her caption. In a video, Britney is seen waving her hand with the massive diamond ring in front of the camera with a slight grin before kissing a smiling Sam on the cheek. In the video, Sam asks looking at Britney, “Look at that, you like it?” and a happy Britney said, “Yeah.” Meanwhile, Sam shared another look at the ring on his own Instagram account, where he tagged Britney and left a simple prince-and-princess emoji caption. It was love at first sight when Britney, 39, and Sam, 27, met in October 2016 on the sets of her Slumber Party music video. “They made their longstanding relationship official today and are deeply touched by the support, dedication, and love expressed to them,” Asghari’s manager Brandon Cohen added in a statement to Billboard, noting that Spears’ ring was designed by New York City jeweller Roman Malayev. —IANS OR any language to survive and thrive, it’s important that it remains the language of the masses. And the Hindi film industry has done its significant bit in this domain. Pegged at Rs 183 billion, Bollywood remains the significant soft power with a wide reach. The industry has won its fair share of cinephiles, and spread some true Hindi love. India with its two official languages – Hindi and English – has its people get into some conflicts at times – a struggle shown beautifully in films like Hindi Medium and English Vinglish. The famous Akshay Kumar’s monologue in Namastey London is a glimpse of incredible India. Bollywood time and again brings many such dialogues and memorable songs to the fore. Actors like Pankaj Tripathi and Manoj Bajpayee use Hindi for their social media posts, keeping their connect with the language and their massive fan following. Wishing The Tribune readers Hindi Diwas in chaste Hindi, Pankaj Tripathi says, “My mother tongue is Bhojpuri but I have studied in a Hindi medium school, and this is the language that’s been my rozi roti.” While talking about how Hindi films have garnered more followers for the language, Tripathi says, “Our effort is also to include the words in dialogues that are fast disappearing from life so that those words remain alive.” Script writer Sanjay Chauhan credits the film industry being one significant medium for spread of the language. “Be it the South, or North-East, Hindi songs are Justin Bieber ENGLISH VINGLISH Talk of Hindi and Hindi Medium& English Vinglish come to mind. Bollywood has done its bit to popularise Hindi language A STILL FROM HINDI MEDIUM PANKAJ TRIPATHI popular in nooks and crannies of our country and this is the biggest certificate of industry’s contribution.” “If you want to kill a language, keep it limited to textbooks,” says bilingual author, and filmmaker Pankaj Dubey. “Hindi films have bridged the gap between books and people, and winning millennials who are more disposed towards English. Add to it Indians settled abroad in more than 150 countries who SUKHMANI J SADANA PANKAJ DUBEY use Hindi films to keep their second and third generations connected to their roots.” While Dubey can write with equal ease in Hindi and English, the younger lot, though as much in love with Hindi is banking on Roman English for screenplays and dialogues. “Our multi-cultural society has come together through Bollywood, with Hindi talking the top spot as the universal language of entertainment,” says actor and writer Sukhmani J Sadana. “Different communities and strata are bound by some Hindi love!” says Sukhmani who admits using Roman English in her film and web show writing. While Hindi has been accepted as the first language of our cinema, with changing times, other Indian languages can make it to cinema too, feels writer Garima Pura. Garima says, “Indian cinema has been predominantly Hindi and done its fair bit to keep people connected to the language.” As for her language style, she calls it ‘thinking in Hindi and writing in Roman English’. “But trust me I can give the best English spellings for any Hindi words,” she laughs. Lyricist Munna Dhiman states, “As the language of popular cinema Hindi has kept the masses connected with it, even though it’s Hindustani!” Fit & fine Arjun Kapoor has been the talk of the town recently because of his physical transformation. The actor now wants to share the wealth of knowledge that his trainer and food curator has to offer through his social media so that people benefit from it. Arjun says, “It is really encouraging to see people appreciative of the hard work that I’m putting in. It feels great to constantly try to become better. I have to give a lot of credit to my trainer Drew Neal and Akshay Arora, who has taken care of my nutritional needs with his inventive dishes, for keeping me on track. I’m really lucky that I have them to keep me focussed on my fitness goals every single day.” He adds, “A lot of people have been asking me to share how I have transformed myself and so, I’m thinking of starting chat sessions on social media with my trainer, my food curator, among others to discuss how a transformation can be achieved.” ARJUN KAPOOR The winners are… Justin Bieber, Lil Nas, Rodrigo, BTS win big at MTV VMAs Machine Gun Kelly Lil Nas X Olivia Rodrigo PHOTOS: REUTERS Lil Nas X’s Montero took home video of the year award at the MTV Video Music Awards 2021, held at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Sunday for the first time in eight years. Justin Bieber, Olivia Rodrigo, BTS, and Billie Eilish, among others, also won multiple Moon Person awards. Here’s a look at this year’s record-setters: Olivia Rodrigo, 18, took the song of the year award for Drivers License.” She also became the fifth-youngest best new artiste winner to date at the VMAs. Bieber was just 16 when he won in 2010. Avril Lavigne, Austin Mahone, and Billie Eilish were each 17 when they won. The Kid LAROI, who MTV revealed was this year’s runner-up, is also 18. Rodrigo also won push performance of the year, again edging out The Kid LAROI. Bieber won the artist of the year award. He’s the first male winner in the category since Ed Sheeran, who was the inaugural winner four years ago. Bieber also won the best pop award for Peaches. Korean boy band BTS ‘Butter’ won the best K-pop award. Doja Cat’s silky Kiss Me More, featuring SZA, took the best collaboration award. Silk Sonic’s Leave the Door c m y b Doja Cat SOME ACTION Rapper Machine Gun Kelly and Irish mixed martial artist Conor McGregor had to be separated after getting into a physical altercation at the event. A source told Page Six they “got into a fight at the top of the carpet” and “had to be pulled apart.” The source added that McGregor reportedly threw his drink at Kelly. BILLIE EILISH IS ‘RUDE’ Open won the best R&B award. Travis Scott’s Franchise won the best hip-hop award. Eilish’s Your Power was a surprise winner for video for good, beating, among others, H.E.R.’s Oscar-winning Fight for You. Eilish also won best Latin for Lo Vas A Olvidar, a collab with Latin superstar Rosal-a. Beyonce’s Brown Skin Girl won the best cinematography award. —IANS Bad Guy hit-maker Billie Eilish has been called out for reportedly showing attitude at the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards. She appeared to throw a shade at singer-actress Jennifer Lopez at the Sunday ceremony and it was caught on camera. Jennifer Lopez Travis Scott DOJA CAT GOES WILD From wearing a ‘chair hat’, to dressing up as a worm with chicken feet boots, rapper Doja Cat redefined fashion as a performer and a host at the MTV Video Music Awards 2021. IANS Billie Eilish
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