03102021-LSTL-01.qxd 10/2/2021 11:47 PM Page 1 c m y b WHEN ALAYA F SIZZLED Alaya F has a huge fan following on Instagram and she has posted yet another gorgeous picture where she is seen enjoying beach life in Maldives. She captioned the picture as, “In case you can’t tell from the photo, I’m really happy to be here.” She recently finished filming Freddy with Kartik Aaryan. TRIBUNE Top honour Kangana Ranaut has been named as the brand ambassador for Uttar Pradesh government’s ambitious ‘one district-one product’ programme. LUDHIANA | SUNDAY | 3 OCTOBER 2021 Young singer Dhvani Bhanushali is making waves with her soulful voice Sheetal Y Truly a star The No Time to Die actor Daniel Craig will be honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame during a ceremony on October 6. Daniel Craig to get a star on Hollywood Walk of Fame His will be the 2,704th star on the Walk of Fame, and the fourth James Bond actor to receive the honour after David Niven, Roger Moore and Pierce Brosnan. Barry Nelson also played Bond in a TV movie and received a star during his career. Craig’s star will be placed next to Moore’s, located at 7007 Hollywood Boulevard. “Daniel Craig is a British cultural icon, as is James Bond, the man he has portrayed in five 007 films. We are thrilled to place his terrazzo Walk of Fame star next to the star of another famed actor, who also portrayed James Bond, Roger Moore,” said Ana Martinez, producer of the Hollywood Walk of Fame, in a statement. “Fans will be thrilled when they see that their stars are appropriately located at 7007 Hollywood Boulevard,” Martinez added. Craig has previously played the suave spy 007 in Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall and Spectre. He received a Golden Globe nomination for Rian Johnson’s whodunit Knives Out. — IANS OUNG singer Dhvani Bhanushali is making headlines with her latest song Mehendi. The singer has collaborated with the actor of the web series Guilty, Gurfateh Pirzada, for the song. As suggests her name, she is known for lending her melodious voice to songs like Leja Re, Baby Girl, Psycho Sayiaan, Kinna Sonna, among others. Notably, her song Vaaste made her the youngest Indian to have the fastest one billion views on YouTube! Dhvani and Gurfateh, share some candid moments from the making of the song. After Nayan become a hit, Mehendi is yet another song that also has a Gujarati flavour. She says, “It’s my gift to the listeners ahead of Navratri. It was a great opportunity to sing with Vishal Dadlani.’ The video is shot in the beautiful locales of Udaipur in Rajasthan. Talking about Gurfateh, the singer says, “He is a really sweet boy to hang out with. I did not try to teach him how to sing; maybe, next time.” Penned by Priya Saraiya, Mehendi has been composed by Lijo George and DJ Chetas. Chandigarh boy Gurfateh enjoyed working with Dhvani and has given the Melody & rhythm thumbs up for any other collaboration. Says Gurfateh, “I heard the song and really liked it. The story that was pitched also made sense to me. Also, I knew the director very well. So, there were many reasons to do this music video. The shooting of the song, although hectic because of long shooting hours, went really smoothly. Dhvani and I became really good friends after the shoot. ” The actor will make his Bollywood debut with multistarrer Brahmastra, starring Amitabh Bachchan, Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Mouni Roy and Dimple Kapadia. GURFATEH’S FAVOURITES POLLYWOOD CALL: I am from Chandigarh, so would love to do something in Punjab. Not sure if it would be music videos. Got a couple of offers of Punjabi films as well, but it did not work out. I would love to work with Diljit at some point in my career. LYRICS OR MUSIC: I connect with lyrics first and if the music is great, it’s just a bonus. CURRENT PLAYLIST: Ma Belle and Toxic by A P Dhillon, and Cold Mess by Prateek Kuhad. BINGE-WATCH RECOMMENDATION: Squid Game. What an achiever! Deepika Padukone bags Global Achiever’s Award 2021 Deepika Padukone has bagged the Global Achiever’s Award 2021 for her achievements in the film industry. The diva won the Best Actress in Bollywood award and shares the list with popular names, including Barack Obama, Jeff Bezos, Cristiano Ronaldo, among others. The award received more than 3,000 nominations this year, which were shortlisted by an esteemed jury. In 2018, Deepika was named as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. A year later, she bagged the 26th Annual Crystal award for raising awareness about mental health issues. Meanwhile, on the work front, Deepika has Fighter, 83 and Pathan in the pipeline. Gurfateh Pirzada and Dhvani Bhanushali Lucknow fun Aditya Roy Kapur to star in Indian adaptation of The Night Manager Parting ways Beating the uncertainties of 2020-21, Panorama Studios’ Khuda Haafiz Chapter II Agni Pariksha hit the floors with a bang and now the Lucknow schedule of the shooting has been wrapped up. Director Faruk Kabir has posted a photo where he is sitting across the lead actor Vidyut Jammwal. He also took to social media and uploaded a picture of a clapboard, which declared the wrap-up. As much as 80 per cent of the shooting has been completed. Starring Vidyut Jammwal Telugu film superstars Samantha Akkineni and Naga Chaitanya broke several hearts as the couple announced on Saturday that they are ending their marriage. The rumours of their separation started when Samantha dropped ‘Akkineni’ from her social media accounts. They were asked about the rumours but never gave any direct answers. Now, they finally addressed the situation and shared that they are heading for divorce. The two stars took to their respective social media handles to announce that they were parting Samantha Akkineni & Naga Chaitanya announce divorce and Shivaleeka Oberoi, the upcoming movie stirs excitement among the viewers as the director and the lead actors share entertaining behind-the-scenes moments. Kabir says, “I have to say that Lucknow showed us a great time. We lived like a family for almost two months. The film’s team was relentless in ensuring that we finished the day’s work as planned. We’re happy that the schedule has concluded within the intended number of days.” ways. The official statement read, “To all our well-wishers. After much deliberation and thought Sam and I have decided to part ways as husband and wife to pursue our own paths. We are fortunate to have a friendship of over a decade that was very core of our relationship, which we believe will always hold a special bond between us. We request our fans, well-wishers and the media to support us during this difficult time and give us the privacy we need to move on. Thanking you for your support.” Action zone Writing on the wall Bollywood actor Aditya Roy Kapur is likely to play the title role in the Indian adaptation of the British mini-series The Night Manager. Based on John Le Carre’s eponymous 1993 novel adapted to the present by David Farr, the series was aired on BBC One in 2016 and went on to win two Primetime Emmys and three Golden Globes. Roy Kapur will essay the titular character played by Tom Hiddleston in the original series. Hiddleston, who picked up a Growing up admiring the beautiful wall-paintings in his hometown Bhiwani, artist Ram Partap Verma is pained to see this amazing art vanish. Around 200 years old, done with natural pigments on choona, the scenes from mythology, daily life and nature have lasted this long. It’s only now that ‘haveli-owners’ have moved to cities and this art is dying a slow death. An artist, a sensitive soul, Verma has documented these beautiful wall paintings in a book, Wall Paintings: The Vanishing Treasure, and a 33-minute Golden Globe for his role, played Jonathan Pine, a former British soldier who works as the night manager of a luxury hotel in Cairo. His life moves on predictably till he is recruited by an officer with the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office to infiltrate the inner circles of a shady arms dealer. Directed by Susanne Bier, the series also featured Hugh Laurie and Olivia Colman. The Indian adaptation will also have Anil Kapoor playing a key role. — IANS Artist Ram Partap Verma has documented the beautiful wall paintings of Bhiwani in a book and also a documentary titled Wall Paintings: The Vanishing Treasure c m y b documentary with the same title. “Today we use the best and costliest paints in our homes, but to witness these natural pigments in just three primary colours — yellow, red and indigo — and green as secondary, last for close to 200 years is remarkable,” says Verma. He grew up admiring the art in these havelis. “Ram and Ravan yudh to Krishna’s raas lila, the walls have splendid paintings.” He fondly talks of how the domes that sahukaars had next to their havelis were also rich in art. While he sees no possible way to save the dying wall paintings, he is happy that he could preserve them in his book and film. “One of the havelis with splendid work was half destroyed a little while after I made the film. It is devastating to witness that, but I am glad that I documented them just in time!” The book that’s been published by The Browser has 252 pages, and over 500 arts works spread over 18 chapters. Before joining the Art College in Chandigarh, Verma painted cinema hoardings and signboards in his hometown Bhiwani. — TNS
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