15112021-LSTC-01.qxd 11/14/2021 11:23 PM Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE Busy time Life Kiara Advani recently released the poster of her movie Govinda Naam Mera. And now, the actress has resumed the shoot of S Shankar’s RC-15 in Hyderabad. CHANDIGARH | MONDAY | 15 NOVEMBER 2021 Of students and struggle Sonu Sood on not receiving Padma Shri No regrets Sonu Sood emerged as a messiah for many during Covid-19 lockdown. The actor left no stone unturned to reach out to people in need. However, his fans were quite disappointed when his name went missing from the list of Padma awardees. Responding to the disappointment expressed on social media by his supporters, Sonu Sood said, “Honestly, it is not something I expected at all. Not after the way things have been going.” The actor had earlier mentioned, “For me, the biggest award is the love of people. As long as people come to me for help, I will be there. It doesn’t matter whether my efforts are being acknowledged or not. I am not doing it for recognition at all.” Sheetal L YRICIST and writer Gurwinder Gill, better known as Gill Raunta, has added another feather to his cap by making a debut as an actor with Punjabi film Yes I Am Student. The movie also stars Sidhu Moosewala and Mandy Takhar. Gill has also written the script of the film, which is about students who migrate to foreign shores. He says, “I have lived in Surrey, Canada, with my relatives. Most of the film was shot on locations there. Although I have never been a student, I know many NRI students and the problems they go through; so, it was easy to come up with a script like this. I have talked to Ardaas, got him fame, then writing Dev Kharoud-starrer Kaka Ji’s script got him respect as a writer. He has also given music for films like DSP Dev, Blackia and Asees. Gurwinder Gill, who made his acting debut with Punjabi film Yes I Am Student, says it was a great experience writing the script of the movie as well many students in Australia as well as New Zealand.” Sing along Having written songs for famous artistes, Gill says his Film zone dream was to work with Manmohan Waris, which was fulfilled during the initial years of his career as a lyricist. Gill’s meaningful verses have been sung by artistes like Ammy Virk, Gurnam Bhullar and Himmat Sandhu, and also veteran artistes such as Manmohan Waris and Kamal Heer. He adds, “I like to sing songs that repre- Great blessing Nikitin Dheer and Kratika Sengar to be parents soon Chennai Express actor Nikitin Dheer and his wife Kratika Sengar are on cloud nine, as they are all set to embrace parenthood. Taking to his official Instagram handle, Nikitin shared a picture with Kratika where she can be seen flaunting her baby bump. Alongside the picture, Nikitin wrote, “Dheer Junior coming this 2022.” Soon after they dropped the picture, many of their friends from the industry, including Kishwer Merchantt, Gurmeet Choudhary, Ankita Lokhande and Akshara Singh, among others, sent congratulatory messages. Mona Bollywood actress Tisca Chopra spends Children’s Day with underprivileged kids grand event was a part of Azafran’s ‘Happy Minds’ initiative to increase muchneeded awareness about mental health issues in underprivileged children and empower them through art therapy. Tisca says, “If there is ever a way to truly honour children, it’s on Children’s Day. Every child I met was talented and I hope they do great things in the times to come. The ‘Happy Minds’ initiative is a lovely effort and it wonderfully displays the healing power of art.” WEBSOLUTE FUN The premiere of a highly anticipated fantasy series and a grand musical, among the releases on OTT this week November 19: Dhamaka on Netflix This Kartik Aaryan-starrer has been directed by Ram Madhvani. The film features Kartik in the role of a news anchor, who is mad about the TRP of his channel. But his life goes for a toss when a terrorist gets on a call with him during a live show. Mrunal Thakur plays Kartik’s wife in the film. Music, fantasy & more November 19: The Wheel of Time on Amazon Prime Video November 19: Cash on Disney+ Hotstar The series is an adaptation of the novel The Wheel of Time, one of the most popular fantasy series of all-time with over 90 million books sold! Set in a magical world, the story follows Moiraine (Rosamund Pike), a member of the incredibly powerful all-female organisation called the AesSedai, as she arrives in the small town of Two Rivers. Directed by Rishabh Seth, Cash is set against the backdrop of demonetisation. The cast includes Amol Parashar, Smiriti Kalra, Kavin Dave, Swanand Kirkire and Gulshan Grover. The comic caper is the story of a rookie entrepreneur, who is on the look out to make it big with his numerous business ideas waiting to take flight. However, he finds himself in a fix. c m y b Renowned magician Drummond Money-Coutts says there is almost nothing about India that he does not adore Truly magical! The healing power of art Taare Zameen Par star Tisca Chopra was seen celebrating Children’s Day with underprivileged kids from the Salaam Baalak Trust on Sunday (November 14). The sent our culture and are not offensive for any section of the society. My songs are for all age-groups.” If Kavaan Wali Panchayat, sung by Ammy Virk in Raunta, who is playing Sidhu’s friend in the film, had kept his acting debut a surprise for his fans. And just like his support for Sidhu in real life, his reel character does the same. Raunta, just like that of Moosewala, is not his surname, but the name of the village he was born in. “My village is in my veins. I go to Canada for a few months only, and stay in my village most of the time. I come to Chandigarh only for work. If not a lyricist, I would have been a farmer.” November 19: TICK, TICK... BOOM! on Netflix Directed by Lin-Manuel Miranda, this film is based on the autobiographical musical by Rent-playwright Jonathan Larson, and stars Andrew Garfield. The film follows Jon, a young theatre composer who works at a New York City diner in 1990, while writing what he hopes will be the next great American musical. Coming from the financial dynasty of Coutts & Co, Drummond MoneyCoutts (DMC) was destined to chart his own individual path. And today, DMC is ruling the world of magic. This English specialist ‘card shark’, who started performing in school, is going strong, having completed almost two decades, but there is a lot he wants to explore still. In the country recently, DMC finds Indian magic different, “Yahan jadu thoda alag hai.” DMC fell in love with magic when he was barely eight. His father took him for a show beneath the vaults of Coutts & Co. headquarters in London. So swayed was he with the experience that he decided to become a magician. Drummond fondly recalls how during a conversation with his father while climbing a mountain in Africa, as a 19-yearold, he had told his Plan A, which was to become a magician, to him. On being asked about Plan B, he had said it was to make Plan A work! Death By Magic on Netflix is one hair-raising show and Drummond admits it’s been ‘an incredibly difficult show to make’. “I didn’t know many of these stories of magicians having lost their lives in pursuit of creating that spectacle for the audience to enjoy.” Eight episodes, six of them back-to-back, Drummond never had any time to learn. “It was an incredibly dangerous show to make. The acts look incredible, but in magic one wrong move can spell doom.” Deep connection DMC’s India connect is strong and deep. He proudly supports the tattoo — Hausla Pyar Viswas. “There are three mantras that I adhere to in life — Hausla Pyar Viswas. This is my little piece of India that I carry with me; it’s very special,” says Drummond, who fell in love with India instantly. As an 18-yearold when he first came to India, he was mesmerised. “I landed in Delhi and felt my soul fill up with exoticism, mysticism and crazy energy. India adores magic, its mystical — so different from anywhere than world.” He also loves Indian cuisine, “Sab khana swadisht hai. I love everything; there is almost nothing about India that I don’t adore.” In India, he finds a world within him. “I recently saw the movie Kedarnath and I would like to visit the temple. There is always another village, another town, another mountain; so many cultural experiences to explore in India. It’s too much for one lifetime, but I will try.”
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