30122021-LSTL-01.qxd 12/29/2021 11:26 PM Page 1 c m y b ARNOLD & MARIA DIVORCED Arnold Schwarzenegger and senior journalist Maria Shriver have officially divorced after over a decade of separation. The divorce was mediated by a private judge who signed off on the final paperwork earlier this month. Arnold, and Maria will likely split their $ 400 million fortune equally. —PTI TRIBUNE Hero worship Life On Rajesh Khanna’s birthday, former actress and social activist Somy Ali said how her mother had the biggest crush on the late actor. —IANS LUDHIANA | THURSDAY | 30 DECEMBER 2021 As the Civil Aviation Ministry considers playing Indian music in flights and at airports, musicians rejoice Change your tune Allu Arjun talks about his Pushpa co-star Mona T GETTING VISIBLE HE Civil Aviation Ministry’s recent proposal for airlines and airports to consider playing Indian music in the flights and terminals on the lines of American airlines opting for jazz, Austrian for Mozart and Middle-Eastern countries going for Arabian music, is lauded by singers and composers. They root for classical, Bollywood, folk, regional and independent music to be played for the benefit of flyers as well for a wider reach! I have heard some good music in New Zealand while flying in and out. In India, I have only heard instrumental. While Bollywood music has its own reach, I would deem it to be a perfect platform for independent artistes like me. For artistes like me if the song makes it to a film, only then it reaches the masses. We don’t want to sell our music to labels as we want to retain the rights. Playing it at airports and flights, would not only get us visibility but also get travellers a different taste. — Jasleen Aulakh, singer GET THE TRUE FEEL SAVING THE HERITAGE I believe that music should not have boundaries and it should not have limits. So, basically everything that sounds Indian should be played at airports and flights, so that foreigners as well as Indian travellers should get a feel of the Indian music. We have seen Indian music growing globally. The latest move would take Indian music to greater heights. So far, there are very limited genres which are being played at airports and flights, mostly instrumental music, which frankly don’t impress me personally. I am happy about this initiative from the aviation industry, but I would also request them to monitor and regulate the working. Like the music volume shouldn’t be too loud as a lot of people like to rest during travel, also there are a lot of announcements and security directions we’ve to listen to. — Ayush Talniya, singer It would be an opportunity for us to showcase our classical music. One can play ragas according to the seasons and time of the day. Not only would it add to travellers’ experience but also gain our heritage its due attention. Not only foreigners landing in India, but Indians, who have not been exposed to our rich treasure, can savour the experience. — Mohd Zubair, composer GIVE US CHOICES India is a musically rich country. It’s a move worth paying attention to. While many countries have only one kind of music, we have a whole range – right from classical to Bollywood to folk. We can have regional music playing in different sectors, right from classical, Bollywood to Punjabi, Rajasthani, Gujarati to Bengali. Many airlines as British Airways and Etihad have music on demand. I have heard and enjoyed my own popular numbers like Allah Jane, Jatt Punjabi and Naaran Vicho Naar Punjaban while flying! — Pammi Bai, singer ‘Thank you’ note The actor pens a beautiful note for wife Tina on her birthday For Parineeti Chopra, 2021 was a remarkable year as she reminded people that when it came to risk-taking, she would do it head on. The actress was seen in three films this year - Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar, The Girl on the Train and Saina. ‘Amazing to watch Fahadh act’ Pushpa: The Rise has been making waves for a lot of reasons. And one of them is the intense role of the antagonist Shekhawat essayed flawlessly by Malayalam actor Fahadh Faasil. Pushpa’s lead star Allu Arjun said that he was really wishing that Fahadh would come on board. “I was wishing that he did this character because it needs a very powerful antagonist. Someone who has got a star presence. The moment he agreed and came on board, it was wonderful. To see him perform in live was very nice. Because I have seen his work on screen but still there’s a loss of generation. When you see the actor perform live, it’s a different experience altogether,” Allu Arjun said. Director Sukumar prefers casting Teluguspeaking actors in the main roles of his movies. When it came to casting for Pushpa too, he largely stuck to his practice. The reason although is based on practicality for Sukumar. “What happens with me is I keep changing dialogues on set. Scene will remain but I often impro- vise on dialogue. That’s why I prefer actors who know Telugu. Dhananjay is from Kannada, he knows Telugu well. He speaks Telugu. Rashmika speaks Telugu. Even if you give her the dialogue on the spot, it becomes easy.” Sukumar said. But Sukumar made an exception in case of Fahadh. Although he doesn’t speak Telugu, the director was eager to cast him in Pushpa: The Rise. “I’m a big fan of Fahadh from the beginning. I liked his performance in Maheshinte Prateekaram. Allu Arjun too is capable of delivering his performance.” —IANS Akshay gets romantic Akshay Kumar is currently vacationing in the Maldives with his family. The actor jetted off to the islands to celebrate the birthday of his wife and author Twinkle Khanna (Tina). On the occasion, Khiladi Kumar took to Instagram to share a picture with Twinkle and also penned a heartfelt wish for her. Akshay wrote, “With you by my side, even the blues are easy to take in my stride. Happy Birthday Tina.” Twinkle Khanna dropped heart emojis in the comments section as a reply to the actor’s post. Hugh Jackman tests positive for Covid-19 Parineeti Chopra says 2021 was the year she had been waiting for in terms of her career Parineeti says, “It’s a year filled with gratitude for me. This was the year I had been waiting for, having taken the biggest plunge of my career in the form of Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar, The Girl on the Train and Saina, and thankfully each one of them paid off! It made me realise that audiences expect me to be clutter-breaking and I couldn’t agree with them more; I am thankful to them for showering me with all the love for my performances.” She adds, “It’s been a year that has bolstered my belief in picking subjects that are remarkably ahead of the curve and present me in the most unique way on screen. I am blessed that makers, producers and my fans didn’t give up on me, and pushed me to do my best work.” —TMS Allu Arjun The wave is real… Cases related to the Omicron variant of Covid19 in India are increasing at a rapid pace and many states have started implementing lockdowns and night curfews as an effort to curb the spread of the virus. On Tuesday, actor Ranvir Shorey confirmed that his son Haroon is Covid positive. In an Instagram post, the actor shared the news and urged his fans not to take the virus lightly. He wrote, “The wave is real…” Then on December 29, Arjun Kapoor, his sister Anshula Kapoor, Rhea Kapoor and her husband Karan Boolani tested Covid-19 positive. All are currently under quarantine. This is the second time Arjun has contracted the virus. c m y b In a happy space Vaani Kapoor is thrilled to have had a successful year in cinema. The actress says, “It’s been a wonderful year for me as an artiste. Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui gave me the love and appreciation of audience which touched my heart. And what a great high to finish 2021 on! I am looking forward to my journey ahead in this world of cinema that I now call home.” Vaani will be seen opposite Ranbir Kapoor in YRF’s Shamshera that is set to release on March 18. She says, “With Shamshera set to release, I am very excited. Working with a director like Karan Malhotra was just great as an actor, I learnt so much from him. And Ranbir Kapoor, my co-star, it was just beautiful working with an actor of his calibre.” Vaani Kapoor Hugh Jackman has tested positive for Covid-19. The Hollywood star took to social media and posted a video, sharing the news with fans. In the video he said, “My symptoms are like a cold, I have scratchy throat and a bit of a runny nose. But I’m fine. And I’m just going to do everything I can to get better ASAP, and as soon as I’m cleared, I’ll be back on stage heading to River City. Please stay safe, be healthy, be kind.” With Hugh Jackman testing positive, the revival of Meredith Willson’s classic musical The Music Man will cancel performances on January 1. Jackman plays Harold Hill in The Music Man. However, like many other shows, it is struggling to keep its cast and crew healthy at a time when Covid is surging. Several Broadway shows have been forced to cancel performances due to breakthrough cases, including Aladdin, Mrs Doubtfire, Hamilton and The Lion King. Other productions such as Ain’t Too Proud, Jagged Little Pill and Waitress have ended their runs early as Covid continues to depress ticket sales.
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