09012022-LSTC-01.qxd 1/9/2022 12:42 AM Page 1 c m y b RECONNECTING WITH INDIA Pakistani actress Saba Qamar, who is known for appearing in Bollywood film Hindi Medium, will soon be seen in an upcoming Zindagi original show Mrs & Mr Shameem. As the show releases on ZEE5, the actress is quite excited and looking forward to connecting with the Indian audience through the show. —IANS TRIBUNE Life Wooing technique To wish his ladylove Nandita on her birthday, Vidyut Jammwal used a face mapping application and put their faces into Jeetendra and Babita’s birthday song Baar baar yeh din aaye. IANS CHANDIGARH | SUNDAY | 9 JANUARY 2022 Sir, as we know him... Today as we admire a galaxy of black actors such as Denzel Washington, Eddie Murphy, Will Smith, Laurence Fishburne, Forest Whitaker, Chadwick Boseman, Eddie Murphy, Jamiee Fox, Michael B Jordan, Idris Elba, we need to pause, mourn and tip a hat to the one who paved the way for an inclusive Hollywood. Sidney Poitier, the first black actor who won an Academy Award for Best Actor, came at a time when the doors of Hollywood did not open automatically for talent, especially if you were not a white. Even Poitier, though number five in popularity charts behind Richard Burton, Paul Newman, Lee Marvin and John Wayne, was not cast as a romantic hero. However, in Stanley Kramer’s social drama Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, one of the first films on inter-racial marriage, he did play a man in a relationship with a white woman. Sidney Poitier, who paved the path for black actors in Hollywood, will be best remembered for breaking barriers as well as films like Lilies of the Field, To Sir, with Love, The Defiant Ones and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner Many a laurel came to him. Before he won the best actor award in 1964 for his performance as Homer Smith in the low-budget Lilies of the Field, he won an Oscar nomination for The Defiant Ones (1958). In his career spanning five decades he received two Academy Award nominations, ten Golden Globes nominations, two Primetime Emmy Awards nominations, six BAFTA nominations, eight Laurel nominations, and one Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG) nomination. In popular imagination world over he would perhaps be best remembered for To Sir, with Love a sentimental film where he played a concerned teacher but a string of his successful films including To Sir, with Love were Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, and In the Heat of the Night. On his shoulders he often felt the weight of representation of millions of his race. FILM TRAJECTORY This fact led to him being typecast as infallible character rather than a flawed one and was criticised for playing this over-idealised AfricanAmerican sans sexuality or personality faults such as his character in Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. Born on February 20, 1927, in Miami and having spent earlier part of his life in the Bahamas, he later moved to Miami and then New York. After doing odd jobs in New York, he landed a role in the film No Way Out (1950) playing a doctor treating a Caucasian bigot. More roles followed and he became America’s first black Matinee idol and later went on to direct a few successful films, including Stir Crazy. In year 2002 when Denzel Washington won the award for Best Actor for Training Day, becoming ■ the second ■ black actor ■ ■ ■ to win the award. It was also the year when Poitier received the 2001 Honorary Academy Award for his overall contribution to American cinema. Washington’s victory speech and his words “I’ll always be chasing you, Sidney. I’ll always be following in your footsteps,” is proof enough how he was a role model for many of his race. The ‘Sir’ of To Sir With Love, earned much respect in real life and the honorific Sir when knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1974. Seen in nineties as lead in ABC drama Separate but ■ Equal, and in 1997 as Nelson ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ Mandela in Mandela and de Klerk and The Measure of a Man, is how his memoirs might have been titled. Yet, here was a man whose achievements are immeasurable and as US President Joe Biden put it, “Sidney helped open the hearts of millions and changed the way America saw itself.” (Compiled by Nonika Singh & Sheetal) ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ To Sir, With Love ■ ■ ■ Out of four Oscar Best Picture nominees — The ■ film that got him noticed where Defiant Ones (1958), Lilies of the Field (1963), In the Sidney played a doctor treating a Heat of the Night (1967) and Guess Who’s ■ white bigot. Coming to Dinner (1967) that he starred in ■ In the Heat of the Night won. ■ The Defiant Ones (1958) earned ■ him first Academy Award ■ Stir Crazy (1980) was the highest ■ nomination in the Best Actor grossing film directed by a ■ category which he converted into black filmmaker until Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner ■ a win five years later with Lilies of Scary Movie (2000), ■ the Field (1963). directed by Keenen ■ Ivory Wayans ■ To Sir, with Love, In the Heat of the ■ Night and Guess Who’s Coming to broke the record. Dinner, released in 1967 were ■ some of his films that helped ■ break some social barriers. ■ ■ The Bedford Incident (1965) ■ was the first film by the ■ actor where his ■ character’s race was ■ not a concern in ■ the story. ■ No Way Out (1950) was the first ■ ■ ■ ■ Mandela and de Klerk In the Heat of the Night ■ Lilies In The Field Priyadarshan, Madhur Bhandarkar, Swara Bhasker and Vishal Dadlani test positive Covid-19 scare continues… Several celebrities from the film industry have also contracted the coronavirus. On Friday, filmmaker Priyadarshan tested positive. Reportedly, the filmmaker has been hospitalised in Chennai’s Apollo Hospital. After Swara Bhasker, who had tested Covid positive on Friday, now director Madhur Bhandarkar has confirmed that he has tested positive for the virus. Taking to Twitter on January 8, Madhur wrote, “I have tested positive for Covid. Been fully vaccinated but experiencing mild symptoms. Have isolated myself. Those who came in contact with me kindly get yourself tested. Please be safe & follow covid-19 protocols.” Music director Vishal Dadlani took to his Instagram and shared the unfortunate news of his father Moti Dadlani passing away. Sharing a picture of his father, Vishal wrote that since he is Covid positive, he can’t even hold his mother in her most difficult time. —TMS The Simple Life Of Noah Dearborn Paris Blues ‘I was completely Deciphering unrecognisable’ the ‘noise’ Deepika opens on her battle with Covid-19 Sheetal In the month of May 2021, Deepika Padukone had tested positive for Covid. Along with the actress, her father Prakash Padukone, mom Ujjala and sister Anisha too had tested positive. Though the actress never shared any update while recovering, she recently recalled her battle with virus during an interaction. Deepika said, “I think lockdown one was very, very different. It was all of us trying to figure out what had come upon us. And trying to understand how to navigate our lives around this new wave. Lockdown two was also very different because everyone in my family, including me had Covid at the same time.” The star added, “Life after Covid changed for me because physically, I was unrecognisable completely… I think (due to) the medication I was given, the steroids that I was put on. So, Covid in itself was weird. Your body feels different, your mind feels different. I felt that when I We all have been guilty of picking sides when we first heard of MeToo accusations around the world or in India. Author Tanushree Ghosh, who launched her book, Beyond #MeToo: Ushering Women’s Era or Just Noise? on Saturday in Chandigarh was no different. But she calls it a learning process where each day you become more and more aware of the soft patriarchy that we have been conditioned with. The author, who coincidentally shares the name with actress Tanushree Dutta, the one who started the movement in India, says she did not want to impose feminism or sound preachy to her readers. “The book is all about the movement, the various factors which ignited it, how it changed the course of feminism and how different nations reacted to it differently. What do you do with this information depends on the readers,” she says. Ghosh is an engineering and programme manager at Intel Corporation. She had the illness it was still okay but after that, I needed to take two months off work because my mind wasn’t working. The phase for me was very, very difficult.” Meanwhile, on the work front, the actress will soon be seen in Shakun Batra’s Gehraiyaan.—TMS c m y b Tanushree Ghosh’s Beyond #MeToo: Ushering Women’s Era or Just Noise? is a comprehensive account of the movement is also the founder director of Her Rights Inc. She has written for various magazines and felt the need of comprehending the movement and its intricate details in layman’s language. Picture shared by Oprah Winfrey on Twitter RIP Sidney Poitier, celebs pay tribute Sidney Poitier was an inspiration to many and with his maverick performances the actor-director not only earned a huge fan following in Hollywood but also in Bollywood. Mourning the demise of Sidney Poitier, Anil Kapoor took to his social media handle and shared a picture of them together. Anupam Kher also revisited the fond memories of meeting the legendary actor in 2013 and shared a picture with the late star with caption, “I had the honour of meeting the legendary actor #SidneyPoitier in early 2013. He was generous with his time for me. He was especially happy to know that I had an acting school. A fantastic actor & one of the kind persons I have met! Om Shanti!” From Hollywood also many celebrities took to their social media platforms to pen heartfelt tributes for the late star. Oprah Winfrey took to Twitter to share a note and a picture with the actor. “For me, the greatest of the “Great Trees” has fallen: Sidney Poitier. My honour to have loved him as a mentor. Friend. Brother. Confidant. Wisdom teacher... I treasured him,” Winfrey penned.—TMS Photo shared by Anupam Kher
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