14082022-LSTL-01.qxd 8/14/2022 12:02 AM Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE Big moment Kamal Haasan will be attending the Independence Day event in the US organised by the Association of IndoAmericans (AIA). He will be hoisting the Indian flag at the event. TMS LUDHIANA | SUNDAY | 14 AUGUST 2022 Saare jahan se accha... Celebs share what they consider the biggest milestone in 75 years of independence ISTOCK Mona ANNE HECHE PASSES AWAY Anne Heche, who was popularly known for her work in Donnie Brasco, Volcano, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Six Days Seven Nights and many more films, passed away on Friday (August 12). She was 53. The actress had met with a car accident on August 5 and was comatose in hospital with a severe brain injury. After a week in hospital, she breathed her last on Friday. Her representative issued a statement, confirming the new. The statement read, “We have lost a bright light, a kind and The most joyful soul, a loving mother, and a loyal friend. Anne will be actress had deeply missed, but she lives on met with a car through her beautiful sons, her accident on iconic body of work, and her passionate advocacy.” August 5 When she was 13 years old, her father died of HIV/AIDS, and she later said in her 2001 memoir ‘Call Me Crazy’ that he had repeatedly raped her as a child. In interviews promoting the book, she said the abuse caused her to be ‘insane’ for the first 31 years of her life and that she had created a fantasy world called the ‘Fourth Dimension’ to make herself feel safe. Three months after her father’s death, her brother was killed in a car crash, which she believed was suicide. Her mother disputed both the suicide and the abuse claims, and the pair became estranged. After her family relocated to Chicago, Heche was spotted by a talent agent in a school play. She became known in the late 1980s for portraying twins Vicky Hudson and Marley Love on the soap opera Another World. Heche came to wider prominence in the late 1990s, playing Maggie in crime drama movie Donnie Brasco, alongside Johnny Depp. She played Amy Barnes, a geologist and seismologist in the disaster movie Volcano, opposite Tommy Lee Jones. I F we are celebrating 75 years of our Independence on August 15 with Har Ghar Tiranga, this is also the day to look back and see how far we have come. Celebs tell us what they consider the proudest milestone for the country. PROUD INDIAN From being perceived as a land of snakecharmers to one of the world leaders, we have come a long way. While India is making strides in different fields, our true accomplishment is that now we are a force to reckon with. And what makes us a leading power in the world are the ideals we have grown up with—compassion, humility, wisdom and courage. Indian cinema has played a significant role in it. Cinema is our biggest soft power and has played a crucial role in cultural diplomacy. In fact, I will be unfurling our National Flag in Vietnam to celebrate 75 years of our independence; what an honour! I am proud to be in an Indian and to be in the entertainment industry. Rahul Mittra, director SALUTE TO WOMEN The changing scenario for women is the most significant milestone for the nation in the last 75 years. Women are getting more opportunities, more platforms to prove their worth. Be it media, cinema, politics, science and technology, women are leaving an indelible mark, contributing significantly to India’s success and making us proud all over the world. Diljott, actor Tributes pour in NUKE LEAGUE Several celebrities paid tributes to Anne on social media. Priyanka Chopra, who worked with Anne in series Quantico, wrote on Instagram Story, “My heart goes out to Anne Heche`s children, family, friends...It was an honour to have known you and worked by your side....You will always have a special place in my heart.” Ellen DeGeneres tweeted, “This is a sad day. I’m sending Anne’s children, family and friends all of my love.” — TMS India became one of the nuclear powers in the world in 1998. This was very necessary due to growing tensions between neighbouring countries. India gave a message to the world, ‘We too have fire, so think before you act’. Nitesh Shetty, comedian HELPING THE WORLD Since ages, India has been guiding the world, be it in the field of medicine or spirituality. I take immense pride in the way we handled the Covid situation. Not only did we make vaccines in short span, but also helped the world. An achievement should work for entire humanity. India manufactured vaccines for its own people and also provided them to other countries. Harry Parmar, actor that they are products of the Indian education system is our biggest achievement in my eyes, which conveys that our education system is robust and strong. Vignesh Pande, actor FREE & FAIR We are among the youngest workforces in the world, which is incredible. The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) is the world’s largest programme. India’s biggest achievement is that we are a secular democracy, where every individual is free. Chandan Roy Sanyal, actor The proudest milestone for the country has been seeing Indians become CEOs for multinational companies. Indra Nooyi (Pepsi Co.), Shantanu Narayen (Adobe Inc), Leena Nair (Chanel), Parag Agrawal (Twitter), Satya Nadella (Microsoft), Sundar Pichai (Alphabet Inc)…Are all from humble backgrounds. The fact wishes or tread with caution. What happens next forms the crux of this visual spectacle. Directed by George Miller, the maestro behind epic blockbusters such as the Mad Max franchise, the movie marks the Academy Award winning filmmaker’s return to the big screen after seven years. PVR Pictures Three Thousand Years of Longing, starring Idris Elba and Tilda Swinton, among others, will hit the cinemas on August 26. — TMS c m y b GROWTH CURVE Our biggest achievement is the economic reforms that began in 1991. It turned around India’s growth pattern. Before this, India had limited sources in terms of trade, capital market and infrastructure. These reforms opened doors for foreign investment, and we soon became one of largest economies of the world. These reforms were the first step towards building a modern India. Mandeep Chaahal, director WE CARE WORLD NEEDS US India has completed 75 glorious years of independence and our journey is full of milestones. India joined the nuclear power league in 1998, which is a big achievement. Also, India cares for its citizens wherever they are. That the students in Ukraine were airlifted in time speaks I take pride in the fact that India is the largest democracy in the world. Also, how we have handled the pandemic is remarkable. Vaccinating over 200 crore people in a small span was a huge achievement. Today, whether its medicine or diplomacy, Uvie, singer the world needs India. Starring Taapsee Pannu and Pavail Gulati the thriller Dobaaraa, directed by Anurag Kashyap and written by Nihit Bhave, officially opened the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne 2022 in the most grand and glorious way. The Australian premiere of the film on IFFM’s opening night was attended by Anurag Kashyap, Taapsee Pannu, Tamannaah Bhatia and Rithvik Dhanjani in the presence of hundreds of Indian and Australian audiences. The film received thundering response after the screening, making it a proud moment for the filmmaker Anurag and the film’s leading lady Taapsee. Taapsee shared, “I am excited that the film has been screened in Australia a week ahead of its India release. I hope everyone sees and appreciates the film; it’s a whole new genre, and the concept of time travel and parallel universe is being experimented for the first time in the Hindi film industry.” Dobaaraa is scheduled to be released worldwide on August 19. — TMS It’s an epic visual saga! We’ve all had that childhood dream, the one where a genie pops out of nowhere and presents us with three wishes! What if you actually chance upon a genie in real life? Would you wish for money or happiness or would you wish for it all? Well, Tilda Swinton is stuck in one such dilemma as Idris Elba magically appears in front of her eyes as a genie! Three Thousand Years of Longing takes us on a whirlwind journey filled with mesmerising fantasy and great fun. The film tells the story of Alithea Binnie (Swinton), an academician who has nothing but loneliness for company. When she accidentally awakens a mysterious ‘djinn’ (Elba), Alithea has to choose whether to accept his offer of three Shankar Sahney, singer MAKING A MARK Terrific Taapsee Director George Miller returns to cinemas with Three Thousand Years of Longing volumes about us. Dobaaraa receives thundering response at IFFM 2022 Surreal experience The Major who won the hearts Sprawling across 600 acres, of millions across the country, the campus is the training Adivi Sesh, celebrated the ground for the Organisaspirit of Independence tion for Counter-TerrorDay at the Octopus ist Operations Special Forces (OCTOPUS). Adivi Campus. got to witness the The Octopus was boot camp firstestablished in 2007 hand. Talking about by the government of his visit, Adivi Sesh erstwhile united Andhra ADIVI SESH says, "In honour of IndePradesh on the lines of Nation- pendence Day, I visited the al Security Guards (NSG) to Octopus Special Forces Camcounter terrorist activities in pus and it truly was a surreal the country. experience. — IANS
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