09092022-LSTC-01.qxd 9/8/2022 11:38 PM Page 1 c m y b FIRST LOOK OF THANK GOD Ajay Devgn and Rakul Preet Singh first teamed up in 2019 for De De Pyaar De, and then this year for Runway 24. They will be seen together again in Thank God. On Thursday, makers unveiled the first poster of the film. TMS TRIBUNE Coming up... Life After Netflix’s series The Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives, Neelam Kothari will next be seen in Zoya Akhtar’s celebrated and much-talkedabout Made in Heaven 2. TMS CHANDIGARH | FRIDAY | 9 SEPTEMBER 2022 Man on a mission K A STILL FROM MIRZAPUR 2 Thrice the fun Rasika Dugal starts shooting for Mirzapur Season 3 in Lucknow Fresh from the success of Delhi Crime Season 2, Rasika Dugal has started shooting for the third season of Mirzapur in the city of Nawabs — Lucknow. Rasika has received immense love for her portrayal of Beena Tripathi in both seasons of Mirzapur and is now all set to reprise her role for the third season. Not long ago, the actress posted a video on her Instagram handle informing the netizens that she has started shooting for the series. Rasika says, “Shooting in Lucknow is always wonderful, the energy and the vibe of the city is exhilarating. I always look forward to the Mirzapur shoots, feels like coming back home. I am looking forward to good food and an amazing shooting experience.” Meanwhile, Rasika’s upcoming projects include Adhura, Spike, Lord Curzon Ki Haveli and Fairy Folk. — TMS IRAN SETH, Padma Shri, 73, mathematician and founder SPIC MACAY (Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music And Culture Amongst Youth) is on a cycle journey, a momentous one at that. Starting from Srinagar on August 15, Seth plans to chart the entire length of the country from Kashmir to Kanyakumari to lend impetus to the movement to support Indian art and craft, which he started back in 1977. His mission is threefold, one is health; not just cycling is good for physical health but also mental and spiritual, as he professes, “I generally cycle alone and it’s a powerful meditation technique. It’s good for environment too.” Secondly, it is to create awareness and reach out to more people about SPIC MACAY. “I believe when anyone hears that a 73-yearold is trying to cycle this far, those interested will come to see and then I can speak about SPIC MACAY.” His third aim is to propound Gandhi ji’s message of ‘simple living and high thinking’. “I want to give a message to youngsters that even when cycling, carrying three pairs of clothes, on a gearless cycle, you can feel ananda.” Strength of volunteers It’s been 47 years of SPIC MACAY, so is he anywhere closer to the goal he had set for himself? He’s honest to the core, “We have just In Chandigarh, SPIC MACAY founder Kiran Seth, who is on a cycle journey from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, says the organisation has a long way to go yet ‘BE PATIENT, HAVE FAITH’ Teaching and promoting classical arts, Kiran Seth has been associated with the youth forever. Does he see generational shift? “Yes. Today the youth is very bright. We were not like them. At the same time, youth today lacks dhairya (patience) and faith. If only this generation that has everything available at a click can practice some patience and faith, it would be phenomenal.” scratched the surface. What are 5,000 programmes in a country like India? To reach the goal we need help of many volunteers.” Each year, SPIC MACAY arranges more than 5,000 events at 1,500 institutions, across almost 1,000 cities, touching over three million Playing a cop students. And, all of this on the strength of volunteers. For this massive outreach, there is only one paid employee — the accountant. There is no office, so everyone works from home. Seth is very proud of the volunteers and gives them huge respect. On the faceof it Heritage of India In Chandigarh on Thursday, he is joined by Dr Shakuntala Lavasa, Shashi Banerjee, Amulya Shukla, Nalin Taneja, Sumit Taneja and Uday Pratap Singh. He says to be a volunteer there is no form and no fees, just inclination to propagate the rich cultural heritage of India, its classical music, dance, crafts, cinema and folk. The arduous journey that he has undertaken, comes with its highs and lows. To wake up every single morning at 3:30 isn’t easy for weeks together. Some days are great, while on others he braves cold or sweltering heat. “Seva doesn’t come easy. To do this one has to go through pain,” says Seth, but SPIC MACAY is his true love for which he is ready to brave any storm. Mathematics remains his love as well. Professor-emeritus at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi, he has taught operations research and applied mathematics for 47 years. As devoted is he to the arts. “Our aim is to reach every child by 2030 and I will continue to strive for that,” says Seth who also cycled from Raj Ghat, New Delhi, to Sabarmati Ashram, Ahmedabad, in March-April in 2022. Zac Efron addresses plastic surgery rumours... Zac Efron has finally opened up on rumours about him undergoing plastic surgery. The rumours about his jawline looking different surfaced in April last year, with many alleging he looked like he had undergonecosmetic surgery. Now in a recent interaction, the actor has spoken the truth about his facial transformation. Admitting that his face has changed over the years, the Baywatch star explained that it was mainly after he fell over at his home and broke his jaw in November 2013, which made his face and jaw muscles work extra hard. The actor further revealed that he had to see a physical therapist to help him recover from the injury. Zac added, “The masseters just grew. They just got really, really big.” Zac also admitted that after netizens couldn’t stop discussing his transformation, it was his mom who told him about the rumours aroundplastic surgery. — TMS PHOTO: NITIN MITTAL Mona Singer Hardeep Grewal is all set to showcase his talent as an actor in Punjabi film Batch 2013 Sheetal We all know singer Hardeep Grewal, but with the 2021 Punjabi film Tunka Tunka, he has also left quite an impression as an actor and producer. As Tunka Tunka also happens to be his debut project, the actor-producersinger is all set to woo the audience for the second time with Batch 2013, which is releasing today. He says, “I do not have much to say to the audience except that the film would only reassure your faith in the kind of cinema I wish to bring to Pollywood. The film is based on the struggles of an ordinary man training to be police officer and then his journey to be in special unit of the force.” Hardeep adds, “I have always been more into making sense with my songs, which could entertain as well as motivate. The same goes with the kind of cinema I am doing.” While for Tunka Tunka he went from a fit cyclist to a fragile cancer patient, for Batch 2013, the actor gained Tale to be told ‘I’m not that guy’ Aaliya Siddiqui, wife of wellknown actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui, debuted as a producer with her recent released movie Holy Cow. Aaliya is now collaborating with Nawaz for a film based on Chhattisgarh’s legendary folk artiste, Padma Vibhushan awardee Teejan Bai. The veteran artiste is the greatest exponent of Pandvani (Pandavon Ki Katha in Chhattisgarh’s language), a traditional performing art form involving narration of tales from the Mahabharata. 23 kilos in order to become a police officer. Praising the director Garry Khtarao, Hardeep says he is comfortable pairing up with him as they share the same wavelength. As for the female lead, Hashneen Chauhan, he says, “Hashneen’s role is central. She essays a strong character.” Batch 13 also stars Hashneen Chauhan, Neeta Mohindra, Sahib Singh, Paramveer Singh, Manjeet Singh, Harinder Bhullar and Preet Bhullar. Idris Elba finally opens up on playing James Bond Nawazuddin and Aaliya Siddiqui team up for a biopic on folk singer Teejan Bai Aaliya says, “I’ve always wanted to make a film on Amma (Teejan Bai). Even at this age, she performs on stage for hours. Even Nawaz has been a huge admirer of Teejan Bai’s work since his early days as a theatre actor and has seen her perform live. And I am happy that Nawaz will be playing one of the main characters. She fought the norms created by society at a time when women barely had the right to speak up and that’s admirable.” — TMS RANDEEP HOODA AT MANDAL SHRIMANT BHAUSAHEB RANGARI GANPATI Seeking blessings Randeep Hooda, who is all set to begin shooting for his upcoming film Swantantra Veer Savarkar, recently visited Mandal Shrimant Bhausaheb Rangari Ganpati, which is located in Pune. This is the same mandal that was started by Lokmanya Tilak, the revolutionary leader who united people together with this auspicious festival. Randeep visited the mandal to seek Bappa’s blessings for the film. Later, Randeep was seen having a good time with fellow devotees. — TMS c m y b Pacific Rim star Idris Elba might have delivered a number of hit films, but the role he gets asked about the most is one he never played. The actor finally opened up on being faced questions about him taking over the reins as James Bond. Elba is not keen on stepping into the shoes of the agent. “I’m not gonna lie,” he said in the most recent episode of The Shop podcast. “Every corner of the world I go - and I’m talking about different cultures - they always go: ‘Bond’!” Elba said, “I’m not that guy, but in everyone’s world I might be… Because the truth is, you know, a lot of people are really seeing Idris playing Bond as the ‘alternative Bond’,” he shared. — IANS CHRIS PINE HARRY STYLES Spit spat? Did Harry Styles spit on Chris Pine at Venice Film Festival? The alleged spitting incident at Venice Film Festival became a joke for Harry Styles to crack at his Madison Square Garden concert on Wednesday night. The As It Was hitmaker joked about the viral video footage that has divided the Internet, following the Venice Film Festival premiere of Don’t Worry Darling: did he or did he not spit on co-star Chris Pine? Pine’s representative had denied the allegation saying the idea of Styles spitting on Pine was ‘ridiculous’. During Styles’ concert set, the singer and actor, 28, joked that he went ‘very quickly to Venice to spit on Chris Pine’, according to multiple fan videos. After the remark, the crowd erupted in applause. —IANS
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