17112022-LSTC-01.qxd 11/16/2022 10:57 PM Page 1 c m y b BIG B’S PET DIES Amitabh Bachchan’s Golden Retriver died recently. Big B took to his social media handles and wrote with a teary-eyed emoticon, “Humare Ek Chote Se Dost…Phir Ye Bade Hote Hain Aur Ek Din Chod Ke Chale Jaate Hain… (One of our little friends… grows up and then leaves one day.” TMS TRIBUNE Life Vishal Jethwa of Mardaani 2 fame is back with his second film, and this time he will play a completely different role in Salaam Venky, co-starring Kajol, and directed by Revathy. TMS LUDHIANA | THURSDAY | 17 NOVEMBER 2022 Get the ballrolling Nine nods! Singer Beyonce leads Grammy 2023 nominations The needle is set over the ridges of vinyl records as the nomination for the 65th annual Grammy Awards have been announced, with Beyonce leading the field with nine nods, Kendrick Lamar close behind with eight, and Adele and Brandi Carlile tied with seven. Four contenders enter the race with six nominations apiece: Future, Harry Styles, Mary J. Blige, DJ Khaled and Randy Merrill. The nominations were largely as predicted, with Beyonce, Adele, Styles, Lamar and Lizzo being the five contenders, who were each nominated in the top three allgenre categories: record, album and song of the year. Among the artistes who did better than predicted in those top categories are Mary J. Blige and ABBA, who were nominated for record of the year and album of the year, but not song. For Blige, it has been 16 years since she last landed nods for record and album. The currently very hot Steve Lacy also landed in two of those three categories, being put into contention for both record and song for the recently chart-topping Bad Habit. Latin music did not have the breakthrough presence in the general categories that some expected. Bad Bunny was nominated for what many consider the top prize, album of the year, for his blockbuster Un Verano Sin Ti. It was not a landmark year for country music in the nominations. Not a single country artiste made it into the top four general categories. The controversial Morgan Wallen was shut out, despite being one of the two commercially biggest artistes during the nominating period, along with Bad Bunny. Zach Bryan, one of the great breakouts of 2022, was limited to one nomination, and it was not best new artiste, something for which he was almost universally predicted. Other artistes to contend in the top three categories will be Taylor Swift (whose All Too Well(10Minute Version) is nominated for song of the year), Doja Cat (up for the single Woman after her smash album was in the mix last year), Coldplay, DJ Khaled, Gayle and, making a surprise return, ‘90s Grammy queen, Bonnie Raitt. Meanwhile, BTS has received a historical three nominations in a single year. One of their Korean songs is up for a Grammy for the first time. — IANS Back again Mona T HREE days to go...Five cities, 32 teams, 831 players…Doha, Qatar, is abuzz and why not! One of the world’s greatest sporting events — the FIFA World Cup 2022 — begins on November 20; a month of action leading up to the grand finale, scheduled for December 18, soccer fans can’t keep calm. Amidst the excitement, there are clouds of disappointment too. After English singer Dua Lipa and British musician Rod Stewart reportedly cancelled their performances, citing human rights issues, there are shadows of uncertainly over Shakira’s guest appearance at the opening ceremony as well. Who’s performing? The star-studded opening at Al Khor’s Al Bayt Stadium on November 20 will sure be a big spectacle, with FIFA keeping the names of performers under wraps to add that surprise element. If Colombian singer Shakira, who has been quite a regular at FIFA, does not pull out, this would be her fourth outing at the opening ceremony in the history of FIFA World Cup. She has performed on Hips Don’t Lie in Germany, 2006; Waka Waka in South Africa, 2010; La La La with Carlinhos Brown in Brazil, 2014, before this. IMPORTANT TO FOLLOW THE RULES A huge football fan, model-actor Marc Robinson is extremely excited about the FIFA World Cup. As for FIFA host Qatar coming under fire for LGBTQ and human right violations, Marc says, “I am concerned about human rights violations in Qatar. As for LGBTQ+ rights, wherever you go you have to respect their culture and follow their laws. For this fiasco, FIFA has to take the blame. When they selected Qatar as the host, these concerns should have been addressed. If I go to Qatar, I am going to follow their laws, rules and regulations. I would do the same in India, Spain or America.” BTS member and K-pop star Jungkook is set to perform at the opening ceremony. “Proud to announce that Jungkook is part of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Soundtrack and will perform at the World Cup opening ceremony. Stay tuned,” a BTS official on Twitter confirmed. English singer and songwriter Robbie Williams, another FIFA regular, should also be a part of the event. Other big names set to perform include Sean Paul, Clean Bandit, Black Eyed Peas, Calvin Harris and Nigerian music sensation Patrick Nnaemeka Okorie, popularly known as Patoranking. FIFA World Cup 2022 Mascot — La’eeb (super-skilled player) — the figure of a white, smiling, soccer-playing headdress inspired by the keffiyeh, a traditional headgear worn by Arab men, would be a star in its own right! Bollywood vibes Canadian-Moroccan actor Nora Fatehi has been part of all female-FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 official soundtrack Light The Sky. She is featured alongside famous Arab singer and actors, including Balqees, Manal and Rahma Riad. Actor Ranveer Singh has also A FEW MEMBERS OF BTS Bollywood star Ayushmann Khurrana, who will shed his image as the relatable common man and be seen as a flamboyant Hindi movie star in his next film titled An Action Hero, felt like he was making a debut all over again! Ayushmann reveals, “It felt like I was making my debut in the Hindi film industry while filming for An Action Hero! I have never explored this genre in my career, so I had to unlearn and learn many things to pull off this role effectively on screen. I had a lot of fun and hope audiences will appreciate what I have tried to do on screen.” He adds, “Also, my character, Manav, is far removed from who I am in real life. Manav is extravagant, spoilt, moody and a brat. So, to play him, I had to become someone else completely and channelise these traits. I’m thrilled that people have loved the trailer of the film. I always want to present myself in a new way on screen.” An Action Hero will release on December 2. — TMS Late actor Irrfan Khan’s son Babil Khan is making his debut with Netflix’s web series Qala. On Tuesday (November 15), the makers unveiled the much-anticipated trailer at an event in Mumbai. During the trailer launch event, Babil talked about the pressure of carrying forward his father’s legacy. He said when they were shooting two years ago, this pressure would overpower and frighten him, but now it motivates him to get out of bed and work. Babil shared, “The talent that my father had, went with it. Now, I’ll explore mine. We have this illusion that we think we are in control of our journey. We are not. So I’ll improvise what life throws at me. I want to explore everything. I want to do all kinds of films...” — TMS c m y b been invited to attend and represent India at the grand finale. Monsoon Wedding musical Filmmaker Mira Nair’s musical Monsoon Wedding will also be staged at the Qatar Creates’ cultural programme. The New York based-Indian filmmaker shared a picture of the stage with a caption, “Behold the Monsoon Wedding logo created for the screen 20 years ago…Heralding the premiere of Monsoon Wedding, our musical opening next week in Doha! Come one, come all, come to the rainy ball.” Mira’s Monsoon Wedding is a 2001 film starring Naseeruddin Shah, Lillete Dubey, Shefali Shah and Vasundhara Das, and the musical on the same took five years to take shape. Apart from three hit songs which were part of the original film, the musical has songs composed by Vishal Bharadwaj. It will be performed till November 26. RANVEER SINGH Big party English singer and songwriter Dua Lipa was scheduled to be a part of the opening ceremony, but in a statement posted on her Instagram Story, the Blow Your Mind (Mwah) hit-maker denied it, “I will not be performing and have not been involved in any negotiation to perform. I will be cheering England team from afar and look forward to visiting Qatar, when it has fulfilled all the human rights pledges it made when it won the right to host the World Cup.” British rock and pop singersongwriter Rod Stewart has claimed to have turned down a large pay-check to perform in Qatar, a country that has come under fire for mistreatment of migrant labourer and declaring homosexuality as illegal. The ambassador of the Qatar World Cup, David Beckham, has been called out by the likes of comedian Joe Lycett and Spice Girl Melanie C to give up the association. NORA FATEHI The perfect script Babil Khan talks about the pressure of Irrfan Khan’s legacy Actor Ayushmann Khurrana on working in An Action Hero DUA LIPA SHAKIRA Big responsibility New avatar As we warm up to the FIFA World Cup 2022, here’s an update of who all will be performing during the soccer extravaganza, including some surprises from our very own B-town. While Dua Lipa has pulled out, citing human rights issues, Nora Fatehi is a part of the official soundtrack Light The Sky. Actor Ranveer Singh has been invited to view the final match Kiara is a busy girl! One of the busiest stars of B-town, Kiara Advani is caught in a whirlwind of schedules for her upcoming projects. Ending the year on a high note yet again, Kiara will be wrapping two film shoots and the promotions of her upcoming film. Recently having finished the initial schedules of Satyaprem Ki Katha in Mumbai and Ahmedabad, Kiara has rejoined the upcoming schedule for the film in Rajkot, following which she will be resuming the shoot for S Shankar’s RC-15 with Ram Charan in New Zealand. — TMS Panchkula-based Sambhav Khetarpal and his wife Aditi Powar have bagged the SWA Awards for TelevisionBest Screenplay and Television-Best Story for Wagle Ki Duniya-Nayee Peedhi Naye Kissey Organised annually by Screenwriters Association of India, the third edition of SWA Awards was held in Mumbai recently. It’s the first and only award for screenwriters and lyricists of Hindi Films, TV serials and web series. While awards in a total of 17 categories were distributed, Panchkula-based Sambhav Khetarpal and his wife Aditi Powar bagged the award for Television-Best Screenplay and Television-Best Story for TV show Wagle Ki DuniyaNayee Peedhi Naye Kissey. This is the first time that SWA Awards were held on ground, the previous two edi- tions were organised online due to Covid 19. The awards in various categories are decided by a jury comprising eminent screenwriters and lyricists from various mediums of the entertainment industry. The Best Screenplay award is for the husband-wife duo for writing on unique subjects on Indian television such as ‘good touch, bad touch’, ‘menstruation’ and ‘PCOD’, which also trended on Twitter. The Television-Best Story Award was shared with three others—Aatish Kapadia (script head) and producers Jayesh Patil and JD Majethia. Sambhav followed his passion for screenwriting by participating in a nation-wide screenwriting talent hunt contest in 2018. Since then, he has written stories, screenplays and dialogues for various TV and OTT shows. He has also authored two books, one of which, I too had an MBA, a satire on business school life in India, was among the top-25 humour books on Amazon in 2017. The screen-writer holds MBA and engineering degrees, and currently lives in Mumbai. He was born in Hisar, Haryana, and brought up in Panchkula. — TNS
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