17032023-LSTL-01.qxd 3/16/2023 11:22 PM Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE AR Rahman feels wrong films sent for the Oscars from India Injured Divya Khosla Kumar had recently announced her new project, Yaariyan 2. Taking to Instagram, she has now shared news about an injury she suffered while filming in the UK. TMS LUDHIANA | FRIDAY | 17 MARCH 2023 Spirit of the youth Sheetal I N Chandigarh for an event, Kriti Sanon and Siddhant Chaturvedi were excited to catch the vibe of the City Beautiful. The Bhediya actress last visited Punjab ahead of the release of her film Shehzada and celebrated Lohri in Jalandhar. On the other hand, Siddhant calls the city his pit-stop before he goes to the Himachal hills, where he often finds himself with friends. Kriti, who will be seen alongside Prabhas in His take During a recent conversation with musician L Subramaniam for his YouTube channel, musician AR Rahman shared his views on the Oscars. Rahman said, “Sometimes, I see that our movies go till the Oscars…But they don’t get it. I believe wrong movies are being sent for the Oscars. We have to be in another person’s shoes. I have to be in a Westerner’s shoes to see what’s happening here. I have to be in my shoes to see The freedom what they are doing.” In what made him do I got because of things differently with having a home studio respect to music, he gave me the chance to explained, “I came in experiment a lot and the transitional period of technological change. that helped me It gave me a lot of time to succeed. experiment and fail. Nobody knew my failure, they only saw my success because it all happened inside the studio. We kept coming back again and doing it. So, the freedom I got because of having a home studio gave me the freedom to experiment a lot… Of course, we all need to get money, but beyond that I had passion. I mean the West is doing it, and why can’t we? When we listen to their music, why can’t they listen to our music? I kept asking that and that ‘why’ became better production, better quality, better distribution, and mastering… That still drives me.” — TMS Rana Daggubati had to undergo corneal transplant as a kid In Chandigarh, actors Kriti Sanon and Siddhant Chaturvedi profess their love for all that the City Beautiful stands for epic-mythology film, Adipurush, is doing a lot more than acting, as she performed recently at the opening ceremony of Women’s Premiere League cricket in Mumbai. In her personal life, she finds happiness in writing poetry for her Instagram fans, posting her beauty regime on her YouTube channel and professing her love for baking with #KriticalBaking. She says, “I love connecting with my fans and this is one way to give them a peek into my life. No matter the stardom, I will always be a Delhi girl at heart. Even if one person connects to that through my YouTube channel or my posts on social media, I would be happier.” The doting sister, who was seen at the screening event of Nupur Sanon’s digital debut series, Pop Koun, says her family keeps her grounded. Kriti is awaiting the release of two of her projects, Adipurush and Ganpath, the dates for which have been pushed many times. But it doesn’t dampen her excitement. She says, “It gives you a breather to concentrate on other things or sometimes doing nothing.” The actress is also looking forward to working in women-led film The Crew with Kareena Kapoor Khan and Tabu. I love connecting with my fans...No matter the stardom, I will always be a Delhi girl at heart. KRITI SANON PHOTOS: PRADEEP POETIC JOURNEY TEWARI ‘KEEP GOING’ Actor Ranna Daggubati had revealed back in 2016 about his medical condition where he had to undergo corneal transplant as a kid. The Baahubali actor has partial vision and cannot see from his right eye. In a recent interaction, the Rana Naidu actor opened up about why he felt it was important to share it with everyone. He said, “I think I am one of the few guys who spoke about corneal transplant. It was also because there was a kid whose mom had lost her eye and he was very sad. And then I told him that I could not see from my right eye.” He added, “I had a corneal transplant; I had a kidney transplant... So, I was like, ‘come on, I am still surviving and you just have to keep going’.” As for Siddhant, after acting, it’s poetry that he connects to and he completely denies that it’s an offshoot of his debut role in Gully Boy. In fact, the actor wrote a few lines for the film as well. He shares, “I have been writing poetry way before Gully Boy happened. I enjoy it more than rapping. I would never say I can be a rapper or I want to be. All I do is write poetry, if it can be transformed into rap with some added swag...Why not! I write on my alternate page on Instagram called @SiddyChats.” When it comes to selecting the right project, the actor says, “I always go for something with a different edge to what I have played so far. Only sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. After succeeding with my first venture, there was a danger of getting typecast, but I am glad that none of my projects have been repetitive.” Siddhant, who has done three OTT projects till date with Gehraiyaan becoming direct-to-OTT film release of 2022, loves to work on the big screen more. “Being from a theatre background and now doing films, medium is never a priority. I am really excited about my two projects Kho Gaye Hum Kahan and Yudhra. I hope both will release this year. In fact, the former is about a relevant topic on social media and questions what the digital age is leading us to.” CHANDIGARH DIARIES While food remains the common topic for Siddhant and Kriti, when talking of Chandigarh the latter has shot for two films around the city. She, in fact, has the fair idea of gedi route as her Raabta co-star Varun Sharma took her for a ride. Whereas Siddhant mentions how he stayed here last time for one day on his way to Dharamshala. The actor confesses that he would sure want to live for more days in tricity for it offers peace, greenery and helps you reset yourself for living in Mumbai. 37 years after graduation… Filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma, who is known for films like Satya, Company, Shiva, Rangeela and Sarkaar franchise, has finally received his college degree 37 years after passing out! Ram Gopal Varma receives B. Tech degree The director took to social media to share the picture of the degree. He wrote in the caption: “Super thrilled to receive my B-tech degree today, 37 years after I passed out. I never took it in 1985 since I wasn’t interested in practicing civil engineering…Thank you #AcharyaNagarjunaUniversity Mmmmmmuuaahh.” The degree is from Acharya Nagarjuna University, Andhra Pradesh, and the year of passing is mentioned as 1985. The filmmaker graduated with a second division. The tweet has amassed over 4,000 likes on Twitter. And, several netizens congratulated the filmmaker for receiving his degree! — IANS Rooting for Indian women Into the depths “In my lifetime, I can only be Rani but through my characters I can live as so many different Indian women,” said Rani Mukerji, whose latest release Mrs Chatterjee Vs Norway would witness the actress as an immigrant mother engaged in a long-drawn battle with the country. Mukerji, whose credits include films such as Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Hum Tum, Black and the Mardaani series, said her effort has always been to highlight various facets of Indian women. “For me, it is very important to portray Indian women beautifully to the global audience so that they say, ‘ Wow! This is an Indian woman’,” she said. As an artiste, Mukerji said it is important for her to ‘look up to and root’ for her characters. An Indian woman is an amalgamation of many things, but the Mumbai- T-Series has joined hands with Almighty Motion Picture for a new project, which is based on a bestselling novel titled Starfish Pickle by author Bina Nayak. Akhilesh Jaiswal will soon be directing the film. The cast for this contemporary romance-drama has already been finalised. Milind Soman, Kaushalii Kumar, Ehan Bhat and Tusharr Khanna have given their nods for the film. The film, to be shot at in the picturesque and exotic locales of Malta, will take you on a hauntingly beautiful journey through the depths of the underwater world. — TMS born star said she would like to define her as someone who is loving, caring and brave. “It is important for me to portray Indian women on screen beautifully because I am an Indian woman. I feel Indian women are the best in the world because they are passionate and kind. They are truly beautiful inside out. They are very giving, forgiving as well, and they are brave. And if given a choice, they are willing to sacrifice,” she said. In her latest release Mrs Chatterjee Vs Norway, Mukerji brings to light the story of Debika, an immigrant mother who fights against all odds to win back the custody of her children. Directed by Ashima Chibber, the movie is based on the 2011 true story of NRI couple Sagarika and Anurup Bhattacharya. — PTI RANI MUKERJI Classical touch ANURADHA PAL c m y b The 52nd All-India Bhaskar Rao Nritya and Sangeet Sammelan will be held from March 17 to 19 at the Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh. Among those who will perform during the festival include eminent classical vocalist Prasad Khaparde, Odishi dance exponent Vidushi Geeta Mahalik and sitar maestro Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan. Day 1 of the Festival (Friday) will witness a vocal recital by Prasad Khaparde. He will be accompanied by Dharam Nath Mishra (harmonium) and Mithilesh Jha (tabla). Vidushi Geeta Mahalik & troupe will perform Odishi dance. On Day 2 (Saturday), there will be a sitar recital by Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan, who will be accompanied by Azam Khan on the tabla. There would also be a Bharatnatyam solo perfromance by The 52nd All-India Bhaskar Rao Nritya and Sangeet Sammelan takes off today PRASAD KHAPARDE Vidushi Rukmini Vijaykumar. The final day will witness santoor, flute and tabla maestros Pt. Satish Vyas, Pt. Chetan Joshi and Pandita Anuradha Pal, respectively; followed by kathak dance performance by Kumar Sharma & troupe. The Kendra will also felicitating sitar maestro Surinder Kumar Dutta. —TNS RUKMINI VIJAYAKUMAR
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