07052023-LSTC-01.qxd 5/7/2023 12:35 AM Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE Taylor Swift announces new re-recorded album Speak Now Music love From Indian classical to Sufi to electronic to Punjabi music, Bollywood action star Vidyut Jammwal listens to it all while working out. IANS CHANDIGARH | SUNDAY | 7 MAY 2023 Short Shaan’s ACT & sweet and his Applause Entertainment for producing the project and actor Anupam Kher for having faith in her. Retake stars Anupam Kher, Zarina Wahab and Danish Husain. It’s the story of a 60year-old artiste, who, after the death of his mentor, contemplates about his life choices. She adds, “Apart from seasoned actors like Anupam Kher and Zarina, some great technicians also came on board, such as Aarti Bajaj as editor, Resul Pookutty (Bafta and Oscar winner) as sound designer, and Ram Sampath as music composer. Their faith gave me confidence as a writer and filmmaker. Kher sahab loved the script and he spoke to me for hours on it. We have spent so much time working on it.” Sheetal F ROM winning a National Award for her debut project as a child actor to now directing a short film, actress Shweta Basu Prasad has come a long way. Her directorial debut, Retake, will be screened at New York Indian Film Festival. She shares, “Retake is a short film that I have written and directed. I never planned or thought of working behind the camera. But, yes, back in college as a project I directed a short film titled The Dying Visibility of Indian Classical Music.” Exciting journey ‘A tale of growing up’ Singer Taylor Swift is all set to come up with a re-recorded album Speak Now. She shared the details during her concert in Nashville. Taking the stage alone for her solo songs, Swift, 33, admitted, “There’s a different reason that I’m really excited about this part of the set tonight. Because I’ve been planning something for a while.” She continued, “You know how I love to plan things, and how I love to surprise you with the things I plan. It’s my love language with you — I plot, I scheme, I plan and I get to tell you about it. If you would direct your attention to the back big screen...” The new cover of Speak Now then appeared, additionally captioned with (Taylor’s Version) and the release date — July 7, 2023. “It fills me with such pride and joy to announce that my version of Speak Now will be out July 7. I first made Speak Now, which is completely self-written, from the age of 18 to 20. The songs from this time in my life are marked by their brutal honesty, unfiltered confessions and wild wistfulness,” she wrote on social media following the announcement. “I love this album because it tells a tale of growing up, flailing, flying and crashing ...And living to speak about it. With six extra songs I’ve sprung loose from the vault, I absolutely cannot wait to celebrate Speak Now (Taylor’s Version) with you on July 7. Pre-order now at TaylorSwift.com,” she added. — ANI Shweta Basu Prasad, who dons the director’s hat with short film Retake, says she will always be an actor at heart Shweta, a classical music student who plays the sitar, adds. “I wrote the story of Retake in 2018, and completed the screenplay and dialogues by 2020 during the lockdown because I had so much time. I got a great feedback from actors, directors and producers, with whom I shared the story, but eventually I ended up directing it myself. And guess what, now I am travelling to New York as it Singers Katy Perry and Lionel Richie attend coronation of King Charles III Royal affair American singers Katy Perry and Lionel Richie attend the coronation of King Charles III at Westminster Abbey in London on Saturday. Several pictures of the celebs from the ceremony went viral. Perry is an ambassador for the British Asian Trust, found- Laughter clubs, comic movies and shows have long served as stress busters. On World Laughter Day, we speak to comedians about their favourite movies and how they plan to spend the day. ANI LIONEL RICHIE LOOKING AHEAD JASWINDER BHALLA V. Gopal, Mehmood, and Mehar Mittal are the top three comedians for Punjabi actor Jaswinder Bhalla. He said, “I am the daddy in the film Daddy Cool Munde Fool, and Carry on Jatta gave me fame. Fans can look forward to its third outing by the end of this June. “ CHAPLIN FAN JASWANT SINGH RATHORE The 2008 finalist of The Great On World Laughter Day, here’s a quick check on what’s on the favourites’ list of comedians, including movies and shows Indian Laughter Challenge, Jaswant Singh Rathore, shared, “I will upload content on social media as a treat for my fans on World Laughter Day. Also, it’s a day for me to reflect on how to improve my content further. Charlie Chaplin is my favourite comic, while Chupke Chupke is my favourite film.” LOVE FOR COLLEAGUES APPURV GUPTA Another stand-up comic, Appurv Gupta, shared, “My fellow colleagues, Abhishek Upamnyu, Zakir Khan and Anubhav Singh Bassi, are my Charles, was appointed the First Global Ambassador and First Chairman of the Global ed in 2007 by King Charles III (then Prince of Wales). She was pictured taking her seat among the 2,200 guests present at the ceremony. Richie, who is 73, is set to perform at the coronation concert with other American Idol judges. Richie, who has known KATY PERRY Laugh out loud Muskaan will premiere in the Shorts A (Narrative) category on May 13.” Shweta credits Sameer Nair It was Shweta’s mother who first encouraged her to direct her story. Shweta says, “Earlier, I was double-minded but my mother insisted that I do it.” On her experience of shifting behind-the-camera from being an actress, she adds, “It has been a very exciting journey. Of course, on sets I feel at home because I have been working in movies since childhood. Direction was a new field, but I enjoyed it all.” Positive feedback for Retake has not change the Jubilee actress’ focus, “I have always been an actor, and I will always be an actor. In fact, people ask me if I want to direct more or write more, I think I will play by the year because I do not want to skip too ahead. Right now I am enjoying the success of Jubilee, I am enjoying the success of Retake.” Jaswinder Bhalla favourites. Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron, Chashme Badoor and Andaaz Apna Apna are timeless films for me.” GOOD FOR HEALTH MANPREET SINGH Stand-up comic Manpreet Singh said, “Comedy is necessary and healthy, and it initiates remarkable change in society. I feel touched when people approach me after a show and share how comedy has helped them. Dhol, Dhamaal and Angrez are some of the films I watch for a good laugh.” c m y b Ambassador Group for the King’s charity, The Prince’s Trust, in 2019. — IANS Bollywood singer Shaan is all set to step into the acting world with filmmaker Paparao Biyyala’s upcoming musical ‘Music School’. Shaan shared: “When I first began working on a song for ‘Music School’, I had no idea I would end up starring in it as well. When I was recording the song, the director of the film Paparao Biyyala felt I would be the perfect match for the character they were looking at and proposed the idea to cast me.” Director Paparao Biyyala shared, “I saw Shaan recording one of the songs from the film and immediately felt we found our guy,” he said. —IANS
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