05112023-LSTL-01.qxd 05-11-2023 00:09 Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE Not a meme! Life Support system Lupita Nyong’o thanks friend on Instagram for helping her get through ‘hardest days’ of break-up Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o has thanked her friend Palmer Hefferan for supporting her through the ‘hardest days’ since splitting from Selema Masekela. The Black Panther: Wakanda Forever actress revealed last month her year-long relationship had come to an end because of the ‘deception’ of her former partner, and she has now paid tribute to her friend Palmer Hefferan for the kindness, support and guidance she has provided over the last few weeks, including encouraging her to get a cat, which she named Yoyo. Sharing some photos, she wrote on Instagram, “Recently, when my life turned upside-down from heartbreak, Palmer flew in swiftly to be by my side and help me through the hardest days as I adjusted to my new reality.” The 40-year-old actress had begun her post by reflecting on the early days of her friendship with Palmer and how she has been able to rely on her since they studied at drama school together. Nyong’o further mentioned, “I will never be able to pay her back for the kindness she has shown me…” Lupita confirmed her break-up in an emotional post last month. She wrote, “It is necessary for me to share a personal truth and publicly dissociate myself from someone I can no longer trust. I find myself in a season of heartbreak because of a love suddenly and devastatingly extinguished by deception.” — IANS Hollywood star Nicolas Cage may have found himself at the centre of viral memes, but he says, “I didn’t get into movies to become a meme…” LUDHIANA | SUNDAY | 5 NOVEMBER 2023 Takingher pick Mona A NURITTA JHA’s entry into films is rather filmy. Noticing known filmmaker Anurag Kashyap at a party, she walked up to him and introduced herself. His immediate response was, “Jha to aap kahin se nahi lagti.” As she praised his craft, he enquired if she could speak Bihari to which she answered ‘very well’. And as luck would have it, Kashyap, who was working on Gangs of Wasseypur at that time, asked Anuritta to audition for it. “I was happy being a model. After winning Channel V’s Get Gorgeous, I started working in Mumbai but the thought of acting never crossed me. But this chance meeting propelled me into the world of films,” said Anuritta, who had a stopover at Chandigarh after a short break in the hills recently. Learning curve Post her surprise debut, Anuritta decided to train in theatre. “Unlike star kids who have exposure and training to become an actor through their environment, it is rather diffi- Actress Anuritta Jha has huge respect for television actors, but says she is not made for it cult for outsiders like me. Since I enjoyed my first stint as an actor, I decided to learn.” Projects came her way — Shama Parveen of Gangs of Wasseypur led to Kaamini in Asur 2. She was Mariam Rasheeda in Rocketry. Anuritta was also seen as Kavita in Aashram. “Each of these roles gave me an arc to perform,” she says. While Anuritta is happy with the big screen and web space, she has deliberately stayed away from television. She sites two reasons — the serials are still regressive and that she is not that hardworking! “Many lead roles in serials have been offered to me by big production houses, but the way these go in our country I don’t see myself learning anything.” Also, she is not ready to put in the At the 45th annual Chandigarh Sangeet Sammelan, maestros of Indian classical music regale audiences Vocalist Chinmayee Athale accompanied by Jaidev on tabla, Vinay Mishra on harmonium, and Tarun Garg and Nishu Sharma on tanpura tough hours that television demands. “I have huge respect for actors who do TV it , a very strenuous job; I can’t clock in so many hours.” Honest take As for her taste as a viewer, its Iranian film director Majid Majidi who is reigning supreme currently. Amongst the shows, it’s The Morning Show that she loved lately. “While OTT in our country has sure opened the door for different projects, it’s still a lot of copy and paste. I loved The Morning Show on Apple TV , but we are yet to make such layered content.” Amongst her recent projects, her short film Unaccsued is fetching good response in festival circuits. And she would next be seen in web series AK47. “Based in Bihar, it is woven around crime and politics,” shares Anuritta. Happy to have found her calling, Anuritta insists it’s a tough line to survive in. “There is lots of lean time in between projects. One needs be self-motivated, and emotionally and financially strong. It’s not an easy task to look gorgeous all the time,” says the actor. O 2023, at the ripe age of 101. The evening started with students of Strawberry Fields School, Sector 26, presenting Saraswati Vandana on Friday. It was followed by Indian National Theatre President Anil Nehru paying a heartfelt tribute to late Navjeevan Khosla. “Navjeevan Khosla initiated INT, an annual concert; this being the 45th such programme. In doing so, he brought to city the best musical talent that INT could afford. Ensuring the city got a taste of the best in music, he looked for artistes, seniors and young, who had purity of style,” said Nehru. Chinmayee Athale first started with Bandish A Maa Tu Ambike Akshare Triyambake, composed in Raga Madhuvanti. She was accompanied well by Jaidev on tabla, Vinay Mishra on harmonium, and Tarun Garg and Nishu Sharma on tanpura. Athale grew up in a musical environment at her home in Kolhapur. She received her initial training from her mother, Vandana Bhushan Athale, after which she took lessons from the famous singer, late Veena Sahastrabuddhe. Sibling revelry Playing the flute, sisters Debopriya and Suchismita, won the hearts of the audience. They started their performance with Raaga Maru Bihaag. Disciples of flute maestro Hariprasad Chaurasia, they were born in a family of musicians in Allahabad. They received initial training under the guidance of late Pandit Bholanath Prasanna. Debopriya was given the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar for the year 2008 by the Sangeet Natak Akademi. Both the sisters have been honoured by prestigious institutions. “For music enthusiasts, the three days promise to be a virtual feast for the ears. We are looking forward with great anticipation to hearing a wide variety of artistes who are masters of their craft in Indian classical music,” said Atul Khanna, director, Durga Das Foundation. — TNS Playing the flute, sisters Debopriya and Suchismita won the hearts of the audience. PHOTOS: RAVI KUMAR c m y b FILM: Children of Heaven — I love its simplicity; Majid Majidi captures the innocence of children sans any drama. SONG: AR Rahman’s Kun Faaya Kun. It’s so calming and the lyrics immediately render one egoless. BOOK: Paramahansa Yogananda’s Autobiography of a Yogi. This book changed my life. FOOD: I love chowmein. Growing up on it in Patna through school days, it has stayed my favourite. Listen to the King! Global music artiste King recently embarked on his India Tour 2023, which started from Bengaluru and will head to various other locations. It has been a great year for King, as songs from his New Life album, including Sarkaare, High Hukku, Tu Jaana Na Piya and Legends, have in no time garnered immense popularity, reflecting his global stardom. Released under The Warner Music India label, King’s New Life album has a total of 12 songs. Masters of their craft N day one of the threeday 45th annual Chandigarh Sangeet Sammelan, organised by the Indian National Theatre (INT) in collaboration with Durga Das Foundation, renowned Hindustani music singer Vidushi Chinmayi Athale mesmerised the audience with her soulful singing. The other attraction of the event was famous flute sisters, Debopriya and Suchismita, who enthralled everyone with their melodious performance. This edition is dedicated to the memory of Navjeevan Khosla, former bureaucrat and a stalwart synonymous with Indian classical music. He bid goodbye to this world in August, PLAYING FAVOURITES King Greta Gerwig and husband Noah Baumbach talk about the boxoffice success of Barbie Friends for life Actor Matthew Perry’s Friends co-stars Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer attended the actor’s funeral on Friday. The service was held at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles near Warner Bros Studios. The funeral started at 3 pm PST and ended at 5 pm PST. Perry was Friends’ droll wingman-turned-leading man Chandler Bing for 10 years, delivering a pitchperfect comedic performance that garnered him an Emmy nomination in 2002. Two days after Matthew Perry’s unexpected death, his co-stars from the popular television show Friends, Jennifer Aniston, Like a dream American actor and writer Greta Gerwig, and her Barbie co-writer and reallife partner Noah Baumbach, recently appeared at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York City. After American author Tony Kushner began the discussion by calling Barbie a ‘masterpiece’, Gerwig said, “This definitely feels like a moment that I could potentially wake up from and think — ‘No that was a dream’.” Kushner had also recently sent her and Baumbach, 54, an email praising their efforts. — ANI Friends star cast attend co-star Matthew Perry’s funeral in Los Angeles Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, and David Schwimmer, released a joint statement. It read, “We are all completely crushed by Matthew’s death. We were more than simply co-workers. We are a family. There is so much to say, but right now we’re going to take a moment to grieve and process this unfathomable loss. In time, we will say more, as and when we are able to. For now, our thoughts and our love are with Matty’s family, his friends, and everyone who loved him around the world.” Aniston, Cox, Kudrow, LeBlanc, and Schwimmer signed the message. Perry passed away on October 28 at his residence in the Los Angeles area. He was 54. Law enforcement sources told that no drugs were discovered in the area. There was also no evidence of wrongdoing. — ANI
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