12112023-LSTL-01.qxd 11/12/2023 12:35 AM Page 1 c m y b ROCKSTAR TURNS 12 Ranbir Kapoor and Nargis Fakhri-starrer musical romantic drama film Rockstar turned 12 on Saturday. Taking to Instagram, Nargis Fakhri shared a string of pictures from the film which she captioned, “12 years of Rockstar. Pretty crazy how time flies, but this film & everyone who worked on it will forever be in my heart. Heer will always be a part of me.” TRIBUNE Best gift Life Parineeti Chopra said that Raghav Chadha’s birthday is officially her favourite birthday as he was born on this day for her. She wrote, “You’re the best gift God has given me, my Ragaii!” LUDHIANA | SUNDAY | 12 NOVEMBER 2023 From celebrating on sets with co-stars to spending time with friends and family — celebs have their Diwali plans in place Let there be joy... Mona T HE Festival of Lights is here, a day for puja, sweets and indulging in fun with friends and family. Celebs share what makes their Diwali celebrations special! Work & play fans to embrace an ecofriendly Diwali by refraining from burning crackers. If we can’t solve the problem, let’s not contribute to it. Instead, enjoy a peaceful Diwali with family, dressing up, and savouring delightful treats. I extend my best wishes to all my viewers. Millets milestone SUMBUL TOUQEER KHAN, actress This year, my Diwali celebrations will take place on the sets of Chand Jalne Laga, surrounded by my wonderful cast mates. Great food, togetherness and camaraderie are going to be the highlights of my celebration. KANIKA MANN, actress Celebrations on sets This time, due to my busy schedule, I won’t be able to celebrate it with my family. I will celebrate Diwali with the Saubhagyavati Bhavah family for the first time. Please try not to burst firecrackers. Share happiness, stay joyful, and wish you all a happy Diwali. AMANDEEP SIDHU, actress Food & fireworks Diwali is all about spending time with the people you love. This year, my family will be visiting me in Mumbai, and I’m super thrilled. Our plan is to dress up, offer prayers and gorge on yummy sweets and exchange gifts. The night will come alive with fireworks, movie time and delicious food. PRACHI BANSAL, actress Family time It’s that time of the year when we make an effort to reunite with our loved ones and celebrate with family and friends. Though I will be shooting for my show, May I Come In, Madam, I am determined to takeout some time to join in the celebration with my family and friends. NEHHA PENDSE, actress Do it now This year I’ll be celebrating Diwali with my son Ayaan and wife Neha. My plans include donning traditional attire, offering prayers to Goddess Lakshmi, and indulging in kaju katli and gujjiyas. Festivals should bring joy, and rather than dwelling on the past or future, it’s crucial to embrace the ‘now’ while being mindful of our ecological impact. ARJUN BIJLANI, actor Be eco-friendly Considering the existing pollution issues, I urge my Keeping it simple This year, I’ll be in London for a film shoot. So, I will be missing Diwali celebrations in my hometown Kota. Although London is beautiful, the Diwali experience in Rajasthan is unique. Diwali in Mumbai has a different pace, with its cosmopolitan touch. A rather simple celebrations for me this year. Falguni Shah’s song Abundance of Millets bags a Grammy nomination Amandeep Sidhu Sudhaa Chandran Kanika Mann JASMIN BHASIN, actress On the cards This year I don’t have work commitments on Diwali and I intend to make the most of it. Playing card games is considered to be shagun (auspicious). We do the puja and then the table is set because it’s business time. Proper hisaab hota hai (laughs). There are lots of fights over the game as well. I look forward to all this fun. SHEFALI JARIWALA, actress Geeta Basra A peaceful world Every Diwali I visit an orphanage to celebrate the festival with the children there. I am grateful for the blessings I’ve received. I pray for a prosperous and peaceful world. Nehha Pendse The song about millets featuring Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been nominated in the Best Global Music Performance category for Grammy awards 2024. The track, titled Abundance of Millets, talks about the health benefits and the government’s efforts to promote the cereal. The song features Indian-American Grammy-winning singer Falu (Falguni Shah) and her husband and singer Gaurav Shah. Abundance of Millets is nominated alongside Arooj Aftab, Vijay Iyer and Shahzad Ismaily’s Shadow Forces, Burna Boy’s Alone, Davido’s Feel, Silvana Estrada’ track Milagro Y Disastre, Béla Fleck, Edgar Meyer and Zakir Hussain featuring Rakesh Chaurasia for Pashto, Ibrahim Maalouf featuring Cimafunk and Tank and the Bangas’s’Todo Colores’. Mumbai-born singer-song- writer, Falguni Shah, known more by her stage name, Falu, and her husband and singer Gaurav Shah, released Abundance of Millets in June. In June, she was quoted as saying that PM Modi has written the song along with her and her husband. Falu, while posting the song on X, had tweeted, Abundance of Millets, a song inspired by PM Narendra Modi’s proposition to the UN to declare 2023 as the International Year of Millets. Honoured to collaborate with him, write a song to promote millet, help farmers grow it and help end world hunger.” The Prime Minister encourages listeners to include millets into their diet to lead a healthier life. While sharing the song, he had also shared on X, “Very creative and will inspire more people to embrace millets for healthy living!” —Agencies SUDHAA CHANDRAN, actress ‘My favourite time of year’ Being responsible As Diwali approaches, regardless of where you are or what you’re doing, the festive spirit lingers. The joy of receiving gifts, relishing sweets, and reuniting with friends at parties makes the celebration truly special. I am going for an ecofriendly Diwali that not only safeguard our health and pets but also protects the environment and vulnerable stray dogs. Prachi Bansal Jasmin Bhasin SHIVIN NARANG, actor Home coming This year, I will be going to my home in Jalandhar to celebrate Diwali with my inlaws. This year, my son Jovan will be able to understand the festival and enjoy the festivities. This is something we all are really looking forward to. GEETA BASRA, actress Sumbul Touqeer Khan SZA leads the race to 2024 Grammy, Taylor Swift creates history Music to the ears Taylor Swift SZA Miley Cyrus Olivia Rodrigo The list of the 67th Grammy Awards nominees is out and rapper SZA taking the lead with over nine nods. This is followed by Victoria Monét, Phoebe Bridgers, and Serban Ghenea with seven, and Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish, Miley Cyrus, and, Olivia Rodrigo with six. So, from the list of the leading singers it is evident that this time, the woman world is leading the race, with Batiste being the only male artiste to have over six nods. Prior to the 2024 show, the Recording Academy winnowed the Big Four categories from 10 back down to eight nominees, and three new categories were added this year: Best Alternative Jazz Album, Best Pop Dance Recording, and Best African Music Performance. As per the official website, “The Recording Academy has officially revealed nominations for the 2024 Grammys, which will take place on February 4.” Announcing the new categories, it added, “Three new Grammy categories will debut at the 2024 Grammys: Best African Music Performance, Best Alternative Jazz Album and Best Pop Dance Recording. For Taylor Swift, the 2024 Grammys can potentially make her the all-time leader for album of the year wins if Midnights should prevail in that category. She did already set a record this time though, with the newly announced nominations as Swift became the first person ever to be nominated for song of the year seven times. — IANS c m y b Shefali Jariwala Arjun Bijlani The festival of lights is finally here and African-American actress and singer Mary Millben has extended warm greetings to the people of the country on the auspicious occasion of Diwali. Taking to X, Mary Millben shared a video of her rendition of the devotional hymn Om Jai Jagdish Hare along with a Diwali wish. She wrote, “My favourite time of year has come! Diwali! #India, I look forward to celebrating with you this weekend and officially on November 12th. Happy #Diwali to Indian communities across the world! Take your candle, the light Singer Mary Millben talks about her love for Diwali inside of you, and go light the world!! I love you, #Bharat! #Deepavali”. — ANI
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