From singers to actors and comedians, Hindi showbiz has seen an increase in influx of young and talented Punjabi artistes over the past couple of years.
Last year, singer Jassie Gill made his acting debut in Bollywood with the film “Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi”. He is now gearing up for the release of another Hindi film titled “Panga”, which has Kangana Ranaut in the lead.
Directed by Ashwini Iyer Tiwari, “Panga” revolves around female kabaddi players and the trials they face.
On his shift from Punjabi to Hindi cinema, Jassie told IANS that he is on “learning mode” right now.
“It is my starting stage, so I am learning a lot now. It is a great industry and the best thing is that they welcome fresh talent with open arms. It is great that artistes from Punjab are getting a chance to showcase their talent and I am happy that the industry is open and welcoming the new talent.”
Punjabi singers and actors Ammy Virk and Harrdy Sandhu are also set to make their acting debut in Bollywood in Ranveer Singh-starrer “’83. The film, presented by Reliance Entertainment, is based on India’s iconic win in the 1983 Cricket World Cup.
They are currently busy training in Dharamsala for their roles.
“You all gave me so much love that I am all set to make my debut in Bollywood. Shukar Waheguru,” Ammy had tweeted.
Interestingly, both Ammy and Harrdy had marked their singing debut in Bollywood before their acting stint.
Ammy lent his voice to the song “Daryaa” in Anurag Kashyap’s “Manmarziyaan” in 2018, while Harrdy sang “Nachna aaonda nahin” for movie “Tum Bin 2” in 2016.
On the singing front, Punjabi singer B Praak recently made his debut in Hindi cinema.
He lent vocals to the “Teri Mitti” song for Akshay Kumar’s “Kesari”. The song even left made Akshay and producer Karan Johar teary-eyed.
Year 2019 will also see the entry of popular Punjabi actress Sonam Bajwa in Bollywood. She is a part of Varun Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor-starrer dance based film “Street Dancer 3D”.
Talking of Punjabi talent creating waves in Bollywood, one can’t forget gems like Diljit Dosanjh, Badshah, Guru Randhawa and Honey Singh, who have succesfully carved their niche in the industry in the recent past.
In an earlier interview to IANS, singer-actor Diljit said he is proud to “represent his community” in Hindi showbiz.
In 2016, Diljit made his acting debut in Hindi cinema with Abhishek Chaubey’s “Udta Punjab”, and wooed the audience with his on-screen performance as well as song “Ikk kudi”. He bagged a kitty of Hindi film projects like “Phillauri” and “Soorma”, and he will now be seen in “Good News” and “Arjun Patiala”.
Diljit had once said that he had a notion that a “Sardar can’t be a succesful actor in Bollywood”, but looking at his popularity and credits, it seems he has been proven wrong.
On his Bollywood journey, Diljit said: “People told me to get rid of my turban or not become an actor. Back then I knew that I would be okay to give up films, but not my turban. But it has been very rewarding.
“The kind of trust such big filmmakers have vested in me to be a part of their projects is really been something that I value a lot.”
Diljit even became the first turbaned Sikh to get a wax statue at Madame Tussauds, proving that it’s ‘balle balle’ all the way for Punjabis in Bollywood.
Mild tremors felt in Jammu and Kashmir
An earthquake measuring 4.3 on the Richter scale occurred on Friday in Jammu and Kashmir with its epicentre at the India-Pakistan border region, the Met said.
The tremors were felt at 1.53 a.m. at 33.03 degrees north and 73.63 degrees east at a depth of 10 km inside the earth.
Kashmir is situated in a highly vulnerable seismological region.
Earthquakes have wrought havoc in Kashmir in the past. A temblor measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale occurred in the valley in October 8, 2005 in which over 80,000 people were killed on the both sides of the Line of Control.
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal launches anti-dengue campaign
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday launched the ’10 Hafte 10 Baje 10 Minute campaign’ – a mass awareness campaign against vector-borne disease dengue.
The Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) national convenor began the initiative by inspecting his house for any signs of stagnant clean water and draining it, which can lead to the breeding of mosquitoes and other vector-borne diseases such as dengue, malaria, and chikungunya. The 10-week campaign will continue every Sunday.
Kejriwal said two crore people of Delhi will join hands and work together to fight against dengue like last time.
“The rainy season is here again, and it is the first week of September. We all know that at this point, the breeding of mosquitoes that spread dengue is at a peak. We have to save ourselves and our family from dengue,” Kejriwal said.
Last year, the Chief Minister said, “we participated in a massive campaign against dengue, ‘10 Hafte 10 Baje 10 Minute – Har Ravivar Dengue Par Vaar’ (10 week, 10 a.m. and for 10 minutes, an attack on dengue every Sunday) we will do that again this year”. Citing previous year’s 1,400-1,500 dengue cases in Delhi, Kejriwal said this was a big achievement for the government because this number was around 14,000-15,000 a few years back. “Like last year, today is the first Sunday, and for the next 10 Sundays, please spend 10 minutes inspecting your homes for stagnant clean water at 10 a.m.”
Kejriwal requested people to drain the standing water and replace it, saying “I hope and believe that the people of Delhi will again participate and save Delhi from dengue just like they did the last time”. Along with saving our families from dengue, Kejriwal said we have to save Delhi from dengue.
The Delhi government had launched the campaign in September 2019 as 15,867 dengue cases as well as 60 deaths were reported in Delhi in 2015. The campaign also garnered the support of many celebrities as well as officials of the government and other autonomous bodies. Under the campaign, the citizens must inspect their homes for any possible sources of stagnant clean water, which can lead to the breeding of Aedes mosquitoes that spread vector-borne diseases like dengue, malaria, and chikungunya.
Kejriwal also appealed to the ministers, MLAs, and the citizens to begin the mega-campaign from their own homes and spend 10 minutes every Sunday to make sure there is no stagnant water in their homes and surroundings. Along with Kejriwal, all the ministers, MLAs, and officials of the Delhi government also participated in the anti-dengue campaign, by inspecting their houses for signs of accumulated stagnant clean water.
The campaign also seeks to engage the residents to pick up the phone and call 10 of their friends and relatives and advise them on the good practices of preventing dengue. The RWAs will be asked to come together and help in the fight against dengue and promote the campaign. At various stages, children will be encouraged to take part in the campaign by assigning them with homework on behalf of the schools and asking them to call their friends to encourage them to take part in the campaign as well.
IndiGo commences Male-Kochi flight under air bubble deal
Airline major IndiGo on Thursday commenced two weekly flights between India and Maldives under the air bubble agreement.
Recently, the first such arrangement in South-Asia was reached between both the governments.
Accordingly, IndiGo will operate flights on the Kochi-Male-Kochi route twice a week.
“Male will be connected to various domestic destinations in India from Kochi, while providing safe and hassle-free flying experience on board a lean, clean flying machine,” William Boulter, Chief Commercial Officer, IndiGo, was quoted as saying in a statement.
“India is one of the key markets for inbound tourism for Maldives, while it receives a huge share of its medical tourists from Maldives. These flights will promote trade tourism and mobility, giving a boost to economic recovery in both the countries,” Boulter said.
As per the statement, the step is in accordance with the safe corridor provided by the local authorities where tourists can travel straight to their respective resorts from the airport without any hassle, in the absence of quarantine restrictions.
“Maldives opened its international border for tourists on July 15 since the inhabited islands and resort islands of Maldives have been largely unaffected by the current pandemic,” the statement said.
“Additionally, this arrangement would also facilitate and regularise the flow of Maldivians seeking medical treatment in India as well as a sizeable number of Indians working as nurses, teachers and resort workers in the Maldives,” it added.
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