Bollywood Roundup: Katrina Kaif, Ranbir Kapoor, Pooja Bhatt, Bipasha Basu, and more…

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Katrina Kaif to endorse jewellery brand

Mumbai– Bollywood actress Katrina Kaif will endorse jewellery brand Kalyan Jewellers.

Katrina

“Katrina personifies brand Kalyan’s attributes of style and elegance. She epitomises the quintessential woman of today – confident, progressive and with the courage of her convictions. Katrina has set her own path with sheer hard work, akin to Kalyan’s own growth trajectory,” Ramesh Kalyanaraman, Executive Director, Marketing and Operations of Kalyan Jewellers, said in a statement.

The actress will endorse the brand’s collections and will also be part of its customer engagement programmes across the showrooms in India and West Asia.

In India, she will predominantly feature in the company’s communication campaigns, especially in the northern and western markets.

Katrina has joined other Kalyan brand ambassadors including megastar Amitabh Bachchan, politician Jaya Bachchan, Nagarjuna, Prabhu, Shivaraj Kumar and Manju Warrier.

Kalyanaraman thanked Sonam for “augmenting the product propositions of brand Kalyan over the past two years and helping strengthening its status as one of India’s most trusted jewellery brand”.

I’ve never faced casting couch: Ranbir Kapoor

Mumbai– Bollywood actor Ranbir Kapoor says he has never faced the casting couch.

The actor commented when he was asked for his opinion on veteran choreographer Saroj Khan’s controversial statement that casting couch “provides livelihood at least” in the film industry.

“I have never faced it (casting couch). If it’s there, it is the worst thing,” Ranbir said at the teaser launch of his upcoming film “Sanju” here on Tuesday.

Khan’s comment drew ire on social media, following which she apologised.

Real women have real bodies: Pooja Bhatt

Mumbai– Actress-filmmaker Pooja Bhatt says real women have real bodies and they must celebrate themselves as they are.

Pooja Bhatt (Photo: IMDb)

Pooja re-tweeted a post by a nutritionist who wrote to the Union Minister of State for Health and Family Anupriya Patel, commenting on a campaign which was for promoting healthy, nutritious eating, which received a backlash on social media.

The campaign’s image showed the outlines of two different women, with different body sizes. While one was visibly larger, curvier contained eggs, meat, bread, burgers, doughnuts, fries and fizzy drinks and beer, the other was lean and contained only fruits and vegetables.

The accompanying message read: “What is your choice?”

The nutritionist asked: “Did the government really make this body shaming ad? Women can eat healthy but have hormonal issues due to which they have excess weight as well. Highly insensitive campaign!”

Pooja reacted saying: “I second that. Thin is not necessarily healthy or fit and someone who has a larger frame or is supposedly overweight by the standards of the world is not necessarily unhealthy. Real women have real bodies and must celebrate their bodies in whatever shape or size!”

Football a sleeping sport in India, says Ranbir

Actor Ranbir Kapoor says that football has been a sleeping sport in India but it is now gaining importance due to government support.

“I have always enjoyed playing soccer (football) as a child. It is a sleeping sport in our country, but now with government’s support and leagues like Indian Super League, it is slowly gaining prominence. It is good if a country has different sports as it gives a platform to more talent,” Ranbir said in a statement.

The actor was at the Global Indian International School (GIIS) East Coast Campus grounds for a practice session on April 22 before the Magic Bus Cup Celebrity Football Match. The match saw the All Stars Football Club, comprising Bollywood stars playing against Singapore’s Celebrities Sports Club for a charity cause.

Bipasha, Karan have ‘sweet tooth’

Actress Bipasha Basu says she and her husband Karan Singh Grover have a sweet tooth but the fitness enthusiasts believe in the balancing act.

Bipasha Basu (Photo: CelebrityTonic)

The upcoming episode of Colors’ show “Entertainment ki Raat@9 Limited Edition” will see a face-off between Karan and Bipasha, read a statement.

While performing a task, Bipasha mentioned that they have a tough fitness regime.

She also said: “We both have a sweet tooth. In just one sitting, I can easily down 20 moti choor laddoos and Karan can consume up to one kg of besan ladoos. That’s how we balance life.”

Big responsibility if people call me game-changer, says Rajkummar

Mumbai– Actor Rajkummar Rao, who has been given the ‘Game-changer of the Year’ honour at the 11th GeoSpa asiaSpa India Awards, says the tag is a big responsibility.

Rajkummar Rao

Rajkummar was at the event along with Bhumi Pednekar, Rekha, Nushrat Bharucha, Shilpa Shetty, Raveena Tandon, Diana Penty, Poonam Dhillon, and Richa Chadha here on Monday night.

“Awards are really important because it motivates me even more to work harder. When you have done hard work for the whole year and if people recognise your effort and honour you with an award, then obviously it feels special.

“I am really thankful and excited because game-changer is the big term. I think it’s a big responsibility if people term me as game-changer. So I am actually really overwhelmed with this tag.”

The actor, who has won commercial success as well as critical acclaim, says all the awards he has received so far are equally special to him.

The GeoSpa asiaSpa India Awards celebrates the efforts of those who have played an instrumental role in putting India’s wellness industry on the world map.

Pankaj Arora, Managing Director, Geospa Fitness, said: “Our country has woken up to the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and people are taking various measures to lead a healthy life.”

Richa’s look inspired by Parveen Babi’s ‘Jawani janeman’

Mumbai– Actress Richa Chadha will be seen sporting late veteran actress Parveen Babis look from the song “Jawani janeman” for a song in her upcoming film “Daas Dev”.

Richa Chadha (Photo: Wikipedia)

“My look happened by accident. When I wore the gold outfit, someone on set said ‘you look exactly like Parveen Babi’. It just felt like it was meant to be as Parveen Babi was one of the biggest actresses and style icons of her time,” Richa said in a statement.

Richa just shot for a promotional video song for the film “Daas Dev” where she was seen experimenting with her looks that looked like the modernised version of Parveen’s hit song from the 1980s.

Directed by Sudhir Mishra, “Daas Dev” is a romantic political thriller and stars Rahul Bhat and Aditi Rao Hydari.

It is set to release on April 27.

Neil Nitin Mukesh, wife to welcome first child

Mumbai– Actor Neil Nitin Mukesh and his wife Rukmini Sahay are all set to welcome their first child.

Neil took to Instagram to announce that they are going to become parents soon.

“Now we will be three,” Neil captioned a colourful photograph in which a stork is seen carrying a baby.

Neil married Mumbai-based Rukmini in February 2017. The couple got engaged on the auspicious occasion of Dussehra.

Neil had left the decision of finding his soulmate to his parents. It was an arranged match and they had a courtship of one month.

The actor, who is the grandson of legendary singer Mukesh and son of veteran singer Nitin Mukesh, is known for films like “Johnny Gaddaar”, “New York”, “David” and “7 Khoon Maaf”.

Shivani Gosain ‘excited, nervous’ about her comeback

Mumbai– Actress Shivani Gosain, known for shows like “Kasautii Zindagii Kay” and “Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii”, is excited and nervous about making a comeback to showbiz after a break of two years.

She is entering the Colors show “Kasam Tere Pyaar Ki” as Pammi Kohli.

“I am excited and nervous at the same time. I’m making a comeback after two years. It is an amazing opportunity to be a part of this lovely show ‘Kasam Tere Pyaar Ki’. I am looking forward to getting back as I’m playing an interesting negative role in the show that will definitely add to the upcoming twists,” Shivani said in a statement.

The show has taken a 25-year-leap. After the leap, Rishi and Tanu will be reborn as Ranbir and Kritika in different parts of the world.

While Ranbir becomes a football star in Canada, Kritika ends up doing law in a small village near Chandigrah.

Actors Amit Behl, Jiten Lalwani and Rajesh Puri have also joined the show’s cast.  (IANS)

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