Bollywood Roundup: Kajol, Vir Das, Amitabh Bachchan, Dia Mirza, and more…

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Kajol (Photo: Facebook)

Kajol starrer ‘Eela’ to release in September

Mumbai– Actress Kajol’s tentatively titled film “Eela” is slated to release on September 14.

Kajol (Photo: Facebook)

Directed by Pradeep Sarkar, the film also stars the National Award winning actor, Riddhi Sen, who will be playing Kajol’s son, read a statement.

Written by Mitesh Shah, “Eela” will see Kajol playing a single mother and an aspiring singer.

The movie is co-produced by Ajay Devgn and Jayantilal Gada of Pen India Ltd.

Kajol was last seen on screen in “VIP 2”, a Tamil-language comedy-drama film directed by Soundarya Rajnikanth. She played an antagonist.

It was a sequel to the 2014 film “Velaiilla Pattadhari”. “VIP 2” also features Dhanush, Amala Paul, Vivek, Hrishikesh, Saranya Ponvannan and Samuthirakani.

Priyanka Chopra has opened doors for small fish like me: Vir Das

Mumbai– Comedian-actor Vir Das has credited Indian actress Priyanka Chopra for opening doors internationally for “small fish” like him to do “comparatively microscopic things”.

Vir Das (Photo: Facebook)

Vir on Thursday took to Twitter and called Priyanka a “maverick” and a “star”.

“I’d just like to say Priyanka Chopra is a maverick and a star, who has opened the doors for small fish like me to do comparatively microscopic things. So, if you feel the need to write an article about both of us, write one that gives her credit and appreciation, because I do,” Vir wrote.

The “Go Goa Gone” actor has been signed on by ABC for a new hour-long weekly dramedy FBI series “Whiskey Cavalier”, produced by Warner Brothers.

“Whiskey Cavalier” is an hour-long high octane action dramedy following the tough but tender FBI agent who has a code name of Whiskey Cavalier. Vir will be seen essaying one of the main agents in the FBI named Jai Datta.

This marks his second venture into American television series space after “In Theory” was announced last year for another network.

Happiness, peace to all: B-town wishes fans on Ramadan

Mumbai– Celebrities in the Hindi film industry have wished all their fans lots of happiness and peace on the occasion of Ramadan. The month-long festival will conclude on June 14.

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad according to Islamic belief.

Veteran actors like Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor took to Twitter to wish their fans on the pious occasion.

Amitabh Bachchan in Sarkaar 3

Amitabh Bachchan: Ramadan Mubarak… Happiness and peace.

Rishi Kapoor: Ramzaan mubarak.

Adnan Sami: Ramadan Mubarak to everyone with love and duas (wishes).

Emraan Hashmi: Ramzaan Mubarak to everyone

Huma Qureshi: Ramzaan Mubarak. Let’s just make sure we be the person through out the year we become in this holy month. Love for all.

Ekta Kapoor: Ramadan Kareem!

Raveena Tandon: Ramadan Kareem! Happiness love and peace always.

Mahira Khan: Intense discussions about food at home right now.. Ramzaan Mubarak to all! May the blessings of this month shower on us all…

Manoj Bajpayee: Ramadan mubarak.

Gauahar Khan: Ramadan Kareem… please remember me and my family in your prayers as shall I… Pray for peace, love, forgiveness and prosperity for all. Alhamdulillah, Ramadan 2018.

Can’t wait for Sanju’s promotional campaign to unveil: Dia Mirza

Mumbai– Actress Dia Mirza, who is excited about the release of the trailer of her forthcoming film “Sanju”, says that she can’t wait for it’s promotional campaign to unveil.

Dia Mirza

Environmental conservation enthusiast, Dia Mirza along with Sameera Reddy, Zayed Khan, Bhagyashree, and Sussanne Khan, was present at the launch of Farah Khan Ail’s new jewellery collection on Wednesday.

Dia, who will be seen alongside Ranbir Kapoor in the biopic, was asked about her excitement over the film to which she replied: “We are all very excited for ‘Sanju’ and we can’t wait for the ( promotional) campaign to unveil. the trailer will be out soon and everyone will see it together.” Dia said.

When asked if she has had the chance to check the “Race 3” trailer released on Wednesday, Dia said, “‘Race 3’ is looking big and the action in the trailer is looking amazing. I am very sure that in the genre, ‘Race 3’ will be one of the best films.”

The actress will be seen in the biopic as Sanjay Dutt’s wife Manyata Dutt.

The film is directed by Rajkumar Hirani and is presented by Fox star studios. The film also stars Manisha Koirala, Anushka Sharma, Paresh Rawal, Sonam Kapoor, Tabu and many more.

Produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra, “Sanju” will release on June 29.

Don’t need to bring others down to show Indians are good: Meghna

Mumbai– Filmmaker Meghna Gulzar, who is currently celebrating the success of her latest release “Raazi”, believes that there was no need to bring Pakistanis down to show Indians were right on their path in the story.

Meghna along with “Raazi” team was present at the success party of the film on Wednesday.

When asked why Meghna as a director, unlike other filmmakers, opted not to show the Pakistanis in bad light, she said: “Because they are human too, they are just like us. And to shows ourselves good we don’t have to show others bad or evil.”

“It was our intention to show what we wanted with simplicity and truth for which we didn’t have to become preachy or develop a propaganda. The story was such that we did not need these additional traits.”

Karan Johar, who hosted the press conference and also is associated with the film as co-producer, was asked how Dharma Production did a film like this which is out of their usual genre.

“We have really tried to break the myth of what people perceive Dharma production to be and we have done films that have broken the mould but we are still being asked this question so, there is something we are doing wrong.

“I don’t know what to do, as people only remember us by ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’ and ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham’,” Said Karan.

Based on Harinder Sikka’s book “Calling Sehmat”, the story of “Raazi” revolves around a young Kashmiri girl who gets married to a Pakistani Army officer and becomes a spy to give inside information about the neighbouring country to protect her own.

Alia Bhatt plays Sehmat in the film while Vicky Kaushal essays the Pakistani officer’s role.

Lesbian relationships mostly depicted as male fantasy: Sonal

Mumbai– Oscar-winning producer Marc Baschet has come on board to co-produce the new directorial venture of Rahat Kazmis “Lihaaf”, and now its lead actress Sonal Sehgal says she had co-written the script to present the homosexual relationship in a much-dignified manner rather than just as a “male fantasy”.

“Having worked as an actor in the industry, I realized that if we need women’s stories to be told with nuance and truth, women need to start writing them. Which is when I decided to co-write ‘Lihaaf’,” Sonal said in a statement.

“And after having researched the subject for months, I decided to play the part of ‘Begum’. Lesbian relationships have mostly been depicted as a male fantasy, I wanted to bring dignity and sensitivity to the subject. I hope I have achieved that… both as an actor and as a writer.”

The poster of the film was launched at the 71st Cannes Film Festival.

It is based on writer Ismat Chugtai’s similarly titled book. It tells the story of a Begum trapped in a loveless marriage and a victim of the sexually repressed patriarchal society. Neglected by her husband and forgotten as part of the decoration of a beautiful mansion, the Begum finally finds solace with her masseuse.

Chugtai wrote the story in 1942 and was slapped with a case of obscenity.

In the film, it intertwines the story of “Lihaaf” and Chugtai’s trial which went on for three years, and simultaneously unveils the relation between Begum and her masseuse.

‘Kaleerein’ actress continues shooting despite illness

Mumbai– Actress Aditi Sharma didn’t let her illness come in the way of shooting for her show “Kaleerein”.

While shooting for a high-octane sequence for the show on Tuesday, the actress started feeling uneasy and ended up vomiting on the set. A doctor was immediately summoned.

“I was feeling extremely unwell, but I wanted to shoot and get things going at its regular pace. While I was shooting, my director noticed my facial expression and got a hint of me being unwell,” Aditi said in a statement.

Despite the actress being on a high dose of antibiotics, she didn’t fail to shoot an energetic sequence.

“I was given painkillers and antibiotics for my cramps and food poisoning. I felt uncomfortable because of the continuous pain but I love my job and understood the importance of returning to work so that the episode could be completed on time,” she said.

“Kaleerein” is aired on Zee TV.

Rajkummar, Kangana start shooting for ‘Mental Hai Kya’

Mumbai– Actors Rajkummar Rao and Kangana Ranaut have started shooting for their upcoming film “Mental Hai Kya”.

Rajkummar on Wednesday shared a photograph of the film’s clapboard and wrote: “Day 1. Let’s do this ‘Mental Hai Kya’. Ekta Kapoor, Kangana Ranaut, Prakash Kovelmudi, Kanika Dhillon, Ruchika Kapoor.”

Producer Ekta Kapoor, who is co-presenting the film under her home banner Balaji Telefilms Ltd, tweeted: “Oh yeah! Jai Mata Di.”

“Mental Hai Kya” has been written by Kanika Dhillon and will be helmed by National award-winning director Prakash Kovelmudi, who has helmed south Indian films like “Anaganaga O Dheerudu” and “Size Zero”.

This will be the second time Rajkummar and Kangana will be seen together on screen. The two were last seen in 2013 in “Queen”. (IANS)

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