Bollywood Roundup: Akshay Kumar, Shraddha Kapoor, Shahid Kapoor, and more…

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Cleanliness should be prioritised for healthy future: Akshay

Mumbai– Actor Akshay Kumar, who raised the problem of poor sanitation in India through the film “Toilet: Ek Prem Katha”, has urged people to participate in Swachhata Hi Seva Andolan movement.

On Wednesday, the 51-year-old tweeted: “Thanks to ‘Toilet-Ek Prem Katha’, I got to know about the lack of basic sanitation facilities suffered by millions. Swachhata (cleanliness) should be prioritised for our nation’s healthy future. Join the Swachhata Hi Seva Andolan.”

Along with the post, Akshay posted a poster of the movement. It reads: “Become a part of the Swachhata Hi Seva Andolan and undertake shramdaan (voluntary contribution) starting 9.30 a.m. on September 15 in your area. Share your Swachhata moments using #SHS208.”

Akshay also made the audience witness India’s sanitation issues in film “Pad Man”, which focused on menstrual hygiene.

Akshay Kumar unveils ‘Kesari’ first poster

Mumbai– Actor Akshay Kumar shared the first official poster of his upcoming film “Kesari”, which is based on the Battle of Saragarhi where 21 Sikhs fought against 10,000 Afghans in 1897.

To mark the anniversary of the Saragarhi battle, Akshay took to Instagram to unveil the poster on Wednesday, suggesting that the film will be high on patriotism level.

In the poster, Akshay, fondly known as Khiladi Kumar in Bollywood, can be seen as a turbaned Sikh warrior with his hand raised up and holding a rifle. It seems like he is leading an entire unit of turbaned warriors.

He captioned the poster: “On Saragarhi Day, here’s the first look of ‘Kesari’ – our humble tribute to the martyrs of Saragarh.”

Helmed by Anurag Singh, “Kesari” is scheduled to release on March 21, 2019.

Exciting to sing for Shraddha: Prakriti Kakar

New Delhi– Singer Prakriti Kakar says singing a song for actress Shraddha Kapoor has been exciting.

Shraddha Kapoor (Photo: Facebook)

She has sung “Hard hard” for the forthcoming film “Batti Gul Meter Chalu” along with Mika Singh.

“It’s been pretty exciting to sing for Shraddha Kapoor as I’ve never sung for her before,” Prakriti said in a statement.

“I started out with love songs and ballads, but my song ‘Hawa hawa’ from the film ‘Mubarakan’ was definitely a game changer for me as I had to get out of the image of fitting into a particular genre. So, I’m glad that after ‘Hawa hawa’, I got several opportunities to sing party songs which broke the monotony,” added the “Bheegh loon” hitmaker.

“Hard hard” is not just a “cool western club number”.

“It happens to be a very Indian club number, which was slightly difficult for me as my approach to all the songs that I sing is little towards the western side. I think that tone comes naturally to me as I grew up on a lot of English music.

“But for me to adapt a whole different approach in a very rural way, was interesting and challenging as well,” she said.

Being a parent is above all, says Shahid Kapoor

Mumbai– Actor Shahid Kapoor, who has not been able to take out time for promotions of his upcoming film “Bati Gul Meter Chalu” because of his children, says “being a parent is above all.”

Shahid became parent one more time when he and Mira welcomed the arrival of their son Zain a week ago. They already have a two-year-old daughter Misha who is not keeping so well nowadays.

The actor on Wednesday took to Twitter to explain his absence from work.

He wrote: “The last few days have been tough. Misha running very high fever and Zain just came home. Have had to miss some promotions. Just nine days to go for “Batti Gul meter chalu” to release but being a parent is above all else. Hope to resume promotions very soon.”

Also starring actresses Shraddha Kapoor and Yami Gautam, “Bati Gul Meter Chalu” is slated to release on September 21.

Amrapali to play ‘ageless woman’ in TV show

Mumbai– Actress Amrapali Gupta says she is excited to play an ageless woman in the horror show “Kaun Hai”.

Amrapali Gupta and Yash Sinha

“I’m playing the role of Diti, who is very negative and also an ageless woman. She looks the same every time and in every birth. The story is very interesting. It’s not similar to the negative characters that I have already played in ‘Ishqbaaaz’ and ‘Qubool Hai’,” Amrapali said in a statement.

She will be seen playing mother to actor Vatsal Sheth in the show.

Amrapali is also tied up with the TV show “Tujhse Hai Raabta”.

Want to be at my best in film with Hrithik: Tiger Shroff

Mumbai– Actor Tiger Shroff, who is gearing up for his forthcoming Yash Raj Films untitled project, says that he wants to be at his best to lock horns with his onscreen idol Hrithik Roshan in the film.

Tiger Shroff (Photo: Twitter)

Tiger was interacting with the media at the launch of innerwear brand Macho’s new collection “Macho Hint” as their brand ambassador on Tuesday here.

Asked whether he was ready to share screen with Hrithik, he said: “I want to be at my best because he is always at his best and I don’t think he will ever go easy while shooting the film.”

There were reports that there will be a dance-off between the two dance icons in the film but Tiger says “it’s too early to pinpoint”

“We haven’t really created that song yet but there is an interesting situation in the film where both of us come together on the dance floor,” he said.

Asked whether Hrithik was playing his guru in the film, he said: “Yeah.. we had sort of publicized the film in that way when we announced the film on social media.”

The film will see Vaani Kapoor in female lead.

The film is directed by Siddharth Anand and it is slated to release on next year’s Gandhi Jayanti.

Richa Chadha, Pankaj Tripathi to star in ‘Panga’

Mumbai– Actors Richa Chadha and Pankaj Tripathi, who had earlier wooed the audience with their performances in “Fukrey” and “Fukrey Returns”, will be seen together on screen again — in Ashwini Iyer Tiwari’s directorial “Panga”.

Richa Chadha

Backed by Fox Star Studios, “Panga”, which also stars Kangana Ranaut, Neena Gupta and Jassie Gill, is an upcoming biopic of popular southern actress Shakeela.

Excited about the film, both actors on Wednesday took to social media to share the news of their casting.

Richa wrote: “My family means the world to me. Thanks Ashwini Iyer Tiwari and Fox Star Hindi, you guys made sure I have another family to call my own. Ready for some more panga? Panga stories.”

Pankaj posted a family picture on Twitter and wrote: “While I’m blessed to have my family, I’m excited to be a part of my new ‘Panga’ family.”

The director also welcomed Richa and Pankaj to the project.

Praising Richa, Tiwari wrote: “I admire her as an actor and as a human who has so much depth in her, Richa Chadha. Respect for who you are. Welcome to the ‘Panga’ family. Let’s together create new stories of love and ofcourse take ‘Panga’ for our family.”

“Panga” is scheduled to release in 2019.

Emraan Hashmi wraps up shooting for ‘Cheat India’

Mumbai– Actor Emraan Hashmi has completed shooting for his upcoming film “Cheat India”, which focuses on the prevailing education system in the country.

Emraan Hashmi

Emraan on Wednesday took to Twitter and wrote: “Big thanks to the team! Wouldn’t be possible without you guys. The shoot ends, but the journey continues. ‘Cheat India’.”

Directed by Soumik Sen, the film landed in a controversy earlier as filmmaker-actor duo Dinesh Gautam and Imran Zahid claimed the storyline of the film was copied from their movie titled “Marksheet”.

Emraan is not only acting in the film, but also producing it with T-Series and Ellipsis Entertainment.

Also starring Shreya Dhanwanthary, “Cheat India” is scheduled to release on January 25, 2019. (IANS)

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