Bollywood Briefs: Abhishek Bachchan, Deepika, Sonakshi , Lagaan, Anil Kapoor, John Abraham and Amitabh Bachchan

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Sonakshi Sinha (Photo: Facebook)

Aamir Khan supports ‘Lagaan’ co-star’s social initiative

Mumbai–Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan has shown support to British actor and his “Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India” co-star Paul Blackthorne’s Save the Rhino Vietnam” initiative.

Blackthorne along with Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has started the initiative under which they are selling Save the Rhino Vietnam T-shirt to raise funds for NGO Save the Rhino International and generate awareness that 90 percent of rhino horns poached in Africa end up in Vietnam.

Aamir took to Twitter on Saturday to share a photograph of himself wearing the T-shirt.

In the caption, the “PK” star wrote: “Hey guys, our very own Captain Russel (Paul Blackthorne) from ‘Lagaan’ is doing some good work for a change! “I think it would be great if we can all support him.”

Anil Kapoor acquires rights of ‘Prison Break’

Mumbai–After “24” and “Modern Family”, Bollywood actor-producer Anil Kapoor has now acquired the rights of another American TV series “Prison Break”.

“I always go with my gut feeling. I know people will like it. We will adapt it to suit Indian sensibilities. It’s one of my most favourite shows. I am truly excited,“ Anil said in a statement.

“Prison Break”, which is now gearing up for its fifth season, revolves around two brothers. One has been sentenced to death for a crime he did not commit while the other devises an elaborate plan to help him escape and clear his name.

Sharing more about the show, Anil said: “The show is about sibling love. It has just the right amount of emotions and of course some mind blowing action. In the past, films like ‘Do Aankhen Barah Haath’ and ‘Umar Qaid’, which revolved around jailbreak, have been appreciated by the audience.”

Anil is currently busy shooting for the second instalment of “24”.

Anil’s production house has bought the rights to season one of “Prison Break”. Season two will be underway only after feedback to the first part is in.

“We’ll start planning the show as soon as I wrap up shooting for ’24’. I want to take it on the floors as soon as possible,” he added.

John Abraham holds fitness masterclass

Gurgaon–Actor John Abraham gave a fitness masterclass, organised by sportswear brand Reebok India and online portal Jabong.

Giving fans a holistic fitness experience, John made a grand entry amid resounding cheers and enthralled the audience on Friday. Consumers were thrilled as they received fitness tips from the actor.

“I had a great time working out with the enthusiastic audience and sharing my fitness mantra for a healthier body and mind,” John said in a statement.

Silvia Tallon, senior marketing director, Reebok India, thanked the “Force” star “for supporting this initiative and inspiring our consumers to be fashionably fit”. Apart from the star, Reebok trainers gave CrossFit sessions, thereby engaging consumers with high intensity and fun workouts.

“Our aim has always been to make shopping an experience for our customers and I am happy that this will be a memorable one for some of them,” Sanjeev Mohanty, CEO and managing director, Jabong said.

Criticism hurts terribly: Abhishek Bachchan

Mumbai–Actor Abhishek Bachchan has a strong fan following, but sometimes he gets criticised on the public platform for his work. The son of megastar Amitabh Bachchan says he gets bothered by criticism.

Be it his acting skills or his flop films, Abhishek, at times, gets slammed on social networking sites. Does it bother him?

“It does bother me. We are human beings. It hurts terribly. The sad thing is that you can get 100 compliments but that one criticism will ruin your day. As actors, when there is such a huge volume of love coming your way, we hold on to that one negative thought.

“…We want to entertain everyone, we want everybody to enjoy our work,” Abhishek, who has starred in flop movies like “Dum Maaro Dum” and “Players”, told IANS.

He shared that even if one percent of the audience says they don’t like it, it “hurts you. It’s very upsetting”.

“Actors would be lying if they say criticism doesn’t bother them. I have never looked upon criticism as negativity. I take it as an advice,” he added.

The “Bol Bachchan” star considers his father his biggest critic. He said: “He (Amitabh) shares his thoughts honestly with me and has always pointed out that I could have done it differently.”

Deepika gifts ethnic wear to ‘xXx’ director

Toronto–Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone, who is making her Hollywood debut with “xXx: The Return of Xander Cage”, has gifted a traditional Indian outfit to the film’s director D.J. Caruso.

Caruso took to Twitter on Friday to share a photograph of an embroidered blue kurta and pyjama with his fans.

He captioned it: “Deepika Padukone wow what a wrap gift! I am styling. Grateful. Thank you for bringing Serena to life. ‘xXx’ Last day.”

In the film, Deepika will be seen as Serena.

“xXx: The Return of Xander Cage”, a sequel to the 2002 film “xXx” and 2005 film “xXx: State of the Union”, also stars Vin Diesel, Samuel L. Jackson, Donnie Yen and Tony Jaa.

In another tweet, Caruso shared a photograph in which Deepika can be seen posing for images with her fans.

“Deepika Padukone saying goodbye to fans in Toronto. Two shots left for her. ‘xXx’,” he captioned it.

The film is slated to release on January 20, 2017.

Sonakshi Sinha (Photo: Facebook): Salman Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone and Sonakshi Sinha will be seen regaling fans from June 23-26
Sonakshi Sinha (Photo: Facebook): Salman Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone and Sonakshi Sinha will be seen regaling fans from June 23-26

I don’t believe in gender discrimination: Sonakshi

Mumbai–Actress Sonakshi Sinha, best known for her roles in films like “Dabangg”, “Lootera” and “Rowdy Rathore”, says her friends group comprises both men and women as she doesn’t believe in gender discrimination.

Sonakshi was doing a question and answer session with her fans on Twitter on Saturday where she was asked whether her best friends are men or women.

The 28-year-old replied saying: “I don’t believe in gender discrimination.”

She further shared that she likes to be with her best friends whenever she feels low as they “automatically make me feel better”.

Sonakshi, who turns 29 on June 2, said that she has a special surprise coming up for her fans on her birthday.

“On my birthday I have a special surprise planned for you guys,” she wrote.

On the film front, Sonakshi currently has movies like “Akira” and “Force 2” in her kitty.

Amitabh Bachchan
Amitabh Bachchan

Big B ‘nervous’ about singing in ‘TE3N’

Mumbai–Megastar Amitabh Bachchan is nervous about singing for the forthcoming thriller film “TE3N”, in which he plays a grandfather.

The 73-year-old, who has sung in films like “Wazir” and “Shamitabh”, took to Twitter on Saturday to share the news with his fans.

“Three weeks to ‘TE3N’. So listen to the song (‘Haq Hai’) out now. But singing one tomorrow for the film. Nervous,” Amitabh tweeted.

Set in Kolkata, “TE3N” is an emotionally explosive journey of three people who find their fates intertwined in their quest for justice and redemption.

Amitabh will be seen as John Biswas, a grandfather in relentless pursuit of justice for eight years.

Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui will play Father Martin Das, whose life gets changed forever by the same crime that claimed the life of John’s granddaughter.

Actress Vidya Balan essays the role of a police officer named Sarita Sarkar, who swings into action when an identical crime happens eight years later.

Produced by “Kahaani” director Sujoy Ghosh, “TE3N” is set to release on June 10.

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