Bollywood Roundup: Suhasi Dhami, Meghna Naidu, Aditi Rathore, Aiyaary, and more…

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Meghna Naidu (Photo: Twitter)

Let societal taboos not triumph over your desires: Suhasi Dhami

New Delhi– Actress Suhasi Dhami, who essays a widow with a 15-year-old daughter in the ongoing TV show “Aap Ke Aa Jaane Se”, says people must not let society’s pressure hinder their personal relationships.

“Age must not be considered a hindrance when it comes to love and the so-called societal taboos must not triumph over one’s true desires,” Suhasi told the media here.

In the show, her character develops a liking for a man 18 years her junior. But their bond is not taken well by their parents and neighbours.

Suhasi was in the capital to promote the Zee TV show.

She was asked about the show’s relevance given the Supreme Court’s recent tough stand that nobody has the right to interfere if two adults get married.

Suhasi said: “Yes, the Supreme Court says so, but then we all know that when and if our parents go against a relationship, then how many times will we rebel?

“Several times such cases do not even reach the court. They begin and finish within the family as a ‘family matter’. We have heard so many times that a murder took place (honour killing)… These matters hardly reach the court. Even when they do, how they are handled and suppressed, we all know that as well. It is not a secret.”

Haryana to have film university

Chandigarh– With Hindi films like “Dangal” and “Sultan”, which had a strong Haryana connection, turning out to be blockbusters, the state government is planning to set up a film university in the state.

Haryana Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma said on Friday that a Film University would be established in the state so that talented students from here, who want to pursue career in film direction and acting, could get chance to hone their skills.

He noted that Haryanavi language has become extremely popular in Bollywood and films based on Haryanvi background gaining success in the film industry.

Referring to Bollywood movies such as “Dangal” and “Sultan”, he said that these movies have made new records because actors had spoken Haryanvi language in these movies.

Meghna to do Bengali film after over a decade

Mumbai– Actress Meghna Naidu, whose last project in Bengali was the 2004 film “Coolie”, is now shooting for the Bengali movie titled “Sitara”.

Meghna Naidu (Photo: Twitter)

“I am excited to make a comeback in the Bengali entertainment industry. I am shooting for ‘Sitara’,” Meghna said in a statement.

Talking about her role in “Sitara”, she said: “I am playing the role of Lokkhonna. The film’s story is about the time when people used to smuggle things in and out of India and Bangladesh. The women used to be in flesh trade. My character is also the one who helps smuggling goods and is also a flesh trade worker.”

She unexpectedly landed a role in the Bengali film.

“The language is so sweet, but very difficult to speak in this language. The movie will be a great experience. I will be working with actors Raima Sen, M Nassar and Zahid Hassan,” she said.

The year has been a “fun-filled” one for her so far.

“I am really enjoying being a dancer and performer. I took out time for family and friends and started the year. For the first time in 15 years, I did not do a show for the new year and spent a lovely evening with family at home,” said the actress, who featured in the video of the song “Kaliyon ka chaman”.

Aditi Rathore in new avatar in ‘Naamkarann’

New Delhi– Actress Aditi Rathore’s character Avni has been shown dead in “Naamkarann”, but she is not walking out of the show. She says new characters, including hers, and stories will make the show even more interesting.

“Avni has completely finished herself. Her story in the past is over. She has stopped fighting back and has accepted things as they are. She is no longer aggressive. She tries to be happy but she is upset and misses her family but she doesn’t want trouble for her family,” Aditi told IANS from the set of the Star Plus show in Mumbai.

Revealing the reason behind her character getting killed off, the actress said: “Whosoever was in Avni’s life is dead. She feels that Ayesha ma and Neela ma sacrificed their lives for her. Avni doesn’t want something happening to her husband Neil. She doesn’t want people like Vidyut to hurt her family again, so she chose to walk away from their lives.”

Actresses Neena Gupta and Mrunmayee Lagoo, daughter of late actress Reema Lagoo who played an important role in the show, are expected to join its cast. Aditi was tight-lipped about her new castmates and developments in the show, which is taking a five-year leap but shared that her character will be called Nilanjana.

How is the leap going to help the show?

“When people see the same story and cast members, the audience gets bored. Now, there will be lots of new faces and stories. Avni has made herself disappear from her family’s lives. What will be her destiny? The story will be more interesting,” she promised.

SC refuses to stay Aiyaary release

New Delhi– The Supreme Court on Friday refused to stay the release of Hindi film “Aiyaary” starring Manoj Bajpayee and Sidharth Malhotra.

A bench, headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, dismissed the plea of Adarsh Cooperative Housing Society which sought a stay on its release.

“Movies don’t influence the court’s judgement,” it said after the society mentioned the film was likely to defame its members and can adversely affect the trial of the case related to the Adarsh scam.

The petitioner also said the movie has shown the members of the society in a bad light.

Written and directed by Neeraj Pandey, “Aiyaary” released on Friday.

Sabyasachi wants Rekha to be his showstopper

Mumbai– Ace designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee says he would like veteran cine icon Rekha to be his muse for a fashion show this year.

Rekha (Photo: Filmfare)

He spoke about the Bollywood diva during his appearance in “BFFs With Vogue”, which airs on Colors Infinity, read a statement from the channel.

Asked who would he want to have as his showstopper in 2018, Sabyasachi said he wishes for Rekha to do it.

In the segment ‘Scary Spice’, Sabyasachi said that he thinks actress Anushka Sharma carried his wedding trousseau better than actress Vidya Balan.

Leucoderma a misunderstood disease, says Geetanjali Thapa

New Delhi– Actress Geetanjali Thapa essays the role of a young meme artiste affected by leucoderma in Onir’s latest directorial “Kuch Bheege Alfaaz”. She says that most people don’t understand that it is a non-communicable skin disease.

Geetanjali Thapa (Photo: Indian Express)

“In the film, my character (Archana Pradhan) just happens to have leucoderma. It’s not like ‘this poor thing’ has it. This film is just about this girl who is like you and me. She is a meme artiste, she talks her mind and is a vivacious woman and happens to have leucoderma and yes, she does have insecurities about it,” Geetanjali told IANS here.

“Leucoderma is not a communicable disease but sadly so many people think otherwise which is why here in the film, my character is that of a normal girl. Everyone interacts with her, she has friends, she hugs and kisses, does whatever she wants to. We have showed that it’s normal,” added the 29-year-old.

Geetanjali, who won a National Award in 2014 for her work in “Liar’s Dice” — India’s official entry for the 87th Oscars, said the disease has been used more like a “metaphor to insecurities” in the film that released on Friday.

“Kuch Bheega Alfaaz” is a modern-day love story in the age of social media of two characters — RJ Alfaaz (Zain Khan Durrani) and Archana. (IANS)

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