Bollywood Roundup: Sunny Leone, Manikarnika, Madhuri Dixit, Jacqueline Fernandez, Akshay, and more…

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Sunny focussed on good quality, long lasting cosmetic line

New Delhi– Sunny Leone will be coming out with her cosmetic brand StarStruck soon, and the actress says she has tried to create something which is good in quality and long lasting.

“It’s something I have wanted for a very long time. It has taken a lot of care, effort and time to get to this point and I’m so happy StarStruck is in its final stage before it hits the consumer,” Sunny told IANS.

Sunny, whose real name is Karenjit Kaur Vohra, made a transition into Bollywood after making a name for herself as an adult film actress abroad.

She took the reality TV route with a stint in one of the previous seasons of Bigg Boss to come into the spotlight in India. She has featured in films like “Jism 2”, “Ek Paheli Leela”, “Kuch Kuch Locha Hai” and “One Night Stand”.

Sunny says she “created a line that I am happy wearing”. The cosmetic range will be out on March 1.

She said: “I work many hours and am always in front of a camera so I wanted to create something that is great quality and long lasting.

“The texture and feel was very important to me because as a woman that means everything when wearing lipsticks and glosses and lip liner. My product is all vegan and not tested on animals. StarStruck is a brand I think any woman can wear and the colours I have chosen for this first round are very well rounded for any skin type or colour.”

On the process of making the cruelty free line, she said: “It’s a very lengthy one that requires a lot of time for me to tell you. But I can reassure you that every tiny detail has been looked over by me and my team.”

Kangana clears air on controversy over ‘Manikarnika’

Jaipur– Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut on Thursday said there was nothing controversial in her upcoming movie ‘Manikarnika”, adding that the controversy is being created just for the simple reason that a few people want to get famous.

Kangana Ranaut

“There is nothing controversial in ‘Manikarnika’. It’s really bad on our part to even think about creating such controversies for a woman who gave a tough fight to the British rulers while fighting alone for the country’s sake,” she said in Jodhpur.

Kangana, who essays the role of the queen of Jhansi in ‘Manikarnika’, was on her way to Bikaner for shooting when she was surrounded by a huge crowd at Jodhpur airport.

Speaking to the media on her role for the first time, she said that the queen was the “daughter of India” who made a significant contribution to the country’s independence.

“This movie is sure to instil a feeling of pride among the people,” she added.

There is no love story angle in the film, the Bollywood actor said.

She said the movie has been written by the scriptwriter of the superhit ‘Bahubali’. “He is so impressed with the character that he has named his daughter Manikarnika too,” she added.

‘Manikarnika’ official release date not yet announced

Mumbai– The makers of “Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi” on Thursday said the film’s release date is yet to be announced.

The clarification has come amidst rumours that its release has been shifted from April to August.

The film is based on the valiant Rani Laxmibai.

It is currently in the news following allegations by Brahmin outfit Sarva Brahman Mahasabha that it distorts historical facts. The outfit has demanded that the makers share complete details of the film’s story to rule out any tampering with facts.

The makers released a statement on Thursday quashing all such reports around the release of the film.

The statement read: “This is with regard to rumours doing the rounds that ‘Manikarnika : The Queen of Jhansi’ will now be releasing on August 3rd. The producers of the film, Kamal Jain and Zee Studios haven’t officially announced the release date yet.”

The project features Kangana Ranaut in the lead role.

Madhuri Dixit to endorse mosquito repellant brand

Mumbai– Bollywood actress Madhuri Dixit has been named ambassador for pest control brand Mortein’s Insta range of liquid vapourisers with faster protection against dengue.

Madhuri Dixit

“Every mother desires 100 per cent protection for her family from the growing number of life threatening diseases like dengue and malaria. I am really glad to get an opportunity to work with Mortein, a leading global brand in pest control with deep knowledge and expertise in creating superior products. I urge all mothers and their families to join me in this fight against mosquitoes,” Madhuri said in a statement.

In its 25th year of launch, Mortein has announced this alliance to create a larger awareness about the menacing mosquito threat. It has the tagline ‘Mom aur Mortein Sabse Tez’.

Sukhleen Aneja, Chief Marketing Officer, Marketing Director, South Asia, RB Hygiene Home, said: “Madhuri exemplifies the contemporary Indian mother who is always on a lookout for a faster and an effective solution to protect her family from diseases.

“We believe Madhuri will inspire mothers across the nation to choose a 100 per cent faster solution against vector-borne diseases.”

Jacqueline to recreate ‘Ek do teen’ for ‘Baaghi 2’

Mumbai– Actress Jacqueline Fernandez will recreate veteran actress Madhuri Dixit Nene’s foot-tapping “Ek do teen” number from the 1988 film “Tezaab” for “Baaghi 2”.

Jacqueline Fernandez

Three choreographers — Saroj Khan, Ganesh Acharya and Ahmed Khan — came together on the set for this.

Ahmed, who is directing the film, said in a statement: “There will be three choreographers on the set… That’s a picture perfect moment in itself! It’s an all-time favourite and I have asked Ganesh to retain Sarojji’s famous hook steps and Manish Malhotra to keep Madhuri Dixit’s pink outfit in mind while designing while designing Jacqueline’s costume.”

“Ek do teen” was originally choreographed by the veteran Saroj Khan.

Ahmed has earlier worked with Jacqueline on numbers like “Chittiyan kalaiyan”, “Lat lag gayee” and “Jumme ki raat”. He says he wants the same vibe for the recreated version.

“I want the same feel of the earlier song that still looms large on everyone’s mind and also the same vibe, with the crowds chanting ‘Mohini, Mohini’ as Madhuri takes the stage,” he said.

While expressing his thoughts on Jacqueline slipping into Madhuri’s shoes, Ahmed said: “She’s the perfect choice.”

“Baaghi 2”, starring Tiger Shroff, is the sequel to the 2016 film “Baaghi”.

The film, which also stars Disha Patani, is produced by Sajid Nadiadwala under the banner name Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment and presented by Fox Star Studios. It will release on March 30.

Akshay supports Khelo India Games

New Delhi– Bollywood star Akshay Kumar has supported the inaugural edition of the Khelo India School Games by taking a pledge and urging everyone to come forward and play.

Akshay Kumar

“I am delighted to see that for the first time ever, through the Khelo India School Games and the broadcast of it on the Star Sports network, young sporting talent is being recognized and rewarded instantly,” Akshay said while commenting on the Khelo India movement.

“But this is only the beginning and I hope that the Khelo India movement gets the right momentum through your support. So, come forward and support the Khelo India movement. Saath mein hai Hum, Khelo India,” he added.

Akshay also interacted with the young sports stars and even tried his hand at badminton with one of the participants, Maisam Meiraba Luwang, a 16-year-old youngster from Manipur.

While interacting with Star Sports, the official broadcasters of Khelo India, he emphasised on the need for quality broadcasts to reverberate the unifying message of Khelo India across the country.

Over 3,500 athletes, 1,250 officials and 800 volunteers are taking part in the inaugural edition of the Khelo India Games which has a total of 199 gold, 199 silver medals and 275 bronze medals up for grabs across 16 disciplines.

Rajat Kapoor should make films more often: Kalki Koechlin

Mumbai– Actress Kalki Koechlin feels filmmaker Rajat Kapoor should make movies more often.

Kalki Koechlin (Photo: Twitter)

Rajat, who has directed films like “Mithya”, “Mixed Doubles” and “Ankhon Dekhi”, shared a link of a campaign.

“‘RK/RKay’ will be made in 2018 with your help! We need you – look at the link below, click on it, make a contribution no matter how small, it will still be huge,” Rajat tweeted.

“RK/RKay” is a crowd produced feature film. Rajat is raising funds for it via Crowdera.

Kalki commented: “A filmmaker who should be making films much more often!”

Kalki and Rajat, both theatre enthusiasts, have been seen together in films like “That Girl in Yellow Boots” and “Waiting”.

Kamal Haasan to meet key influencers from TN in US

Chennai– Actor Kamal Haasan, who is in the US, will meet key influencers from Tamil Nadu and explore a better future for the state.

Kamal, who has announced his foray into politics, will be delivering a lecture at the India Conference at Harvard University.

He discussed the prospect of clean energy solutions for Tamil Nadu with KR Sridhar, Founder and CEO, Bloom Energy, read a statement from Kamal’s office here.

“I see a future where Tamil Nadu could be Bloom’s champion customer. I would rather want that Bloom and Dr Sridhar would kindly consider Tamil Nadu as their sleeping partner giant that they can awaken for the world to see. It would make India and Tamil Nadu proud,” Kamal said.

Sridhar has been the director of the Space Technologies Laboratory at the University of Arizona. Later, he led a project that built a Mars oxygen production cell. After NASA cancelled the Mars-2001 Surveyor Lander mission, Sridhar started working on reversing the process, using oxygen and hydrogen to create power. This was the foundation for Bloom Energy.

Sridhar said he shared with Kamal “our vision for electrification of India and the world”.

“Kamal Haasan urged me to consider powering remote areas in Tamil Nadu first. I am hopeful that the visit and the discussion will pave the path for such projects in the near future,” Sridhar added. (IANS)

 

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