Bollywood Roundup: Abhishek Bachchan, Sunny Leone, Malaika Arora, Virat Kohli, and more…

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Abhishek faces camera after 2 years with ‘Manmarziyan’

Mumbai– Actor Abhishek Bachchan on Friday sought his fans’ good wishes as he was facing the camera after two years for his upcoming film “Manmarziyan”.

Abhishek on Friday tweeted: “It’s been just over two years since I faced a film camera — A new journey, a new film begins today. Need your good wishes and blessings. ‘Manmarziyaan’.”

A day before, the actor had shared a photograph of the film’s script and captioned it: “Almost time”.

The film is directed by Anurag Kashyap. It also stars Taapsee Pannu and Vicky Kaushal.

This is the first time Abhishek is collaborating with Taapsee and Vicky for a project.

Ram Kapoor makes me laugh a lot: Sunny Leone

Mumbai– Actress Sunny Leone says actor Ram Kapoor has a great sense of humour.

Sunny Leone (Photo: Facebook)

Sunny lauded the actor after she shot two episodes of Discovery JEET’s “Comedy High School” along with Ram, who is the host of the show.

“It was fun shooting ‘Comedy High School’ episode with the entire cast, especially dear friend Ram Kapoor whom I met after a long gap. Ram has a good sense of humour and he makes me laugh a lot,” Sunny said in a statement.

“I never felt like we were shooting, the flow of the show was just effortless,” she added.

Ram also had fun shooting with the “Ragini MMS 2” star.

“I was very excited to shoot with Sunny Leone for the two episodes of ‘Comedy High School’ and the entire cast had a jolly time working with her.

“The best part is that we both share the same philosophy while shooting. We love to laugh and have fun while shooting and make the situation light. She is a fabulous human being, and it is super fun to work with her,” he said.

The show also features Gopal Dutt, Paritosh Tripathi, Krishna Bhatt, Jasmeet Bhatia and Deepak Dutta. The episode with Sunny will beam on Saturday.

Fitness for me is a way of life: Malaika Arora

New Delhi– Actress Malaika Arora, who feels there is no substitute for a healthy body, says being fit is her oxygen.

“Fitness for me is a way of life. It is like my oxygen! Nothing else is truly yours than your own body, and there is no substitute for a healthy body. I would urge everyone to stay fit and invest at least 30 minutes each to staying fit. It doesn’t take much,” Malaika told IANS.

Malaika Arora Khan

Malaika, who was the Max Bupa Power Walk Ambassador for the Power Walk event in Delhi last month, feels walking is a “great overall workout in itself and has benefits beyond the physical”.

What’s her own fitness regime?

“Of late, Power Walk has become my snappy secret pre-workout routine. It is intense and requires a lot of stamina and energy, but yields great results. Not only does it tone up the body but also increases stamina. Apart from the right kind of exercise, it is also important to eat right,” she said.

Malaika also walked on a Max Bupa PowerWalk machine that converts human calories/energy spent into electricity.

On the association, she said: “It is a great initiative that promotes fitness and the best part is, it’s made for everyone. Usually, marathons attract semi or pro runners or people who are anyway health conscious.”

Hosting is about connecting with people: Ravi Dubey

New Delhi– Actor-host Ravi Dubey says irrespective of the type of the show, hosting is all about emotionally connecting with people.

The “Jamai Raja” actor is currently seen as the host of the singing-based non-fiction show “Rising Star 2”.

Does hosting naturally come to actors?

“I think there is always a first time to everything and people tend to become better with every possible opportunity. But I think for a performer, it’s a different dimension of performance and it should come naturally,” Ravi told IANS.

But at the same time, he believes that there is room for improvement.

“Last year Meiyang Chang, who is also a singer, was one of the hosts of ‘Rising Star’. Do you think singers should only host singing based shows?

“No, not really. Hosting is about connecting with people,” he said.

“I am not a singer and I am hosting a singing-based show. So, one obviously diversifies. It’s about emotionally connecting with people. So, whether it’s a dance show, travel-based show, singing show or a stunt-based show, you can do it all,” he added.

‘Pari’ my wife’s best work ever: Virat lauds Anushka

Mumbai– Star cricketer Virat Kohli has showered praise on his actress-wife Anushka Sharma’s work in her latest release “Pari”. He has vouched for it as her best work.

Anushka Sharma

“Watched ‘Pari’ last night. Has to be my Wife’s best work ever! One of the best films I’ve seen in a long time. Got quite scared, but so very proud of you Anushka Sharma,” Kohli tweeted on Friday.

Directed by debutant Prosit Roy, the horror film is jointly produced by Anushka’s Clean Slate Films and KriArj Entertainment.

This is Anushka’s third project as a producer after “NH10” and “Phillauri”.

“Pari”, which released on Friday, also stars Bengali actor Parambrata Chatterjee.

Pharrell Williams celebrates his first Holi in India

Mumbai– Iconic American rapper Pharrell Williams celebrates his first ever Holi, along with Bollywood superstar Ranveer Singh on Friday in Mumbai.

The party was organised by the sportswear company Adidas, whereas Pharrell visited the city to unveil the Adidas Originals this Holi’ collection special range of powder-dyed apparel and sneakers in pastel shades.

All the guests and host played with dry colours and flower petals on the open ground of Taj Land Ends, located in Bandra.

Many pretty faces like video jokey Anusha Dandekar, Celebrity chef Sarah Todd, Mini Mathur along with her two kids among others were present at the party.

Dressed in the white kurta and animal printed pants and white sports shoes, the 11 times Grammy Awards winner Pharrell seems to have a great time with the host Ranveer they danced on many Bollywood songs and Punjabi dance numbers including “Malharia, “Dil Dhaddakne Do”, “Subha Hone Na De”, “Mundian To Bach Ke”, “Khalibali”, “Ainvayi Ainvayi” among many others.

Case registered against Palak Muchal’s brother

Agra– The Uttar Pradesh Police on Friday confirmed that an FIR had been registered against singer Palak Muchhal’s brother Palash, for allegedly misbehaving with a member of the organising committee during the Taj Mahotsava held here in February.

According to Shailendra Singh, SHO Taj Ganj, an FIR under sections 323, 504, 506, 332, 427 had been registered against Palash Muchhal.

During a performance on February 27 by Palak Muchhal, her brother got into a heated argument with Sudhir Narain of the organising committee over what he alleged as “mis-treatment” to Palak’s mother.

Sudhir Narain alleged he was slapped and threatened.

District Magistrate Gaurav Dayal said investigations were on. A senior police official said that action on the FIR would start soon after Holi.

Saqib, Taapsee would hit each other after romantic scene

Mumbai– Actor Saqib Saleem says the shooting of “Dil Juunglee” has helped him develop a close bond with the cast and crew.

Taapsee Pannu

He says his friendship with actress Taapsee Pannu is such that they used to hit each other after shooting a romantic scene.

“If you watch the making of our film, you will know how we were shooting. Taapsee and I would be shooting an intense romantic scene and as soon as the director used to say cut, we would start hitting each other.

“I think not just me, but we all have developed a good friendship with Taapsee… We were a young team and everyone was looking out for each other,” Saqib said here.

“Honestly, I didn’t even realise when we finished the film. Usually, while shooting, there comes a time when you think when will the shoot end and you will start your next movie. But here, we never wanted it to end, which is why we also moved the movie from February 16 to March 9,” he added, laughing.

The team also celebrated Holi on Thursday.

Anupam Kher invited by London School of Economics

London– Veteran actor Anupam Kher has been invited to speak at the LSE SU India Forum (LIF) 2018 hosted by the prestigious London School of Economics (LSE).

Anupam Kher

Previously known as the Economic Forum for India at LSE, it is a first of its kind conference in the UK involving keynote speeches and panel discussions on major issues facing contemporary India across a variety of fields.

The conference serves as a platform for students and professionals alike, to hear from and engage with inspiring leaders.

Kher will address the students at the Old Theatre at LSE on Saturday.

“It is a pleasure to speak to the students at the London School of Economics. By sharing my life experiences, I hope to motivate them to achieve their dreams, become successful individuals and most importantly responsible human beings,” Kher said in a statement.

The youth, he believes, are the future of the country.

“They live in times of tough competition where certain failure is inevitable. The power of failure gave me the strength to succeed and it is our responsibility to help our youth realise this to be able to live life to its fullest,” he said.

The Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) Chairperson has featured in over 500 films like “Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge”, “A Wednesday!” and “Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!” (IANS)

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