Bollywood Roundup: Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif, Akshay Kumar, Gauri Khan, John Abraham, and more…

Katrina Kaif (Photo: Twitter)

SRK’s dark selfie disturbs Katrina

Mumbai– Superstar Shah Rukh Khan says his “Zero” co-star Katrina Kaif is disturbed by his latest dark selfie.

Shah Rukh Khan

“Katrina Kaif, extremely disturbed with my last dark selfie, took it upon herself to rectify my photography game. Here is a sample of her amazing love for taking pics and keeping us all so entertained on the sets,” Shah Rukh wrote alongside a black and white photograph of himself.

On Wednesday, Shah Rukh had tweeted a dark selfie, and wrote: “I took this pic in colour on the way to ‘Zero’ shoot. It’s taken so long in traffic, the colours have faded.”

“Zero” is directed by Aanand L. Rai and also features Anushka Sharma.

The film’s teaser showcased Shah Rukh as a vertically challenged man who seems to be fond of Bollywood.

Red Chillies Entertainment and Colour Yellow Productions have come together for the film, produced by Gauri Khan. It will release on December 21.

Akshay Kumar plays cricket on ‘Kesari’ set

Actor Akshay Kumar played cricket with the entire cast and crew of his upcoming film “Kesari” on set.

Akshay on Friday shared a photograph of the crew.

“Meet this year’s cricketing champions, team ‘Kesari’ from Wai. Work hard, play harder,” he wrote.

The film, which also stars Parineeti Chopra, is being shot in Wai, in Maharashtra’s Satara District.

Produced by filmmaker Karan Johar, the Anurag Singh directorial is based on the battle of Saragarhi.

“Kesari” is slated for 2019 Holi release.

Gauri Khan, Rajesh Pratap Singh turn ‘alchemists’

New Delhi– Five well-known names, including star entrepreneur Gauri Khan and designer Rajesh Pratap Singh, played host to a multi-sensorial experience, unveiling their artistic expressions crafted for each of the senses here on Friday night.

Gauri Khan

Apart from them, design expert Ambrish Arora, tech ‘guru’ Rajiv Makhani and celebrated restaurateur Zorawar Kalra were on board for Chivas 18 Alchemy, dubbed as “an evening crafted for the senses”.

Arora was the ‘alchemist’ for the sense of smell, Gauri for the sense of sight, Singh for the sense of touch, Makhani curated an experience for the sense of sound and Kalra presented the sense of taste.

Together, they brought forth modern and luxurious expressions of creativity that arouse the senses.

Singh said in a statement: “For me, the sense of touch is more than a play of smooth and rough. It is about bringing back memories. It’s about weaving together a melange of emotions, elements, and rootedness.”

For Gauri, it was all about putting forth a mix of luxury and craftsmanship.

The experience of using 1,800 bottles, she said, was “quite thrilling”.

Ananya Birla unveils ‘Hold on’

Mumbai– Singer Ananya Birla has unveiled “Hold on”, a song inspired by people who have faced adversity in relationships but retained their faith in trust and love.

She has maintained her electro-pop vibe in the track.

“‘Hold On’ is a song inspired by individuals who have gone through adversity in relationships but upheld their faith in trust and love. Sometimes in life, we are often faced with hard decisions such as holding onto relationships that no longer serve us or entangling ourselves through those very relationships,” she said in a statement.

“The concept for this track was coming straight from my gut,” she added.

She had earlier released two singles — “Livin’ the life” and “Meant to be”.

Robert De Niro hosts surprise birthday dinner for Anupam

New York– Hollywood star Robert De Niro surprised Anupam Kher by hosting a surprise birthday dinner for the veteran Indian actor.

Anupam, who turned 63 on March 7, was shooting for the pilot episode of an international television series for NBC, when his “Silver Linings Playbook” co-star De Niro surprised him by hosting a private dinner for him at his residence, read a statement.

Anupam shared a video of himself along with De Niro, and thanked him and his wife Grace Hightower for making his 63rd birthday special.

“Thank you Grace and Mr. Robert De Niro for making my birthday the biggest highlight of my entire life. Thank you for the surprise dinner for me at your home. Thank you for singing “Happy Birthday” song for me. Thank you for my ultimate,” he captioned the image.

“Silver Linings Playbook”, a romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by David O Russell, released in 2012. The film also had Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Jacki Weaver, Chris Tucker and Julia Stiles in supporting roles.

John Abraham to star in ‘Romeo Akbar Walter’

Mumbai– Actor John Abraham will be starring in “Romeo Akbar Walter”, directed by Robbie Grewal.

John, who is currently shooting for filmmaker Mila Zaveri’s “SMJ”, on Friday tweeted a photograph of the film’s clapboard, reading: “‘Romeo Akbar Walter’ directed and written by Robbie Grewal. Shooting commences June 1, 2018.”

Other details of the film have not been shared.

Earlier actor Sushant Singh Rajput was roped in for the title role in the film, but
the makers of the movie mutually parted ways with the actor due to “unavoidable circumstances”.

Earlier media reports had suggested that Sushant had “decided to walk out of the thriller”.

Salman Khan to share stories of real heroes

Mumbai– Superstar Salman Khan will be sharing stories of real life heroes.

Salman on Friday tweeted: “It’s time to ‘Look Good Do Good’ for all of us. I’m going to be sharing stories of heroes who have gone several extra miles – put someone else first, shown courage, selflessness and managed to fight for their cause and stay true to everything they stand for – Details soon Be Being Human.”

On the acting front, Salman is prepping for “Bharat”, helmed by director Ali Abbas Zafar.

“Bharat” is an official adaptation of 2014 South Korean film “Ode to My Father”. The film, which will be shot in Abu Dhabi and Spain, besides Punjab and Delhi in India, is scheduled to hit on Eid 2019.

Web series good for experimenting: Arjit Taneja

New Delhi– Actor Arjit Taneja, who became a household name after featuring in the show “Kumkum Bhagya”, says a web series is good for experimenting with roles and projects.

“Some people say TV content is ‘regressive’, but everything is being shown in a web series. You can stream mature shows also whereas that doesn’t work in the case of TV. I did a show called ‘Pyaar Ko Ho Jaane Do’. It was a mature love story and was nice but didn’t do well on TV,” Arjit said here on Friday in response to a question by IANS.

“But if it will go on the web, I think it will do well. If you want to do good work and experiment, there are web series. They have an urban audience. Balaji (Telefilms Ltd.) has also come up with ALTBalaji (digital platform). They have amazing shows,” added the fan of actor Ranbir Kapoor.

But he needs a strong and convincing script to do bold scenes.

“I don’t want to do nonsense bold stuff. There is no point in doing it as it might not have a story. If there is a show and you have to present passionate chemistry, then why not?”

Arjit is currently seen as Vivaan, a shrewd businessman, in the new Zee TV show “Kaleerein”.

“Vivaan is from London. He is an angry young man and talks very less,” he said about his character.

Sharing more about the show, he said: “People tell girls that ‘If you don’t know how to cook food, how will you get married? If you wear these type of clothes, it will be difficult to find a groom for you’.”

“The girl in this show thinks otherwise. She wants to stay the way she is and not change for a guy. That is the main message of the show…that girls don’t have to change to get married.”

On TV shows being dominated by women, he said: “I wouldn’t have done this had it (this show) been dominated by women. His (Vivaan) story is completely different. The reason why he has come to India… There is a strong reason for the way he behaves. There is a story revolving around him.”

My kids are balanced about exposure: Mini Mathur

Mumbai– Television presenter Mini Mathur, whose travel tales of Europe with her 7-year-old daughter, will be showcased in a 10-part series “Mini Me” on the small screen, says both her children are not adversely affected by the exposure they receive due to their celebrity parents.

Mini, who is married to popular filmmaker Kabir Khan, has two children — daughter Sairah and son Vivaan, 13.

The growing paparazzi culture has put the spotlight on celebrity children in showbiz like never before.

Most celebrities try to shield their children from the limelight, so what made Mini choose to do a show with her young one?

“When my kids were small, every Bollywood person or everybody would keep their kids away from the glare of the cameras and would shield their photographs. But this is 2018, and Taimur Ali Khan has a big following, and all children have their Instagram accounts.

“We would be running behind if we felt that by not putting their faces on camera, we would be saving them from the exposure. As far as my kids are concerned, everybody who comes home is a TV or a film star… So, my kids are very balanced. If I knew it would affect them in anyway adversely, I would not attempt it,” Mini told IANS over phone from Mumbai.

Her show “Mini Me”, to air on lifestyle channel TLC, showcases the mother-daughter duo travel across multiple countries in Europe, trying food halts and doing some not-so touristy things.

In the unique travelogue, they will be seen travelling through Germany, France, Italy, Greece, Montenegro, Croatia and Spain.

The show is also produced by Mini.

She says it was “daunting” and was a tough learning process.

“But it felt like I went to film school,” she quipped. (IANS)



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