Bollywood Roundup: Ali Fazal, Taapsee Pannu, Alia Bhatt, Tiger Shroff, and more…

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Ali Fazal (Photo: Twitter)

Ali Fazal played many roles for ‘Milan Talkies’

Mumbai– Actor Ali Fazal, who has wrapped up the first schedule for Tigmanshu Dhulia’s “Milan Talkies”, says he feels a “deep” connect to the project as he not just acted in it, but did other roles behind the camera.

Ali Fazal (Photo: Twitter)

“We just wrapped a hectic schedule in Mathura and Lucknow for ‘Milan Talkies’. It’s been surreal, this journey with my maestro – Tigmanshu Dhulia. Cinema isn’t just what we see on that one Friday; it’s this! This is an artiste’s life,” Ali said in a statement.

“The days we make magic and create, despite all odds in some cases. This will probably be the only film where I have acted, operated camera a few times and called in slates. So my connection is deep with this one,” he added.

The film has been in the pipeline for over six years and has finally wrapped up its north Indian schedule, with the Mumbai schedule of the shoot to commence next month.

While Shraddha Srinath will make her debut with the film, it also features Reecha Sinha and Deep Raj Rana, Sanjay Mishra and Ashutosh Rana.

‘Manmarziyan’ will have good connect with youth: Taapsee

Mumbai– Actress Taapsee Pannu, who has finally wrapped up filming for “Manmarziyan”, says the project will connect well with the youth of today.

Taapsee Pannu

The Anurag Kashyap directorial, which also features Abhishek Bachchan and Vicky Kaushal, is a love story set in Punjab, India.

“This film has truly unleashed the madness within. I was taken back to the days where we used to visit Punjab often with family and the nostalgia helped me connect with my character even better. I am extremely kicked to see audience’s reaction to this film because I strongly believe it will have a good connect with the youth,” Taapsee said in a statement.

I hope justice is served: Alia on Kathua rape case

Mumbai– Actress Alia Bhatt, who has beautiful memories of shooting her upcoming film “Raazi” in Kashmir, says she feels angry and hurt about the barbaric rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir. She hopes that justice is served.

Alia Bhatt

The actress was present at a song launch for the Kashmir-set “Raazi”.

Urged to express her views on the rape incident, Alia said: “It is a very disgraceful, shameful and terrible incident that has happened. As a girl, as a woman, as an individual, as a resident of this country, I feel very bad and hurt that something like this has happened.

“I was reading about the case for many days, but I stopped reading updates since the past two days because I think the more I read it, it makes me more upset, angry and hurt. I hope from my heart that justice is served. We should really go out there and condemn this because this cannot be done to us again and again.”

Alia was accompanied by “Raazi” director Meghna Gulzar, and co-actors Vicky Kaushal and Jaideep Ahlawat. They gathered to unveil the song “Aye watan”, sung by Arijit Singh and penned by Gulzar.

“Raazi” is releasing on May 11.

Overwhelmed by ‘Baaghi 2’ response: Tiger Shroff

New Delhi– Tiger Shroff’s latest release “Baaghi 2” has crossed the Rs 150 crore mark at the box office, and the actor is overwhelmed by the response. He says it was an exciting project.

Tiger Shroff (Photo: Twitter)

“I am positively overwhelmed by the response the movie has received from all the fans. The success seen by ‘Baaghi 2’ would not have been possible without them. To be a part of a production that has become the fastest Rs 100 crore grosser of 2018 is very exciting and I am grateful to be a part of it,” Tiger said in a statement.

He said there are lots of interesting things in the pipeline that he is eagerly waiting to share with his fans.

“With respect to ‘Student of the Year 2’, I am looking forward to see how everyone receives it,” he said.

Tiger has been announced brand ambassador of Forca by Lifestyle.

So what is his take on the modern man’s fashion?

“I think there are a lot of options for men in terms of dressing for various occasions. One of the trends is definitely comfort fashion. I personally feel that the clothes in fashion right now are the ones that offer a lot of movement which works best for me as I am always on the move — whether it is me going for my workout or performing a lot of stunts on a daily basis,” he said.

Aakriti Sharma excited to play boy on TV

Mumbai– Child actress Aakriti Sharma, who will be seen as a Sikh boy in an upcoming sequence of her show “Kullfi Kumarr Bajewala”, says she is taking cues on how to act like one from her brother.

In the sequence, Aakriti’s character Kullfi, who has lost her mother Nimrat (Shruti Sharma), will be seen leaving on a journey to Mumbai in search of her father Sikander Singh Gill (Mohit Malik). To dodge some people behind her, Kullfi will be seen donning an avatar of a Sikh boy.

“I really love my new look on the show as a ‘sardar’,” Aakriti said in a statement to IANS.

“I am learning to do things like boys from my older brother, to look like a boy. Everyone on the set also loves my look and finds it very cute,” she added.

“Kullfi Kumarr Bajewala”, which airs on Star Plus, tells the story of seven-year-old Kullfi and her talent of making a song on every situation.

Shankar Mahadevan loves Bollywood twist to ‘Fishing Impossible’

Mumbai– Singer-composer Shankar Mahadevan is happy to see his song “Dil chahta hai” still resonating with the youth.

Shankar Mahadevan (Photo credit: Mike Ritter)

He was happy to see the positive response to the Bollywood twist to TV show “Fishing Impossible”. Sony BBC Earth has come out with a quirky rendition to the “Dil chahta hai” song in sync with a clip of the show.

“What an interesting twist! The ‘Fishing Impossible’ version of the song brought back good memories. It’s great to know that the song resonates with people even after all these years,” Mahadevan said in a statement to IANS.

“Fishing Impossible” is about three friends Jay, Blowfish and Charlie, who embark on ultimate fishing adventures across the globe with fun, banter and camaraderie at its centre.

Vidya Balan adds weight to fight against piracy

Mumbai– Actress Vidya Balan says the film industry needs to come together to try and put a stop to piracy, which continues to hamper the entertainment business.

Vidya Balan

“I am happy to be part of this important initiative for the film industry. All of us need to come together and work towards putting a stop to piracy,” Vidya tweeted on Wednesday.

She retweeted a link shared earlier by Union Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu of a video in support of a campaign launched in collaboration with the Producers Guild of India on anti-piracy.

In the video, Vidya takes viewers on a nostalgic trip about the cinema-watching experience in theatres.

She says: “Think back of a time when you watched a film in a theatre with your entire family. The lights going dim, the flicker of a projector, the entire collective human experience made better by crunchy popcorn and hot samosas as you settled in your seat. When was the last time when you enjoyed such a time basking in this kind of a glorious cinematic experience? Cinema’s conception in itself lies on this very principle of warmth and togetherness.”

“Indulging in piracy through easy, illegal downloads brutally robs us of this very experience which cinema was created for. Let’s come together and pledge to stop piracy.”

Working with Sunny Leone a dream: Rocky S

Mumbai– Designer Rocky Star likes to work with actress Sunny Leone and says she brings in class to his fashion label.

Sunny has been roped in as the brand ambassador for Summer 2018 campaign of Rocky’s pret brand “RS by ROCKY STAR”. The campaign was shot in Los Angeles.

“Sunny has been always my favourite person to shoot as she brings in class, glamour and sophistication to my brand,” Rocky said in a statement to IANS.

“To work with her is a dream as she is one of the most professional artists we have. I have done many shoots with her but this one is different as we shot with her in Los Angeles and we brought in the old world Hollywood charm with a twist.”

The summer range hinges on “a traveller at heart” philosophy. The line has a bohemian feel and silhouettes are simple and fluid.

The colours used are bright and deep solids like burgundy and coral with tropical floral prints and bold stripes.

Level of anti-women sentiment in India is sickening: Alankrita Shrivastava

Mumbai– “Lipstick Under My Burkha” director Alankrita Shrivastava finds the current anti-women sentiment in India “sickening”.

“The level of anti-women sentiment in this country, at this moment is sickening. The arrogance and violence of a monstrous patriarchal society is in full force. Trying to gag the voices that dare to whisper a few words in defence of a woman’s right to life, liberty and dignity,” Shrivastava tweeted.

“Interesting that those who protest against crimes are being targeted. While those who commit them are being sheltered. Wonder what is going on… India 2018,” added the director, who calls herself a feminist.

The filmmaker’s comment comes in the wake of the news of the rape and murder of an eight-year-old in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir, as well as other increasing incidents of crimes against women.

Shrivastava has been vocal about the need to give voice to women for long.

She came into the limelight when her film “Lipstick Under My Burkha”, a story of women’s secret desires and hidden fantasies, was deemed too “lady oriented” and unfit for release by India’s censor board. She fought her way for the film’s release. (IANS)

 

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