Bollywood Roundup: Amitabh Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra, Akshay Kumar, Sushmita Sen, and more…


‘Satyameva Jayate’ shoot wraps up

Mumbai– The shooting for John Abraham and Manoj Bajpayee starrer “Satyameva Jayate” has concluded.

Director Milap Zaveri on Sunday shared a still from the film and tweeted: “It is a wrap for John Abraham and ‘Satyameva Jayate’ today! My hero, my friend, thank you for being you and believing in me. See you at the cinemas on August 15, 2018!”

The film, produced by Bhushan Kumar of T-Series and Nikkhil Advani of Emmay Entertainment, will release on August 15. It promises intense action and power-packed dialogues.

This is not the first time Manoj and John will be seen working together. They earlier shared the frame in the 2013 movie “Shootout at Wadala”.

Rajniesh, Krushna bond over filmmaking, food

Mumbai– Actors Rajniesh Duggall and Krushna Abhishek, who are working in two films together, are bonding over filmmaking and food.

“I love the energy that Krushna has. He is a superb co-star and more than that a very close friend now. We are bonding big time over filmmaking and food. I wish to do more films together with him,” Rajniesh said in a statement.

The actors will share screen space in movies “Teri Bhabhi Hai Pagle” and “Time Nahi Hai”.

“We have mutual interests and we are similar kinds of soul. Rajniesh and I are not connected professionally but also personally. Our kids and family are friends too. We both are in the parents club,” said Krushna.

Amitabh Bachchan urges people to stop piracy

Mumbai– Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has urged people to stop piracy and illegal streaming of films.

Amitabh Bachchan

The cine-icon, 75, on Monday tweeted a 45-second long video in which he is seen talking about online illegal streaming.

“The magic of movies has always been watching an extraordinary story come to life on a giant screen. It’s always been about going to the cinema hall with your friends, family buying popcorn, samosa and watching a tale unfold before eyes.

“Illegally streaming or downloading stories is not cool and will never give you this vast experience. So, do your bit…spread the word to stop piracy.”

Amitabh, whose film “102 Not Out” with veteran actor Rishi Kapoor just released, captioned the image: “Spread the word and let’s take an oath today to respect the fine art of cinema! Say no to piracy.”

The “Piku” star will next be seen in “Thugs Of Hindostan” with superstar Aamir Khan, Katrina Kaif and Fatima Sana Shaikh.

Priyanka Chopra visits Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh

Dhaka– Actress and global Unicef Goodwill Ambassador for Child Rights Priyanka Chopra is visiting the Rohingya refugee camps on a field visit.

Priyanka Chopra in Bangladesh (Photo: Twitter)

Priyanka on Monday tweeted a photograph of herself from an aircraft looking out of the window.

“Follow my Instagram to share my experiences as I visit the Rohingya refugee camps on this Unicef field visit. Children uprooted, the world needs to care. We need to care,” she captioned the image.

Priyanka, 35, has worked with Unicef for a decade and was appointed as the national and global Unicef goodwill ambassador for Child Rights in 2010 and 2016 respectively. She promotes causes such as environment, health and education and women’s rights among many others.

Almost 700,000 refugees have fled violence in neighbouring Myanmar and arrived in Cox’s Bazar since August 2017, according to the UN.

Last year, Priyanka had met Syrian refugee children in Jordan.

The actress has flown to Dhaka from London, where she attended her friend and actress Meghan Markle’s wedding to British Royal Prince Harry.

TV doesn’t give an actor enough space to perform: Anshuman Jha

Mumbai– Anshuman Jha, whose latest movie release is “Angrezi Mein Kehte Hain”, has tried his hand at a web show with “Babbar Ka Tabbar” for the first time. The actor, who has done his fair share of theatre too, says television is one medium that he thinks doesn’t give enough space to perform.

In ZEE5’s “Babbar Ka Tabbar”, Anshuman plays a Delhi boy.

Excited about it, he told IANS: “This is my first digital work and I am quite excited to see the response from our viewers on the show. I went through a month-long preparation on my dialogues, and to look at the character and other nuances. I am glad that the director and producer have given me the freedom to do that.”

Anshuman has received some offers from producers of television serials, but he never found the work culture interesting enough.

“No disrespect to anyone, but I think the way TV functions, it does not give an actor enough space to perform. But that is purely my opinion… I stayed away from TV shows also because I was doing theatre extensively. However, I am focusing more on films.

“I have just finished shooting a film called ‘No Fathers in Kashmir’,” said the actor, who started his career in Bollywood with National Award-winning director Dibakar Banerjee’s “Love Sex Aur Dhoka”.

On the character he essays in “Babbar Ka Tabbar”, Anshuman said: “I’m playing the character of a drug addict who is living on rent at an apartment located in Lajpat Nagar. People call him Jamia because he was a student from Jamia Millia Islamia. Though he does not pay the rent, nobody throws him out of the place because he solves all the daily problems of the house. It is a fun and quirky character.”

‘Mulk’ to release on July 27

Mumbai– Actors Rishi Kapoor and Taapsee Pannu-starrer “Mulk” will release on July 27.

Rishi on Monday tweeted a still from the film. He is seen standing in a courtroom, and Taapsee is sporting a lawyer’s getup.

“Courtroom drama ‘Mulk’ will get its theatrical release on July 27. A Benaras Media Works presentation,the film is directed by Anubhav Sinha, produced by Deepak Mukut and Anubhav Sinha. It is presented by Kamal Mukut,” Rishi captioned the image.

Taapsee shared the same image and captioned it: “Perhaps the most relevant topic of current time ‘Mulk’.”

This is not the first time Taapsee will be seen in a courtroom drama. She was earlier seen in Amitabh Bachchan starrer “Pink” in 2016.

“Mulk” is a social thriller based on real-life struggles of common people.

Men need to understand need of menstrual hygiene: Akshay Kumar

Mumbai– Actor Akshay Kumar says men should understand the need of menstrual hygiene for the women in their lives.

Akshay also featured in “Pad Man”, which tells a story of social entrepreneur Arunachalam Muruganantham’s journey to make affordable sanitary napkins.

Directed by R. Balki, “Pad Man” is based on a short story from Twinkle Khanna’s book “The Legend Of Lakshmi Prasad”. It is a story of how one man came up with a revolutionary method of producing cost effective sanitary napkins and empowered thousands of women across the country in the process.

“With the world television premiere of ‘Pad Man’, I am glad that the movie will reach every household. I would like to urge the audience to watch the movie with the entire family,” Akshay said in a statement to IANS.

“Every husband, father, brother and son should understand the need of menstrual hygiene for the women in their lives and not treat her like an outcast during those days of her life. I want mothers to lead by example for their children. I want daughters to gain strength from vulnerability by learning from what their mother didn’t do,” he added.

The film also stars Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte. The film will air on May 26 on Zee Cinema.

Sonam says the film is very close to her heart.

“I am extremely lucky to have had the opportunity to work with such a wonderful team and I would like to thank Balki sir and Akshay for being such amazing people,” she said.

Nothing has changed except years gone by: Sushmita reminisces Miss Universe win

Mumbai– Actress Sushmita Sen, who won the Miss Universe title for India in the Philippines on May 21, 1994, says nothing has changed since the time she won the title except for the years gone by.

At the time when she won, she was just 18.

On Monday, Sushmita shared an emotional note on her Instagram along with a close up shot of herself.

She wrote: “I was 18-years-old when India won Miss Universe for the very first time on May 21, 1994. I am 42 now, still a ‘miss’ with a ‘universe’ inside me. Nothing has changed except the years.”

“Thank you guys for the letters, cards and gifts but mostly for remembering the universe is lovingly abundant and so what we give out, we get more of. I celebrate with you India and Philippines (my second home),” she added.

After completing her reign as Miss Universe, Sushmita began receiving various offers to act in films. She started her career with the Hindi film “Dastak” in 1996.

Since then, Sushmita has worked in films like “Aankhen”, “Main Hoon Na”, “Zindaggi Rocks” and “No Problem”.

Prachi Tehlan to star opposite Mammootty

Mumbai– Actress Prachi Tehlan, who made her acting debut with TV show “Diya Aur Baati Hum”, is gearing up to star opposite Malayalam superstar Mammootty in Sajeev Pillai directorial “Mamankam”.

“Yes, I am doing a film with Mammootty sir. It’s the biggest Malayalam film ever being made. The shoot has started. I can’t reveal much about the film but it’s a wonderful experience to be a part of such a big project and my first in south,” Tehlan said in a statement to IANS.

Prachi made her film debut with Punjabi film “Arjan” opposite Roshan Prince directed by Manduip Singh. She was also seen in the lead role in “Bailaras” opposite Binnu Dhillon.

Set in the 17th century, “Mamankam” is based on the medieval fair by the same name, which was celebrated every 12 years from 800 AD to 1755 AD.

Ranbir Kapoor to host prelude to IPL final

Mumbai– Bollywood star Ranbir Kapoor will host a two-hour prelude to the Indian Premier League (IPL) finale. Others joining the celebrations will include Salman Khan, Jacqueline Fernandez, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Sonam Kapoor Ahuja.

“Cricket Finals…Party Toh Banti hai” will be telecast on Star Plus. It will see a melange of performances and fun-filled interactions with celebrities. Additionally, actors Ravi Dubey, Gaurav Sareen, Aakriti Sharma and Deshna Dugad will amplify the entertainment quotient of the finale.

It will be followed by the VIVO IPL 2018 grand finale on Star India Network on May 27, a statement issued by the channel said.

Fans have so far been enjoying commentary in six languages – Hindi, English, Tamil, Telugu, Bengali and Kannada.

In an attempt to reach out to more cricket enthusiasts across India, Star Pravah and Asianet Movies will respectively carry a Marathi and Malayalam broadcast for the first time in IPL history.

The Marathi language broadcast will have Madhuri Dixit-Nene and Swwapnil Joshi joining the celebrations.

Star Gold will also join in with the Hindi broadcast for the grand finale.

“The Dugout” on Star Sports Select will continue to cater to core cricket fans. Giving a predictive and prescriptive analysis will be Dean Jones, Scott Styris, Anil Kumble, Kumar Sangakkara, Darren Sammy, Brett Lee and Mike Hesson. (IANS)


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