Bollywood Roundup: Sanjay Dutt, Priyanka, Deepika, Ekta Kapoor, and more…

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‘Rocky’ gave me a real sense of being an actor: Sanjay Dutt

Mumbai– Actor Sanjay Dutt says his debut film “Rocky”, which released on this day in 1981, gave him a real sense of being an actor.

“A film which gave me a real sense of being an actor is ‘Rocky’. Today marks 37 years of it and when I look back, my heart fills with gratitude for all the love and appreciation I have received over the years,” Sanjay tweeted on Tuesday.

“Rocky” was directed by Sanjay’s father Sunil Dutt. It also stars Reena Roy, Tina Munim, Amjad Khan, Raakhee, Shakti Kapoor and Aruna Irani.

Sanjay has had a tumultous personal and professional life.

He has been loved in films like “Khalnayak”, “Sadak”, “Saajan” “Vaastav: The Reality” and “Dhamaal”, but it was his role in the “Munna Bhai” series that won him several fans in what could be called his second innings in Bollywood.

The actor made a comeback to films in 2017 with “Bhoomi” after serving a jail term in a case related to the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts.

Sanjay currently has four films in his kitty — “Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster 3”, “Kalank”, “Torbaaz” and “Panipat”.

Meanwhile, a biopic on his life is also set to make it to the silver screen, with Ranbir Kapoor essaying Sanjay.

Priyanka, Deepika in sync with Met Gala’s Catholic theme

New York– With halos and Pope-inspired dresses, the Met Gala 2018 red carpet saw Indian actresses Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone making a statement in their very own ensembles in sync with the “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” theme.

Priyanka Chopra

Priyanka, who made her debut internationally with the American drama series “Quantico”, opted for a wine red strapless Ralph Lauren gown with a billowing train paired with an embellished gold chain headdress reminiscent of a medieval knight. She completed her look with subtle make-up and maroon lips.

Deepika, who made her debut at the Met Gala last year, sported a red draped gown with a thigh high slit. Her ensemble was designed by Prabal Gurung. She accessorised her look with towering red heels.

Held at the The Metropolitan Museum of Art on Monday, this year’s gala saw elaborate theme-based fashion with Rihanna, Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, Cardi B, Lana Del Rey, Rita Ora, Uma Thurman and Madonna, making a statement.

The hosts for the evening were Rihanna, Amal Clooney and Donatella Versace.

The annual event is the invitation-only fundraiser to benefit the New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute.

Yogita bags lead role in Ekta Kapoor’s show

Mumbai– Actress Yogita Bihani says it’s a dream come true for her to get the role of Palak Sharma in producer Ekta Kapoors upcoming love saga “Dil Hi Toh Hai”.

Ekta Kapoor (Photo: Twitter)

Yogita shot to fame when she appeared with superstar Salman Khan in the promo of the upcoming show “Dus Ka Dum”.

“It is a dream come true for me. First, bagging a promo with Salman and now the czarina of Indian television, Ekta Kapoor’s show,” Yogita said in a statement.

“It could not have been bigger than this. For any newcomer, bagging Ekta’s show is the biggest platform that one can get. I am super excited and equally nervous too,” she added.

Sharing more about her role, she said: “The role of Palak is that of a happy-go-lucky person with strong feminist opinions. I am looking forward to start shooting soon and hope that the audience appreciates my work.”

“Dil Hi Toh Hai” will premiere soon on Sony Entertainment Television.

Rakul Preet takes fans on a chopper ride

Mumbai– Actress Rakul Preet, who took some of her fans on a chopper ride in Mumbai, says she has many “thrilling ideas” in mind for her admirers.

Rakul Preet Singh (Photo: Twitter)

As a part of the contest conducted on her personal app, three winners travelled from Hyderabad to Mumbai to go on a 15 minute joy-ride with her.

“I am an adventure junkie and wanted to give a same experience to my fans. So now that I have an app, which allows me to see who are the top and most passionate fans and so I thought why not do something that will give a personal touch that my fans will be highly thrilled to participate in,” Rakul said in a statement to IANS.

“I got to know so much about them, their interests and it was great fun going on a helicopter ride! I’ve a lot more interesting ideas to meet my fans in near future too,” she added.

Rakul has featured in Telugu and Hindi films. In Bollywood, she has done “Yaariyan” and “Aiyaary”.

More needs to be done on Swachh Bharat Abhiyan: Big B

Mumbai– Megastar Amitabh Bachchan says more needs to be done towards the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan than just providing a face and voice to the campaign.

Amitabh, 75, re-tweeted a video from the official page of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. In the video, the “Piku” star is seen talking about making India open defecation-free and building toilets in villages.

It was captioned: “As the Swachh Bharat Mission is moving towards building an Open Defecation Free India, the contribution of the youth is now more important than ever. Join the Swachh Bharat Summer internship and help us build a cleaner nation.”

Amitabh added: “More awareness needs to be made for this campaign…I work towards this not only by face or voice, but also by profession… I have to do, whatever I have said! More needs to be done, and we shall do it, not just by voice and face, but working for it… I shall certainly!”

Gracy Goswami overcomes fear of water

Mumbai– Actress Gracy Goswami says she has aquaphobia but had to overcome her fear for a show.

She is currently seen as Princess Garima in the show “Mayavi Maling”.

While shooting for the show, Gracy had to dive into water for a scene. She was initially hesitant. However, her mother convinced her to overcome her fear of water.

“I have fear of water and that’s one fear that I have overcome. It’s important for everybody to learn how to swim. I didn’t know how to swim and it’s the only thing which I used to feel bad about,” Gracy said in a statement.

“I tried to work on this fear of mine and I have gone to the extent of learning to swim. Now I know how to float and it gives me happiness. I am working on my strokes,” she added.

The show is aired on Star Bharat.

Ritwik Ghatak’s wife Suroma dead

Kolkata– Legendary film maker Ritwik Ghatak’s widow Suroma Ghatak passed away at a state-run hospital in South Kolkata on Tuesday following old age related problems, a family member said. She was 91.

Suroma is survived by her son Ritaban. Both her daughters pre-deceased her.

The end came at 12.30 a.m. at the M R Bangur Hospital’s intensive care unit.

In a message, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said she was deeply saddened at Surama Ghatak’s death.

“Deeply saddened with the passing away of Surama Ghatak, wife of the legendary film maker Ritwik Ghatak. My condolences to the bereaved family and friends,” Banerjee said on Twitter.

Manoj Bajpayee wraps up ‘Satyameva Jayate’ shoot

Mumbai– Actor Manoj Bajpayee has wrapped up shooting for his upcoming film “Satyameva Jayate”.

Director Milap Zaveri on Monday shared on Twitter a photograph of himself along with Manoj, who is seen sporting a police officer’s uniform.

“It’s a wrap on ‘Satyameva Jayate’ for Manoj Bajpayee sir! What a pleasure it has been to direct you sir! You rocked each of the 1500+ dialogues I gave you,” Zaveri captioned the image.

The film, which also stars John Abraham, will release on August 15. “Satyameva Jayate” promises intense action and power-packed dialogues. It is produced by Bhushan Kumar of T-Series and Nikkhil Advani of Emmay Entertainment. (IANS)

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