Bollywood Roundup: Ekta Kapoor, Gaurav Sareen, Sanjay Dutt

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Ekta Kapoor (Photo: Twitter)

I get terribly reflective on birthdays: Ekta Kapoor

Mumbai– Popular producer Ekta Kapoor, whose latest film “Veere Di Wedding” is being lauded by many, will bring in her birthday in Tirupati on Thursday instead of hosting a lavish party. She says she gets “terribly reflective” on birthdays.

Smriti Irani with Ekta Kapoor

“No party for tomorrow (Thursday)! As always I’ll travel to Tirupati today alone and bring in my birthday in front of the Almighty. Come back for dinner with family tomorrow. I get terribly reflective on birthdays,” Ekta tweeted on Wednesday.

Even before the release of “Veere Di Wedding” on June 1, Ekta visited the Ajmer Sharif Dargah to pray for good fortune for the film.

For her launch in showbiz, she started with TV shows in the mid-1990s. Among her popular shows are “Hum Paanch”, “Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi”, “Kahaani Ghar Ghar Ki”, “Kabhii Sautan Kabhii Sahelii” and “Naagin”.

She has also produced and distributed films like “Love Sex aur Dhokha”, “The Dirty Picture”, “Udta Punjab” and “Lipstick Under My Burkha”.

Gaurav Sareen gains 10 kgs for show

Mumbai– Actor Gaurav Sareen has put on 10 kgs for a special sequence of the show “Krishna Chali London”.

“There is a dream sequence in the show which requires me to look healthy. Radhey (his character) dreams that he and Krishna are married, have aged and are living happily with each other,” Gaurav, who now weighs 70 kg, said in statement.

“I discussed the whole sequence with my director and we did various look tests. I love playing Radhey on screen and I want to do justice to my character and if I have to do anything for it, I will readily do it.”

Radhey is a good- looking man who is supposed to get married to Krishna even though their relationship is bitter sweet.

“Krishna Chali London” is aired on Star Plus.

I strive to imbibe my father’s teachings: Sanjay Dutt

Mumbai– Actor Sanjay Dutt says his late father and politician Sunil Dutt was his pillar of strength, and he feels his absence with each passing moment.

Sanjay Dutt

On Sunil Dutt’s birth anniversary on Wednesday, Sanjay said he cherishes all the time spent with him.

“To the pillar of my strength, happy birthday Dad. You may not be here but I feel your presence in every breath I take,” Sanjay said in a statement to IANS.

“I cherish the time we had and strive to imbibe your teachings. We miss you,” he added.

The actor also took to Instagram to share a black and white photograph of himself with his father.

A long-time Congress MP from Mumbai, Sunil Dutt is known for acting in films like “Mujhe Jeene Do”, “Yaadein” and “Khandan”. He died of a sudden heart attack in 2005 at his residence in Bandra.

Sanjay’s fans will get to see a glimpse of the bond he shared with his father through Rajkumar Hirani’s film “Sanju”. Paresh Rawal will be seen as Sunil Dutt and Ranbir Kapoor is essaying the role of Sanjay in the biopic.

‘Uma’ restores hope in humanity: Sara Sengupta

Mumbai– Actress Sara Sengupta, the daughter of Bengali actors Jisshu Sengupta and Nilanjana, who made her acting debut with “Uma”, says the film has the capability of restoring hope in humanity.

Directed by Srijit Mukherji, “Uma” is inspired by the story of a Canadian boy Evan Leversage, who died of cancer in 2015.

Leversage came to be known as ‘the boy who moved Christmas’ when his hometown celebrated Christmas, two months in advance, to make sure the little boy could be a part of the festivities before his death.

“I loved the story of this film. This film restores hope in humanity. To also mention my personal side I was always bullied by many and still am, probably it just does not affect me as I am a unique person and go by life as it takes me one step ahead in making myself a better person,” Sara said in a statement to IANS.

The film released on June 1.

“Uma” has also been selected for screening at the New York Indian Film Festival and the London Indian Film Festival.

Kids always need a bit of magic: Yuvraj Singh

Mumbai– Cricketer Yuvraj Singh, a cancer survivor, added a “little bit of magic” to the life of a few children who are battling with cancer.

Nickelodeon hosted a special screening of their new show “Rudra – Boom Chik Chik Boom” for the children of Singh’s YouWeCan Foundation here on Wednesday.

“Kids always need a little bit of magic and fun in their lives. It was indeed a delight to watch the kids enjoy themselves so much. Rudra truly felt magical,” Singh said in a statement.

“I’m sure just like today, Rudra will definitely succeed in adding magic to the life of children across the country.”

Playing any character on screen is magic: Sikander Kher

New Delhi– Actor Sikander Kher, who will be essaying a negative character in the upcoming film “Milan Talkies”, says playing any character on screen is magic.

“Playing any character on screen is magic, that is acting regardless of the shade,” Sikander told IANS in an e-mail interview from Mumbai.

This is not the first time Sikander will be playing a negative character. He has earlier portrayed a baddie in “Tere Bin Laden: Dead Or Alive” and “24”.

Sikander says negative is just a perception.

“When you see a villain he might be a villain to many but to him he might be completely justified because he believes in what he is doing. So that for me is what is interesting to find that thought that belief,” he said.

Directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia, “Milan Talkies” has been shot in Lucknow with Ali Fazal in the lead role.

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

Produced by PS Chhatwal and Prakash Bhatt, the film is scheduled to release this year.

Varun Dhawan calls for protection of environment

Mumbai– Actor Varun Dhawan has said it is high time that “we start taking care of mother nature”.

Varun Dhawan

Varun was interacting with media on Tuesday at #SaveTheBeach clean-up drive on the occasion of World Environment Day at Juhu beach here.

Talking about #SaveTheBeach clean-up drive, he said: “I think it’s a wonderful initiative and now so many initiatives have started all across India. India is known for its rich culture and beautiful people.”

“It’s high time that we start taking care of mother nature which is part of our culture as ayurveda is known from India and I think #SaveTheBeach is beautiful initiative where so many powerful women have come together to make sure that we can achieve lot more than this.”

On the work front, Varun Dhawan next will be seen onscreen in Sharat Kataria’s “Sui Dhaga” followed by Abhishek Varman’s “Kalank”.

Diljit Dosanjh is like brother to me: Angad Bedi

New Delhi– Actor Angad Bedi, who is gearing up for the release of his upcoming film “Soorma” along with Diljit Dosanjh, says the Punjabi star is like a brother to him.

“Diljit Dosanjh is like a brother to me. We stay in touch almost everyday… We bond over a lot of things. I am a big fan of his music… He’s a big star overseas. We speak the same language. He comes from Ludhiana and my roots are from Amritsar. We care for one another,” Angad told IANS over phone from Mumbai.

In “Soorma”, a sports biopic, Angad will be essaying former hockey player and mentor Bikramjit Singh to Diljit’s character Sandeep Singh.

The actor, who recently tied the knot with actress Neha Dhupia, says he was specially trained by both Bikramjit Singh and Sandeep Singh.

“Bikramjit in the film is an explosive hockey player. I had to gain a lot of muscle weight. I had to add core fit… I had to learn how he dribbles the ball and how he keeps the hockey and ball close to each other,” he said.

“Yes, there was a lot of physical demands to the role at the same time I have played intense characters in my film but this one is much more loved and emotional character,” he added.

The film also stars Taapsee Pannu and is directed by Shaad Ali. (IANS)

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