Bollywood Roundup: Shah Rukh Khan, Saumya Tandon, Divya Dutta, Ranveer Singh, and more…

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Shah Rukh Khan

SRK hopes to keep entertaining people

Mumbai– Shah Rukh Khan has completed 26 years in Bollywood, and the superstar hopes he has touched the hearts and lives of people during his journey in showbiz.

After working on the small screen, Shah Rukh entered Bollywood with “Deewana”, which released on June 25 in 1992.

On “exactly half a lifetime of being ‘others'”, Shah Rukh tweeted on Monday: “Expressing love, happiness, sadness, dancing, falling and flying.”

“Hope I have touched small bits of your hearts and hope I can do so for the whole lifetime,” he added.

Shah Rukh has been appreciated for films like “Darr”, “Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge”, “Dil To Pagal Hai”, “Swades”, “Chak De! India”, “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai”, “Mohabbatein” and “Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham…” and “My Name Is Khan”.

However, his last few outings like “Fan”, “Dilwale”, “Raees” and “Jab Harry Met Sejal” didn’t work well at the box office.

Now, he is working on his next project “Zero”, and is excited about it.

Two colours on one person is beautiful: Saumya

Mumbai– Actress Saumya Tandon has a special message on World Vitiligo Day, which is observed on June 25. She says two colours on one person is beautiful and is not contagious.

Saumya Tandon

Saumya has a distant cousin who suffers from vitiligo, which can be best described as discolouration of the skin. The actress has made a video which aims at creating awareness about it.

“We are slowly coming around the fact that a person is beautiful despite their skin colour. Be it dark, fair or yellow, all skin colours represent beauty. But we haven’t yet learnt to see the beauty of skins having two colours,” she said.

“Whenever you come across someone with dual coloured skin, we associate it with a disease. We feel it’s contagious and so, avoid physical contact. You wouldn’t wanna marry that person. Come on! Isn’t that shameful? This World Vitiligo Day, let’s learn and spread this message that even two colours on one person is beautiful.

“It’s so diverse, and it’s this diversity that makes this world a beautiful place. Let’s celebrate the beauty of two colours on one person,” she added.

Life is the best teacher: Divya Dutta

Mumbai– National Award winning actress Divya Dutta believes that life is the best teacher and that it gives people a chance to become a strong human being.

The actress, who inaugurated a three-day film appreciation course by Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) in Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, said in a statement: “I think life is the best teacher. It teaches you to strengthen yourself, face difficulties and grow into becoming a better version of yourself.”

The event took place at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA).

While Divya’s session was followed by a few more interactive sessions on an insight into cinema, there were also veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah and his actor-wife Ratna Pathak Shah who interacted with the audience and answered questions before presenting participation certificates to them.

Ranveer Singh’s chubby Spider-Man story

New Delhi– Actor Ranveer Singh says he got to play Spider-Man in a play in school just because he was “chubby”.

Ranveer Singh

“I have grown up loving many superheroes from both Marvel and DC universe. I remember playing Spider-Man in a school play but our play was a satire and it was a spoofy take on Spider-Man,” Ranveer told IANS.

“I was a bit chubby as a kid which is why they decided to cast me in the version,” added the actor, who lent his voice to Ryan Reynold’s Deadpool in the Hindi version of Hollywood film “Deadpool 2”.

“Because it was apparently funny to see a chubby kid in a tight Spider-Man suit. I was only too happy to go out on the stage and be laughed at.”

The actor, known for films like “Ladies vs Ricky Bahl”, “Lootera”, “Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela”, “Gunday”, “Dil Dhadakne Do” and “Bajirao Mastani”, says he never had a problem being a laughing stock.

“I still have no problem with being laughed at or (no problem) making a fool of myself.”

On the film front, Ranveer will be seen in movies like Zoya Akhtar’s “Gully Boy”, Rohit Shetty’s “Simmba” and Kabir Khan’s “83”.

Natasha becomes ambassador of dental services brand

Mumbai– Actress Natasha Suri has been signed up as the ambassador of the dental services brand Cosmic Smile.

“It feels great to endorse a brand that’s one of a kind and will be introduced all over India and the US,” Natasha said in a statement.

“I was chosen because they feel that my smile, pearly white, and my personality fit the bill,” she added.

The former beauty queen had also won the title of ‘Miss Beautiful Smile’ during the Miss India pageant in 2006.

On the film front, Natasha has signed a suspense-thriller Bollywood movie titled “Aadat”. The movie will also star Vivan Bhatena and Puja Gupta.

Yami to endorse footwear brand

Mumbai– Actress Yami Gautam has been roped in as the ambassador of footwear brand Aeroblu, which is known for its vibrant colours, summery styles and stylish designs.

She will be shooting for their campaign soon.

“Affordable and comfortable footwear which is equally aspirational is what consumers always look for. I am glad that I am associating with a brand that caters to everyone and yet has great options of style and aesthetic to offer with comfort,” Yami said in a statement.

On the film front, Yami has completed her first schedule of the upcoming film “Uri”.

She is also preparing for another film titled “Batti Gul Meter Chalu”.

Nawazuddin dedicates his IIFA Award to Sridevi

Bangkok– Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui has dedicated his Best Supporting Actor honour, which he won at the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards here, to his “Mom” co-star Sridevi, who was posthumously awarded the Best Actor in a Leading Role Female title.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui

“It was once in a lifetime opportunity to work with the first female superstar Sridevi and I dedicate my award as a tribute to her,” Nawazuddin tweeted on Monday, a day after the IIFA Awards ceremony here.

In the movie, directed by Ravi Udyawar, Sridevi played a mother who sets out to avenge her step-daughter, essayed by Pakistani actress Sajal Ali. And Nawazuddin played a detective who helps her.

Nawazuddin looked dapper as he collected his award from the evergreen actress Rekha, whom he said “stole the show” with her performance at the event.

“Living legend Rekhaji you stole the show last night, it was an honour to get the award from you,” he added.

Sridevi’s husband-producer Boney Kapoor received the award for her work. He was emotional, and dedicated the honour to the team of “Mom”.

The actress, whose sudden death in a Dubai hotel earlier this year, was also remembered in a tribute section at the gala, along with late actors Vinod Khanna and Shashi Kapoor.

Ahan is far better than me: Suniel

New Delhi– Actor Suniel Shetty says his son Ahan Shetty, who will soon make his Bollywood debut, is better than him and is not worried about people comparing the youngster to him.

“He (Ahan) is far better than me. So, I am not worried about comparisons. If people accept him, luck is on his side and if he does the right thing, then he will be successful,” Suniel told IANS.

“He has got the talent and he is prepared,” added the “Border” star, whose daughter Athiya Shetty is also an actress.

The other common factor between the father and his children is fitness. Are they inspired by him?

“When you tell children, they don’t listen to you but they are always watching. I think they have watched me all my life. People in my house wake up at 5 a.m. and by 10 p.m., everyone goes to bed. It’s in their DNA now,” said Suniel.

He trains with Athiya and Ahan once or twice a week.

“Ahan and I train a lot together. When Athiya wants to feel motivated, she comes and trains with me. When I feel I want to be motivated, I train with them,” shared the 56-year-old actor.

Anupam Kher dedicates award to struggling actors without godfathers

Bangkok– Bollywood veteran Anupam Kher, bestowed with the Outstanding Achievement in Cinema honour here, has dedicated the award to strugglers who try and find their feet in the showbiz world without having a godfather.

Anupam Kher (Photo: Facebook)

“Thank you IIFA for honouring me with Outstanding Achievement In Cinema Award. I really feel honoured and energised. Thank you the people of Bangkok for your love, warmth and hospitality. I dedicate this award to all the struggling actors who have to make it without godfathers,” Anupam tweeted on Monday.

The actor received the honour at the 19th edition of the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) gala on Sunday night.

An introductory speech to Anupam’s life and career was made by his long-time friend and co-actor Anil Kapoor, while the trophy was handed over to him by Viacom18’s Group CEO Sudhanshu Vats.

“Thank you my dearest friend Anil Kapoor for introducing my Outstanding Achievement In Cinema Award at IIFA with so much love, warmth. Selflessness and grace. You are a priceless and a unique friend. Your words moved me,” wrote Anupam, who has featured in over 500 movies in his career, which has seen him work across the theatre, television and film mediums. (IANS)

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