Bollywood Roundup: Priyanka Chopra, Anil Kapoor, Richa Chadha, Farhan Akhtar, and more…

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Priyanka quits ‘Bharat’ in ‘Nick of time’, says director

Mumbai– Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra is not going to be a part of superstar Salman Khan starrer “Bharat” any more. Director Ali Abbas Zafar broke the news saying the reason for her opting out in the “Nick of time” is “very special”.

Zafar took to Twitter on Friday to announce the new development.

“Yes Priyanka Chopra is no more part of ‘Bharat’ and and the reason is very very special, she told us in the Nick of time about her decision and we are very happy for her… Team ‘Bharat’ wishes Priyanka Chopra loads of love and happiness for life,” he tweeted.

Details about the actress coming in place of Priyanka have not been revealed yet.

The shooting for the film has already begun. The first schedule includes shooting for a grand circus sequence.

The director has previously worked with the “Dabangg” star in blockbusters like “Sultan” and “Tiger Zinda Hai”

The film is an official adaptation of a 2014 South Korean film “Ode To My Father”. It is produced by Atul Agnihotri’s Reel Life Production Pvt Ltd and Bhushan Kumar’s TSeries.

“Bharat”, which will be shot across locations in Abu Dhabi and Spain, besides Punjab and Delhi, is slated for an Eid release in 2019.

There’s never been an impossible mission for Tom Cruise: Anil Kapoor

Mumbai– Actor Anil Kapoor has congratulated Tom Cruise on the success of his latest film “Mission Impossible-Fallout” and said that there has never been an impossible mission for the Hollywood star.

Anil Kapoor

Anil, who has starred alongside Cruise in the 2011 “Mission Impossible” franchise —
“Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol”, tweeted: “Inspiring us with his power and stunts in every film and always bringing his A game! There’s never been an impossible mission for this guy! Congratulations, Tom Cruise on the tremendous success of ‘Mission Impossible-Fallout’!”

Directed by Christopher McQuarrie, in “Mission Impossible-Fallout” Cruise will be back as IMF agent Ethan Hunt. This time, he is trying to avert danger which is threatening a large population of three countries.

The Paramount Pictures movie is distributed in India by Viacom18 Motion Pictures. It released in India on Friday in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.

Richa Chadha flaunts Kerala sari for Shakeela biopic

Mumbai– In the first look from the biopic on actress Shakeela, Richa Chadha flaunts a fresh avatar in a Kerala sari Kasavu Pattu. She says the movie will allow her to capture a range of looks as the story spans over a few years.

Richa plays Shakeela in the film, directed by Indrajit Lankesh. The film will delve into the life of the glamorous actress, who has worked in Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada language films since over two decades.

For the film, Richa has begun shooting in a small town in Karnataka called Tirthahalli.

On her look, she said in a statement: “The challenge for the look of the film but also a good one is that the story traces the journey of Shakeela’s younger days to her becoming a popular figure.

“So, the looks span over years and years and with each passing time her look changed. To show that is challenging but also for me as an actor, it’s gratifying that I get to grow with the real character on celluloid. Shakeela is still a legend and we wish to do complete justice to her when the film is ready.”

Farhan Akhtar, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy to reunite for US, Canada tour

Mumbai– Filmmaker-actor Farhan Akhtar is looking forward to perform with Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy in the US and Canada next month.

Farhan Akhtar (Photo: facebook)

Farhan on Friday took to his Instagram account and shared a picture with the popular Indian music composer trio Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, announcing their reunion ahead of the tour.

In the photograph, they are seen at an airport lounge.

Along with the photo, the “Rock On!!” actor wrote: “Bumpity bumped into my favourites Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy at Delhi airport, many airport moments await us gentlemen,US and Canada tour coming up. Happy reunion.”

From movies “Don 2”, “Karthik Calling Karthik”, “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag” to live concerts, the collaborative work of Farhan and the trio has been widely appreciated.

Deepshikha was ‘scared’ to be part of showbiz

Mumbai– Actress Deepshikha Nagpal says she was scared to be a part of the entertainment industry.

Deepshikha Nagpal (Photo: Twitter)

During an appearance on weekend chat show “JuzzBaatt… Sangeen Se Namkeen Tak”, Deepika said her apprehensions kept her from pursuing her acting dreams, read a statement.

“I never wanted to run away, but I was definitely scared to be a part of the industry. I was afraid of the fact that I won’t be able to give time to my loved ones as I would be busy most of the time,” Deepshikha said in statement.

“I felt, as an actor, I won’t have a personal life and the mere thought always stopped me from taking the plunge. My parents were also not very convinced with my idea of choosing a full-time acting career,” she added.

However, she took baby steps.

“I started with modelling and that’s how my journey began in the glamour world,” she said.

Mahesh Bhatt doesn’t want to be called ‘master’

New Delhi– Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt says he doesn’t want to called a ‘master’ because he feels that someone’s outlook should not be confined to a limited world.

Mahesh Bhatt (Photo; Facebook)

Known for films like “Saraansh”, “Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke”, “Zakhm” and “Arth”, Bhatt has explored a range of movies and is known for creating films with bold plots.

In a master class with director Hansal Mehta on Tata Sky Acting Adda, Bhatt shared his unfiltered opinion on
filmmaking.

“I don’t want to be in a position where someone calls me a master. Not out of some bogus humility, but because I don’t want people to confine their outlook, their creative ideas to a limited world. Whatever I experienced was true to my life, it might not be of important to another person since there is no compass, no map to learn filmmaking.

“Every film is a separate project, a different river that you need to learn to navigate afresh. Even a director who has previously created a film of critical/commercial acclaim might not receive the same laurels for his next movie,” he said in a statement.

Tamannaah ‘only’ romancing her cinematic endeavours

Mumbai– Amidst her wedding rumours, actress Tamannaah Bhatia says she is not on “a husband shopping spree” and that she is only romancing her cinematic endeavours right now.

Tamannaah Bhatia

There are reports that Tamannaah, who was earlier rumoured to be in a relationship with cricketer Virat Kohli and was also linked to former Pakistani cricketer Abdul Razzaq, will soon tie the knot with a US-based doctor.

“One day it’s an actor, another day it’s a cricketer, and now it’s a doctor. These rumours make it sound like I’m on a husband shopping spree. While I love the idea of being in love, I definitely don’t appreciate baseless news when it comes to my personal life,” Tamannaah said in a statement.

“I am happily single at the moment and my parents aren’t ‘groom hunting’. The only thing I’m romancing right now are my cinematic endeavours.”

She also said that the day she decides to get hitched, she will announce it to the world herself.

“…because the institute is consecrated. It’s not as casual as the numerous speculations being floated. I’d like to make it very clear for once and for all that marriage isn’t on the cards yet.”

She is currently working on Telugu film “Naa… Nuvve” and the Telugu remake of “Queen”. She has also signed a project with director Seenu Ramasamy. (IANS)

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