Bollywood Roundup: Priyanka Chopra, Amitabh Bachchan, Taapsee Pannu, and more…

Priyanka Chopra with Nick Jonas Photo courtesy: PTI)

Priyanka, Nick step out for brunch date in LA

Los Angeles– Actress Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas stepped out for a brunch date here the first time after a trip to Mumbai, India, where they celebrated their engagement.

(Photo: IANS)

The couple enjoyed a brunch date at noted celebrity hangout Nobu in Malibu on Sunday. The “Quantico” star wore high-waist jeans with a black shirt tucked in while her fiance wore a blue shirt and brown pants, reports

Priyanka and Nick, along with their families and close friends, had gathered in Mumbai for pre-wedding festivities, including a traditional ‘roka’ ceremony, on August 18.

Nick left for the US with his family a day later, while Priyanka went back to shooting her new Hindi film “The Sky Is Pink”.

Just last week, the former Jonas Brothers member released a song with Robin Schulz called “Right Now” and may or may not have some hidden messages to his bride-to-be.

“And I swear, the next time that I hold you/ I won’t let you go nowhere/ You’ll never be alone, I’ll never let you go,” Jonas sings.

Big B flaunts hoodie designed by daughter

Mumbai– Megastar Amitabh Bachchan felt proud to flaunt a hoodie as a gift from his daughter Shweta Bachchan Nanda, who designed it.

Shweta recently turned designer with a clothing line, MxS World, launched in collaboration with designer Monisha Jaising.

The 75-year-old actor on Monday took to Instagram to flaunt the present by sharing a photo of himself wearing the black hoodie which reads ‘girl power’.

Along with the photograph, he wrote: “Girl Power .. the hoodie from MxS World .. specially made for me by the girl power of the house, Shweta.”

Actor Abhishek Bachchan, who also got the same hoodie on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan from his sister Shweta on Sunday, took to social media and endorsed her label.

On the work front, Amitabh is currently shooting for Ayan Mukerji’s directorial “Brahmastra”, and the tenth season of game show “Kaun Banega Crorepati”.

Excited to reunite with John Abraham: Anees Bazmee

New Delhi– Filmmaker Anees Bazmee has confirmed that he will be directing actor John Abraham in “Pagalpanti”. He says they are both excited about the new collaboration.

Bazmee had last directed John in the 2015 entertainer “Welcome Back”.

“John is definitely there in ‘Pagalpanti’. I had done ‘Welcome Back’ with John. It became a huge hit… I wanted and even he wanted that we do a new film together… Now we have a new subject, so he is quite excited and I am also very excited. We will start work on it soon,” Bazmee told IANS over phone from Mumbai.

Known for films like “Welcome”, “No Entry” and “Singh Is Kinng”, Bazmee is toying between different projects as of now. There are talks that he may also be directing “Aankhen 2”, with megastar Amitabh Bachchan set to feature in it.

But without giving any confirmation, Bazmee said: “Talks are on around ‘Aankhen 2’… We will lock it soon.”

There’s also buzz about a film that actor Kartik Aaryan has signed with Bazmee, but Bazmee said: “See, around three or four films are going on. But I have to plan what should start, and what to do… There’s lots going on.”

Sai Tamhankar gained 10 kg for ‘Love Sonia’

Mumbai– Actress Sai Tamhankar, who has mostly featured in Marathi films, gained 10 kg for her forthcoming film “Love Sonia”, based on child trafficking.

Sai’s character Anjali needed a certain body type.

A source close to Sai said it was important to gain weight for the role.

“When Sai heard the script, one thing that came to her mind was that her character Anjali is a pimp who used to be a prostitute. She is carefree and probably won’t be in the best of shape. The additional weight gain helped her get the body language,” said the source.

The “Ghajini” actress wanted to make her character look authentic.

“‘Love Sonia’ is a hard hitting film and is a very close representation of reality. I had to go through a lot of research to bring Anjali to life on screen without making her look caricature-ish. I gained weight to make the character look more authentic. The way it’s shaped up, I think it was worth it,” Sai said in a statement.

Directed by Tabrez Noorani, “Love Sonia” is produced by Tamasha Talkies, David Womark and Noorani.

Presented by Samraaj Talkies in association with India Take One Productions, Cinemantra Entertainment, Media Dynasty Consulting Group and Prime Focus Group, the film is slated to release on September 14.

Rambo Rajkumar’s daughters made Taapsee do the ‘bhangra’

Mumbai– Actress Taapsee Pannu’s ‘bhangra’ number in “Manmarziyan” has been choreographed by Navadevi and Navalakshmi, daughters of Rambo Rajkumar, one of the leading stunt masters in south Indian films.

Taapsee Pannu

For “Kundali”, a song in “Manmarziyan”, the two south Indian sisters choreographed a complete bhangra number.

Taapsee was pleasantly surprised when the film’s director Anurag Kashyap told her that he had found choreographers from the south for the song.

“I almost didn’t believe him when he told me this first. I thought he was joking. Until one day I turned up at the rehearsal and realised he wasn’t. He wanted a new take on a sangeet number. Punjabi sangeet numbers are done to death in our films and he thought getting new choreographers who are not of the same background as the song and flavour of the film might just get in something refreshing,” she said in a statement.

The combination worked.

“The song is beautiful and the peppy choreography these two girls added to it makes it fresh and exciting to watch. It’s the first time Anurag has a proper lip-sync dancing number in his film, so expect something unique for sure,” Taapsee added.

“Manmarziyan” also stars Abhishek Bachchan and Vicky Kaushal.

Never say never: Actor Aayush Sharma on politics

New Delhi– Aayush Sharma, who is foraying into Bollywood with “Loveratri”, comes from a political family in Himachal Pradesh. With his eyes firmly set on an acting career as of now, he doesn’t rule out joining politics in future.

Aayush, son of politician Anil Sharma and grandson of Sukh Ram, grew up in Mandi. He did his schooling in New Delhi.

“My upbringing has been in a political setup, so that world never excited me as I was born into that world. Having said that, I also understood the kind of responsibilities they have because being a politician, I was studying in Delhi, my father was in Himachal, we would hardly meet.

“I understood that he was doing what he is supposed to do but at least for me, I understood that to be in politics you have to have the drive to serve the people, which I don’t think so at this age, I have. I was inclined towards politics because I grew up around political conversation, and it was all discussed the dining table.”

As for his own plans for the political world, he said: “I am politically aware of what’s happening but I am not ready… It’s no point getting into a profession of serving people and not doing it with your full heart. So, that’s why I wanted to move out of it.

“I would say never say never. Maybe in the near future, when I do feel I am ready or I can help someone, I might go to politics, but not for now.”

His maiden movie “Loveratri”, produced by his superstar brother-in-law Salman Khan, will release on October 5.

‘Diva’ Kareena Kapoor Khan dazzles the ramp on LFW grand finale

Mumbai– The grand finale of Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2018 couldn’t get any grander as Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor Khan unleashed her inner diva for ace designer Monisha Jaising’s latest collection “Shades Of A Diva”.

Kareena, who is the brand ambassador of cosmetic brand Lakmé Absolute, dazzled the ramp in a holographic coloured off shoulder gown for Jaising’s line, which saw a gamut of fabulous ensembles ranging from thigh high slit gowns, short dresses, cocktail dresses, sarees and jumpsuits.

The grand finale started with a bewitching performance by the famous Canada-based live entertainment company Cirque du Soliel, who gave fashion lovers a sneak-peak of their show “Bazzar” on the runway on Sunday evening adding even more grandeur to the show.

The performance saw dancers, acro-duo, skater-duo, hula-hoop specialist and cube manipulators, who set the stage for a power-packed finale with sequences from their show. Jamie Lavoie, who is designed the costumes for the artistes for the sneak-peak.

The evening also saw the launch of Kareena’s first ever make-up line titled “Kareena Kapoor Khan by Lakmé Absolute”.

Talking about the evolution from being a brand ambassador to a co-creator with the brand, Kareena told IANS here: “It has been great as we have been associated for almost eight years so it has been a long collaboration and make-up is something every actor wears so coming together to do a make-up tie up, I think the timing has been just perfect.” (IANS)



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