Bollywood Roundup: Priyanka Chopra, Akshay Kumar, Sonali Bendre, and more…

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Priyanka Chopra (Photo: Twitter)

Priyanka enjoys family time with Nick Jonas

New York– Indian actress Priyanka Chopra was seen enjoying some family time with her fiance Nick Jonas and mother Madhu Chopra at the US Open here.

Priyanka Chopra

Priyanka on Wednesday morning shared a string of photographs along with Nick and her mother on Instagram. She also shared an image of herself sitting with Nick’s brother Joe Jonas and his girlfriend Sophie Turner.

“It is a famjam at the US Open. Nick Jonas, Sophie Turner, Joe Jonas and Madhu Chopra,” she captioned the image.

Priyanka and Nick’s Instagram stories also showed them rooting for tennis player Serena Williams.

Earlier this month, the recently engaged couple were also seen enjoying the Labor Day weekend.

Labor Day in the US is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September.

Akshay Kumar is honorary ambassador for Lal Bahadur Shastri Memorial Foundation

Mumbai– Actor Akshay Kumar is proud about getting selected as an honorary ambassador for Lal Bahadur Shastri Memorial Foundation.

Akshay Kumar

The “Gold” actor on Wednesday took to Instagram and wrote: “Happy and proud to be the Honorary Ambassador of the Lal Bahadur Shastri Memorial Foundation. Keep up the good work, Vinamra Shastri. We ought to live by Shastriji’s ‘Jai jawan jai kisan’ motto for our great nation.”

Along with the post, Akshay shared a picture of himself with the grandson of former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri.

On the work front, Akshay will be next seen in the fourth instalment of comedy franchise “Housefull” and Anurag Singh directorial “Kesari”.

Do what makes you happy, says Sonali Bendre

New York– Actress Sonali Bendre Behl, who is undergoing metastatic cancer treatment here, has chosen a wig for herself. In a motivational post for cancer patients, she has urged them not to let the disease take away their happiness.

Sonali Bendre Behl (Photo: Twitter)

The 43-year-old on Wednesday took to Instagram and posted a heartwarming video, in which she can be seen showcasing her new look as she has opted for a wig following hair loss due to the cancer treatment.

Along with the video, she wrote: “The way we look has a profound psychological impact on us… A little vanity here and there does no one any harm.

“It’s important to do what makes you happy, even if it’s something as simple as wearing a wig, bright red lipstick, high heels…. All that white noise doesn’t make a difference in the larger picture.”

She says she had a brief moment of “self-doubt” when she was testing out the wigs for herself.

“Am I vain for wanting to look good?” she thought to herself.

“As part of the entertainment industry, you’re always expected to look good… Maybe that has been ingrained in me? But then I gave it a thought and I realized I like looking good for me.

“If I’m in the mood to wear a scarf, I will. If I want to walk around bald and free, I will. Only you know what would make you feel good, and what works best for you,” she added.

The “Sarfarosh” actor also thanked actress Priyanka Chopra for connecting her with the hairstylist who then created the wig.

Hope ‘Rajma Chawal’ gets the acclaim it deserves: Amyra Dastur

Mumbai– Actress Amyra Dastur, whose movie “Rajma Chawal” has been selected for the British Film Institute’s (BFI) London Film Festival, hopes the movie resonates with the audience and critics well.

The movie, directed by Leena Yadav, also stars veteran actor Rishi Kapoor and debutant Aniruddh Tanwar. It is a family dramedy set against the backdrop of social media.

Amyra, who plays Aniruddh’s love interest in the film, said in a statement: “This is the first film that I’ve acted in that has ever been selected for a film festival and BFI London Film Festival at that. I’m so thrilled and excited because ‘Rajma Chawal’ has been such a fantastic experience and it is truly a wonderful film.”

She says she jumped with joy when the director told her about the news.

“Working with an actor like Rishi Kapoor was amazing. I hope this film gets the critical acclaim it truly deserves and I know that being part of this prestigious film festival will give it the push it needs to get recognition not just from India but on an international level,” she added.

The BFI London Film Festival will be held from October 10-21.

Dilip Kumar hospitalised due to chest infection

Mumbai– Veteran actor Dilip Kumar, 95, was on Wednesday admitted to a hospital here due to chest infection, but he is recuperating, said a family friend.

The actor is at the Lilavati Hospital and Research Centre, Bandra.

Faisal Farooqui, who tweets on behalf of the thespian, gave a health update on the ailing actor via Twitter.

“Saab has been admitted to Mumbai’s Lilavati Hospital as he was bit uneasy due to a chest infection. He is recuperating. Requesting your duas and prayers,” Farooqui tweeted.

Dilip Kumar, one of India’s most iconic actors, has appeared in some classics like “Kohinoor”, “Mughal-e-Azam”, “Shakti”, “Naya Daur” and “Ram Aur Shyam”.

He was last seen on the silver screen in 1998 in “Qila”. He is married to actress Saira Banu.

Being vegan helps me keep fit: Vidyut Jammwal

Mumbai– Fit actor Vidyut Jammwal, known for his daredevil stunts and flawless action sequences, attributes his chiselled body to his vegan lifestyle and workout routine.

In an ad for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India, he appears next to the words “Kick the Meat Habit. Go Vegan.”

Vegans are vegetarians who eat only fully plant-derived foods, leaving those derived from animals – such as milk and eggs, which are stolen from exploited cows and chickens, respectively – off their plates, the animal rights organisation said.

“When people ask me where I get my protein from, I tell them (I get it from) exactly (the same place that) herbivorous animals like elephants, horses, and rhinos do: plants,” said Vidyut in a statement fit for the National Nutrition Week.

“Being vegan helps me keep fit. I love the way I feel,” he added.

Vidyut joins a growing list of vegan celebrities, including Kangana Ranaut, Sonam Kapoor, Joaquin Phoenix, Pamela Anderson, Jacqueline Fernandez, Mallika Sherawat, Ayesha Takia, Monica Dogra, and Bryan Adams, to name a few. (IANS)

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