Bollywood Roundup: Shah Rukh Khan, Kiara Advani, Aamir Khan, and more…

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Shah Rukh Khan with Prime Minister Modi

Dues must be given as per merit, not gender: SRK

Mumbai– Superstar Shah Rukh Khan, who feels “swept off” his feet by women, believes in gender equality. He says people must be given their due according to merit and not on the basis of their gender.

Shah Rukh Khan

The third edition of the Lux Golden Rose Awards, to be held later this year, has extended its stage to the global movement for gender equality, UN’s HeForShe. The gala will pledge solidarity of male members of the film fraternity with their female counterparts and celebrate their presence and immense contribution.

Shah Rukh, who features in a film wherein he walks down a glorious cinematic lane of iconic Lux divas — from Sharmila Tagore to Kareena Kapoor Khan and Alia Bhatt — has spoken about the pay gap.

“In the past too, I have made my stance on equality of genders clear. I strongly believe dues meted out should be according to merit and not gender. Both genders have their own plus and minus points, though I love the women who make work so beautiful.

“Women make you think, and make you want to be a better person and for ages, and even now sadly, they do not get the dues or credit they deserve. Often they are served the raw deal, which is unfair for the whole society,” the 52-year-old star said in a statement.

Kiara Advani ‘excited’ to recreate ‘Arjun Reddy’

Mumbai– Actress Kiara Advani says she is excited to feature in the Hindi remake of “Arjun Reddy” along with actor Shahid Kapoor.

Kiara Advani (Photo: Twitter)

Kiara on Tuesday tweeted: “Need all your love and good wishes as we begin a new journey recreating one of the most loved films of last year ‘Arjun Reddy’. So excited to be working with the amazing team Shahid Kapoor, Sandeep, Ashwin Varde, Murad Khetani, Bhushan Kumar.”

Producer Bhushan Kumar of T-Series welcomed Kiara into the film and tweeted: “Happy to introduce Kiara Advani as the lead alongside Shahid Kapoor for the remake of ‘Arjun Reddy’. Looking forward to this project!”

The original “Arjun Reddy”, directed by Sandeep Reddy Vanga, featured Vijay Deverakonda in the titular role and was a success. Sandeep will helm the Hindi version too.

Shilpa Shetty’s sister doesn’t take her seriously

Mumbai– Actress-entrepreneur Shilpa Shetty Kundra says her sister and actress Shamita Shetty doesn’t take her advice seriously.

Shilpa Shetty

“I got to meet different kinds of personalities (in Prime Original Series ‘Hear Me. Love Me’), and I realised that my opinion was so important to them because they trusted my sensibilities or maybe my experience,” Shilpa said in a statement to IANS.

“With my friends or even with my own sister, who is unmarried right now, I am not taken that seriously but here on the show I was delighted to see how others took my opinion, my experience more seriously and gave it importance. So, my self-worth kind of went up. And then I told Shamita that she must watch this show. See how important they made me feel,” she added.

Challenging the notion of ‘love at first sight’, the reality series brings to life a virtual blind dating experience that combines technology and human interaction in a new format. Shilpa dons the mantle of a relationship guide and confidante as she helps contestants navigate through the mores of romance in today’s digital age.

To see myself on poster with Big B a dream come true: Aamir Khan

Mumbai– Superstar Aamir Khan, who is gearing up for the release of “Thugs Of Hindostan”, says it is a dream come true for him to share space on a poster with megastar Amitabh Bachchan.

Aamir Khan

“To see myself on a poster with Mr. Bachchan is a dream come true for me. I still can’t believe it,” Aamir tweeted on Tuesday.

He shared a poster featuring all four key characters of the movie. Apart from Aamir and Amitabh, the movie stars Katrina Kaif and Fatima Sana Shaikh.

This film will mark the first time Aamir and Amitabh will be seen sharing screen space together. The mega action adventure by Yash Raj Films is set to releases on November 8.

“Thugs of Hindostan”, an adaptation of the 1839 novel “Confessions of a Thug”, promises to be the biggest visual spectacle on the big screen with jaw-dropping action sequences and an epic war on the seas.

Ajay Devgn begins shooting ‘Taanaji – The Unsung Warrior’

Mumbai– Actor Ajay Devgn has started shooting for Om Raut’s film “Taanaji – The Unsung Warrior”.

Ajay Devgn

The 49-year-old actor on Tuesday took to Twitter to share the first picture from the muhurat shot as he kickstarted the shooting.

In the image, Ajay can be seen conducting a prayer with Raut.

The “Raid” actor will play the role of Subedar Taanaji Malusare, a military leader in the army of Shivaji and also the founder of the Maratha Empire in 17th century India in the film.

Produced by Bhushan Kumar of “T-Series”, epic drama “Taanaji – The Unsung Warrior” is scheduled to release on November 29, 2019.

Shraddha Kapoor ‘excited’ to start shooting for ‘Saina’

Mumbai– Actress Shraddha Kapoor, who has started shooting for the biopic on India’s veteran shuttler Saina Nehwal titled “Saina”, says she is excited to embark in this new journey.

Shraddha Kapoor (Photo: Facebook)

Shraddha on Monday night shared a photograph of herself along with filmmaker Amol Gupte and producer Bhushan Kumar holding the film’s clapboard on her Instagram stories.

She wrote: “Here we go! So excited to embark on this new journey. Need all your wishes.”

The actress also shared a letter written by Gupte, which read: “Our darling daughter Shraddha, sai ko yaad karte hue tumhara naam Saina rakhte hain (lets remember god and keep your name as Saina)… Let this journey be the most memorable for you… Dearest bachcha (baby) we love you.”

Shraddha has been reportedly preparing for the film, by training under Indian team head coach Pullela Gopichand.

Other details related to the film are still under wraps.

Kartik Aaryan to turn showstopper

Mumbai– Actor Kartik Aaryan, who was chosen as brand ambassador for fashion brand Mufti earlier this year, will now turn showstopper for its first fashion show on Saturday.

The “Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety” actor said he is “thrilled” to be the face of a brand which he feels “inspires the youth to be unique and set their own trends”.

“I am looking forward to showcase the new Autumn Winter 2018 Collection,” he said in a statement.

The fashion show will mark the brand’s 20th anniversary. The celebration and unveiling of the new collection will be held at ITC Maratha here.

Mufti, launched in 1998 by Kamal Khushlani, is known for its creativity.

With the fashion event, the idea is to “further mark our presence and popularity in the world of fashion”, said Khushlani said.

On the film front, Kartik will next be seen in rom-com “Luka Chuppi” alongside actress Kriti Sanon.

My on-screen character has different shades: Piyush Sahdev

Mumbai– Actor Piyush Sahdev says his character Abu Fazl in the upcoming show “Dastaan-E-Mohabbat: Salim Anarkali” has different shades.

It is the tale of Prince Salim and courtesan Anarkali that will unfold on Colors from October 1.

“I am grateful to be a part of a show like ‘Dastaan-E-Mohabbat: Salim Anarkali’. It is an epic love saga which has been recreated. My character Abul Fazl has different shades. He’s a warrior and a poet,” Piyush said in a statement.

“He’s the one who wrote ‘Ain-i-Akbari’. Abul Fazl was very close to emperor Akbar. This character of Abu Fazl was never well-established in the previous versions of this story, but I am glad that it will be very well showcased in ‘Dastaan-E-Mohabbat: Salim Anarkali’,” he added. (IANS)

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