Bollywood Roundup: Kajol, Aishwarya Rai, Anupam Kher, and more…

Kajol (Photo: Facebook)

Parents tend to underestimate their kids: Kajol

Kolkata– Actress Kajol, who plays the role of an overprotective mother in her upcoming film “Helicopter Eela”, says parents tend to underestimate their children.

She feels parents should discuss important issues with their children openly.


“Somewhere down the line, we underestimate our kids. As they are born in this world so they know this world much better than us in a lot of ways. Today, our main duty is to disseminate the information in the right way,” Kajol said here on Tuesday during the promotion of her film.

She feels that the modern-age parents need to discuss morality, ethics, compassion, dignity with children.

“Our kids should be able to come up and ask us all kinds of questions,” said Kajol, who claims to be a mix of an overprotective and a cool mother in real life.

Sharing her view on the ongoing #MeToo movement in India, the actress said: “The most important thing about #MeToo is by taking away the shame and embarrassment associated with owning such incidents, the younger people or anybody who feel that they come into opposition like this, are able to have the guts and draw that line and say no more after this.”

#MeToo movement gaining momentum is good sign: Aishwarya

Mumbai– Celebrated actress and former Miss World Aishwarya Rai Bachchan looks at the #MeToo movement gaining momentum as a positive sign and she believes that talking on women empowerment should be a continuous process.

“I think it is a good sign how the #MeToo movement is gaining momentum. However, I would refrain to comment on any specific case as that would be irresponsible on our part. At least some of these cases would become sub judice soon. So, I don’t think it would be proper to talk about any particular incident,” Aishwarya told the media on Tuesday.

The actress was present along with designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee for the launch of the new makeup line festival collection named “L’Oreal Paris X Sabyasachi Calcutta” for the special media interaction.

Referring to the cosmetic brand L’Oreal, she said: “We started the ‘We Worth It’ award and I became the poster girl of that. I came on board because we are speaking for women, giving them a platform for appreciation of their efforts by a wider audience.”

Anupam meets ‘inspirational, courageous’ Sonali Bendre

Mumbai– Veteran actor Anupam Kher met actress Sonali Bendre Behl for dinner in New York, where she is undergoing metastatic cancer treatment and called her inspirational and courageous.

Anupam Kher (Photo: Facebook)

Anupam, who is shooting for the American medical drama “New Amsterdam” in US, shared a string of photographs of himself along with Sonali and her filmmaker husband Goldie Behl.

“‘The elegance under pressure is the result of fearlessness’. It was so wonderful and refreshing to have dinner with the most beautiful, inspirational and courageous Sonali Bendre along with the compassionate Goldie Behl and ever smiling Rupa,” he captioned the image.

Sonali has always remained positive in her outlook as she battles the serious ailment, with support from her family and friends.

On the acting front, Anupam’s “New Amsterdam” is inspired by Bellevue, the oldest public hospital in the US.

The show follows the brilliant and charming doctor Max Goodwin (Ryan Eggold), the institution’s newest medical director who sets out to tear up the bureaucracy and provide exceptional care. Anupam is seen playing role of doctor Vijay Kapoor.

Sushmita Sen to walk for Bhumika, Jyoti at LMIFW S/S’19

New Delhi– Sushmita Sen will add glamour to designer duo Bhumika and Jyoti’s debut show at the Lotus Make-Up India Fashion Week on Thursday. The actress says walking the ramp has always been very special to her and takes her down memory lane.

Sushmita Sen (Photo: Twitter)

“I’m excited to be walking the ramp for designer duo Bhumika and Jyoti for their Summer Spring 2019 collection. Walking the ramp has always been very special to me and takes me down memory lane,” Sushmita said in a statement.

“It gives me immense pleasure to be associated with the duo and promote fashion that fulfils it’s duty towards the environment and yet creating something so unique and stylish. I hope more and more designers choose to experiment and exercise their creative freedom,” added the former Miss Universe.

The designers will showcase their collection Limoncello at the gala, to be held here in association with NEXA Spring Summer 19.

‘Sanju’ is very close to my heart: Dia Mirza

Mumbai– Actress Dia Mirza, who played the role of actor Sanjay Dutt’s wife Manyata Dutt in “Sanju”, says it is a film thats very close to her heart.

Dia Mirza

Dia and Sanjay have been part of movies like “Lage Raho Munna Bhai”, “Parineeta” and “Dus”. They are also friends. So, “Sanju”, based on the life of Sanjay, is naturally special to her.

“‘Sanju’ is a film that’s very close to my heart. Sanju and I have been friends, but there were so many things I learnt about his life while shooting for the movie,” Dia said in a statement.

The movie will air on StarPlus on October 14.

“I cannot wait to watch the film again along with my family and friends and I am very excited for its world television premiere on StarPlus,” she said.

Each girl brings something unique to ‘Trip 2’: Amyra

Mumbai– Actress Amyra Dastur describes working with Sapna Pabbi, Mallika Dua and Shweta Tripathi for “Trip 2” as the “best experience”. She says each girl in the upcoming series makes the show unique with their different characteristics.

Amyra Dastur (Photo: Twitter)

“It was one of the best experiences I have ever had. Sapna and I have known each other since 2014. We were in the same agency together and we had always wanted to work together. Shweta and Mallika were new to me and I really need to give Sapna credit for bringing me into the group. The girls never let me feel as if I was new to the story or to them,” Amyra told IANS.

She did not feel left out.

“We came into this project on professional terms and left it becoming really good friends. Each girl brings something unique to the table. Mallika brings the slapstick comedy, Sapna brings the motivation, Shweta is the glue that holds us together and apparently I’m the entertainment,” Amyra quipped.

The fact that they were “in sync” helped.

“Everything would always just fall into place,” she said.

“Trip 2” premiered on all bindass platforms including YouTube on October 5.

Mahesh Bhatt devastated by Vinta Nanda’s #MeToo story

New Delhi– Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt wonders why veteran writer-producer and his friend Vinta Nanda didn’t confide in him about getting sexually violated by actor Alok Nath, known for his “sanskaari” on-screen image.

Mahesh Bhatt

Nanda, writer-producer of the ahead-of-its-time 1990s’ show “Tara”, has accused Alok of sexually violating her almost two decades ago. She shared her experience through a long, heart-wrenching Facebook post.

Asked for his reaction, Bhatt told IANS: “She is a friend. I am quite devastated… We have sat down and she has spoken about her personal issues, financial issues and her relationship problems and never brought this out. What was it that was keeping her (from talking about it)?”

“By saying ‘Why are you saying it now?’ I am not doubting her. I am saying, ‘Why didn’t you tell me?’. When Mallika Sherawat said somewhere that she was being solicited by men when she was working, I said ‘Why didn’t you tell me. You should come and tell me everything about what’s happening’.

“I am just curious. I am not saying that you are (Nanda is) lying,” added Bhatt, who was here to promote his forthcoming film “Jalebi”.

Nanda recounted the experience, sharing that Alok raped her after she left a party at his house at 2 a.m. She says her drinks were mixed and she was sexually violated.

Bhatt’s wife Soni Razdan tweeted: “Oh Vinta Nanda, so sorry you had to deal with this all alone so many years ago. Can anything be done? What is unacceptable is the fact that the channel did nothing to protect the girl in question amounting to the most abject callousness on its part. Things really need to change.

“And I wish you would file an FIR as well.” (IANS)



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