Bollywood Roundup: Karan Johar, Yami Gautam, Richa Chadha, and more…

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Karan Johar launches new digital division

Mumbai– Filmmaker Karan Johar on Wednesday announced the launch of his new digital division called Dharmatic. It will create content for digital channels.

Karan Johar

Karan tweeted: “Our new journey begins! DHARMATIC! The digital content company. This is our new baby.”

Along with the tweet, the “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil” director posted a picture of the company’s work place.

He also said that Somen Mishra would head the fiction division, while Aneesha Baig would be the non-fiction chief.

On the film front, Karan is currently presenting Rajinikanth-Akshay Kumar-starrer “2.0”, which will release on Thursday.

Yami hopes to reinvent herself in 2019

Mumbai– Actress Yami Gautam turned a year older on Wednesday. She says some great work is coming her way, so she wants to focus on reinventing herself next year.

The “Kaabil” actress will be busy with two shoots. Later in the evening, she will spend time with close friends here.

“The year 2018 has been very kind. Some really interesting work came my way…the things that I hadn’t done before. As I turn a year older and definitely wiser, I hope 2019 will be more exciting,” Yami said in a statement.

“I love the fact that my birthday comes at the end of each year. I love to look back and be grateful of the year gone by and make my plans ahead of what each new year will have in store for me. Some great work is coming along and things which I haven’t done before, so I think my focus for next year will be reinventing myself,” she added.

The “Vicky Donor” actress featured in “Batti Gul Meter Chalu” this year.

Richa begins shooting for ‘Panga’ in Bhopal

Bhopal– Actress Richa Chadha on Wednesday started shooting here for Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari’s “Panga”, based on kabaddi.

This is the first time that Richa has collaborated with “Bareilly Ki Barfi” director Ashiwiny

Richa Chadha (Photo: Twitter)

Tiwari. It also stars Kangana Ranaut and Pankaj Tripathi.

“Panga” is Richa and Pankaj’s eight film together. They had starred in movies like “Gangs of Wasseypur” and “Masaan”.

“I’m excited to be joining the team… ‘Panga’ is a very exciting project for me as it’s unlike anything I have done before. I have personally always wanted to be a part of a sports film,” Richa said in a statement.

“Ashwiny and Nitesh (Tiwari) have written a very special film and I’m glad to be on board and begin filming in Bhopal,” she added.

Leave gadgets, participate in outdoor games: Vidya Balan to kids

Mumbai– Actress Vidya Balan has urged children to indulge in physical activities.

Vidya Balan

“In today’s scenario, outdoor activities have become limited for children as most of the time they are busy on either a smartphone or other gadgets. Kids should participate in outdoor activities rather than sitting at home and playing games on gadgets,” Vidya said in a statement.

Vidya along with actor Tusshar Kapoor has associated with Juniorthon, a fitness carnival for children.

Extending support to the initiative, Tusshar said: “Juniorthon is a well-thought concept. I am glad they are doing something for the kids. This initiative is a great measure to motivate all the kids for physical activities.”

The annual event aims to promote running as an active lifestyle for children and their families. Its fourth season will commence from December 23 here.

Salman Khan to join Hockey World Cup celebrations in Cuttack

Cuttack– Superstar Salman Khan will participate in the second phase of the inaugural function of Odisha Hockey Mens World Cup at Barabati Stadium in Cuttack on Wednesday.

Salman Khan

Salman took to Twitter and uploaded a video in which he can be seen confirming his presence at the function.

“Happy to join Hockey Men’s World Cup Celebrations 2018 in the millennium city of Cuttack on November 28, 2018. Come let’s cheer for the world’s best and make it memorable!!,” he tweeted.

Actors like Madhuri Dixit Nene, Shah Rukh Khan and music maestro A.R. Rahman on Tuesday performed at the opening ceremony, which took place at Bhubaneswar’s Kalinga Stadium.

During the world cup, a city fest will be organized from December 1 to 16. Musicians and singers, including Vishal and Shekhar, Shankar Ehsaan Loy, Farhan Akhtar, Shaan, Shreya Ghoshal, Sona Mohapatra, Rituraj Mohanty, the Noorani Sisters and Krishna Beura, will also perform over the course of the festival.

Sports in India has changed in last 5 years: Rahul Bose

Mumbai– Actor Rahul Bose, who has represented India internationally in Rugby for 25 years, before hanging up his boots, has said the sports scene in India has improved drastically in the last five years.

He was interacting with the media at the inauguration of an art show called ‘Breaking Barriers’ on Tuesday here.

Talking about the sporting facilities available to aspiring athletes in the country, he said: “I feel the kind of sporting facilities we have in last five years, have never been there earlier. I feel Bhubaneswar will be the national sports capital.

“We all know about Patiala (Punjab). There are really good two to three academies for boxing and wrestling. Jindals (Jindal Steel and Power) have created a really good sports academy in Vijayanagar outside Bengaluru.

“So, I feel in next 10-15 years people will stop questioning sporting facilities in India.”

With more and more businessmen investing in sports academies under the Corporate Social Responsibility, things were expected to only get better, he noted.

“Earlier businessman and capitalists used to build temples or schools under their CSR activities but now they are investing into sports academies.

“Recently, I have been to Odisha, there I found out that seven sports academies have been funded by private investors.

“I feel things have started changing and in next 10-15 years we will be able to see a completely different picture in sports in India.”  (IANS)

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