Bollywood Roundup: Kiara Advani, Diljit Dosanjh, Sanya Malhotra, and more…

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Kiara Advani (Photo: Twitter)

Kiara, Diljit start shooting for ‘Good News’

Mumbai– Actors Kiara Advani and Diljit Dosanjh have started shooting for their upcoming film “Good News”.

Diljit Dosanjh

The film’s producer Karan Johar on Friday took to Twitter, where he said that the shooting of the film has commenced and actor Akshay Kumar and Kareena Kapoor Khan will join later.

“‘Good News’ starts today with Diljit Dosanjh and Kiara Advani! Akshay Kumar and Kareenna Kapoor Khan will join soon! Fun times begin under the baton of debut director Raj Mehta,” Karan tweeted.

Kiara tweeted a video of herself along with Diljit holding the film’s clapboard.

“Have you heard the news today? Chill… It’s all ‘Good News’! Raj Mehta, Diljit Dosanjh and I are Missing you Akshay Kumar sir, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Karan Johar (and) Shashank Khaitan see you all soon!” she captioned the video.

Diljit shared the same video and wrote that it is a dream come true for him to work with his favourite production house.

“Good News” is a laugh riot, family drama in which Akshay-Kareena and Diljit-Kiara play married couples trying for a baby.

The film is being directed by Raj Mehta and produced by Dharma Productions and Cape of Good Films.

The film is slated to release on July 19, 2019.

Working with Nawazuddin is huge: Sanya Malhotra

Mumbai– Actress Sanya Malhotra says working with Nawazuddin Siddiqui in her forthcoming release “Photograph” has been a huge thing for her as it gave her the opportunity to work with her favorite actor.

Sanya Malhotra (Photo: Twitter)

“I started shooting for ‘Photograph’ right after ‘Dangal’ so, it’s really special for me,” said Sanya interacting with the media at fashion designer Ritu Kumar’s store launch on Thursday here.

“It was my second film, though ‘Patakha’ (by Vishal Bhardwaj) got released after ‘Dangal’. I had really good experience working with Ritesh Batra and Nawaz sir. It was a huge thing for me to work with Nawaz sir because he is my favorite actor,” she added.

“Initially, I was a bit nervous working with him. But then I watched all his interviews to know how he prepares for his roles so that I could chill out working alongside.

“When he used to come on the set, he would leave his starry vibes back at home. He was this completely transformed — like totally into his character. I got to learn a lot from him,” said the actress, who was last seen in “Badhaai Ho”.

“Photograph” revolves around a struggling street photographer (Nawazuddin), pressured to marry by his grandmother. He convinces a shy stranger to pose as his fiancee. The pair develops a connection that transforms them.

The film will be premiering at Sundance Film Festival 2019. “I is very exciting news,” she said.

Sanya along with Fatima Sana Shaikh made their Hindi film debut in “Dangal” alongside Aamir Khan. Fatima’s second wasv “Thugs of Hindostan”.

While “Thugs…” failed to impress, Sanya’s “Badhaai Ho” has crossed Rs 100 crore at the box-office and has entered its 6th week at the theatres.

She said she was happy with the outcome but stayed clear of the comparison.

“The kind love and appreciation we have been receiving for the film is really amazing. It’s the 6th week and still drawing audiences to the theatres,” she said.

Trump is like ‘Star Wars’ movie, keeps coming back: Vir Das

Mumbai– Actor-comedian Vir Das feels, wants and hopes that US President Donald Trump might just go away, but stops short of predicting his end of tenure, as he compares him to the “Star Wars” movie series that keeps coming back.

Vir Das (Photo: Facebook)

“I am not going to say this feels like the beginning of the end for Trump. I want to say it. It feels that way. I hope it is. But hey! the dude’s like a ‘Star Wars’ movie. Keeps coming back,” said Vir on Thursday.

The comedian who has never shied away from slamming Trump, tweeted this, as he attacked the former reality show host and business tycoon who won the American elections in 2016 surprising many.

Star Wars is an epic American space opera franchise, created by George Lucas that began with the eponymous 1977 movie. The saga that is now a worldwide pop culture phenomenon, will release its ninth movie in 2019.

The 37-year-old actor had previously in a comedy show called Trump America’s version of an “arranged marriage”.

Vir will be next seen in a Netflix special titled “Losing” that releases on December 11. He is also shooting for an American TV show titled “Whiskey Cavalier”.

The shooting for his “Go Goa Gone 2” starts early 2019.

Nandita Das, Nawazuddin awarded at APSA

Brisbane– Indian actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui and filmmaker Nandita Das have been awarded at the 12th Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) here.

Nandita Das

Nawazuddin was given the award for the Best Performance By An Actor for his film “Manto”. The actor said he is honoured.

“Honoured to have received Best Performance By An Actor Award by ASPA 2018 for my favourite film ‘Manto’. This one is Special, winning for the 2nd Time. Thank you Asia Pacific Screen Award and thank you Nandita Das for believing in me APSA 2018,” he said.

Das received the FIAPF award for achievement in films in the Asia Pacific region.

“Honoured to get the FIAPF APSA Award for the life and work choices I have made. Feeling encouraged to continue to tell the stories that needed to be told,” Das tweeted.

The filmmaker is known for her acting in the controversial film “Fire” (1996) and “Earth” (1998) and later in “Between the Lines,” about gender inequality in middle class India. Her first film as director “Firaaq” appeared in 2008.

Her second feature, “Manto” premiered in UnCertain Regard in Cannes this year and has been picked up by festivals including Sydney, Toronto and Busan.

Arjun Kapoor embarks on new journey of ‘Panipat’

Mumbai– Actor Arjun Kapoor has started shooting for Ashutosh Gowariker’s upcoming “Panipat” period drama.

Arjun Kapoor

Arjun on Friday tweeted: “Embarking on a journey like never before… with Ashutosh sir and our entire team.”

Actress Kriti Sanon, who is starring with Arjun in the movie, said she is excited to start this “new chapter”.

She tweeted: “Our ‘Panipat’ journey begins today. Super excited for this new chapter.. going to join you guys in two days. Let’s do this! Panipat shoot begins today.”

Hindi litterateur, poet and essayist Ashok Chakradhar has penned the dialogues for “Panipat”, which will tell the story of what led to the Third Battle of Panipat. It will be produced by Sunita Gowariker under their home banner AGPPL in association with Vision World.

The film is slated to release on December 6, 2019. It also stars Sanjay Dutt.

Acting is not something that intrigues me: Krishna Shroff

Mumbai– Krishna Shroff, the younger sister of actor Tiger Shroff, says acting is not something that intrigues her.

Krishna, daughter of actor Jackie Shroff and Ayesha, interacted with the media at the launch of MMA Matrix Gym along with her brother Tiger and mother here on Thursday.

Krishna has earlier worked as an assistant director in Tiger’s “Munna Michael”. After Tiger’s entry into Hindi films, there were reports that Krishna is also going to join films and her Instagram pictures also tells the same story, but she says otherwise.

“When it comes to acting, I have always been very clear from the beginning that it’s not something that intrigues me. I am not the one to face the camera… I am a very private person. I like my own zone and I like being in my own space. I have a couple of friends that I have known for almost 20 years now and it’s just me and them in my own little bubble,” she said.

One needs to be passionate about doing something, believes Krishna.

“If I am not passionate about that one thing then, I won’t give it my 100 per cent. I am a very competitive person, so if I know that I can’t give my 100 per cent to something, then I am not going to be the best at it and that’s when I just refuse to do it.”

Asked if she follows Mixed Martial Arts in her regular life, she said: “I have been following the sport for many years but I just started practising recently. It has really empowered me. More than feeling confident about my physical capabilities, it really has helped with my mental strength and as a woman, it empowers you to feel that you have an upper hand to protect yourself anywhere in the world”.

Rana Daggubati pays tribute to Stan Lee at Tokyo Comic Con

Tokyo– Actor Rana Daggubati, who has dubbed for Thanos in the Telugu version of “Avengers: Infinity War”, attended the opening ceremony of Comic Con Tokyo on Friday. He paid a tribute to the late Marvel Comics icon Stan Lee.

In the pictures circulated on social media, the “Baahubali” actor can be seen signing the memorial board kept at the event in rememberance of Stan Lee, curator of some of Hollywood’s most popular superheroes like Spider-Man to Black Panther.

“Dear Stan Lee: Thanks for giving us hope and dreams,” read the memorial board, where Rana signed.

Rana also met stars like Tom Hiddleston, Ezra Miller, James Phelps and Oliver Phelps here.

He posed with Marvel’s biggest villain Thanos’ statue and signed a couple of posters of his film “Baahubali” at the Comic Con.

“And I’m here Comic Con Tokyo…,” Rana wrote on Twitter.

In an earlier interview to IANS, Rana had spoken up about his fascination for Marvel Comics.

He had said: “I felt the sheer power of Thanos while dubbing and tried my best to bring it through the voice. It was fascinating because the entire story is told from the point of view of Thanos.

“I have grown up reading Marvel Comics and Marvel movies with their intricately woven storylines. It is fascinating to see how Marvel has created characters and stories that resonate so well with audiences across the globe, making movies at a scale that one had never before imagined.”

On the film front, Rana will next be seen in NTR biopic “Mahanayakudu” and Akshay Kumar starrer “Housefull 4”. (IANS)

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