Bollywood Roundup: Yami Gautam, Niti Taylor, Taapsee Pannu, and more…

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Yami Gautam with Pulkit Samrat at the launch of Pantaloons Noida

Yami gets ‘fuss-free, neat look’ for ‘Uri’

 Mumbai– Actress Yami Gautam’s first look from her upcoming film “Uri: The Surgical Strike” is out. She says it had to be a fuss-free yet a very neat look.

She is dressed in a blue shirt with a grey blazer and matching bottoms.

“The look for ‘Uri…’ is something very different from what I have been seen in on-screen before. It had to be a fuss-free yet a very neat look. Thus the decision to chop the tresses was made consciously to suit the character,” Yami said in a statement.

“When you are portraying the story of a real-life incident, there’s an added responsibility to make things look more authentic and as real as possible,” she added.

She plays an Intelligence Officer in the military drama based on the 2016 surgical strike carried out by the Indian Armed forces across the border.

The film also stars Vicky Kaushal, Paresh Rawal, Kirti Kulhari and Mohit Raina.

Niti Taylor to use her app to address social media issues

Mumbai– Actress Niti Taylor has launched her personal app, and says she will be using the platform to address issues like trolling and body shaming.

Niti on Tuesday launched the Niti Taylor Official App in collaboration with New York-based tech firm EscapeX.

Niti Taylor (Photo: Twitter)

“I have always enjoyed keeping in touch with my fans and interacting with them but with this, we take it one step ahead since it’s so personalised,” Niti said in a statement.

“I’m hoping to keep it very interactive and I promise to keep checking it as often as possible. I will have lot of contests, exciting gratifications and much beyond my life on television. I am really excited to personally connect with all my fans. I will be using this platform to address some issues about social media trolling and body shaming too,” she added.

Niti has featured in shows like “Pyaar Ka Bandhan”, “Bade Achhe Lagte Hain” and “Kaisi Yeh Yaariyan”.

Shamik Talukder, Chief Business Officer of EscapeX, said: “Niti Taylor is a true millennial star and we are glad to provide the technology to enable her to have her own platform.”

‘Business’ of social media kept Aishwarya Rai away from it

New Delhi– Actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan kept away from the social media for a very long time until joining Instagram earlier this year. She says the fact that people start seeing it as a “barometric reflection of your popularity or status” was a put off for her.

The actress and former Miss World has spoken up about it for Conde Nast Traveller India, the 50th issue of which features her as the cover star.

So far, she says, her social media journey has felt natural.

“I don’t post whatever happens through the course of the day because then it would become a job and then you’re constantly focusing only on the fruition of it, and not the actual experience. I need to be connected to my real life,” said Aishwarya, according to excerpts shared with IANS.

What made her decide to make her social media foray finally?

“I think it’s the patience, prodding and perseverance of my well-wishers… I mean, it’s the way of the world; I get it. The reason I stayed away for so long was that the nature of the beast is such that it becomes a business. Everyone wants numbers, they start to see it as a barometric reflection of your popularity or status. How do you then monetise it, or treat it professionally?

“It’s fine that it’s a business at the end of the day, but I didn’t want to get drawn into that entire world, the drama. That said, it’s a way of life, it’s the world in which our kids are growing up, it’s here to stay, and there’s nothing wrong with it,” added the mother of one.

Aishwarya and her actor husband Abhishek Bachchan have a daughter named Aaradhya together. Glimpses of their vacations are sometimes a part of what the actress shares with her fans online.

Talking about her favourite vacation style — beaches, mountains, cities, jungles or deserts — she said: “Abhishek and I are happy everywhere but ‘e’ve been doing a lot more beach destinations since we had Aaradhya.”

Taapsee excited to take ‘Mulk’, ‘Manmarziyaan’ to festival audience

Mumbai– Actress Taapsee Pannu says she is excited to take her films “Mulk” and “Manmarziyaan” to the festival audiences in Marrakesh and Florence.

Taapsee Pannu (Photo: Times of India)

Taapsee tweeted on Monday night: “After whirlwind like crazy weeks I am finally off to a work holiday. While I show my two beautiful gems of this year, ‘Mulk’ and ‘Manmarziyaan’ to the festival audience, I shall enjoy visiting the unticked cities of Marrakesh and Florence in my bucket list.”

While “Mulk” is about a Muslim family trying to reclaim its lost honour, “Manmarziyaan” is a love story set in Punjab.

Taapsee will next be seen on the silver screen in “Badla” along with megastar Amitabh Bachchan.

Mrunal Thakur is uber talented, says Nikkhil Advani

Mumbai– Filmmaker Nikkhil Advani has praised Actress Mrunal Thakur, who is featuring in the upcoming movie “Batla House”, and has called her “uber talented” and gorgeous.

Nikkhil Advani (Photo courtesy: Filmfare)

Advani on Tuesday shared a photograph of Mrunal and captioned it: “And then we have the uber talented and gorgeous Mrunal Thkur. Thrilled when she got up and hugged me at the end of my narration (teary eyed with emotion). ‘Batla House’ film shoot.”

The “Batla House” makers is based on a real-life incident about the Delhi spot where a shootout took place in 2008.

It also stars John Abraham, who is known for doing patriotic movies like “Madras Cafe” and “Parmanu – The Story Of Pokhran” and his latest release “Satyameva Jayate”.

He will once again be seen donning the patriotism on his sleeve in “Batla House” by essaying police officer Sanjay Kumar Yadav who led the Batla House encounter.

Helmed by Advani, the film is written by Ritesh Shah. (IANS)

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