Bollywood Roundup: Anupam Kher, Akshay Kumar, Shilpa Shetty, and more…

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Anupam Kher (Photo: Facebook)

Anupam Kher, Jimmy Fallon meet, share mutual admiration

Mumbai– Veteran actor Anupam Kher met Jimmy Fallon and said that he is admires the TV show host and comedians work.

Anupam, who has featured in Hollywood film “The Silver Linings Playbook” among many others, on Wednesday tweeted a selfie along with Fallon, who is the host of “The Tonight Show”.

“When you meet someone whose work you admire says he is a fan of your work, it is a wonderful and a humbling feeling. Thank you dear Jimmy Fallon for your warmth, appreciation and generosity,” Anupam captioned the image.

On the Bollywood front, the 63-year-old actor’s latest release is “The Accidental Prime Minister”, which delves on former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s tenure.

Starring Anupam played Manmohan Singh, the film, directed by Vijay Ratnakar Gutte is based on an eponymous book by Sanjaya Baru, who was the former Prime Minister’s media advisor.

Akshay Kumar, Kareena start shooting for ‘Good News’

Mumbai– Actor Akshay Kumar on Wednesday started shooting with actress Kareena Kapoor Khan for their upcoming film “Good News”.

Akshay Kumar

Amidst the ongoing 10-year-challenge on social media, Akshay took to Instagram and posted his throwback and current photographs with Kareena.

“2009 to 2019, the good news is that not much has changed, or so we hope. First day of the shoot it is, do send in your best wishes. #10YearChallenge,” he wrote.

Akshay and Kareena are reuniting on the big screen after four years. They last co-starred in “Gabbar is Back.”

They had also featured together in films like “Ajnabee”, “Kambakkht Ishq”, “Tashan”, “Aitraaz” and “Bewafaa”.

In “Good News”, Akshay and Kareena are playing a married couple, who is trying for a baby. The film also stars actors Diljit Dosanjh and Kiara Advani.

Directed by Raj Mehta, “Good News” is co-produced by Dharma Productions and Cape of Good Films. It will release on September 6.

I’ve had no involvement in my father’s business: Shilpa Shetty

Mumbai– Actress Shilpa Shetty Kundra on Wednesday said she has had no involvement in her late father’s business, amid reports that she, her mother and her sister are being dragged to court over a Rs 21 lakh loan taken by Surendra Shetty.

Shilpa Shetty

“I have had no involvement in my late father’s business ever and have no knowledge of the financial dealing of the company at all. This gentleman is misleading the media. I knew him in the capacity of our family car mechanic, that’s all,” Shilpa said in a statement.

This has come in response to reports that Parhad Amra, proprietor of an automobile agency, has taken Shilpa, her sister Shamita and their mother Sunanda, to court.

Amra has claimed that in July 2015, he provided financial help to the actress’ father for his business.

“All payments were made through cheques drawn in favour of Surendra’s firm ‘Corgifts’,” Amra said in a media report.

Army defines real meaning of patriotism: Yami Gautam

New Delhi– Actress Yami Gautam, whose latest release “Uri: The Surgical Strike” has become her first movie to cross the Rs 100 crore mark, says it is most appropriate to dedicate the success to the Indian Army and their families.

The movie is about the 2016 surgical strikes that India conducted following a terrorist attack in Uri in Jammu and Kashmir.

“No matter how much gratitude I have towards our Army, it will always be less. During the shooting and promotion of the film, I got the privilege of meeting our Army men every other day. They made me realise the real value of hard work. Their honesty, hard work and sacrifices inspired me to put my best into the film.

“They stand for us, they fight for us. We exist because of them. I salute them and their families for always supporting them in every crucial situation. Through ‘Uri…’, I wanted to make them feel proud. And now that the film is doing so well, without any second thought, I want to give the credit of the film’s success to our brave Army men and their families,” Yami told IANS over phone.

Yami said the Army personifies patriotism at its best.

“The true meaning of being a patriot comes from the Army. For them, it is always duty before anything else. They are always serving our country. They depict the true meaning of patriotism. So, we all should get inspired by them and whatever role we are doing in life, we should do it with utmost honesty.”

Still wondering which art form to use in ‘Baaghi 3’: Tiger Shroff

Mumbai– Actor Tiger Shroff, who will be seen in “Baaghi 3”, says the makers of the action drama are still wondering which action art form they should use in the movie.

Tiger Shroff (Photo: Twitter)

Before “Baaghi 3” rolls, the buzz is that director Ahmed Khan wants the actor to train in combat techniques that are used by agents of Mossad, Israel’s national intelligence agency.

Asked about his excitement level at being trained especially for the film, Tiger said: “Actually, I haven’t heard one-liners of ‘Baaghi 3′ yet. Its narration will take place next week.

“As far as being trained by Mossad is concerned, that was the initial discussion and we are still wondering what art form we are going to use for my character this time in the film.”

Swara Bhaskar finds it tough to call out patriarchy at home

Mumbai– Actress Swara Bhasker, who finds it strange that her beau Himanshu Sharma doesn’t discuss his work with her, says it is very tough to call out patriarchy among one’s own loved ones.

Swara Bhaskar

An outspoken artiste, Swara was in a chat with her “Veere Di Wedding” co-star Kareena Kapoor Khan for Ishq 104.8 FM’s show “What Women Want with Kareena Kapoor Khan” when she shared how difficult it is to be an opinionated woman, read a statement.

When Kareena asked Swara about ‘how tough it is to call out patriarchy in your own home’, Swara said: “It’s very tough. The most difficult thing is to question yourself and people around you, especially whom you love the most including your parents, brother and boyfriend.

“When it comes to patriarchy it should be viewed as a conversation among sensible people. Also, I feel bad for boys sometimes because the problem lies with the parenting method which doesn’t let them equip with strong and opinionated women. They have also silently absorbed that patriarchal attitude and don’t know how to deal with this.

“I have experienced this myself that my boyfriend Himanshu wouldn’t discuss his work with me despite being in the same industry which I pointed out to him. He told me this is because of that what he has imbibed from his father as he never seen his father discussing the work with his mother back at home.”

Farhan, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy to perform at Lalkaar concert

Mumbai– Actor Farhan Akhtar, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and Shaan among other performers will take the stage at the Lalkaar concert here on February 14, taking forward a message on women empowerment.

The concert, to be held at Bandra Fort Amphitheatre, is led by the Population Foundation of India (PFI), Farhan’s MARD (Men Against Rape and Discrimination) and director Feroz Abbas Khan.

PFI’s popular television edutainment series “Main Kuch Bhi Kar Sakti Hoon” has impacted lives through its focus on women’s health, family planning and gender issues. Lalkaar will take the show’s messaging ahead with the objective of enabling, empowering and transforming women at large.

It will be an evening of music to not only honour those who fight the odds to bring about change but also urge everyone to pledge in order to protect and empower women everywhere.

“‘Main Kuch Bhi Kar Sakti Hoon’ has shown the true strength of using edutainment to enable change. With Lalkaar, we are not only celebrating womanhood, but also welcoming the third season of the show which we hope will continue to inspire many more lives,” Farhan said in a statement.

Will not apologize to Shri Rajput Karni Sena, says Kangana Ranaut

Mumbai– Actress Kangana Ranaut, whose forthcoming film ‘Manikarnika – The Queen of Jhansi’ has sailed through many controversies, has said she will not apologize to rightwing Shri Rajput Karni Sena for the statement she made against them.

Kangana Ranaut was interacting with the media when she unveiled first look of Amrapali X Manikarnika jewellery collection on Wednesday in Mumbai.

There were reports that Shri Rajput Karni Sena opposed ‘Manikarnika…’ as it shows Queen Laxmibai dancing to a special number, saying it is against tradition. They asked the makers of the film to show them the movie before its release.

Reacting to their statement Kangana made a statement that “I am a Rajput and I will destroy them.”

Dheeraj Dhoopar to host grand finale of ‘Sa Re Ga Ma Pa’

Mumbai– Model-turned-actor Dheeraj Dhoopar has been roped in as a celebrity host of the grand finale of the show “Sa Re Ga Ma Pa”.

The “Kundali Bhagya” actor will join Aditya Narayan as the show’s host for the episode.

“Hosting is something that I always wanted to do and I’m glad that I am getting good opportunities to showcase my talent. I feel that as an actor, it is essential to keep evolving,” Dheeraj said in a statement.

“Hosting the grand finale of ‘Sa Re Ga Ma Pa’ as a celebrity host is great,” he added.

Dheeraj had earlier hosted the Zee Rishtey Awards.

He will shoot for the episode on Wednesday evening. (IANS)

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