Bollywood Roundup: Ekta Kapoor, Shahid Kapoor, Soha Ali Khan, and more…

Ekta Kapoor (Photo: Twitter)

Ekta Kapoor becomes a mother

Mumbai– Popular producer Ekta Kapoor has become a mother via surrogacy. She has named her newborn son Ravie Kapoor after her father and veteran actor Jeetendra, whose real name is Ravi Kapoor.

Her son was born on January 27.

“By God’s grace, I have seen many successes in my life, but nothing beats the feeling of this beautiful soul being added to my world. I cannot even begin to express how happy my baby’s birth has made me,” Ekta said in a statement.

“Everything in life doesn’t go the way you want it to, but there are always solutions to those hiccups. I found mine and today, I feel immensely blessed to become a parent. It is an emotional moment for me and my family and I can’t wait to begin this new journey of being a mother,” she added.

Sources close to Ekta said: “She was keenly involved in the entire process. She would take constant updates about the mother and baby’s health at every stage from the doctor. It was her pure determination to become a mother that made this happen.”

Kids have to ensure that everybody follows safety, road rules, says Shahid

Mumbai– Actor Shahid Kapoor said children have to make sure that everybody follows safety and road rules because they are the future of our country.

Shahid witnessed a new Guinness World Record to create awareness about road safety measures which was initiated by ICICI Lombard General Insurance here on Thursday.

The record was created by 5,000 children from seven schools who assembled at a ground to form the shape of a helmet.

ICICI Lombard General Insurance has been promoting the cause of ‘Road Safety through its CSR initiative ‘Ride To Safety’ since 2015.

Don’t like my daughter being clicked: Soha

Mumbai– Actress Soha Ali Khan says she does not like her daughter Inaaya Naumi Kemmu being clicked by the shutterbugs.

Soha Ali Khan (Photo: Twitter)

“A child is known for their innocence at such an age. Being constantly surrounded by cameras and shutterbugs makes the child lose this innocence that must be treasured. It’s terrifying and worrying to say the least,” Soha said on Ishq 104.8 FM’s show “What Women Want with Kareena Kapoor Khan”.

The 40-year-old actress, who was speaking to her sister-in-law Kareena on the radio show, added: “I don’t like my daughter Inaaya being clicked.”

She said there “is absolutely no privacy. Such things affect the growth of a child”.

Soha was last seen on the big screen in the 2018 film “Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster 3”.

Mouni Roy excited to make LFW ramp debut

Mumbai– Actress Mouni Roy, who made a successful Bollywood debut with “Gold” last year, is looking forward to be a showstopper at the Lakme Fashion Week ramp at its Summer/Resort 2019 here on Friday.

Mouni Roy

Mouni, who worked extensively in television before making a foray into films, will walk the ramp for designer Payal Singhal’s ‘Qo’shilish’, which is being presented in collaboration with handbags brand Caprese.

The actress said in a statement: “I met Payal five years back, and luckily for her, her superlative designs and outfits precede the beautiful and kind person she is.

“I love her and her clothes. I remember telling her a year later that I want to walk for you and she said she will make it happen, and she did. I couldn’t be happier for the fact that my first LFW walk is for her.”

So much stigma attached to sexual crime: Richa Chadha

London– Actress Richa Chadha says there is so much stigma attached to sexual crime that sometimes it’s impossible to get even the bravest women to speak up.

Richa Chadha (Photo: Twitter)

Last year, the Indian audience saw Richa in “Love Sonia”, a film which deals with the topic of human trafficking.

The Tabrez Noorani directorial released in the UK last week. To promote the film, the Indian actress appeared on a show hosted by Victoria Derbyshire on Monday. She also used the platform to speak about a variety of issues, including the #MeToo movement — a global movement which is against sexual harassment and assault.

On #MeToo, she said: “It’s upsetting that those women who have come out and spoken, many of them have received death threats, rape threats, for some their livelihood has been snatched away.

“Primarily, there’s an issue of will and consent. There are many cases where a woman may have given the consent to sleep with somebody, but her will may not have been there because they will have a position of authority or power over the woman which they can blatantly abuse.

“So, this is a very tricky territory which we need to figure out to make this work, to create a supportive environment for women who speak out. The term for rape in Hindi is ‘izzat lootna’. Its literal translation is losing your dignity. So, there’s so much stigma attached to any kind of sexual crime that sometimes, it’s impossible to get the bravest women to speak out…because this then, becomes that one thing that defines them,” she added.

Maanvi Gagroo wants to do meaningful roles

Mumbai– Actress Maanvi Gagroo says she is interested in playing meaningful roles rather than just be a pretty face.

“I do not want to be a token female character — where all I have to do is look pretty. I would rather go for the one that takes the story forward,” Maanvi told IANS.

“In fact, when I look at a script, I try to see if I remove my character from the narration, does that affect the story flow? If it does, I say yes to the character,” she added.

Maanvi, who is seen in the web series “Four More Shots Please!”, says she looks at various things before taking up a role.

“A compelling script is one of the important reasons. Perhaps that is why, I did not look at the length of the character in the films that I have done till now,” said the actress, who appeared in films like “No One Killed Jessica”, “PK” and “Tu Hai Mera Sunday”.

Aahana Kumra to turn showstopper at LFW

Mumbai– Actress Aahana Kumra will walk the ramp as a showstopper for the label Gazal Mishra at the ongoing Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2019.

Aahana Kumra (Photo: Twitter)

The actress, whose latest big screen outing was in “The Accidental Prime Minister”, will flaunt a creation from Mishra’s ‘Ateeba’ collection here at the show on Friday.

“I am looking forward to her outfit and I am excited because this is the first time that I will be walking at Lakme Fashion Week. I am looking forward to it,” Aahana told IANS over a recorded response.

‘Ateeba’ is about delicate play of pastel palette with hand embroideries.

Priyanka’s Hollywood film to get digital release in India

New Delhi– Actress Priyanka Chopra’s Hollywood film “Isn’t It Romantic” will release in India on streaming platform Netflix instead of having a traditional theatrical release.

Priyanka Chopra at Royal wedding (Photo: Twitter)

According to a statement issued on Thursday, the romantic-comedy, also featuring Rebel Wilson, Liam Hemsworth and Adam Devine, will premiere on February 28 in India.

“Isn’t It Romantic” tells the story of a New York architect Natalie (Wilson) who works hard to get noticed at her job, but is more likely to be asked to deliver coffee and bagels than to design. Priyanka essays the role of a yoga ambassador.(IANS)


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