Bollywood Roundup: Rana Daggubati, Pooja Bhatt, Sonakshi Sinha, and more…

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Rana Daggubati (Photo: Wikipedia)

Rana off to Kerala for ‘Haathi Mere Saathi’

Thiruvananthapuram– Actor Rana Daggubati has jetted off to the “jungles of Kerala” for the shoot of his upcoming film “Haathi Mere Saathi”.

Rana on Tuesday tweeted: “Morning… Off into the jungles of Kerala for filming ‘Haathi Mere Saathi’.”

Rana Daggubati

“Haathi Mere Saathi” is an animal drama also featuring Pulkit Samrat, Vishnu Vishal, Zoya Hussein and Kalki Koechlin.

The Eros International’s movie is titled “Kaadan” in Tamil and “Aranya” in Telugu.

Helmed by Prabhu Solomon, the trilingual is being shot simultaneously in Hindi, Telugu and Tamil with a different cast across languages.

The movie highlights man-animal relationship is a story inspired by true events and a tribute to 1971 classic film “Haathi Mere Saathi” — starring Rajesh Khanna and Tanuja.

While Rana, Zoya and Kalki feature in all the three language films, Pulkit’s character will be essayed by southern actor Vishnu Vishal in the Tamil and Telugu versions along with actor Raghu Babu.

The music has been composed by Shantanu Moitra and sound designed by Resul Pookutty.

Releasing ‘Cabaret’ on digital platform not a step down for me: Pooja Bhatt

Mumbai–Pooja Bhatt, whose “Cabaret” is releasing on a digital platform, says the medium is not a step down for her as a producer.

Pooja Bhatt (Photo: IMDb)

Pooja interacted with the media here to promote “Cabaret” on Monday.

“Cabaret” was to release in 2016. It was delayed due to differences between the producers Pooja, T-Series and Wave Cinemas.

Now, Pooja has decided to release it on digital platform ZEE5.

Asked if she feels sad that “Cabaret” will not have a big screen release, she said: “Not at all. At the beginning of my career, I did a small film called ‘Daddy’ which was produced by Doordarshan. During that time, people asked Mahesh Bhatt why are you launching your own daughter with a television film? Bhatt (Mahesh Bhatt) saab asked me ‘You want to be recognised as an actor or a star)’, so I told him that ‘I want to be recognised as an actor.”

“Till today, people recognise me with that film. Then, he made ‘Phir Teri Kahani Yaad Aayee’ taking me and Rahul Roy for Zee Television. That time also people asked him why are you doing satellite release of such a good film, but Bhatt saab thought that we have to change norms and we have to go towards new platforms. So, I am just taking that legacy forward. I feel this is not a step down for me.”

Pooja said that in future, she would like to produce more films on digital platforms.

“In fact, I will make an effort to release most of my films on digital platforms. I will plan more ways specifically for a digital release and not burden it with promotion and advertising budget.

“Unfortunately because of this, half of the films don’t get released. Most of the times, people finish their films but releasing a film is a different art and to do that, you need to be stubborn and you need to have patience. I always feel you need to give dignified and proper release to the film in which Zee is supporting me for that, I am very grateful to them.”

Sonakshi Sinha wraps up ‘Kalank’ schedule

Mumbai– Actress Sonakshi Sinha on Tuesday completed the shooting of the upcoming multi-starrer film “Kalank”.

Sonakshi Sinha (Photo courtesy: StarsUnfolded)

She took to social media and shared a picture of herself, expressing her happiness on being a part of the film.

She wrote: “Just the beginning of the year, and the end of a new film! It’s a wrap for me on ‘Kalank’… a project I am proud to be a part of! Can’t wait for you all to see it.”

“Kalank” also features Alia Bhatt, Sanjay Dutt, Varun Dhawan, Madhuri Dixit-Nene and Aditya Roy Kapur. Abhishek Varman is directing the epic drama, which will hit the screens on April 19.

The film is being produced by Karan Johar, Sajid Nadiadwala, Hiroo Yash Johar and Apoorva Mehta. It has been co-produced by Fox Star Studios.

Richa Chadha promotes theatre at fest in Assam

Actress Richa Chadha promoted the importance of theatre at an event in Assam.

She was at the Aaina Jibonot Theatre Competition, an annual programme conducted in Guwahati in Assam. She was sharing the podium alongside ace actor Adil Hussain.

Richa Chadha (Photo: Twitter)

Richa said: “It was amazing to meet and see this incredible bunch of talent. They were all amazingly good and had such impeccable performances.”

The actress said she thoroughly enjoyed being in Assam.

“It was great to see such a variety of actors and plays which were all from different parts of Assam. I thoroughly enjoyed being here and I hope to come back again,” she added.

Aruna Irani feels no pressure replacing Surekha in show

Mumbai– Veteran actress Aruna Irani says that ‘Dil Toh Happy Hai Ji’ is yet to go on air so, she feels no pressure replacing ‘Badhaai Ho’ actress Surekha Sikri in the show.

“There was no pressure (replacing Surekha). Had it been on air already, then I would have probably thought whether to take it up or not,” Aruna told IANS here.

“Since the show hadn’t gone on air and she (Surekha) wasn’t keeping well…she wanted to rest for six months…so, I took it up.”

‘Dil Toh Happy Hai Ji’ will premiere on January 15 on StarPlus.

“It is a nice role, good company and good show. It has a very positive title. I love it,” said Aruna.

She calls her character — a grandmother — little “khadus”.

“She thinks that ‘Oh! I am the elder member of the family so, when you enter the house, you should greet me first’.

“That makes her happy, but if you don’t do that, then dadi doesn’t like it. She is not a bad character or a vamp,” said the actress, who has also featured in hundreds of movies in multiple languages.

Filmmaker Rakesh Roshan diagnosed with early stage cancer

Mumbai– Actor-filmmaker Rakesh Roshan, 69, has been diagnosed with early stage of squamous cell carcinoma, a type of cancer, his actor son Hrithik Roshan said on Tuesday.

The senior Roshan will undergo surgery on Tuesday.

Hrithik shared an Instagram post in which he is seen standing alongside his father in a gym.

“Asked my dad for a picture this morning. Knew he wouldn’t miss gym on surgery day. He is probably the strongest man I know.

“Got diagnosed with early stage squamous cell carcinoma of the throat a few weeks ago, but he is in full spirits today as he proceeds to battle it. As a family we are fortunate and blessed to have a leader like him,” Hrithik captioned the picture in which the father-son duo have struck the same pose.

The note drew speedy recovery and good luck wishes from the film fraternity and fans.

Hrithik’s former wife Sussanne Khan wrote: “He is stronger than any superhero. All will go smoothly.” (IANS)

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