Bollywood Roundup: Richa Chadha, Kapil Sharma, Kapil Sharma, and more…

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Richa Chadha’s tribute to Nelson Mandela

Mumbai– Actress Richa Chadha has penned a handwritten tribute to late Nelson Mandela which will feature in “The House of Commons Book of Tribute”.

It is a book that has handwritten messages by people from across the world. The book has more than 700 handwritten messages from prominent people including former US President Barack Obama and celebrities like Paul McCartney, Russell Crowe, Chris Rock, Kylie Minogue and Will Smith.

Nic Careem, who is behind “The House of Commons Book of Tribute”, extended his gratitude to Richa.

“I met Nic when I was in London recently. He has been working really hard to get together this amazing book. We all have heard and learnt a great deal about Mandela and what he contributed during his time for human right issues across the world,” Richa said in a statement.

“His struggle as a world renowned leader to fight for rights of downtrodden people of his race has made him a legendary inspiring figure. To be part of this book which is so thoughtful to have handwritten notes by everyone be contributed as an overall message for the youth today is truly exceptional,” she added.

The actress is happy to be a part of “this tribute the proceeds of which will be given towards a campaign to end poverty”.

Kapil Sharma, Manmohan Singh bond over Amritsari roots

Mumbai– Comedian-actor-producer Kapil Sharma met former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and bonded over their Amritsari roots.

Kapil on Tuesday tweeted a photograph of himself along with Singh and his wife Gursharan Kaur.

“Thank you respected Manmohan Singhji for the warmth, hospitality and a heart-to-heart conversation about our Amritsari roots, especially about our college and food,” the comedian captioned the image.

“Was an honour meeting such a humble and simple statesman like you, and receiving blessings from ma’am,” he added.

On the work front, Kapil is currently hosting the “The Kapil Sharma Show” after a brief break.

He recently hosted his wedding reception in Delhi.

‘New Amsterdam’ to have season 2, says

Kapil Sharma

Mumbai– Veteran actor Anupam Kher says he is excited that his medical drama series “New Amsterdam” has been confirmed for the second season.

An ecstatic Anupam on Tuesday tweeted that the show celebrates compassion and diversity.

“I am delighted to share with you all that our series ‘New Amsterdam’ is confirmed for season 2. Congratulations to our brilliant cast and crew. It is a show which celebrates love, life, compassion and diversity. So happy and excited,” wrote the actor, who played a neurosurgeon in the first season.

Inspired by Bellevue, the oldest public hospital in the US, the series follows the brilliant and charming doctor Max Goodwin played by actor Ryan Eggold, the institution’s newest medical director who sets out to tear up the bureaucracy and provide exceptional care.

On the Bollywood front, the 63-year-old actor was last seen on screen in in “The Accidental Prime Minister”, directed by debutant Vijay Ratnakar Gutte, along with Hansal Mehta as the creative producer.

He played former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the film.

Kaur sisters collaborate for wedding mashup

Mumbai– Sisters Asees Kaur, Deedar Kaur and Prabhjee Kaur have come up with a wedding mashup.

The mashup, which is a blend of popular wedding songs like “Madhaniya”, “Chidiyan da chamba”, “Laung gawacha” and “Mehendi”, has been sung by Asees and Deedar. The music video, released by Zee Music Company, has been directed by Prabhjee.

Asees, known for chartbusters like “Chogada” and “Akh lad jaave”, said in a statement: “We have been planning this for sometime. It’s a project that we are very passionate about. The track is very energetic and peppy.

“It was Deedar’s idea to come up with a collaboration. She is the mastermind behind it and we just loved the idea and came on board.”

Prabhjee had a great time working with her sisters. “I have directed music videos before, but working with family was fun and exciting. This is the first of many tracks that people will hear from the Kaur sisters,” she added.

Anita Hassanandani, husband to feature in music video

Mumbai– Actress Anita Hassanandani and husband Rohit Reddy will feature in the video of a song sung by Pakistani singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan.

The video of the song, “Teri yaad”, has been directed by Raj Kundra and Robin Behl.

Commenting on her first on-screen outing with husband, Anita said in a statement: “‘Teri yaad’ is a lovely romantic track and when Raj asked us to feature in the video, it didn’t take us long to say yes.

“Apart from working with Rohit, the song has been beautifully written and composed by Sunny Brown. We hope the viewers love it.”

It will release on February 8.

Shweta trains with circus artists for her Tamil film debut

Mumbai– Actress Shweta Tripathi trained with real circus artists for her first Tamil film, “Mehandi Circus”.

The actress essays the title role, Mehandi, who is a circus performer in the upcoming romance drama.

“I am really excited as this is my first Tamil film. It was a great learning to train with real circus artists. I always knew from books and shows that the lives of circus artists are not easy, but spending time and learning from them made me realise the amount of effort they put in and how they constantly jostle between life and death,” Shweta said in a statement.

“They don’t have good quality harnesses or any of the safety equipments that international artists do but it’s their sheer grit to excel that is inspirational.”

She trained with professionals from various states out of which one of the performers hailing from the Theni district of Tamil Nadu helped in training Shweta with a risky stunt.

“I trained and also shot with a real circus troupe from Chinnamanur and Madurai in Tamil Nadu named Raja Circus for the film. I practiced the little nuances like walking and bowing.

“I also learned to throw the knife although I don’t have to do it in the film. Sometimes I think that it’s very important to know and understand every aspect of the act,” Shweta said. (IANS)

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