Bollywood Roundup: Rakul Preet, Karisma Kapoor, Nushrat Bharucha, and more…

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Rakul Preet Singh (Photo: Twitter)

Rakul Preet to turn showstopper at LMIFW

New Delhi– Actress Rakul Preet Singh will turn showstopper for designer Julie Shah at the Lotus Makeup India Fashion Week’s (LMIFW) forthcoming edition.

Shah will showcase her new collection ‘The High Noon Affair’ on March 14 at the gala, organised by the Fashion Design Council of India.

“I am really excited to be walking for designer Julie Shah at LMIFW. Her collection is very modern and in perfect sync with my style,” Rakul said in a statement.

The designer said that her new collection derives inspiration from the blooming tree of peony flowers, capturing its abstract beauty and varied textures.

“The subtle creases in each petal has been beautifully showcased by delicately interweaving within the layered foliage, creating manifold striped patterns and illusions”, said Shah.

On her showstopper, Shah said: “Rakul is so beautiful and is so fit. She would make our gown look glamorous, making for a perfect choice.”

Karisma Kapoor to flaunt Mekhela chador at LMIFW

New Delhi– Actress Karisma Kapoor will walk the Lotus Makeup India Fashion Week (LMIFW) in a Mekhela chador, a traditional Assamese attire, when she turns showstopper for designer Sanjukta Dutta here.

Dutta will showcase her new collection ‘Morom’ — meaning Love in Assamese — at the forthcoming fashion gala, organised by the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) on March 14. It is inspired by flowers and butterfly.

“I am really looking forward to walk for Sanjukta Dutta at the upcoming show in Delhi. This will promote handlooms and the beautiful Mekhela chador. I am really looking forward to it,” Karisma said in a statement.

The designer said the collection is especially designed for the modern woman of today in handwoven Assamese silk, woven by the weavers of Assam.

“It’s a collection by women for women. Morom includes designs which beautifully amalgamate the tradition of Assam with modern silhouettes,” Dutta said.

Art doesn’t come from lineage: Nushrat Bharucha

Mumbai– Actress Nushrat Bharucha, whose “Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety” turned out to be a success, says life has changed a lot for her as she has been able to create a space for herself in a competitive industry. She believes talent has nothing to do with one’s surname.

Nushrat Bharucha (Photo: Facebook)

On how life has changed after “Sonu Ke Titu…”, Nushrat told Exhibit Magazine: “Life has changed immensely actually. I’m busier, I’m doing more work, people love me more, I have a certain market that I have created. To create a space in an already competitive and crowded industry, is honestly something I didn’t really think could have been achieved by me.

“I knew that I wanted to do great work and keep going steady at it. But I didn’t think that I would create a certain market myself which would be distinctively mine. I am very thankful to everybody who has helped me come this far.”

Considering that many of her contemporaries are a product of nepotism, what is her take on it?

Nushrat said: “I don’t really have a take on it. For me, every actor, every talented individual is exactly who they are. It has nothing to do with where they come from and what their surname is. I also feel that people who come from a known family name have an additional pressure of living upto certain legacies, that we don’t.

I don’t plan to stop growing better: Anil Kapoor

Mumbai– Anil Kapoor, the veteran actor, who has been receiving a lot of love and attention on social media for how he manages to defy age with his looks at 62, says he is not going to stop at becoming better “anytime soon”.

Anil Kapoor

“Thank you all for the love and the memes that are still flooding my feed! Loved all of them! Especially the one of me doing ‘Gunday 2’ with Taimur. From the last 35 years, I have been trying to age according to the characters and fulfilling the demands of my directors and writers. I believe becoming better only stops when you do, and I don’t plan stopping anytime soon,” Anil posted on Twitter on Sunday.

He posted this with a collage of his looks from different films over the years.

The message from Anil comes amidst a sea of memes on how the actor is reverse ageing in terms of his looks. The social media went into a tizzy after Anil posted a photograph of himself along with the cast of the upcoming film “Malang”, and amazed people with his youthful look.

Some fans pointed out how Anil was “growing younger”, others said Anil might soon act with Kareena and Saif Ali Khan’s son Taimur and still look younger and some found humour in calling him a real-life version of “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”. One user commented how Anil could perhaps be seen as his daughter Sonam’s son in a movie.

Rajkummar Rao urges youth to vote

Mumbai– Actor Rajkummar Rao says people can change the shape of the future by choosing the right people by voting.

Rajkummar Rao (Photo: Twitter)

“Voting gives us the power to choose who is going to run the country. There is no point complaining because it is us who have chosen them,” Rajkummar said in a video which he posted on Twitter.

“Voting day is the only day when we are the most powerful. We can change the shape of our future by choosing the right people,” he added.

Asked for his reaction on people thinking ‘what difference does one vote make’, the “Newton” star said: “That’s a stupid thought. Every vote counts. If everybody starts thinking ‘if I wont vote it’s fine’, it is not going to work.

“If you want to bring a change, if you want to make our country a better place, use that power. There’s no point sitting at home and playing video games. Go out and vote.”

Rajkummar expressed his views as he featured in a video as part of the #PowerOf18 online video series, an initiative by Twitter India.

‘Andhadhun’ heads to China

New Delhi– Ayushmann Khurrana’s blockbuster hit “Andhadhun” will release in China as “Piano Player”.

Produced by Viacom18 Motion Pictures and Matchbox Pictures, “Andhadhun” is directed by Sriram Raghavan. The film has been distributed internationally by Eros International, read a statement.

Ayushmann Khurrana (Photo courtesy: FilmBeat)

Ajit Andhare, Chief Operating Officer, Viacom18 Studios, said: “I am happy to announce that Viacom18 Studios has secured its maiden release in China and that too with our favourite film ‘Andhadhun’. I am very excited about our film’s prospect at the China box office and celebrating what is a major first for the studio.”

The film is the first China release for Raghavan.

He said: “I am super thrilled that ‘Andhadhun’ is releasing in China. Ten years back, on a visit to China, I walked into a Beijing Cafe and was zapped to see Nasir Husain’s ‘Caravan’ playing on a big screen. Dubbed in Chinese, except for the songs. I was told the film was the favourite Indian film of that generation. I am curious how the Chinese audience responds to our musical thriller.”

It’s liberating: Bejoy Nambiar on his digital debut

New Delhi– Filmmaker-writer Bejoy Nambiar, excited about making debut in the web space, says it gives filmmakers an avenue for telling different narratives and it’s very liberating.

“I am extremely excited about this space. Most filmmakers are trying to venture into this space because this platform gives an avenue for all kinds of narratives, which is not really possible sometimes in a feature film format. As a filmmaker to explore that, it’s very liberating,” Nambiar told IANS.

It’s about “trying to tell stories, engage with viewers in a different way, which we wouldn’t be able to do in a feature film format,” he said.

The “Solo” director will venture into the digital space with “Flip”, which will soon premiere on Eros Now. The anthology has four stories — Bully, Happy Birthday, Massage and The Hunt. Apart from Happy birthday (directed by Aman Sachdeva), all are helmed by Nambiar.

“I approached it (‘Flip’) like a feature film only. I didn’t think of it like I am doing a digital project and I should apply a different kind of a sensibility to it,” he said.

“I was approaching each story like I was making a short feature film. I think that really helped me shape the story also. It’s not a long format show. Every episode is a new story,” he remarked.

It is a series of four short stories, each telling the tale of many occurrences that cause a complete 180 degree turn around in the people, situation or perspectives inhabiting that tale.

While shooting for Bully, actor Ranvir Shorey almost met with an accident.

Talking about that Nambiar said: “He (Ranvir) had to ride a bike wearing the costume and the costume did not have a clear see-through mask portion because of which he could not ride the bike properly. (IANS)

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