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Ajay Devgn in Raid

I’ve stopped playing pranks: Ajay Devgn

Mumbai– Actor Ajay Devgn, known for being a prankster on his films’ sets, says he has stopped playing pranks on people.

Ajay Devgn

Ajay and actresses Tabu and Rakul Preet Singh recently shot for Zee TV’s show “Sa re Ga Ma Pa Li’l Champs” where people shared his “tales of pranks”, read a statement.

Ajay said: “Now that people know me and expect something out of me on set, I have literally stopped playing pranks. In fact, the funniest thing is that there are no pranks and still the cast and crew keep suspecting me if something goes wrong on the set.”

Adding to this, composer Amaal Mallik said: “Once on the set of ‘Golmaal’, I delayed in giving a song and Ajay light-heartedly asked me to sit in a car that was supposed to fall from the cliff without any harness. I started palpitating.”

Why Salman Khan asked Kiara to change her name

Mumbai– Actress Kiara Advani says superstar Salman Khan asked her to change her first name because of Alia Bhatt.

Kiara Advani (Photo: Twitter)

Kiara revealed this in an episode of Voot’s “Feet Up with the Stars Season 2”, read a statement.

“Aaliya is my first name. Salman Khan suggested me to change it because of Alia Bhatt because there can’t be two actresses with the same name in Bollywood,” Kiara said.

“He suggested the change, but ‘Kiara’ is the name that I chose. Now even my parents have started to call me Kiara,” she added.

The actress also spoke about how she bagged “Lust Stories” without auditioning for the role.

Recalling her experience, Kiara said: “Karan Johar has an eye for it. He spots a performer and he knows how to get it done.”

When Kiara was filming for a scene with vibrator for “Lust Stories”, Karan told her: “Don’t make it a caricature, just be raw and do it. It’s a funny scene but don’t make it funny.”

Glad ‘Mental Hai Kya’ will now be solo release: Kangana

Mumbai– Actress Kangana Ranaut said she is glad that her film “Mental Hai Kya” will get a solo release on July 26 after Hrithik Roshan decided to shift the release of his “Super 30” to avert a “media circus”.

Kangana Ranaut in Manikarnika

Hrithik on Thursday issued a statement, saying he took the decision “so as to not allow my film to be desecrated by yet another media circus”.

“I have decided to shift the release date of my film ‘Super 30’ in order to save myself from the personal trauma and toxic mental violence this would cause,” Hrithik said in the statement posted on Twitter.

“Despite the film being ready, I have requested my producers to shift and announce the next suitable date as soon as possible,” added the actor, who has had a personal clash with Kangana in the past.

Soon after, Kangana issued a statement commenting on “Hrithik’s sympathy playing games”.

“Hrithik Roshan, Madhu Mentena and Ekta Kapoor had collectively decided that Hrithik would push the release date of ‘Super 30’ and Ekta will bring her film ‘Mental Hai Kya’ on July 26. They had taken this call last week itself.

Mom life: Sunny cooks breakfast for twins in hotel

Jaipur– It was not a regular morning for actress Sunny Leone as she stepped into a hotels kitchen to make breakfast for her twins Noah and Asher.

Sunny Leone (Photo: Facebook)

Sunny, who is in the Pink City to shoot for a youth-based reality show, tweeted a photograph of herself along with a chef as they made some pancakes.

“I took over part of this station to make Noah and Asher some banana wheat pancakes and apple sauce. Mom life. So nice of the kitchen staff and Dominique Fieux Cuisinier to let me make my boys their food sometimes,” Sunny captioned the image.

The former adult film star and her husband Daniel Weber adopted a girl child, Nisha, in 2017 from Latur and announced the birth of her sons via surrogacy last year.

On the acting front, Sunny will be seen in the Tamil-language historical period drama and war film “Veeramadevi” directed by Vadivudaiyan. The film marks Sunny’s Tamil debut as the eponymous character.

I like the game when it’s tough: Ekta Kapoor

Mumbai– Producer Ekta Kapoor has carved her own niche in the Indian entertainment universe, says in current times when multi-million screens have opened up the scope to cater to “polarized tastes”, she finds it exciting to have a competitive edge.

Ekta Kapoor

Ekta, who established herself as disruptor in the Indian television industry with “Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi”, ‘Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii”, and “Naagin”, is now a LinkedIn Influencer, a collective of over 500 global leaders from across geographies and fields.

In a blog post on LinkedIn, Ekta, who has the app ALTBalaji spoke about scripting India’s new content chapter, read a statement.

She said: “I want to create a homegrown app that competes with international standards, and gets India to watch local content out of its traditional TV form. It’s an ambition. I could fall flat on my face and it’s clearly a bit delusional because they’re so big it’s not even possible to fight.

“So, I don’t want to fight, (but) I definitely want to find my space in the world of content. This has given me a competitive edge. The ability to tell stories that I couldn’t tell on TV or in films. And some amount of enjoyment. I like the game when it’s tough.”

With a two-decade-long bold and enterprising journey in the entertainment industry, Ekta has a grip of the needs of the audience today.

On her understanding the audience, she said: “There’s no secret sauce. I think there’s nothing like a rural market. I think there is India, there is a very exposed India, and there is a not very exposed India. And you’re giving them a taste of what they will find aspirational.

Deepika almost tripped on her dress at Met Gala

New Delhi– Actress Deepika Padukone, who made a grand appearance in her Barbie avatar at Met Gala 2019, almost fell on her dress while she sipped on some wine in a hotel lobby.

Deepika Padukone as Padmavati

A video from behind the scenes of the gala was posted online by a fan page and shows the actress turning around in a hotel lobby as few people help her with her Zac Posen long pink strapless gown’s train. And then she almost trips, before regaining control and avoids the fall.

She held a glass of red wine, which she sipped on with a straw.

Deepika chose a metallic pink lurex jacquard gown embellished with 3D printed pieces meant to resemble embroidery.

This year’s Met Gala theme was “Camp: Notes on Fashion”, inspired by a seminal 1964 essay by Susan Sontag in which she describes the phenomenon as something that shan’t be talked about: “To talk about Camp is therefore to betray it.” The theme was the basis for the Costume Institute’s spring exhibition.

Juhi Parmar to spend Mother’s Day in Maldives

Male– Actress Juhi Parmar, who is a single parent to a six-year-old girl, is off to the Maldives with family to celebrate Mother’s Day on May 12.

Juhi Parman

“While I am a mother and Samairra (daughter) will definitely make the day special for me, I also wanted to make the day extra special for my mom. Hence, we decided that our summer holiday should happen around Mother’s Day so that Samairra, my mom and I can have not one day to celebrate, but an entire holiday dedicated to us,” Juhi said in a statement.

Speaking about the destination, the actress said: “Samairra wanted to go to a place surrounded by water. Hence, we zeroed in on Maldives. I went to Maldives about 15 years ago, but I know a lot has changed and we are really looking forward to spending some quality time together as we soak in the beauty of the beaches on the islands.”

When Sanam Puri met fan Ananya Panday

Mumbai– Sanam Puri, lead vocalist of popular band SANAM, says he met his “fan” Ananya Panday while recording for a song from her debut film “Student Of the Year 2”, and has urged people to support her.

According to a source, when Ananya found out that Sanam was roped in to sing “Fakira”, she decided to be present for the song’s recording session.

“Ananya is a really sweet person. That was the first and the only time we met. It’s her first film and I would love for everyone to support and encourage her. I was concentrating on the song mostly, but all of us sat together and shared some funny stories later,” Sanam said in a statement.

“And Ananya was practicing for ‘SOTY 2’ with Punit Malhotra (the film’s director) in the studio,” he added.

Malhotra recently teased Sanam about his fan following.

Commenting on it, Sanam said: “Punit is a fabulous human being, very humble and positive. And he’s always accepted my voice in songs by (composers) Vishal-Shekhar. Big thanks to him too.” (IANS)

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