Bollywood Roundup: Fatima Sana Shaikh, Salman Khan, Shantanu Maheshwari, and more…

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My body, my rules: Fatima hits back at troll

Mumbai– Actress Fatima Sana Shaikh gave a befitting reply to a social media user who commented on the “Dangal” actress’ dressing style, saying it’s “my body”.

Fatima on Friday posted a photograph of herself wearing a pair of trousers and shirt, and enjoying the sunset while sitting by a lake.

While many social media users appreciated and praised the photograph, there was one netizen who asked Fatima to cover her body with clothes and reminded her of her religion – Islam.

After reading the comment, Fatima blocked the user and wrote: “Aur aap mere dost. You are blocked. Mah Badan.. mah rulz.. your gamla, your phool (My body, my rules).”

On the work front, Fatima will be seen in “Bhoot Police”, which also stars actor Saif Ali Khan.

Salman goes shirtless, pitches for ‘Swachch, fit Bharat’

Mumbai– After congratulating Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his “decisive victory”, Bollywood superstar Salman Khan went shirtless in a bid to urge Indians to work towards a ‘swachch and fit Bharat’.

Salman Khan

Salman, awaiting the release of his film “Bharat”, on Thursday took to social media and posted a shirtless photograph, giving fans a dose of nostalgia of his “Oh oh jaane jana” song from “Pyaar Kiya Toh Darna Kya”.

“Chilling and watching the news… Swachch Bharat, Fit Bharat,” he captioned the photograph.

Clearly, he was following the results of the Lok Sabha elections 2019.

He also took to Twitter to congratulate Modi on his victory for a second term.

“Many congratulations Honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi on your decisive victory. We stand by you in building a stronger India,” Salman wrote on Thursday.

As for Salman’s shirtless post, it was flooded with comments from social media users. Actor Varun Dhawan commented: “Bhai just turned 18”, while Salman’s brother-in-law and actor Aayush Sharma commented: “Bhai is back”.

Shantanu Maheshwari found smoking cigarettes tough

Mumbai– Actor Shantanu Maheshwari, who had to smoke cigarettes for a few scenes of his new show, found smoking quite tough.

He will be soon seen in the digital show “Medically Yours”, which will shed light on the lives of medical students and the hardships they have to face. It will showcase Shantanu as Abir Basu, who has a complicated personality with an angry side to him. He will be shown smoking in the show too.

“I had to smoke cigarettes for quite a few scenes in the show. While preparing for the character, initially smoking was quite tough for me as it was the first time that I was putting a cigarette in my mouth,” Shantanu said in a statement.

“It was important for me to live up to my character’s essence, so I pushed myself to do the best I could. It increased the throat infection that I had caught onto and made it even more worse than it was over those couple of weeks. There isn’t even one scene where I haven’t coughed while smoking. But I decided that I had to complete them all in sync, to feel what my character was feeling.”

While shooting those scenes, the one thing he realised was that for “youngsters especially, it is very easy to get addicted to smoking as there is immense peer pressure these days to look cool and do things that others are doing”.

“Also, in our field there is always an endless wait between our shots. Somehow the easiest way to kill time and de-stress is to have that cigarette in your hand. But when I took those first few puffs, it just didn’t feel healthy and it made me feel quite dehydrated,” he said.

Mira is a hands-on mother: Ishaan Khatter

Mumbai– Actor Ishaan Khatter says his brother and actor Shahid Kapoor’s wife Mira is a hands-on mother.

Ishaan Khatter (Photo:

Ishaan expressed his view in an episode of Voot’s “Feet Up with the Stars Season 2”, read a statement.

On his relationship with Mira, Ishaan said: “Mira is just one year older than me and she is a hands-on mother. She has taken over family responsibilities perfectly.”

Shahid and Mira got married on July 6, 2015. Theirs was an arranged match, and they have grown to be one of the most talked about couples of Bollywood. Together, they share a daughter Misha and a son Zain.

During the episode, Ishaan also opened up about how he befriended his “Dhadak” co-star Janhvi Kapoor.

“The first movie we watched was ‘La La Land’ and then we became friends soon after,” he said.

Ishaan also revealed his awkward fan moment.

When host Anaita Shroff asked him about the strangest place where a fan has approached him, Ishaan said: “It was in the bathroom while he was relieving himself.”

Episodic shows more convenient: Sana Amin Sheikh

Mumbai– Actress Sana Amin Sheikh says episodic shows are more convenient to take on.

&TV’s show “Laal Ishq” has several episodes with different pairing of popular celebrities from telly town. The upcoming episode is set to witness Sana making a comeback to the show.

On what made her take up another episode in “Laal Ishq”, the actress said in a statement, “I personally believe episodic shows are more convenient to take on. Working on this format of TV shows has become easier and less time consuming as they require only a couple of days of commitment from the artistes.”

“Also, being a part of episodic shows gives an actor a chance to don different looks and characters on screen and showcase themselves differently in front of the audience. Apart from that, as an actor I can simultaneously work on other projects as well, which works brilliantly,” said the “Perfect Pati” actress.

She will portray the role of Shalini who is set to submit her final fashion designing project in her high school. The episode will showcase Shalini’s struggle of escape from a possessed mannequin that she chooses to use for her project. The soul that is trapped in the mannequin falls in love with the timid and sweet soul of Shalini.

Vicky’s liberating experience with ‘Manmarziyaan’

Mumbai– Vicky Kaushal says working on “Manmarziyaan” has been one of the most liberating experiences for him as an actor.

Vicky Kaushal (Photo: Facebook)

“‘Manmarziyaan’ has been one of the most liberating experiences for me as an actor. I believe the character Vicky Sandhu to be my alter ego and to completely surrender to that character and to the world of Anurag Kashyap (filmmaker) was one of the most learning experiences for me,” Vicky said in a statement.

“It was the first time I was collaborating with Tapsee (Pannu) and Abhishek (Bachchan) and had a blast shooting with them,” he added.

Kashyap has helmed “Manmarziyaan”, which will air on &pictures on May 26.

On her role of Rumi, Taapsee said: “I’m a black or white person in real life, but this character is confused and indecisive. So, I couldn’t relate to her. Then she (casting person) said something which was the reason I took up the film. She told me, ‘Had it not been for that patch, it would have been a cakewalk for you’. That became the selling point for me.”

Abhishek feels “every actor brings a lot of himself or herself to a character and also takes a lot back”.

“There are several shades of me in Robbie,” he added.

Sushmita Sen’s beau, daughters crown her again

Mumbai– It’s been 25 years since Sushmita Sen was crowned Miss Universe. Her beau Rohman Shawl and daughters Renee and Alisah crowned the diva yet again as they celebrated her achievement.

Sushmita Sen (Photo: Twitter)

Sushmita on Thursday tweeted a photograph of a cake decorated with a tiara. She captioned it: “What a journey! Thank you my Motherland India for giving me my proudest identity. The love, respect and adulation I have been showered with for 25 years is undoubtedly my life’s greatest earning!”

“As we celebrate 25 years of making history of India winning Miss Universe for the first time…I want to remember and thank the people of my second home the Philippines,” she tweeted.

Sushmita was crowned Miss Universe on May 21, 1991 in the Philippines. After winning the title at the age of 18, she made her foray into acting with the 1996 Bollywood film “Dastak” and later featured in movies like “Sirf Tum”, “Biwi No. 1” and “Main Hoon Na”.

The 43-year-old remembered all the 77 contestants of the Miss Universe 1994. “And, of course, the beyond gracious Miss Colombia Carolina Gomez who won first runner-up that year, and yet celebrated India’s first victory as if it were her own,” she tweeted.

Sushmita also uploaded a video of her cutting the cake along with her daughters and Rohman.

She captioned it: “My kinda celebration….Had no idea of this beyond adorable surprise! All heart and some off-key singing. Thank you my Rooh Rohman Shawl, Maa… my angels Renee and Alisah for making the Miss Universe 1994, Silver Jubilee celebration, everything I could ever wish for.”

Deepika Singh on husband taking break for her, child

Mumbai– Actress Deepika Singh of “Diya Aur Baati Hum” fame is back in the telly world where actors generally shoot for long hours. She says motherhood shouldn’t make women leave their passion, and that she feels fortunate to have a husband who has taken a break from work so that she can do a full-fledged role in a TV show.

Deepika Singh

“I feel fortunate to have such a loving husband. I didn’t tell Rohit Goyal (a director) to stop working. We have a joint family, but the love that parents give to their kids, can’t be replaced. Rohit felt that I wouldn’t be able to give a lot of time to our son Soham. He decided to take a break so that Soham doesn’t feel neglected,” Deepika told IANS here.

Even though she stayed away from playing lead characters after delivering her first child two years ago, she never really lost touch with showbiz. She made appearances on a few TV shows and also did a web series this year.

“I am a person who loves acting. I don’t think you need to leave your work, hobbies for motherhood. I don’t want him (son) to feel guilty 10 or 15 years later… that if I can perform well on screen, then why did I give up my career for him,” she said.

“I wanted to have a baby. Now I want to work and perform on screen. That’s my passion. I don’t think you should leave your passion because of motherhood,” added the actress, who feels that she has become more responsible, patient, caring and happier now. (IANS)


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