Bollywood Roundup: Salman Khan, Anushka Sharma, Lisa Ray, and more…

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Salman Khan (Photo: Twitter)

Salman denies hosting event in Bijnor

Mumbai– Superstar Salman Khan has denied being a part of a charity event in Bijnor, Uttar Pradesh, which claims he will host and sponsor it.

Salman took to social media and shared a poster of the event being held in Bijnor. The poster explicitly states that the “Dabangg” star will be a part of the May 4 event, and that a ‘Being Human Foundation’ sponsoring it.

“Neither Being Human Foundation nor me are associated with this event in any way,” Salman wrote on Twitter.

The poster reads: “Coca-Cola and Being Human Foundations presents Salman Khan live in Bijnor.”

A box below reads: “With coming – Guru Randhawa, Neha Kakkar, Armaan Malik and Amaal Malik.”

On the acting front, Salman will next be seen in “Bharat” along with Katrina Kaif and Disha Patani. The film, directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, is slated to release in June.

Virat, Anushka bag new brand endorsement

New Delhi– Star couple Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma have been roped in as the first official brand ambassadors of Flipkart-owned ecommerce platform, Myntra.

Anushka Sharma (Photo: Twitter)

Its campaign ‘Go Myntra-la-la’ brings alive the joyful experience of shopping and kicks-off with an ad film starring the star couple, read a statement.

Virat and Anushka share a lot of common passions, and shopping is one of them.

Amar Nagaram, Head at Myntra-Jabong, said: “The association of Bollywood and sports with fashion needs no introduction and hence having Virat and Anushka as the face of this new campaign will enable us to build strong brand salience and establish the joy and convenience of shopping on Myntra.”

The musical film opens with viewers witnessing Anushka pushing a shopping cart with Virat sitting in it. It then goes to Anushka, walking in style as she comes next to a fashion billboard, she whips out her smart phone and taps the brand icon and scans the floral dress on the billboard.

The app throws up the same dress, ready to be shopped.

Lisa Ray to lend voice in bandit queen documentary

Los Angeles– Canadian-Indian actress Lisa Ray is lending her voice to “Phoolan”, an upcoming live-action and animated documentary about Phoolan Devi.

Lisa Ray (Photo: Twitter)

The feature documentary, to be directed by Iranian-Canadian filmmaker Hossein Martin Fazeli, follows Devi from being born into a poor village family, sold off as a child bride and enduring multiple gang rapes, before responding by leading a bloody gang of male bandits as a female Robin Hood, reports hollywoodreporter.com.

Upon being captured, she was charged with many crimes and was imprisoned for 11 years. But the government ultimately dropped all charges and she was released.

Devi then ran for and won an election to the Parliament of India to champion the rights of lower-caste women, only to be assassinated in 2001 by an upper-caste man.

Lisa, as the main voice-over artist, will also executive produce the project, which depicts Devi as a sexual abuse victim.

“It’s a true honour to be involved in such an important documentary. Phoolan Devi is legendary in India and I couldn’t think of a better time in human history for her incredible life story to be retold,” Ray said in a statement.

Devi previously was the subject of the 1995 indie drama “Bandit Queen”, directed by Shekhar Kapur and starring Seema Biswas and Nirmal Pandey.

Fazeli has helmed three earlier women’s rights documentaries, including “The Tale of the Two Nazanins”, a film about an Iranian teenaged girl on death row and which launched an international campaign to save her life.

Want to grow thick skin like dad, says Ananya Panday

Mumbai– Actress Ananya Panday, who is making her Hindi film debut with “Student of the Year 2”, says she wants to grow a thick skin like her actor-father Chunky Panday.

Ananya Panday (Photo: Instagram)

Asked if she feels the pressure to sustain in the industry especially because she comes from a film family, Ananya told the media here: “I think I do, because my father has such good comic timing. So, that is something that I always hear that, �Did you inherit that comedy from your father?’

“My character in the film (SOTY 2) is also pretty funny and she give these one-liners, so I think the pressure is there especially in the comedy department which I will try to hopefully live up to.”

What advice did her father give her before her Bollywood foray?

“He didn’t give me any advice because he knows that his time was really different as compared to mine. So he thinks that I cannot apply the things which he applied during his acting stint. But I think I have learnt a lot from his behaviour.

Arjun, Gabriella Demetriades twin in white

Mumbai– Living up to the ‘summer vibes’, actor Arjun Rampal and his girlfriend Gabriella Demetriades were seen twinning in shades of white.

Arjun Rampal (Photo: Twitter)

Arjun shared a photograph of himself along with Gabriella, who is pregnant. The two are seen wearing a white top and sunglasses.

He captioned the image: “Summer vibes.”

Just last month, the “Daddy” actor announced his girlfriend Gabriella’s pregnancy on social media.

Arjun was earlier married to supermodel Mehr Jessia. But the two announced their separation in May 2018.

The couple mutually decided to part ways but continue to stay friends. They tied the knot in 1998, and have two daughters Mahikaa and Myra. (IANS)

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