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Akshay Kumar’s ‘Kesari’ heads to Japan

Mumbai– Actor Akshay Kumar’s “Kesari”, which brings the story of the historic Battle of Saragarhi alive on the silver screen, will release in Japan in August.

Akshay Kumar

Akshay took to Twitter to share the update.

“‘Kesari’, a film based on one of the bravest battles ever fought: 21 courageous soldiers against 10,000 invaders, is set to conquer Japan on August 16, 2019,” he posted on Monday.

The movie, backed by Dharma Productions, depicts the bravery of 21 Sikhs of the 36th Sikh Regiment (now the 4th Battalion of Sikh Regiment) of British India defending an Army post against more than 10,000 Afghan and Orakzai tribesmen.

The movie, directed by Anurag Singh, also stars Parineeti Chopra.

Zee Studios International took the film to 55 territories across the world and is now gearing up to showcase the film in Japan. This will be Akshay’s second outing in the territory after “PadMan”.

Anupam Kher’s autobiography to be out on August 5

Mumbai– Veteran actor Anupam Kher’s autobiography “Lessons Life Taught Me Unknowingly” will hit the stands on August 5.

Anupam Kher (Photo: Facebook)

It is to be published by Hay House in an exclusive partnership with Penguin Random House.

A statement from the publisher describes “Lessons Life Taught Me Unknowingly” as an “extraordinary, riveting and no-holds-barred saga studded with fascinating behind-the-scenes revelations, anecdotes and rare nuggets of lessons” from Anupam’s life story.

“It is nothing short of a grand masala box office hit… It has drama, comedy, romance and even action,” the statement read.

With a filmography of over 530 films — and counting — Anupam is a National School of Drama alumnus, has his own acting school, does plays and also balances his work in India and abroad.

In a recent tweet, he quipped that he started writing his autobiography at the age of 10.

“It won’t be an exaggeration if I say that I started writing my autobiography at the age of 10. Since then I have lived my ups and downs and also captured them. Time to share my life with you all in a book form,” Anupam wrote.

Mayanka’s height helps her bag role in ‘Kahaan Hum…’

Mumbai– Model-turned-actress Mayanka Sharma Patel says her height helped her in bagging a role in the show “Kahaan Hum Kahaan Tum”.

After doing a short film and commercials, she is set to debut on the small screen with a new show titled “Kahaan Hum Kahaan Tum”.

“I am really happy to make my debut with the show. I play a character named Amrita. The show’s makers needed a tall and lean personality like (former Miss Universe) Sushmita Sen for the role,” Mayanka said in a statement.

“Amrita is a high profile fashion show organiser and a business woman. For her, her image and prestige are everything. I can proudly say I got this role because of my good height,” added the former beauty queen, who stands tall at 5 feet and 11 inches.

Juhi Parmar launches own version of healing mantra

Mumbai– Actress Juhi Parmar has launched her own version of a healing mantra with her daughter Samairra.

Juhi Parman

She has posted a glimpse of the version of “Ra Ma Da Sa Sa Say So Hung” on social media. Juhi is seen with her daughter on a beach in Maldives meditating and chanting the mantra.

“When I came at a juncture in life in which I truly felt broken, I looked for sources to heal. And in this quest as I healed, I realised how important it is for those in similar situations, possibly broken, to have a path to truly heal,” Juhi, a single mother, said in a statement.

“When I started to meditate, I came across this mantra by chance. For me, this mantra has really helped me change. Having complete faith, letting go of what has happened and accepting life for its beauty, can really change one’s perspective,” added the actress, who got divorced in 2018 and also had a near-death experience earlier this year.

Arjun Kapoor has 10 million fans on Instagram

Mumbai– Just two days ahead of his birthday, actor Arjun Kapoor scored a fan following of 10 million on Instagram.

Arjun Kapoor

Arjun on Monday shared a video collage of himself and captioned it: “10 million. Thank you. All of you.”

The “Ki & Ka” actor, who will turn 34 on Wednesday, is active on social media platforms and uses the medium to share updates about his professional life and parts of his personal life.

On the work front, Arjun will soon be seen in Ashutosh Gowarikar’s “Panipat”, a period drama. The film, slated for release on December 6, also features Sanjay Dutt and Kriti Sanon.

In retrospect, debut film shouldn’t be hit: Varun Mitra

Mumbai– Actor Varun Mitra, who features in the sports-based web series “Bombers”, says he looks at the box office failure of his debut film “Jalebi” in a positive way.

“Jalebi”, produced by Mahesh Bhatt, did not set the cash registers ringing, but he feels this failure made him more determined towards his work.

“In retrospect, I think our debut film should not be a superhit only because we never analyse the reason behind the success. We just go with the flow and grab everything that comes our way,” Varun told IANS in an interview.

“If the film does not do well, we sit down and take an understanding of the result. I started working on myself much more and learnt to tackle failure and criticism much more. I am grounded now. I tend to rectify my flaws and move on. Having said that, I know that every talent gets its due, sooner or later.”

Mohammad Samad to do cameo in ‘Mere Sai’

Mumbai– “Tumbbad” actor Mohammad Samad will do a cameo in the show “Mere Sai – Shraddha Aur Saburi”.

Samad will essay the role of Balram in the show. Balram, who was a bright and promising boy, loses hope in life when his father who was also his Guru, dies.

“Being followers of the show, my family and I got elated when I got the offer to play a role in ‘Mere Sai – Shraddha Aur Saburi’. I have started preparing for the show by observing the actors keenly on-screen,” Samad said in a statement.

“I have also made various visits on the set and met the entire crew to understand the work pattern. It would be a great chance to work with such experienced actors like Kishori Godbole and Abeer Soofi,” added the child actor.

Neena Gupta shares throwback photos from NSD days

Mumbai– Actress Neena Gupta went down memory lane as she shared throwback photographs of herself and other popular National School of Drama alumni.

Neena Gupta

“When we all started at National School of Drama! #Throwback,” Neena posted on her Instagram page.

The stream of photographs began with Neena in her younger avatar, followed by Anupam Kher, Zeenat Khan (Aman), Alok Nath, Satish Kaushik, Pankaj Kapoor and Sushmita Mukherjee.

All of these artistes from NSD have established a strong foothold in the Indian entertainment industry.

Neena turned over a new leaf in her career when she delivered a hit with “Badhaai Ho”.

Working with Zeenat Aman a dream come true: Rupali

Mumbai– Actress Rupali Suri says working with veteran actress Zeenat Aman on an untitled web show was like a dream come true.

Rupali Suri

The “Inside Edge” actress has wrapped up shooting for the web show.

“It was a dream come true to work with a veteran actress like Zeenatji. She is lovely and gracious. It’s always fun to have her around on sets. I am happy to have got a chance to work with her,” Rupali said in a statement.

The show is slated for release later this year.

Rupali, who portrayed Sonia Gandhi, United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Chairperson, “with a difference” in director Bharat Dabholkar’s comic satire “Bottoms Up”, will also be seen in an English film titled “Dad… Hold My Hand”.

Kareena, Karisma, Saif party in London

London– Bollywood’s Kapoor sisters Kareena and Karisma partied away in a club here.

Kareena’s husband and actor Saif Ali Khan too was a part of the night out along with the two sisters.

Kareena Kapoor

Karisma on Sunday uploaded an Instagram story featuring her along with Saif and Kareena and wrote, “Family”.

In another picture, she is seen with Kareena and they are dressed in black ensembles.

“Twinning once again”, Karisma captioned the image.(IANS)

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