Bollywood Roundup: Ranveer Singh, Sonakshi Sinha, Priyanka Chopra, and more…

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Ranveer Singh’s label launches song questioning education system

Mumbai– Actor Ranveer Singh has launched the second song of his music label IncInk. “Paathshala”, the song raises pertinent questions about the education system of India.

Ranveer Singh (Photo: Twitter)

IncInk, the joint venture between Singh and Navzar Eranee, has hand-picked rap/hip-hop artistes Kaam Bhaari (Kunal Pandagale), SlowCheetah (Chaitanya Sharma) and Spitfire for launch.

“Paathshala” marks the debut of Spitfire (real name Nitin Mishra), who is seen singing and acting in the video.

The song is his own life-story and how he found the strength to break through stereotypes and discover his real identity. Mishra sings about education and learning and about setting himself free.

“This song got my attention because it is actually about how the birth of Spitfire, the performer, saved Nitin Mishra. Our society has stratified rigid methods of education, learning and consider these the ultimate benchmark of a person’s abilities. We disagree,” Ranveer said in a statement.

Eranee added: “Being yourself is considered an act of revolution in today’s culture. Art and expression free us from the conditions of our lives.”

Always enjoy dancing to lively songs: Sonakshi Sinha

Mumbai– Actress Sonakshi Sinha had fun shooting for the song “Koka” for her film “Khandaani Shafakhana”, and says she likes to dance on lively numbers.

Sonakshi Sinha (Photo courtesy: Filmfare)

In the re-created version of Jasbir Jassi’s “Koka”, Sonakshi is seen dancing with Badshah, Priyansh Jora and Varun Sharma.

“I have always enjoyed dancing to such high energy and lively songs. Jassi and Badshah’s collaboration has resulted in an outstanding song. I am glad that ‘Koka’ is finally out for everyone to see,” Sonakshi said in a statement.

“Badshah is a dear friend and I have collaborated with him in the past. It was amazing and super fun working with him this time around too,” she added.

Along with Jassi, Badshah is seen rapping in the song. The song has been re-composed by Tanishk Bagchi. The song is sung by Dhvani Bhanushali while the lyrics are penned by Mellow D and Tanishk.

Bhanushali said: “‘Koka’ is such a fun song and it was amazing to collaborate with Tanishk yet again and Badshah. This song is a celebration in the film and the re-created version is definitely going to be everyone’s new jam.”

Directed by Shilpi Dasgupta, “Khandaani Shafakhana” is based in Punjab. It shows the journey of Sonakshi’s character as she inherits her dead uncle’s sex clinic.

The film is produced by Bhushan Kumar, Mahaveer Jain, Mrighdeep Singh Lamba and Divya Khosla Kumar. It is slated to release on August 2.

Dancing with Priyanka surreal for Sharmin

Mumbai– Debutante actress Sharmin Segal of the forthcoming film “Malaal” says she had a surreal experience of matching steps with the global icon Priyanka Chopra Jonas.

Priyanka Chopra (Photo: Rohan Shrestha)

The special video of the song “Udhal ho” is out now. Sharing her excitement, Sharmin told IANS here: “Dancing with Priyanka was surreal. She learns dance steps for performances overnight. I remember her rehearsing for ‘Pinga’ (a song from the film ‘Bajirao Mastani’). She had shot throughout the night, rehearsed in the morning, went back home and shot the entire night again.

“So, when I was shooting for ‘Udhal ho’, it motivated me to shoot the entire night and rehearse in the day. She has been such an inspiration in my life for things to do or not to do on sets.”

Sharmin is wearing a nauvari sari in the song’s video. The look is similar to the one sported by Priyanka’s character Kashibai in “Bajirao Mastani”. The young actress shared that she would say in her mind, “Oh I feel like Priyanka Chopra”.

This is not the first time that Sharmin has interacted with Priyanka. She had worked as an assistant director on two films “Mary Kom” and “Bajirao Mastaani”, starring Priyanka.

According to Sharmin, Priyanka taught her a life lesson.

“There was a time when I had to go to New York to meet her and at the New York Fashion Week, someone from her team had clicked a picture of us together. Next day morning, she sent me that photo. After sometime when we were having breakfast, she told me, ‘the photo I had sent you in the morning, don’t do that again’.

‘Hichki’ to be screened at kids’ film fest in Italy

Mumbai– Rani Mukerji-starrer “Hichki” will be screened at the 49th edition of the Giffoni Film Festival in Italy that will begin on July 19.

Rani Mukerji (Photo: Wikipedia)

The heart-warming and inspiring film had a progressive message of beating stereotypes and featured Rani as a determined school teacher who changes the lives of innocent students from the economically backward strata, while dealing with her own nervous system disorder – Tourette Syndrome.

Maneesh Sharma, the producer of “Hichki”, said in a statement:”‘Hichki’ is a classic underdog story that has resonated with audiences all over the world. It has a universal story that’s both inspiring and heart-warming.”

“‘Hichki’ is a story of human triumph against stereotypes, against insurmountable odds that are posed by our society and it has truly appealed across cultures and borders and age-groups.

“For it to be selected for screening at a children’s film festival shows its relevance to this age-group as well. ‘Hichki’ is that rare film that has been doing India proud globally and our intent is to showcase this film to as many people across the world,” he added.

The Yash Raj Films project grossed over Rs 250 crore worldwide.

Bollywood never knew where to place me, says Mallika

Mumbai– Actress Mallika Sherawat will soon be seen in a digital show titled “Booo.. Sabki Phategi”, a horror-comedy. She says in her initial days in the film industry, filmmakers were interested in exploring her “bold” image rather than acting skills and never found her a good fit as a “Bollywood heroine”.

Mallika Sherawat

The actress, who got famous for her bold scenes in the 2004 film “Murder”, has been living with the tag of a “bold” heroine.

The image of women in the entertainment industry is changing. Sharing her opinion on it, Mallika told IANS here: “It is such a progressive step towards a positive direction�now I feel that the film industry is much inclusive for women rather than the earlier days when I started out. These days filmmakers are thinking of writing multi-dimensional roles for women in cinema.”

“When I came into the film industry, filmmakers did not know what to do with me, what kind of role I should be offered because I am a strong, opinionated actress with no inhibitions of �kissing on screen’. I am always comfortable in my skin,” she added.

She has appeared in Bollywood and international films like “The Myth”, “Welcome”, “Maan Gaye Mughal-e-Azam”, “Ugly Aur Pagli” and “Hisss”.

“In my early days, girls were only shown, especially in love-stories, like a good girl, girlfriend of the hero or just being there for glamour.”

“Everything is evolving, so should the narrative. It is great to see, in a film like �Badhaai Ho’, a veteran actress like Neenaji gets her due as a performer,” she said.

SRK imparts wisdom to Aryan about being a true king

Mumbai– Bollywoods King Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, has shared the first glimpse of his version of King Mufasa in the upcoming Hindi version of “The Lion King”, and is seen teaching his son Simba, voiced by his own son Aryan, the meaning of being a “true king”.

Shah Rukh Khan

“Delighted to be a part of this global legacy. In cinemas on July 19,” SRK tweeted on Friday while sharing the link of the trailer.

The trailer of the upcoming live-action movie opens with Shah Rukh looking into the camera at a recording studio, as he emphasises on the importance of staying connected to one’s identity.

“Main hamesha tumhare saath hun, aur hamesha tumhare saath hi rahunga…Bas yaad rakhna ke tum kaun ho… Ek sacha raja (Simba, I am always with you and will always be there for you. Just remember, who you are – a true king,” Shah Rukh says as Mufasa.

The trailer also shows footage of the Pride Lands, Scar and hyenas cornering Simba.

In the trailer, Shah Rukh is also giving advice to Simba about how a “true king” should think about what he can do for his people, and not what his people can do for him.

In the closing moments of the trailer, Mufasa tells Simba to always remember who he is — “A true king”. The end of the trailer also gives a glimpse of Simba’s showdown with his villainous uncle Scar.

There’s no dialogue of Simba in the over one-minute long trailer.(IANS)

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