Bollywood Roundup: Richa Chadha, Anupam Kher, Priyanka Chopra, and more…

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Richa Chadha extends support to Pride Month

Mumbai– Actress Richa Chadha has become a part of a special promotional initiative of the US Consulate here to extend support for the Pride Month in India.

Richa Chadha (Photo: Wikipedia)

A post on the official Instagram account of the US Consulate General in Mumbai, shows Richa posing in a bright yellow ensemble and making a heart gesture with her hands.

Alongside that is a post which reads: “It’s 2019! Obsolete ideas of morality, misinformation about LGBTQIA+ must go. By repealing Section 377, India has joined the ranks of other progressive nations in the world. For the common man, there’s now a growing understanding that being LGBTQIA+ is normal. But repealing the law on paper and having greater acceptability as an LGBTQIA+ in society are very different things.

“We need to work tirelessly to remove ignorance, misinformation and stigma attached to the community and its choices. Life must be made easier. An open and welcoming approach to the LGBTQIA+ must percolate down to the tier two cities and villages in India, and not stay restricted to the cosmopolitans.”

When Dilip Kumar asked Anupam Kher to ‘relax’

Mumbai– Veteran actor Anupam Kher says it was a pat on the shoulder from legendary actor Dilip Kumar during the shoot of their film “Karma” that made him feel that he had arrived.

Anupam Kher (Photo: Facebook)

Anupam on Wednesday shared a still from the 1986 film “Karma”, directed by Subhash Ghai. Anupam played the iconic villain Dr. Dang, while Dilip Kumar essayed the role of Rana Vishwa Pratap Singh, a police officer.

He captioned the image: “The iconic meeting of Dr. Dang with Rana Vishwa Pratap Singh. This was my first day of shoot for Subhash Ghaiji’s magnum opus ‘Karma’. I was apprehensive, nervous and excited to be in the same frame with the real thespian and legend Dilip Kumar.”

“His ‘Relax! It is only acting’ didn’t relax me. But his pat on my shoulder after the shot did make me think that I had arrived. There is, and there will be, nobody like Dilip Saab. He is the ultimate actor India has ever produced,” he added.

The film also featured Nutan, Naseeruddin Shah, Jackie Shroff, Anil Kapoor, Poonam Dhillon, Sridevi and Dara Singh.

Priyanka Chopra’s khaki shorts lead to troll trouble

New Delhi– It was a fashionable outing for Priyanka Chopra, but she became a target of trolls who took a dig at her decision to wear khaki shorts.

Priyanka Chopra (Photo: Instagram)

In photographs which are viral on social media, Priyanka was spotted leaving a hotel in New York with her husband Nick Jonas.

She opted for a black top along with high waisted khaki shorts for the outing. She upped the glamour quotient by adding a blazer and a pair of boots to complete her look. She also added a brace to her left knee.

She was seen with a large black bag in hand and accessorised her look with a pair of rectangular shades. The actress kept her wavy hair open.

The look was an instant hit on the social media — wherein people appreciated her stylish appearance and some ridiculed it by comparing it with the uniform of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).

One user wrote: “Priyanka Chopra finally joined RSS”, while another said: “International Brand Ambassador for #RSS.”

Another user wrote: “Priyanka Chopra leaves after attending a very important RSS meeting”.

For some, it was all about “RSS swag”. Some even questioned “She joined RSS or what”.

One user said: “Pic 1: June 4 — I would love to run for Prime Minister of India. Pic 2: June 17 — in RSS inspired shorts…Great start PC.”

In an interview with IANS earlier this year, Priyanka had spoken about the trolling culture.

Kriti Sanon joins Rahul Dholakia’s thriller

Mumbai– Actress Kriti Sanon has signed her next project — Rahul Dholakia’s yet untitled thriller.

Kriti Sanon

The film, being produced by Sunir Kheterpal for Azure Entertainment, is slated to go on the floors in August, and will be shot in a start-to-finish single schedule. It is expected to release in 2020.

“I have been waiting for the right female-driven thriller to come my way and this film ticked all the boxes and has all the elements of a commercial film,” Kriti said in a statement.

“It’s an entertainer that has a powerful core idea and will connect with the audiences without being preachy about the subject. I play a media professional for which the research has already started and I am looking forward to beginning this journey in August,” she added.

Talking about the project, Dholakia said: “Azure pitched this idea to me which was being developed and all of us realised that there was an exciting, real-time thriller format that this story lends itself to. This is a cracker of a script and Kriti is the ideal choice for the protagonist.”

Ranveer warned by Brock Lesnar’s advocate

Mumbai– Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh has been warned by WWE wrestler Brock Lesnar’s advocate Paul Heyman for using a phrase made popular by him.

Ranveer Singh

The matter stems from Ranveer using a known phrase that Heyman and Lesnar apparently devised for their time in the WWE. Heyman would root for Lesnar by shouting: “Eat, Sleep, Conquer, Repeat,” every time the latter stepped inside the ring.

The “Padmaavat” star used the phrase with a twist when he posted an image with Indian cricketer Hardik Pandya from the India-Pakistan match at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

Ranveer captioned his photograph along with Pandya: “Eat. Sleep. Dominate. Repeat. The name is Hardik. Hardik Pandya. Hardik Pandya ma boi, unstoppable.”

This led Heyman to point out on Twitter: “Ranveer Singh are you F’N kidding me? 1 – It’s eat, sleep conquer, repeat. 2 – Copyright #YourHumbleAdvocate and Brock Lesnar. 3 – I am litigious 4 – Eat Sleep Deposition repeat.”

Saiyami Kher to star in Anurag Kashyap’s next

Mumbai– Actress Saiyami Kher has been roped in for filmmaker Anurag Kashyap’s next directorial.

Last week, Kashyap announced that he was starting a new company and working on a new film.

Saiyami will be seen essaying the role of the female lead in the film alongside Malayalam actor Roshan Mathew.

“Yes I am currently shooting for the film. It has still not sunk in that I am in an Anurag Kashyap film,” Saiyami said in a statement.

“It is an under-statement to say that I am extremely excited to be a part of this project. I can’t really talk too much about the film right now,” she added.

The film will be shot in Mumbai within three months.

Saiyami, who made her debut with “Mirzya”, will also make her digital debut with the second season of “Breathe”.

Vijay Varma to star in ‘Hurdang’

Mumbai– “Gully Boy” actor Vijay Varma has been roped in for Nikhil Nagesh Bhatt’s next directorial “Hurdang”, a love story set in Prayagraj.

“Hurdang” is being touted as a love story set in the backdrop of 1990s, a time when the youth fought for their rights and spent a great deal of time to find self-realisation and had a strong desire to stand up and grab and stand up for the rights.

“I’m looking forward to work with this wonderful team, and can’t wait to explore this challenging part. Excited to go back to the 1990s,” Vijay said in a statement.

The film, which will go on floors next month, also stars Sunny Kaushal and Nushrat Bharucha.

Vijay is also set to star in Mira Nair’s “A Suitable Boy”, which is his first international project. He will be seen playing the character of Rasheed, a student at Brahmpur University and also an Arabic teacher. The shooting of the series is set to begin this September.(IANS)

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