Bollywood Roundup: Parineeti Chopra, Neetu Chandra, Taapsee Pannu, and more…

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Want to do an action film with Priyanka: Parineeti

Mumbai– Actress Parineeti Chopra has said that she would love to do an action with her cousin sister Priyanka Chopra Jonas in future.

Parineeti Chopra (photo: Facebook)

“We would love to do an action film together. We talk a lot with each other about working together in the same film but the subject of the film has to be correct,” said Parineeti, when asked if she would like to do a film with Priyanka.

Parineeti was interacting with the media in Mumbai, at the launch of the song, “UP hile zilla hilela”, from her upcoming film, “Jabariya Jodi”. Her co-star Sidharth Malhotra and film’s director Prashant Singh were also present.

In her new film, Parineeti dons a desi avatar. When the media pointed out that her cousin Priyanka was known as the original Desi Girl, she couldn’t agree more. “I think in this industry and in this world, there could be only one Desi Girl. I will not try to compete with her (Priyanka Chopra) but Sidharth and I are really desi in this film. I think there is one and only desi girl and nobody can take her place,” she said.

Parineeti Chopra and Sidharth Malhotra earlier worked together in “Hasee Toh Phasee” and the big-city audience loved their chemistry in that film.

“Jabariya Jodi” is set against an entirely different backdrop than the urban landscape of “Hasee Toh Phasee”, and Parineeti admitted she was apprehensive if the audience would accept their new film.

“Honestly, before the trailer of this film (was launched), I was bit worried. It’s totally a new world and we didn’t know if “Hasee Toh Phasee” lovers would accept us or not. However, we are actually excited and motivated after the response to the trailer, because the kind of feedback we are getting is really positive. So, now our fingers, legs and arms are crossed. I hope that on August 2, there will be the same madness in the theatres.”

Neetu Chandra is face of Patna Pirates kabbadi team

Mumbai– Actress Neetu Chandra has been roped in as brand ambassador for the Pro Kabbadi team Patna Pirates.

Neetu Chandra (Photo: IANS)

Patna Pirates have won the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) three times.

“Sports has been a way of life for me from a very young age and Patna is homeground for me,” said Neetu, adding that she was happy to be associated with the team.

“There couldn’t have been a better way to celebrate talent, hardwork, and sincerity. Patna Pirates has proved their worth time and again, and I am excited to be their brand ambassador.”

The seventh season of PKL starts from July 20.

Taapsee not sure she is a superstar yet

Mumbai– Actress Taapsee Pannu says she is not sure if she is a superstar yet, but she feels the fact that her journey in films is being assessed is nothing sort of a victory.

Taapsee Pannu (Photo: Times of India)

“I am not sure about the superstar bit but someone has taken out time to assess and write about my journey this way (and that) is a small victory for me,” said the actress, replying to a Twitter portal’s query.

Taapsee, 31, made her acting debut with the 2010 Telugu film “Jhummandi Naadam”. Since then, she appeared in a number of acclaimed films down South, including “Aadukalam”, “Vastadu Naa Raju” and “Mr. Perfect”.

She ventured into Bollywood in 2013 with the David Dhawan slapstick, “Chashme Baddoor”, and made her mark as an actress of substance with roles in “Baby”, “Pink”, “Mulk” and “Badla”.

She will next be seen in “Saand Ki Aankh”, based on the world’s oldest shooters Chandro and Prakashi Tomar.

Taapsee Pannu is completely chilled out: Amitabh

Mumbai– Megastar Amitabh Bachchan received a text message from his “Pink” and “Badla” co-star Taapsee Pannu, who, he said, is completely chilled out.

Amitabh Bachchan

Taapsee shared a link of the teaser of her upcoming film “Saand Ki Aankh” to Big B. The cine icon on Friday shared the message on Twitter and lauded it.

“This is Taapsee Pannu, colleague and completely chilled out… sends me sms: Hi rockstar, this is the teaser of my latest madness releasing this Diwali, too excited for this one, so sharing it with you. Tell me if it surprises you… Well done,” he wrote.

“Saand Ki Aankh” is based on the world’s oldest sharp shooters Chandro and Prakashi Tomar.

The film also stars Bhumi Pednekar.

Chandro, 87, and Prakashi, 82, are from Uttar Pradesh’s Johri village and reportedly took up sharpshooting in their fifties.

The Reliance Entertainment film will mark Bollywood scriptwriter Tushar Hiranandani’s debut as a director. It is jointly produced by Anurag Kashyap and Nidhi Parmar.

‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ changed my life: Farhan Akhtar

Mumbai– As the biographical sports drama “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag” clocked six years of its release, actor Farhan Akhtar, who essayed the title role of Milkha Singh in the film said it changed his life.

Farhan Akhtar

The film completed six years on Thursday and Farhan tweeted: “Six years since ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ came along and changed my life. Heart is filled with gratitude for all the love you have shown and continue to show our film. Big big hug.”

Directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, the film was based on the life of Milkha Singh, an Indian athlete who was a national champion runner and an Olympian. It also starred Sonam Kapoor, Divya Dutta, Meesha Shafi, Pavan Malhotra and Art Malik.

Farhan is currently busy prepping for his next “Toofan”, also directed by Mehra.

Farhan has joined hands with Mehra after six years for “Toofan” and will be seen playing a boxer. Other details of the film are still under wraps.

The film will be jointly produced by Excel Movies and ROMP Pictures.

Deepika gave Kabir Khan’s daughter ‘serious girl goals’

London– Actress-filmmaker Kabir Khan’s wife Mini Mathur says actress Deepika Padukone gave their daughter Sairah some serious girl goals on the sets of “’83”.

Deepika Padukone

Mini on Thursday tweeted a photo-collage on Instagram. In one image, Deepika is seen carrying Sairah in her arms. In another picture, Kabir’s daughter is doing a ballet step.

“Clearly Sairah is having the most fun on the ”83′ shoot! And Deepika Padukone gave her some serious girl goals,” Mini captioned the image.

“’83” traces India’s historic victory at the 1983 cricket World Cup. Actor Ranveer Singh plays the team’s captain Kapil Dev while Deepika essays his wife Romi.

This is Ranveer and Deepika’s first film together after their wedding last year. The couple has previously co-starred in “Padmaavat”, “Bajirao Mastani” and “Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela”.

“83” also features Saqib Saleem, Adinath Kothare, Chirag Patil, Harddy Sandhu, Ammy Virk, Jatin Sarna, Pankaj Tripathi, Tahir Raj Bhasin, Dinker Sharma, Jiiva, Sahil Khattar, Dhairya Karwa, Nishant Dahhiya and R. Badree.

The film is presented by Reliance Entertainment, and is scheduled to release on April 10, 2020, in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.

Ankit Bathla set to play Arjun on TV

Mumbai– ‘Thapki Pyar Ki’ actor Ankit Bathla will essay the role of Arjun in the upcoming television show, ‘Paramavatar Shri Krishna’.

Depicting the varied tales of Krishna’s life, ‘Paramavatar Shri Krishna’ will now be seen tracing the central story of the Mahabharata in its 20-year leap.

Presenting the tales of the five Pandavas, the show will also depict the journey of the powerful King Arjun and highlight his spiritual relation with Lord Krishna.

“I have always been fascinated with mythological tales since childhood, and loved listening to them than watching or reading it myself. As an actor, I always wanted to work on a mythological show and portray a character of vital significance with a bold and strong personality,” Ankit said.

“When the role of Arjun came by, it was a perfect match. The name stands for exemplary courage, dedication and self-belief even today . Arjun’s valour, diligence, and faith in Lord Krishna, and accepting him as his philosopher and guide, was a great turning point in the Bhagavad Gita. I have always admired him, and I am glad that I got this opportunity to portray him on screen,” he added.

When Shilpa Shetty turned Stone Cold

Los Angeles– After sharing a special video message for Shilpa Shetty Kundra’s son, WWE champion John Cena has now dedicated a post on his Instagram for the actress.

Shilpa Shetty Kundra

Cena on Friday uploaded a photograph where Shilpa’s face had been morphed onto the body of WWE superstar Stone Cold.

“Stone Cold Shilpa Shetty Kundra”, the image read.

After seeing Cena’s post, netizens got curious about his sudden love for Shilpa and her son.

One user wrote: “How do you know Shilpa Shetty, John?”

Another one commented: “Wow… it seems John Cena is also interested in Bollywood.”

Shilpa has not said anything about Cena’s post yet.

A few days ago, Shilpa’s son Viaan had appeared in a video where he expressed his love for Cena.

Responding to Viaan’s video, Cena sent him a video message.

“Hey Viaan, this is your buddy John Cena. I saw your video and your muscles. I had to get back to the gym and start working on myself. You are enormous. I can see you singing the song, “My time is up, your time is now”. It’s Viaan boy, you are shining now,” Cena said in his message.

Akshay Kumar deserves ‘Forbes’ list rank: Taapsee

Mumbai– Akshay Kumar recently made it to the “Forbes” world’s highest paid celebrities list, and his “Baby” co-star Taapsee Pannu congratulated the actor saying he deserves it.

Akshay Kumar

“Inspiring, deserving and truly one of the best we have around… Akshay Kumar,” she tweeted on Friday.

Surpassing popular international figures such as Rihanna, Jackie Chan, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans and Katy Perry, Akshay ranked 33 on the Forbes list with earnings worth $65 million.

In context to his earnings, Taapsee joked: “Bas sir ab sharing and caring ki baari hai (Enough sir, now it’s your turn to share and care).”

Akshay had a hilarious reply as he posted a meme of himself in which he is seen making a quirky face.

“Beg you pardon,” the photograph read.

Akshay is the only Bollywood star to find a spot in the Forbes list this year, among 99 others.

Karan Kundrra goes back in time for web series

Mumbai– Actor Karan Kundrra, known for his role in the TV show “Dil Hi Toh Hai”, will be playing the lead role in the web series “It Happened In Calcutta”, a love story set in Kolkata of the 1960s and ’70s.

“It’s a role that will bring out the best in me because months of hard work have gone in prepping up my character,” Karan said.

Talking about his character, Karan quipped: “Ronobir Chatterjee is a medical college student who is flamboyant, arrogant and a ‘devastatingly’ handsome boy. It’s time to get my strongest flamboyant game on.”

The series revolves around a young woman, Kusum, who aspires to become an esteemed doctor in the city. She gets into Calcutta Medical College. Romance comes into the picture when she meets college stud Ronobir and falls in love with him.

“It Happened In Calcutta” premieres on ALTBalaji. (IANS)

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