Bollywood Roundup: Alia Bhatt, Amitabh Bachchan, Rakeysh Mehra, and more…

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Alia Bhatt motivated us to work better: The Doorbeen

New Delhi– The Doorbeen boys of “Lamberghini” fame — Onkar Singh and Gautam Sharma — have revealed that collaborating as the composers for Alia Bhatt’s debut non-Hindi film music video, “Prada”, was a motivating exprerience.

Alia Bhatt

“She motivated us to push our limits and work hard. It was a lifetime experience to work with her,” The Doorbeen told IANS.

“Prada”, released on Tuesday, is a peppy track, and the duo believes Alia’s stardom will is a huge advantage for their song.

“With her presence, we feel our song will garner more attention and followers,” they pointed out.

Working with Alia, they inform, was easy, because she is a down-to-earth person.

“We were nervous when we were informed that Alia Bhatt would be a part of the song, because she is such a big star. However, when we met her and started working with her, she made us comfortable with her humble and down-to-earth personality,” the duo reveals.

Big B thanks wife Jaya for watching KBC regularly

Mumbai– Amitabh Bachchan returns as host of the popular television quiz show ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’ (KBC) when season 11 starts on August 19. At the trailer launch of the latest season, Big B made an engaging revelation: His loyal viewer for the show back home is none other than wife Jaya Bachchan!

Amitabh Bachchan

“Everybody in my family watches ‘KBC’, but Jaya watches the show regularly. No matter what work she has, she will sit in front of the TV when the show starts. I would like to thank her publicly for that,” said the megastar, at the trailer launch in Mumbai on Tuesday.

While his entire family — including daughter Shweta Bachchan-Nanda and daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan — love the show, they are unable to participate owing to certain rules of the channel, he added.

“My family loves playing KBC at home — sometimes Shweta plays, sometimes Aishwarya. We all sit together and discuss the questions and answers. However, as per the rules of Sony channel, my family cannot participate in the game show. So, I abide by their rules and keep them away from the show,” he pointed out.

Satyarthi a leading light for social change: Rakeysh Mehra

Mumbai– Filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, who recently screened “The Price of Free”, which is based on the life of Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi, says the children’s rights activist is a leading light for social change.

Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra (Photo courtesy: Deccan Chronicle)

“Satyarthi sir is a leading light for social change. His life teaches us many lessons — compassion, love, caring and, above all, fearlessness,” said Rakeysh, who hosted a private screening of the documentary in honour of Satyarthi and the fifth year of his Nobel Peace Prize win.

Celebrities spotted at the screening of the Emmy-nominated project included Waheeda Rehman, Divya Dutta and Irshad Kamil. The 2014 Nobel Peace Prize winner was happy that Bollywood celebrities could attend the screening of the film.

“Bollywood inspires millions across the globe. The voiceless children need encouragement, trust and compassion. They need your voice. I have faith that Bollywood will call upon the global citizens to do everything possible for making this world a better place for our children,” said Satyarthi.

Didn’t want regular rom-com debut in Bollywood: Nithya Menen

Mumbai– Actress Nithya Menen is a major star in southern films, but she says she is happy to make her Bollywood debut in the multistarrer “Mission Mangal” that features four other actresses along with Akshay Kumar. Nithya added that she never wanted to debut in a conventional rom-com, unlike the norm.

Nithya Menen (Photo: Facebook @JW)

“My choice of films from the beginning was unconventional, maybe because I never wanted to become an actor. It was not my biggest dream. I did a film because I loved the story. So when I decided to debut in Bollywood, I was not really looking for a conventional rom-com,” Nithya said, during a media interaction, adding: “For me, a film has to bigger than an actor. That is the only way we can make good films. A film becomes mediocre when the actor becomes bigger than the story. It creates an imbalance. For me, the story matters.”

Directed by Jagan Shakti, “Mission Mangal” is slated for release this weekend. Nithya shares screen space with Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan, Sonakshi Sinha, Taapsee Pannu and Kirti Kulhari.

Madame Tussauds plan Sridevi wax figure in Singapore

Singapore– On actress Sridevi’s 56th birth anniversary on August 13, Madame Tussauds Singapore announced that it would launch the late actress’s wax figure in September.

Sridevi in English Vinglish

“Happy birthday @SrideviBKapoor. As a tribute to the Bollywood icon, we are pleased to announce that we will be launching her wax figure in early September this year! Her figure is one of its kind in the world, and it’s an exclusive addition to Madame Tussauds Singapore,” read a tweet from Madame Tussauds Singapore’s handle.

Her husband, producer Boney Kapoor, expressed gratitude.

“@MTsSingapore is honouring @sridevibkapoor and her work by having her wax figure immortalised. I, along my family, will be part of the occasion at the unveiling in Madame Tussauds Singapore at Ultimate Film Star Experience next month. #SrideviMTSG #MadameTussaudsSG,” he tweeted.

Superstar Sridevi, who reigned the Bollywood box-office of the eighties, died on February 24, 2018, by accidentally drowning in a bathtub in a Dubai hotel.

Janhvi, Anil remember Sridevi on her 56th birth anniversary

Mumbai– August 13 marks the 56th birth anniversary of the late superstar Sridevi, and her family members including daughter Janhvi Kapoor, and her former co-star and brother-in-law Anil Kapoor, took to social media to pen emotional, heartfelt notes in the memory of the veteran actress.

Actress Janhvi Kapoor. (Photo: IANS)

“Happy birthday mumma, I love you,” Janhvi wrote on Instagram along with a photograph of Sridevi from her film “English Vinglish”.

Remembering Sridevi, Anil said it’s a “bittersweet day”.

“Today is a bittersweet day as we celebrate you on what would have been your 56th birthday…We feel the sadness of your loss deeply, but remembering your smile and the joy you brought to all our lives unites us in your memory…We miss you everyday Sridevi,” Anil tweeted.

Sridevi, female superstar who reigned in the eighties and the nineties, died aged 54 on February 24, 2018, by accidentally drowning in a bathtub in a Dubai hotel. The “Chandni” star was in Dubai for a family wedding.

Fashion designer Manish Malhotra, who was a close friend of Sridevi, also posted a birthday post for her.

“Miss You,” Manish wrote.

It’s black magic in leather for Aamir’s daughter

Mumbai– ‘Who are you? Ask Ira Khan, and she will slay you with a sharp style quotient.

Ira, daughter of Bollywood actor Aamir Khan, is right now setting Instagram afire posting one picture at a time from a photoshoot she posed for, niftily titled ‘Who Are You?’

In a snapsjot she posted on Monday. Ira opts for a little black number in leather that goes well with her red curls.

“I’ve never had an answer to that question (‘Who are you?’) but at different points in my life, I’ve been overwhelmed by the question or at peace with not having figured out the answer yet. The exciting moments are when you realise you can choose who you want to be and just how many things you want to be… In this piece, fashion is my tool of exploration. But it’s just that… one of the many ways to explore this idea,” ndtv.com quotes Ira as saying about the shoot.

Salman shoots promo for Bigg Boss 13

Mumbai– Come September and Salman Khan returns as host of “Bigg Boss” season 13. Meanwhile, even as excitement builds, the Bollywood superstar has shot for the first promo of the show at Reliance Studios in Mumbai’s Film City.

Colors channel, which will air season 13 of the show from September 29, posted a shooting still of Salman from the promo set, on its Instagram page. In the picture, Salman is seen in workout gear, flashing that trademark infectious smile.

Salman will share screen space in the promo with “Naagin” actress Surbhi Jyoti, and “Hate Story 4” actor Karan Wahi.

In the promo, Salman flirts with Surbhi while jogging, and offers her a bouquet of flowers. Then, Karan Wahi, essaying her on-screen lover, enters the screen and snatches the flowers.

Unlike the past years, the Bigg Boss house this year has been erected in Mumbai itself. (IANS)

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