Bollywood Roundup: Katrina Kaif, Disha Patani, Priyansh Jora, and more…

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Katrina Kaif (Photo: Twitter)

Katrina Kaif to open LFW Winter/Festive 2019

Mumbai– Actress Katrina Kaif will dazzle the ramp on the opening day of the Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2019 on August 20.

Katrina Kaif

She will be the showstopper for veteran designer Manish Malhotra who will be showcasing his latest collection titled ‘Maahrumysha’ and launch a washcare range ‘Love & Care’.

The latest collection by the designer is crafted for lighter occasions to the destination weddings in colours ranging from classic chromes of white, ivory, beige, ochre, grey, salmon and the signature gold of the label.

Malhotra has partnered with Hindustan Unilever to launch the premium expert care wash range ‘Love & Care’ that provides expert care solutions for special types of fabrics.

Disha Patani confesses being a pet lover

Mumbai– Actress Disha Patani confesses she is a genuine pet lover. She adds that she would love to adopt more pets, but she doesnt have enough space in her Mumbai apartment.

Disha Patani (Photo: Twitter)

“I have two cats. I love dogs as well. I stay in an apartment but if I had a larger space I would have adopted more dogs and cats. My father is a big pet lover. I have pigeons and cows back home in Bareilly. In Mumbai, I don’t have space to keep all of them. I remember always having a dog in my house ever since I was a kid. I have grown up with dogs so, I am really attached to them. I understand how loving and caring they are,” Disha said, talking about her fondness towards pets.

The budding actress was interacting with the media at an event hosted by the social media app TikTok, for the launch of its animal welfare campaign, titled #PetBFF, on Monday in Mumbai.

Disha stressed on the importance of pet adoption at the event. “It’s important to adopt animals, be it dogs or cats. That way, you can change the animal’s life, and along with that it changes your life, too. I feel a pet changes the entire environment of a house. They make you feel happy — especially dogs, because they protect your house. So, we should try doing something for them,” she pointed out.

Priyansh Jora wants to do ‘Akshay Kumar kind of comedy’

Mumbai– Actor Priyansh Jora made his Bollywood debut with the comedy-drama “Khandaani Shafakhana” but he didn’t exactly have a comic role in the film. He says he wants to do “Akshay Kumar kind of comedy” roles in films.

“My role (in ‘Khandaani Shafakhana’) wasn’t comic and I want to try comedy. Akshay Kumar kind of comedy is on my wish list which is subtle yet entertaining,” Priyansh said.

“Comedy brings a sense of joy and instils a certain ‘gudgudi’ in people. Since I’ve tasted that with my show ‘Tu Mera Hero’, I’d love to explore a film that can make people laugh,” he added.

On working in “Khandaani Shafakhana”, Priyansh said: “It’s a dream I’ve been seeing for long. To get a film of this scale and of such relevance is what I always dreamt of. So, I’m fortunate and blessed to have got it.”

Ritesh Batra to direct Vidya Balan series on Indira Gandhi

Mumbai– Vidya Balan’s latest film “Mission Mangal” had a good start at the box-office, and her debut web series, based on India’s first and only woman Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, has now found a director.

Vidya Balan

The series will be helmed by Ritesh Batra, director of “The LunchBox” that stars Irrfan, Nimrat Kaur and Nawazuddin Siddiqui.

Earlier this year, Vidya had announced plans to work in a web series based on the life of Indira Gandhi.

“I am trying to do a web series, which will be based on the life of Indira Gandhiji. As of now, we are trying to do it, but let’s see how it takes shape,” Vidya had said. “I feel doing a web series involves a lot of work. While doing a web series, a lot of people associate themselves with it as compared to making a film. So, it takes a lot of time. But when I will do it, I will make sure that it turns out really well,” she had added.

Batra’s latest release was “Photograph”, earlier this year. The film stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Sanya Malhotra.

Radhika Apte is not an ‘award-crazy person’

New Delhi– Actress Radhika Apte was a part of two films — “Andhadhun” and “Padman” — that bagged National Film Awards this year. She is grateful, but says she isn’t crazy about awards.

Radhika Apte (Photo: Twitter)

“I am glad that both the films won National Film Awards. I am happy and grateful for the awards, but I don’t look at films like ‘this should win a National award’. I just think people should watch the film and hope they like it. I am not an award-crazy person,” Radhika told IANS.

While “Padman” was declared Best Film on Social Issues, Ayushmann Khurrana and Vicky Kaushal jointly received the Best Actor Award for their performances in “Andhadhun” and “Uri: The Surgical Strike”.

Apart from the Best Actor Award, “Andhadhun” also won Best Hindi Film award and an honour for its screenplay writer (adapted).

Radhika feels Sriram Raghavan’s “Andhadhun” is a well-scripted and shot effort.

Jonita Gandhi to be Ayushmann Khurrana’s playback voice

Mumbai–Actor Ayushmann Khurrana will soon be seen lip-syncing to the song “Bajta ring ring” in his “Dream Girl” avatar. Jonita Gandhi, the singer behind the song, says she had had fun while working on it, and hopes everyone enjoys the track.

Gandhi has worked on the song along with Meet Bros. The song will be out on Tuesday.

“When I found out I was going to be the voice behind Ayushmann Khurrana, I was confused. Once Manmeet (Meet Bros) explained, I remember laughing. I can’t wait to see him act out my lines,” Jonita said in a statement.

“It’s definitely a first for me and I’m excited! Recording this song with the Meet Bros was so much fun. The song is full of drama and the singing style is slightly retro. We experimented in-studio with various textures and delivery styles and I think we ended up with something super catchy! I hope everyone has as much fun listening to and watching this song as we had recording it,” she added.

In “Dream Girl”, National Award-winning actor Ayushmann essays a man who can talk in a female voice and his actions lead to hilarious consequences.

Directed by Raaj Shaandilyaa, the film also stars Nushrat Bharucha, Manjot Singh and Abhishek Banerjee. It is slated to open on September 13.

Kirti starts shooting for The Girl On The Train in London

Mumbai– Kirti Kulhari has started shooting for the Bollywood remake of “The Girl On The Train” in London, and she has shared a picture from the set where she is seen with the film’s heroine Parineeti Chopra.

Kirti Kulhari

“Shot our first scene together today… mazedaar… damdaar, arre abhi toh party shuru hui hai @parineetichopra,” Kirti captioned the photograph, which she posted on Instagram, and which has Kirti hugging Parineeti.

“The Girl on The Train” marks Kirti’s second collaboration with director Ribhu Dasgupta after Netflix’s “Bard Of Blood”. Kirti plays a British cop in the film and will be in stationed in London for a month-long schedule. The film also features Aditi Rao Hydari.

The film is based on Paula Hawkins’ 2015 bestseller of the same name, which has already been made into a Hollywood blockbuster starring Emily Blunt, Rebecca Fergusson and Haley Bennett. It is a psychological thriller about a divorcee woman, who gets entangled in the investigation of a missing person, which in turn throws her life into a tizzy.

Was challenging to bring alive ‘Section 375’ character: Richa

New Delhi– Actress Richa Chadha says it was a challenge for her to be able to bring alive her character in the upcoming film “Section 375”.

Richa Chadha

The film is based on Section 375 of the Indian Penal Code and Richa plays a public prosecutor fighting to get justice for her client, who claims she was raped by a filmmaker (played by Rahul Bhatt), who is defended by Akshaye Khanna’s character in court.

“‘Section 375’ is a courtroom drama about a clause in the Indian Constitution. It is a very interesting subject and I loved collaborating with key people in the film, like director Ajay Bahl. He really pushed me (to give a good performance). It was a challenge for me to be able to deliver anything on this character,” Richa told IANS.

The 32-year-old actress says the film “was supposed to be made in a certain amount of sensitivity and nuance”.

Richa also said that she is a fan of her co-actor Akshay Khanna’s work.

Alia Bhatt to raise funds for animals via baking

Mumbai– Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt will raise funds for an animal welfare organisation through actor Arjun Kapoor’s sister Anshula Kapoor’s online fundraising platform, Fankind.

Alia Bhatt (Photo: Rohan Shrestha)

As part of a campaign on Fankind, a fan will get will get a chance to bake a cake with the star under the guidance of Indian Pastry Chef Pooja Dhingra. Fans have to donate a minimum amount of Rs.300 or multiples thereof and at the end of the campaign period, one fan will be randomly selected to bake a cake with the “Udta Punjab” actress

“The welfare of animals is a cause I truly believe in and funds raised through this unique experience will support World For All, a charitable organization based in Mumbai that works towards creating a better and safer environment for the cats and dogs living on our streets,” Alia said in a statement.

Effectively, 70 per cents of the donations will go to ‘World For All’; an NGO which Alia is closely associated with. This Mumbai-based animal welfare organization has revolutionised the model of stray animal adoptions.

Didn’t know I had tuberculosis for 8 years: Big B

Mumbai– For eight years megastar Amitabh Bachchan did not know he was suffering from Tuberculosis and said that he has does not mind calling himself a tuberculosis survivor.

Amitabh was at NDTV’s Swasth India launch and was speaking to doctor Harsh Vardhan urging him to spread awareness about regular check ups to facilitate early diagnosis.

“I keep quoting my personal example all the time and try and propagate the idea of getting yourself detected and I dont mind saying this publicly I am a tuberculosis survivor, Hepatitis B survivor… Bad blood infusion went in and 75 percent of my liver is gone but because I was able to detect it even after a period of 20 years, when 75 percent of my liver is gone. I am still surviving on 25 percent,” said Big B.

The 76-year-old star, who has been associated with various health campaigns like Polio, Hepatitis B, Tuberculosis and diabetes, urged people to get tested and diagnosed

“Then there is a cure. Even ith Tuberculosis. I did not know for almost 8 years I was suffering from Tuberculosis. I keep saying that with immodesty if it can happen to me to anyone. Therefore if you are not willing to get yourself tested then you would never find out and there’s never going to be a cure for it,” he said. (IANS)

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