Bollywood Roundup: Farhan Akhtar, Kriti Sanon, Avneet Kaur, and more…

Farhan Akhtar

Why Farhan Akhtar asked Abhay Deol to not sing after ‘Senorita’

Mumbai– Actor Farhan Akhtar says he was highly impressed with singing skills of his former “Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara” co-star Abhay Deol, but he requested the actor to not sing after the film’s song “Senorita”.

Farhan recently shot for an episode of “The Kapil Sharma Show” where he cleared some rumours about him.

During the show, Kapil asked that there was a rumour that Farhan was so impressed with Abhay’s singing in “Senorita” that he offered him to sing all the songs of his upcoming movies.

Farhan said: “No, this is not true. I was highly impressed with his singing but I didn’t offer him songs from my upcoming movies. Instead I asked him to not sing any song after ‘Senorita’ so that the exclusivity of the song remains alive.”

Farhan is busy promoting his forthcoming film “The Sky Is Pink”. He is also being lauded for his first look from his film “Toofan”, directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra.

Kriti Sanon: Bold and experimental are subjective issues

New Delhi– Actress Kriti Sanon, who entered Bollywood in 2014 with “Heropanti”, says she wants to create a diverse work profile in Bollywood, adding that she is learning on the job.

Kriti Sanon

“Bold and experimental is subjective. I believe there is a lot more to do. It’s a learning process and I am glad I am getting there,” Kriti told IANS when asked if she thought she had experimented enough with projects.

“Well, being experimental is subjective. Experimenting is all about doing something out of your comfort zone, no matter how basic it might be for someone else,” she added.

The model-turned-actress also opened about how the industry is changing for women, saying “content has today become the king and the deciding factor, which is great”.

“Things have changed because the audience has been accepting of stories around female protagonists that are today drawing in figures on par with top male star,” she asserted.

Kriti has worked in projects such as “Raabta”, “Bareilly Ki Barfi”, “Luka Chuppi”, “Dilwale” and “Arjun Patiala”. She has big movies like the star-studded “Housefull 4” and Ashutosh Gowariker’s period drama film “Panipat” in the pipeline.

“I am really excited. There are great teams involved with great scripts and I am absolutely looking forward to working with everyone associated with these films,” she said about her upcoming projects.

Avneet Kaur stars in video of a tragic love story

New Delhi– “Aladdin: Naam Toh Suna Hoga” actress Avneet Kaur has featured in the video of song “Mere naina”, which she describes as a beautiful tragic love story.

Avneet Kaur (Photo: LinkedIn)

The song is by singer and music director Karan Singh Arora with Avneet and YouTuber Mohit Chhikara in its video that was shot in Himachal Pradesh.

“It was amazing shooting for this song. It’s a special song. Karan, me and Mohit have worked very hard for this. It’s a beautiful tragic love story,” said Avneet.

The song has been penned by S. Mukhtiar.

“The experience was totally amazing and the best in my career. I loved shooting with Avneet and Mohit. They both are such good actors and they made my song look amazing. I wish our collaboration turns into great friendship and I hope this song touches your heart,” said Karan.

Shweta Basu Prasad stresses on the importance of humour

Mumbai– Actress Shweta Basu Prasad says humour is a great way to educate people about deeper issues.

Shweta Basu Prasad (Photo courtesy: India Today)

Shweta will soon be seen in the role of Gudiya, a strong and confident girl who is proud of her dusky complexion, in Zee Theatre’s upcoming teleplay “Gudiya Ki Shaadi”. It is about how she copes when she loses her eyebrows on her wedding day.

“The standard for beauty that society has set is questioned in the play. I think humour is a great way to educate people about deeper issues, and “Gudiya ki Shaadi” achieves that. It leaves subtle hints about how society, relatives and even families in many parts of our country perceive girls,” Shweta said.

“To be educated, to get married at a certain age to look a certain way or behave in a certain way and make a big fuss about nothing, because people are mostly consumed by what others think. This cine-play tries to break that notion,” she added.

Talking about “Gudiya Ki Shaadi”, she said: “The cine-play is about how Gudiya a day before her wedding accidentally gets rid of her eyebrows, making her look ‘different’ I didn’t shave my brows hence a lot of make-up to conceal it. Which I think was my once in a lifetime experience, I don’t know when will be I offered such a unique role again which requires me without my brows on screen. I looked like Gamora from ‘Avengers’, except brown and not green… I have never done theatre so as an actor…it was a refreshing experience to read and block it like a play for about 10-12 days and then shoot the play like we shoot movies/series.”

Pankaj Tripathi: Awards encourage me to work harder

Mumbai– Actor Pankaj Tripathi is thrilled about bagging awards thrice in the last few days. He says it gives him the encouragement to work harder.

Pankaj Tripathi (Photo courtesy: Indian Express)

Pankaj won three awards for his performances in the digital projects “Mirzapur” and “Criminal Justice”, at three separate award functions held here over the week.

“It’s been an overwhelming week in all for me. There is no greater joy for an actor to be recognised for his work and I was elated to experience the joy three times over. It gives me the encouragement to work harder and I hope to keep up the good work,” said Pankaj.

“Even though I was busy shooting for my film, I ensured to collect these awards and be a part of the extravaganza,” he added.

He won the Best Actor honour for “Mirzapur” (iReel Awards 2019), Game Changer of India for his contribution to Indian Cinema – The Economic Times Awards 2019 and Best Actor for “Mirzapur” at the Jagran Film Festival 2019.

Twinkle launches Tweak, a digital platform for women

Mumbai– Author-producer Twinkle Khanna has come up with a bilingual digital platform for women named Tweak. She aims to create a judgement-free place for women with the platform.

Twinkle Khanna

Talking about her new initiative, Twinkle said: “I want Tweak to be a judgement-free place for women to ask questions, seek advice and engage in a meaningful debate on almost any subject. This is as much a space for seeing your glass as always half-full, while laughing at yourself because you really can’t see without your glasses.”

Tweak India is a collective and collaborative space that will spotlight complex topics from sex education to feminine health while championing women to be financially independent and socially confident and to ensure this mission reaches its full potential, the company had partnerd with social media platform Instagram.

Tweak’s video content will first be available to the Instagram community for 48hours before it gets shared on other platforms.

Veteran actors like Waheeda Rehman and Shabana Azmi will be seen sharing their life stories on Tweak India.

Farhan Akhtar hits boxing ring in first look of ‘Toofan’

Mumbai– Actor Farhan Akhtar took social media by storm when he posted the first look of his forthcoming film “Toofan”, directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra.

Farhan Akhtar (Photo: facebook)

In the photo, he is seen standing in a boxing ring flaunting his biceps. He captioned it: “Toofan Uthega! First look! #TOOFAN releasing 2nd October 2020!”

While actor Pulkit Samrat called it “ZABARDASTTTTTT”, filmmaker Mohit Suri found it a “knockout” look.

Farhan’s girlfriend Shibani Dandekar was all heart for him.

Farhan has joined hands with Mehra after six years for “Toofan” in which he will be seen playing a boxer. The two last collaborated together for “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag”, a biopic on the legendary athlete Milkha Singh.

A few months ago, the actor had also shared a video of himself in which he was seen boxing. “Slow. Speed. Slow. Power. Slow. Speed. Burn baby burn. ‘Toofan’ in the making,” he had captioned the video.(IANS)


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