Bollywood Roundup: Neha Dhupia, Yami Gautam, Bhumi Pednekar, and more…

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Anand Bedi and Neha Dhupia (Photo: Twitter)

Neha Dhupia super excited about Emmy nomination for ‘Lust Stories’

Mumbai– The Netflix anthology movie “Lust Stories” has been nominated in the Best TV Movie category at the International Emmys 2019 and actress Neha Dhupia says she is super excited.

“I am super excited! I can’t thank Karan Johar enough for making me a part of it,” said Neha Dhupia, who played a character named Rekha in the segment directed by Karan Johar in the anthology film having four short stories. The Johar segment starred Vicky Kaushal and Kiara Advani.

The anthology is the collaboration of four directors Anurag Kashyap, Zoya Akhtar, Dibakar Banerjee and Karan Johar and has been immensely popular among the digital audience, ever since it dropped in June 2018.

Among the other nominations from India, Radhika Apte has been nominated in the Best Actress category for “Lust Stories”, the Netflix series “Sacred Games” has been nominated for Best Drama, and Amazon Prime’s “The Remix” has been nominated in the Best Reality TV segment.

Yami to explore new methods of organic farming in hometown

Mumbai– Actress Yami Gautam will be going back to her hometown in Himachal Pradesh to explore new methods of organic farming to minimalise the use of fertilisers and medicines.

Yami Gautam

“I will head to the farm post the shoot of ‘Ginny Weds Sunny’. The produce this year in our land which we bought last year was really good and the idea now is to see what else we can improvise, how can we have more eco-friendly equipment to be operated in the space. Being a pahadi I was subconsciously introduced pretty much in my childhood with the concept of organic farming or having fresh farm produce,” she said.

Yami took to organic farming when she realised that her home state has been grappling with the pestering issue of chemical-coated vegetables. The actress in the past even set up a greenhouse and an organic garden at her home in the hills.

“For me, what’s the most interesting about organic farming is that it’s absolute poles apart, it’s so different, it’s such a contrast from the work that I do which is therapeutic, its a parallel life altogether which is something which I love to pursue.

‘Lust Stories’ is a gem of a film in my career: Bhumi Pednekar

Mumbai– Netflix anthology “Lust Stories” starring Bhumi Pednekar has been nominated for the International Emmy Awards and the actress calls it a gem of a project in her career.

Bhumi Pednekar

“‘Lust Stories’ was and will always be a special project for me. I was honoured to collaborate with one of the best voices of the Indian film industry, Zoya Akhtar, and I’m thrilled to have brought her vision to life,” Bhumi said.

Bhumi credits “Lust Stories” for making her a better actor.

“‘Lust Stories’ is a gem of a film in my career as an actor and it shaped me to become better at my craft. So, it’s a hugely proud moment for me that I was a part of a disruptive film that is making India proud globally,” she says.

Celebrated filmmakers Anurag Kashyap, Zoya Akhtar, Dibakar Banerjee and Karan Johar collaborated for the anthology film for Netflix.

“‘Lust Stories’ became a rage when it released and it was a game-changer because it experimented with how it could be viewed by audiences on the Internet.

“The success of ‘Lust Stories’ has propelled several filmmakers to consider OTT as a platform to release their content to a captive and eclectic audience base sitting and consuming content on digital platform,” she says.

Bhumi also congratulated all the four filmmakers for this big moment.

“I congratulate all the filmmakers of ‘Lust Stories’, the fantastic four as I call them, for being nominated at the prestigious (International) Emmy Awards this year,” she says.

Radhika Apte thrilled about International Emmy nomination

New Delhi– Radhika Apte says it’s a great feeling to be nominated in the Best Performance By An Actress at the International Emmy Awards for her act in the Netflix anthology “Lust Stories”.Nominations for the 2019 International Emmy Awards were announced on Thursday by the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

Radhika Apte (Photo: Twitter)

Radhika will compete against Jenna Coleman from the UK, Brazil’s Marjorie Estiano and Marina Gera from Hungary. “Lust Stories” is also nominated in the TV Movie/ Mini-Series category.

“It’s a great feeling to be appreciated for your efforts and also I’m thrilled that Indian content is at par with today’s world television,” Radhika said exclusively to IANS.

“The new digital platforms have made it possible for us to better our content and have given us the platform to put it up. I’m absolutely thrilled that both ‘Sacred Games’ and ‘Lust Stories’ are nominated,” she added.

“Sacred Games”, featuring Radhika, has a chance to win in the Drama Series category at the awards ceremony, which will be held on November 25 in New York.

Alia Bhatt’s cute birthday wish for dad Mahesh Bhatt

Mumbai– Alia Bhatt has a super-cute birthday message for dad Mahesh Bhatt, who she calls “a good guy”, the “best”, the “wisest”, “funny” and “super-talented”.

Alia took to Twitter on Friday and posted, “Hey pops. It’s been great knowing you for the last 26 years.. you’re a good guy. Probably the best.. also the wisest.. also you’re very funny.. did I tell you I think you’re super talented too? Happy Birthday Daddy There is NO ONE like you..I love you @MaheshNBhatt”.

On the work front, the filmmaker is coming up with “Sadak 2”, a sequel to the 1991 romantic thriller “Sadak” which starred his daughter Pooja Bhatt and Sanjay Dutt. “Sadak 2” also stars Sanjay Dutt, Pooja Bhatt and Alia Bhatt along with other actors.

Happy Alia Bhatt poses with Ankit Tiwari’s little one

Mumbai– Alia Bhatt happily struck a pose with “Sun raha hai na tu” hitmaker Ankit Tiwari’s daughter Aryaa, who was named by the actress’ father and filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt.

Alia Bhatt

Ankit took to Instagram to post a photo in which Alia is smiling at the camera and Aryaa is comfortably resting on shoulder of a woman.

“No caption needed. Aryaa and Alia. Both are looking sweet hai na? @aliaabhatt
#aryaatiwari #aliabhatt #alia #alia #AnkitTiwari #ankittiwarionline #ankititansfans #ankitiwarilive,” he captioned it.

The Bhatt family and Ankit share a close bond.

Ankit had earlier told IANS: “Bhatt Saab gave me a break and introduced me to this industry. Whatever I am today is because of him. And for my daughter, I wanted the same. After her arrival, I wanted her to seek Bhatt Saab’s blessings.”

The singer-composer even wished Mahesh Bhatt on his birthday on Friday.

“#happybirthday @maheshfilm sir. You are like my teacher Sir. A teacher who is more than a friend, a guide, a mentor ,a source of inspiration. Many many happy returns of the day sir, hope it brings joy and happiness in the coming year. #happybirthday #maheshbhatt @poojab1972 @aliaabhatt #Sadak2 #thankful #positivevibes,” he posted on Instagram.

Sanjay Dutt pens heartfelt letter on Mahesh Bhatt’s birthday

Mumbai– Sanjay Dutt has penned a heartfelt note for Mahesh Bhatt on the latters birthday, expressing his gratitude to the veteran filmmaker for standing by him at a time when he needed a friend.

“I read somewhere that a friend is someone who understands your past, believes in your future and accepts you just the way you are. Luckily, I got to experience this kind of friendship with you. When the entire world turned their blind eye to me, you were standing tall right beside me. On your 71st birthday, accept this letter as a token of gratitude for everything you have done for my family and me,” Dutt wrote on Twitter.

Talking about their friendship, the “Sadak” actor wrote: “Like an old couple, we have become veterans in the film industry sailing in the same ship which keeps gliding even in the stormiest night…Besides, professionally, you are my biggest support system. Your unwavering faith gave me courage in the darkest time of my life. You are a living inspiration for everyone who knows you.”

Sanjay Dutt has worked in Mahesh Bhatt films such as “Sadak” (1991), “Naam” (1986), “Gumrah” (1993) and “Kartoos” (1999). The actor-director duo pairs up again for “Sadak 2”, a sequel to the 1991 romantic-thriller “Sadak”, which starred Sanjay Dutt with Pooja Bhatt. (IANS)

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