Bollywood Roundup: Shilpa Shetty Kundra, Sara Ali Khan, Akshay Kumar, and more…

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Shilpa wishes her ‘superhero’ Raj Kundra on birthday

Mumbai– Actress-entrepreneur Shilpa Shetty Kundra has wished her “superhero” and the “man of her dreams” Raj Kundra on his 44th birthday on Monday.

Shilpa Shetty Kundra

Shilpa shared a video collage of herself along with Raj on Instagram. She captioned it: “Happiest Birthday my #Cookie, You are the King of my heart, Man of my dreams and the Love of my life. You are the bestest father, son, brother, and husband… and I’m one helluva lucky woman. May all your dreams come true… cause you really deserve it all. Wishing our #superhero @rajkundra9 tonnes of happiness, love, success, and great health above all.”

The “Dhadkan” actress shared several glimpses from Raj’s birthday party on Instagram stories. The party was attended by a string of celebrities including names like Aamir Ali, Jackky Bhagnani, R Madhavan, Arpita Khan and Aayush Sharma.

Shilpa married Raj in 2009. The couple gave birth to a son, Viaan Raj Kundra, in May 2012.

Sara Ali Khan my senior in school, recalls Ananya Panday

Mumbai– Budding Bollywood star Ananya Panday has been trending all through Monday on Twitter, thanks to an interview where she revealed sharing a “comfortable” equation with rumoured couple, Sara Ali Khan and Kartik Aaryan.

Sara Ali Khan in Kedarnath

On Sara, Ananya recalled the “Kedarnath actress was her senior in school. “Sara was my senior in school, the two of us were in the same house and participated in a lot of drama competitions,” she said.

The “Student Of The Year 2” debutante also counted Kartik among her best friends. “Kartik is one of my closest industry friends. He is funny and constantly made me laugh while shooting. We have a comfortable equation,” Ananya told “Mumbai Mirror” about the actor, with whome she will soon be seen sharing screen space in “Pati Patni Aur Woh”.

In December last year, Ananya had taken to Instagram to post a photo of herself with Sara, and wished her “good luck and loads of love always”.

Akshay lines up films for major festive Fridays next year

Mumbai– Next year promises to be a great one for Akshay Kumar’s fans. The Bollywood superstar, who celebrated his birthday on Monday, has lined up four high-profile films in 2020, and in each project he essays a different avatar. What’s more, Akshay, who has emerged as Bollywood’s most consistent superstar lately, has ensured three of the releases — “Laxmmi Bomb” , “Prithviraj” and “Bachchan Pandey” — will open on festive Fridays.

Akshay Kumar

On his 52nd birthday, the versatile actor announced that he will play the Gurjar king Prithviraj Chauhan in the Diwali 2020 release. “Prithviraj”. The horror comedy “Laxxmi Bomb” is slated for Eid (May 22), while the action drama “Bachchan Pandey” has been lined up for Christmas next year.

Akshay’s fourth film, “Sooryavanshi”, is scheduled for a March 27 release.

Not only his roles, Akshay is also ensuring distinct get-up for his roles in “Bachchan Pandey”, “Laxmmi Bomb” and ‘Prithviraj”.

In a “Bachchan Pandey” poster released a while back, he is seen sporting a moustache, a black lungi, a string of gold chains and vibhuti on his forehead. In the first look pic of “Laxmmi Bomb”, the actor is seen applying kohl to his eyes in a moody close-up.

Over the past couple of years, Akshay has been coming out with films on Independence Day, too. Fans are eager to see if Akshay manages to ready yet another film for August 15, 2020.

Shruti Haasan rocks the UK

London– Actress-singer Shruti Haasan has returned to the UK for a gig. She says she had an amazing time performing at Islington.

Shruti Haasan (Photo: Twitter)

“It’s the second time I am performing at Islington and I had an amazing time as always. The place has a lot of good energy and history and I am always thankful to people who come to see me perform again,” Shruti said.

The actress, who is also working on her debut EP, has wrapped up the shoot for her international series in Budapest and will be back to India soon for the shoot of her Tamil film “Laabam”.

“I’m really happy to be living my best life. To return to music and begin internationally on both music and film has been amazing. I also love the fact that I get to travel between worlds,” she said.

Dia Mirza in Delhi for UN conference

New Delhi– Actress-producer Dia Mirza, who has been vocal about environmental conservation and protection, is in the Capital for an important UN conference on climate change.

Dia Mirza

Apart from playing a key role in the conference on Monday, she will also host the finale reception, which marks the end of the 14th UN conference of the parties.

Dia is one of the 17 Secretary Generals advocates for sustainable development goals.

“Each one of the SDGs play a significant role in helping maintain the ecological balance. With the current state of affairs, we have been seeing an imbalance in the environment and the need to reverse land degradation and its outcomes is immediate.

“The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification is a great platform to discuss the various solutions to effective resource management. It is an honour to be a part of it and also host the conference on behalf of the Government of India,” said Dia.

She is also against single-use plastic and has campaigned with the United Nations on #BeatPlasticPollution in her role as a goodwill ambassador for the environment.

Twinkle gives sneak peek into Akshay’s adventure-filled b’day

London– Actor Akshay Kumar, who turned 52 on Monday, is having an adventurous birthday. His wife Twinkle Khanna’s lastest Instagram post is a proof of that.

Twinkle Khanna

Akshay is currently in London, holidaying with family.

Sharing a glimpse of his birthday celebrations, Twinkle took to Instagram and uploaded a picture in which she and Akshay, along with daughter Nitara, are seen exploring nature. The pic captures the family walking across a ropeway among the trees.

“A birthday filled with many adventures. Next BYOB pottery and then mixing potions in a dark dungeon,” Twinkle captioned the image.

Zaira Wasim slammed by netizens for ‘publicity stunt’

Mumbai– A new poster and a group photo of the upcoming Priyanka Chopra-starrer, “The Sky Is Pink”, is being attacked by netizens because it features actress Zaira Wasim. The young Kashmiri actress has drawn ire of movie buffs for announcing a while back that she was quitting films owing to her religious beliefs.

Kiran Rao and Zaira Wasim in Srinagar

Priyanka had tweeted a photo of the cast, including Zaira, at a beach, in the wake of promoting the film ahead of its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) on September 13.

However, social media is not very amused. They feel it’s all a publicty stunt on Zaira’s part, to first announce her retirement from films citing religion, and then coming up to promote a new film.

One Twitter user wrote: “Here #ZairaWasim is on tour promoting her next film. Last I heard she left Bollywood because her faith doesn’t allow.”

Another user demanded a boycott on “The Sky Is Pink”: “Let’s respect the wishes of #ZairaWasim who regrets her professional choices and don’t want to do that anymore to be honest to her faith. Let’s not watch #TheSkyIsPink and show solidarity with her choices in life.”

One went on to call her “nautanki” and wrote: “#zairawasim religion lover. She’s already left Bollywood we know that but she is still in this upcoming movie’s poster. Gajab ki drame baaz hai yaar.”

Some feel that the temptation is “just too strong for this kid. Bollywood is something that she could not resist”.

Another called her a “hypocrite” for sporting beach wear and wrote: “Publicity stunt karne k liye Islam k naam kharab karne ki zarurat thi. Abhi aadhe nange kapdo me ghum rahi ho. #ZairaWasim #Hypocrite”.

Another wondered if it was all a PR stunt. “I thought #ZairaWasim left Bollywood because her faith was getting affected. Was that just a PR stunt?” (IANS)

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