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Akshay hopes ‘Mission Mangal’ magic continues in digital world

Mumbai– Actors Akshay Kumar and Taapsee Pannu are hoping that “Mission Mangal” will reach to wider audience for a bigger impact, with its digital premiere.

Akshay Kumar

“‘Mission Mangal’ is an homage to the scientists of our country who silently strive to make a mark. They are the true heroes who have become a source of inspiration to our next generation,” Akshay said.

“With its digital premiere on Hotstar VIP, this story of resilience will travel into the homes of millions of people,” he added.

Directed by Jagan Shakti, “Mission Mangal” revolves around the story of India’s Mangalyaan or the Mars Orbiter Mission. It also stars Vidya Balan, Sonakshi Sinha, Kirti Kulhari, Nithya Menen and H.G. Dattatreya in key roles. The film released on August 15. It had its digital premiere on October 10 on Hotstar VIP.

Talking about it, Taapsee said: “Post ‘Mission Mangal’ release, we received a lot of appreciation from fans especially kids who expressed their desire to become scientists. Such instances are a true testimony of a movie’s real success. With the movie now streaming on the digital platform, I am sure we will receive more such heart-warming videos and appreciation.”

Ajay Devgn, Keerthy wrap up ‘Maidaan’ Mumbai schedule

Mumbai– Actors Ajay Devgn and Keerthy Suresh have wrapped up the second schedule of upcoming film “Maidaan” in Mumbai.

Ajay and Keerthy, who are working together for the first time, wrapped the Mumbai schedule earlier this week. The next schedule of the film will begin on November 3 in Kolkata.

Ajay Devgn

Amit Sharma’s “Maidaan” is based on the “golden years of Indian Football”. Ajay essays the role of the legendary coach Syed Abdul Rahim, who is said to be the founding father of Indian football. He was an Indian football coach and manager of the Indian national team from 1950 until his death in 1963. He is also regarded as the architect of modern Indian football.

The makers shot for an important football sequence of the film for which a massive set was built in Mukesh Mills, Mumbai. The makers even got the VFX team and the sports choreographer from Los Angeles to get the most out of the football sequence.

Produced by Zee Studios, Boney Kapoor, Akash Chawla and Arunava Joy Sengupta, the film’s screenplay and dialogues are written by Saiwyn Quadros and Ritesh Shah respectively.

Jacqueline shot ‘Karma’ song despite being unwell

Mumbai– Actress Jacqueline Fernandez was unwell while shooting for “Karma” song of her forthcoming film “Drive”.

Jacqueline Fernandez

In fact, Jacqueline fainted while shooting for “Karma” on the sets of the Netflix project, which also stars Sushant Singh Rajput.

“At the time I was right in the middle of shooting for a lot of projects. I had an injured leg and I had to fit in all these rehearsals which required me to dance in pretty high heels, and my knees both went for a toss,” Jacqueline said.

Jacqueline was shooting for the action sequence and preparing for the dance number simultaneously and the busy schedule took a toll on her health.

While shooting for “Karma”, Jacqueline had to perform some stunts and also dance on the high paced song despite being ill. She performed each and every step with ease. The entire unit on the film gave her a standing ovation and director Tarun Mansukhani was very impressed to see Jacqueline’s dedication.

Sunny Deol, Karisma Kapoor acquitted in chain pulling case

Jaipur– Giving a major relief to Bollywood star Sunny Deol and Karisma Kapoor, a court in Jaipur acquitted the duo in the 22-year-old railway chain pulling case, which was reported in 1997 during a film shoot in Ajmer railway division.

Sunny Deol (Photo: Facebook)

A case was filed against Deol and Kapoor in 1997 during a film shoot for allegedly pulling railway chain. Railway court on September 17 had held the duo guilty under sections 141, 145, 146 and 147 of the Railways Act.

However, Judge Pawan Kumar on Friday argued that railway court held the duo guilty under sections which have been nullified by Sessions Court in 2010. Also, the case lacks adequate proof against the two.

The chain pulling incident was reported in Ajmer railway division at Narena railway station due to which 2413-A Express was delayed by 25 minutes. Hence case was registered against the two under sections 141, 145, 147 if the Railways Act.

However, Deol and Kapoor had filed a petition in Sessions Court which was argued on their behalf by advocate A. K. Jain.

Why Nawazuddin said yes to ‘Motichoor Chaknachoor’

Mumbai– Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui said yes to “Motichoor Chaknachoor” because he was attracted to his character in the film, the “oddly straight and unintentionally funny” Pushpinder.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui

“Motichoor Chaknachoor” is about a young NRI husband-obsessed bride and a desperate groom.

“When I read this script, the oddly, straight laced and unintentionally funny Pushpinder (my character), really stood out,” Nawazuddin said.

“His desperation to get married drives him a little crazy forcing him down some insane alleys of life. I had a great time playing a character like him for the first time and working with Athiya Shetty, who essays the role of NRI husband seeking Annie so beautifully,” he added.

Athiya will be seen essaying role of Anita, an educated girl who is looking for a green card holder groom. Pushpinder, the eager to get married boy, is settled in Dubai, and follows his mother’s instructions. The story is about how their life changes when the two get married.

Directed by Debamitra Biswal, produced by Viacom18 Studios and Woodpecker Movies, the film will release on November 15.

Sahher Bambba celebrates Girl Child Day with orphan girls

Mumbai– On the occasion of International Girl Child Day on Friday, actress Sahher Bambba took out time to spend a day with orphan girls in Mumbai.

Sahher, who recently made her acting debut with “Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas”, visited Snehasadan orphan’s house in Mumbai. She took snacks and stationery for the girls, played a game of Antakshri with and danced to popular Bollywood tunes with them.

“My parents always said, ‘celebrate your joys with those who will understand their worth’. These little girls have my heart, they are so ambitious, so emotional and so full of love. I cannot express in words how wonderful I have felt spending time with them and I will definitely do this again and again,” Sahher said, after meeting the girls.

Sahher’s debut film “Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas”, also marked the debut of Sunny Deol’s son Karan Deol. (IANS)

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