Bollywood Roundup: Amitabh Bachchan, Shruti Haasan, Anshuman Jha, and more…

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Big B: I belong to no religion, I am Indian

New Delhi– Veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan says he does not belong to any religion.

On the Gandhi Jayanti special episode of “Kaun Banega Crorepati”, host Big B will be seen sharing an anecdote with the sociologist Bindeshwar Pathak.

Amitabh Bachchan

“My surname ‘Bachchan‘ does not belong to any religion as my father was against it. My surname was Srivastava, but we never believed in it. I feel proud saying is that I’m the first person to hold this family name. When I was taking admission to Kindergarten, my father was asked my surname and then he decided that my surname would be ‘Bachchan’. When Census employees come to my place, they ask me about my religion and I always answer that I belong to no religion, I’m Indian,” said Bachchan.

Big B also spoke about his family tradition of starting the Holi festival by putting color on the foot of a person who is highly respected and elderly.

“I have no shame in saying that my father respected the people around him. It was our tradition that a person during Holi puts color on the feet of the eldest and highly respected man. My father Harivansh Rai Bachchan used to put colors on the legs of the person who cleaned toilets before starting his celebration,” he added.

Shruti Haasan: Weird that women still need to protest for rights

Mumbai– Actress Shruti Haasan has raised question over why women still feel the need to protest for their rights, not only in India but all around the world.

Shruti Haasan (Photo: Twitter)

“People organise marches and protests for women’s rights and I find it weird that we still feel the need to do these protests for women’s safety and equality rights. It has been happening for years. I do believe there is a change in the scenario but I feel sad that the problem still exists,” said Shruti, while interacting with the media at an RPG Foundation-organised get-together for women who work under their CSR initiative on Tuesday in Mumbai.

She added: “I don’t feel it is happening only in our country. It is happening all around the world. When you look at international news, you realise this topic comes up many times.”

Asked what she felt about the fact that there were lesser female-cenbtric films made in India, she said: “I think slowly things are changing. Films are being made that are rooted around women characters, so change is taking place. But it should have happened bit earlier.”

Talking about Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary on October 2, Shruti said: “It’s such an important day and important part of our history. My father (Kamal Haasan) really believes in his philosophies.”

Shruti Haasan will next be seen in an untitled film directed by Mahesh Manjrekar, along with Vidyut Jammwal.

Anshuman Jha to star in Pankaj Dubey’s ‘What A Loser’ adaptation

Mumbai– Actor Anshuman Jha will be seen playing the lead role in the film adaptation of author Pankaj Dubey’s book “What A Loser”.

The story is about a Bihari Boy from Begusarai, and his struggle with love and politics in Delhi University, and his IAS dreams.

Excited about the project, Anshuman said : “Every home in Bihar has IAS dreams, even if they are borrowed dreams. Even my mom wanted me to apply for Civil services. The book is a bestseller for a reason. And I am grateful that I am getting to be a part of it and play a Bihari.”

Anshuman also shared why he didn’t take up fresh work after wrapping “Hum Bhi Akele Tum Bhi Akele”.

He said: “This has been a hard year for me owing to my mother’s health, and therefore I did not taken up work after wrapping ‘Hum Bhi Akele Tum Bhi Akele’. It also took me some time to get out of the zone mentally as playing a homosexual in ‘Hum Bhi Akele’ had drained me. But this is a film I wish to prep hard… One film at a time is the mantra.”

The “What A Loser” adaptatioon will mark the directorial debut of novelist Pankaj Dubey.

Sara, brother Ibrahim’s first-ever magazine cover goes viral

Los Angeles– Actress Sara Ali Khan and her brother Ibrahim Ali Khan’s first magazine cover has taken the Internet by storm.

Sara Ali Khan in Kedarnath

Sara on Tuesday shared a couple of photos of the magazine cover on her Instagram profile.

In the pictures, Sara looks stunning in a net sari with a quirky multi-coloured one-sleeved blouse while Ibrahim can be seen twinning with her in a black outfit by designers Abu Jani-Sandeep Khosla.

She captioned the video: “Yo Bro”.

The photograph currently has over 14,46, 341 likes.

The “Simmba” actress also shared a video, in which the brother-sister duo could be seen twinning in white attires by the designers and captioned it: “Say cheese.”

The video has garnered over 33,26,836 likes.

On the Bollywood front, Sara will next be seen in director David Dhawan’s directorial “Coolie No.1,” which is a remake of the popular 1995 movie wih the same title starring Govinda and Karisma Kapoor.

You ain’t getting dinner tonight: Deepika trolls Ranveer

Mumbai– Actress Deepika Padukone has hilariously trolled her actor husband Ranveer Singh on social media for commenting on her photograph.

Deepika Padukone (Photo: Deepika Padukone website)

Deepika on Monday night took to Instagram, where she shared three remarks made by her teachers on her school report.

In one image, the remark mentioned was that the “Padmaavat” actress “must learn to follow instructions.”

“Hmmmmm…” wrote Deepika on the side of the image.

Ranveer could not disagree with the teacher.

“Yes, teacher I agree,” he wrote.

Replying to her husband, Deepika said: “You ain’t getting dinner tonight.”

The “Chennai Express” star’s funny comment itself has garnered 28,415 likes on Instagram currently.

On the acting front, Deepika will next be seen in “Chhapaak”, where she plays an acid attack survivor. The film also stars Vikrant Massey and is slated for release on January 10, 2020.

She will also be seen sharing screen space with her husband Ranveer in filmmaker Kabir Khan’s “’83”.

Ranveer Singh plays Kapil Dev, who lead the underdog Indian cricket team to a famous victory against the mighty West Indies in the final of the 1983 World Cup. His wife Deepika plays Kapil’s wife Romi.

“’83” also features Tahir Raj Bhasin, Ammy Virk, Hardy Sandhu, and Chirag Patil among others. The film is co-produced by Reliance Entertainment, Phantom Films and Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment.

Sara Ali Khan’s high praise for Varun Dhawan

Mumbai– Actress Sara Ali Khan is all praise for her “Coolie No. 1” co-star Varun Dhawan.

Sara on Wednesday took to Twitter, where she shared a photograph of herself along with Varun.

Varun Dhawan

In the image, the actress, who is dressed in a vibrant yellow dress, is seen looking at Varun, who is looking at the camera. The “Main Tera Hero” actor is also seen sporting a vibrant yellow and blue shirt.

“When his words are teaching you acting… But his actions are teaching you camera facing @Varun_dvn,” Sara captioned the image.

The two actors will be seen together in director David Dhawan’s directorial “Coolie No.1,” which is a remake of the popular 1995 movie of the same title starring Govinda and Karisma Kapoor.

The comedy film is slated to release in May next year.

Hrithik Roshan concerned over Patna flood

Mumbai– Actor Hrithik Roshan is concerned over people battling floods in the Bihar capital.

Hrithik, who recently essayed the role of Patna-based Super 30 programme founder Anand Kumar in “Super 30”, took to Twitter and said he hopes the situation gets better.

“My heart goes out to the people of Patna who have been battling floods caused by torrential rain since almost a week now. I hope the situation gets better there soon,” Hritik tweeted on Wednesday.

Heavy rains in Bihar have claimed 43 lives and thousands have been affected.

Due to the flooding, schools have been closed, exams have also been postponed and even date of official and private functions have been extended.

Other celebrities like Manoj Bajpayee and Pankaj Tripathi, who hail from Bihar, have appealed to people to help the victims. (IANS)

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