Bollywood Roundup: Shah Rukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Akshay Kumar, and more…

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SRK: Will announce next film in a month or two

Mumbai– Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, who was last seen on the big screen in “Zero”, has said that he will announce his next film in a month or two. He added that he is working on two to three scripts right now.

Shah Rukh Khan

The superstar revealed this fact while interacting with the media in Mumbai on Thursday at the launch of Disney-owned Star India network’s second season of “Ted Talks India: Nayi Baat” (or New Conversations) along with TED head Chris Anderson, Star India president (Hindi entertainment) Gaurav Banerjee, and Star India managing director Sanjay Gupta.

There were recent media reports suggesting that Shah Rukh will be seen in Yash Raj Films’ “Dhoom 4”. Another wave of rumour said he set to do a Hindi remake of Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill”, yet other unconfirmed reports suggested he is all set to make “Don 3”. Others have been saying he is planning a project with Ali Abbas Zafar’s or Rajkumar Hirani.

“Actually, I spoke to Sanjay (Gupta), Gaurav (Banerjee) and Uday (Shankar; chairman of Star and Disney India, and president of The Walt Disney Company, Asia Pacific) and I said, this is the platform where I want to announce it. This is it. I will come here and tell everyone about. Ted Talk will be my new movie,” laughed Shah Rukh.

On a serious note, he added: “Jokes apart, I am thinking and taking some time. I am working on two or three scripts and, Inshallah, as soon as they are ready, I am ready. Because most of the people with whom I am working are busy so, Inshallah, I will announce it myself. I feel till the time rumours are floating around, it’s good because some of them have given me ideas.”

Priyanka reveals what Nick does when he meets her mom

Mumbai– Priyanka Chopra returns to Bollywood with her next film, “The Sky Is Pink”, and the actress is currently in India to be part of a heavy promoting spree for the film lately.

Priyanka Chopra

One of her pre-release publicity assignments took Priyanka to the set of “The Kapil Sharma Show”. Comedian Kapil’s popular show has, after all, become an effective means for stars to grab some eyeballs just before the release of a film.

Kapil, too, is known for his quizzing of the celebrity guests who land up at his show, often cornering them with questions laced with tongue-in-cheek wit. He was in no mood to spare Priyanka either.

The subject of Priyanka’s marriage to international pop star Nick Jonas came up, and Kapil pointed out that he, too, like Priyanka, had married in December last year.

Then, Kapil asked Priyanka if Nick had touched the feet of his mother-in-law — Priyanka’s mother Madhu Chopra, or did he settle on blowing air kisses at her when they met.

Not to be outdone, Priyanka had her reply in place. “Dono ke beech mein! Bechara hug karta hai mummy ko! (the solution lies somewhere in between! The poor guy hugs mummy!)”

Madhu Chopra, who was seated among the studio guests, agreed to this.

Priyanka Chopra: I have a family of mad cricket-lovers

Mumbai– Actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas says she is a big fan of cricket.

“My father used to love cricket. So, whenever there was a tournament, we would watch it together. If I used to get up from my seat during the match, and an Indian player hit a six, I was made to keep standing for some time. Cricket was a big thing at my place. My uncle has played Ranji cricket so it’s kind of a mad cricket-loving family,” she said.

Priyanka Chopra

Priyanka also recalled her wedding day when Team Bride and Team Groom played a cricket match.

“My cousins are cricket fans, so during my wedding as well, we played cricket by dividing everyone into Team Bride and Team Groom. Nick is a great baseball player, but the two sports are different, so obviously, Team Bride won the match!” said Priyanka, when she recently appeared on Star Sports’ Cricket Live.

On the film front, Priyanka will be seen in Shonali Bose’s “The Sky Is Pink”, which is scheduled to release on October 11.

Akshay on ‘Laxmmi Bomb’: Life begins at the end of our comfort zone

Mumbai– National Award-winning actor Akshay Kumar has unveiled his look as Laxmmi from the upcoming film “Laxmmi Bomb”. He says it is a character he’s both excited and nervous about but then life begins at the end of the comfort zone.

Akshay Kumar

Akshay on Thursday took to Twitter, where he shared his first look from the horror-comedy film. In the image, Akshay is seen wearing a red saree, a big red bindi and a wig tied up to a bun. He seems to be standing in a temple in front of an idol.

“Navratri is about bowing to the inner goddess and celebrating your limitless strength. On this auspicious occasion, I am sharing with you my look as Laxmmi. A character I am both excited and nervous about… but then life begins at the end of our comfort zone…isn’t it? ‘Laxmmi Bomb’,” he captioned the image.

Remake of the super-hit Tamil horror comedy “Muni 2: Kanchana”, “Laxmmi Bomb” revolves around Raghava, a cowardly man who gets possessed by the ghost of a transgender woman who takes revenge on the ones who destroyed her life.

The Tamil film featured R. Sarathkumar, Raghava Lawrence, Lakshmi Rai, Kovai Sarala, Devadarshini and Sriman in pivotal roles.

Kiara Advani will be seen sharing screen space with Akshay. The two have also collaborated for the film “Good News”, which also stars Kareena Kapoor Khan and Diljit Dosanjh.

The film is slated to hit the screens next year.

Alia Bhatt supports fundraising for kids with heart diseases

Mumbai– Bollywood star Alia Bhatt has come forward to support an initiative to raise funds through a painting exhibition for children suffering from heart diseases.

Alia Bhatt

“I have been told that kids are more positive than adults because they don’t know how bad the situation is and they don’t have a negative frame of mind. I feel that’s the reason they get cured faster,” said Alia, while inaugurating the exhibition named ‘Art for the Heart’ at Bai Jerbai Wadia Hospital for Children in Mumbai on Wednesday.

Sharing her thoughts after inaugurating the exhibition, Alia said: “I visited Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of this hospital, which is Asia’s largest unit, and it’s a really good and proud thing for all of us. It’s the first year of ‘Art for the Heart’ initiative, where they are raising funds through this painting exhibition, so that they can carry out heart surgery of kids.”

Accompanying Alia was Sumitra Venkatesh, a paediatric cardiologist at the hospital.

“I feel Sumitra ma’am along with the other doctors and staff of Wadia Hospital is doing a fantastic job by helping people at reduced funds and sometimes free of cost. I feel we should support and encourage them so that people can understand things like these also require funds,” said Alia.

Rajkummar Rao is an inspiration: ‘Made in China’ co-actor

Mumbai– Actor Amit Bimrot, who shares screen space with Rajkummar Rao in the upcoming film “Made In China”, says the latter is a true inspiration.

Rajkummar Rao

“Rajkumar has immense respect for his craft, set and everything around him while working. His work ethics and sincerity aremarvellous. We came from the same film school, and at this amazing stage of his career he still follows all those work ethics, makes you work damn hard. He is a True Inspiration,” Amit said.

Amit made his film debut with Ajay Devgn’s “Raid”, and now he recently got featured in Netflix’s “Bard of Blood”.

He also shared his experience working with actor Emraan Hashmi in the web show.

“I never thought of Working with Emraan on such a script because we grew listening to his songs onloop. Watching him do such action is amazing, he gives everyone their own comfort spacewhich helps a lot to deliver best,” added Amit,who considers “making
my film debut with Ajay Devgn and now entering into web space with Netflix and Red Chillies is an added benefit”. (IANS)

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