Bollywood Roundup: Amitabh Bachchan, Arjun Kapoor, Anupam Kher, and more…

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Feast on Bachchan’s groove with your gravy

Mumbai–Amitabh Bachchan’s groove is gravy on your platter now! A restaurant in Mumbai, known to create cuisine names out of all things Bollywood, has come up with a few of quirky dishes on its menu that are meant to serve as tributes to the superhit songs and dialogues of Bollywood icon Bachchan.

Big B recently completed 50 years in Bollywood and to celebrate the epic journey, Hitchki — a popular Bollywood-themed Restobar in Mumbai — is serving dishes named after the actor’s dialogues and songs.

So, you could feast on Aaj Mere paas Paneer hai Chilli Hai, Yeh Dosti, or Jumma Chumma De De among other sumptuous serves.

The restaurant will also celebrate Big B Night by playing his iconic songs on December 6.

Hitchki has always been popular for the innovative Bollywood names of dishes it serves. On the restaurant’s spread, you have a thali named ‘Gogo Tussi Great Ho’, besides dishes named Shahrukh Naan, Alia Bhaat, Salman Paan, KatRahiHaiNa Salad, Koffee With Garam and Anupam Kheer.

Arjun Kapoor: We’ve pretty much followed the timeline in ‘Panipat

New Delhi– Actor Arjun Kapoor, who is gearing up for the release of his upcoming period movie “Panipat”, says the makers have “pretty much” followed the timeline of history in the film.

Arjun Kapoor

The actor Arjun was reacting to the several controversies that have erupted over the film, ever since its trailer launched, including one on Thursday evening when reports emerged that that Nawabzada Shadab Ali Bahadur, an eighth-generation descendant of Peshwa Baji Rao, has served legal notices to the makers of “Panipat” over a certain dialogue that Kriti Sanon, who plays Parvati Bai, delivers in the film.

Terming it “highly derogatory”, Ali Bahadur said he had written to the Central Board of Film Certification, demanding that the line be removed.

“I am not aware of it so it would be silly on my behalf to speak about it,” claimed Arjun, about the latest controversy, over Parvati Bai’s line that goes: “Maine suna hai Peshwa jab akele muhim par jaate hain to ek Mastani ke saath laut te hain (I’ve heard that whenever the Peshwa goes to the war alone, he returns with a Mastani).”

About the many storms that film has had to face so far, he added: “The only thing I know is our film takes place 20 years after the time of ‘Bajirao Mastani’ time. So, we have pretty much followed the timeline and there has been an entire film made on ‘Bajirao Mastani’. I don’t where we could have gone wrong.”

The film, which is based on the third battle of Panipat, was fought between the Marathas and Ahmad Shah Abdali, the Afghan emperor in 1761, is slated for release on December 6. It also stars Sanjay Dutt and Zeenat Aman.

Anupam Kher: 26/11 still sends shivers down my spine

Mumbai– Actor Anupam Kher features in the cast of this week’s release, “Hotel Mumbai”, which is based on the deadly 26/11 terror attack of 2008 in Mumbai. The Bollywood veteran says it was not at all easy for him to be part of such a project.

Anupam Kher (Photo: Facebook)

In the movie, Anupam essays the role of Hemant Oberoi, the celebrated chef who saved many lives on the fateful night in the The Taj Mahal Palace hotel during the attacks.

“This character has been very difficult and at the same time very close to my heart. To play the character of a man who conquered his fear for the safety of others was an emotionally very intense experience for me. To understand what went in the hotel that dreadful day still sends shivers down my spine.

“In my heart, I was not just paying tribute to the victims of 26/11 but also to the victims of terrorism anywhere in the world and in such performances feeling is more important than the craft of an actor. I am glad that people liked my performance. There is no greater reward for an actor than being loved by his audience,” Kher said.

Directed by Anthony Maras, “Hotel Mumbai” released in India on Friday and features Dev Patel in pivotal role.

Elnaaz Norouzi to feature in Tony Kakkar’s music video

Mumbai– Model-actress Elnaaz Norouzi of “Sacred Games” fame is all set to feature in a music video. The Iranian beauty will be seen shaking a leg in the video of singer-composer Tony Kakkar’s latest song “Naagin jaisi kamar hila”.

Elnaaz Norouzi (Photo: Facebook)

The song is a catchy, foot-tapping number comprising a mix of traditional and contemporary elements.

“I chose this song because I think it is brilliantly composed and it’s catchy. I love to dance and this was my chance to explore that skill. I love Indian music, and music videos are a great way to own pop culture. It’s amazing that I got to collaborate with Tony, who has the country’s most loved dance anthems to his credit,” said Elnaaz, about the track, which will release on December 2.

She further revealed that she had always been a dancer since her childhood. “I was always fond of dancing. As a child, I remember my aunt would teach me a traditional Persian dance. When I moved to Germany, I would regularly enrol in dance classes. I love dancing and I have been working very hard at it,” added the actress.

I am Deepika Padukone’s souten: Arjun Kapoor

Mumbai– Arjun Kapoor has revealed how he keeps telling Deepika Padukone that he is her souten. Arjun said this while talking about the close bond he shares with Ranveer Singh, Deepika’s husband and his “Gunday” co-star.

Deepika Padukone (Photo: Deepika Padukone website)

“He still gatecrashes my dubbing, sends long voice messages after watching my songs and kisses me on the cheeks. Our connection remains unaffected. I tell Deepika (Padukone) that I am her souten. We have been consistently warm,” Arjun told Mid Day.

On the work front, Arjun is all set for the release of his movie “Panipat”, a historical drama based on the third Battle of Panipat (1761). The battle was fought between the Marathas, led by the great warrior Sadashivrao Bhau, and Afghan invader Ahmad Shah Abdali. In the film, Arjun plays Sadashivrao Bhau while Sanjay Dutt is Abdali.

Meanwhile on Thursday, Nawabzada Shadab Ali Bahadur, an eighth-generation descendant of Peshwa Baji Rao who lives in Bhopal, served legal notices to the makers of “Panipat” over a certain dialogue that Kriti Sanon, who plays Parvati Bai, delivers in the film.

The problematic dialogue goes: “Maine suna hai Peshwa jab akele muhim par jaate hain to ek Mastani ke saath laut te hain (I’ve heard that whenever the Peshwa goes to the war alone, he returns with a Mastani).” (IANS)

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