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Emraan Hashmi on Rishi Kapoor: I love his brutally honest attitude

Mumbai– Veteran actor Rishi Kapoor teams up with Emraan Hashmi for the first time in the upcoming thriller, “The Body”. Emraan is clearly in awe of the senior star.

“Whatever I had heard about Rishi sir is all true. I love his attitude of being brutally honest. We are living in a world where people around us give fake smiles and try to be nice. I love Rishi sir because he will not say words behind your back. All the good things I’ve heard of him are true! There is no hypocrisy in him,” he said.

Asked to name his favourite Rishi Kapoor film, Emraan said: “I liked ‘Karz’ and ‘Amar Akhbar Anthony’ among many others. He is such a natural actor.”

Rishi, on his part, had this to say about Emraan: “Initially, he was doing those films in which songs were superhit (referring to ‘Murder’, ‘Gangstar’). He was doing romantic films. I thought he would only work in that genre of films, but it is great to see how he shifted gear and became a versatile actor. He is an intelligent actor and very calculative with his action. I like that!”

Rishi, who plays a pivotal role in the upcoming film “The Body”, says the film’s director Jeethu Joseph wanted to work with him for his earlier film — the 2013 Malayalam film, “Drishyam” — but that didn’t materialise. Now that they have managed to work together, Joseph is really happy.

“Jethu told me he wanted to make a Hindi version of ‘Drishyam’ with me, but I was not a saleable star to lead the film. It is ok with me, at this age I am a character actor now. I had my glorious days to bring people to the theatre. Then the producer went on to make the (Hindi version) film with Ajay (Devgn) because he is a star. When he decided to make this film (‘The Body’), he was determined that he would work with me. In this story, my role suites my age as well as the character. Jeethu is really happy that his dream of working with me came true with this film. He is a good guy!” Rishi told IANS.

Twinkle’s Instagram pic of Mumbai auto gets over 50K likes

New Delhi– A picture of an auto-rickshaw in Mumbai offering a slew of facilities has gone viral on Instagram, courtesy Bollywood actress Twinkle Khanna.

Twinkle Khanna

Twinkle posted the picture of the auto-rickshaw owned by Kamal Govil, who is said to be a fan of the Bollywood actress. It garnered 50,154 ‘likes’ on Instagram.

The auto is equipped with a window garden, a washbasin and a desktop monitor. Apart from free mobile charging for passengers, it offers one-km free ride for senior citizens. Advice about fitness also comes gratis.

It was described as genius Mumbai rickshaw belongs in the jugaad Hall Of Fame on Twinkle’s Instagram handle.

One fan reacted: “Thats pretty cool… where did u find this… thanks for sharing…”.

“Should also have a swimming pool or a jacuzzi,” pointed out another.

One wrote: “I love the part about fitness advice”.

Sunny Leone buys stake in IPL Soccer

Mumbai– Bollywood star Sunny Leone has bought a stake in the Leicester Galactos team of IPL Soccer, a celebrity-owned seven-a-side indoor football tournament held in the UK.

Sunny’s team is co-owned by Jaz Dhami.

Sunny said: “Sports speak a global language and it’s my pleasure that I get the chance to encourage emerging talent. IPL Soccer gives the right kind of exposure, facilities and platform to the soccer players.

Former England football star Micheal Owen brand ambassador of the league.

“Sport is one of the few institutions that can break down barriers and stereotypes. Providing fully inclusive opportunities for all are at the core of the IPL soccer Programme,” said Owen.

The “Mastizaade” star recently posted the video of her kicking the ball at a goalpost, alongside the caption, “What’s my name.. what’s my name?”

IPL Soccer founder Sany Supra expressed his joy on having Sunny Leone on board.

“Football and the Entertainment world together to showcase across the globe,” he stated.

The tournament helmed in UK will flag off in June 2020.

Ekta Kapoor joins hand with Guneet Monga for ‘Pagglait’

Mumbai– Ekta Kapoor will co-produce the upcoming film “Pagglait” with Guneet Monga. The film stars Sanya Malhotra.

Ekta Kapoor (Photo: Twitter)

Monga, who won an Oscar in the Best Documetary (Short Subject) category for producing “Period: End Of Sentence” last year, is among “the most relevant voices” in Indian cinema, said Ekta.

“Guneet is one of the most relevant voices in Indian cinema today. When I heard the very concept of the film, I knew we had to do this together,” said Ekta, making the announcement on the occasion of Monga’s birthday on Thursday.

As Ekta’s banner Balaji Telefilms and Sikhya Entertainment, founded by Monga, decided to embark on the joint production, Monga said: “We are glad to bring a concept as quirky as ‘Pagglait’ on screen with Sanya Malhotra leading the film, and a powerhouse like Balaji Telefilms backing this one. Our film tells the story of a young girl as she discovers her purpose and identity amidst looming questions about love and belonging in the neo-modern smalltown India.”

Yami Gautam to recreate 90s iconic videos on Tik Tok

Mumbai– After playing a Tik Tok star in the film “Bala”, actress Yami Gautam is all set to make her debut on the social media video application, and she would like to recreate some iconic videos from the 90s.

Yami Gautam

“It’s been a busy week and I have not been so gratified with my work in a long time. I think I will give in to the public demand of starting my own Tik Tok account. I don’t think I can be an avid user, but I look forward to make some videos on the platform. I would would love to explore and see what all ‘Bala’ inspired and Pari Mishra inspired videos other users are making. Personally I would like to recreate some iconic videos from the 90s and do the hook steps to some amazing songs from that time like we did in the movie,” Yami said.

Yami feels it “will be a good way to connect with the fans who have given the character so much love”.

On the film front, she will be next seen in “Ginny Weds Sunny”, which is touted as a romantic comedy.

Rani Mukerji to be at Eden on Day 1 of D/N Test

Kolkata– Bollywood actress Rani Mukerji will be in attendance at the iconic Eden Gardens on the first day of the historic pink ball Test match between India and Bangladesh beginning Friday. She will be seen promoting her upcoming film “Mardaani 2”.

Rani Mukerji (Photo: Wikipedia)

“This is the first time I will be watching a match at Eden Gardens. I have always heard from my parents that the atmosphere at Eden is electrifying. It’s going to be quite an experience for me to watch a cricket match live. I am hoping that I too can make wonderful memories out of this day,” Rani said.

She added: “It’s another happy occasion since I am going to be presenting the message of ‘Mardaani 2’ to the people present there and million others who will be watching the match through the broadcaster.”

“Mardaani 2” focuses on the rise in violent crimes by juveniles in India and has definitely sparked a conversation on the threat this poses on young girls.

“Rani will be at Eden Gardens when India takes on Bangladesh for the first Test match to be played with the pink ball. Since she will be anyway in the city to promote ‘Mardaani 2’, this gave the team a huge opportunity to spread the message of the film to everyone who would be watching this much hyped match,” said an informer.

Rani is reprising the role of the fearless and committed Superintendent of Police, Shivani Shivaji Roy in “Mardaani 2”.

Produced by Aditya Chopra, “Mardaani 2” is set to hit theatres on December 13. (IANS)

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