Bollywood Roundup: Karan Johar, Gauri Khan, Priyanka Chopra, and more…

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KJo, Gauri Khan recreate ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’ at ’90s theme party

Mumbai– Filmmaker Karan Johar channeled his inner Rahul from “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai” and superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s wife Gauri dressed up as Tina from the film for a nineties Bollywood theme party.

Gauri Khan

Karan on Tuesday night shared a string of photographs of their look from the party. One picture even had an “embarrassed” Shah Rukh photobombing, as Karan and Gauri posed for the camera.

“So breaking news! We attended our dear friends @bindraamritpal’s 90’s BOLLYWOOD theme bash! So ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’ it was for us! Gauri Khan channelled her inner Tina, Putlu channelled Anjali and me of course had to be RAHUL !!! Don’t miss the most embarrassed @iamsrk photobombing our poster recreation!” wrote Karan.

“Kuch Kuch Hota Hai” released in 1998. In the film, Shah Rukh Khan played Rahul, Kajol was Anjali and Rani Mukerji essayed Tina. The film was a love triangle, and superstar Salman Khan had an extended guest appearance cameo.

Priyanka reiterates anti-nuclear war stance

Mumbai– Priyanka Chopra has once again reacted against accusations that she is “encouraging nuclear war”, saying she will never be pro-war.

Priyanka Chopra (Photo: Twitter)

It all started in August, when Priyanka tweeted in support of the Indian Army, following which, at an event in Los Angeles, a Pakistani woman accused the actress of “encouraging nuclear war in Pakistan”.

The actress, who tackled the situation then, opened up about the controversy once again recently.

“It was unfortunate what happened, and… I never have been, never was, and never will be pro-war and that is in my statement itself. My work for all of these years is a testament to that, and I don’t feel I need to keep regurgitating it,” she told thedailybeast.com.

At the event in August, the Pakistani woman had said: “You are United Nations Goodwill ambassador for peace and you are encouraging nuclear war in Pakistan. There is no way you are in this… As a Pakistani, millions of people, like, me, have supported you in your business.”

Priyanka had then replied: “I have many, many friends from Pakistan and I am from India. War is not something I’m really fond of but I am patriotic, so I’m sorry if I hurt sentiments of people who do love me and have loved me. But I think that all of us have, a sort of, middle ground that we all have to walk. Just like you probably do as well.

“The way that you came at me right now… girl, don’t yell. We’re all here for love,” she added.

Mahesh Bhatt: Longevity of films matter to me, not debut grosses

Mumbai– Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt says he is more interested in the longevity of his films than by their debut grosses.

Mahesh Bhatt (Photo: facebook)

Mahesh on Wednesday took to Twitter, where he shared a poster of his film “Zakhm”, which was released 21 years.

He wrote: “I am more interested in the longevity of my films than by their debut grosses. I ask does it have anything to say in 10 years or 20 years? Could it still have legs? Could it still be around? History is rife with films that we love today that were ‘bombs’ on their opening weekend.”

“Zakhm” is considered of Bhatt’s finest directorial efforts and is said to bear autobiographical shades. The film won Ajay Devgn a National Award as Best actor, and also featured Pooja Bhatt, Sonali Bendre, Nagarjuna, and Kunal Kemmu as a child artist. The film won the Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration.

Bhatt on Wednesday announced that he is venturing into the digital space with a web-series based on the relationship of a struggling filmmaker and a top actress of the seventies.

Deepika Padukone: Rahul Dravid my all-time favourite cricketer

Mumbai– Actress Deepika Padukone confesses being a huge fan of former Indian international cricketer Rahul Dravid.

Deepika Padukone

“My all-time favourite cricketer is Rahul Dravid. A lot of my idols are not what they have done in the sport and the game, but how they have conducted themselves outside. For me, he is somebody I have admired and looked up to, and he is from Bangalore,” she said.

Deepika also emphasised on the importance of sports in life.

“How much we focus on our physical strength — our mental strength and mental endurance — is equally important if not more. At times you feel your body is not keeping up with the mind. I think sometimes it’s the mind that takes over — and nurturing that is very important. A young athlete will figure that along the way, but they should pay attention to that — the grit, courage, determination and spirit is important,” said Deepika, on Star Sports’ pre-show Nerolac Cricket Live.

Deepika soon makes her debut as a producer in the self-starring “Chhapaak”, directed and co-produced by “Raazi” maker Meghna Gulzar. The actress portrays real-life acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal in the film.

Janhvi Kapoor: Films become monotonous after a certain point

Mumbai– One-film-old Janhvi Kapoor says working in films can become monotonous after a certain point of time.

Janhvi Kapoor

Janhvi will next will be seen in the Netflix original film, “Ghost Stories”, a horror anthology featuring four stories directed by Anurag Kashyap, Dibakar Banerjee, Zoya Akhtar and Karan Johar. She features in Zoya’s segment and says that she had an enjoyable experience working in the project.

“I have recently done a short film for Netflix and I had a very enjoyable experience working on it. It feels good to work in a short film because mostly we do a film’s shoot over 50 to 60 days. It becomes very monotonous after a certain point. In a short film, however, you go in with a lot of energy and the shoot is over quickly, without distractions. In feature films, most of the time you have to juggle between two to three shoots unlike a short film where you get the chance to finish shooting at one ,” noted Janhvi, at a special screening of a short film named “Sepia” along with the film’s director Archit Kumar.

In the Zoya Akhtar segment of “Ghost Stories”, Janhvi features alongside Vijay Varma and Raghubir Yadav.

The quartet that directs “Ghost Stories” has collaborated twice before — on “Bombay Talkies” (2013) and “Lust Stories” (2018).

On the Bollywood front, Janhvi will be seen Sharan Sharma’s “Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl”, Hardik Mehta’s “Roohi Afza” and Collin D’Cunha’s “Dostana 2” next year.

Jackky Bhagnani, Darshan Raval unveil audio of ‘Aa jana’

Mumbai– After making people dance to their tune with “Kamariya”, actor Jackky Bhagnani and singer Darshan Raval have come together again, this time for a track titled “Aa jana”.

Jackky Bhagnani (Photo: Facebook)

Singer Prakriti Kakkar has joined Darshan for the audio track.

The music video that has Jackky and Indo-Australian actor Sarah Anjuli will release later this week.

“‘Aa jana’ is a peppy song with a hint of romance. With Prakriti and I singing, coupled with Jackky Bhai’s presence, this number is going to be a heady mix just right for the upcoming festive season.

“So excited to be working with Jackky Bhai yet again after ‘Kamariya’, it is always amazing to work with superhit duo composer Chetas and Lijo’,” said Darshan.

“Aa jana” has been composed by DJ Chetas and Lijo George, and produced by Jjust Music.

Jackky said: “In music just like in other creative aspects, the right connection among the collaborators is so essential. For me, making music is not just a passion but a great opportunity to jam with talented artistes.

“After the wonderful success of ‘Kamariya’, I was keen to get together with Darshan for ‘Aa jana’. Making the dream team complete is of course Lijo and Dj Chetas. So yes, it’s a reunion of the ‘Kamariya’ team to end the year on a high.” (IANS)

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