Bollywood Roundup: Sushmita Sen, Salman Khan, Ajay Devgn, and more…

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Sushmita Sen (Photo: Twitter)

Barkha Singh: It was fun to work with Sushmita Sen

Mumbai– “House Arrest” star Barkha Singh loved working with Sushmita Sen, and says she bonded with the actress over chocolates.

In Netflix’s new chat show “The Brand New Show”, Barkha got nostalgic about shooting with Sushmita when host Kanan Gill highlighted how he enjoyed watching Barkha’s 2003 film “Samay: When Time Strikes”.

“Sushmita called me Mithoo in the film. I was really young during the shoot of the film and I had questions to ask. I got to meet Sushmita Sen and it was really fun shooting the film. She and I both love chocolates, so after every take, whether it was good or bad, we always got chocolates,” Barkha said.

Barkha joined “The Brand New Show” along with her “House Arrest” co-star Shriya Pilgaonkar.

Salman: Once I’m in uniform, I’m only Chulbul

Mumbai– Superstar Salman Khan says he feels a strong parallel existence of his onscreen avatar Chulbul Pandey.

Salman Khan

Salman took on the cop avatar of Chulbul Pandey with “Dabangg” in 2010. It has became very popular among his fans and followers. Now, he will be back as the fun police officer with the upcoming “Dabangg 3”.

“Since the last 9 years, I feel a strong parallel existence of Chulbul Pandey. I am overwhelmed with the love and support that the fans gave the character,” Salman said.

The actor opened up about how Chulbul Pandey is not just a character for him but is an entirely different persona that he likes to embrace.

“Once I wear my police vardi and moustache, I am no more Salman Khan, I am Chulbul Pandey,” he added.

Directed by Prabhudeva and produced by Salma Khan, Arbaaz Khan and Nikhil Dwivedi under the banner of Salman Khan Films, the film also features Sonakshi Sinha, Arbaaz, Amole Gupte, Mahie Gill and Tinnu Anand.

Ajay Devgn wraps up Kolkata schedule of ‘Maidaan’

Kolkata– Actor Ajay Devgn has wrapped up the third schedule of Amit Ravindernath Sharma’s “Maidaan” in Kolkata.

Ajay Devgn

Sharma’s “Maidaan” is based on the “golden years of Indian Football”. Ajay essays the role of the legendary coach Syed Abdul Rahim, who is said to be the founding father of Indian football. He was an Indian football coach and manager of the Indian national team from 1950 until his death in 1963. He is also regarded as the architect of modern Indian football.

Football star PK Banerjee met Ajay, and shared his knowledge and experiences with the football team.

The team shot at different places around Kolkata and also on the outskirts. The team used to start shooting at 4 a.m. and finished at 5 p.m. each day.

Produced by Zee Studios, Boney Kapoor, Akash Chawla and Arunava Joy Sengupta, “Maidaan” will release on November 27, 2020.

Shalmali Kholgade: There was a time I’d compare myself to other singers

Mumbai– Singer Shalmali Kholgade loves the singing skills of colleagues like Jonita Gandhi, Arijit Singh and Neeti Mohan.
She says there was a time when she used to compare herself to these artistes.

halmali Kholgade

“Being in the music industry is filled with a lot of ups and downs. It’s not like (you have) a phase of up and a phase of down, but (it’s more like you have) one day full of ups and downs. There could be a recording that is so good that it boosts self-confidence and you feel it is going to get carried forward to everything you do that day. And then, you do a show the same day that doesn’t go as well, and you are beating yourself up,” Shalmali said.

On competition n the industry, she said: “There are so many contemporaries now, and they are all putting their best foot forward, wanting to do good for themselves. What works for me is to be appreciative of things that everyone has to offer in the industry, because there is a certain forte that everybody has. As long as I’m looking at my contemporaries with a learning eye, I am not scared to be here with them. It has always helped me to be a student because that way I know there is somewhere to go rather than being in a place where you feel lost and alone.”

For her, Jonita, Neeti and Sunidhi Chauhan are “absolutely spectacular vocalists amongst the women”.

She also reveals her choices among the male singers. “I love what Arijit Singh, Ash King, Sriram Chandra, Nakash (Aziz) and Amit Mishra are bringing to the music industry. I love what their voices can do. There was a time I would start comparing myself to them — where I stand compared to these people, who are getting work, or how much work they get,” she said.

Vidya Balan’s ‘Shakuntala Devi’ to release on May 8, 2020

Mumbai– Actress Vidya Balan on Thursday took to Instagram and announced the release date of her upcoming film “Shakuntala Devi” in a quirky way.

As the film is based on the life of the late mathematics genius Shakuntala Devi, Vidya teased her followers with a math problem to decode the release date on their own.

“Hi, everyone. I have some exciting news to share. The release date for ‘Shakuntala Devi’ has been decided and it will release in exactly 148 days from now,” she said in the clip.

“Kya hua? Calculation nahi kar paa rahe? Kya laga, Shakuntala Devi hoon, aise hi bata dungi? Chalo, one more try. (What happened? Unable to calculate? Did you think Shakuntala Devi would give you the answer just like that? Okay, one more try),” she added.

Then she gave another math problem.

“It is release on the date which is a number 8, when added with the month and year number, again adds up to 8,” she said.

Not only this, she also asked her fans to guess the release date with emojis, before revealing the answer.

The film also stars Sanya Malhotra as Shakuntala Devi’s daughter Anupama and Amit Sadh in a pivotal role.

English activist Katie Piper praises Deepika’s ‘Chhapaak’

Mumbai– English Presenter Katie Piper, who is an acid attack survivor, has loved the trailer of Deepika Padukone’s upcoming film “Chhapaak”.

Deepika Padukone as Padmavati

Taking to Twitter, Katie Piper praised the trailer, writing, “watching the trailer took my breath away. I had to watch 3-4 times for it all to sink in. The film explores what it really means to survive an acid attack in India.”

She added: “Based on true events, the film follows Malti’s traumatic medical journey and her fight for justice in a legal battle against her attacker – a man who couldn’t cope with her rejecting his advances. Malti’s face is permanently scarred but not her spirit, that is unbreakable. An untold story of trauma and triumph.”

According to reports, Katie had acid thrown on her by her ex-boyfriend and an accomplice, causing major damage to her face and blindness in one eye in 2008.

Deepika’s film “Chhapaak” revolves around the real-life acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal.

The movie, which is scheduled to release in January, 2020, is directed by Meghna Gulzar. It also features Vikrant Massey. (IANS)

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