Bollywood Roundup: Rana Daggubati, Malaika Arora, Madhuri Dixit, and more…

Rana Daggubati (Photo: Wikipedia)

Rana Daggubati confident about his ISL team

Mumbai– Actor Rana Daggubati says there have been a few key changes on and off the field this season in Hyderabad FC, the football team he co-owns in Indian Super League (ISL).

Rana Daggubati

Rana joined ISL debutants Hyderabad FC as a franchise co-owner. He co-owns the team with Varun Tripuraneni and Vijay Madduri. The ongoing edition of ISL will go on till March.

“Varun and the team have done an amazing job on pulling this off with less time at hand and under challenging circumstances. The direction in which the team is moving towards the next season is positive. There have been some key changes on and off the field. I am here to support the team and am confident that we will lift the trophy,” Rana said.

Talking about the team, Varun said: “We are sitting and brainstorming over what were our weaknesses and how we could come back with a much stronger team on field and off.”

“The team is extremely happy with the support we are receiving from Rana. It’s great to have someone like him on board. He has been a great boost for the team’s morale. With the slew of new signings so far and more to come, the team is very very confident that the second time is definitely going to be the charm for the team,” Varun added.

Last month, Hyderabad FC named Spanish ex-footballer Albert Roca as their new head coach for the 2020-21 season on a two-year deal.

Malaika Arora: I am a strict mother

Mumbai– Actress-model Malaika Arora would want her son to treat her like a friend, but says she is a strict mother.

Malaika Arora

“I am a strict mother and my son knows it. The culture, respect, and integrity need to be maintained and being humble is always a part of it. I would want my son to treat me like a friend, which he does,” said Malaika, who is the mother of a son, Arhaan, who is 18.

On being asked about her girl gang, she said: “I love meeting my girl-friends, they are an integral part of me. While we talk and share everything with each other, the vital part of it is that we keep each other really grounded.”

Talking about her love for yoga, Malaika said: “I was introduced to yoga about five years ago and slowly grew fond of it. I always had that preconceived notion it is very slow and is for the elderly, but to my experience, any age group fits into the yoga genre.”

Malaika opened up about her life in an episode of “Not Just Supper Stars”, which airs in India on Zee Cafe.

When host Gunjan Utreja asked about her thoughts on her iconic song “Chaiyya chaiyya”, she said: “It was extremely scary, but I loved the experience. It was the only time I danced on a moving train.”

Madhuri was my best student, says Subhash Ghai

Mumbai– Filmmaker Subhash Ghai says actress Madhuri Dixit Nene was his best student ever.

Madhuri Dixit Nene (Photo: Twitter)

He admitted this at an interaction with students of his film school Whistling Woods International, where Madhuri was a guest.

The actress, who had made her debut in Bollywood with the 1984 filom, “Abodh”, has worked in Ghai blockbusters such as “Ram Lakhan” (1989) and “Khalnayak” (1993).

“She is one of the best actors we have in the industry, and today I am so proud of her achievements. Today she runs an online dancing school and I run an international school in filmmaking and allied courses,” he said.

Madhuri had taken to social media to post a photo with the director. She captioned it: “Interacting with the students, @SubhashGhai1ji and @meghnaghaipuri was just spectacular… There’s so much to learn from them. Thank you @whistlingwoods for inviting me to be a part of your stellar event.”

Ayushmann: I have kissed a boy in the past

Mumbai– Bollywood actor Ayushmann Khurrana has opened up about the time he kissed a boy in the past.

Ayushmann Khurrana

“I have kissed a boy in the past. During MTV Roadies, we were playing truth and dare. I got the dare (to kiss a boy) and so I did it,” said the actor, who is seen playing a gay character in his upcoming film “Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan”, and who is seen kissing his costar Jitendra Kumar in the ‘Gabru’ song of the film.

Ayushmann added: “If I can do it for a dare then why can’t I do it for a film? This kind of film is happening in India in 2020. I feel a boy can fall in love with a boy, or a girl can fall in love with a girl. It doesn’t matter because at end of the day. Love should be treated as love.”

Did his co-star Jitendra Kumar also have the experience of kissing a guy in the past? “Before shooting the kissing scene, I asked Jitu if he had ever kissed a boy. He told me he had done it in the past. He told me that ragging takes place in engineering colleges, and he was given a task to kiss four boys. I feel this is ridiculous. I feel ragging should be banned and it is not right. It shouldn’t happen. It wasn’t banned back then, so Jitu had to do it. So, he has done method acting before this film,” said Ayushmann, while interacting with students at Bhavan’s College to promote “Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan”, along with his co-actor Jitendra Kumar in Mumbai.

On the release of the gay rom-com “Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan”, Ayushmaan said he is glad that India is ready is for a film on same-sex relationship.

Richa Chadha has ‘soft spot’ for her ‘Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!’ role

New Delhi– Actress Richa Chadha says her character Dolly from her debut film “Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!” will always hold a “soft spot” in her heart.

Richa Chadha (Photo: Wikipedia)

“I do have a soft spot for my character in ‘Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye’ called Dolly. A dancer who is also involved in some other activities for Gogi bhai… And I really enjoyed working on Dolly because I could understand the mileu she came from,” Richa told IANS.

The actress, who is currently riding high on the success of her latest release “Panga”, has played some famous characters like Nagma Khatoon from “Gangs of Wasseypur”, Bholi Punjaban from “Fukrey” and Public prosecutor Hiral Mehta from “Section 375: Marzi Ya Jabardasti” among many others.

She explains why is Dolly’s character special to her.

“The first of something is always very special.. So that is why Dolly is special for me,” she added. (IANS)


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