Bollywood Roundup: Rakul Preet Singh, Raj Kundra, Skand Thakur, and more…

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Rakul Preet Singh (Photo: IANS)

Rakul Preet Singh ‘excited’ to join ‘Dr G’ cast in Bhopal

Bhopal– Actress Rakul Preet Singh has landed in Bhopal to start her shoot for “Dr G”. The actress, who will be seen alongside Ayushmann Khurrana, is thrilled to shoot in the city for the first time.

“I am so excited to be in Bhopal and start shoot of ‘Dr G’ . Have waited for so long due to the lockdown to start shooting the film . I’m very thrilled and look forward to start shooting with Anubhuti, Ayushman, Shefali ji and the entire cast and crew it’s an amazing script and very close to my heart,” Rakul says.

This marks her maiden visit to the city of Bhopal. The actress is keen on exploring the city too in between the schedule.

“This is my first time shooting in Bhopal. Had always heard it’s a city of lakes and as soon as I landed and my drive to the hotel was so beautiful. It’s such a green and pretty city. Can’t wait to explore it. I also want to try the poha and jalebi here that I have heard of so much,” she says.

No bail for Raj Kundra in porn case

Mumbai– In a huge setback, a Mumbai court on Wednesday refused to grant bail to businessman Raj Kundra and his associate Ryan Thorpe in a case pertaining to alleged production and distribution of porn films.

Raj Kundra (Photo: IANS)

Accordingly, Kundra — who was arrested on July 19 by the Mumbai Police — will remain in judicial custody till August 10, as granted by the court on Tuesday.

Kundra, through Senior Advocate Abad Ponda, has filed a separate petition in the Bombay High Court challenging his arrest, which he contended was “illegal”, and pressed for quashing all orders of the Metropolitan Magistrate Court remanding him to police and then judicial custody.

However, on Tuesday, Justice A.S. Gadkari refused to grant any interim relief before hearing the police version in the matter and the next hearing has been scheduled for Thursday (July 29).

Kundra is the husband of Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty and last week the police raided their Juhu home and also recorded her statement, even as the case sent shockwaves through Bollywood.

Actor Skand Thakur on his debut project, passion for acting

Mumbai– Actor Skand Thakur, who made his debut with ‘Feels Like Ishq’, talks about his passion for acting and how it all started from Prithvi Theatre.

Skand Thakur (Photo: IANS)

Skand admitted that without letting his parents know, he joined Prithvi Theatre to pursue a career as an actor.

“My parents wanted me to do engineering but I was so taken by performing arts that I kept looking for a college in and around Juhu. Prithvi Theatre is where I started working on my dream. Every time I was on stage, I felt alive and that’s the feeling I wanted to have for the rest of my life at work,” he said.

The 26-year-old actor has a pivotal role in ‘Feels Like Ishq’ alongside co-star Tanya Maniktala.

He praises his co-star and recalls his experience of working with her.

“Even though we didn’t have enough days to spend together before the shoot as Tanya resides in Delhi, she flew down 3-4 days before the shoot to attend a few workshops and do a few exercises.

But even in that short span of time, we developed a very good rapport with each other because she’s super kind and extremely sincere.”

Swara on her next ‘Mimamsa’: It’s a thought-provoking murder mystery

Mumbai– Actress Swara Bhaskar said that she will be next seen in a murder mystery titled “Mimamsa”, which also features actor Bijendra Kala.

In the film, Swara will be seen playing the role of an investigating officer and it is shot in Bhopal.

Swara Bhaskar (Photo: IANS)

Talking about the film, the actress said: “The experience of shooting for the movie was one of its kind as it kept me invested throughout the shoot and I am sure that the viewers will be too when they get to watch it.”

Swara added that this is the first film she shot for after lockdown last year.

“That makes the movie extremely special to me, and it helped me have a sense of gratitude for the work I do. Without revealing much, I am just going to say that the movie will take you on a journey that is layered, is mysterious, and thought-provoking,” she said.

Produced by Moffy Production and co-produced by K.P. production, the film is directed by Gagan Puri.

Puri said: “We have tried to keep a sense of mystery about the movie, and with talents like Swara and Bijendra on board, it only adds to the buzz.”

The film is currently in its post-production phase and further details about the film’s release are expected to be unveiled soon.

Ayushmann Khurrana: Lucky that I chose acting as my profession

Mumbai– Actor Ayushmann Khurrana is currently busy shooting for his upcoming film “Doctor G” in Bhopal. He calls himself lucky that he chose acting as his profession because it has taken him to “incredible destinations”.

Ayushmann said: “I’m lucky that I chose acting as my profession because it has not only enabled me to live so many remarkable characters but has also taken me to so many incredible destinations.”

Ayushmann Khurrana (Photo: IANS)

The actor added that this is the first time in his career that he has shot in Bhopal.

He said: “For Doctor G, I’m fortunate to be visiting the heart of India and seeing it in its full glory. I’m shooting in Bhopal for the first time in my career and the city of lakes is a beautiful place. I’m bowled over by the warmth of the people and they have won my heart forever.”

Ayushmann feels he is blessed to be born in a beautiful country like India.

“Earlier this year, I was in the North East for Anek and experienced the spectacular Kaziranga National Park. India is the most beautiful place on the planet. I’m blessed to be born in this country which gives me the opportunity to cherish so much in my lifetime,” he added.

Ayushmann has a big lineup of films including “Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui” directed by Abhishek Kapoor, “Anek” by Anubhav Sinha and “Doctor G” helmed by Anubhuti Kashyap. (IANS)

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