Bollywood Roundup: Payal Dev, Shilpa Shetty Kundra, Manish Choudhary, and more…

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Payal Dev (Photo:IANS)

Payal Dev reveals why latest single ‘Dil lauta do’ is close to her heart

By Ahana Bhattacharya

Mumbai– Singer-composer Payal Dev is back with her latest single titled ‘Dil lauta do’. Payal has not only composed the song but also lent her vocals to it together with Jubin Nautiyal.

Sharing her experience of collaborating once again with Jubin Nautiyal, Payal told IANS: “It’s always a pleasure to work with him. My first song as a music composer was in Jubin’s voice with ‘Dil jaaniye’ then ‘Tum hi aana’ then ‘Fir chala’, and ‘Dil chahte ho’. Jubin is an amazing singer and an understanding person too. He understands the music composer’s vision and that makes the song best!”

Throwing light on what the song talks about, Payal added: “This one is a complete sad romantic track, truly soulful for the people who love listening to melodies. ‘Dil lauta do’ is very close to my heart because when I heard the entire track after creation, it made me emotional. I hope it will connect with people and reach the audience’s heart directly. In the video too, you will find lots of drama and the storyline is so amazing!”

The video of ‘Dil lauta do’ talks about heartbreak. Has Payal ever suffered a heartbreak in real life?

“There are certain times in life or some circumstances. Last year I lost my father and I am still not emotionally well as it’s a big thing. That is the only situation when I feel my heart was broken,” she replied.

Talking about how her single is also perfect for the ongoing monsoon season, the singer-composer said: “We can relate this song with rain even if the original video has a different vibe. But if we would have shot this video in rain, then too the song would have been able to connect. I think it completely depends on the director how he visualises the song but of course we can relate this song with monsoon as well.”

Shilpa Shetty Kundra: We don’t deserve a media trial

Mumbai– Actress Shilpa Shetty Kundra took to social media on Monday to issue a statement, saying she and her family do not deserve a media trial.

Shilpa’s statement comes at a time when her husband, businessman Raj Kundra has been granted judicial custody till August 10 in a case pertaining to alleged production and distribution of porn content.

Shilpa Shetty Kundra

The actress said she will not comment on the case as it is subjudice and also requested the media for some privacy saying the past few days have been challenging for her “on every front”.

Shilpa shared her statement on Instagram on Monday, which reads: “Yes! The past few days have been challenging, on every front. There have been a lot of rumours and accusations. A lot of unwarranted aspersions on me cast by the media and (not so) well wishers as well. A lot of trolling/questions posed…not only to me but also to my family.”

“MY STAND…I HAVE NOT COMMENTED YET and will continue to refrain from doing so on this case as it is subjudice, so please stop attributing false quotes on my behalf. Reiterating my philosophy of, as a celebrity ‘Never complain, never explain’. All I will say is, as it’s an ongoing investigation, I have full faith in the Mumbai Police & the Indian judiciary,” she added.

“As a family, we are taking recourse to all our available legal remedies. But, till then I humbly request you – especially as a MOTHER – to respect our privacy for my children’s sake and request you to refrain from commenting on half-baked information without verifying the veracity of the same,” Shilpa further wrote.

“I am a proud law-abiding Indian citizen and a hardworking professional for the last 29 years. People have put their faith in ME & I’ve never let anyone down. So, most importantly, I request you to respect my family’s and ‘my right’ to privacy in these times. We don’t deserve a media trial. Please let the law take its course. Satyamev Jayate!” she concluded.

Shilpa Shetty Kundra’s statement talking about her “right to privacy” comes just a few days after the Bombay High Court reportedly refused to restrict media and social media platforms from publishing reports which talk about her. The court reportedly told the Bollywood actress that she has chosen a public life.

Manish Choudhary returns to stage with ‘Pashmina’ on Nine Rasa

New Delhi– Actor Manish Choudhary returns to the stage with “Pashmina”, a play for Nine Rasa, a digital theatre platform by Shreyas Talpade.

Manish Choudhary

Talking about his return to the stage Manish said: “‘Pashmina’ is a very powerful play with Kashmir as the backdrop. Writer Mrinal Mathur weaves the intricate emotions of a sensitive relationship through the play and director Rasika Agashe with her directorial skills gets it alive on the stage.”

The actor thanked Shreyas. He said: “Would also like to thank Shreyas Talpade for providing a great platform Nine Rasa where the play will forever stay online for people to go back and watch.”

In the play “Pashmina”, Manish plays the role of a husband and a father, as the story revolves around a secret visit down memory lane.

Director of the play Rasika Agashe shares: “The actors were a delight to work with. Especially Manish Choudhary and Vibha Tiwari transformed themselves into the characters with such ease, I myself was lost in their performances when I was on the set directing them. They truly did justice to the writing of the play.”

Shreyas launched the OTT app Nine Rasa in April this year.

Manish was last seen in the web series “Bombay Begums”.

Himanshu Malhotra opens up about upcoming movie ‘Shershaah’

Mumbai– Actor Himanshu Malhotra will be seen as Major Rajiv Kapoor in the upcoming movie ‘Shershaah’. The actor who is known for his projects like ‘Ek Nayi Umeed-Roshni’ and ‘Nach Baliye 7’ seems enthusiastic about his upcoming project. The film features Sidharth Malhotra in the lead role.

Himanshu Malhotra

Speaking about the film, Malhotra says: “I was supposed to do a project with Kunal Kohli and casting director Jogiji took my audition for the same. But that did not happen and I got called for a different audition from Jogiji again. I was not aware that it is for the film ‘Shershaah’ and Sidharth Malhotra will be playing the title role.”

The film is directed by Vishnuvardhan and co-produced by Karan Johar. It is all set to release on August 12 on Amazon Prime.

While talking about his character and shooting experience in Kargil and Palampur, the actor says his role involved a lot of physical training and in fact he got injured on the sets. But overall for him this entire experience was amazing and he enjoyed it a lot.

He shares: “Lot of physical training was required and my knees and elbow got hurt during the shoot. Shooting in Kargil and Palampur was great fun. All the war scenes were shot in Kargil. Wearing the Indian Army uniform and playing a Major’s role is a different feeling altogether.”

The 39-year-old actor revealed about the entire schedule of working in Kargil and the various restrictions that were imposed. He adds: “We were all surrounded by the Army unit and that was an overwhelming experience. They were guiding us. I remember during our Kargil schedule, due to various restrictions, we were not allowed to step out and we would jam together post pack-up. The mobile network was not good, so we all used to entertain ourselves with live music and that was an enthralling experience.” (IANS)

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