Bollywood Briefs: Sonam Kapoor, Juhi Chawla, Kunal Kapoor, Veerappan, Kangana Ranaut

Sonam Kapoor in Ralph and Russo
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Sonam Kapoor-White-sSonam Kapoor spells elegance in all-white ensemble

Cannes–Bollywood actress Sonam Kapoor lived up to her fashionista tag as she walked the red carpet of the 69th Cannes Film Festival here on Sunday in a bespoke all-white floor-sweeping gown.

After teasing fashion aficiondos with her first two appearances — a long caped outfit by Anamika Khanna, and then a mesmerising black and blue sculpted sari made of molten wires by Rimzim Dadu, the “Aisha” star sashayed down the red carpet in a customised couture Ralph and Russo gown teamed with Ferragamo shoes and Chopard accessories, read a statement.

This is the sixth year of Sonam walking the red carpet at Cannes as the L’Oréal Paris ambassador.

For the first time in six years, Sonam will also be attending the prestigious amfAR gala, established to raise funds for the fight against AIDS. It is scheduled for May 19.

Some of Sonam’s past appearances at Cannes have been criticised, but this year, she seems to be getting the look spot on.

Got injured during ‘Veerappan’ action sequences: Usha Jadhav

Mumbai–Actress Usha Jadhav, who plays notorious dacoit Veerappan’s wife Muthulaksmi in Ram Gopal Varma’s “Veerappan”, said she got injured while filming action sequences on the first day of the shoot.

“I remember the first day’s shoot very well as we were shooting in the jungle and it was an action sequence. When I was coming from the vanity to the location, I fell down. I had to run here and there and to move from one stone to another, and I felt ‘do I have to actually do all this’. I had never done an action sequence and the first day, the first sequence itself was an action sequence.

“That was challenging for me as I’m not habituated to it. I got hurt on the hands and legs and it was bleeding, so it was physically challenging,” said Usha in an interview.

But she says she was “very excited” to play the character and “also to work with Ramu sir as I always wanted to work with him”. “His research for every character is of several years, so he told me about the story of Muthulaksmi and Veerappan in detail. I read about Muthulaksmi on Google, I saw her photographs, saw her interviews to get an idea, so it was a combination of Ramu sir’s research and my research.”

Usha had started her journey in the industry with a small role in Madhur Bhandarkar’s “Traffic Signal” and has also acted in “Striker” and “Bhootnath Returns”. But her most notable work has been the Marathi film “Dhag” for which she won the National Award for Best Actress.

“Veerappan” releases on May 27.

Kunal Kapoor asks people to help Maharashtra’s drought-hit villages

Mumbai–Actor Kunal Kapoor, who came face-to-face with the situation in a drought-hit village of Maharashtra, has urged the public to do their bit in helping to alleviate the problem.

“I visited one of Maharashtra’s drought-hit villages on the weekend. And guys, the situation is far worse than you can imagine. A lot of villages have absolutely no water, people are forced to walk miles and queue for hours in the scorching heat to fetch a little water,” Kunal wrote on his Instagram on Monday.

The “Rang De Basanti” actor also shared that there are many villagers that need urgent help. “Fulora Foundation has partnered with Ketto and taken up the responsibility of 34 villages in Beed. You can help as well,” he wrote and shared a link, sharing information on how people can help.

“All it takes is Rs.2,000 to provide an entire village with water for a day. Let’s get together for these parched lands of Maharashtra,” added Kunal.

Juhi Chawla meets thalassemic children in Kolkata

Kolkata–Actress Juhi Chawla met thalassemic children at a treatment centre here on Monday and did her bit to generate awareness about the inherited blood disorder. The Kolkata Knight Riders’ co-owner also donated around Rs. 1 lakh from her personal fund as a commitment to the cause.

“She has committed Rs.10,000 for every match that KKR wins. From 2011 she has been doing it. It is from her personal fund and this time she donated Rs. 1 lakh,” a representative of the Thalassaemia Society of India treatment facility told IANS.

The “Darr” actress who was recently seen in educational drama “Chalk N Duster” interacted with the children undergoing treatment and showered affection at them, the official said.

Sonam Kapoor goes chic in black at Cannes

Cannes–After her surreal fashion statement in a white ensemble on the red carpet at the ongoing Cannes Film Festival here, Bollywood actress Sonam Kapoor picked another chic Ralph and Russo dress for an appearance at the gala.

Sonam Kapoor in Ralph and Russo
Sonam Kapoor in Ralph and Russo

Following her subtle yet effective red carpet look on Sunday in a caped floor-sweeping gown, Sonam spent Monday morning at Cannes giving press interviews.

For the same, she was seen wearing a black dress with a linear pattern — also by Ralph and Russo. She teamed this with shoes by Christian Louboutin, with her hair tied in a neat bun and summed up with the look with cat-eye glares, read a statement.

Adding a dash of colour was a bright lip colour. The actress is the brand ambassador of L’Oréal Paris, and is representing the cosmetic giant at Cannes.

The Cannes Film Festival started on Wednesday and will go on till May 22. The actress, who completed six years of going to the festival in 2016, will also attend amfAR Gala on May 19.

Kangana Ranaut designs Venice-inspired line

Mumbai– National Award-winning actress Kangana Ranaut, known for her quirky dressing style, has designed a summer collection for designer brand Vero Moda. And her inspiration is the city of Venice.

The collection, designed by Kangana, is titled ‘Venice Cruise’.

Scenic prints of the city are captured and blended with pastel hues. The silhouettes are set to be sensual with a lot of drama, juxtapositioned with colours that vouch to bring forth the freshness of the summer season.

The collection will be highlighted in stores from May 16 to May 23.

This is the second time that Kangana is designing a capsule line for Vero Moda. Her earlier line was called Marquee.



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