Bollywood Roundup: Paresh Rawal, Neha Dhupia, Akshay Kumar, Farhan Akhtar

Farhan Akhtar (Photo: facebook)
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Paresh credits Salim, Salman for his career’s hits

Mumbai– Veteran actor and BJP MP Paresh Rawal has credited veteran writer Salim Khan for his first commercial hit “Naam” and his son superstar Salman Khan for his “biggest” hit “Tiger Zinda Hai”.

Salman Khan (Photo: Twitter)

Paresh was seen in a pivotal role in the Ali Abbas Zafar directorial “Tiger Zinda Hai” in which he played an undercover agent named Firdauz.

“Father Salim Khan saab gave me my first commercial hit (‘Naam’) and his son Salman Khan gives me my biggest hit (‘Tiger Zinda Hai’),” Paresh tweeted on Thursday night.

Produced by Yash Raj Films, “Tiger Zinda Hai”, which also stars Katrina Kaif, crossed the Rs 300 crore mark at the box office.

The high-on-action entertainer is the third Salman movie to surpass the Rs 300 crore mark after “Bajrangi Bhaijaan” and “Sultan”.

“Tiger Zinda Hai” emerged as the highest grossing Hindi film of 2017, next only to the Hindi-dubbed version of “Baahubali 2: The Conclusion”.

I know film industry better than many: Neha Dhupia

New Delhi– Actress Neha Dhupia feels she knows the film industry better than many others as she is “pretty much” friends with everyone.

Neha Dhupia

The actress is excited to host “BFFs With Vogue”. The show will premiere on Colors Infinity on Saturday.

“I am excited about it. The thing is that I know the industry better than a lot of people and I am friends with pretty much everyone,” Neha told IANS.

“I feel I am the kind of person who comes with a lot of wit and warmth and I am going to try and bring that to the show,” she added.

Neha started her Bollywood innings with “Qayamat: City Under Threat” in 2003. Since then, she has featured in “Julie”, “Kyaa Kool Hai Hum”, “Chup Chup Ke”, “Singh Is Kinng”, “Ungli”, “Qarib Qarib Singlle” and “Tumhari Sulu”. She also hosts and judges TV shows and a radio show.

What’s her next goal?

“I live in the present and definitely have no 10-year plan. The only thing I planned in my life were a couple of relationships that I was in and I thought that ‘this is the one. I am going to settle down with him’ and that went kaput. So I have stopped planning my life,” she said.

Cast of ‘Padmaavat’ thanks Akshay Kumar

Mumbai– The lead actors of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s much-awaited “Padmaavat” thanked Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar for shifting his film “Pad Man” to February 9, leaving a solo week for “Padmaavat”.

Akshay Kumar

Actress Deepika Padukone who is playing the title role in the film, expressing her gratitude to Akshay, wrote, “Only from the heart can you touch the sky – Rumi. On behalf of team ‘Padmaavat’, a big, big thank you to the team ‘Pad Man’ for your support and generosity!”

Shahid Kapoor, who also plays a key role, tweeted, “Thank you, Akshay Kumar, for being ever so gracious. Can’t wait to see ‘Pad Man’. Much love and luck.”

Ranveer Singh tweeted, “Big man with a big heart! Akshay Kumar, grateful to you sir, much love and respect.”

The film features Deepika as Rani Padmavati along with Shahid Kapoor playing Maharawal Ratan Singh and Ranveer Singh as Sultan Alauddin Khilji.

On Friday evening, alongside the director Bhansali, Akshay announced the reschedule release date of his film. Respecting his gesture, Bhansali said, “I will be grateful to Akshay for a lifetime.”

“Padmavaat” is releasing on January 25.

Farhan to pay tribute to The Beatles, Pink Floyd

Mumbai– Filmmaker-actor and musician Farhan Akhtar says he will pay a tribute to music legends like Pink Floyd, David Bowie and The Beatles at a music festival in Ranthambore in Rajasthan.

Farhan Akhtar

The actor tweeted on Friday: “Off to Ranthambore Festival to play a tribute set to the bands, singer and songwriters that influenced my music sensibility. The Beatles, Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Bob Dylan, Jethro Tull and more. Wish me luck. Music love, fun times, new set.”

The three-day festival is scheduled to be held at the Nahargarh Palace from Friday to January 21 in Ranthambore.

Other artists who will be performing at the event include Fiddlers Green, Tritha Sinha, and Faran Ensemble. The festival will combine music, nature and well-being experiences in a setting that’s extraordinary. (IANS)


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