Bollywood Roundup: Aahana Kumra, Krystle D’Souza, Kareena Kapoor, and more…

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Aahana Kumra to feature in video for United Nations

Mumbai– Actress Aahana Kumra, who featured in the film “Lipstick under my Burkha”, will feature in a special video for the United Nations Organisation for an initiative called “Women and their Role in Creating Peaceful Societies and in Preventing Violent Extremism”.

The video is devoted to women and their role in creating peaceful societies and preventing violent extremism. It will feature Aahana in fusion with EIC (The East India Comedy) and will be an official entry from India to the UN, read a statement.

Comedians from Indonesia and Bangladesh will also be joining hands in fighting globally persisting predicaments.

“It didn’t take much for me to sign up for this interesting collaboration. All it took was a call from Sapan Verma from East India Company and I was ready to fight patriarchy all over again. I have been battling against odd gender norms and patriarchy since a while now and putting across a strong message in a light headed way is what drove me to jump on board,” said Aahana.

“This initiative is a part of the UN Women council, where the cell is striving hard to avert women to embrace terrorism or moulding into one. There are some portions in the video that talks about anti terrorist behaviour.

“It’s about how women are hired by terrorist organisations to be terrorists but again they are given menial jobs like cleaning the floor, taking care of the men and other things. I think this is hard hitting video but shown in a funny way,” she added.

I can’t wait to meet my secret admirer: Krystle D’Souza

Mumbai– Krystle D’Souza is getting gifts from her secret admirer ahead of her birthday on March 1. The actress says she is overwhelmed with the gifts and would like to meet the admirer.

The actress has been receiving a lot of bouquets and letters on the sets of her show “Belan Waali Bahu”, which is aired on Colors channel.

“This year, I am really looking forward to my birthday, the reason being my beloved fans who are making me feel like a princess everyday with their sweet surprises in the form of letter, gifts and flowers,” Krystle said in a statement.

“I am overwhelmed by this gesture and the love my fans have for me. I can’t wait to meet my secret admirer on my birthday,” she added.

The actress has also featured in TV shows like “Ek Hazaaron Mein Meri Behna Hai” and “Ek Nayi Pehchaan”.

Kareena Kapoor Khan to endorse juice brand

New Delhi– Actress Kareena Kapoor Khan has been roped in as the brand ambassador of fruit based soft drink brand Rasna masala orange.

“Be it in spicy burgers, pizzas or sandwiches, everyone in India is used to a spicy palette. It is for the first time in the country, we have a spicy soft drink in the form of Rasna masala orange.

“I am proud to associate with Rasna as they are giving India a chatpata orange drink that all of us love,” Kareena said in a statement.

Rasna masala orange is a product created by the combination of real juice with spices such as black pepper, cinnamon, ginger, cumin, red chillies, mint and fennel seeds.

“Kareena Kapoor Khan is a critically acclaimed actor, fearless and believes in quality. As we venture into this new era of spicy drinks, our association with Kareena Kapoor Khan as the brand ambassador of Rasna masala orange will help reach out to more consumers,” Piruz Khambatta, Chairman and MD, Rasna Pvt. Ltd, said.

What ended Karan Johar’s love for Holi

Mumbai– Filmmaker Karan Johar has revealed why he doesn’t like to play with colours during the Holi festival.

Karan Johar

While shooting for the Holi episode of the Star Plus show “India’s Next Superstars”, Karan shared a few instances due to which he fears playing Holi even today, read a statement.

“When I was six or seven years old, kids in my colony ran behind me to put silver colour paint on me. Trying to save myself, I fell down and hurt myself and ended up in a fight with the other kids,” Karan said.

Sharing another incident at megastar Amitabh Bachchan’s house for Holi, he said: “I fondly remember visiting Amitji’s house for Holi when I was 10 years old. I told him why I feared the festival so much.”

“That’s when Abhishek came inside the room, picked me up and threw me in a pool of coloured water. That was the end of my love for Holi and I haven’t played ever since.”

Mahesh Babu named brand ambassador of Protinex

Chennai– Superstar Mahesh Babu has been roped in as the ambassador for the protein brand Protinex.

In line with its mission ‘to educate Indians about the relevance of protein daily’, Mahesh Babu will be the face of the brand and would feature in its key brand campaigns and initiatives, read a statement.

“In today’s busy lifestyle, protein is an important nutrient for growth and maintaining an active lifestyle. In fact, I make sure that my daily diet has adequate protein, and Protinex is a key enabler to achieve this,” said Mahesh Babu.

Commenting on this endorsement, Himanshu Bakshi, Director- Marketing, Danone India said: “More than 70 per cent urban Indian diets are protein deficient, in fact 93 per cent of Indians are unaware of their ideal protein requirement and believe that they are getting enough protein in their diet.

“South is a highly penetrated region for health food drinks category with multiple established brands. With the intent to reach as many people as possible, Telugu superstar Mahesh Babu was an obvious choice. He is widely admired by audience across age groups and reasonates very well with brand’s promise,” Bakshi added.

Shabana Azmi cancels Holi party after Sridevi’s demise

Mumbai– Veteran actress and social activist Shabana Azmi has cancelled her Holi party as a sign of respect to late actress Sridevi.

Shabana Azmi

“Our Holi party at Janki Kurir stands cancelled on March 2 in the wake of Sridevi’s passing away,” Shabana tweeted on Monday.

Sridevi, 54, died on Saturday night in Dubai following cardiac arrest.

The Padma Shri recipient was there to attend the marriage function of actress Sonam Kapoor’s cousin Mohit Marwah, along with husband Boney Kapoor and younger daughter Khushi.

The funeral was likely to take place on Monday, although there was yet no word from the family on this.

Koroli Nair is very unlike me: Taapsee Pannu

New Delhi– Actress Taapsee Pannu, who currently awaits the release of her next film “Dil Juunglee”, says her character Koroli Nair from the film is very unlike her.

Taapsee Pannu

Talking about her role, Taapsee told IANS over phone from Mumbai: “I play a Delhi girl but a very unlike me Delhi girl.(It’s a character) very unlike what I have portrayed or you have seen of Delhi girls in movies till now.”

“I play a millionaire’s daughter, who is like ‘Alice In Wonderland’, where she has no reality check. She feels that everything is happy in her life and has this knight in shining armour, who will come one day to be with her and nothing is wrong in this world and everything goes perfectly fine… She has no reality check. She is very pampered not the spoilt brat but she is a sweetheart who lives in her bubble of her own,” she added.

Taapsee describes the movie as “beautiful”.

“It is a beautiful love story at the heart of it but then it has very good characters around it which makes the film interesting and special because love stories are more or less the same… But what makes it special is how these characters are,” she said.

Directed by Aleya Sen Sharma, “Dil Juunglee”, will release on March 9. It also stars Saqib Saleem. (IANS)



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