Bollywood Roundup: Akshay Kumar, Farah Khan, Pranati Rai Prakash, and more…

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Akshay Kumar’s ‘Bell Bottom’ to release on Aug 19

Mumbai– The Akshay Kumar-starrer spy thriller “Bell Bottom” will now have a theatrical release on August 19.

The film’s release was pushed from April 2021 to July 27 due to the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic in the country.

Akshay shared the news on Twitter, along with a motion poster of the film featuring the entire cast of the film.

“Mission: To Entertain you on the BIG SCREEN Date: August 19, 2021 Announcing the arrival of #BellBottom! #BellBottomInCinemasAug19 @vashubhagnani @humasqureshi @LaraDutta @ranjit_tiwari @jackkybhagnani @honeybhagnani @monishaadvani @madhubhojwani @nikkhiladvani @EmmayEntertain,” Akshay tweeted.

“Bell Bottom” is an espionage thriller set in the 1980s. The film was largely shot in Glasgow, Scotland, amid lockdown. Ranjit M. Tewari’s directorial also stars Vaani Kapoor, Lara Dutta Bhupathi and Huma Qureshi.

Farah Khan to judge celebrity-studded new comedy show

Mumbai– A new non-fiction comedy show is coming on television which aims to tickle the funny bone of the audience and help them beat the pandemic blues.

Farah Khan (Photo: IANS)

Titled “Zee Comedy Show”, it will be judged by choreographer-filmmaker Farah Khan and has a bunch of talented comedians and actors on board.

The two teams in the show each have a mix of comedians, actors and singers, including Ali Asgar, Sugandha Mishra Bhosle, Sanket Bhosale, Gaurav Dubey, Ballraaj, Siddharth Sagar, Divyansh Dwivedi, Tejasswi Prakash, Aditya Narayan, Punit J. Pathak and Chitrashi Rawat.

Farah Khan, who will be playing the judge or ‘Laughing Buddha’ in the show, said: “We all have been stressing about the current scenario because of the pandemic that has been a threat to all of us since last year. I feel Zee TV has come up with Zee Comedy Show at the right moment.

“This is surely going to be the perfect getaway for all the viewers, to relax with their family and laugh out loud. I’m happy that the best of the best comedians and artistes are a part of the show and they will try everything in their power to make me and the whole nation laugh.”

Pranati Rai Prakash opens up about her ‘Cartel’ role

Mumbai– Actress Pranati Rai Prakash has talked about her role in the upcoming web series “Cartel”. She describes her character as “motivated” and “emotionally volatile”.

Pranati Rai Prakash (Photo: IANS)

“My character’s name in the Cartel is ‘Sumi’. She is an aspiring actress who is very motivated, loves her family but is sensitive and emotionally volatile. In the series, you’ll watch her evolution. She is the youngest member of the Angre family and the most loved one,” Pranati said.

The web series also stars Tanuj Virwani, Rithvik Dhanjani and Sanaya Pithawala. Pranati could not stop gushing about her role.

The 23-year-old actress added: “She is the youngest member of the Angre family, full of life and the most loved one. It was a great experience working with such great actors like Supriya Pathak ma’am, Jitendra Joshi sir, Rithvik Dhanjani, Tanuj Virwani who is also my co-actor for the second time! Everyone was lovely to work with, all of my co-actors.”

“Cartel” is an action-drama on MX Player and ALTBalaji. It is based in Mumbai and has a story with action, drama and powerplay.

Vidya Balan on how each character she portrays teaches her something

New Delhi– Actress Vidya Balan, who has always wowed the audience with her power-packed performances and strong roles, has opened up about how each character she has portrayed till now has educated and changed something for her.

Vidya Balan (Photo: IANS)

Ever since she made her Bollywood debut with “Parineeta” in 2005, Vidya has treated fans with her dynamic portrayals in films such as “Bhool Bhulaiyaa”, “No One Killed Jessica”, “The Dirty Picture”, “Paa”, “Kahaani”, “Ishqiya”, “Mission Mangal”, “Tumhari Sulu” and “Shakuntala Devi”.

Her latest release is “Sherni”, where she plays an upright forest officer battling social barriers set by the patriarchal society and lackadaisical attitudes within her department.

Asked if she takes back anything from her character or if they educate her in any way, Vidya told IANS: “Yeah absolutely. It’s like you always take back something after you have an interaction with another individual. It’s the same. You live this person’s life for one and a half months or two or maybe more because you start prep before that.”

The 42-year-old actress says it is difficult not getting impacted by a character.

“So, I almost stay with one character for at least four months. So, it’s difficult not to let that character impact you. I feel sometimes, you can articulate how the characters touched your life or changed you and sometimes you can’t but there is always it changes for me,” she concluded.

Hasan Zaidi hopes to spread positivity in the time of Covid-19

Mumbai– Actor Hasan Zaidi, who can be seen in his new show “Zindagi Mere Ghar Aana”, he hopes that the show spreads positivity in the grim times of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The show revolves around Amrita (played by Esha Kansara) and Pritam (played by Hasan), who are completely opposite personalities.

Hasan Zaidi (Photo: IANS)

“It’s a very positive title, especially in these times… I think anything which comes with this promise during such a time is beautiful. I hope we can entertain and divert people’s minds away from all the suffering that has happened and give them hope,” Hasan told IANS.

The actor, popular among his fans for shows like “Ghar Ek Sapna”, “Powder”, “”, plays the role of Pritam, who according to Hasan, is a loner.

“He has gone through a lot in life. He has a very happy family with different people, yet he’s a loner. It’s about the interactions that my character has with somebody from the opposite sex, who has very different ideologies, and all this creates a good chemistry and good storytelling,” the actor said.

For Hasan, it is essential to be in alignment with the writer and the director while essaying a role.

“The idea is to be physically and mentally in tune with what the makers or the writers think about Pritam and accordingly deliver to the best of my ability,” said the young actor, who lost 12 kg for the role. (IANS)


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