Bollywood Roundup: Ali Fazal, Deepika Padukone, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Parineeti Chopra, Sapna Pabbi

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Ali Fazal wraps up ‘Mirzapur’

Mumbai– Actor Ali Fazal has wrapped up shooting for the upcoming gangster drama series “Mirzapur”.

Ali Fazal (Photo: Twitter)

“It was a very exciting schedule and I am very happy that we have completed the shoot on time. It was fun to work with the team as working with friends becomes exciting,” Ali said in a statement.

Amazon Prime’s upcoming series also stars Vikrant Massey and Shweta Tripathi. It has been extensively shot on the outskirts of Benaras, Mirzapur and Mumbai.

To be made under the banner of Excel Entertainment, “Mirzapur” will see Ali essay the role of a gangster. He will play a rustic character in this nine-part episodic series.

Deepika says ‘yes’ to being paid more than Ranveer, Shahid

Mumbai– Actress Deepika Padukone said “yes” when asked if she was paid more than co-stars Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor for the controversial film “Padmaavat”.

Deepika Padukone (Photo Facebook)

The actress spoke about it when she became part of TV show “BFFs with Vogue”, read a statement from channel Colors Infinity.

She became a part of the show with her sister Anisha.

On the show’s ‘Say It or Strip It’ segment, host and actress Neha Dhupia asked: “How much were you paid for ‘Padmaavat’?”

Deepika diplomatically avoided answering the question and chose to strip her earrings instead.

The following question to Deepika was, “Were you paid more than Ranveer and Shahid?”

To that, Deepika said: “Yes”.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s epic drama “Padmaavat” released in India on Thursday amidst much hullabaloo. The film is based on 16th century Sufi poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi’s epic poem “Padmavat” and glorifies the Rajput ethos of honour, bravery and sacrifice.

Deepika plays the central character of Rani Padmavati in the movie, for which she has received praises galore.

Can’t wait to be back on Lakme Fashion Week runway: Kareena

Mumbai– Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor Khan will be back on Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) runway with its forthcoming edition and she “can’t wait for it”.

Kareena Kapoor (Photo: facebook)

The actress is going to walk for designer Anamika Khanna at the finale of the edition that will start here from January 31.

“Lakme never fails to surprise me with the cutting-edge beauty themes that it launches every season, be it ‘Liquid Gold’ the last season or ‘Reinventing Nudes’ this time.

“Also, Anamika’s designs are the perfect blend of rich heritage and modernism, and I am very excited to see her interpretation of this season’s beauty theme in her collection. Can’t wait to be back to the Lakme Fashion Week runway!” said Kareena, the Lakme Absolute brand ambassador.

Khanna’s contemporary collection promises to be a stunning fusion of traditional Indian aesthetics with edgy cuts.

‘Kesari’ perfect film to work with Akshay: Parineeti

Mumbai– Actress Parineeti Chopra says “Kesari” is a perfect film for her to work with Akshay Kumar, with whom she has been wanting to collaborate for a long time.

Parineeti Chopra

Asked about her role in “Kesari”, Parineeti told the media: “That is a secret but I am very excited and very honoured that I am in ‘Kesari’ because it is one of the biggest films Dharma Productions is making.

“I really wanted to work with Akshay Sir from a really long time. I think this is the perfect film because he is Punjabi and he feels for the subject that the movie is based on. It’s going to be a mammoth film, so I am very excited to start shooting of ‘Kesari’.”

Being directed by Anurag Singh, “Kesari” is based on the battle of Saragarhi and is slated for 2019 Holi release.

Parineeti spoke on the sidelines of HT Most Stylish Awards 2018 on Wednesday here.

“I have worked really hard on my fashion and fitness, so to be awarded for that feels really special and I hope every year I can get an award here.”

Good content matters, medium doesn’t: Sapna Pabbi

Mumbai– Actress Sapna Pabbi, who essays a pivotal role in web series “Breathe”, says the medium doesn’t bother her as she only wants to be a part of a good story.

Sapna, who gained popularity with television series “24”, has also worked in a web series titled “The Trip” and a feature film “Khamoshiyan”, before landing “Breathe”, which also features R. Madhavan and Amit Sadh.

Does she find the digital platform more interesting than feature films?

“Honestly, good content matters to me… The medium does not matter. Whether it is a TV show, a film or a web series, I am not bothered. I have grown up in England, so it does not make any sense to me to differentiate. The watching should be great, no matter where you are watching,” Sapna told IANS.

The show is an intense thriller. Sapna says this didn’t give the cast much time to have fun during the show as everyone was very focussed on their characters.

Giving an insight into her role, she said: “I am playing Ria Ganguly who is a very strong, independent-minded woman, a mother who lost her child and a wife who is taking care of her husband. Even after the tragedy, she is constantly trying to get on with life.”

‘Hollywood Squares’ gets adapted for India

Mumbai– Multiple Emmy Award-winning celebrity tic-tac-toe game show format “Hollywood Squares” is getting an Indian adaptation. It will be hosted by film actor and television personality Navdeep Pallapolu.

The show is coming to India for the Telugu audience, and will be titled “Tollywood Squares”.

Viu, video-on-demand OTT service by Vuclip and PCCW, Morris Street Advisors, Star Maa — the Telugu entertainment channel which is part of Star India — and GroupM’s Motion Content Group have joined hands to bring the global format to India, read a statement.

This partnership will help deliver content cross-platform as the show will be available on a digital platform and a television channel simultaneously.

Morris Street Advisors, a boutique content leader, has acquired the format rights to “Hollywood Squares” from CBS Studios International for India and has partnered with Viu to produce a localised version of the format.

Created in Telugu, the 26-episode weekend show is set to go live on Saturday on Star Maa and the Viu app and website simultaneously where one episode will release every Saturday and Sunday.

The series will be based on tic-tac-toe, a universally popular game and will showcase nine new celebrities and two new contestants in each episode.

Vishal Maheshwari, Country head, Viu India, said: “Our insights gave us the belief that a format like this, which is iconic in its own right globally, would be a timely new addition to our bouquet of differentiated content.”

Luv Ranjan like a big brother: Sunny Singh

Mumbai– Actor Sunny Singh considers filmmaker Luv Ranjan his elder brother.

Sunny has worked with Ranjan in “Pyaar Ka Punchnama”, “Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2” and the forthcoming “Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety”.

“Luv Ranjan is more like a big brother than director to me. Even if he shouts at me, I get to learn something from him,” Sunny said in a statement.

A new-age love triangle set in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh, the film is produced by T-Series’ Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar and Luv Films’ Luv Ranjan and Ankur Garg. “Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety” also features Kartik Aaryan and Nushrat Bharucha.

The film is slated to open on February 23.

Zaeden excited to release mash-up for Valentine’s Day

New Delhi– DJ-producer Zaeden, who has released the cover of musician Lauv’s “I like me better” featuring Chezin, is gearing up for another release on Valentine’s Day.

Known for his remixes of “Magic” by Coldplay, “Don’t wanna know” and “Animals” by Maroon 5 and “Love yourself” by Justin Bieber and originals “Never let you go” and “Yesterday”, Zaeden, whose real name is Sahil Sharma, is releasing a mash-up for the Valentine’s Day on February 14.

Zaeden said in a statement: “2018 has just begun on an unbelievable note. I have always grown up in a musically infused atmosphere. Even before getting into dance music I heard my father creating cover versions of Kishore Kumar classics. He inspired me to creatively expand when he heard me sing randomly at home and suggested I should record at a professional studio.”

He said that Drew Taggart of The Chainsmokers was also a huge inspiration in this creative process.

“This is my first cover as a singer and I’m quite excited for my next, which will be a mash-up for Valentines Day. Being a big fan of Lauv, it was an easy decision to pick this song for an acoustic cover, and my good friend and super talented musician Chezin, helped make this a reality”” added Zaedan, who released the cover oof Lauv’s track on January 19.(IANS)


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