Bollywood Roundup: Alia Bhatt, Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra, and more…

Alia Bhatt (Photo: Rohan Shrestha)
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Alia bags her first film with Bhansali

Mumbai– Actress Alia Bhatt has teamed up with filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali for the film titled “Inshallah”.

Alia Bhatt

Alia took to Instagram on Tuesday to share the news. She wrote: “I was nine when I first walked into Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s office, all nervous and hoping and praying that I would be in his next film. It’s been a long wait.”

For Alia, getting the role in Bhansali’s film is like a dream come true.

“Dream with your eyes wide open they say and I did. I can’t wait to join on this beautiful journey called ‘Inshallah’.”

She will star opposite superstar Salman Khan in the film.

“Sanjay Sir and Salman Khan are magical together,” added the “Student of the Year” actress.

Deepika, Ranbir Kapoor share hugs, goodbye kisses

Mumbai– Actors and former couple Deepika Padukone and Ranbir Kapoor were spotted greeting each other with hugs and goodbye kisses after an event here.

Deepika Padukone (Photo: Deepika Padukone website)

Deepika and Ranbir, who reunited for a commercial a few days ago, attended the event on Monday for the brand that they are endorsing together.

Their photographs after the event have surfaced online. In the viral photographs, the “Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani” stars can be seen bidding adieu to each other.

In one of the images, Deepika and Ranbir are seen sharing kisses on the cheek.

Several videos from the event also got viral in which Ranbir is seen shaking a leg with Deepika to her husband and actor Ranveer Singh’s song “Aankh marey” from “Simmba”.

Deepika married Ranveer in November last year after dating for six years, while Ranbir is reportedly dating actress Alia Bhatt.

Priyanka Chopra features in powerful women list

Los Angeles– Global icon Priyanka Chopra Jonas has joined international celebrities including Oprah Winfrey and Meryl Streep in USA Today’s list of “50 most powerful women in entertainment”.

Priyanka Chopra (Photo: Rohan Shrestha)

Honoured on getting featured in the list, Priyanka said in a statement: “I feel privileged to share this platform with these amazing women who have each pushed through their own challenges and created their own realities and today stand shoulders above everyone in their chosen careers. It does give one a feeling of achievement.”

Priyanka became a popular name in the West through her lead role of Alex Parrish in the American TV drama thriller series “Quantico”. She made her Hollywood debut opposite Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Zac Efron in the action-comedy “Baywatch” in 2017.

The list also included the names of singer Beyonce, television star Ellen Degeneres, Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence and international pop icon Jennifer Lopez among many others.

On the film front, Priyanka will be next seen in “The Sky is Pink” alongside Farhan Akhtar and Zaira Wasim.

Mahesh Bhatt questions system of censorship

Mumbai– National Award-winning filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt, who is supporting the forthcoming film “No Fathers in Kashmir” that is yet to get a certificate from the Central Board of Film Certification, has criticised the system of censorship that creates obstacles to unveiling the truth.

Mahesh Bhatt (Photo; Facebook)

“It’s a tragedy that a film like ‘No Fathers in Kashmir’… a filmmaker who puts his film together, and runs from pillar to post, begged people to get it through. In this age and time, is there anything called censorship?”

“I have the audacity to look at the truth. The greatest epic which mankind has been blessed with, the Mahabharata came from the battle of Kurukshetra, in that moment of darkness, he who locks the eyes with the darkness discovers a life which Ashvin has discovered,” Bhatt told the media here on Monday.

Ashvin has been waiting for months for a certificate from the CBFC.

He had filed for a censor certificate in July 2018.

After challenging the CBFC’s decision to give the film an ‘A’ certificate, which the makers found unjustified on the basis of the content of their movie, they moved the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT) first in November 2018 with a hearing in December the same year, and later in January 2019.

The FCAT has given its final order on the film asking for a few changes including some cuts and disclaimers.

Ashvin is still struggling to get a certificate but the release date has already been announced.

Varun Dhawan, Nora Fatehi have dance face-off

Mumbai– After treating fans to their twerking video, actor Varun Dhawan and his “Street Dancer 3D” co-star Nora Fatehi had a dance face-off on Nora’s hit track “Dilbar”.

Nora Fatehi (Photo: Twitter)

In the videos that are viral online, Varun and Nora are seen grooving to the beats of “Dilbar”, which was picturised on Nora in John Abraham-starrer 2018 film “Satyamev Jayate”.

“Dilbar” is a remake of the song of the same name from the 1999 film “Sirf Tum”.

The video begins with dance sensation Nora performing a belly dance. Varun joins her later and starts flaunting his dance moves.

“Street Dance 3D” is a dance drama being directed by Remo D’souza, who helmed “ABCD: Anybody Can Dance” and “ABCD 2”.

The film also features Shraddha Kapoor, Prabhudheva and Aparshakti Khurana.

Biased towards TV but enjoy digital: Sakshi Tanwar

Mumbai– Actress Sakshi Tanwar, who has featured in a web series titled “The Final Call”, says she is biased towards television but has started enjoying working in the digital platform as it gives an opportunity to actors to experiment in a lesser period of time.

“I feel every medium is different. I have enjoyed working in television when it was at its peak. It’s been over 25 years that I have been in front of the camera so, I am biased towards television but right now I am enjoying the web platform because it gives you the freedom to try out different characters in lesser time,” Sakshi told the media while promoting the show’s second season here on Monday.

Sakshi rose to fame with the role of Parvati in Ekta Kapoor’s TV show “Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii”. She later featured in several shows such as “Bade Achhe Lagte Hain” and “24”.

And in 2017, she made her foray into the digital world with the web series “Karrle Tu Bhi Mohabbat”.

According to her, web shows help in maintaining a balance between “personal and professional life in far more controlled and a better manner”.

“It gives you choice as an actor to experiment with your performance. In this show, there was so much drama happening around the characters then, I thought the character in itself did not require any drama so, we have kept it very subtle, real and basic.(IANS)


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