Bollywood Roundup: Bhumi Pednekar, Nikita Singh, Ishant Bhanushali, Neha Dhupia, and more…

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Bhumi Pednekar features in Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list

Mumbai–Actress Bhumi Pednekar has been named as part of Forbes India’s 30 under 30 list. She finds it special.

Bhumi Pednekar

“Thank you Forbes India for this honour. Truly feels special to be a part of this list with such dynamic people. More power to all of you,” Bhumi wrote.

Some other names in the list include actors Vicky Kaushal and Mithila Palkar, apart from singer Jubin Nautiyal.

“Masaan” actor Vicky tweeted: “Thank you for this honour Forbes India.”

Bhumi made her film debut with a leading role in the 2015 romantic comedy “Dum Laga Ke Haisha”. She then featured “Toilet: Ek Prem Katha” and “Shubh Mangal Savdhan”.

The Forbes’ list is representative across 15 categories. The names have been selected names that meet three broad criterias — the extent of impact of their achievements, and their ability to disrupt the status quo; scalability of the business or line of work and; their potential to stay a long-term player.

Bhumi is currently shooting for Abhishek Chaubey’s “Son Chiraiya”, which also stars Sushant Singh Rajput.

Nikita Singh’s ‘Letters to My Ex’ to release on Valentines Day

New Delhi– With just over a week to go for the Valentines Day, readers of popular fiction may have something exciting in store for them. Nikita Singh, bestselling author of ten novels, has announced that her next book “Letters to My Ex” will be released on this Valentines Day.

To add to the season’s spirit, here is a novel that is not just about idyllic love, but of what comes after, and in between. It is about real relationships, as they evolve, and sometimes dissolve, and not just about romance that exists only in fairytales.

“This book is an exchange of letters between two people who hurt each other, and are trying to recover from the heartbreak and fix their lives. It tends to get intense, and very emotional at times, which I enjoyed writing. As the girl who writes long texts and emails, I’m very excited to see how people will react to it,” Singh told IANS in an email.

Born in Patna and raised in Indore, Nikita worked in the book publishing industry in New Delhi for a few years before moving to New York for her MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction) at The New School. She lives in Manhattan, where she does digital content and marketing for a solar energy company.

Ishant Bhanushali to be seen in ‘Kunwara Hai Par Humara Hai’

Mumbai– Child actor Ishant Bhanushali will soon be seen in “Kunwara Hai Par Humara Hai”. He says he can’t wait to begin shooting for the TV show.

Ishant is known for portraying the younger version of Lord Hanuman in “Sankatmochan Mahabali Hanuman”.

“I have done fiction shows earlier but never tried my hands on comedy genre. Hence, I am very excited to be a part of ‘Kunwara Hai Par Humara Hai’,” Ishant said in a statement.

He will essay the role of Mickey in the show.

“I am waiting to start the shooting for this series. Hope the viewers like my character of Mickey and shower as much love as they showered on me for my mythological characters.”

The show is aired on BIG Magic.

Neha Dhupia excited to work in Pradeep Sarkar’s next

Mumbai– Actress Neha Dhupia will soon be sharing screen space with Kajol and Ajay Devgn in Pradeep Sarkar’s next project, tentatively titled “Eela”.

Neha Dhupia

The actress, who essays the role of a drama instructor in the film, says she is excited to work with the director who has helmed films like “Mardaani”, “Lafangey Parindey” and “Parineeta”.

“Pradeep Sarkar is a wonderful director and I’m extremely excited to work with him. The film is tentatively titled ‘Eela’ as of now and Kajol plays the protagonist,” Neha told IANS.

On her character, she said: “I play the role of Padma, who is a drama instructor. I have an interesting look which I hope viewers will like. The film is being produced by Ajay Devgn and he was also the producer for my first ever film. So it is extremely nostalgic for me to sign this one.”

Lately, Neha was seen in “Qarib Qarib Singlle” and “Tumhari Sulu” on the big screen. On the small screen, she is seen hosting “BFFs With Vogue”.

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan sings for new Indian film

Mumbai–Pakistani singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan has sung a new song titled “Ishtehar” — a soulful rendition — for Indian film production “Welcome To New York”.

“Ishtehar”, composed by Shamir Tandon with lyrics penned by Charanjeet Charan, is Khan’s duet with Dhvani Bhanushali.

“‘Ishtehar’ is a beautiful soulful rendition and it was a pleasure to sing to the music of Shamirji and collaborate with Puja Music for this song. It’s great to witness a young girl like Dhvani who has a lovely voice making her debut and sing besides me,” Khan said in a statement.

“Shamirji has beautifully composed the song with Charanjeetji’s lyrics, giving it that magical touch,” he added.

For Dhvani, it was an honour to sing alongside Khan.

“Welcome To New York” director Chakri Toleti said: “The melodic tune, soulful lyrics, and Rahat sahab’s vocals are undoubtedly going to make everyone fall in love with the song.”

The song appears at a crucial juncture in the 3D comedy film, which features Sonakshi Sinha, Boman Irani, Lara Dutta, Riteish Deshmukh, Karan Johar and Rana Daggubati.

Produced by Pooja Films and Wiz Films, the movie is directed by Chakri Toleti and is releasing on February 23.

From streets to Billboard: Guru Randhawa feels blessed

Mumbai– Singer Guru Randhawa, who is known for foot-tapping numbers like “Ban ja rani”, “High rated gabru”, “Lahore” and “Suit suit”, says his journey from a small village to big cities is a blessing.

Randhawa, whose track “Lahore” made a spot in the Billboard Top 25 on YouTube, tweeted: “My journey from a village to big cities is such a blessing. I still remember we never knew that Mercedes, BMW are car brands too. We in our village only knew about Maruti, Tata Sumo and this was in 1998, 2002. But Mercedes seems nice when you earn it.”

“From streets to Billboard,” wrote the “Yaar mod do” singer, who is from Gurdaspur, Punjab.

Randhawa’s song “High rated Gabru” will be featured in the “Nawabzaade” movie.

Vipin Sharma plays complex role in ‘Daas Dev’

Mumbai– Actor Vipin Sharma, who essayed the father to the protagonist in “Taare Zameen Par”, plays the “intense” part of a politician in Sudhir Mishra’s “Daas Dev”.

Vipin said in a statement: “‘Daas Dev’ is a fierce political drama and I play an interesting role of a politician who has his own complex notions and feels it is absolutely fine to shed blood for the welfare of your people. It is an intense and a complex character indeed.”

The actor has earlier appeared in films like “Paan Singh Tomar”, “Gangs of Wasseypur”, “Raanjhanaa”, “Shahid”, “Raman Raghav”‘ to name a few.

Set in Uttar Pradesh, “Daas Dev” has a political backdrop. It is about addiction, power and love, and follows a path contrary to the plot of the classic novel “Devdas”.

The character played by Sharma is loosely based on Chunnilal from the original novel written by Bengali author Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay.

“Daas Dev” is slated for release on March 9. (IANS)



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