Bollywood Roundup: Divya Khosla Kumar, Renuka Shahane, Aarya Babbar, Shilpa Shetty, Bhumi Pednekar

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Divya finds filmmaking ‘very tough’

Mumbai– Filmmaker-actress Divya Khosla Kumar, who made her directorial debut with “Yaariyan”, says that making movies is a tough job.

Divya Khola Kumar (Photo: Twitter)

“I think filmmaking in itself is very tough. You have to be extremely mad as a filmmaker and a creative person. When I am making a film, it is bigger than me. If it requires to torture myself I will go through that also,” Divya told IANS.

“It is not easy shooting in conditions which are sometimes very inhumane. Nothing else matters when you are capturing visuals and creating something. All that is a filmmaker’s passion,” added Divya, who has also directed “Sanam Re”.

The filmmaker, who is married to T-Series honcho Bhushan Kumar, was last seen in a short film titled “Bulbul”, which released earlier this month.

“Bulbul” is a 25-minute film and was extensively shot in Shimla. Directed by Ashish Pande, it also features Shiv Pandit and Elli AvrRam.

Supriya’s ‘…Ram-Leela’ character Renuka’s favourite lady don

Mumbai, Dec 18 (IANS) Actress Renuka Shahane says her favourite lady don will always be Dhankor Baa, played by veteran actress Supriya Pathak in the film “Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela”.

Renuka Shahane

Renuka is set to play a Maharashtrian lady don in the show “Khichdi”. She will be seen kidnapping the lead character – Hansa (Supriya) in the upcoming Star Plus show.

Asked about her favourite lady don, Renuka said in a statement: “My favourite lady don will always remain Supriya Pathak from ‘…Ram-Leela’. To share screen space with her in ‘Khichdi’ has been an absolute honour. Also because Hansa has been my most favourite character from ‘Khichdi’ and my role is closely linked to hers in the show. It could’t get better than this.”

Talking about her experience of working on the show, Renuka said: “I had a blast shooting for the show because I have been a fan of ‘Khichdi’ since I can remember. The makers have been good friends of mine and when they approached me, I had instantly said yes to the role of a female don which is again something I have never done before.”

‘Zehan’ inclined towards extremism, says Aarya Babbar

Mumbai– Actor Aarya Babbar, who essays the role of a “psychopath” in “Zehan”, says the movie is inclined towards a quotient of extremism.

“Zehan” marks the directorial debut of editor Dhiren Dimri.

Aarya says he read about split personality disorders and tried to approach his character “mentally” for the film.

“I’m playing a psychopath character, who has a split personality, for the first time. He himself is not aware of the problem’s existence. The film has been extensively shot in the beautiful locations of Uttarakhand as it needed an locales which gave a mysterious look with mountains and fog,” Aarya said in a statement.

“It was something very different and inclined towards a quotient of extremism. I am really looking forward for the film,” he added.

The film is currently under post production. It is produced by Costa Ply and Stuti Productions.

Shilpa Shetty wins PETA’s ‘Hero To Animals’ Award

Mumbai, Dec 17 (IANS) Actress-entrepreneur Shilpa Shetty Kundra has been honoured with a ‘Hero to Animals’ Award by animal rights organisation PETA for speaking out against the cruelty of circuses; signing a petition asking the government to uphold the ban on jallikattu, bull races, and bullfights; and adopting a stray kitten.

Shilpa Shetty

Shilpa’s compassion towards animals was recognised here on Saturday night by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

“Shilpa is beautiful inside and out and has a golden heart that beats for animals. We thank her for standing up for animals through her work and other actions,” Sachin Bangera, PETA Associate Director of Celebrity and Public Relations, said in a statement.

Other recipients of PETA’s Hero to Animals Award have included Zareen Khan, for rescuing a cat from the streets; Cyrus Broacha, for refusing to perform a stunt that involved riding a bull; Rani Mukerji, for helping a dog in distress on her film set; Asin, for saving a dog hit by a car; Imran Khan, for stopping a dog trainer who was smacking a dog on a film set; Sadha Sayed, for helping a puppy who just missed being hit by a car during a rainstorm; and Dia Mirza’s production house, Born Free Entertainment, for showing that homeless animals make wonderful additions to families.

Feel lucky for the roles I have got, says Bhumi

New Delhi– Actress Bhumi Pednekar, who has played characters such as a overweight woman in “Dum Laga Ke Haisha” and a vivacious girl in “Toilet: Ek Prem Katha”, feels lucky for the roles that has come her way.

Bhumi Pednekar

“You feel happy when your films do well commercially but I feel extremely lucky about the kind of roles I have got. Yes, it is great to be part of a film that has done well but it is even better to have something substantial to do in a film,” Bhumi, who was here to launch the skin and health care brand Divine Organics, told IANS.

The actress hopes to get such roles in the future.

“I really hope to continue getting such roles. I am really happy the way life is going on,” she added.

Bhumi is gearing up for her fourth film “Chambal”, which revolves around the Chambal dacoits. The film is directed by “Udta Punjab” famed Abhishek Chaubey and also stars Sushant Singh Rajput. (IANS)



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