Bollywood Roundup: Jacqueline Fernandez, Honey Singh, Radhika Apte, and more…

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Nobody can come close to Madhuri: Jacqueline on ‘Ek do teen’

Mumbai– Actress Jacqueline Fernandez, who has recreated the evergreen track “Ek do teen” on-screen for “Baaghi 2”, says nobody can come close to Madhuri Dixit’s performance in the original song.

“I can’t wait for Madhuri ma’am to watch the song. It is my tribute to her. Her performance in the original is unmatchable. Forget me, no one can ever come close to her,” Jacqueline said in a statement.

The foot-tapping “Ek do teen” song first featured in the 1988 film “Tezaab”.

For the new version of the song, three choreographers — Saroj Khan, Ganesh Acharya and Ahmed Khan — came together on the set.

Ahmed is also directing the film. He was keen to retain Saroj’s famous hook steps and even urged Manish Malhotra to keep Madhuri’s pink outfit in mind while designing Jacqueline’s costume for the new song.

“Ek do teen” was originally choreographed by veteran Saroj Khan.

“Baaghi 2”, starring Tiger Shroff, is the sequel to the 2016 film “Baaghi”.

The film, which also stars Disha Patani, is produced by Sajid Nadiadwala under the banner name Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment and presented by Fox Star Studios. It will release on March 30.

Honey Singh turns 35, set to explore various genres

New Delhi– Singer Yo Yo Honey Singh, who turned 35 on Thursday, says he is currently exploring a mix of dance, love and R&B songs.

“I have started this year already with two songs ‘Dil chori’ and ‘Chhote chhote peg’. I’m already working on multiple singles. About 24 tracks are completed and work is ongoing on many more. I’m currently exploring a mix of dance, love and R&B songs. You will hear about them very soon,” Singh told IANS over an e-mail interaction.

Singh, who is in Goa with family members and close friends for an “intimate celebration”, is happy with the response he has received for “Dil chori” and “Chhote chhote peg”, which are a part of the recent Bollywood release “Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety”.

“I am so excited about the response that my songs and the film has generated. I am really happy for Luv Ranjan and Bhushan Kumar. Lots of my fans have been writing to me talking about how they have enjoyed both the songs.

“I am already working on my next songs and hopefully there will be a smaller gap this time,” he said, adding that the year has been kind to him.

Irrfan, Amit Trivedi, Divine get together for ‘Badla’

Mumbai– Actor Irrfan Khan, composer Amit Trivedi and rapper Divine will feature together in the “Blackmail” song “Badla”.

Irrfan Khan

It is the third song to release from the Abhinay Deo-directed movie. A quirky and comic song, it will showcase the hidden anger of Irrfan’s character.

“Blackmail”, releasing as scheduled on April 6 on Irrfan’s insistence despite his announcement that he has been diagnosed with a “rare disease”, drew the audience interest from its teaser.

The film is poised to be a madcap comedy starring an ensemble cast of Irrfan, Kirti Kulhari, Divya Dutta, Arunoday Singh, Omi Vaidya, Anuja Sathe, Pradhuman Singh Mall and Gajraj Rao among others.

It is produced by T-Series’ Bhushan Kumar and Deo’s RDP Motion Pictures.

‘Naamkarann’ singer bags Mahesh Bhatt’s film

Mumbai– Aaryan, who worked with Mahesh Bhatt for his show “Naamkarann”, says he is busy composing and singing for a movie by the filmmaker.

Mahesh Bhatt

“Currently, I am working on two romantic songs composed and sung by me for a movie written and directed by Mahesh Bhatt. I’m also doing a single called ‘Looteri’ with Himesh Reshammiya Sir. It has been composed and written by me,” Aaryan said in a statement.

Aaryan, who hails from Indore, was launched into the world of music by Bhatt at a show in Dubai in 2012.

He gained popularity with his first song “Chal meri jaan” in “Naamkarann”.

“I’m thankful to Mahesh Sir for all the opportunities that he has thrown my way. I met him on a plane while flying back from Hyderabad to Mumbai. My friend, who was flying with me, knew him,” said the artiste.

“When Bhatt sir saw me, he said that I should be an actor. I told him that I love music and singing. For a year and a half, I didn’t hear from him, until one fine day he contacted me through social media. On meeting him, I made him hear some of my compositions. That moment was the turning point in my life,” he added.

Aaryan also recreated the iconic love song “Tere dar par sanam” for the Star Plus show.

“Aaryan is a star in the making. His voice and innocence melt my heart every time I hear him. He is an unification of various skills which is rare to find today. Aaryan has a very long to go. This is just the beginning of a beautiful era for him,” said Bhatt.

My memories mean a lot to me: Radhika Apte

Mumbai– Actress Radhika Apte, whose house is a reflection of her personality and a realisation of her husband Benedict Taylor’s vision, says her memories are very dear to her.

Radhika Apte (Photo: Facebook)

“My home is a realisation of my husband’s vision for what our space would look like as well as a reflection of me through various elements. My memories mean a lot to me and I hold them close to my heart,” Radhika said in a statement.

The “Badlapur” actress will be giving a sneak peek into her house to her fans through season two of “Where The Heart Is”, a web series by paint and decor brand Asian Paints.

“I reminisce certain defining memories… from the colourful doors in my home to my furniture. Plenty of natural light was important when I was picking a place to call home. I wanted my home to be a warm and comfortable space not just for me, but also an experience for my close friends and family who would visit,” she added.

The show will also take viewers in houses of icons like Saurav Ganguly, Sushant Singh Rajput, Zoya Akhtar and Kabir Khan.

Kriti Kharbanda can’t be ‘instructed’ to fall in love

Mumbai– Actress Kriti Kharbanda says she supports love marriage and that she is not the kind of person who can be instructed to fall in love.

In the movie “Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana”, her character was against the concept of arranged marriage. What does she prefer in real life – love or arranged marriage?

“I am all for love marriage. I am not the kind of person who can be instructed to fall in love. I am not saying that it cannot happen. Most of my family members met the person and decided to get married. Their marriages have worked beautifully. I am a little more than that as I believe in love and companionship,” Kriti said in a statement.

What’s her take on women having a career post-marriage?

“I am all for career whether pre or post-marriage. A girl shouldn’t say, ‘You can eat because I cook’ or the boy saying ‘You are able to cook because I am bringing money home’. I believe equality in a relationship is very important and for that, both partners should be equally capable to handle anything,” said the “Raaz Reboot” actress.

“Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana” is set for its world television premiere on Zee Cinema on Saturday.

“I fell in love with the script. The first time I met (director) Ratnaa Sinha, she gave me such a positive vibe. She seemed like someone who really loves and is passionate about Bollywood films,” said the actress.

On her upcoming projects, she said: “I am currently working on the third instalment of ‘Yamla Pagla Deewana’. I am thoroughly enjoying myself. We are almost done with the shoot and looking forward to its release soon. I am also working on a movie titled ‘Karwan’ with Dulquer Salmaan and Irrfan Khan. I play Dulquer’s love interest in it.”

Huma Qureshi disses airport looks trend

Mumbai– Actress Huma Qureshi is not in favour of the airport looks trend.

Huma Qureshi

The actress spoke about it when she became part of TV show “Vh1 Inside Access”, read a statement from the channel.

When given a choice to choose between ‘Drab outfit to the airport’ or ‘Going to the red carpet without her hair done’, the actress said: “Who the hell invented the airport look? I just want to know that. Like why are people so dressed up in heels and jackets and blow-dried hair and red lipstick, where are they going?

“What’s happening? Do you know how much you have to walk? Do you know how uncomfortable it is? Like why are we doing this to ourselves girls? Like why?”

On the work front, Huma will soon be seen with superstar Rajinikanth in “Kaala”.

Ali to help youth save money

Actor Ali Fazal, who has updated his Instagram bio to “tech evangelist”, has partnered with his childhood friend for an app which is like a savings assistant for the youth.

Ali Fazal (Photo: Twitter)

Ali has joined hands with his buddy Ankit Kumar, who has created the ‘Balance’ app, described as a savings assistant for the “urban broke” millennial to save up money and grow it better than a traditional bank account.

The “Victoria & Abdul” actor said in a statement: “The world is changing and people love pushing buttons. We want something quick and easy and we don’t want middlemen handling that for us.

“This app will help shape a better future for the current lot and the next lot of young entrepreneurs, individuals, artists, corporates, students, even under-age students, school kids, you name them. I got on board this app as one of the partners and shareholders. And we look forward to bring this in with the tide of this new season.”

Jackky forays into cricket space

Jackky Bhagnani, who is passionate about sports and fitness, has partnered with a cricket team which is part of the newly-launched Mumbai T20 League.

The franchise-based Mumbai T20 League comprises of six cricket teams from Mumbai.

Jackky Bhagnani (Photo: Facebook)

Jackky is a team partner with Arcs Andheri, one of the six teams.

The actor said in a statement: “I love playing cricket and have always been actively involved in various kinds of sports. The T20 game format has gained tremendous momentum in the last couple of years because of its crisp format, making it extremely entertaining for the viewers as well as for the players who have the opportunity and challenge to score a maximum number of runs in a shorter time as compared to a 50-overs match.

“This game format has been growing by the day and I think it makes complete sense to encourage and support such games which open new avenues for players as well as the ones organising it.” (IANS)




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