Bollywood Roundup: Kajol, Amyra Dastur, Taapsee Pannu, and more…

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Kajol gets wax statue at Madame Tussauds Singapore

Singapore- Bollywood actress Kajol walked on the red carpet with her daughter Nysa for the first time to unveil her wax statue at Madame Tussauds attraction here.

Kajol unveiled the statue on Thursday, read a statement to IANS.


“My little girl with me on a red carpet for the first time,” the actress tweeted hours before the ceremony.

Kajol, who made her Bollywood debut in 1992 with “Bekhudi”, gave a western touch to her sari and looked glamourous and sophisticated at the event. Her daughter looked chic in a black dress. The mother-daughter duo were twinning in black.

As an actress, Kajol is known for her performance in movies like “Karan Arjun”, “Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge”, “Gupt: The Hidden Truth”, “Ishq”, “Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya”, “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai”, “Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham…”, “Kal Ho Naa Ho” and “My Name is Khan”.

She will be seen next in Pradeep Sarkar’s “Eela” (tentative title) which will hit the theatres on September 14.

She is married to actor-producer Ajay Devgn, with whom she has a son named Yug.

Amyra Dastur starts shooting for ‘Mental Hai Kya’

Mumbai– Actor Amyra Dastur has started shooting for the upcoming film “Mental Hai Kya”.

Amyra on Thursday tweeted a photograph of the film’s clapboard and captioned it: “‘Mental Hai Kya’.” The film features Kangana Ranaut and Rajkummar Rao in key roles.

“Mental Hai Kya” has been written by Kanika Dhillon and is being helmed by National award-winning director Prakash Kovelmudi who has earlier made southern films like “Anaganaga O Dheerudu” and “Size Zero”.

This will be the second time Rajkummar and Kangana will be seen together on screen after the 2013 entertainer “Queen”.

“Mental Hai Kya” is co-presented by producer Ekta Kapoor’s home banner Balaji Telefilms Ltd.

Taapsee’s next Telugu film titled ‘Neevevaroo’

Mumbai– Actress Taapsee Pannu’s upcoming Telugu film has been titled “Neevevaroo”.

Taapsee Pannu

Taapsee on Thursday took to Twitter and announced: “So here goes the title of my next release in Telugu ‘Neevevaroo’.”

The film will be directed and co-produced by Kona Venkat. It also stars Aadhi Pinesetty and Ritika Singh.

Actor Nani, who worked with Kona Venkat on Ninnu Kori, shared the title logo of the film.

Nani tweeted: “‘Neevevaroo’ it is. Happy to be launching the title of our dearest Arun Aadhi next and wishing you all the very best Kona Venkat, Gaaru, Taapsee, Ritika.”

This is not the first time the actress will be seen in a Telugu movie.

Taapsee made her acting debut in 2010 with the Telugu film “Jhummandi Naadam” and later featured in films like “Sahasam”, “Dongaata”, “The Ghazi Attack”, “Gundello Godari” and “Mogudu” in the same language.

Colours are important element for homes, says Twinkle Khanna

New Delhi– Producer and interior designer Twinkle Khanna says it is important to include colours at home as it plays a major role in how things are perceived.

Twinkle Khanna

Twinkle has collaborated with Kohler for a campaign titled Colours and Finishes, which focus on going beyond just plain old chrome finishes in the bath space and encourages the consumers to opt for more unconventional colours in their bathroom.

Asked if she feels it is important to include colours at homes, Twinkle told IANS over an e-mail interaction from Mumbai: “Colours are quite an important element. Look at it this way; colours play a very major role in how we perceive things, and in this case, rooms. You want each room in your house to have a specific vibe, and to get that vibe, colours are your primary set of tools-be it the wall colours or the hues added through elements.”

The 43-year-old, who ventured into designing in 2002 and is the co-owner of The White Window, a chain of interior designing stores, says the bath space has evolved the most over the time.

“Amongst all the rooms in a house, the bath space has evolved the most. Think about it. Whether its technology, design, craftsmanship, or colours and textures, the bath space is the ripest canvas for showcasing your personality and creativity,” she added.

Most of us want India-Pakistan peace: Rahat Fateh Ali Khan

Mumbai– Pakistani singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, who has sung a rendition of Lata Mangeshkar’s “Allah Tero Naam”, says he prays for peace between India and Pakistan.

Rahat has joined hands with Kaushiki Chakraborty to recreate the song as a part of an India-Pakistan peace project. The song also has the original voice of Mahatma Gandhi in the background as he recites a speech on peace and tolerance.

The initiative is taken by The Fusion Project, an Oxford-based band of Western and Indian-classical musicians, read a statement to IANS.

“I selected this song because it gives me the message of peace. It gives a message of unity. Music to the recreated version has been given by one of my students from the Oxford University,” Rahat said.

“When they played the song, I felt really nice. Peace between India and Pakistan is not just my wish. It is perhaps the wish of most of us. After all, we belong to a very similar culture,” he added.

Earlier this year, Rahat faced a backlash for singing the song titled “Ishtehar” — a soulful rendition — for Indian film production “Welcome To New York”.

Big B accepts Rathore’s fitness challenge

Mumbai– Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan has accepted Information and Broadcasting Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore’s fitness challenge titled #HumFitTohIndiaFit. He says his mantra his to be continuously mobile.

“Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore we accept the challenge of #HumFitTohIndiaFit fitness challenge. Main mantra: be continuously mobile, get up for every errand yourself, gym each day, push away that excess morsel of temptation, drive or cycle yourself (and) see the sun more often”.

Rathore earlier this week had appealed people to get fitter. He posted photographs and videos on his exercise regime on the social media to inspire others.

To keep the fitness campaign going, the Olympian shooter and politician challenged Bollywood star Hrithik Roshan, cricketer Virat Kohli and badminton player Saina Nehwal to post their respective fitness mantras on the social media.

Even Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was challenged by Kohli, said he will post a personal fitness video soon.

I miss home and Kashmir a lot: Iqbal Khan

Mumbai– Actor Iqbal Khan says he misses his hometown in Kashmir.

The upcoming episode of weekend chat show “JuzzBaatt… Sangeen Se Namkeen Tak” will see Iqbal and actor Eijaz Khan having a heart-to-heart conversation with host Rajeev Khandelwal.

Having started their career in the industry together back in 2003, the three actors share a long standing friendship.

During the course of the episode, Iqbal and Eijaz reminisced about their early days in the industry and spoke about the hurdles they had to overcome before they tasted success.

Amidst all the fun and exciting conversations, Rajeev asked Iqbal to share some memories of his hometown in Kashmir, a statement said.

Iqbal got nostalgic and said: “I miss home and Kashmir a lot. The culture and simplicity of the place are very welcoming and the priceless feeling of going back home, a place which hasn’t changed despite the years having gone by.”

Keeping aside the political instability, he said Kashmir is known for its hospitality and generosity.

“I remember, when I visited Kashmir after getting married to Sneha, my entire family welcomed us with fervour and showered us with so much love. We had to go to each relative’s house where everyone had laid out elaborate meals which we could not refuse.”

“There are so many such wonderful memories attached to the place and I always enjoy revisiting them.”

“JuzzBaatt…Sangeen Se Namkeen Tak” is aired on Zee TV.

‘Savdhaan India’ co-producer’s daughter turns producer

Mumbai– Natasha, daughter of producer Nannditaa Kothari, who backed the popular show “Savdhaan India”, will make her debut as a producer in the film industry.

After working on the script for a long time with her director, Natasha has returned from London to start the shoot for her upcoming film based on a college reunion at a wedding. The film will be released in Gujarati language.

“I’ve always grown up reading books and weaving my imagination and wanting to create something that touches people’s hearts. I hope to do the same with this project,” Natasha said in a statement.

The film will be directed by Chintan Naresh Shah. (IANS)


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