Bollywood Roundup: Kangana, Bipasha Basu, Divyanka Tripathi, and more…

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Kangana’s I-Day message: Don’t get entangled in personal identities

Mumbai– Actress Kangana Ranaut wished fans on 73rd Independence Day on Thursday and urged them to be proud of our diverse nation, and not get entangled in personal identities like “I am a woman, he is a man or gay”.

Kangana Ranaut (Photo: IANS)

The actress’ manager and sister took to Twitter to share a video message from Kangana.

Dressed in a sari, the “Judgementall Hai Kya” actress began by wishing everyone happy Independence Day and then moved on to urging fans to have self-respect.

“We are caught in our personal identities. Whether it is women empowerment or human rights, I am a woman, he is a man or gay, small town people, he is from south India, north India, Hindu or Muslim… all these are personal identities and we are caught in them,” she said in the video.

“Let’s take a pledge on this Independence Day… we have only one identity — we are Indians.”

It’s always tough to play a flawed role: Bipasha

Mumbai– Actress Bipasha Basu says it is always a tough challenge for her to play a dark or flawed character.

Bipasha Basu (Photo: CelebrityTonic)

Bipasha featured in “Bachna Ae Haseeno”, which clocked 11 years of release on Thursday and the actress said it was a tough character to play. She essayed a smalltown girl who survives all odds to become a star in Mumbai in the film that also featured Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone and Minissha Lamba.

“(It was a) tough character to play. It’s always tough for me to play a dark character or a flawed character but that’s the challenge. I enjoy it as an actor. The further away it’s from my real life and the real me. The character becomes more exciting.”

The actress plays the role of an aspiring model named Radhika, who later in life changes her name to Shriya and becomes very successful in her career.

Divyanka celebrates I-Day at orphanage

Mumbai– Actress Divyanka Tripathi Dahiya has shared photographs and videos of her Independence Day celebration on Thursday with children at an orphanage.

In two images, the “Yeh Hai Mohabbatein” actress is seen saluting with kids.

“Celebration with an orphanage that strives to make coming generation independent and self-sufficient. #FutureGen #IndependenceDay,” she wrote, as caption to the pics.

She also hoisted the Tricolour with children.

Divyanka, dressed in an ethnic wear, enjoyed dance performances by the kids, too.

Nushrat Bharucha wants to do a thriller

New Delhi– Known for her girl-next-door roles in films like “Pyaar Ka Punchnama” and “Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety”, actress Nushrat Bharucha says she is keen to star in a thriller or a psychological suspense drama.

“(I want to do) a Thriller. I feel thriller or a very gripping story where you dont know what is happening next and it’s twisting and turning. For me it’s very interesting. It keeps me on the edge to kind of solve a story or to know what happened…” Nushrat told IANS.

The actress, who is now gearing up for the release of her next “Dream Girl” says it is her favourite thing.

“So I wish I could do a thriller or a psychological thriller or something which is un expected,” she added.

“Dream Girl” is co-produced by Ekta’s Balaji Motion Pictures. It also stars Ayushmann Khurrana, who essays a man who can talk in a female voice and his actions lead to hilarious consequences.

Feels good that ‘Sholay’ is loved by all generations: Ramesh Sippy

Mumbai– The classic Bollywood blockbuster “Sholay” completed 44 years of release on Thursday, and the film’s director Ramesh Sippy is glad that the movie is still loved across generations.

“It feels good to know that ‘Sholay’ after 44 years is still loved and watched by all generations! I feel blessed!” Sippy tweeted on Thursday.

“Sholay”, which released on August 15 1975, was about two petty criminals, Veeru and Jai (Dharmendra and Amitabh Bachchan), who are hired by a retired police officer (Sanjeev Kumar) to capture the ruthless dacoit Gabbar Singh (Amjad Khan).

The film also stars Hema Malini and Jaya Bachchan, and has superhit music by RD Burman.

“Sholay” is considered one of the greatest films Bollywood has ever made. It was ranked at number one in the British Film Institute’s 2002 poll of “Top 10 Indian Films” of all time.

My father was born in India and died in India: Adnan Sami

Mumbai– Singer Adnan Sami has replied to a social media troll, who asked the singer about his father.

Adnan Sami

A troll took to Twitter on Thursday asked Sami about where his father was born and where he died.

To which, Sami replied: “My father was born in 1942 in India and died in 2009 in India! Next!”

Sami, who was born in Britain and was earlier a Canadian citizen, is of Pakistani decent. In 2016, He was granted Indian citizenship.

Best known for his songs like “Kabhi to nazar milao” and “Lift karaa de” in India, Sami is mostly known for playing a variety of musical instruments and has always maintained that the love he has received from Indians is “everything” for him.

Farah Khan’s ‘ironies of motherhood’

Mumbai– On Independence Day on Thursday, filmmaker Farah Khan realised motherhood has its ironies.

Farah posted a photograph of her three children — Czar, Diva and Anya — dressed in ethnic wear dominated by shades of pink.

“Teaching them to be independent yet wanting them to always depend on each other… the ironies of motherhood! #freedom #brother&sisters #realmenwearpink,” she captioned the picture.

This year, along with Independence Day, people are celebrating Raksha Bandhan across the country.

Farah often shares posts related to her children.

A week ago, she had shared a black and white photo of Diva and captioned it: “My morning muse! Diva remains one from the moment she wakes up. #favouritemodel #diva.”

Alia performs ‘didi’ duties for KJo’s son

Mumbai– It’s Raksha Bandhan, and actress Alia Bhatt took out time to tie a rakhi on the tiny wrist of filmmaker Karan Johar’s son Yash.

Alia Bhatt

Karan had launched Alia’s Bollywood career with his 2012 film “Student Of The Year”, following which the actress features in almost every production of the filmmaker. Whi;le K.Jo openly mentors Alia and her career, the two have often addressed each other as father and daughter.

On Raksha Bandhan on Thursday, Alia, daughter of filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt and actress Soni Razdan, ensured she carried out her sisterly ritual by tying a rakhi on Uash’s wrist.

Karan, who became a father to twins, Yash and Roohi, through surrogacy in 2017, posted a photograph of Alia and Yash and wrote: “Alia didi!”

Last year, too, Alia showed her “big sister love” by celebrating Raksha Bandhan with Yash.  (IANS)



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