Bollywood Roundup: Patralekhaa, Ananya Panday, Ekta Kapoor, and more…

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My job as an actor is to push the envelope: Patralekhaa

Mumbai– Actress Patralekhaa says her job is to push the envelope and take on challenging roles — that’s what gives her an adrenaline rush.

At the moment, she is overwhelmed with the positive response for ZEE5’s “Badnaam Gali”. It tells the story of a young surrogate mother named Noyonika Ganguly, played by Patralekhaa.

The actress has been inundated with congratulatory messages from her fans, who are raving about her decision to take on a challenging role of a surrogate mother in the show.

“I was slightly nervous yet positive about the role since it was quite challenging. There was huge anticipation, thinking how the audience would react to such a role that they haven’t seen before. But I’m glad they liked it and equally flattered with the response they shared on my social media,” Patralekhaa said in a statement.

“My job as an actor is to push the envelope and take on challenging roles that gives me adrenaline rush. And if that is accepted by the audience, you feel your risk has paid off,” she added.

I find Varun Dhawan very hot: Ananya Panday

Mumbai– Actress Ananya Panday says she has lots of crushes, and she especially finds Bollywood star Varun Dhawan “very hot”.

Ananya Panday (Photo: Instagram)

Ananya opened up about her admiration for Varun when she appeared on an episode of zoOm’s “By Invite Only”, read a statement.

The “Student Of The Year 2” star said she has a crush on actor Kartik Aaryan, but he is not the only one.

“I do have a crush on him actually, I have always said it but I have many crushes. He is a big crush but then, there are also many crushes,” Ananya said.

She also revealed that she would choose Varun if she had to do a steamy scene with an actor. She added: “I find Varun very hot.”

The actress also spoke on getting trolled and how she deals with it.

“People talk a lot about how thin I am, they keep trolling me on how skinny I am. But I can’t help it. I eat a lot and I am always eating. Right now I am getting so much love that I am really not focusing on haters, I have no time,” she said.

She is enjoying the attention coming her way after “Student Of The Year 2”, which also featured Tiger Shroff and Tara Sutaria.

Recounting a scary experience while shooting for the film, she said: “I would have died! The airbags of the car opened up, Tiger Shroff came to save me, but when he realised that the car is going to blow up he ran in the other direction and left me.

“Everyone had left me in the car and gone! I had heard all these horror stories that once the airbags open up your nose breaks — so my first reaction was — Is my nose broken? Later I realised much more could have happened. Then I saw the movie and the scene is not there and I was like I have risked my life for this.”

In a quick round of unveils, Ananya confessed that she would choose to go out on a date with Kartik over Ishaan Khatter if both of them ask her out at the same time.

On Ekta Kapoor’s birthday, Smriti Irani pens special note

Mumbai– As producer Ekta Kapoor turned 44 on Friday, her friend Union Minister Smriti Irani penned a note on social media thanking her for helping her through her turbulent phases.

Ekta Kapoor (Photo: Twitter)

Irani, Minister of Women and Child Development and Textiles, wrote: “You brighten our lives with your smile, you strengthen our resolve with your support no matter what battles lie ahead, your belief that time will heal all wounds and do justice helped me sail through many turbulent phases, your conversations with God… there are many ways for us in the Irani family to describe you but words won’t be enough. Happy Birthday Ekta, rockstar masi, anchor, friend.”

Both of them share a close bond ever since they worked together on “Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi”, in which Irani had played the lead role of Tulsi Virani.

Just last month, they visited the Siddhi Vinayak Temple in Mumbai together, and Ekta lauded her friend for walking a stretch of 14 km barefoot.

Apart from Irani, Ekta was wished on her birthday by her brother Tusshar, and her friends in the industry.

Tusshar posted a photograph of himself along with Ekta, and wrote: “Happy birthday Sis! May the good forces of nature align in your favour, now and forever!”

Actress Anita Hassanandani said that this year is extra special for Ekta as she turns “extra responsible, extra settled, extra happy, extra focussed, extra hardworking (as always) and extra sexy (wonder how)”.

Ekta has a four-month-old son Ravie, whom she had via surrogacy.

Actress Mouni Roy said Ekta has a “heart of gold”. She called Ekta her “mentor, guide and her reason to come to Mumbai”.

Actor Amol Parashar wished Ekta, and said she inspires him with her “immense conviction towards anything” she does professionally and personally.

Monkey enters actress Soundarya Sharma’s room

Mumbai– A monkey trespassed into actress Soundarya Sharma’s room, had breakfast and then left.

Soundarya Sharma

Soundarya shared an amusing video of the monkey gorging on some fruits.

“Thug life… He entered my room early morning and refused to leave after his breakfast… Rested and slept on my bed after his breakfast while all I was doing is screaming and recording as I had no other way out,” Soundarya captioned the video.

The actress was last seen on-screen in “Ranchi Diaries” in 2017. The film also featured veteran actor Anupam Kher, Himansh Kohli, Jimmy Sheirgill and Satish Kaushik.

Lopamudra turns bride in video of ‘Hamari atariya pe’

Mumbai– Former “Bigg Boss” contestant Lopamudra Raut has donned bridal wear for the video of sensuous love ballad “Hamari atariya pe”.

A Times Music exclusive release, “Hamari atariya pe” is a rework of a popular traditional thumri. Taking the tradition forward, this new track has been conceptualised and sung by Madhubanti Bagchi, and its music video features Lopamudra.

“There have been many beautiful renditions of ‘Hamari atariya pe’, but what sets this one apart is not just how it has been visualised, but also how soulfully it has been put together,” Lopamudra said in a statement.

Madhubanti shared: “We have grown up listening to many classic interpretations of this traditional thumri, ‘Humri atariya pe’. Consequently, to work on this track was a bit scary, but also very fulfilling. When the track and the video started to come together, I was absolutely gratified.”

Randeep Rai would love to be part of web series

Mumbai– Actor Randeep Rai of “Yeh Un Dinon Ki Baat Hai” fame says he is interested in taking up a web series.

After bagging his first Bollywood film “Saroj Ka Rishta”, the young actor is now eyeing the web world.

“I have been approached for a couple of (movie) projects, but I believe in doing one thing at a time with complete dedication. At present, I want to give my 100 per cent to ‘Yeh Un Dinon Ki Baat Hai’. However, I would love to be a part of web series and films after the show,” Randeep told IANS.

He is currently in his hometown Jhansi to celebrate his birthday on Saturday.

“My birthday is a very special and an important day in my life. I love celebrating and surrounding myself with the ones who mean the most to me. Every year I try to bring in this day with my parents and close family members,” he said.

“I am particularly excited about going back home as it’s been long since I’ve seen my parents and tasted home-cooked food,” added the “O Gujariya: Badlein Chal Duniya” actor.

Neil thanks Adah for bringing ‘madness’ to ‘Bypass Road’

Mumbai– Actress Adah Sharma has wrapped up shooting for “Bypass Road” and her co-star Neil Nitin Mukesh thanked her for her “constant madness”.

Adah Sharma

Adah shared a still from the film on Twitter and captioned it: “Why aren’t you in this picture Neil, Naman… it’s a wrap for me on ‘Bypass Road’. See you on ‘Bypass Road’.”

Neil also shared the same photograph and wrote: “It’s a wrap for Adah Sharma. Thank you for your constant madness, thank you for getting soul to the film with your beautifully etched character.”

“Bypass Road” marks the directorial debut of Neil’s younger brother Naman Nitin Mukesh. Neil has turned a writer and a producer with the film and will essay the role of a paraplegic in the film.

The film, which also features Gul Panag and Rajit Kapur, is a thriller drama jointly produced by NNM Films and Madan Paliwal of MIRAJ.

How Big B’s ‘Deewaar’ influenced Ali Abbas Zafar

Mumbai– Director Ali Abbas Zafar says there is one iconic scene of Amitabh Bachchan in the classic film “Deewaar” which influenced him a lot, but he can’t recreate it as it would lead to a controversy.

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Zafar opened up about the 1975 film and how he took a cue from a scene in the film for Salman Khan’s “Sultan”, during an appearance on the IMDb original series “The Insider’s Watchlist”, read a statement.

“I watched some films growing up. There is a scene in ‘Deewaar’, where Amitabh Bachchan talks to God,” Zafar said.

“Unfortunately, you cannot write a scene like that in today’s age and time, it could become controversial. But that scene became the soul of ‘Sultan’ where Salman Khan sits in the Dargah and tells Aarfa that he is returning to get what he lost,” he added.

Did Ali always have an inkling about direction?

“No, not at all. I wanted to get into the Indian Armed Forces and be an Air Force pilot. I got through NDA but there was some technical problem and I couldn’t get into the Air Force. I was depressed for two or three months.

“Finally, I got myself into Delhi University to do biochemistry honours. And it was there when I got into theatre… That is where I first got an idea that ‘I can do something in films’.”

Rajkummar, Patralekhaa recreate iconic ‘DDLJ’ scene

London– Actor Rajkummar Rao, who considers himself one of the biggest fans of Shah Rukh Khan, recreated the superstar’s iconic scene from his hit 1995 film “Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge”, with Patralekhaa.

Rajkummar Rao

Rajkummar on Friday took to Instagram and shared a video in which he along with his lady love and actress Patralekhaa are seen imitating the climax scene from Aditya Chopra’s “Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge”, in which Shah Rukh waits for Kajol to seek permission from her father (Amrish Puri) to go with the love of her life and then he helps her to get onto the train.

Dressed in a white casual t-shirt, Patralekhaa is seen running towards Rajkummar, who mimicked SRK and late actor Amrish Puri in the video.

While mimicking SRK, The “Shahid” actor also recited famous dialogues from the movie.

“Bade bade shehron mein aisi choti choti baatein hoti rehti hain Senorita,” Rajkummar said.

Along with the video, he wrote: “Things we do in London. Fun mode on. When we recreate one of our favourite scenes from one of our favourite films. ‘DDLJ’. Patralekhaa as Simran, Raj as Raj and Raj as bauji.”

A few months ago, Rajkummar got a chance to shake a leg with Shah Rukh at the Filmfare Awards 2019. He grooved with him on his famous song “Chaiyya Chaiyya”.

After his performance with SRK, he took to Twitter and tweeted: “I got the opportunity to perform with my idol Shah Rukh Khan. I love you sir. One must believe and work hard towards their dreams because they do come true.” (IANS)


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