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Preity Zinta feels proud she did ‘Dil Chahta Hai’

Mumbai– Farhan Akhtar’s maiden directorial, “Dil Chahta Hai” is all set to clock two decades of its release in Hindi cinema. Actress Preity G. Zinta, who played Shalini in the movie, has gone down memory lane and said that she is proud she did the movie.

Reminiscing about the film, Preity said: “This is surreal, celebrating 20 years of ‘Dil Chahta Hai’. I remember Farhan telling me that whenever he makes a film, he would love for me to be part of it.”

“A few months later, we signed on for ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ and we had so much fun on set. I told Farhan on the first day of shoot, that this will be a cult film and he laughed at me. Today after all these years I’m so proud of the film we made,” added the 46-year-old actress.

She says whenever she thinks about the film, she gets a smile on her face.

“I have so many fond memories from the shoot and always have a big smile on my face when I remember those mad days,” added the actress.

“Dil Chahta Hai” will be showcased on &Pictures on August 10 to mark its two decade run in Hindi cinema.

Sonakshi Sinha has always been ‘low-key’ about her art

Mumbai– Sonakshi Sinha is over-the-moon that her maiden art piece got sold. The actress says she has always been quite low-key about her art until very recently.

Sonakshi Sinha

Sonakshi, whose painting ‘Anaaye’ that got sold captured flowing lines defining Lord Ganesha, said: “Art has always been a huge part of me that’s why this feels even more special. I am an actor, I’ve made my name in this field of art, which is cinema but this is a whole different ball game and it really feels like I’m making my debut again.”

“I’ve always been quite low-key about my art until very recently,” added the self-taught artist.

Sonakshi’s passion for art was seen during the lockdown when she shared a sneak peek into her sketches and paintings through her social media feeds.

Speaking about her upcoming work in cinema, Sonakshi will next be seen in Ajay Devgn starrer “Bhuj: The Pride Of India”. The upcoming film also features Sanjay Dutt and Nora Fatehi.

Apart from this, the actress is all set to make her web series debut with “Fallen”, where she plays a cop and will also be seen in “Bulbul Tarang”.

Sunny Leone calls ‘Shero’ one of her most interesting films

New Delhi– Actress Sunny Leone wrapped up the shooting for her film “Shero” in Kerala on Thursday.

Sunny Leone

Directed by “Kuttanadan Marpappa” fame Sreejith Vijayan, “Shero” is Sunny’s first Malayalam film in a lead role.

Shot in Munnar and other parts of Kerala, action is a crucial element of the film. The actress trained and prepped extensively, doing all the stunts by herself.

Sunny believes that it’s a defining part for her. As she wrapped the film, she told IANS, “There are movies that challenge you and make you want to push yourself harder. Shero is just that film for me. I wanted to nail it to the tee.”

She added: “From the performance, to the action, to learning the language, it was a film that I was completely consumed by. We shot in such picturesque locales of Kerala and it is by far one of the most interesting films I have ever done in my life.”

“Shero” is a psychological thriller in which Sunny plays the character of Sarah Mike, a US-born woman with roots in India. The film traces the story of a chance holiday and the chance happenings on it forms the narrative.

The film will be released in Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu and Hindi.

Sachet Tandon of Kabir Singh fame drops devotional single

Mumbai– “Bekhayali” singer, Sachet Tandon, who was an instant hit with his ‘Kabir Singh’ numbers dropped a devotional track titled “Shri Amarnath Ishwaram” on Friday.

Sachet Tandon

The popular singer-composer released it on the occasion of Shravan Shivratri.

Talking about the song, Sachet said: “Shri Amarnath Ishwaram has great religious significance and is a soulful devotional rendition. I’ve always tried to incorporate soulful, divine elements into my music and singing so it was a huge honour to lend my vocals to this track.”

“Shri Amarnath Ishwaram” has been penned by Nitishwar Kumar, CEO of the Amarnathji Shrine Board, and composed by Aman Pant.

The track reflects the divine journey of Lord Shiva with Mata Parvati to the holy cave and narrates the route of the divine journey with the religious significance of places en route.

“I’ve dedicated this song to Mahadev. I believe that devotion is non-dual and hope the travellers on the spiritual path will feel the godliness and glimpses of Lord Shiva — Shri Amarnathji in this upasana,” said lyricist Nitishwar Kumar.

“I composed this song in the beautiful valley of Kashmir, close to Amarnath. This song is very special for me as he is our ‘Isht Devta’ or presiding deity. My main challenge was to create a track that youngsters could also enjoy. So I used Rock genre as the backdrop. The lyrics are superbly penned by Nitishwar Kumar. The track is a blend of guitars, sitar, drums and pakhawaj,” added composer Aman Pant.

Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board officially launched the song on Friday from the holy cave of Shri Amarnathji.

‘Shershaah’ director compares Kiara Advani with Nayanthara

Mumbai– Actress Kiara Advani will be seen in the upcoming film “Shershaah” opposite actor Siddharth Malhotra. Tamil film director Vishnuvardhan has made his directorial debut in Hindi films with “Shershaah”. Coming with a background of directing films in Tamil and Telugu, Vishnuvardhan shared his experience of working with Kiara.

Kiara Advani

“When you get the right cast, 50 per cent of your battle is won. The rest of the 50 per cent is how they’re going to perform and Kiara is one of the smartest and most intelligent actors I have actually met, which is very good.”

The director compared Kiara to south actress Nayanthara, with whom he has worked in Tamil films “Billa” and “Arrambam”.

“The last I had met someone like that was Nayanthara and seeing Kiara today, well, it was a pleasure working with her. When I had worked with Nayan, she used to be so sharp and so intelligent and I felt that similar way when working with Kiara. She’s so smart and so sharp. All you need to do is just give them a hint and tell them what it is and they catch it so fast,” he added.

“Shershaah” explores the untold stories of the unsung heroes of the war.

In the film, Kiara’s character Dimple Cheema pays an ode to the sacrifices of the strong pillars of support to the army officers at the frontline.

Talking about the right casting of the film, Vishnuvardhan said: “Once you see the film, you’ll understand why the casting has been done the way it has been done because we had certain images of the real and reel people as we were more close and as genuine as could be to the story and characters that lived.” (IANS)

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