Bollywood Roundup: Priyanka Chopra, Akshay Kumar, Rakhi Sawant, and more…

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Priyanka not a bridesmaid at Markle’s royal wedding

New York– Actress Priyanka Chopra says she will not be a bridesmaid at Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle’s upcoming royal wedding.

Priyanka Chopra (Photo: Twitter)

However, the actress didn’t clear the mystery whether she has been invited to the wedding or not.

In an interview with, Priyanka expressed her excitement about Harry and Markle’s wedding. The couple will exchange vows at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle on May 19.

“I’m super excited about her and her big day,” Priyanka said.

She added: “It’s not just going to be life-changing for both of them, it’s life-changing for the world that needs to see strong women as icons, and I think Meghan has the potential to be that.”

Talking about Markle, the “Quantico” star said: “She’s just a really real girl. She’s a girl’s girl. She’s a really relatable young woman who is concerned about the world just like you and I are. That’s what I love the most about her. I feel like her authenticity is what’s going to make her really stand out in this new life she’s going to take on.”

Prince Harry and Markle started dating in July 2016 and made their first public appearance as a couple in September 2017.

Akshay Kumar auctioning ‘Rustom’ uniform for charity

Mumbai– Actor Akshay Kumar is putting up the naval uniform, which he donned in the film “Rustom”, for auction.

Akshay Kumar

The proceedings from the bid will support the cause of animal welfare.

Akshay, who won the National Film Award for Best Actor for his performance in “Rustom”, on Thursday tweeted a photograph from the film.

Alongside the photograph, it was written: “Win the original Naval uniform I wore in the movie ‘Rustom’. Bidding closes May 26.”

The actor, 50, captioned it: “Hi all. I’m thrilled to announce that you can bid to win the actual naval officer uniform I wore in ‘Rustom’. Auction’s proceeds will support the cause of animal rescue and welfare. Place your bid at”

“Rustom”, a period thriller, is directed by Tinu Suresh Desai. It also stars actress Ileana D’Cruz. The film is based on the real life incident of Naval Officer K. M. Nanavati and businessman Prem Ahuja.

Live shows give me a big thrill: Tulsi Kumar

Mumbai– Singer Tulsi Kumar says doing live shows give her a big thrill.

The singer, who delivered a baby boy in December last year, says she is “itching to get back on stage”.

“I’m getting back to my live performances which is an all-time high for me so I have my series of concerts lined up in Delhi, Surat, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Jaipur and my international concert in Bahrain,” Tulsi said in a statement to IANS.

“Doing live shows gives me a big thrill and I am itching to get back on stage,” she added.

The daughter of Gulshan Kumar has also worked with singer-songwriter Guru Randhaw on a new single “Raat ka maaal”.

Dance is my stress buster: Suhani Dhanki

Mumbai– Actress Suhani Dhanki, who is currently seen in “Porus”, says her de-stress mantra is to dance her heart out.

“We shoot for more than 12 hours daily and travelling and shooting becomes quite hectic. Amidst this, I also take offs for stage performances as I am a classical dancer,” Dhanki said in a statement to IANS.

“Apart from hearing soulful music or mantras to beat stress or doing yoga, my best way of doing it is by dancing my heart out,” added the actress, who is a trained Bharatnatyam dancer.

“Classical dance is the best form of stress buster if you are totally into it. The form requires utmost concentration with the perfect blend of the body and music rhythm. I try dancing at least an hour or two everyday which brings not only peace to my mind but takes care of my physical fitness and body too,” she added.

Rajinikanth, Vijay Sethupathi to act together

Chennai– Actor Vijay Sethupathi will be seen sharing screen space with superstar Rajinikanth for the first time in a yet-untitled film.

Rajinikanth in a still from movie Kabali

A tweet from the official account of Sun Pictures read: “We are happy to announce that for the first time, Vijay Sethupathi will be acting with Superstar Rajini.”

The untitled film will be directed by Karthik Subbaraj and produced by Sun Pictures.

Other details related to the film are still under wraps.

Currently, Vijay is busy with filmmaker Mani Ratnam’s “Chekka Chivantha Vanam”, which also stars Arvind Swami, Silambarasan, Arun Vijay, Jyothika, Aditi Rao Hydari, Aishwarya Rajesh, Dayana Erappa, Prakash Raj, Thiagarajan, Mansoor Ali Khan and Jayasudha.

Why not death sentence, asks Rakhi Sawant on Asaram’s conviction

Mumbai– Controversial actress Rakhi Sawant is happy that self-styled godman Asaram has been “punished” for raping a minor girl but she wonders why he was given only a life sentence.

Rakhi Sawant (Photo: Wikipedia)

A Special Court in Jodhpur on Wednesday convicted Asaram for raping a minor girl at his ashram in Rajasthan in 2013 and sentenced him to a prison term for life till his natural death.

“I am very happy that Asaram has been punished. It sets a very good example for all potential sexual offenders in the country, especially those who think they are rich and powerful and can get away with violating our women and children,” said Rakhi.

“But why not the death sentence in this case? The girl is a minor…No bail, no life for child rapists.”

When a respected figure like an uncle or a spiritual guru “misbehaves with an innocent girl she is robbed of something far more valuable than her virginity. She loses trust in mankind”.

Producer Pritish Nandy tweeted: “And justice has been done. Finally. Asaram sentenced to life imprisonment for raping minor.”

Actor Rahul Dev is also with the verdict.

“Justice prevails. Asaram ‘Bapu’ convicted for rape! His kind of fraud godmen/babas play with sentiments, emotions and belief of people. I salute the spirit of the family to fight for justice,” he tweeted.

Actor-filmmaker Farhan Akhtar wrote: “So, Asaram is a child rapist. And he has been found guilty. Good. But can people please stop sharing images of him with PM Modi. Patronising him before he was exposed to be a pervert is no crime. Let’s be fair and give him the benefit of doubt that he, like us, did not know.”

Karanvir Bohra wraps up shooting for his maiden film

Mumbai– Actor Karanvir Bohra has wrapped up shooting for his first feature film titled “Hume Tumse Pyaar Kitna”.

He concluded the shoot on Thursday in Madh Island. The crew shot for a song on the last day of the shoot.

“The film is like a baby for us because it had been with us since the inception stage, not only from the story or even idea but from the germ that we need to make a film. Today, it is unbelievable that the filming is over and we are on the post-production stage,” Karanvir said in a statement.

This is his first Hindi film under his production company — Bora Bora Entertainment. It is made in association with T-Series. The film, directed by Lalit Mohan, also features Priya Banerjee, Samir Kochar and Mahesh Balraj.

“We also have a beautiful ensemble choice of music composers, Jeet Ganguly, Raaj Aasho, Tony Kakkar and Toshi Sharib the lyrics are penned by Shabbir Ahmed,” Karanvir added.

The release date of the film has not been shared yet.

Mallika on India becoming ‘land of gang rapists’

Mumbai– Actress Mallika Sherawat has expressed her displeasure over increasing number of rape cases in India. She has said that from the land of Mahatma Gandhi, the country had become a land of gang rapists.

Actress Mallika Sherawat ​at ​69th Cannes Film Festival. (Photo Courtesy: Twitter​)​

Mallika was interacting with the media at the special screening of “Daas Dev” on Wednesday here.

President Ram Nath Kovind on April 22 approved an ordinance to provide death penalty for those convicted of raping girls younger than 12 years.

Mallika said: “I think what’s happening with women and children of this country is absolutely shameful.

“From the land of Gandhi, we have become a land of gang rapists and I think it’s the media in the country that is really a strong force today. So all hopes are pinned on the media.

“If it’s not in the media, then nobody would know about these cases. I think because of pressure from the media, these new laws have been enforced. So we are really thankful to the media for this,” she added.

“We haven’t been able to protect women and children of our country and I have been reading about such kind of crimes on a daily basis in newspapers.”

On Sudhir Mishra’s directorial “Daas Dev”, Mallika said: “I have seen the trailer of the movie. I am a fan of Sudhir Mishra’s films and I love him as a director.”

On her upcoming projects, the “Murder” actress said: “There is one international show, of which I have acquired legal rights to remake in India… The same way as ’24’ (American) series was made in India. I will be making an announcement for that very soon. It is an Emmy Award-winning show.” (IANS)



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