Bollywood Roundup: Ranbir, Deepika, Akshay Kumar, Ali Fazal, and more…

Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone (Photo: Bajirao Mastani)
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Ranbir, Deepika will walk the ramp for Mijwan: Manish Malhotra

New Delhi– Designer Manish Malhotra is glad that actors Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone are now in good health to walk for his show that will celebrate the seventh edition of his label in association with the Mijwan Welfare Society.

“It gives me immense pleasure to share that Ranbir and Deepika will be walking the ramp for Mijwan, a project very close to my heart, on April 19 at JW Marriott. I am really glad that both Ranbir and Deepika’s health allows them to walk for my show,” the designer told IANS.

“We are excited to showcase our design direction for Summer 2018 spotlighting the art of Chikankari. Both actors truly embody the global-Indian appeal that the collection stands for,” he added.

Both the actors were due to take spotlight at the fashion event earlier this month. However, the event was postponed to Thursday.

Malhotra is excited to showcase the variations of Chikankari along with elegant embroidery techniques with the ‘Mijwan Summer 2018’ line.

Helping a cause makes me happy: Akshay Kumar

Mumbai– Bollywood star Akshay Kumar, who is increasingly supporting social causes and cinema with a purpose, says helping a cause and spreading awareness among people makes him happy.

Akshay Kumar

Akshay has come on board as the face of a Happy Heart India campaign by Asian Heart Institute and The Times of India. It aims to promote a healthy lifestyle for a healthy heart and happy life. As part of this, 200 underprivileged children will get free heart surgery, read a statement.

“Seeing a child suffer an ailment and have little or no power to help them makes parents feel hurt. I am glad that this initiative will help 200 children and their families live a happy life. Helping a cause and reaching out to people for the same is what makes me happy,” Akshay said.

The actor has himself been a long-term advocate in spreading a word on the importance of a healthy lifestyle.

“I have always wanted to be a part of something that spreads smiles and joy to people who need it the most. I personally believe that having a healthy heart guarantees a happier and longer life,” said Akshay, urging people to come forward and help in making sure that “a heart reaches to the deprived”.

The campaign allows people to nominate patients from humble backgrounds, less than 12 years of age and in need for heart surgery.

Ali Fazal drops over 10 kg for ‘Milan Talkies’

Mumbai– Actor Ali Fazal has dropped more than 10 kg weight for his role in the upcoming film “Milan Talkies”. He says it takes a lot of focus and will to do it.

Ali Fazal (Photo: Twitter)

“It felt so good to know I could look both buff and lean if I put my heart to it. But I am a lean guy and I am most comfortable in this avatar. It takes a lot of focus and will to do it, especially the diet part,” Ali said in a statement.

“My workout really helped because the only thing I had to do was run, nothing else,” he added.

In the Tigmanshu Dhulia film, Ali plays a character from a small town near Lucknow.

The actor had put on over 14 kg before he began shooting for his web series “Mirzapur”. Dhulia required him to drop all the weight before the film was to hit the floor in March.

He was put on a keto diet, which is a no carbohydrates and sugar diet. His trainer also ensured he ran over five km a day to drop muscle and become lean.

Tamannaah roped in for ‘Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy’

Chennai– “Baahubali” actress Tamannaah Bhatia is the latest inclusion to the cast of multi-lingual period drama “Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy”.

Tamannaah Bhatia

Tamannaah will essay a pivotal role in the ambitious Telugu project, which stars Chiranjeevi and has a cameo by Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan.

It is a biopic on the late Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy, who is credited to be one of the first freedom fighters in India. He rebelled against the British authorities in 1846.

Reddy led the first revolt in India against the British occupation, 10 years earlier than the First War of Independence of 1857.

Tamannaah, who has been working round the clock on the Telugu remake of “Queen”, said in a statement: “It’s a great honour to be sharing the screen space with two of my favourite actors — Chiranjeevi and Amitabh Bachchan.

“Biopics have always been a priority for me and since the film revolves around a freedom fighter. It’s a matter of national pride to contribute to this project.

“I will be undertaking a lot of research for my role as there is very few material available online and I want to keep this as real as possible,” she added.

With this, the actress also joins a niche club of working with the father-son duo as she earlier worked with Ram Charan, but this will be the first time she will be working with Chiranjeevi.

“Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy” is said to be a trilingual film which will be released in Telugu, Tamil and Hindi.

The magnum opus is being directed by Surender Reddy and produced by Ram Charan under his banner Konidela Production Company. It is likely to hit the screens later this year.

25 years after ‘Roop Ki Rani…’, Satish Kaushik says sorry to Boney Kapoor

Mumbai– Satish Kaushik, who began his journey as a film director with “Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja” 25 years ago, has apologised to producer Boney Kapoor for delivering a box office failure that left him broke.

Satish Kaushik (Photo: Wikipedia)

“25 years ago it was a disaster at the box office, but it was my first child and will remain close to heart. Remembering madam Sridevi and my sorry to Boney Kapoor who gave me a break but was broke after the film,” Kaushik tweeted on Monday.

He also shared the film’s poster, featuring Anil Kapoor, Sridevi, Jackie Shroff and Anupam Kher. The movie was made at a high budget back then, but failed to get the expected response despite its cast.

Kaushik’s Twitter post generated mixed responses, with some social media users agreeing with him about how the movie fared, while some lauding it for its technical values.

However, Kaushik took it all in his stride.

“It is not about good or bad after 25 years. It is about owning your failures with your head high in the air. You must be a very successful person, but try owning your failures and I assure you, you will be more successful,” he added.

Kadvi Hawa to be screened at Beijing film gala

Mumbai– National Award-winning filmmaker Nila Madhab Panda is looking forward to the Chinese premier of his drama film “Kadvi Hawa” at the Beijing International Film Festival (BJIFF).

“Looking forward to the Chinese Premier of ‘Kadvi Hawa’ at BJIFF, honoured to Be shortlisted among the top 15 films competing for the ‘Tiantan Award’ from 659 entries from 71 countries, Congrats all Sanjay Mishra, Ranvir Shorey, Tillotama Shome and Manish Mundra,” Panda tweeted on Sunday.

The film is also in contention for the Titan Award, which inherits the values of “beauty in variety, harmony in diversity”.

The eight-day film fest will commence on Tuesday and will conclude on April 22.

“Kadvi Hawa” is based on climate change. It also got a Special Mention at the 64th National Film Awards.

Tusshar Kapoor plans day according to Laksshya’s time table

Mumbai– Actor Tusshar Kapoor says his day is planned according to his son Laksshya, who will turn 2 in two months.

“My child is my focus and I plan my day according to his timetable,” Tusshar said on season 2 of Firstpost’s show “9 Months” in the presence of show host Meghna Pant.

The show is a complete parental guide, and welcomed Tusshar to share personal challenges, opinions, insights and more as a father, read a statement.

“I am 41 now. At around 35, 37 I started getting paternal instincts for my pets. I also began to wonder then how would it feel like to hold your child?” he said.

Tusshar says he was expecting a lot of different reactions when he took the decision of having a child through IVF and surrogacy.

“I wanted to be a father and I wanted to start a family, so I did it. People then messaged me that I am inspiring them,” he said.

Tusshar says he is a “hands-on parent”.

“I spend most of the day with my child and I don’t want to miss out on any experience with my child. For ‘Golmaal’ shooting, I took him along with me since I didn’t want to stay away from him for long. He had fun on the sets,” he said.

He says he has learnt parenting skills along the way.

“I feel it is not hard work, but rather just a lot of work that goes into raising a child. At the same time, I also read about healthy habits and the happy child book, which was really helpful.”

The 41-year-old actor says all parents have the same worries.

“No matter you are a celebrity or not, it just depends on how involved you are,” he added.

On celebrity parents, he said: “In the industry, Ajay Devgn spends a majority of his time with his kids. Aamir Khan also does the best of everything for his kids.” (IANS)




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