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Tough to be blunt in today’s times: Soha Ali Khan

New Delhi– Actress Soha Ali Khan says it is difficult to be plain spoken in today’s times as there is no tolerance, especially in the social media world.

Soha Ali Khan with her mother Sharmila Tagore (Photo courtesy: India TV)

“I think it is difficult for anyone to be blunt in today’s time. I mean we celebrate freedom of expression and speech, but the people who do speak out, we don’t seem to have much tolerance for that… at least on social media because you can see when you say something, you end up offending a lot of people,” Soha, who was here last week to celebrate International Women’s Day with BBLUNT, told IANS.

The 40-year-old actress said the recoil of loathing sometimes remains at word level, but sometimes it escalates into brutality.

Abhay Deol’s ‘The Odds’ to close IFFLA 2019

Mumbai– Megha Ramaswamys “The Odds”, featuring Abhay Deol, Priyanka Bose and Monica Dogra, will close the 17th annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) on April 14.

Abhay Deol (Photo: Twitter)

The film will have its world premiere at the film fest with the director and actors being in attendance, read a statement.

“The Odds” is a coming-of-age tale about two teens who skip school on an important exam day and go on a fantastical journey through Mumbai. Abhay and Priyanka will be seen in supporting roles, and Yashaswini Dayama and Monica in the lead roles.

The closing gala presentation will take place at the Ahrya Fine Arts Theater in Beverly Hills here.

The 17th edition of the festival will be held from April 11 to April 14 at Regal L.A. LIVE: A Barco Innovation Center in Los Angeles. National Award-winning actress Tabu will be honoured at the fest.

Adhvik’s ‘favourite stylist’ gives him makeover

Mumbai– Actor Adhvik Mahajan’s wedding look for the show “Divya Drishti” has been styled by his “favourite stylist” and wife Neha Mahajan.

The show about two sisters with supernatural powers will take an interesting spin with wedding bells in the air as Rakshit and Divya are set to tie the knot, read a statement from StarPlus.

“Neha is my personal favourite stylist who always gives me the best fashion advice. This is why I thought, for me to get the perfect look on the wedding day, Neha would be the best person who could help me get the right look,” Adhvik said in a statement.

“The team and I were really excited to have her on board for my makeover,” he added.

Keerthy Suresh set to enter Bollywood

Mumbai– South actress Keerthy Suresh will be making her Hindi film debut opposite Ajay Devgn in Amit Sharma’s directorial.

Ajay essays the role of Syed Abdul Rahim in the film, and Keerthy will be seen essaying the role of Rahim’s wife.

“I’m elated and honoured to be a part of such a great story. This film is a forgotten chapter in the Indian history and I am glad that the makers have chosen to tell this story. This is a film that will make each and every Indian proud,” Keerthy said in a statement.

“I believe this is a story that doesn’t belong to any specific region or language of India but is a great Indian story that the world should know. With all my past films, I have consciously chosen to do roles that challenge me and add to the narrative of the film. When the makers came to me with this role, I was quite intrigued by it and felt that I would be able to pull it off.

“Ajay Devgn is one of the most talented superstars that we have in our country. I have seen a lot of his films and it is an honour for me to share screen space with an actor of his calibre,” she added.

Rahim’s biopic will go on the floors in June. It chronicles the Indian football team’s glory from 1950 to 1963. The film is produced by Boney Kapoor along with Akash Chawla and Arunava Joy Sengupta.

Reinventing myself as an actor is fun: Akshay Kumar

Mumbai– A historical film like “Kesari”, a masala entertainer like “Sooryavanshi” and a web series — Akshay Kumar’s slate of projects showcase a diversity that he has maintained mostly throughout his nearly three decade-old career. He says he enjoys reinventing himself as an actor.

Akshay Kumar

Akshay was interacting with the media to promote his upcoming film “Kesari” here on Wednesday.

Whether it is action, drama, romance, comedy or socially relevant films, Akshay has dabbled in it all.

Asked whether it gets difficult for an actor to keep reinventing himself, he said: “It is not difficult but I would say it is fun. If I am changing my image, it is because I am enjoying it. I don’t have to prove anything to anybody. I feel you have to enjoy the work that you do.

“It feels great to do different characters all the time. When I started my career, that time I was doing only action films and nobody used give me roles which involved romance, comedy, tragedy or drama. One fine day, it just broke when I got ‘Hera Pheri’ and then, I started doing different kinds of roles.”

Akshay said that at one point in his career, he felt ashamed that he was doing similar kind of films.

He said: “There was a time in my career when I used to feel ashamed of myself because I was doing similar kind of films which involved action. So once I got opportunity to dabble into various genres, I started enjoying my work. Since the last 12 years, I have got a chance to keep on changing my image as an actor. So, I feel it is not a tough thing for me.”

Filmmakers must work on good stories, ideas: Sharma

Mumbai– Director Amit Sharma says filmmakers should work on good story and ideas instead of thinking too much about how big or small the idea is.

His second film “Badhaai Ho” was one of the most successful films of last year.

Talking about how he went on to make the film despite people discouraging him, Amit said, “We have seen it in 2018 and it has been there before also that even big stars today need word of mouth publicity. The film will work only if it’s good. Thus, keep working on good scripts and don’t think if it’s small or big.

“Let’s make it exciting for the audience. They look at the trailer to decide if they want to watch it or not.”

Amit was participating with another film director Amar Kaushik in an interactive session at the the 20th edition of FICCI FRAMES, the global media and entertainment conclave, here on Wednesday.

“All the films that I worked on earlier were smaller content-driven films. I worked with Onir, Rajkumar Gupta and Raj, D.K. Earlier those films were referred to as art films, now we have started calling them concept-driven. These kind of films were always there,” said Kaushik.

Get back to studies, Rahul Khanna tells distracted Instagram fan

Mumbai– Actor Rahul Khanna’s shirtless photo on Instagram left his fans swooning – and a few distracted – and he responded wittily to many of them.

Rahul Khanna

The photo of the actor, only clad in a pair of red shorts as he crouches on the side of a river against a picture-perfect jungle backdrop, had garnered over 14,600 likes and over 400 comments.

Rahul, the son of late Bollywood superstar Vinod Khanna, responded to some of the comments.

To a fan, who wrote “Oh my heart, forgot how to breathe because my lungs were beating in my head and my nerves were tangling around my stomach and butterflies flew out of my mouth and all you did was turn back and smile. @mrkhanna, he said, “This would make a fascinating medical case study!”

As a fan complained of distraction from studying after seeing the photo, Rahul advised “Please close Instagram and get back to the books”, and told another who cited a loss of interest in work, “Can you take the day off?”

“Well, this looks straight out of non published version of The Jungle Book,” said another follower and Rahul said it was his favourite movie.

Chandan Madan to be part of ‘Mere Sai’

Mumbai– Actor Chandan Madan, known for his work in shows such as “Sapne Suhane Ladakpan Ke” and “Fear Files”, has been roped in to play a teacher in the show “Mere Sai”.

His character, Shrikant, goes to a school in Shirdi to teach.

“He doesn’t like the way people are behaving with Chiu Tai, a widow. But my character will be seen forming a special bond with Chiu Tai and will help her overcome the societal pressures,” Chandan said in a statement.

“My family and I are Sai Baba’s followers in real life and when I got an offer to play this role in ‘Mere Sai’, I immediately accepted it,” he added. (IANS)


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