Bollywood Roundup: Sonakshi Sinha, Aahana Kumra, Sushmita Sen, and more…

Sonakshi Sinha (Photo courtesy: StarsUnfolded)

Sonakshi thanks Hrithik for motivating her

Mumbai– Actress Sonakshi Sinha has praised actor Hrithik Roshan and thanked him for always motivating her to be fit.

Sonakshi Sinha (Photo: Facebook)

Lauding Sonakshi’s transformation, Hrithik tweeted: “Stunning! I remember a ‘before’ conversation years ago and now this! Well done Sonakshi Sinha, you are going to inspire many. Keep going.”

To this, Sonakshi replied: “That ‘before’ conversation was an inspiration in itself! Thank you for always being so motivating Hrithik! This is just the beginning.”

On the acting front, Hrithik will next be seen in “Super 30”, a biographical drama based on the life of mathematician Anand Kumar and his educational programme in Patna.

It stars Hrithik as Kumar and debutant Mrunal Thakur in lead roles.

Aahana Kumra’s warm relationship with Soni Razdan

New Delhi– Actress Aahana Kumra says she is glad that she got a chance to work with Soni Razdan, Mahesh Bhatt and Pankaj Tripathi in “Yours Truly”.

Aahana Kumra (Photo: Twitter)

“I am very grateful that I got to work with Soni Razdan, Mahesh Bhatt and Pankaj Tripathi in a film,” Aahana told IANS.

“Though I don’t share the screen space with Mahesh Bhatt, but the fact that (I share) screen name with three of them is whimsical, because Pankaj Tripathi is an actor who I really look up to and Soni was so warm, so wonderful and welcoming to work. Our chemistry is very visible in the film,” she added.

Aahana’s “Yours Truly” had its world premiere at 23rd Busan International Film Festival on October 9. The film, directed by Sanjoy Nag, was also screened on October 10 and October 11 at the fest.

“The film really does hit the right notes and it really came out like a life for us and watching it in Korea with a very welcoming audience. This is not an Indian audience so they react to the film very differently from what you expect from the Indian audience. It was a bit overwhelming for all of us,” Aahana said.

Based on Annie Zaidi’s book, “The one that was announced”, an extract from “Love Story # 1 to 14”, the Hindi romance-drama revolves around Mithi who discovers age is no barrier for love nor propriety and social norms; that you can fall in love with just a voice while imagining the person behind it.

We’ve to listen, believe, let justice prevail: Sushmita Sen

Mumbai– Former Miss universe Sushmita Sen is proud of the women who have spoken up about their unsavoury experiences, as a result of the MeToo movement. She says now is the time to listen, believe and let justice prevail.

Sushmita Sen (Photo: Twitter)

Sushmita interacted with the media at the Bombay Times Fashion Week here on Sunday.

She said she doesn’t find the revelations coming up in context of the MeToo movement shocking at all as people were aware of these things for long.

“It is going to be shocking every single time, but we are also not ignorant people. It’s not like we didn’t know these things were happening in India and in the world. I think what is more shocking that we did not listen to it for so long and that we didn’t do anything about it. This is the start, and you have to listen, believe and let justice prevail,” Sushmita said.

Asked to comment on the movement which is gaining momentum in India and if this is the right time for it, Sushmita said: “The right moment was when women were born. It is not today or tomorrow. But even if we are delayed, I am still very proud of everyone.

“And there is no gender bias for women alone. I think the fact that our society and our people are all standing up to express themselves and have a voice, it is so powerful. The fact that I got to see this in my lifetime, makes me very proud as a woman and a human being for my country”.

Alia Bhatt face of Nokia phones in India

New Delhi– Finnish company HMD Global that manufactures and markets Nokia smartphones on Monday roped in Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt as the face of Nokia devices in India.

Alia Bhatt

“We are really excited to have Alia Bhatt as the face of Nokia phones. I am confident that in the coming together of Nokia phones and Alia Bhatt, we will further enhance the excitement around our new launches for our fans,” Ajey Mehta, Vice President and Country Head-India, HMD Global, said in a statement.

The new festive campaign with Bhatt takes an affectionate and light-hearted look at the unique role played by a young person (and her Nokia smartphone) in making Diwali celebrations with her loved ones truly special, the company added.

The Nokia phones print campaign with the actress went live on October 12 to mark the festive season.

“The young generation is relied upon by their loved ones for so many things that they do with just a few clicks on their phones — from paying a bill to capturing memories. This insight is at the core of our campaign and helps make Nokia phones relevant for these young consumers,” Mehta added.

Rajit Kapur had fun with complexities of ‘Bypass Road’

Mumbai– Actor Rajit Kapur is excited about “Bypass Road”, and says he had fun playing a complex character.

“Bypass Road” marks the directorial debut of Neil Nitin Mukesh’s younger brother Naman Nitin Mukesh.

NNM Films and Madan Paliwal of MIRAJ will jointly produce the thriller drama, which is written by Neil.

“It was a great learning for me to discover and explore yet another unique father-son relationship in ‘Bypass Road’,” Rajit said in a statement to IANS.

The actor will be seen playing the role of a father.

“Neil and Naman both have a phenomenal eye for perfection and precision. I had a great time working with Naman who is now part of the younger crop of directors. He was able to successfully bring out the essence of my character. This role is something I have never attempted in the past with a lot of layers and complexities,” he added.

The film also features Adah Sharma and Gul Panag.

Never thought I will be a successful actor, star: Nawazuddin

Mumbai– Nawazuddin Siddiqui says while he studied theatre, the thought of becoming a “successful actor” or “star” never crossed his mind.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui

What he wanted to do was explore as many characters as possible. Now he hopes to internalize characters as much as he can.

The acclaimed actor spoke about this in Saavn’s podcast “Take 2 with Anupama and Rajeev”, read a statement.

Nawazuddin said: “We used to read books when we were in NSD (National School of Drama) and our teacher also told us that we have many characters inside every human. What is important is how we discover them and bring them out in our acting…

“The teacher said, ‘There are thousand characters inside a human’. This thing got stuck in my head.

“I tried to find it out. So I thought that whenever I will act, I will discover it inside me. So these thoughts came to my head and I never thought that I wanted to become a successful actor or a star.

“This thought never came in my mind that I will do films one day while I was in theatre. The only thought that came in my mind while doing theatre was that I have to explore as much as I can and bring it all out.”

Kriti Sanon questions veracity of anonymous #MeToo stories

Mumbai– Actress Kriti Sanon on Sunday urged people to handle the #MeToo movement responsibly and to not dilute the movement with their anonymity.

She believes men and women must reveal their identity before imposing serious allegations against someone.

The “Barielly Ki Barfi” star took to Twitter to share her thoughts.

Kriti wrote: “What happens when a #MeToo story of an ‘anonymous’ girl comes out against someone? Do we simply believe it without even knowing who the girl is or if she even exists? How does one inspect such an incident in order to come to any conclusion? Is it fair to consider the accused ‘guilty’ when the MeToo story does not come with the victim’s name? Should the media carry such stories?”

According to Kriti, any story without proper identification can “spoil someone’s name and career”.

So, she asked everyone to “handle the #MeToo movement responsibly and find out a lawful way” for it. (IANS)


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