Bollywood Roundup: Suniel Shetty, Raai Laxmi, John Abraham, and more…

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Suniel Shetty named brand ambassador for Maharashtra Delphic Council

Mumbai– Actor Suniel Shetty has been named as the brand ambassador for the Maharashtra Delphic Council for Performing Arts.

Talking about the same, Suniel Shetty shared: “I am super excited to join the Maharashtra Delphic Council as a brand ambassador. Art and culture as a subject is very close to my heart and with Delphic coming to India, I am sure all artistes from Maharashtra will be able to showcase their talents globally and show the world our rich culture.”

The logo of the Maharashtra Delphic Council was launched by the Governor of Maharashtra, Bhagat Singh Koshyari and veteran actress Hema Malini on August 21.

The Delphic Games celebrate six art categories, namely, Musical Arts and Sounds (singing, instrumental music, electronic sounds), Performing Arts (dance, theatre, circus, puppetry), Language Arts (literature, poetry, moderation), Visual Arts (painting, graphics, sculpture, installation, fashion, photography), Social Arts (communications, Internet, media, pedagogic, didactic) and Ecological Arts & Architecture (urban planning, landscaping, preservation and conservation of nature, monuments).

Raai Laxmi feels blessed to visit Ajmer Sharif Dargah

Mumbai– Multi-lingual actress Raai Laxmi took time out to visit the famous Ajmer Sharif ‘Dargah’ as she is shooting a song for one of her upcoming projects in Rajasthan. She says such a visit to a spiritual places gives her a sense of satisfaction.

Raai Laxmi

Raai said, “This is the second time that I have been blessed to visit the Ajmer Sharif ‘Dargah’. I have a religious side to me and I love to visit holy and spiritual places. I believe in Ajmer Sharif ‘Dargah’. I was shooting there and I wanted to go and I was so happy and blessed to have been here.

“It was a beautiful experience and I got to know more about the ‘Dargah’, as there was a lovely gentleman who handled the places who took me around and told me all the lovely stories and it was very peaceful and well arranged. There were some beautiful Sufi music and ‘Qawwali’ songs being played and it was a very peaceful and fulfilling day, keeping all Covid protocols in mind.”

Raai is known for appearing in several Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam films.

This year, she is busy shooting three films – Tamil films ‘Cinderella’ and ‘Gangster 21’, and Telugu film ‘Anandha Bhairavi’.

Pranutan: Dancing to grandma Nutan’s song a ‘surreal’ experience

Mumbai– Actress Pranutan surprised her fans on Tuesday by uploading a video of her dancing on popular track ‘Gora Ang Leile’. Dancing on this track is special for her as it’s from her grandmother Nutan’s 1963 film ‘Bandini’.

Pranutan

The actress performs ‘Kathak’ on the evergreen song in the video uploaded on her Instagram.

Talking to IANS, Pranutan says: “It was very surreal performing on Dadi’s song. It’s just one of my favourite songs. I love Indian classical dance. I’ve been learning Bharatnatyam since I was 8 or 9. I still do my classes.”

The actress, who will soon be seen in ‘Helmet’ alongside Aparshakti Khurana, says that she has been planning to perform on this track.

“This time I tried a little bit of ‘Kathak’, so I was a little nervous. It was also very exciting. Of course living up to that kind of legacy makes you nervous but it’s something that I really wanted to do because I love this song,” says Pranutan.

John Abraham stars in Mercy for Animals ‘Be Nice’ campaign

Mumbai– Bollywood actor and producer John Abraham appears in a new Mercy For Animals India ad encouraging people to be kind to animals. The ad’s tagline reads, “In a world where you can be anything, be nice.”

John Abraham

“Animals deserve our love, respect, and freedom,” says the ‘Satyameva Jayate 2’ star. “Through this campaign, I am giving out the message that the least one can do to help animals is to be nice to them. I have and always will stand up for animals in need.”

The actor had recently asked his fan support the fight against cruelty to animals by signing a petition addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Abraham has been at the forefront of animal protection, lending his star power to various animal welfare campaigns.

Commenting on Abraham’s compassion for animals, Mercy for Animals CEO Nikunj Sharma said: “His appeal to fans to support stronger animal protection laws shows that he cares deeply about animals and their rights. He has always stood by animals when needed.”

Mercy for Animals, which celebrated its fifth anniversary this month, has been campaigning for an end to the exploitation of animals for food for the sake of a sustainable planet.

Sharma said, “As Mercy for Animals celebrates its fifth anniversary, we hope that John’s message will resonate with animal lovers all over the country.”

Richa Chadha: It’s very convenient to attend various film festivals online

Mumbai– Actress Richa Chadha finds it convenient to attend various film festivals online and view great cinema.

Richa Chadha

Due to the pandemic restrictions, film festivals have gone digital. Richa has been part of many esteemed film festivals in the capacity of a jury member before.

Richa said: “Film festivals have come up with alternative formats and being on the jury for festivals amidst a pandemic is the beginning of a new change.

She added: “It is very convenient to attend various film festivals online and view great cinema. This was not the case in the pre-pandemic world that required us to travel.”

Richa is a known personality in the film festival community and has been a member of the Marrakech Film Festival in 2015 along with Hollywood filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola.

She has also been a jury member at the Nara International Film Festival held in Japan in 2016, the short film jury for MAMI in 2017 and this year’s Indian Film Festival of Melbourne. (IANS)

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