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EXCLUSIVE: Anu Aggarwal reveals how she ‘dissociated’ herself from her character while performing the breastfeeding scene in Khalnaaikaa; says, “I'm not that girl, that girl is a psycho”

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Anu Aggarwal, who became a household name with her role in Aashiqui, soon found herself to be the center of several film offers as soon as she made her debut in the industry. The reason was the grand success of the Rahul Roy starrer which catapulted her to fame in the first go itself. In a candid conversation with Bollywood Hungama, as the Khalanaaikaa actress traced her journey in the industry, she also let out some interesting revelations about how B-town functioned during the 90s, the discriminations and prejudices she faced, and of course discussed her opinion about doing intimate scenes in films.

In fact, Anu Aggarwal had an interesting piece of advice for actors who are open to doing intimate scenes wherein she asserted that once you dissociate yourself from the character you are planning, doing such scenes become comfortable.

Referring to her breastfeeding scene from the 1993 Jitendra, Jayaprada starrer Khalanaaikaa, in which Anu played the antagonist, the actress said, “Even though we were like wearing a blouse which was up till here and the kid was kept here (pointing at how the scene was shot). I mean, there was no real thing. It's shooting. But if you see that scene, it looks like I'm really breast feeding. But the point you need to notice is why do I look so comfortable there? Because I can dissociate from that myself. Anu is not doing it obviously. I'm not that girl. That girl is a psycho. It was the character I was playing who can do anything. So I had to become her when I'm in front of the camera. And that's what I have always done.”

She also went on to share, “I know it is very difficult for some people, because they start to identify with them. And then they feel like ‘mummy ne yeh keh diya (my mother told me)’ etc. But I think to be an actor, you need to dissociate yourself from the character you're playing because the character is another character. And to play that character to its full potential you will have to let go of who you are.”

Also Read: Amitabh Bachchan was the first choice for King Uncle reveals Aashiqui girl Anu Aggarwal; calls it “a different kind of male lead role”

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Alia Bhatt recalls encounter with Poacher director Richie Mehta; says, “I was heavily pregnant and just about to deliver Raha”

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Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt showcased her producer prowess once again at the trailer launch event of the upcoming series Poacher. The event, held in Mumbai on Thursday, shed light on the riveting narrative of the show, which confronts the pressing issue of ivory poaching in India. As the executive producer of Poacher, Alia Bhatt shared insights into her journey with the series, revealing her initial encounter with director Richie Mehta back in 2022, when she was pregnant with her daughter, Raha.

Reflecting on their meeting, Alia reminisced, “Richie and I met in 2022. I was heavily pregnant and just about to deliver Raha. We spoke about everything from parenting to art. That is when he introduced me to the world of Poacher, I was flabbergasted by the idea, I just couldn't stop watching it.”

 

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The Prime Video production, inspired by true events, boasts a stellar cast including Nimisha Sajayan, Roshan Mathew, and Dibyendu Bhattacharya in pivotal roles. Praising the talent on board, Alia emphasized, “Nimisha is outstanding, and Roshan and Dibyendu Sir are unbelievable in the series. At Eternal Sunshine Productions, we believe that we would like to be a part of stories that hold you, impact you, and stir some sort of conversation long after.”

The trailer, released on February 15, offered a glimpse into the investigation of elephant poaching in Kerala, unravelling a web of crime and mystery. Featuring a dedicated team of forest officers, NGO workers, and police constables, the series promises to captivate audiences with its gripping storyline.

Poacher is set to premiere on February 23, offering audiences an immersive and thought-provoking viewing experience that promises to leave a lasting impact.

Also Read: Alia Bhatt at the trailer launch of Poacher, “It’s one of the best shows I’ve seen in a very long time”

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Sara Ali Khan puts together songs selected by fans for her Filmfare Awards performance; says, “It was really fun, challenging and gratifying to dance”

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The 69th edition of Filmfare Awards is all set to air this week. The popular awards ceremony, which was held last month, was attended by the biggest stars. The event, for the first time, was held at GIFT City in Gujarat. While it honoured the artistic and technical excellence of cinema and felicitated the inspiring journeys of countless artists, filmmakers, and technicians, it also saw the who’s who of B-town setting the stage on fire with scintillating performances. Among them was also the very popular Sara Ali Khan who enthralled everyone with her graceful dance moves. But did you know that the actress’ songs were not selected by her but by her fans?

Fans of Sara Ali Khan are in for a treat since the actress will be showcasing her versatility on stage with her multiple dance forms. Her act will be a blend of diverse Indian cultures and different dance forms like Bharatnatyam, Ghoomar, Garba, and Lezim on popular songs ‘Tere Vaaste’ (Zara Hatke Zara Bachke), ‘Tip Tip Barsa Paani’ (Sooryavanshi), ‘Saami Saami’ (Pushpa The Rise), and ‘Kala Chashma’ (Baar Baar Dekho). Adding intrigue to this is the fact that the performances for the awards soirée was put together by her fans. Sara lovers selected these songs and shared their thoughts on social media. In fact, some of them even attended the event and were present on ground to watch her perform live!

Sara took time out to meet them and also interacted with them after her performance thanking them for their endless love and support. The actress shared about this saying, “For me this performance was special, because as my Darshaks know I’m a total desi and love all parts of my country. So, it was really fun, challenging and gratifying to dance in the style of various regions of Bharat.”

Tune in to the 69th Filmfare Awards 2024 on Sunday, February 18 at 9 pm on Zee TV, Zee Anmol, Zest and Zing.

Also Read: Sara Ali Khan recreates her father Saif Ali Khan’s original scene from Dil Chahta Hai; watch

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Alia Bhatt at the trailer launch of Poacher, “It’s one of the best shows I’ve seen in a very long time”

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Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt attended the trailer launch event of the highly anticipated investigative drama Poacher, held in Mumbai on Thursday. Not only an esteemed actress but also the executive producer of the series, Alia Bhatt arrived at the event in style, clad in a sophisticated pantsuit that exuded elegance and authority. Accompanied by her sister Shaheen Bhatt, Alia Bhatt commanded attention as she graced the stage alongside the stellar cast and crew of Poacher, including actors Roshan Mathew and Dibyendu Bhattacharya, along with the renowned director Richie Mehta.

Taking to Instagram, Alia Bhatt shared captivating glimpses from the trailer launch, expressing her gratitude for being part of the project. In her heartfelt caption, she wrote, “Poacher is one of the best shows I’ve seen in a very long time & I’m so grateful to be associated with such powerful storytelling that not only will entertain you.. but it’ll also stay with you long after!! With the most fabulous creator #RichieMehta and the outstanding cast… @dibyenduofficial @roshan.matthew, special mention to my most favourite actor of all time, @nimisha_sajayan - we missed you so much yesterday… the beating heart of Poacher!!! Hope you feel better very soon. Poacher, coming to you next Friday on 23rd February on @primevideoin.”

 

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Poacher is scheduled to premiere on February 23, exclusively on Amazon Prime Video.

Also Read: Alia Bhatt’s ombre pantsuit worth Rs. 2.26 Lakh for Poacher trailer launch is unique combination of sharp and sleek

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Deepika Singh shares fan moment with Madhuri Dixit Nene and Suniel Shetty on Dance Deewane; says, “I had the incredible opportunity to perform on stage in front of them”

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Amidst the fervor of dance competition on Dance Deewane, the endearing duo - Deepika Singh and Sanika Amit from Colors' upcoming show Mangal Lakshmi attended it to promote their upcoming family drama. Deepika, a big fan of Madhuri Dixit Nene, showcased her moves on Madhuri's famous song 'Aaja Nachle', putting to use her training as an Odissi dancer not only in front of her role model but also the latter’s co-judge Suniel Shetty.

Speaking of her experience on the dance extravaganza, Deepika Singh says, “I visited the Dance Deewane set for the first time, and meeting Madhuri ma’am and Suniel sir was an absolute dream come true. I had the incredible opportunity to perform on stage in front of them. I grooved to one of Madhuri ma’am’s iconic songs, 'Aaja Nachle'. The challenge of preparing for the performance on the set made me think of my days as an Odissi dancer. It was an amazing experience for me, marking my return to the stage as a dancer after a long time.  On the show, me and Sanika highlighted about our upcoming show Mangal Lakshmi and its theme of a woman looking out for her younger sister by finding her an ideal groom. I hope viewers will shower utmost love for both the shows and embrace me in Mangal’s character.”

Following her performance, she raved about the unique theme of the show 'Aapke Parivaar Se Hamare Parivaar Tak’ which is about uniting three generations of dancers. Not only was Deepika showered with compliments from her idol Madhuri, but she also got the opportunity to discuss her upcoming show, Mangal Lakshmi with the judges. This compelling family drama follows the journey of Mangal, who becomes the guiding light for her younger sister Lakshmi, seeking for her an ideal groom, who loves and respects her.

Dance Deewane airs on Saturdays and Sundays at 9:30 pm only on COLORS. As for Mangal Lakshmi, the show will air every day at 9 pm from February 27.

Also Read: Suniel Shetty reveals the reaction of his family as he turns judge for reality show Dance Deewane; says, “They said this is probably the best decision that I have taken”

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B-Town celebs shower praises on Saiee M Manjrekar & Guru Randhawa starrer Kuch Khattaa Ho Jaay

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Saiee M Manjrekar & Guru Randhawa starrer Kuch Khattaa Ho Jaay is a family entertainer that has been released today. The film directed by G Ashok and produced by Amit Bhatia and Laveena Bhatia's Mach Films is a modern day rom-com enveloped with some rib-tickling family drama. With the initial screenings of the film happening, Guru and Saiee's film have received praises from celebs and critics alike.

Actress Sonal Chauhan lauded the film and wrote, "What a debut Guru Randhawa, Loving it Saiee. M Manjrekar." Siddharth Nigam wrote in appreciation, "Guru Bhai you are an insanely talented artist, man! Congrats on embarking on this new journey, you absolutely killed it! Keep shining!"

Bigg Boss Fame Ayesha Khan wrote, "Can't wait for the world to watch this film! It's superfun with such a beautiful message." Larissa Bonesi posted, "I am so proud of you Guru Randhawa, loved the screen presence, performance, and the chemistry of you both. Saiee, Best of luck for the release, I loved it!"

Even crtics have lauded, Guru's debut film with Saiee. One of them wrote, "There is a certain innocence and simplicity that reflects in Guru's persona, especially  the smile."

Another critic wrote in his review, "Kuch Khattaa Ho Jaay pleasantly surprised me with its light-hearted and entertaining storyline. I left with a smile on my face. It was a delight to see Guru Randhawa make his debut as an actor and excel in the comedy genre. Guru pulled it off effortlessly. Overall, Kuch Khattaa Ho Jaaye is a clean and enjoyable family entertainer. It successfully tickles your funny bone, particularly if you approach it with minimal expectations."

Kuch Khattaa Ho Jaay marks Guru Randhawa's acting debut. Along with Saiee M Manjrekar, Anupam Kher and Ila Arun also star in this Amit Bhatia production. The film is a heartwarming family comedy with a touch of drama! It is produced by Mach Films,  Amit Bhatia, and Laveena Bhatia.

Also Read: ”Rekha has been my idol since childhood,” says Saiee Manjrekar

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Kumar Sanu completes 40 years: From changing his name to getting paid Rs. 1k from Jagjit Singh, 20 rare facts about the Aashiqui singer

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Kumar Sanu was one of the few singers to be introduced by R.D. Burman. He was a raging storm from the 1990s. The cavalcade of hits in the next 15 years was incredible: the crème-de-la-crème began with Rajesh Roshan’s Jurm (his breakthrough cult classic, ‘Jab koi baat bigad jaaye’) and the milestone score of Nadeem-Shravan’s Aashiqui.

An array of the biggest chartbusters of all the frontline composers were with this man, who was considered a Kishore Kumar clone but went far beyond that label. Here are 20 unknown or rare facts about this endemically popular singer.

• Kedarnath Bhattacharya is Kumar Sanu’s real name. And his Kolkata-based musician father, Pashupati Bhattacharya, had his roots in Bangladesh. 1

• The 1984 song, ‘Dekhna dekhna dekhte dekhte kuch ho jaayega’ along with Shailendra Singh, Udit Narayan and Shakti Thakur was for Yeh Desh. Sanu was billed as Shanu Kumar Bhattacharya and was on vacation to Mumbai when RD gave him the song. His voice went on Gulshan Grover.

• He also recorded the song, ‘Yeh pyar ka mausam’ with Vani Jairam, earlier for a dubbed film, Baap Bete, which Sanu affirms never released. This song was filmed on Kamal Haasan and composed by Ilaiyaraja.

• When he finally came down to settle in Mumbai, his first song, ‘Main to karke sagaai’, was for Shatrughan Sinha’s home production, Andhiyaan, which also was shelved. The music was by Jagjit Singh, who had already recorded the song with a senior singer and was unhappy with it! But Jagjit was so happy with Sanu’s singing that he paid him Rs. 1000 and took him in his car to Kalyanji-Anandji, so that he could be groomed in the practical ropes of film singing.

• Over a period of time, Kalyanji was enamoured of Sanu’s diction while singing and told him that his Bengali name might be a hindrance to progress. He told him that his Urdu (which Sanu had taken special trouble to master) was excellent and christened him ‘Kumar Shanu’. In English, the name soon became ‘Kumar Sanu’.

• Kalyanji-Anandji’s earliest recordings for him included the soundtrack of Jaadugar, with Sanu singing all songs for Amitabh Bachchan. An impressed Bachchan recommended him to Rajesh Roshan who also used his voice for him in Insaniyat.

• Jaadugar also had ‘Naach mein Radha’, a devotional number and his first duet with Alka Yagnik. Sanu and Alka were to form an extremely prolific and the topmost duet combination for over a decade.

• In K-A’s other film, C.I.D., released in 1990, Sanu sang for Vinod Khanna in the same film as Kishore Kumar, his inspiration and role-model, as well as his son Amit Kumar, who was to be called his “rival” later.

• In the late 1990s, a classically-expert singer recorded a song for a film, taking a few hours to do so. The composer was again not happy. Sanu was summoned and completed the dubbing with perfect emotions and expressions within 15 minutes! Grinning at this, Sanu made his famous remark, “Classical singers focus on gaayaki—the technical aspects of music and singing. I focus on naayaki—acting out the emotions needed with my voice!”

• Around this time, Sanu affectionately recalls singing for Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayana under the music direction of Ravindra Jain. “The song ‘Ramji ki sena chali’ was one of my challenging songs,” says the singer.

• Gulshan Kumar of T-Series had recorded with Sanu on cover version albums of Kishore Kumar and introduced him to Nadeem-Shravan for an album. The first song, ‘Nazar ke saamne jigar ke paas’, was so loved by Nadeem that he named Sanu ‘Tiger”. And that name stuck! Many more songs were recorded and Gulshan was so impressed that he got Mahesh Bhatt to write a story around the songs. History was created as Aashiqui was born.

• Sanu also later sang under legends like Naushad, Laxmikant-Pyarelal, R.D. Burman again and Hridaynath Mangeshkar.

• While acknowledging his great debt to R.D. Burman for 1942—A Love Story, Sanu cannot forget that Laxmikant (of L-P) came to him for the launch-pad of his son Rishikesh as actor—Dilbar. “I have grown up on their music that had humongous variety!” he said. “And when I recorded my first song with them, ‘Mere dil mein laga hain o sanam’, I felt I was reborn!”

• He has memories of the serious person that Pt. Hridaynath Mangeshkar was when he recorded his only song for him, ‘Ek haseen nigah ka’ in Maya Memsaab. He quipped at the studio that he was uncomfortable if a composer never smiled, and the maestro actually laughed!

• Naushad, who had recorded just one song with Kishore Kumar, was so impressed by Sanu that he recorded three songs with him after summoning him for one, for the 1993 Guddu, all filmed on Shah Rukh Khan.

• Sanu’s list of actors ranges from Dev Anand to Shahid Kapoor. But he mentions Rishi Kapoor and after him, Shah Rukh Khan as two actors who have lip-synched his songs with maximum facial efforts. “The kind of songs we sing need to be aptly emoted in the matter of expressions. With Rishi and Shah Rukh, you can even see the distended veins!” • Among singers junior to him, Sanu regards KK, Shreya Ghoshal and Sunidhi Chauhan high for their versatility and range, and regrets that KK is no more.

• And for those who thought Kumar Sanu (who has sung in over 20 languages) is passé, he has just recorded a song with a composer who can be considered the most au courant—today’s leading singer Arijit Singh!

• And it’s just recently that young composer Aman Pant composed ‘Do raazi ankhiyon ne’, the theme song of Raj & DK’s web series, Guns & Gulaabs, starring Rajkummar Rao.

• Sanu’s daughter, Shannon K., who is based out of the US, has made it on her own, dad said proudly. “She has cut English singles and has her own set of music partners. She will soon record Hindi songs,” Sanu said.

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Angad Bedi pens emotional note to late dad and wife Neha Dhupia; see post

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Bollywood actor Angad Bedi, known for his roles in Bollywood and television, recently shared a heartwarming glimpse into his personal life on his Instagram handle. On February 16, Bedi posted a touching video encapsulating precious moments with his beloved wife, Neha Dhupia, and their children.

In the video, Angad Bedi flaunting his jersey with Maharashtra printed on the back, signifying his participation in the 400 meters race at the Nationals. As the footage unfolded, viewers were treated to heartening scenes of Bedi's children cheering him on with encouraging words like, 'run dad run,' while Neha Dhupia can be heard cheering him. Expressing his gratitude and emotions in the caption, Angad Bedi wrote, “Huge honor this.. to represent Maharashtra in the nationals. @mirandabrinston thank you for making me believe that i was an able candidate. Yes best time was clocked.. but miles to go!!! We come back stronger and faster @prachishah11 To my family ..my wife and two most wonderful children..Youll being there and seeing my journey from scratch to reach this level in a professional sport has been my biggest take away. Youll are my gold medal @nehadhupia I promise you this is just the beginning.. you and i together have the mamba mentality..

we gotta do this for us..

We gotta do this for kids..

We gottado this to inspire..

To a lot more of heart burn..

Endless training sessions..

Through all the pain.. sweat..

We will still show up!!!

In a heartfelt tribute to his late father, Bedi expressed regret at not being able to share his achievements with him in person but found solace in the belief that his father is watching over him from above. He wrote, “I miss you dad.. wish you could see me on the track!! I know you there.. up there somewhere.. watching and smiling.”

 

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The emotional post resonated deeply with his followers, drawing admiration for Bedi's dedication and commitment not only to his professional endeavours but also to his family.

Also Read: Nani praises Hi Nanna co-star Angad Bedi: “You are a team player”

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Ranveer Singh immerses himself so deeply with the brands that his ads are memorable even after years: “If Shah Rukh Khan was the face of brand endorsement in cable and satellite television in India, Ranveer takes that mantle for YouTube and Facebook”

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This week, most of the netizens didn’t experience the Monday morning blues thanks to Ranveer Singh’s Bold Care ad. The ad for the sexual wellness company was quirky, gave an important message and most importantly, saw Ranveer collaborate with none other than adult movie star Johnny Sins. The collaboration was a well-kept secret. Hence, when the ad dropped on the internet, it became viral in no time. Ranveer got a lot of accolades for entertaining and surprising the audience with his bold and unexpected move.

And this is what has always been a USP when it comes to Ranveer Singh and ads. Several Bollywood stars are in huge demand in the world of endorsements and they try their best to give the audience something that can have a strong recall value. But in recent times, no one has succeeded in this regard as Ranveer.

Indian ads at one point were revolutionary and became talking points. Even today, one can vividly remember TVCs like that of Liril, Bajaj scooters, Happydent, Fevicol, Dhara, Nirma Super Detergent etc. and some of that of Pepsi and Coca-Cola featuring top stars. But then came a lull of creative and memorable ad films. Ranveer Singh filled the void as he endorsed Durex, a bold move for that time. He also gave interviews to promote his association with the condom brand. A few months later, he was featured in the ad for Ching's Secret. He even rechristened himself as Ranveer Ching. Both these ads, which were released in 2014, were full-length songs and were not just 20 or 30-second ads. Consumers had not seen something like this and both parties benefited, as a result.

And that’s not all. Most of his ads have a strong recall value, be it Ranveer’s rap song ‘Don’t Hold Back’ by Jack & Jones, his quirky ads for Bingo or the funny TVCs for Astral Pipes, MakeMyTrip etc. With Bold Care, he’s also a co-owner and hence, he’s not just endorsing it. And when he’s so deeply invested in the brand, the value add-on comes in naturally.

Even when he does not have a stake in the company, his involvement is quite significant. Ajay Gupta, managing director, Capital Foods, in a 2016 article in Mint was quoted as saying, “He (Ranveer) owns the brand as much as we do,” and explained, “Ranveer is not a brand ambassador; rather, he’s a part of our marketing team. Ching’s does not have an advertising agency. We sit together, work on the creative brief and go to the production house to execute the idea and Ranveer is a part of each step of this creative process.”

In the same article, Kumar Deb Sinha, head, Wavemaker remarked, “If Shah Rukh Khan was the face of brand endorsement in cable and satellite television in India, Ranveer Singh takes that mantle for YouTube and Facebook.” Bollywood Hungama recently reported that the actor’s brand value has surpassed that of Shah Rukh Khan as it saw a 94% surge in brand value from 2019 to 2022. In 2019, his brand value stood at a substantial USD 93.5 million and in 2022, it nearly doubled, reaching an impressive USD 181.7 million

Hence, it won’t be wrong to claim that Ranveer Singh is the number 1 celebrity today for brands and the way things are going, it remains to be seen how his brand value goes higher and higher in the years to come.

Also Read: Ranveer Singh teams up with Johnny Sins for hilarious take on Saas Bahu dramas and sexual wellness, watch

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Malavika Mohanan is a sight to behold in red & white Saaksha & Kinni maxi dress

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Malavika Mohanan has been on our radar for a while now because to her stylish selections. She's done it all, from rocking slinky saris and corsets to camo trousers and co-ord sets; her social media feed is a never-ending parade of stylish looks that raise the bar on fashion. The Beyond the Clouds actress is no stranger to upholding heritage while still adding a modern touch to her ensemble. When it comes to refreshing our wardrobes, we could always use a little assistance, and Malavika Mohanan's style sense is the ideal source of motivation. Her fashion sense is lively and adaptable, featuring a variety of shapes from edgy pantsuits to sparkling minidresses.

The maxi dress is one style that has become increasingly popular on the red carpet and in the silver screen in recent years. Bollywood actresses have embraced this adaptable outfit for everything from casual outings to dazzling award shows, and now Malavika Mohanan has joined the trend. Her asymmetric maxi dress featured hand micropleated details, a red bandhani placement print, and slender straps. Her maxi garment, which retails for Rs. 23,000, is from the Saaksha & Kinni shelves. Her open tresses, perfectly parted down the middle, added that touch of effortless elegance. Glossy lips, kohl on both upper and lower lash lines, fluttery lashes, and cheeks that were blushed to perfection completed her oh-so-gorgeous look.

Meanwhile, on the work front, Malavika will be seen in an upcoming film Thangalaan. It is one of the most hyped films in recent times. The film features Malavika Mohanan as the female lead and chiyaan Vikram as male lead.

 

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Also Read: Malavika Mohanan is brighter than sunshine in yellow cut-out dress worth Rs.42,400

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Mouni Roy in black slip dress proves that black can never go out of style

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The personification of elegance and grace, Mouni Roy, has not only won over fans with her outstanding on-screen roles but also made a name for herself in the fashion industry. Mouni's style choices have always been spot on, inspiring millions of her fans throughout the globe and setting trends in everything from elegant contemporary ensembles to traditional Indian dress. The very mention of Mouni Roy is enough to halt fashion traffic. We're not sure about you, but we would adore having Mouni as our fairy godmother of fashion. We weren't let down by Mouni's most recent Instagram post either. Wearing a black outfit, she looked ravishing.

Mouni Roy consistently makes impeccable fashion choices, whether she's attending red carpet awards ceremonies or exotic beach getaways. Every time she appears in public, she sets the standard for glam higher. This time, she charmed us with a few images that she shared on social media. This season, the actor dons a stylish slip dress—a timeless look that will never go out of style. Mouni is seen sporting a black strappy slip dress in her most recent Instagram photo. For extra flair, the backless dress featured a plunging neckline. The actress donned dramatic makeup with kohl-rimmed eyes, accentuated cheekbones, and a nude lip tint, leaving her shiny hair wild and dishevelled.

Meanwhile, Mouni will be next seen in Disney + Hotstar series Showtime. Created by Sumit Roy, and directed by Mihir Desai and Archit Kumar, the series stars an ensemble cast including the talented Emraan Hashmi, Mahima Makwana and Naseeruddin Shah along with Rajeev Khandelwal, Shriya Saran in pivotal roles, ‘Showtime’ will premiere on March 8, 2024 exclusively on Disney+ Hotstar.

 

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Also Read: Showtime trailer launch: Mouni Roy indulges in rapid fire: “Nobody really flirts with me. I don’t know why”

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Aditya Narayan phone-throwing controversy: Student breaks silence; says, “He hit my hand with his mic and then threw my phone away for no reason”

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The fallout from the viral video incident involving singer Aditya Narayan has taken an unexpected twist, as the student at the centre of the controversy, Lovkesh Chandravanshi, has spoken out to clarify his side of the story. Chandravanshi, a third-year BSc student at Rungta College, denied the allegations made against him during the incident and expressed his dismay over the unexpected turn of events.

In an exclusive interview with Zoom, Chandravanshi recounted the incident in detail, expressing his shock and disappointment at the singer's actions. He described, “Whatever happened was so sudden. I had not expected this to happen to me. Alag sa feel ho raha hai (I feel very different). The concert was going on and I was standing in front of the stage. Aditya sir was performing and he was also taking everyone's phones and clicking selfies for them. I was right by the stage so I also gave my phone to him for the selfie but he hit my hand with his mic and then threw my phone away for no reason.”

The student expressed his feelings of disappointment and disbelief, stating that he had not anticipated such behaviour from a celebrity he admired. Chandravanshi said, “My brother was standing next to me too. Aditya is a huge star and we love him that is why we went. He was taking selfies with everyone so I thought he would take with me too that's why I gave my phone.”

Addressing the broader issue, Chandravanshi remarked that regardless of the individual involved, such behaviour was unwarranted, especially toward fans who admired and respected the artist. He said, “He should have not done what he did to me even if it was some other student. We are all his fans and we love him a lot that is why we go to his concert. Hamare yaha kalakaro ki kami nahi hai vaise (We don't have dearth of artistes in our country).”

The incident garnered negative reactions online, with many criticizing Aditya's behavior. However, the event manager's explanation offers a different perspective, prompting further discussion and raising questions about fan-artist interaction at concerts.

Also Read: Aditya Narayan phone-throwing incident: Event manager sheds light on “truth”; says, “He kept continuously hitting and dragging Aditya”

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Zayed Khan gets dad Sanjay Khan an electric bike to stroll in a mall: “Hope you guys out there get to spend quality time with your parents”

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Bollywood actor Zayed Khan has steadily come back to the limelight and has been best shape possible. The actor often shares glimpses from his life on social media. In his latest post, the Main Hoon Naa star showed a delightful video of his father, actor Sanjay Khan, exploring a mall on an electric bike.

Sharing the video on his Instagram account, Zayed Khan wrote, “Life is so strange. I remember the time when my father helped me get on a cycle and taught me how to ride. Many years later the roles have been reversed due to this mall being too big and too much walking I organised an electric bike so he can enjoy himself. Thank you God. Hope you guys out there get to spend quality time with your parents. Give them love and more importantly, your time, cause that’s one thing you can never get back. #blessings #family #familytime #happytimes.”

 

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Last year, Khan revealed about making a comeback to the films. In an exclusive interview with Bollywood Hungama in 2023, the actor opened up about his struggles and said, “About a year and a half back, I was at a very low phase of my life. I had gone too much in not taking care of myself… because I have heard so many no from people, that I almost forgot I had ever been a star.”

Talking about a producer Aseem Merchant meeting him for work, Khan said that the producer was surprised that the actor had no work. He said, "I didn't tell him (Aseem) that I just went to a bunch of studios, and I tried my best to use my charm and none of that worked out.”

Aseem offered him a film that surprised Zayed Khan. “I was confused, I was looking like a baingan, literally very lopsided,” he said.

On the work front, Zayed Khan was last seen in the film Sharafat Gayi Tel Lene. He is yet to announce his comeback film. ALSO READ: Hrithik Roshan plays referee in swimming contest between Zayed Khan and son; watch video

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Navya Naveli Nanda unveils Amitabh Bachchan’s hair preference on podcast; says, “He doesn’t like it when any of us cut our hair”

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In the latest episode of her podcast What The Hell Navya Season 2, Navya Naveli Nanda, granddaughter of veteran actors Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan, embarked on a journey to uncover age-old beauty secrets alongside her grandmother and mother.

During the insightful conversation, Shweta Bachchan shared a fascinating revelation about Amitabh Bachchan's peculiar preferences regarding female hairstyles within the Bachchan household. Shweta disclosed that her father holds a strong aversion to short hair on females, expressing his disapproval whenever any of the women in the family opt for a shorter hairstyle. Navya said, “Nana used to not like it. No. He hates it. Even when I ever cut my hair, he’s always like, ‘Why did you do it?’ He hates it. He likes long hair. He doesn’t like it when any of us cut our hair.”

Furthermore, the podcast delved into Amitabh Bachchan's unique beauty regimen, as revealed by Jaya Bachchan. Jaya shared that Amitabh staunchly advocates for the use of mustard oil as a moisturizer, attributing it to a traditional practice rooted in Uttar Pradesh culture. She described Amitabh's insistence on using mustard oil on their children, Shweta and Abhishek Bachchan, during their childhood.

Amidst the conversation, Shweta humorously contrasted the differing views on mustard oil between Bengalis and Uttar Pradesh natives, given Amitabh's UP heritage and Jaya's Bengali background. She said, “They (Bengalis) cook so much with mustard oil. They don’t mind cooking with it. They don’t want to put it on their body. And then the UPites want to put it on their body but they’re not cooking with it. Yeah. So, if you have a Bengali and a UPite then you’re putting it also on your body.”

What The Hell Navya Season 2 started streaming weekly on YouTube from February 1, 2024. The first episode set the tone for a season filled with unfiltered conversations, light-hearted banter, and thought-provoking moments.

Also Read: Jaya Bachchan advocates for respect in relationships; says, “Aap se tum, tum se tu, tu ke baad finished”

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From Bade Miyan Chote Miyan to Yodha: 5 keenly awaited action films arriving in the remaining first half of 2024

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In the post-pandemic era, action films with big stars have been the most successful at the box office. Some of the examples of the same include Sooryavanshi, Pathaan, Jawan, Gadar 2, etc. Continuing the trend, there are a number of action films lined up for this year as well by some of the well-known stars.

Here are the 5 most awaited action films to arrive in the first half of 2024 (in order of release dates):

Crakk - Jeetegaa... Toh Jiyegaa

Over the years, Vidyut Jammwal has carved a niche for himself as one of the toughest action stars from India, thanks largely to his Commando franchise. His upcoming flick Crakk, which is directed by Aditya Datt, will see him do what he knows the best – action and stunts. The film’s trailer, which was recently released, showcased Vidyut carry some heroic stunts and fight a lethal battle with Arjun Rampal. Releasing on February 23, Crakk also stars Nora Fatehi and Amy Jackson.

Yodha

There is a good amount of anticipation for directors Pushkar Ojha and Sagar Ambre’s Yodha. Apart from the fact that it has young actors like Sidharth Malhotra, Raashii Khanna and Disha Patani as the foremost cast, the film promises a high-octane action ride with a high dose of patriotism; something that is in vogue these days. This will be Sidharth’s third patriotic film in a short time after Shershaah and Mission Majnu. It will be releasing on March 15.

Bade Miyan Chote Miyan

There is more than one reason why Bade Miyan Chote Miyan is one of the most awaited films of 2024. The biggest one is the pair of two action heroes Akshay Kumar and Tiger Shroff coming together. It also brings Ali Abbas Zafar back in the action zone. The teaser of the film also indicated the film to be a sleek and international standard action flick. It also stars Manushi Chhillar, Sonakshi Sinha and Alaya F and is slated to release on April 10.

Tehran

Since the last decade or so, John Abraham has become a specialist in action films with a tinge of patriotism, except Pathaan where he played the villain. The actor will be continuing the same with director Arun Gopalan’s geo-political thriller Tehran. Although the film’s story is not known yet, there are hopes from this one due to John’s past record. Tehran will also see Manushi Chhillar in a challenging action-oriented role. The film is releasing on April 26.

Baby John

Last year, filmmaker Atlee Kumar achieved history with his Bollywood debut flick Jawan. The Shah Rukh Khan starrer became the highest grossing Bollywood movie. Hence, there is enough excitement to know what he will do next. Although he is only producing Baby John, his name being attached to another action film is reason enough to keenly await this one. Plus, one will get to see Varun Dhawan in a masala action thriller for the first time. The Kalees directorial also stars Wamiqa Gabbi and Keerthy Suresh. It releases on May 31.

Also Read: From Singham Again to Maidaan: 5 Ajay Devgn movies lined up for release in 2024

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Rakul Preet Singh shines in a green mirror work sharara worth Rs.1.28 Lakh at her Dhol Night celebration

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Love tales bloom amid Bollywood's glitz and glamour, and the upcoming union of actress Rakul Preet Singh and producer Jacky Bhagnani has drawn the interest of both fans and the media. The couple recently held a Dhol Night to kick off their wedding festivities, laying the stage for what looks to be an extravagant celebration. An essential component of Indian pre-wedding customs, Dhol Night sets the ideal mood for the festivities to come. It's the one night when the couple could indulge themselves to the fullest, dancing with their closest and dearest friends and family.

The nuptials of Rakul Preet and Jacky will be nothing short of a dream. But the fashion quo is also changing. Rakul never ceases to astound us with her stunning appearances at wedding festivities. And now that it's time for her own wedding, her most recent ethnic ensemble for her own Dhol night is serving as a style icon for future brides. She went with a green georgette sharara gown designed by Seema Gujral. Her shara is covered in mirror work. Her sharara comes with a peplum top, sharara and a scalloped dupatta. Her sharara set costs INR 1,28,000. The ultra-shiny combination, which featured an emerald set in a choker style, was finished with matching studs and bangles. Coral luscious lips and smokey eyes rimmed with kohl finished the look flawlessly. A stylish little silver purse was all that was required to finish the ethnic ensemble.

In October 2021, Rakul and Jackky made their relationship Instagram official. Rakul Preet and Jackky will get married on February 21 in Goa. The two-day celebration will see their loved ones in attendance.

SUMMARY OF LOOK DETAILS:

ACTRESS: Rakul Preet Singh

OUTFIT: Seema Gujral

STYLIST: Anshika Verma

HAIR: Aliya Sheikh

MAKE-UP: Salim sayed

 

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Jaya Bachchan discusses ‘Homemade Hacks’ with daughter Shweta Bachchan and granddaughter Navya Naveli on 'What The Hell Navya'

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Navya Naveli Nanda recently returned with the second season of her podcast What The Hell Navya, which has been now been introduced as a vodcast. Discussing a wide variety of subjects, ranging from love to beauty, the entrepreneur has on board with her, her mother Shweta Bachchan and grandmother Jaya Bachchan, as they too add their generational anecdotes. In the episode of 3 of the second season, the trio discussed the importance of health and wellness, offering valuable insights based on their personal experiences.

Navya Naveli started the episode with sisterly advice on wellness to all viewers and went on to talk about how we rush to recharge our phones, but not ourselves, stressing on the need to concentrate on our health and wellness? She also discussed aspects of beauty, skincare, and the significance of self-love. Along with her, her show’s other members Jaya Bachchan and Shweta Bachchan also shared their opinion which they derived from their personal experience in this episode 3 of What the Hell Navya with Tira Beauty.

Jaya Bachchan, Shweta and Navya spilled the tea on their skincare and beauty routines. Talking on aura cleansing, which is better known as ‘removing nazar’, Shweta and Jaya reveal to viewers that they used salt as part of their wellness routine. Jaya Bachchan also revealed some natural home remedies such as mixing turmeric and flour for radiant skin, and many such "nuskas". Shweta also made a hilarious remark on her mother’s tips stating that the only thing missing  from Jaya’s homemade hack is to add ‘tadka and eat it’.

Ending the episode on a high note, Navya also played a rapid-fire game of ‘Would You Rather’, revealing more of Shweta and Jaya’s homemade beauty secrets.

Also Read: Jaya Bachchan advocates for respect in relationships; says, “Aap se tum, tum se tu, tu ke baad finished”

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Dot’s latest ethnic look proves that you can never go wrong with a black saree

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Aditi Saigal is a shining star in the entertainment world. She's not just an actress, but also a talented musician and a fashion icon. You might recognize her from her fantastic debut in Zoya Akhtar's film The Archies. Her acting skills are top-notch, and she can play all kinds of roles with ease. But Aditi isn't only about acting. She's also a brilliant musician. And let's not forget about her sense of style! Aditi is known for her fabulous fashion sense. Whether she's walking the red carpet for Archies premiere or attending a fancy event, she always looks stunning. People love her fashion choices, and she's often praised by fashion experts.

Actor-artist Aditi Saigal, often known as Dot, has gained popularity across the nation following her outstanding performance in Zoya Akhtar's Archies. Dot., who is also incredibly stylish, is a sight to behold when she wears a black saree. The borders of the classic marvel were purple. The floral embroidery on the pallu and drape gave the six-yard set even more beauty. By pairing the saree with a matching strappy top with glittering accents, Dot enhanced her attractiveness. Only a pair of black jhumka earrings would do with her beautiful ensemble. We got a peek of her naked makeup, matte pink lips, and naked eye makeover thanks to a top-tied updo.

Dot. recently released a new single titled Girls Night that is going viral amongst music aficionados and she is expected to drop the video of this hit song soon!

 

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Also Read: Dot flaunts her luxe style in Rs. 78,447 Christian Louboutin’s sweet Jane Ballerinas

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Milan Luthria once confronted Ajay Devgn for committing for a shoot date; the actor told him: “Your film will start in two months”

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Filmmaker Milan Luthria, who recently celebrated 25 years of Kachche Dhaage, talked about his career, starting in the industry under Mahesh Bhatt, working with Ajay Devgn, and more. In a recent conversation with the media, Luthria spoke about how he once stormed the sets of a film Devgn was working on and confronted him because he wasn't committing to a date.

Milan Luthria said, “I remember one day when Ajay said to me, ‘I will do your film.’ At that time, he was very busy, so I kept waiting for my date to come. One day, I got very angry, so I went to his set, where he was shooting a different film. I said, ‘You’ve been saying for six months that my film will start. Will you start shooting my film or not? Tell me clearly.’”

Recalling what Ajay Devgn said, Milan continued, “He said, ‘You’ve asked one question; I’ll ask one question. Do you consider me a friend or not?’ I said, ‘Yes, I consider you a friend.’ Then he said, ‘Then sit in your car and go home. Your film will start in two months.’ We started from there, and our friendship has become very deep.”

Milan Luthria worked with Ajay Devgn on Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai, Chori Chori, and Kachche Dhaage.

Meanwhile, Milan Luthria most recently directed Sultan Of Delhi. ALSO READ: Milan Luthria used to be very scared of Mahesh Bhatt, had asked him to travel in buses & trains: “He used to be a very angry man”

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Alia Bhatt’s ombre pantsuit worth Rs. 2.26 Lakh for Poacher trailer launch is unique combination of sharp and sleek

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One of Bollywood's most gifted and glamorous actresses, Alia Bhatt, is renowned for her ability to pull off the trendiest looks while maintaining an adorably cute smile. After all, she has the ability to astound her admirers and followers with the force of her incredibly stylish beauty. In fact, the fashionista diva enjoys dressing in the brightest combinations. Alia Bhatt is an expert at power dressing, something that not everyone can pull off. In fact, her most recent gradient-hued outfit is better than any of her earlier ones. But before we go, let's see how she once again aced the boss lady vibe check while sporting a gorgeous pantsuit.

Alia is wearing a single-breasted blazer with a deep V-shaped collared neckline, full sleeves, padded shoulders, and a dazzling metallic gold button fastening that also graces the end of the sleeves. The ensemble is coloured in a distinctive green called "Green Denver gradient." She accessorised her ensemble with a matching pair of high-waisted trousers that emphasised her fashionable wide-legged form and gave it a pop. We have the answer if you're wondering how much Alia's outfit costs because you love it. Her appearance was straight out of the haute couture label Elle Saab's catalogue. Her trousers are priced at $1072, or ₹88k, while her jacket is $2,725, or ₹2.26 lakh.

Alia accessorised her ensemble sparingly with white high heels and stud earrings to allow her clothing take centre stage. Nude eyeshadow, winged eyeliner, mascara-coated lashes, reddened cheeks, dazzling highlighter, a dewy base, and a glossy shade of nude lipstick are all part of her glamorous beauty look. She created lovely curls out of her lush shoulder-length hair and wore it open in the side division, which accentuated her stylish appearance. Her appearance is quite stunning, combining elegance and grace in the ideal balance.

Also Read: Alia Bhatt on supporting Richie Mehta’s Poacher as an executive producer: “It really leaves an impact”

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Milan Luthria used to be very scared of Mahesh Bhatt, had asked him to travel in buses & trains: “He used to be a very angry man”

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Filmmaker Milan Luthria, who recently celebrated 25 years of Kachche Dhaage, talked about his career, starting in the industry under Mahesh Bhatt and more. In a recent conversation with the media, Luthria spoke about Bhatt’s style of filmmaking.

Related to Bhatt from his mother's side, Luthria began his career under the filmmaker’s mentorship. Talking to the media recently, Milan Luthria said, “Mahesh Bhatt is my mother’s cousin. I started working with him. He used to be a very angry man, I was very scared of him. He used to yell at people. I went to meet him at RK Studio in Chembur, and the first thing he said to me was, ‘Why did you mother call me? Why couldn’t you call me yourself?’ I said sorry. He asked me how I’d come, and I told him that I came in our car. He forbid me from travelling in cars. He told me that henceforth, I will only travel in buses or trains.”

Meanwhile, Milan Luthria most recently directed Sultan Of Delhi. ALSO READ: 2 Years of Tadap EXCLUSIVE: “We had a lifetime of around Rs. 30 crores; Sajid Nadiadwala told me, ‘You have made a Rs. 100 crore film. In COVID conditions, if you can pull off this number, that means you have to multiply by at least 3” – Milan Luthria

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Kareena Kapoor’s glamorous encounter with Winnie Harlow at Vogue Ball Of Arabia; see pic

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Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor Khan once again stole the limelight with her stunning appearance at the Vogue Ball Of Arabia. Known for her impeccable fashion sense, Kareena graced the event in a glittery green gown.

The actress shared glimpses of her glamorous look on her Instagram stories, treating her fans to some breathtaking mirror selfies. In the photos, Kareena dressed in the mesmerizing gown. Captioning her mirror selfies with her signature charm, Kareena wrote, “Woke up like this,” and in another, she humorously added, “And to bed like this too.” One of the highlights of the event was Kareena Kapoor's delightful encounter with Canadian fashion model Winnie Harlow. Sharing a candid picture with Winnie, Kareena expressed her admiration, captioning the photo, “The one with beautiful Winnie.”

Talking about Kareena’s upcoming projects, the actress is set to grace the silver screen in The Crew, where she will share the screen with Kriti Sanon, Tabu, and Diljit Dosanjh. Directed by Rajesh Krishnan and produced by Ektaa Kapoor and Rhea Kapoor, The Crew is scheduled to hit theatres on March 29. As fans eagerly anticipate Kareena's return to the big screen, the film promises to be an exciting addition to her illustrious filmography.

Also Read: Natasha Poonawalla shares Gstaad memoirs with Kareena Kapoor; see pics

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Rakul Preet Singh attends ‘dhol night’ at fiancé Jackky Bhagnani’s residence

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Rakul Preet Singh and Jackky Bhagnani, who are expected to tie the knot next week, have expected to kick off their celebrations, a week prior. While their pre-wedding functions in Goa will start next week, the groom hosted other functions at his palatial residence Puja Casa on Thursday. On the eve of February 15, we saw the bride-to-be making a grand entrance and the video has already garnered ample love on social media.

A paparazzo account, on Thursday night, posted a video of Rakul Preet Singh entering Puja Casa in her luxury car, dressed up in ethnic lehenga and diamond jewellery. From what we hear, Jackky Bhagnani and family hosted a ‘dhol night’ for friends, family, and close ones as a way of kick starting their wedding celebrations in Mumbai. The grand multi-storey building was adorned with lights and we hear that the entire Singh family was seen spending quality time and thoroughly enjoyed themselves through the night at the Bhagnani residence.

 

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Speaking of their impending wedding, Jackky and Rakul are expected to tie the knot in ITC Grand Resort, Arossim in Goa. Speaking of their unique eco-friendly wedding, a source was quoted giving out details about the same, saying, “The couple and their family have sent no physical invites. Also, no crackers will be burst at any point. These people will measure the carbon footprint generated during this couple’s wedding ceremonies. They will then tell them how many trees are needed to be planted, in accordance with the footprint. It’s a unique step taken definitely. The couple will themselves plant it, either immediately after the marriage ceremony or the following day.”

Rakul Preet Singh and Jackky Bhagnani will be tying the knot in Goa on February 21 amid the presence of friends, family, and close ones.

Also Read: Rakul Preet Singh and Jackky Bhagnani to tie the knot in one of the most luxurious resorts in Goa where a suite costs Rs. 86,000 per night

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Aparshakti Khurana and wife Aakriti Ahuja debut in romantic music video ‘Hor Koi Nai’ on Valentine’s Day; watch

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Aparshakti Khurana and his wife Aakriti Ahuja recently starred in a video song titled ‘Hor Koi Nai’. The song was recently released and is already creating waves on the internet. The duo created this magic on Valentine’s Day and treated the audience with this love song. The actor took to his social media handle to drop the love anthem.

Sharing the same, Aparshakti’s caption read, “An apt day to release our first song together #HarKoiNa OUT NOW – the perfect soundtrack for love this valentines.”

 

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As soon as the song was released, fans flocked to his comment section and were all hearts for the duo’s adorable chemistry and the song striking a chord with the audience’s hearts! This track marks the first team-up between him and his wife Aakriti Ahuja, with the song written and composed by Mansimran Sandhu.

Speaking of the song releasing on Valentine’s Day, Aparshakti said, “I thought let’s do something special for valentines. For the first time we have done a song together, was tough to convince Aakriti, keeping in mind her work commitment and mommy duties. I convinced her by saying that it’s important to take time off as a couple as well. The video was majorly shot in Australia. By the way the first few lines of the song say that I keep calling her and she doesn’t pick up my phone calls goes absolutely right for Aakriti in real life too, thanking lyricist and music director Mansimran Sandhu for the most organic writing and composition.”

Aparshakti Khurrana is reportedly to be working with Vaani Kapoor and Paresh Rawal in family dramedy.

Also Read: Vaani Kapoor, Aparshakti Khurrana and Paresh Rawal to star in family dramedy: Report

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Priyanka Chopra Jonas shares glimpses of her Valentine’s Day celebration with husband Nick Jonas and daughter Malti; dedicates a ‘heartfelt’ caption

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Nickyanka fans, as they fondly call themselves, cannot stop swooning over their favourite couple as they never stop treating them to their lovey-dovey pictures. Ending the curiosity about what Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Nick Jonas were upto on Valentine’s Day, the actress took to social media to share glimpses of their celebrations, which also included their beloved daughter Malti Marie Chopra Jonas.

Priyanka Chopra Jonas took to Instagram to share a series of photos and videos from their Valentine’s Day celebration which not only included some sweet moments of the couple but also a video of them enjoying some beautiful guitar melodies, a photo of their daughter Malti Marie Chopra Jonas looking like an adorable munchkin as she is dressed in white and red hearts, as per the theme of love, and even a throwback candid photo from their Hindu wedding ceremony. Along with all these, the actress also penned a romantic note which she dedicated to her husband Nick Jonas as she wrote, “My forever Valentine’s” and added the quote, “Your heart knows the way, run in that direction. – Rumi”

Fans of the couple couldn’t stop showering their love on the post and even gushed about the beautiful chemistry this Indo-American couple share. The comment section was flooded with Nickyanka fans appreciating them and their romance. One of the users said, “couple goals!!! you guys are the literal best”, whereas another one added, “Nazar na lagay”. Yet another fan wrote, “Nick jiju is the greenest flag ever”.

 

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Nick Jonas is also considered to be the ‘National Jiju’ of sorts and he was thrilled to receive a grand welcome when he returned to India to perform with his Jonas brothers at the Lollapalooza music festival this year in Mumbai. Meanwhile, Priyanka Chopra Jonas too is busy with her work commitments trying to juggle between her Hollywood and Indian projects.

Also Read: Priyanka Chopra Jonas’ Hindi memoir Abhi Baaki Hai Safar makes debut at World Book Fair 2024

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Saif Ali Khan’s sister Saba shares throwback snap of this young Nawab; see post

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Saba Ali Khan, known for sharing throwback pictures of the royal family, recently stirred excitement among fans with a surprising Instagram post featuring Ibrahim Ali Khan, the son of Saif Ali Khan and Amrita Singh.

In the throwback photo shared by Saba, Ibrahim Ali Khan can be seen engrossed in a game of cricket, sporting a rust orange kurta paired with white pants. The image portrayed a younger Ibrahim, capturing a moment that surprised fans with his unrecognizable appearance. The post has sparked curiosity and garnered attention on social media platforms.

Accompanying the delightful throwback, Saba Ali Khan's caption playfully suggested that cricket could have been a potential career choice for Ibrahim. She wrote, “Cricket...Could have been a career choice. What do u think? And any guess who the champ is?? Copyright ©️ ME. TAG IF USED.”

 

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As soon as she shared the post, fans and followers commented their guesses in comments section. A comment read, “So much confusion is this saif sir, Ibrahim or Taimor,” while another comment read, “Ibrahim just looking like taimur.”

On the work front, Saif Ali Khan has some exciting new projects coming up. One of them is a movie called Devara Part 1, where he'll be starring with Jr. NTR and Janhvi Kapoor. The film will be released in two parts, with the first one arriving in theatres on April 5 this year.

Also Read: Sara Ali Khan recreates her father Saif Ali Khan’s original scene from Dil Chahta Hai; watch

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Esha Deol’s mother Hema Malini refrains from interfering in daughter’s divorce: Report

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Actor Esha Deol and businessman Bharat Takhtani made headlines earlier this month when they announced their decision to separate after 11 years of marriage. The couple, who tied the knot in 2012, shared the news with their audience through a joint statement emphasizing their commitment to prioritizing the well-being of their two children amidst the transition.

In their official statement, Esha Deol and Bharat Takhtani expressed their mutual and amicable decision to part ways, urging the public to respect their privacy during this sensitive time. It read, “We have mutually and amicably decided to part ways. Through this transition in our lives, the well-being and welfare of our two children remain our utmost priority. We kindly request that our privacy be respected during this time.”

Following the revelation, a source close to Esha Deol and her family disclosed to Zoom that veteran actress Hema Malini, Esha's mother, has chosen to stand by her daughter's side without interfering in her personal choices. The source said, “She is certainly not commenting on her daughter's decision to divorce her husband. It is Esha's life and Hemaji will not meddle. She never has. She is with her daughter now, as she has always been. But Hemaji is not accountable for her daughter's actions.”

Further shedding light on the situation, the source revealed that the decision to part ways had been brewing between Esha and Bharat for some time. “It was brewing for a while. Esha and her husband had decided to part ways for some time now. They were just waiting for the right time to announce their separation. Now that it is out of the way, Esha is trying to move on with her life,” said the source.

The news of Esha and Bharat's separation comes after speculation had been rife following Bharat's absence from Hema Malini's lavish 75th birthday celebration in October 2023. While the couple had maintained a low profile in recent times, Esha had publicly acknowledged their 11th wedding anniversary last year, expressing gratitude and affection for Bharat in an Instagram post. Also Read: When Esha Deol hinted at emotional challenges in marriage with Bharat Takhtani in her book: “He was cranky and irritated with me”

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Sunny Leone, Neil Nitin Mukesh and Esha Gupta to judge the fashion reality show Glam Fame Season 1; auditions begin now

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Actress and model Sunny Leone has been the face of several reality shows. She is now back with Glam Fame Season 1. Leone will be judging the show alongside Neil Nitin Mukesh and Esha Gupta who are all geared to raise the anticipation with this upcoming show. The show carries some of the most famous celebrities including Dabboo Ratnani, Rohit Khandelwal, Dinesh Shetty and Santoshi Shetty. The show will be streamed on Jio Cinema.

The social media page of Glam Fame Show and Jio Cinema recently shared a post announcing the judges along with the announcement that the audition registrations have already begun. The caption read, “The anticipation ends now! We're thrilled to announce that Audition Registrations for Glam Fame Season 1 are now live. Don't miss your chance to shine in the glamorous realm of fashion – sign up today!”

 

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Glam Fame Show is a renowned platform for the aspiring talents who wish to etch a mark in the world of glam, fashion and showcase their creativity and passion on a global stage.

A few days ago, Sunny Leone also took to her social media handle to share a post that said, “Meet our judge @sunnyleone for the GLAM FAME SEASON – 1. Lights up, glam on! Sunny Leone is all set to judge the Glam Fame Season 1. Get ready for a season filled with glitz, glam, and pure star power!”

 

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On the work front, Sunny has Anurag Kashyap’s Kennedy ready for release. The film is a dark political crime drama starring Rahul Bhat in the lead. It has received a positive response at international and national film festivals.

Also Read: Sunny Leone and Rahul Bhat get standing ovation for Kennedy at MAMI Film Festival

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Gauri Khan reveals she once cooked Biryani and it turned out to be a disaster: “It’s better for me to enjoy eating it versus trying to cook it”

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Entrepreneur and interior designer Gauri Khan, who loves Asian cuisine, recently launched Torii, a progressive Asian restaurant in Bandra, Mumbai. She partnered with her friends who are also co-partners, Tanaaz Bhatia and Abhayraj Kohli. While she loves Asian food, she recently talked about her food habits and how she once cooked an Indian dish, which turned out bad.

Gauri Khan revealed she once cooked Biryani and it turned out to be a disaster. Speaking to Vogue India, she said, “I tried to cook biryani once. I really love the dish but I think it’s better for me to enjoy eating it versus trying to cook it. Let’s just leave it at that.”

Talking about trying the most exotic dish, Gauri revealed that she has tried Escargot, edible land snails. “I know it’s not considered exotic any longer since so many people have tried it and enjoy it but it’s definitely on the more adventurous side of my culinary adventures,” she added.

She also said that she loves chaat. “Chaat. I’m a Delhi girl and the chaat and street food there are incomparable. Wherever I go, I try new and different types of chaat, and of course, all the old favourites I love,” she said.

Torii boasts a vibrant colour palette characterized by luxurious gold accents, rich reds, and vibrant greens, creating an ambience that exudes both luxury and warmth. ALSO READ: Gauri Khan unveils exquisite interiors at Torii Mumbai; see post

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Ravi Kishan, Naila Grrewal turn 'jugaadu' lawyers in quirky trailer of Maamla Legal Hai, watch

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Netflix is all set to venture into unchartered territory with Maamla Legal Hai, a courtroom comedy like no other. The freshly released trailer gives viewers a sneak peek into the hilariously chaotic world of the fictional Patparganj District Court. Here, a team of unique lawyers handles some bizarre cases with a delightful blend of humour.

Did you know “paanch log milkar loot kar hi nahi sakte” (five people, together, cannot loot someone) Why, you ask? Because “yeh toh dacoity ka case hai” (this is a case of dacoity)! From a parrot being put on trial due to its foul language to other odd cases based on real incidents, these jugaadu (unconventional) lawyers throw some unexpected courtroom punchlines with their quick wit and unconventional tactics.

Meet the lawyers of Patparganj District Court: There’s VD Tyagi (Ravi Kishan), a shrewd lawyer who challenges the lambe haath (long arms) of justice. Joining him is Harvard LLM alum, Ananya Shroff (Naila Grrewal), a passionate advocate for justice and the latest addition to the crew. Meanwhile, there’s Sujata Negi (Nidhi Bisht), the OG Didi who hasn't represented a single case so far, and who simply wants to have her own air-conditioned chamber. Last but not least is Vishwas Pandey (Anant V Joshi), the court manager who considers himself the Donna Paulson of Patparganj District Court, a nod to the savvy secretary from the popular TV show, Suits. Rest assured, inka sirf coat kaala hai par dil nahi (Only the coat that they wear is black, not their hearts).

Speaking about the show, actor Ravi Kishan shares, “This is my first time donning the character of a lawyer and I can't tell you how much fun it was. Working with Sameer, Rahul, and Saurabh was a delight, their vision truly inspired me. When they first narrated the show to me, I couldn't say no, simply because I could visualize these characters and their shenanigans. After ‘Khakee’, this is my second project with Netflix, and I love how they challenge every actor with diverse roles. I hope the audience enjoys watching ‘Maamla Legal Hai’ as much as we enjoyed making it.”

Produced by Posham Pa Pictures with showrunner Sameer Saxena at the helm and directed by Rahul Pandey, the series is set to premiere on March 1.

ALSO READ: Netflix announces courtroom comedy Maamla Legal Hai starring Ravi Kishan, Nidhi Bisht; set to premiere on March 1

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John Abraham launches trailer of Harshvardhan Rane and Ehan Bhatt starrer Dange, watch

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The event was graced by the star-studded cast, including Harshvardhan Rane, Nikita Dutta, Ehan Bhatt, Sanchana Natarajan, Kalidas Jayram, and the renowned director, Bejoy Nambiar. The trailer for Dange/POR was revealed, promising an intense cinematic experience directed by Bejoy Nambiar. The trailer delves into the intricacies of human nature, highlighting the turmoil and ruggedness within the characters portrayed.

In the Hindi version, Harshvardhan Rane and Ehan Bhatt take on lead roles, with Nikita Dutta and TJ Bhanu playing pivotal characters. Meanwhile, the Tamil version titled 'Por' stars Arjun Das, Kalidas Jayram, Tj Bhanu, and Sanchana Natarajan. The film's half-and-half poster intriguingly prompts viewers to "Pick A Side," as a rivalry between two friends takes centre stage during a cultural college festival.

During the event, the cast and director shared insights about the trailer and the film's unique concept. Director Bejoy Nambiar expressed his gratitude for the enthusiastic response, "Creating Dange has been a labour of love. I'm thrilled to share this unique narrative with the audience, and the trailer is just a glimpse into the world we've crafted."

T-Series & Roox Media Present A T-Series Films & Getaway Pictures Production, Dange is directed by Bejoy Nambiar. Produced By T-Series, Bejoy Nambiar, Prabhu Antony, and Madhu Alexander, the film is slated to release on 1st March 2024.

ALSO READ: Harshvardhan Rane, Ehan Bhat, Nikita Dutta, and TJ Bhanu to launch trailer of Dange at grand college fest in Mumbai

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Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh spend Valentine’s Day 2024 together and this is what they were upto!

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Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone, who has been winning hearts with their love and romance, did not post anything for Valentine’s Day 2024. Fans of the couple, who fondly address themselves as DeepVeer, were curious to know about their plans on this day that celebrates love. Now it seems that their curiosity has finally been answered as it has been learnt that the couple spent this day together by shooting for an ad commercial.

Recently, DeepVeer were seen spending quality time in Belgium, after the release of Padukone’s highly-awaited aerial action entertainer Fighter. A video of them shopping together too had gone viral earlier this month, leaving their fans wanting for more. It seems that their prayers were answered after many social media users noticed that a photo of Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone is doing the rounds on the platform. It seems that the couple were shooting together for a television commercial aka TVC but not many details have been revealed about the same. The two actors were seen lounging with the team of the ad they were shooting for and were spotted in simple, casual clothes. Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone on set for new TVC byu/Prestigious_Bus7241 inBollyBlindsNGossip

Further speaking about their work commitments, Deepika Padukone has received the honor of being a presenter at the prestigious BAFTA awards this year, for which she will be flying to the US. The actress will also be soon sharing screen with her real-life husband Ranveer Singh in the much-awaited Rohit Shetty copverse film Singham Again where the couple will be seen playing Lady Singham and Simmba respectively. Apart from that, Singh is also expected to have a hectic schedule until 2026 with two major films, namely, Don 3 and superhero drama Shaktimaan in the pipeline.

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BREAKING: HanuMan star Teja Sajja starts shooting his next action-adventure film

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Teja Sajja is on a roll after HanuMan. While the sequel is in pre-production, he has gone and signed and started shooting for a film. This time it is a big-budgeted action film with Teja in an all-new action avatar.

Speaking to this writer Teja said, “How did you get to know this, sir? It is true. I am now shooting for an action-adventure where I get to do high-octane stunts. This is going to be a pure rush of adrenaline.”

Shedding some more light on the project, Teja, who has currently gone straight up to the top of the box office ladder after HanuMan, said, “It is an action-adventure film for the producers People Media Factory. It is a little bit of Indian history set in the present times.”

When asked about his co-stars Teja said, “That’s going to be a surprise, sir. It has a well-known hero from Telugu cinema playing the villain and another superstar playing another character. It will be directed by Karthik Ghattamaneni, who recently directed Eagle. The film will be completed in a year, and then I start work on HanuMan 2. That’s all I can tell you, sir.”

He then added, “One more thing. I will be seen in a completely different avatar from

HanuMan in this film.”

Also Read: Samantha Ruth Prabhu reviews Teja Sajja starrer HanuMan; says, “It left me wanting for more”

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Keerthy Suresh is elegant as ever in a beautiful black and golden saree by Raw Mango at Siren audio launch

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Keerthy Suresh, the acclaimed actress known for her versatility and grace, recently graced the audio launch event of her upcoming film Siren with co-star Jayam Ravi. The event, held in Chennai, was a captivating affair filled with excitement and anticipation for the film's release. However, stealing the spotlight effortlessly was Keerthy Suresh herself, adorned in a mesmerizing saree from the renowned brand Raw Mango.

Ethnic choices have long been a seasonal source of inspiration for style mood boards. One of the names that tops our list when it comes to ethnic fashion is Keerthy Suresh. Keerthy requires all the attention in the world for her ethnic wardrobe, whether she chooses to embrace elegance with colour block or ombre trends or goes maximalist. The actress donned a stunning saree that she picked out from Raw Mango's racks. Her outfit is a riff on the traditional checkered sari. At the border and palla, when zari is used in the weft, the checks give way to stripes. Lycra is also a part of the weft for the palla, which gives the fabric a structured appearance by causing it to stretch and gather a lot. She accessorised her saree with a black blouse that had an architectural form-inspired gold zari bodice stitched along the bust.

The south Indian actress styled her look with a black stud. Middle-parted half clutched hair with straight ends went well with her look. Kohl-rimmed eyes, ample mascara, well-contoured cheeks, dewy makeup, and nude lip gloss completed Keerthy's glam look.

 

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Ranbir Kapoor reveals the advice Mukesh Ambani gave him: “Don’t take success to your head and failure to your heart”

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Ranbir Kapoor was felicitated with the Maharashtrian of the Year award at the 10th edition of Lokmat Maharashtrian of the Year Awards on Thursday. The actor said that he is proud to be a Mumbaikar during his speech. He also spoke about the best advice he has received from business mogul Mukesh Ambani.

During his speech, Ranbir Kapoor said, “My first goal is to continue delivering meaningful work. I took a lot of advice from Mukesh (Ambani) bhai, who told me, ‘Keep your head down and work. Don’t take success to your head and failure to your heart.”

“My second goal is to become a good person. I want to become a good son, a good father, a good husband, a brother and friend. Most importantly, I want to be a good citizen. I am very proud to be a Mumbaikar and such awards mean a lot to me,” Ranbir concluded.

The actor was presented with an award by Jeetendra who said, “You’re giving this award to Ranbir who is my very dear friend’s son. So, I’ve been preparing from yesterday what I should be saying here. My wife, my daughter, my son were guiding me. Anyway, I would like to say mujhe khushi hai ke mere jigri yaar, mere lagte jigar, mera sab kuch, Rishi Kapoor ke bete ko yeh award mila hai. Aur aaj woh jahan pahuncha hai woh uski mehnat hai (l am very happy that this award is going to my dearest friend Rishi’s son. Today Ranbir has reached this stage because of his own hard work).”

On the work front, Ranbir Kapoor will next star Nitesh Tiwari’s Ramayana and Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Love & War. ALSO READ: Shah Rukh Khan, Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt reprise Raees, Jordan, Gangubai Kathiawadi characters for a hilarious ad campaign, watch

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Alia Bhatt on supporting Richie Mehta’s Poacher as an executive producer: “It really leaves an impact”

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Earlier this month, Prime Video announced that actor Alia Bhatt turned Executive Producer for its upcoming Amazon original series Poacher, produced by QC Entertainment. An investigative crime series based on true events; Poacher unearths the largest ivory poaching ring in Indian history. Emmy-award-winning filmmaker Richie Mehta has created, written, and directed the series, which boasts a diverse and talented cast comprising Nimisha Sajayan, Roshan Mathew, and Dibyendu Bhattacharya in pivotal roles. The trailer was launched on Thursday, February 15, 2024.

Alia Bhatt revealed that she met Richie Mehta in 2020 and discussed several topics. She had watched two episodes of the series and was really intrigued. “It really leaves an impact... Supporting a story like this, for us, as an audience is very important but I really thank Richie for putting this together... I think there is a lot of genuineness in it. There is a lot of heart in it and it comes across when you see the show,” Bhatt said at the trailer launch on Thursday.

“It was basically officers breaking down the door and finding this ivory in a flat and I was shocked. I couldn't believe in what I was seeing. I contacted the Wildlife Trust and asked, 'What is this?' They said, 'We did the biggest ivory raid in the history of India on your shoot day'." Mehta said he couldn't use the footage in the documentary but promised to do a project on that. He started researching and got to know about wildlife crime fighters. I did not think that job title existed. I was so enamoured by these people. Result of that is this series," Richie Mehta added.

Alia Bhatt added, “Being a part of this project is such a source of pride for me and our entire team at Eternal. Poacher is a clarion call to address the grave and heart-breaking issue of animal poaching and illegal wildlife trade. I hope that Richie’s powerful storytelling compels everyone to champion the urgent need for wildlife preservation and encourages us to embrace co-existence with all living beings. I am so happy to have found partners in QC Entertainment and Prime Video to bring this narrative to the world.”

The trailer provides a glimpse into the heartbreaking reality of the merciless and incessant killing of elephants. It follows a diverse group of wildlife custodians comprising forest crime fighters, police personnel, and good Samaritans, in their relentless quest to expose the largest ivory poaching ring in Indian history. But will the silent victims of these criminal acts – the helpless elephants – receive the justice they truly deserve? This question resonates deeply within the core of this thought-provoking crime series. Based on true events, Poacher skillfully sheds light on the consequences of human actions driven by personal gain and greed, thereby emphasizing the potential risks and endangering these species.

Poacher, which unfolds primarily in Malayalam, Hindi and English, is set to premiere on Prime Video on February 23 in multiple languages. ALSO READ: Alia Bhatt turns Executive Producer for Richie Mehta’s crime series Poacher on Prime Video

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Kuch Reet Jagat Ki Aisi Hai: Meera Deosthale is excited to be the ‘voice of change’ against the dowry system; says, “I hope we can spread this message far and wide”

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Sony Entertainment Television’s latest offering, Kuch Reet Jagat Ki Aisi Hai is expected to be a compelling drama that sees the homely, vivacious, and responsible Nandini, challenge the conventional Dahej Pratha that exists in our country. At the heart of the show is a traditional wife but her character serves as a beacon of strength, challenging age-old beliefs that demean the self-respect of women. Shrouded in tradition, dowry is the price a woman pays with her dignity and Nandini’s stark demand - “mujhe mera dahej waapas chahiye”, paves the way for a story that matters.

Speaking about introducing a show which challenges an age-old but unjust custom of the country, JD Majethia of Hats Off Productions said, “The dowry system is still a threatening reality, not just in rural India but in metropolitan cities as well. It’s got a new language now, “Humein kuch nahi chaiye, aap apni beti ko khushi se jo dena chaho woh deejiye”. Why do we value a woman’s life, her worth, against the amount of gold and gifts she brings in dowry?  Questions like these need to be raised again and again and our show aims to shed light on many such practices that are disguised as tradition. We are delighted to collaborate with a strong ensemble cast of actors who will deliver impactful performances in this story scripted by renowned writers that promises to strike a chord with viewers across the country.”

Lead actress Meera Deosthale shared her thoughts on the show adding, “I have always picked unconventional roles on Indian television, and I am so excited about my next character, Nandini, who raises her voice against what she believes is wrong. Even today, dowry continues to plague our society, wherein we reduce a girl's value to the money and material goods she brings to her wedded house. This is the story of Nandini, who took a step that has never been seen or heard before, by demanding the return of her dowry, and I hope we can spread this message far and wide that Dahej Reet Nahi Rog Hai.”

Set in the milieu of Gujarat, the show puts the spotlight on Nandini, who has been raised by her maternal uncle and aunt, played by Jagat Rawat and Sejal Jha. Deeply rooted in tradition, Nandini respects her elders, she’s well-read, and is progressive in her thoughts. Her Mama has taught her to question what she doesn’t understand, and Nandini does so fearlessly. Actor Zaan Khan essays the role of Nandini’s husband, Naren Ratanshi, while actors Dharmesh Vyas and Khushi Rajpoot play the roles of her in-laws, Hemraj Ratanshi and Chanchal Ratanshi. Despite the backdrop of a seemingly content married life, the show chronicles her courageous journey as she takes a stand against her in-laws and the custom of dowry, unveiling a poignant tale of resilience and empowerment.

Kuch Reet Jagat Ki Aisi Hai will start from February 19 onwards and will air from Monday to Friday at 8.30 pm, only on Sony Entertainment Television.

Also Read: Kuch Reet Jagat Ki Aisi Hai actor Dharmesh Vyas opens up about his character in the show; says, “Hemraj is created to underline what should not be done in society”

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Ahead of the board exams, TVF wishes best of luck to CBSE students; watch

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Ever since its inception, TVF (The Viral Fever) has been creating content that resonates with the people of this generation. They are the content creators who bring along subjects that are highly relatable to the masses, especially the youth. Their shows like Aspirants, Kota Factory, Hostel Daze, ImMature, and many more, especially talk about the students and their lives. This has made them a driving force for the student culture. Now, as the CBSE board exams are on their way, TVF wishes the students best of luck for the exams.

Ahead of the CBSE board exams, TVF compiled all the beautiful moments from their shows that capture students and their preparations for exams. They further penned down Best wishes to all the students giving their board exams and wrote a caption “Best of luck all the students as you tackle your board exams You’ve got this #TVF #TheViralFever #BoardExam #Exam #ParikshaPeCharcha.”

 

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TVF has got 7 shows in IMDb's global top 250 list whereas in totality India has 10 web series in this list, making TVF the biggest content force out of India. TVF has become the biggest contributor to pop culture just because of the fact that they have an immense understanding of today’s youth. A good example of this would be to analyse the amount of memes that get generated on each content of TVF right after the release of their show.

Also Read: From TVF Pitchers to Kota Factory to Panchayat to Aspirants! TVF takes an amazing feat on IMDb’s top 250 list!

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Siddhant Chaturvedi drops a fresh ‘Teri Yeh Baatein’ rap cover for Valentine's Day and Gully Boy anniversary; watch

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Bollywood actor Siddhant Chaturvedi, also known for his rap performances since his silver screen debut in Gully Boy, recently shared a surprise with his fans. With February 14 marking not only Valentine’s Day, but also the 5-year anniversary of Gully Boy, Siddhant shared his take on the song ‘Teri Yeh Baatein’ from his latest film Kho Gaye Hum Kahan, adding a personal touch with his self-written rap.

This musical venture goes beyond the usual, as Siddhant brings his musical side to the forefront. The music video is now available on Siddhant’s Instagram handle, inviting viewers to experience this fresh rendition. Shot in a picturesque landscape, the video captured the transition from sunset to night, creating a soothing backdrop for the performance. The video is in collaboration with artist DAWgeek, who is seen playing the ukulele and adding his touch of soulful vocals.

 

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Having earned acclaim for his recent role in Kho Gaye Hum Kahan, Siddhant has a lineup of projects ahead, with an upcoming action film in the mix.

Also Read: Gully Boy Completes 5 Years: Siddhant Chaturvedi shares throwback moments; says, “I was born this day”

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Kriti Sanon shares hilarious response to a fan asking, “Bhediya, Robot, what's next?”

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Bollywood actress Kriti Sanon engaged in a delightful Ask Me Anything (AMA) session with her fans on the social media platform X (formerly Twitter), offering insights into her recent projects and future endeavours. The session kicked off with Kriti expressing her gratitude for the overwhelming response to her latest film, Teri Baaton Main Aisa Uljha Jiya, and her character Sifra.

In her opening remarks, Kriti shared her excitement, stating, “Overwhelmed with soooo much love pouring in for #TBMAUJ and for Sifra! Was probably my trickiest role so far and the maximum comedy I've attempted! Its so fulfilling to see people love Sifra so much and notice every little nuance. On that note - lets chat.”

During the interactive session, one user posed a light-hearted question to Kriti, asking about her future roles, referencing her recent characters in Bhediya and Teri Baaton Mein Aisa Uljha Jiya, where she played non-human roles. The user quipped, “Bhediya, Robot, what's next? Maddock doesn't like you as a human or what?” Kriti Sanon responded with humour, saying, "Hahahaha.. gotta find the next non-human character! Any suggestions?"

Hahahaha.. gotta find the next non-human character! ???????? any suggestions? #AskKriti https://t.co/YVraqnadXs — SIFRA (@kritisanon) February 15, 2024

Talking about her recent film, Dinesh Vijan’s Maddock Films’ Teri Baaton Mein Aisa Uljha Jiya is an Indian Hindi-language science fiction romantic comedy film, featuring Shahid Kapoor and Kriti Sanon in lead roles. Produced under the banners of Maddock Films and Jio Studios, the movie arrived in theatres nationwide on February 9, 2024.

She has The Crew alongside Kareena Kapoor Khan and Tabu in her pipeline.

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Kriti Sanon reacts to a fan asking her to choose between Mimi and Sifra; actress says “both were challenging”

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National Award-winning actress Kriti Sanon has been riding high on the love she has been receiving for her latest film Teri Baaton Mein Aisa Uljha Jiya, which hit the big screens for Valentine’s week. Before she moves on, the actress decided to host a fun Q&A session with her fans. Delighted with this, her followers took to social media to interact with the actress using he hashtag #AskKriti. Among them was a fan who was curious to know about the challenging roles the actress has played and made a reference to her famous role as Mimi and as Sifra.

During the Q&A, the fan asked Kriti Sanon about the toughest character she had to play and asked her to choose between Mimi and Sifra. The actress had a rather playful response that both were challenging in their own ways, one evoked tears and the other laughter.  Taking to social media, when a fan asked her “Which character was tough to play?”, the actress replied saying "Both were challenging in their own way.. one made people cry, the other made them laugh! haina? #AskKriti".

Both were challenging in their own way.. one made people cry, the other made them laugh! ???????? haina? #AskKriti https://t.co/5qSkGncDyH — SIFRA (@kritisanon) February 15, 2024

After her recent performance as Sifra in Teri Baaton Mein Aisa Uljha Jiya, Kriti Sanon seems to have received appreciation for her comedic timing. On the other hand, her talent in Mimi was highly recognized with the actress winning National Award for her role in the movie. TBMAUJ, which released on February 7, is an impossible love story between a scientist and a robot. The movie stars Shahid Kapoor as Kriti’s co-star along with Dharmendra and Dimple Kapadia playing key roles.

Meanwhile, talking about her other professional commitments, the actress will be seen in The Crew and Do Patti.

Also Read: Kriti Sanon’s Instagram banter with Anil Kapoor grabs Shahid Kapoor’s attention; watch

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EXCLUSIVE: “Kaagaz 2 is not at all politically driven, it talks about common man’s plight” reveals Smriti Kalra

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Kaagaz 2, which is directed by VK Prakash and written and created by the late legend Satish Kaushik, tackles the out-of-the-box issue of the common man being harassed due to the roads being jammed from time to time for VIP movement and rallies. The film sees Satish Kaushik play the lead and it also stars Smriti Kalra, Anupam Kher and Darshan Kumaar.

During an exclusive chat with Bollywood Hungama, Smriti revealed her reaction after listening to the subject. “My reaction was the same as yours as to why someone didn’t make a film on this earlier (this writer had expressed the same at the start of the interview). The second thing I said is that we all face it, but we are so used to it. I said I can totally relate to it, and I would love to be a part of a film that raises a concern and comes up with a solution also.”

The trailer of Kaagaz 2, which released recently, has been met with positive reactions. Although it doesn’t give much screen time to Smriti, she has no complains. “I feel the promo has been cut very well,” she said. “I never thought even once that I wasn’t shown much in it because the trailer talks about the issue. Every person in this film highlights the main issue. And of course, this is Satish sir’s last film as an actor.”

When asked about her character in the movie, she said, “My character is about a girl who does slam poetry. I myself scribble on Instagram. I post photos and write whatever I feel. My character is confident, grounded and wholesome woman. She is a girl of today, but she is wholesome. She is active on social media. She uses this tool to help finding a solution to the problem we are talking about.”

Getting the role in Kaagaz 2 wasn’t easy for Smriti though. “It was during COVID time,” she said. “I was told that the casting of the film has been going on since one and a half years. I sent a self-test, and I was very confident that it will happen. But I got a call saying that maybe it’s not working out. So, I was very heartbroken. I thought they must have found someone better because I had done well.”

But there was a positive plot twist in store for her. “Later I got a call from Satish ji, and I was called in his office,” said Smriti. “He asked me to read whatever I have been writing. I said I only scribble what I feel like, and I am not a shayar or poet. He still asked me to recite. Whenever I post anything wearing in Indian attire (on Instagram), I write as a part of my series called, ‘Aaj phir us se mulakaat hui, aur phir hum dono ki na baat hui.’ It’s about a girl and a boy meeting in a situation but no conversation happens between them. He liked it and said that this is what I am looking for. He had seen my previous work also, including Cash.”

The trailer of Kaagaz 2 showed that the film points a finger towards politicians jamming roads because of their rallies and commotions. However, Smriti said that the film is not political.

“Politics is a part of our day-to-day life; in home, job or life itself,” she said. “Politics is about watching one issue from different point of views, relationships involved with it and what do you do with it. This is how country runs. This film is not at all politically driven. The promo talks about the plight of a common man. It shows about how our judiciary, any government and how you see it (the issue). So, it looks at every aspect. In the promo it says that freedom of movement is our right. The other person says that freedom of speech is also his right. And they debate about it.”

Produced by Shashi Satish Kaushik, Nishant Kaushik, Ganesh Jain and Ratan Jain, Kaagaz 2 will be released on March 1.

Also Read: Anupam Kher says he chooses not to discuss Satish Kaushik with Anil Kapoor; says, “We know that it will upset the other person”

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Fighter actor Nishant Kkhanduja recalls a prank played by Anil Kapoor on him; says, “It was a funny but anxious incident”

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Actor Nishant Kkhanduja is currently riding high post the success of Hritik Roshan, Deepika Padukone starrer Fighter. Having shared screen space with some of the biggest stars from Bollywood, Nishant recalled the experience of working with them and along with that he also recalled an incident where he ended up losing his diamond ring. However, it seems it was a small prank played by Anil Kapoor.

Sharing this interesting incident from sets he recalled losing his diamond ring, Nishant Kkhanduja said, “It’s a funny but anxious incident. I used to wear my solitaire diamond ring to the set every day and before the shot used to keep that in my pocket. One fine day, the pocket was torn, little did I know this, my ring fell from it. When I was trying to find it, I got very anxious on not finding it anywhere. I legit asked everyone on the set if anyone has seen it. To which, Anil sir had found it and played a prank on me. He kept this a secret until the day ended. I was panicking, and when I was leaving the sets, his manager handed me the ring, since Anil sir was in his shot.”

Speaking of his experience working on this film alongside such a wonderful cast, he added, “Working on Fighter was an emotional rollercoaster, filled with moments of awe, camaraderie, and profound growth. Stepping onto set for the first time alongside the legendary Hrithik sir, under the direction of my idol Siddharth Anand, was a surreal experience. It wasn't just the star power that made Fighter special; it was the bonds formed with my co-stars, particularly Akshay Oberoi and Karan Singh Grover, who quickly became like family to me.”

Also Read: Karan Singh Grover shares Bipasha Basu’s emotional response to Fighter; says, “She cried a lot during the interval”

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Kriti Sanon’s Instagram banter with Anil Kapoor grabs Shahid Kapoor’s attention; watch

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Bollywood actors Kriti Sanon and Shahid Kapoor have been creating a buzz with their latest film Teri Baaton Mein Aisa Uljha Jiya, and a recent Instagram post by Kriti has added more fuel to the excitement. The actress shared a promotional video featuring herself alongside veteran actor Anil Kapoor, which caught the attention of her co-star Shahid Kapoor.

In the promotional clip, Anil Kapoor can be seen seated in a vanity van, enjoying his meal, while Kriti Sanon enters the scene. Anil offered Kriti a share of his food but humorously presents her with a mobile phone, fork, and knife instead of the bhurji he's eating, teasing her about her role as the AI robot model Sifra in the film. Kriti responded in character, stating, "Sir, yeh Sifra khati hai. Mai nahi khati" (Sir, Sifra eats all this. I do not eat this). In her caption, Kriti Sanon playfully referred to Anil Kapoor's iconic character, writing, “His name is LAKHAN, and my name is SIFRA !! Btw.. the bhurji was Jhakaaasssss! Thank you @anilskapoor sir! You’re the besssttt!”

 

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Reacting to the video, Shahid Kapoor commented, “Anil Kapoor sir ko fighter plane khilao sifra. Tum bas tamatar khao” (Make Anil Kapoor sir eat fighter plane. You only eat tomatoes).

Dinesh Vijan’s Maddock Films’ Teri Baaton Mein Aisa Uljha Jiya is an Indian Hindi-language science fiction romantic comedy film, featuring Shahid Kapoor and Kriti Sanon in lead roles. Produced under the banners of Maddock Films and Jio Studios, the movie arrived in theatres nationwide on February 9, 2024.

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Nora Fatehi brings dash of sparkle to Crakk promotions in brown body con gown

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In Bollywood, few stars manage to captivate the audience's attention quite like Nora Fatehi. With her irresistible charm, mesmerizing dance moves, and impeccable fashion sense, Nora has become a household name, gracing both the silver screen and social media feeds with her presence. As she gears up for the release of her much-anticipated film Crakk, alongside Amy Jackson, Arjun Rampal, and Vidyut Jamwal, Nora Fatehi is not only stealing the show with her on-screen talent but also serving up some serious fashion looks while promoting her latest venture.

Fashionistas take note and everyone stops to watch when actress Nora Fatehi dresses up. Apart from her acting abilities and dance prowess, Nora is renowned for her sense of style. The actress recently made a big impression while wearing a shimmering gown by Ithr. The actress used flashy body cons once more to draw our attention. She effortlessly transitioned into another figure-hugging outfit, and it was a true spectacle. She looked like a mermaid in her figure-grazing brown gown. Encrusted with tiny fragments, the dress had a closed neckline and full sleeves. Nora adhered to the maxim "less is more" when it came to accessories. The diva wore a pair of delicate earrings to cap off everything. Her sleek high bun and her smokey, shimmering eyes with a dewy background completed the ensemble.

Meanwhile, Crakk: Jeetegaa Toh Jiyegaa is an upcoming Hindi movie scheduled to be released on 23 Feb, 2024. The movie is directed by Aditya Datt and will feature Vidyut Jammwal, Amy Jackson, Arjun Rampal and Nora Fatehi as lead characters.

 

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Also Read: Nora Fatehi in beige saree by Shymal & Bhumika is all things beautiful and stunning

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Raveena Tandon on reactions to Karmma Calling: "My daughter’s friends are coming and telling me about how much they loved the show"

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Actress Raveena Tandon was most recently seen portraying the role of Indrani Kothari, the queen of the Alibaug society, in Karmma Calling, an Indian adaptation of the ABC series Revenge. Produced by R.A.T Films, adapted for India and directed by Ruchi Narain, the series debuted on January 26, 2024, on Disney+ Hotstar. Now, the actress has spoken about the response to the series.

Raveena Tandon said, "My fans have always enjoyed my films but Karmma Calling has been breaking the internet to such an extent that I have gained a significant following with the GenZs and Gen Alpha. Even my daughter’s friends are coming and telling me about how much they loved the show, seeing me as Indrani Kothari in this show was thoroughly enjoyable and Indrani being the fashion goal."

Director Ruchi Narain added, “Karmma Calling was a journey of 10+ years, I have also been so biased towards this show for multiple reasons. The fact that I love ABC Studios, the acclaimed US show ‘Revenge’, I always wanted to see Raveena Tandon as Indrani Kothari and work with Star Network to create this show. The way that everything fell into place at the right time. Was truly cosmic and reaffirmed my belief in Karma!! We have all been getting so much love, appreciation and feedback for the show I’m truly overwhelmed. The show has been trending on Disney+ Hotstar and has been in the top 5 shows for the past 3 weeks of launch. For me, it is true the Karma has finally come Calling!”

Ashutosh Shah & Taher Shabbir, Producers, R.A.T Films, said, “The creation of the Karmma Calling world, showcasing the opulence, bringing the drama alive and making it relatable to India is no easy job. We spent enough and more time in the pre-production phase to ensure that the series is relatable as well as entertaining for the audience. After seeing it being trending on Disney+ Hotstar for consecutive three weeks and also being amongst the top 5 shows, we as producers feel extremely happy and thankful to our partners Disney+ Hotstar for believing in the story and supporting us with everything.”

Karmma Calling is based on the U.S. original series Revenge, which aired from 2011-2015 and was produced by ABC Signature, a part of Disney Television Studios. ALSO READ: Raveena Tandon to headline Karmma Calling, Indian adaptation of Revenge; set for January 26, 2024 premiere

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Dia Mirza reminisces wedding bliss with hubby Vaibhav Rekhi on anniversary; see pics

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Bollywood actress Dia Mirza and her businessman husband Vaibhav Rekhi are commemorating their wedding anniversary today, February 15, by reflecting on the cherished memories of their special day. To mark this significant milestone, Dia Mirza curated a heartfelt album filled with captivating photos from their wedding ceremony.

In a touching tribute to her husband, Dia Mirza penned a heartfelt caption, reminiscing about the emotions they shared on their wedding day. She reflected on the tears of joy and gratitude they shed together. Dia Mirza expressed her heartfelt sentiments, writing, “On this day we cried copiously. Tears of joy and gratitude. May we continue to hold each other in our darkest hours, laugh, love and value the miracles of life. Thank you baby for every single sunrise and sunset we have shared. Happy Anniversary Husband @vaibhav.rekhi #SunsetKeDivane #ThankYouPreeta.” The accompanying snapshots captured candid moments from their wedding ceremony.

 

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Dia Mirza tied the knot with Vaibhav Rekhi in February 2021, and later announced her pregnancy in April 2021. The couple had a premature baby boy and they named him Agastya. Dia also has a stepdaughter named Samaira Rekhi, from Vaibhav’s first marriage and the actress, in the past, has shared that she shares a great bond with her.

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Bold Care ad actress Bhavna Chauhan shares BTS picture with Johnny Sins; Ranveer Singh’s ad is directed by the same ad man who helmed Rahul Dravid’s Cred ad

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The Bold Care ad, featuring Ranveer Singh, has broken the internet and how. The actor is seen collaborating with none other than the adult movie star Johnny Sins for the sexual wellness company ad. The social media handles of Ranveer and Bold Care uploaded the quirky commercial but didn’t mention the names of the other cast members or crew. Bollywood Hungama has now learned some more details about the members associated with the brand campaign.

The Bold Care TVC features Ranveer Singh’s bhabhi, Kishu, threatening to leave the house, citing her husband’s (Johnny Sins) non-performance in bed. How Bold Care comes to the rescue forms the rest of the story.

The actress, who plays Kishu, is Bhavna Chauhan. She has acted in films like Hasee Toh Phasee (2014) and Shikara (2020) and has also worked on television besides featuring in several ads. On her Instagram handle, Bhavna has uploaded pictures with Johnny Sins, and in the caption, she called the latter super-talented and sweetest co-star. Interestingly, Johnny replied “It was great working with you!” in the comments section of the post.

 

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Bhavna Chauhan also gave an interview wherein she revealed that it took 22 hours to complete the shoot. She arrived on the sets at 7 am and got done the next day at 5 am. She also raised laughs as she revealed that she misread Johnny Sins’ name as John Cena in the script!

The Bold Care commercial, meanwhile, is directed by Ayappa KM. He’s a famous ad man who, in the past, had helmed many other quirky ads like that of Cred featuring Rahul Dravid. The ad went viral as it featured a cool and composed Rahul in an angry ‘Indiranagar Ka Gunda’ avatar. Ayappa also directed other ads of Cred starring Neeraj Chopra and Ravi Shastri. Another notable ad directed by Ayappa KM is that of The Great Khali for Ambuja Cement.

The production house behind the Bold Care ad is Early Man Film, owned by Ayappa KM and Anand Menon. Tanmay Bhat, known for his comic videos, has written the TVC.

Also Read: Ranveer Singh teams up with Johnny Sins for hilarious take on Saas Bahu dramas and sexual wellness, watch

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Manoj Bajpayee picks scripts instinctively: "It has to be very well written. If it is badly written, nobody can save it"

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This talk show Kiska Brand Bajega with Aditya Bhat has returned for the 4th season. This season, the spotlight falls on Manoj Bajpayee. With three National Awards and a career spanning decades, he has captivated audiences with his performances. But beyond the silver screen, he stands as a powerful brand, synonymous with dedication, versatility, and unwavering commitment to his craft.

In a snippet shared on social media, Manoj Bajpayee talked about the factors he takes into account to opt for a role. "It is purely instinct I would say, but also it has to be very well written. If it is badly written, nobody can save it. Even a good performance or good direction can't save it. All good scripts after two scenes or three scenes, You know, at the most they start doing something to you. But now it's up to you. The day you choose something very unique and that is where like a series Killer Soup, I picked up I said, this is the world people have not seen. So let's go ahead and do this because it is also challenging and it's new."

Meanwhile, Killer Soup also stars Konkona Sen Sharma and was available on Netflix. He will next star in Bhaiyya Ji, where he turns writer and producer. ALSO READ: Manoj Bajpayee lauds Kartik Aaryan; says, “Kartik is the true representative of all the people coming from outside”

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Musician-singer Guru Randhawa on his acting debut in Kuch Khattaa Ho Jaay, “Feels like a natural progression”

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This Friday, Punjab’s popular musician-singer Guru Randhawa makes his leap into acting with the tangy titled Kuch Khattaa Ho Jaay. Will the affable actor succeed in making the tricky tuneful transition that Kishore Kumar made so successfully once upon a time? Interestingly, Kishore’s elder brother Ashok Kumar never wanted Kishore to be a singer. The protective (or was he envious?) elder brother didn’t think his kid brother was a good singer.

Luckily, Kishore Kumar followed his own path. There is an illustrious tradition of star singers in Hindi cinema: Suraiya, Kishore Kumar, Diljit Dosanjh and now Guru Randhawa who demonstrates every sign of filling the star-singer space with confidence.

His debut is lowkey. Aur yeh achchi baat hai. The lower the audiences’ expectations, the better the chances of Guru Randhawa making a strong impact. He is no stranger to the camera. I’ve seen his music videos. The kids love his music. I think he will be the next Diljit Dosanjh.

Before this, Guru has made guest appearances as himself in two Irrfan Khan starrers - Hindi Medium and Blackmail. Kuch Khattaa Ho Jaay is Guru Randhawa’s debut as a full-fledged actor. He is also the first significant debutant of the year. God knows Filmistan needs fresh talent.

Guru said that he wants to expand his horizon. “Expanding my artistic horizons by venturing into acting feels like a natural progression. Acting allows me to explore new dimensions and experiences that compliment my journey. It’s not much of a transition, rather an expansion. Acting opens up fresh experiences and emotions, and the workshops I've been part of have been great learning opportunities. It feels like you’re getting in touch with yourself more and being more aware of yourself. I have really enjoyed the experience and wish to do more of it,” he said.

Shooting for Kuch Khattaa Ho Jaay was a whole lot of fun for Guru Randhawa. “Shooting for Kuch Khattaa Ho Jaay was fantastic. As my debut movie, everything was new, but the cast and crew made it an unforgettable experience. Given my experience with music videos, the camera feels like a friend. Hopefully, that connection comes through in my acting as well,” he added.

Does Guru intend to follow Diljit Dosanjh and Gippy Garewal’s example in Filmistan? “I'm just on my own journey, I would say. And I’m excited about where my opportunities take me. They have both done incredibly well, and I’m very inspired by their journey. But I can’t wait to see where mine takes me,” he said.

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