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Deepika: “It would be nicer to feel protected at this point”

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Well… she’s received death threats, cautioned about physical harm and there’s even a £1.1 million bounty for beheading her by a prominent Indian politician, no wonder the 31-year-old Bollywood actress is feeling shaky.

In case you’re wondering why, it’s all because of a film titled ‘Padmavati’ and accusations have been made that the film has distorted historical facts and represents the Rajput queen (the role played by Deepika) in a bad way.

Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali's attempt to bring alive the story of Rani Padmavati on the silver screen hasn't gone down well with Hindu groups backed by the BJP (yes the ruling party of India).

Protesters have also created havoc about an alleged romantic scene between queen Padmini and the Delhi Sultan Alauddin Khilji. Bizarrely the objectors asserting these scenes and causing total mayhem haven’t seen the film yet as it’s not even been released.

Many Indian states including Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh have even called for a ban on the screening of ‘Padmavati’.

Suraj Pal Amu - Chief Media Coordinator for the BJP party had offered to pay $1.5m to anyone who "beheaded" Padukone and Bhansali and promised to look after the families of the person who committed the act .

The politician followed up his comments with fresh threats during a subsequent interview. "We will initiate a ‘Clean India Mission’ in all the cinema halls of India. The Kshatriya community and the youth of this country are capable of burning down every theatre screen in the country if the movie is released," Amu said, reported Times Now.

Though Deepika remains apparently unfazed by the controversy, she says the protests across India and the bounty on her head for playing the role of the queen in ‘Padmavati’ have just left her feeling “baffled” and "angry".

In a BBC World interview, the actress voiced her opinion on the whole stir and says she would like to feel safer and protected at this point of time.

It’s been revealed that Sanjay Leela Bhansali faced many hiccups while shooting the film, but the protests escalated as the film neared its release date. Now the movie's release date has been deferred from the original 1st December date.

Talking about all the protests surrounding the project, Deepika who made her Hollywood debut this year opposite Vin Diesel in xXx: The Return of Xander Cage, said “It is hurtful and it is sad.”

“Cinema has the power to bring the people together, to unite people and to spread love. It is disheartening sometimes that people don't recognise that.”

Sonam Kapoor: “Cat fight talks outdated!”

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Actress Sonam Kapoor is livid over gossip around an alleged 'cat fight' on the sets of her film ‘Veere Di Wedding’, which features an ensemble of actresses including Kareena Kapoor Khan, Swara Bhasker and Shikha Talsania.

Sonam's reaction came following a 'blind item' posted by an entertainment portal.

In a Twitter post, Sonam wrote: "Dear websites, you can put out as many 'blind items' (aka gossip you were too lazy to fact-check) as you like pitting women against each other. It may get you clicks but it won't be the truth. Must you insist on shoving this tired patriarchal concept of women cat fighting into our film (which is not about a road trip) as if grown, intelligent women have nothing better to do.

"We will continue to be actual friends and try and make a kick-ass movie and prove that women can work with each other, get along and have a blast. Because we can, we are and we will continue to. And on schedule. Please keep in mind how outdated, irresponsible, and harmful your narrative is and frustrating for a culture of women who actually want to work together.

"There is no place for it anymore. Sincerely, The cast and crew of 'Veere Di Wedding'."

Produced by Rhea Kapoor and Ekta Kapoor, the film's first schedule was wrapped in Delhi. It is directed by Shashanka Ghosh.

Sonam and Rhea's father and veteran actor Anil Kapoor also shot down the gossip item.

Hrithik breaks silence on Kangana row

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“There are 3,000 one-sided mails which either I have sent to myself or the woman in question has sent to me. The Cyber Crime department can prove or disprove either story, in just a few days. Towards that purpose, I have surrendered all my devices including laptops/phones which are still lying with the Cyber Cell, but Kangana has refused to do so.” Hrithik Roshan.

Actor Hrithik Roshan has broken his silence on the dragging row with actress Kangana Ranaut, saying he has never met her privately and asked how two “high-profile celebrities” could have had a seven-year passionate affair without any evidence.

Hrithik, son of veteran actor-filmmaker Rakesh Roshan, said: “Just like a nagging health issue sometimes ignored can turn malignant, this situation for me has unfortunately turned malignant.

“The truth is, I have never met the lady in question one-on-one in my entire life.

“Yes, we have worked together, but there has been no meeting in private. That’s the truth,” he said. He added he was “not fighting against an allegation of an affair”.

“I’m in fact protecting myself from something far more serious, sensitive and destructive than that,” Hrithik said in a statement.

The row began last year when Kangana hinted at Hrithik being her “ex-boyfriend”.

She said in an interview that she fails to understand “why exes do silly things to get your attention”.

The actress lodged a legal complaint against Hrithik for “misusing” the confidential emails and photographs of the time when they were together.

Hrithik later filed a complaint with the cybercrime cell, claiming an imposter had been emailing Kangana from a bogus email ID, pretending to be him.

The mud-slinging has continued till date, with Kangana and her sister constantly accusing Hrithik.

The “Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai” star questioned: “An alleged seven-year long, passionate affair between two high profile celebrities with no trail left behind.

“No evidence, no paparazzi pictures, no witnesses, not even a memento in possession like a selfie taken at the alleged engagement which is claimed to have happened in Paris in January 2014. Nothing that constitutes an exchange or any sort of proof of a romantic relationship.

“Yet we want to believe the other party because the rhetoric is — why would a girl lie.”

Hrithik also refuted talk of an alleged engagement with Kangana in Paris.

“My passport details show no travel outside the country in January 2014, which is the date that this alleged engagement supposedly took place. In Paris.

“The only so-called proof presented of this alleged ‘relationship’ was a photoshopped picture in the media. This was immediately exposed, the very next day by friends including my ex-wife.”

Hrithik was married to Sussanne Khan, with whom he has two sons. They separated in 2014.

The actor says the investigation regarding the emails is on.

“There are 3,000 one-sided mails which either I have sent to myself or the woman in question has sent to me. The Cyber Crime department can prove or disprove either story, in just a few days. Towards that purpose, I have surrendered all my devices including laptops/phones which are still lying with the Cyber Cell, but the other party has refused to do so.

“This is not, and I repeat, not a lovers spat. I humbly request people to stop labelling it as one and, for a second, try and see it for what it really is.

“I have been harassed by this for four years and the well meaning and probably necessary social bias toward women has deemed me helpless in defending myself.

“I’m not here to accuse or judge anyone, but it’s time I defend the truth because when truth suffers the collective consciousness of society suffers. Civilization suffers. Closer to home, families suffer. Children suffer.”

A “satisfied” Sonam Kapoor

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Actress Sonam Kapoor, who will start shooting for ‘Veere Di Wedding’, says she has had a creatively satisfying year so far.

"This year has been amazing for me creatively. Working on 'PadMan', Sanjay Dutt biopic and now ending it with 'Veere Di Wedding',” she said.

“Can't wait for you guys to see all these films! Lots of love to all who have supported me and have helped me through my journey," she added.

The actress, whose performance in ‘Neerja’ was widely applauded, is looking forward to a fruitful time in the future too.

"Next year is gonna be even more awesome with all these movies releasing and me starting some exciting new projects," added Sonam, who said she is obsessed with Jessica Biel's ‘The Sinner’.

Madhuri: “Bringing on Priyanka is perfect”

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Bollywood's dancing diva Madhuri Dixit Nene was surprised when she got to know about the development of a series based on her. She says getting Indian actress Priyanka Chopra on board as an executive producer is a right step.

"I was pleasantly surprised when Sri Rao said he wanted to do a series inspired by my life in America," Madhuri said in a statement.

The story would follow how Madhuri settles down with her bi-cultural family and tries to bring her colourful lifestyle to an otherwise dull town.

In reality, Madhuri had taken a break from showbiz when she married Sriram Nene (Ram), who was based in US back then and shifted to Denver from Mumbai to start a family. The mother-of-two sons returned to showbiz around five years ago, and continues to be one of the most charming beauties in the Hindi film industry.

Sri Rao, a New York-based writer for shows like 'General Hospital: Night Shift', will pen the pilot and executive produce the series, as will Madhuri's husband.

The 'Dil Toh Pagal Hai' actress added: "As Ram and I chatted with Sri, the story evolved and Mark Gordon Productions came on board, wanting to produce it. Bringing on Priyanka was perfect in that she had experience with the landscape."

Priyanka currently stars on American show 'Quantico', which is going into its third season. Earlier this year, she made her Hollywood debut with 'Baywatch', and she is now shooting for romantic comedy 'Isn't It Romantic' with Liam Hemsworth.

Deepika Padukone out of Forbes’ list of highest paid actresses

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Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone has dropped out of Forbes magazines World's Highest-Paid Actresses 2017 list, which is led by Hollywood actress Emma Stone.

Deepika, who was 10th in the 2016 list, has not been included this year despite having made her Hollywood debut with "xXx: Return of Xander Cage".

Stone collected $26 million due to her Oscar-winning performance in musical film ‘La La Land’ and has surpassed Jennifer Lawrence, who claimed the top spot in 2016 and 2015, reports

Stone spoke on gender parity earlier this year, sharing that her male co-stars have taken salary cuts so she could receive equal pay.

Actress Jennifer Aniston was runner-up with $25.5 million. While she continues to receive millions in royalties even a decade after ‘Friends’ ended, the actress, who appeared ‘The Yellow Bird’, also monetises different endorsements.

Lawrence dropped down two slots to number three with $24 million, almost half of her $46 million earnings in 2016.

Melissa McCarthy ($18 million), Mila Kunis ($15.5 million) and Emma Watson ($14 million) have come fourth, fifth and sixth on the list respectively.

Together, the world's 10 highest-paid actresses tallied a combined $172.5 million between June 1, 2016, and June 1, 2017, before fees and taxes. Earnings estimates are based on data from Nielsen, ComScore, Box Office Mojo and IMDB, as well as interviews with industry insiders.


Bipasha: Getting married felt like preparing for film

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Actress Bipasha Basu says when she tied the knot with actor Karan Singh Grover last year, it felt like she was preparing for a film.

“A wedding is an amalgamation of curated ideas and the checklist is endless.

“When I got married, it felt like I was prepping for another film to be honest," said Bipasha, who has played a bride in films like ‘Raaz’, ‘Race’ and ‘Barsaat..

"Now, it has been such a wonderful journey together," she added.

Bipasha Basu-Karan Singh Grover are fondly called as the monkey lovers and often share pictures on their social networking pages. They're each other's travel buddies, gym buddies and much more.

Well we must admit, these two never fail to give us relationship goals!

Priyanka Chopra’s next Hollywood project

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After 'Baywatch', Indian actress Priyanka Chopra will be seen alongside Rebel Wilson, Liam Hemsworth, Adam Devine in 'Isn’t It Romantic?' as a yoga ambassador.

Principal photography has begun on New Line Cinema's romantic comedy under the direction of Todd Strauss-Schulson.

The film follows the life of a New York City architect Natalie, who works hard to get noticed at her job, but is more likely to be asked to deliver coffee and bagels than to design the city's next skyscraper. She has an encounter with a mugger that renders her unconscious, waking to discover that her life has suddenly become her worst nightmare.

Wilson stars as Natalie, alongside Liam Hemsworth as Blake, a handsome client; Adam Devine, as her earnest best friend, Josh; and Priyanka as yoga ambassador Isabella. Strauss-Schulson is helming the project from a screenplay by Erin Cardillo, Dana Fox and Katie Silberman, and Paula Pell. The movie's filming is taking place in and around New York City.

The film is set for release beginning Valentine's Day, February 14, 2019.

Sajal Aly: “Bollywood was never my dream”

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Pakistani actress Sajal Aly, who played a rape survivor in her Bollywood debut ‘Mom’, says she had never dreamed of acting in the Indian film industry.

Speaking about her role as 'Arya' in the Sridevi-starrer, Sajal said: "It was definitely a challenging role... I mean any character you play, you have to really commit to it and kind of naturally become like that, at least that's how I function.

"I think the most challenging part was performing with Sridevi ma'am. Like my very first scene in the movie is me sitting at a dining table across from her and misbehaving with her - it was terrifying!

"We had to shoot in Georgia and it was freezing cold... so yeah, that was pretty tough too," Sajal said.

Sajal said: "Bollywood was never my dream, in all honesty. I was happy working in Pakistan and that was not something I was working towards, but this story moved me.

"I always knew that if I worked in Bollywood, I have certain limitations and boundaries that I would not want to cross and this movie was about a sensitive topic, everything was handled so tastefully."

The actress is all praise for her co-star Sridevi, who plays her mother in the movie. "She's just the sweetest person. Even now, she keeps calling me and reminding me that I'm in her thoughts."

Sajal said she has three film contracts with Boney Kapoor, Sridevi's husband and a producer in Bollywood.

"But now I don't know what's in the near future. They handed me the complete package on a silver platter: a meaty character, an excellent cast, the best of the best and for that, I'm forever grateful...

"Everyone's sending me messages telling me they're proud of me, it's just the best feeling, knowing everyone appreciates your work, including critics from across the border."

Soha Ali Khan’s debut book to launch in December

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Actress Soha Ali Khan, who is expecting her first child with husband Kunal Kemmu, is turning author with "The Perils Of Being Moderately Famous". She says the book will be out in December.

"My first book, 'The Perils Of Being Moderately Famous', coming out in December 2017! @PenguinIndia @penguinrandom," Soha tweeted.

An accompanying set of images with her post tell that the book is in the non-fiction space, and will have personal essays in which Soha has recorded some of her poignant moments.

The book features her life fom growing up as a modern day princess to her days at college to starting her career as a management associate and then to her life as a film celebrity.

"The book also throws light on the various idiosyncrasies of those she calls the 'more famous' members of her family," reads one line.

Soha is the daughter of veteran actress Sharmila Tagore and the late Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, the ninth nawab of Pataudi. Her brother is popular actor Saif Ali Khan, and they also have a sister named Saba Ali Khan.

Recently Soha has been using her pregnancy period to catch up on some books.

Nina on a mission: Award-winning actress to host nationwide anti-trafficking appeal

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Around 22.5 million South Asians suffer violence, trafficking and abuse, including sexual exploitation, domestic servitude, child labour, forced marriage, bride-buying and sex tourism.

Now, award-winning actress Nina Wadia is set to present a radio appeal, to increase awareness about human trafficking. She also aims to raise donations to help fight against it, as part of her role as an ambassador of the British Asian Trust.

The BBC Radio 4 broadcast will be aired twice, at 7.55am and again at 9.26pm on Sunday 5th February. The appeal will be repeated on Monday 9th February at 3.27pm.

Around 70% of  trafficked victims are female and one in three are children.  

Extreme poverty and lack of education means that 70% of victims are illiterate and 50% earn less than $1 per day. An astonishing 40,000 children are reported abducted each year, with 11,000 untraced. In addition, 53% of children have reported sexual abuse.

Nina Wadia said: “I feel so proud to deliver this anti-trafficking appeal for the British Asian Trust to help protect the welfare of children and young people in South Asia.”

The British Asian Trust was founded in 2007 by HRH The Prince of Wales, who wanted to do something about the widespread poverty and hardship that he saw in South Asia.

He turned to the entrepreneurial spirit of the British Asian diaspora, bringing together visionary philanthropists and supporting grassroots initiatives that enable people to help themselves.

“I am hugely passionate about this cause and share a vision with the Trust to eliminate trafficking and enable all young people to fully achieve their potential and help shape the future of South Asia,” Nina added.

Richard Hawkes, CEO, British Asian Trust said: “We’re thrilled to have our ambassador Nina Wadia supporting us with our anti-trafficking campaign.

“The Indian Government reported a 25% increase in trafficking in 2015, which is a disturbing statistic. At the British Asian Trust, our vision is to protect children and young people from trafficking and abuse, while also rehabilitating victims.

“By forging partnerships with frontline organisations, stakeholders and the Government, we hope to work collaboratively to increase impact and raise awareness.”

So far, the charity has supported 9,500 girls and 18,600 families to improve safety, which includes collaboration with police and education officials, community supervision and links to key influencers.

Amir Khan and Shilpa Shetty Kundra join forces

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EXCITED: Raj Kundra and Bollywood wife Shilpa team up with Amir Khan

EXCITED: Raj Kundra and Bollywood wife Shilpa team up with Amir Khan

Amir Khan is now teaming up with the gorgeous Shilpa Shetty Kundra - Bollywood Actress and winner of Channel 4’s Celebrity Big Brother.

Determined to make an impact on the plight of orphans within South East Asia - the Amir Khan Foundation and the Shilpa Shetty Foundation have joined forces to host an event brining South Asian celebrities on one platform in the UK.

This is all to raise awareness of the fact that South East Asia has one of the highest orphan populations in the world – 40 Million!

“I strive to dedicate time and resources to charitable causes and launched the Amir Khan Foundation to allow me to take a hands on approach supporting young people in the UK and to manage international projects, such as establishing an orphanage within Gambia and clean water wells in Pakistan,” says Khan.

“As a father, providing the best I can for my little angel is number one to me.”

“To know there are millions of precious children in the world living with no hope, in unimaginable conditions is heart-breaking.

“To know that South East Asia, my parents’ homeland, has one of the largest Orphan populations in the world is unacceptable!” he adds.

Shilpa Shetty Kundra, has spent many years supporting various philanthropic causes before finally going on to establish the Shilpa Shetty Foundation, to personally ensure orphan children are protected and provided with the resources necessitated to give them hope for the future.

“The issue is vast and turning a blind eye or shifting responsibility is not a solution for these vulnerable children. They are an easy target for sexual exploitation and human trafficking,” says Shilpa.

“Most people don’t really understand the extent of the problem. There is no shocking news story behind their existence, no political or natural disaster.”

Vin Diesel’s “childhood dream come true” as he visits India for the first time

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Hollywood star Vin Diesel, who is in India today to promote his forthcoming film “xXx: Return of Xander Cage”, says visiting the country is a childhood dream come true.

Accompanied by the film’s director D J Caruso and actress Deepika Padukone, who’s making her Hollywood debut with the action-thriller, Vin was given a desi welcome at the airport.

49-year-old Vin took to social media to share his excitement of being in India by posting a picture of himself with co-star Deepika.

“So honoured to be here in India for the first time. The xXx Global tour has been great and now I and @deepikapadukone are going to share this film with her country today,” the actor wrote on Instagram.

“As a child I always dreamed of visiting India… Thank you Paramount for making this dream come true. Xander.”

Vin landed in the morning at Mumbai on Thursday 12th January. Dressed in a blue T-shirt and denims, the actor was welcomed by a group of women wearing Maharashtrian ‘nauvari sari’ at the airport.

Deepika, who donned an all-black outfit, was all smiles and posed for the cameras with Diesel and Caruso.

Taking to Twitter, Caruso also expressed his excitement over visiting India for the film’s promotions.

“The greatest welcome ever! #XXXIndiaPremiere. Wow and a blessing to go with it,” he wrote.

The team is set to interact with their fans at Phoenix Mills and attend their film’s Indian premiere there. An after party has been planned nand is set to be attended by Bollywood celebrities.

“xXx: Return of Xander Cage” is the third film in the xXx franchise and a sequel to both “xXx” (2002) and “xXx: State of the Union” (2005) and releases . The film also stars Ruby Rose, Samuel L Jackson, Donnie Yen and Tony Jaa.


Priyanka Chopra: “Made my way on my own with no help”

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She began her journey in showbiz with no starry links and has won global recognition due to her talent.

Actress Priyanka Chopra says she is grateful to fans for putting her 'in a position' where she is 'used to being the face on a poster'. But she wants to do more.

priyanka-chopra-red-sofa-306x450Priyanka also said that "whatever she has achieved is due to her own hard work, without the help and support of anybody else".

"I started with nothing, no support,” says the 34-year-old tough cookie.

“I was a complete newcomer to even Mumbai city, not just the movie industry. I didn't even know anyone. So I kind of did all that on my own without the help and support of anybody.

"The love and affection I have got from audiences around the world kind of gave me the strength to do that. They have put me in a position where I am used to being the face on a poster. I don't want to settle for that."

The international actress was crowned Miss India and went on to win the Miss World title at age 17. Her Bollywood debut came in 2003 with 'The Hero: Love Story of a Spy'.

After that there was no looking back for her.

The actress made waves with international singles like 'In my city' and 'Exotic' before heading to the international TV space as Alex Parrish in 'Quantico', which launched in 2015.

The actress is currently seen in American TV serial 'Quantico' Season 2, and is in the process of making the Hollywood movie 'Baywatch' directed by Seth Gordon starring ‘The Rock’ Dwayne Johnson.

While she’s doing all this, she’s also working on a Punjabi film 'Sarvann' co-produced by Vashu Bhagnani and stars Amrinder Gill.

Talking about her decision to launch the trailer for ‘Sarvaan’ in Toronto, Priyanka said: "I have always got a lot of love and affection whenever I've come to Toronto. I've come here for a lot of my Hindi films, I've come here for 'Quantico' too.

“But it’s really special coming here for a Punjabi film which has such a strong Punjabi community, just seems like the ideal place to launch it."

Vidya Balan talks about her next film

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Actress Vidya Balan, who is busy promoting her film ‘Kahaani 2’ said the films story will connect with the masses and explained how she gets into the skin of a character in a film.

“The film has a universal story. Honestly, when I am doing something I completely enter into it and I don’t think how the film will turn out,” the actress said.

The film ‘Kahaani 2: Durga Rani Singh’ has been promoted in a different manner with wanted posters of the actress, who is playing the character ‘Durga Rani Singh’. Asked if she is nervous about the film she said: “I am not nervous. I have done whatever I wanted to do. Now all we can do is give our best in promotions. We are promoting the film in a different manner, which keeps my interest and energy level going.”

Vidya also gave her opinion on the recent US Presidential elections. “I supported Hillary Clinton because if a woman can become the President of America then it would be great. She is an exemplary woman and I admire her. Vidya also highly supported government’s decision to ban 500 and 1000 rupees notes.

“It is a very good step which will keep a check on black money. Some people will face issues but I am sure the government has some plans for them too,” she said.

‘Kahaani 2: Durga Rani Singh’ is an Indian suspense-thriller film directed by Sujoy Ghosh and produced by Ghosh and Jayantilal Gada. It features Vidya Balan and Arjun Rampal in lead roles. The film is a sequel to the 2012 film ‘Kahaani’.

Shilpa “proud” about son’s TV debut

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Actress Shilpa Shetty Kundra's four-year-old son Viaan appeared on the stage of dance-based reality TV show, leaving her proud and excited.

Viaan will be seen on the Children's Day episode of the Sony TV channel's show "Super Dancer". Shilpa is a judge on the show with filmmaker Anurag Basu and choreographer Geeta Kapur.

The 41-year-old actress says she could completely relate to the other mothers who see their children perform on stage.

"It was so much fun to see Viaan perform on the show...I could completely relate to how proud and excited the other mothers feel to watch their children perform on the show," Shilpa said in a statement.

The "Phir Milenge" actress' husband Raj Kundra planned the impromptu surprise and was waiting in the wings along with son Viaan.

Viaan will be seen performing one of his favourite songs "Tattad tattad" from filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali's "Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela", starring Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone.

“It’s good to be bad”: Shah Rukh Khan advises Alia

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Actress Alia Bhatt got one advice from her "Dear Zindagi" co-star Shah Rukh Khan, and that is 'its good to be bad.

The actress talked about her personal equation with Shah Rukh during an episode of TV show ‘Yaar Mera Superstar’. Alia also confessed that SRK is her childhood crush.

In the trailer of ‘Dear Zindagi’, Shah Rukh is seen giving some deep, meaningful suggestions to Alia's character.

Alia’s admitted that Shah Rukh recently gave some real life advice to her. She said: "It's not like I have gone to him to take any advice in particular, but  recently he told me that it's good to be bad.

“He said that I’m too good for the world sometimes, as I generally wear my heart on my sleeve and approach things with positive enthusiasm."

The film ‘Dear Zindagi’ is a slice-of-life film with Alia playing the protagonist - an aspiring filmmaker who is on the lookout for a lot of unanswered questions. Shah Rukh is essaying the role of a psychiatrist Jahangir Khan in the Gauri Shinde directorial.

It also features Ali Zafar, Aditya Roy Kapur, Kunal Kapoor and Angad Bedi.

Sana Khan: “Why So Much Noise Over Intimate Scenes?”

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Bollywood actress Sana Khan says she finds it strange when she is asked about bold scenes and wonders why there is so much noise about intimate scenes in Hindi movies.

“I find it weird when industry people talk like ‘that kind of scenes’. It is funny.

“Today, every single movie has a kissing scene. I don’t know why there is so much noise on doing intimate scenes,” she said.

Sana said it had happened with Vishal Pandya’s films. “There are so many films which have steamy scenes. Nobody puts a question on them.”

The ‘Jai Ho‘ actress said when people in India are becoming more open, intimate scenes aren’t a taboo anymore.

“It was part of the story. Today, we are open to western culture. We love to see Hollywood movies so much. When we are so open about everything, it is weird to raise brows on intimate scenes.”

“When I signed the film, people said I might be categorised in a certain way. They said the same when I entered ‘Big Boss’. Every actor has a different journey. Whatever I’ve done, it has turned out positive for me because I’ve done it with the right intention.”

Sana said: “As an actress, I always want to do new things. I have done a small role in ‘Jai Ho’. It was a negative character and now audience will see me in a proper role in the two and a half hours movie. I think that’s growth.”

Sana is set to star in the Vishal Pandya-directed ‘Wajah Tum Ho‘ alongside Sharman Joshi, TV actor Gurmeet Choudhary and Rajneesh Duggal. The film is scheduled for a worldwide release in December.

Sonam said no to modelling for acting

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Actress Sonam Kapoor says she turned down a modelling offer by ace photographer-producer Atul Kasbekar to pursue a career in acting.

Sonam, daughter of actor Anil Kapoor, forayed into Bollywood with Ranbir Kapoor in 2007 with ‘Saawariya’.

The actress, who is known for her fashion sense and brazen honesty, has worked hard to made a place for herself in Bollywood with films like ‘Neerja’, ‘Raanjhana’, ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ and ‘Prem Ratan Dhan Payo’.

“I remember it was at a party which was for a cosmetic company, in 2006, I think,” explains Sonam.

“This tall person walks up to me and he’s like, ‘Oh my God, do you want to model?’

“I had just started acting in ‘Saawariya’, and I wasn’t out at all, publicly, because my parents had kept me away from the press and the paparazzi and everything.”

“So nobody knew what I looked like or anything,” she added.

“One of my friends was a make-up artist, so I just went for her party, just for fun! Nobody took pictures of me at that point.

“I told this guy ‘I am already acting in a movie!’ And so I suppose that was the end of that!”

Pakistani actress Mahira Khan is still very much in Shah Rukh Khan-starrer ‘Raees’

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Producer rubbishes reports

Producer Ritesh Sidhwani has strongly refuted rumours that Pakistani actress Mahira Khan will be replaced in the film, after Indian nationalist party Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) demanded a ban on films featuring Pakistani artists.

Ritesh Sidhwani confirm 'Raees' release is not postponed and that Mahira Khan is very much still in the film

Ritesh Sidhwani confirm 'Raees' release is not postponed and that Mahira Khan is very much still in the film

He has also rubbished reports that the release of his forthcoming Shah Rukh Khan-starrer 'Raees' has been postponed, saying the film will hit the screens as announced.

"I do not understand where all these rumours are coming from,” said Ritesh.

“I would only say one thing - I have shot with Mahira for 45 days and finished the film, I hope that clarifies things.”

'Raees', scheduled to release on 26th January, features Pakistani actress Mahira Khan who is making her Bollywood debut opposite Shah Rukh.

Directed by Rahul Dholakia, 'Raees' is set in 1980's Gujarat and tells the story of bootlegger Raees Khan (Shah Rukh), whose business is challenged and eventually thwarted by a police officer played by actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui.

There were reports that the makers were considering to push the release of the crime-drama, after MNS demanded a ban on Bollywood films starring Pakistani artistes, in wake of the Uri terror attack.

The Indian Motion Picture Producers Association (IMPPA), however, had a meeting with MNS and urged the political party not to hamper the release of the already shot films featuring Pakistani artistes.

DEBUT: Much-loved Pakistani actress Mahira Khan stars opposite Shah Rukh Khan in ‘Raees’

DEBUT: Much-loved Pakistani actress Mahira Khan stars opposite Shah Rukh Khan in ‘Raees’

When asked about the reports, Sidhwani told reporters, "We are sticking to the release date we announced earlier for 'Raees'. I don't think something like a ban has happened.

"The association has itself written to the government that people who have already made their films, who have completed their shooting, we should respect that. Let those movies release and whatever the government decides in the future, they will take a call on that," he said.

mahira-khan-main-347x450The producer, however, chose not to comment on whether a ban on Pakistani artistes was justified, and said he was pained and saddened by the terrorist attacks.

"I don't want to comment on that (Pakistani actors ban). It is very sensitive. Right now everything is very heated, I don't think it is the right moment to talk about it," he said.

Ritesh added that he has been visiting Delhi frequently for work and he will be begin to start shooting for the sequel of 'Fukrey' from 19th November. "The film will be shot across Delhi and will be a special film as the story has a different spin to it. I love shooting in Delhi. I think it is beautiful and it is at least better planned than Mumbai. It is not chaotic, it is fun."

“Thriller genre is evolving”

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6 (293x450)Actress Vidya Balan, who has featured in thrillers like "Kahaani" and "TE3N", says the genre is evolving.

The Indian multi-award-winning actress will soon be seen in the upcoming thriller ‘Kahaani 2’, a sequel to the 2012 film ‘Kahaani’, co-written and directed by Sujoy Ghosh.

Asked if she has seen any change in the thriller genre, Vidya said: "It's getting more extensive. It's not just about the bad guys. The typical thriller construct is changing and evolving."

"There are a lot of people within the thriller genre who are finding new ways of telling stories," added the "Parineeta" star.

‘Kahaani 2’, also starring Arjun Rampal, is slated to release in November.

Vidya, who has delivered impressive performances in films like "The Dirty Picture", will be seen portraying Kamala Das, an Indian-English writer in another project.

Punjabi actress may starring with Irrfan Khan for the Indo–French project

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Parul-Gulati (300x450)Has Irrfan Khan finally got his co–star for his Indo-French project ‘Divine Lovers’ to be helmed by Sai Kabir?..

Well, sources claim that after the rejection from the National award winner Kangana Ranaut and consideration of ‘Dil Dhadakne Do’ famed Riddhima Sud – it seems ‘Kudi Punjaban’ Parul Gulati may be finalised to pair against Irrfan Khan.

Ridhima also expressed her desire when contacted and she said, “Working with Irrfan sir would be a dream come true. I'm a huge fan.”

Now it seems Ridhima might have to wait for some more time to realize her dream to share screen space with Irrfan Khan.

Punjabi actress Parul Gulati who has done some Punjabi films and will be seen in Yo Yo Honey Singh’s big screen debut ‘Zorawar’ has bagged the opportunity.

Sources close to the production say that Sai Kabir is keen on getting someone from Punjab for the role opposite Irrfan khan and Parul is fitting the bill.

Sonali Bendre to do a talk show on parenting

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Sonali (3) (309x400)After turning author with the book 'Modern Gurukul: My Experiment With Parenting', Bollywood actress Sonali Bendre is now said to be gearing up for a talk show.

The actress, who has previously turned host and judge for reality shows, will now be a part of this one as it deals with parenting.

Sonali Bendre has wholeheartedly spoken about the pros, the complications of parenting citing her own experiences as a mother in her book and has now decided to take this concept to television too.

From what we hear, the show will involve common people sharing their parenting experiences along with child psychologists giving out advices on how to raise children. In fact, it is also being said that celebrities too will be a part of it wherein they too will be talking about their experiences as a parent.

Jyothi Krishna slams porn pics

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Jyothi Krishna (299x450)Malayalam actress Jyothi Krishna’s morphed pictures that were used on pornographic site have been doing the rounds for a while and the actress was alerted about these images by a close friend.

The actress did not shy away from taking it to Facebook to slam the makers of her pornographic morphed image.

It so happened that one of her friends came across a morphed picture of her, when she was alerted about it, and instead of losing her cool she simply wrote a message on Facebook.

This is what she wrote in her Facebook post.

Her message is in Malayalam, here’s the translation: “Some son/daughter born in a shady family cropped my photograph and pasted my head on a photograph of the body parts of his/her mother or sister. This morphed photograph has been shared among many people through whatsapp. Many persons who know me have sent me supportive messages. I don’t intend to give any further response to the man/woman who did this… because what (s)he intended has not materialised.. My thanks to all my friend who supported me and stood with me… a big thank you.”

She has been receiving support from her fans and well-wishers and according to her, those who brought her morphed picture into limelight could not succeed in materialising their plans.

Jyothi is one of the most common names in the Malayalam film industry. She made her debut in the film ‘Bombay’ in March 2011. She was last seen in Jeethu Joseph’s ‘Life of Josutty’.

Nyra Banerjee: ‘One Night Stand’ for new actress in Bollywood?

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nyra banerjee 1 (300x450)Sunny Leone’s most awaited movie ‘One Night Stand’, directed by Jasmine D’Souza is all set to release soon and it’s created quite the hype.

Although the filmmakers haven’t revealed much about the plot but buzz is that the movie relates to those belonging to the glamour world.

Alongside the sizzling former adult-film star Sunny is another female lead – Nyra Banerjee, who’s oozing passion about her debut role. We interview the actress and ask her about sharing screen space with Sunny Leone, future projects and much more.

What’s your role in ‘One Night Stand’? What made you choose it?

I’m playing one of the two female leads in the film and my role is a woman of substance. The multi-dimensional conflicts surrounding the film per se has been rarely dealt with in Hindi cinema. The movie has a huge scope for me to showcase a spectrum of emotions.

Do you fear that you would be overshadowed by Sunny Leone?

I’m confident of having portrayed my emotions powerfully and convincingly. As my role is equally challenging and distinct from Sunny's, I don't harbour any fears. I’m sure I’ll be appreciated.

Do you believe ‘One Night Stand’ is your ideal debut and what did your parents think?

Well, I think the role is definitely applaud fetching! About my parents – do you mean as a bold  theme? Well, me as an actor and my mother as a writer, we artists need to wellspring our artistic talents and insights to embrace such themes.

What talents do you bring to the industry?

I love dancing and I’ve always wanted to be an all rounder, so I believe I’m a thinker, a singing star, a good dancer and want to be a renowned actor.

If given an opportunity, would you have a one night stand?

Opportunity? Well, I will have to think about that...

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Deepika Padukone: “My Hollywood debut makes me nervous”

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Actress Deepika Padukone arrives on the red carpet at the 63rd Cannes Film FestivalDeepika Padukone is the latest Bollywood star to go international and the actress says although she is proud to have bagged 'XXX: The Return of Xander Cage', she is nervous about venturing into a new territory.

The 30-year-old 'Bajirao Mastani' actress will share screen with Hollywood Vin Diesel and Samuel L Jackson in the DJ Caruso-directed action thriller, which is the third installment of the 'XXX' film franchise. Deepika says her ethnicity helped her bag the role and in the film she will be given an opportunity to flaunt her “Indianness”.

"I am very excited. But I want to confess that I am very nervous. Most importantly I feel proud to be a part of a film where I get to flaunt my ethnicity," Deepika told us.

"The reason they are roping me is because of my background. I really hope that I do well in the movie and people go and watch it," said the actress, who was in the capital for the launch of the new collection from luxury Swiss watchmaking company Tissot.

Besides Deepika, another Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra, who recently made her American TV debut with "Quantico", has reportedly bagged a role in 'Baywatch' movie opposite Dwayne Johnson.

Back home Deepika has been making the right noises and had a tremendous year in 2015 with the success of her films 'Piku', 'Tamasha' and 'Bajirao Mastani'. The actress says it has been her constant effort to keep improving every year and she is happy to see her efforts pay off two years in a row.

"I work to compete with myself and keep setting the benchmark for myself, to keep bettering, says Deepika.

After a successful 2014, I hoped I can do better and then it happened in 2015. It is my constant desire to keep improving," she adds.

With back-to-back film shoots and other commitments, the actress says she hardly gets time off. But despite her busy schedule, Deepika makes sure she reads and also tries her hands at baking.

"I haven't got a weekend for the past three years. But when I do get it, I like to just catch up on sleep. I also love baking and reading. Currently, I am reading the biography on Elizabeth Taylor.”

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“Tabu is a director’s dream”

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tabu-8 (315x450)Filmmaker Abhishek Kapoor, who roped in Tabu to play a prominent role in 'Fitoor', says she is a director's dream.

Veteran actress Rekha was initially roped in to play the character of Begum in 'Fitoor', but she walked out of the project in May 2015 and the role went to Tabu.

"Tabu is one of the few actresses who can mould herself according to the character. She is a dream for a director," Kapoor told reporters in a group interview.

"She never looks into mirror or monitor and always trusts the crew on sets.

“I am thankful to Tabu who stepped in at the last moment and got into the skin of the character within three to four days," added the filmmaker. Kapoor, who has widely shot 'Fitoor' in Kashmir, says he was very clear that he wanted to shoot this film in that state.

"Many people told me not to shoot in Kashmir and gave me the option to shoot either in Himachal or abroad, but Kashmir has a different beauty altogether. Dal Lake in Kashmir is something I can't take it away from the film. I was adamant I will make my film in Kashmir," said Kapoor.

The movie is an adaptation of Charles Dickens classic novel "Great Expectations" and will have Katrina Kaif playing Firdaus while Aditya Kapoor will portray the character of Noor. The film also stars Aditi Rao Hydari, Lara Dutta and Rahul Bhatt.

Kangana Ranaut: “They’re just a facade that the event organisers put up…”

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kangana_ranaut_MAIN (300x450)Kangana Ranaut slams award ceremonies

Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut (28) has slammed film award ceremonies saying that they’re all “fake” and actually a commercial venture for the organisers.

Indian media has mocked her comments and has said that she’s trashing award ceremonies because she’s bitter about not bagging any awards during her career.

Having said that, she’s not the first who’s publically slammed these film award dos.

Aamir Khan, back in 90s, also decided to boycott awards and award ceremonies. His stand regarding shunning awards is still intact and he’s never been seen at any.

Kangna said: “'I feel it’s hard to stand against the system. But most of the time, the right thing is not the easiest to do. And I choose the right thing.

“I feel that awards shows today are just a facade that the event organisers put up. They are not genuine awards functions. I understand that these are commercial functions that are meant to generate target rating points (TRPs) and make money.

“So why this façade of felicitating artistes when that isn’t the case?

“Genuine artistes, like the best technicians, writers and actors are pushed to the tenth row, and sit with their families, hoping to figure out what’s going on with these fancy people, who are in the news for their relationships and item numbers.

“The main category goes to people who can help generate TRPs. And they might or might not even be deserving candidates. I feel this is not done and we need to change this.

“Organisers should be honest in saying that this is not an awards function; it’s just a function. I won’t be part of something so dishonest. I completely condemn them for that reason.”

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Priyanka becomes Asia’s third most followed woman on social media network

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Priyanka Chopra becomes Asia's third most followed woman on Twitter

Bollywood actress-singer and former Miss World Priyanka Chopra has become the third most followed woman in Asia with 12 million followers on Twitter.

The news comes just days after her much-awaited film 'Bajirao Mastani' hit the screens.

The Bollywood beautyactress is the most followed woman on Twitter in Asia after Indonesian singer-actress Agnez Mo (14.5 million) and Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone (12.5 million).

"Thank you all so much #12MillionPCManiacs this is such a wonderful good luck present!! You all are my strength," Priyanka tweeted.

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Needless to say, her popularity has only grown by notches ever since she has stepped foot in foreign showbiz. Having won the Miss World crown in 2000, Priyanka etched her name in Bollywood with a string of roles over 50 films showcasing her versatility.

The defining feature for the actress, however, has to be her ‘crossover’ to the US. This leg of Priyanka’s journey started in 2012 when, along with her manager in the US, Anjula Acharia-Bath, she met ABC’s head of casting Keli Lee.

We can confidently say that Priyanka made India proud by first taking her musical prowess on international shores, and then landing the lead role in American TV series 'Quantico', has had a 50 percent growth in followers over the past year, read an official statement from Twitter.
A National Award winner, she has showcased her acting skills in movies like 'Fashion', 'Barfi!' and 'Mary Kom'. In 'Bajirao Mastani, she essays the role of Kashibai, Maratha warrior Peshwa Bajirao I's first wife. The Sanjay Leela Bhansali directorial also features actors Ranveer Singh and Deepika.

Bipasha Basu says she’s “blessed”

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INDIA-ENTERTAINMENT-BOLLYWOODActress Bipasha Basu, who just turned 35 (and looks great), considers herself to be very blessed and says her friends and family have made her feel on top of the world.

"I am the most blessed girl in the world! My loved ones make me feel like a Princess," the star tweeted.

Bipasha, who celebrated her birthday on 7th January described her friends as “precious gifts”.

"My most precious gifts, my friends! @rockystar100 (my rock), @sohams (my bro), @shahbinals Mamta," she posted on Twitter. "Thank you each and every one of you for making me feel soooo special on my Birthday. I am humbled by all your love. Love you all," she added.

The actress will be soon seen in her seventh horror film "Alone" along with TV star Karan Singh Grover. The movie's trailer received a thumbs up from celebrities like Shah Rukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Hrithik Roshan and Arjun Kapoor, as well as from her fans on Twitter.

Bipasha Basu has been known for her bold and sexy image, but what’s interesting is her apparent addiction for the horror genre in which she has done six horror flicks in her career.

Veteran actress discharged from hospital

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Veteran actress Tanuja who was hospitalised earlier this week after she complained of breathlessness, has been discharged.

Tanuja had been attending the inaugural of the 20th Kolkata International Film Fest and during her speech she chose to sit down as she felt acute pain.

She was invited by CM of Bengal Mamata Banerjee and shared the stage with megastar Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Abhishek, Aishwarya, Shahrukh Khan and Irrfan Khan.

The 70-year-old Marathi actress, best known for her roles in ‘Baharen Phir Bhi Aayengi’ (1966), ‘Jewel Thief’ and ‘Haathi Mere Saathi’ (1971) is actress Kajol’s mother.