Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Priyanka Chopra celebrates 20 years of being crowned Miss World

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California [US], October 27 (ANI): Celebrating what can be termed one of the most cherished moments of her life, superstar Priyanka Chopra Jonas on Tuesday reminisced the moment when she was crowned as Miss Universe 2000, and the first thing her mom told the actor post the crowning ceremony.

The 'Baywatch' star posted a clip on Instagram on that chronicled the moment and her conversation with mother and brother post she was crowned.

As the video starts, it shows the moment when the announcement for the then Miss India - Priyanka Chopra, being chosen as the Miss World 2000 is captured. Following her being crowned the voiceover says, "This is remarkable. This is the fifth time India has won, Miss World."

Priyanka is seen beaming with happiness as she waves off at the audience present in the hall.

Reliving the moment, the video then shows as a fast forward to the present day, a clip where the 'Bajirao Mastaani' star is seen seated next to her mother - Dr Madhu Chopra. In the video, Priyanka asks mom," Do you remember the crowning moment of when I won Miss World?"

Madhu replies, "First runner up was announced, and Miss World is Miss India, Priyanka Chopra. We were both like literally under the chairs. The entire hall erupted, all the Indians just stood up erupted."

The video then shows the 'Dostana' actor on a video call to brother Sidharth, who said, " I remember at the Millenium Dome, being on the stage when I was only 11, 12 years at the time. But mixed feelings for me were I was... that she won but the very next moment I learned that I would be going to the US for further studies instead of her."

The 'Mujhse Shaadi Karogi' star then said, " Yeah, that was rough. Um, I never even thought that at that time, that you know, what my win did to my family."

Following which, Priyanka's mom says, " I have tears streaming down my eyes. I didn't know what's gonna happen. I just needed to hug her, that's all I knew, And when I hugged her, I spoke the stupidest thing that should have been...." As they both burst out in laughter.

Madhu then said, "Instead of telling her that I'm so glad, so happy that you're Miss World. I said babe, now what will happen to your studies?" and they both laugh hard while they remember the moment.

Priyanka captioned the clip on the photo-sharing platform as, "Miss World, 2000... Picture this... I just turned 18 and won Miss World!! When I finally reunited with my parents among all the chaos on stage, the first thing my mom said to me was "babe, what's going to happen with your studies?" #IndianMom #20in2020." (ANI)

Monday, October 26, 2020

Arjun Kapoor, Rajkummar Rao and Disha Patani to dub superhero series 'The Boys'

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Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], October 26 (ANI): Bollywood stars Arjun Kapoor, Rajkummar Rao and Disha Patani has been roped in by Amazon to voice in the Hindi dubbed version of superhero TV series 'The Boys.'

Film critic and movie trade analyst Taran Adarsh shared the news on Twitter and wrote, "ARJUN KAPOOR - RAJKUMMAR RAO - DISHA PATANI... #Amazon has roped in #ArjunKapoor, #RajkummarRao and #DishaPatani to do the voice-over for the dubbed #Hindi version of the series #TheBoys... The series will also be dubbed in #Tamil and #Telugu."

The 'Judgemental Hai Kya' star Rao revealed that he will be dubbing for Anthony Starr who is essaying the role of the antagonist - The Homelander.

"Main hoon Homelander aur main kisi ki nahi sunta, main wohi karta hoon jo mujhe theek lagta hai! Enjoy The Boys ke dono seasons, Hindi mein, only on@primevideoin #TheBoysTv@arjunk26 @DishPatani," tweeted Rao.

The American superhero streaming television series ' The Boys' is developed by Eric Kripke for Prime Video. It is based on the comic book of the same name by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, The TV series follows the eponymous team of vigilantes as they combat superpowered individuals who abuse their abilities. (ANI)

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Bhumi Pednekar celebrates 1 year of 'Saand Ki Aankh,' terms it her 'most cherished film'

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Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], October 25 (ANI): Cherishing the 'pure happy memories' associated with Taapsee Pannu co-starrer film - 'Saand Ki Aankh', actor Bhumi Pednekar on Sunday celebrated 1 year of the movie by calling it 'my most cherished film.'

The 31-year-old star marked the one-year anniversary of the biographical drama, by sharing a post on Instagram. The clip chronicles the lead characters of the film - Bhumi and Taapsee who essayed the role of octogenarian sharpshooters. The clip features their journey from the fields in Haryana to become national level sharpshooters, as the title song 'Udta Teetar' plays in the backdrop.

Alongside the video, the 'Thappad' star wrote, "Been a year to my most cherished film [?] #SaandKiAankh.Pure happy memories."

Directed by Tushar Hiranandani, the film revolves around the grannies - Chandro and Prakashi - who take up shooting at the age of 60 to encourage their daughters towards a bright future as they did not want their daughters to go through a lifetime of suppression. What unfolded was nothing short of miraculous, as they discovered their skill of being exceptional shooters.

Despite all odds, they won 352 medals each in the course of their professional life as shooters.

The film, which also stars Prakash Jha, Vineet Kumar, and Shaad Randhawa, is produced by Anurag Kashyap and Nidhi Parmar. (ANI)

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Justin Bieber shares trailer of upcoming 'Next Chapter' documentary

Justin Bieber

Washington [US], October 24: Canadian singer-songwriter Justin Bieber debuted a trailer on Friday (local time) for his forthcoming documentary, 'Justin Bieber:Next Chapter' that chronicles Bieber's life in his search non secular solace in addition as his personal growth throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

According to Fox News, the trailer shows the 26-year-old pop star receiving a COVID-19 take a look at and displays several confessionals regarding the link he is designed with spouse Hailey Baldwin andclose friends probability the Rapper and manager Scooter Braun.'Next Chapter' is that the second project Bieber has discharged on YouTube Originals as he premiered 'Justin Bieber: Seasons' in March.

The pop singer additionally brought cameras into his point North American country for his Facebook Watch series, 'The Biebers,' that additionally ventilated within the spring.In 'Seasons,' the 'Yummy' singer talked regarding his past drug use and depression.He admitted to victimisation MDMA, mushrooms and prescription cough sweetener to urge high, that Baldwin same she viewed as a self-medication manoeuvre so as for Bieber to address anxiety.Bieber same via voice-over at the time, 

"The initial time I smoke-cured weed was in my curtilage here -- got super-stoned.And then i noticed I liked weed a great deal.That's once my want to smoke weed started, then I started smoking weed for a moment." "And then started obtaining extremely smitten by it, and that is once IIt's simply that on behalf of me, it are often a dependency," he additional same within the series.

Recently, Bieber discharged the singles 'Holy' and 'Lonely,' a record regarding his kid high status.As reportable by Fox News, throughout the YouTube series, Bieber additionally confessed that he reached some extent wherever he felt that he was "dying," and his security team would'Justin Bieber: Next Chapter' is slated to start streaming for free of charge on YouTube on Oct 30.(ANI)

Friday, October 23, 2020

Ariana Grande drops White House based music video of 'Positions'

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Washington [US], October 23 (ANI): Just a week after teasing fans with the announcement of an album, musician Ariana Grande on Friday dropped the music video of the first song 'Positions.'

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the music video features the pop superstar's characteristic soaring harmonies.

It also marks Grande's first solo song release since her 2019 album, 'thank u, next' after which she had teamed up for a number of collaborations, including 'Rain on Me' with Lady Gaga.

"Switching the positions for you/ Cooking in the kitchen and I'm in the bedroom/ I'm in the Olympics way I'm jumping through hoops/ Know my love infinite nothing I wouldn't do/ That I won't do, switching for," she sings in the song.

As per The Hollywood Reporter, the accompanying video is directed by Dave Meyers which sees the 27-year-old taking the top-most job at the White House. (ANI)

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Kangana dazzles in pastel lehenga for cousin's wedding

Actor Kangana Ranaut (Image Source: Instagram)

New Delhi [India], Oct 21 (ANI): Actor Kangana Ranaut was on Wednesday seen dazzling in a very pastel colored lehenga as she attended the marriage ceremony of her cousin-german brother in her town Manali.

The 'Queen' actor took to Instagram to share 2 photoes of her look from the marriage function.

The pictures see Kangana in a very blue pastel colored lehenga, that she paired with a choker decorated with pearls.

Kangana selected to stay her make-up minimalist and got her hair loosely curled for the occasion.

"Kangana wore a pastel lehanga adorned with pearls for her cousin's wedding nowadays," she wrote within the caption.

She additionally as an alternative shared videos from the marriage perform on Twitter. (ANI)

Randeep Hooda sights leopard on first outing after lockdown

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New Delhi [India], October 21 (ANI): Actor Randeep Hooda on Wednesday fulfilled his long time dream of sighting a leopard during a visit to Jaipur's Jhalana Leopard Reserve.

On his very first outing after the lifting up of coronavirus induced lockdown, the 'Jims 2,' actor took to Instagram to share a short video from his outing where he is seen seated in a jeep as he photographs two leopards from a distance.

He further revealed in the caption, that he had gone to Jaipur's Jhalana for the outing.

"On my first outing after lockdown, my long time dream of sighting a #leopard in the wild finally came true on my maiden visit to #Jhalana - a leopard trove within the heart of Jaipur," the 44-year-old actor wrote in the caption.

He ended the post by stating that pictures from the outing and related write-ups will follow soon on his social media. (ANI)

John Abraham, Divya Khosla Kumar kick-start shooting of 'Satyameva Jayate 2'

John Abraham, Divya Khosla Kumar and director Milap Zaveri. (Photo: ANI)

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], October 21 (ANI): Actor John Abraham and Divya Khosla Kumar on Wednesday kick-started the shooting for the upcoming action-thriller film 'Satyameva Jayate 2' in Lucknow.

The 'Dishoom' actor along with Divya and producer Milap Javeri has commenced the shoot for the much-anticipated sequel.

In the pictures from Day 1 of the film, John is seen clad in a white kurta and a grey bandhgala jacket. He is also sporting a badge featuring the Indian flag above his left pocket. On the other hand, Divya looks stunningly beautiful in a red-bordered white saree. The actors have posed with the director Milap Zaveri in the first picture.

On the sets of the film, producer Nikkhil Advani was also captured giving the Mahurat clap to initiate the shooting.

Before the coronavirus struck, 'Satyameva Jayate 2 'was based in Mumbai. The director Milap Zaveri - confided that the roots of John's character in the film are in Varanasi. The transition will give the film a pan-India feel, appealing even to the viewers in the interiors, he said.

The team will also be shooting for a few days at a Mumbai studio early next year before calling it a wrap.

Produced by Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar (T-Series), Monisha Advani, Madhu Bhojwani and Nikkhil Advani (Emmay Entertainment), Satyameva Jayate 2 is slated to release on May 12, 2021. (ANI)

Madhuri Dixit recalls working with Rishi Kapoor, Saroj Khan as 'Yaraana' clocks 25 years

A still from 'Yaraana' featuring Madhuri Dixit Nene and late actor Rishi Kapoor (Image Source: Instagram)

New Delhi [India], October 21 (ANI): Months after the demise of dancing legend Saroj Khan and veteran actor Rishi Kapoor, actor Madhuri Dixit Nene on Tuesday recalled the two departed stars as her film 'Yaraana' clocked 25 years.

The 'Dhak Dhak' girl took to Instagram to share several stills from th
e flick along with a picture of herself with Rishi Kapoor and Saroj Khan.

She complimented the post with a caption dedicated to the team of the film.

"Working alongside Rishi ji and learning the steps to #MeraPiyaGharAaaya from Saroj ji are some of my fondest memories," she wrote in the caption.

"Today as we mark #25YearsOfYaraana, remembering both of them. This is dedicated to them & the whole team," her caption further read.

While Kapoor passed away in April this year after a two-year-long battle with leukaemia, Saroj Khan passed away in July due to cardiac arrest. (ANI)

Monday, October 19, 2020

Adele to host 'Saturday Night Live' next week with musical guest H.E.R.

Adele to host 'Saturday Night Live' next week with musical guest H.E.R.

Washington [US], October 19 (ANI): English singer-songwriter Adele is all set to assume host duties for next week's Saturday Night Live (SNL).

The 'Someone like you' singer will be assuming hosting duties during the sketch comedy show's Oct. 24 episode. H.E.R. will be the night's musical guest.

As p
er Variety, 'Saturday Night Live' announced the news on Sunday, following the third episode of the show's 46th season.

Adele, who has not released new music since her 2015 album '25', took to Instagram to share her excitement about hosting the show.

"Bloooooody hellllll I'm so excited about this!! And also absolutely terrified! My first ever hosting gig and for SNL of all things!!!! I've always wanted to do it as a stand alone moment, so that I could roll up my sleeves and fully throw myself into it, but the time has never been right," the singer penned down in the caption. "But if there was ever a time for any of us to jump head first into the deep end with our eyes closed and hope for the best it's 2020 right?"

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"It'll be almost 12 years to the day that I first appeared on the show, during an election...which went on to break my career in America, so it feels full circle and I just couldn't possibly say no!" she added.

"I am beside myself that H.E.R will be the musical guest!! I love her SO much I can't wait to melt into a flaming hot mess when she performs, then confuse myself while I laugh my arse off in between it all." the 32-year-old concluded her caption. (ANI)

Shah Rukh Khan-Kajol's statue to be unveiled at London's 'Scenes in the Square' as DDLJ completes 25 years

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London [UK], October 19 (ANI): The statue of the iconic duo Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol from the film Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (DDLJ) will be featured in the Leicester Square's 'Scenes in the Square', Heart of London Business Alliance announced on Monday.

The statue is set to be unveiled in Spring 2021 when organisers hope that Khan and Kajol, who played Raj and Simran in the movie, will be able to travel to unveil the statue in a special celebratory event.

"It's fantastic to be adding such titans of international cinema to our trail as Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge is one of the most successful and important Bollywood films of all time, and it's exciting to be able to bring to the trail the first film that actually features Leicester Square as a location. This statue is a fitting tribute to the global popularity of Bollywood and the cultural bridges that cinema can help build, and we're in no doubt it will attract fans from all around the world," said Mark Williams, Director of Destination Marketing at Heart of London Business Alliance.

This will be the first ever long-term Bollywood statue erected in the United Kingdom. The announcement, thus, marks the 25th anniversary of Indian cinema's most loved film, DDLJ, and also coincides with the big 50th year celebrations of Yash Raj Films.

Avtar Panesar, Vice President of Special Projects at Yash Raj Films, said: "When Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge was released 25 years ago, it changed the face of the industry and captured the hearts of everyone who saw it. We're thrilled to be able to announce this statue, and to be the first film of Indian origin to be represented in 'Scenes in the Square'. We are honoured that these Bollywood superstars have been recognized alongside the Hollywood elite, from Gene Kelly to Laurel & Hardy, and this is a great way to express the international appeal of cinema."

The statue will join nine other film icons from the past 100 years, eight of which were unveiled in late February and recently granted longer term residency by Westminster Council to remain in Leicester Square until at least July 2023.

The love story of Raj and Simran began on a train from King's Cross Station and traveled across Europe and India. The location could not be more fitting, as Leicester Square featured in DDLJ in a scene when Raj and Simran first cross paths, albeit unbeknown to one another.

Helmed by debutant Aditya Chopra, DDLJ shattered all box office records and is one of the biggest all-time blockbusters in the history of Indian cinema. It also went on to become the longest-running Hindi film of all time. DDLJ is also the winner of a record-breaking 10 Filmfare Awards. (ANI)

Sky deal with NBCUniversal to bring DreamWorks animation series for customers

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Washington [US], October 19 (ANI): Pay TV giant Sky partnered with NBCUniversal global distribution to bring animated series from DreamWorks Animation to Sky customers in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

According to Variety, the pact follows deals with Discovery in June and Sony Pictures in July.

e DreamWorks Animation deal includes access to new spin-off series from film franchises such as 'How to Train Your Dragon,' 'Trolls' and 'Madagascar.' It will also include premieres of 'Madagascar: A Little Wild,' 'TrollsTopia' and 'Dragons Rescue Riders: Heroes of the Sky,' reported Variety.

Stephen van Rooyen, Executive Vice President and CEO UK and Europe Sky, said: "Our new partnership with NBCUniversal brings an impressive range of family favourites from DreamWorks Animation to Sky and NOW TV customers. Adding DreamWorks' loveable stories of dreams, journeys and heroes alongside our originals and our partner content means customers can access the content they love, all in one place - easy."

"Families are spending more time at home than ever before. As kids and adults alike love DreamWorks characters, hopefully, this will help them enjoy more moments together."

Belinda Menendez, president and CRO, global distribution and international, NBCUniversal, said: "We are delighted to expand upon our long-standing relationship with Sky and NOW TV through this new deal that brings a vibrant, compelling slate of animated TV series to bolster the Sky Kids platforms. DreamWorks Animation has an outstanding pedigree in the realm of kids content and we look forward to partnering with Sky to bring these beloved characters and stories to homes across the U.K. and Ireland for families to enjoy."

Sky already has over 5,000 episodes of on demand content from partners Viacom and Turner, and a host of Sky Kids Originals such as 'Moominvalley' and 'Morph.' Other shows include 'Peppa Pig,' 'Paw Patrol' and 'SpongeBob Squarepants.' (ANI)

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Taapsee Pannu shares stunning still from 'Haseen Dillruba'

Picture shared by Taapsee Pannu (Image courtesy: Instagram)

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India}, October 18 (ANI): Piquing the curiosity of fans for her upcoming flick, 'Haseen Dillruba', actor Taapsee Pannu on Sunday posted on social media a stunning picture of herself from the murder-mystery.

The 'Saand Ki Aankh' actor took to Instagram and shared a close-up one side picture of her face. In the snap, Taapsee is seen sporting a traditional gold nose pin embedded with contrasting red and white pearls alog with small gold earrings.

Pannu captioned the post "Verified "Tan Man ka dhan" Rani Kashyap back in the house ....#HaseenDilruba."

In December last year, the 'Pink' actor hinted at her role in the 'Haseen Dillruba' and shared a poster of the film. "I may be bad but I'm perfectly good at it" Stepping into the world of #HaseenDillruba. Can't wait for you guys to meet HER in theatres 18th September 2020," she said.

However, there is no information on the release date of the film, as the shooting was on halt due to coronavirus pandemic.

The film, a murder mystery also stars actor Vikrant Massey. 'Haseen Dillruba' is produced by Anand L Rai and directed by Vinil Mathew. (ANI)

Shlipa Shetty shares glimpse of her 'Sunday Binge' on sets of 'Hungama 2'

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Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], October 18 (ANI): Gorging on piping hot jalebis in chilly Manali, actor Shilpa Shetty Kundra sharing a glimpse of her 'Sunday Binge' said that she just can't resist the deliciousness of the sweet.

The 'Dhadkan' star posted a clip on Instagram in which she is seen savouring a jalebi that was prepared in front of her. Currently, the actor is shooting in Manali for 'Hungama 2'. In the clip, Shilpa seen in a saree and a chequered shawl says: " Kya ban raha hai dekho, dekho ye! Kya Hungama kar rahe hain hum set pe."

The 'Life in a metro' actor faces the camera and says "Maza aa gaya. Sunday binge guys," as she relishes the crispy sweet.

The actor noted in the caption," Weather: Super Cold Jalebi: Super Hot (delicious and crunchy ) Some matches are truly made in heaven. All necessary precautions were taken before we indulged ourselves; and I, finally, did a #SundayBinge on the sets after sooo looonnggg, but I just couldn't resist."

Apart from Shilpa, 'Hungama 2' stars Paresh Rawal, Meezaan Jaffery and South Indian actress Pranitha Subhash in pivotal roles.

Paresh Rawal, whose character was one of the highlights of 'Hungama' is reuniting with Priyadarshan after seven years. The duo has worked together in comedies like 'Hera Pheri', 'Bhagam Bhaag', and 'Malamaal Weekly'.

'Hungama 2' is slated to hit the theatres on 14 August 2020. (ANI)

AC/DC former bassist Paul Matters passes away

AC/DC former bassist Paul Matters passes away. (Photo: ANI)

Washington [US], October 18 (ANI): Australian rock band AC/DC former bass guitarist Paul Matters has passed away.

As per Fox News, Matters was in the band for a short period of time in 1975 while recording the album, 'High Voltage.' He was replaced by Mark Evans just weeks later, apparently at the request of Bon Scott, the band's lead vocalist.

Matters' friend Rod Westcome took to Facebook to reveal the news along with an old picture of the two.

In the caption, he wrote, "Shocked and sad to hear of the passing of Paul Matters. I first met Paul in 1973 when he was playing bass in 'Armageddon' at a gig in Hamilton, Newcastle N.S.W. When I was living in Toronto he would drop into the house in the late hours to party and he loved to party."

"In late '75 after he departed AC/DC we played together in a one off band called 'Miss Australia Band' at a gig on a ferry on Lake Macquarie," he continued.

Concluding his message, he said "From all reports, he lived a reclusive life in his later years and his early rock n' roll lifestyle led to ailing health. He will be missed by all who knew him."

According to Fox News, Matters' cause of death is unknown. (ANI)

Stage, screen actor Doreen Montalvo dies at 56

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Washington [US], October 18 (ANI): Actor Doreen Montalvo, who was known for her stage performance in 'In the Heights', died on Saturday. She was 56.

Montalvo's manager Steve Maihack confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that the actor has passed away after a sudden ailment.

He offered the statement published by The Hollywood Reporter, "Doreen didn't just light up the stage, she brightened the light in all of those around her. She was having quite the year with two films in the can and a new Broadway show...but she would be so happy to know she will live on through these projects and the outpouring of love from every corner of the business."

The actor has also performed in Broadway 'On Your Feet', while her off-Broadway and national tour credits include Giant and Flashdance.

She also appeared in various TV series including Law & Order, The Good Wife, Smash, One Life to Live, Elementary and Madam Secretary.

Montalvo survived by a husband and fellow stage actor Michael Mann in 2010 and step-children.

Her last screen credits will be in Jon M Chu's adaptation of 'In the Heights' and Steven Spielberg's West Side Story, as per The Hollywood Reporter'. (ANI)

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Justin Bieber releases 'Lonely' music video depicting 'dark side' of his childhood fame

A still from the music video of Justin Bieber's 'Lonely' (Image Source: Instagram)

Washington [US], October 17 (ANI): Musician Justin Bieber on Friday (local time) dropped the music video for his new track 'Lonely' featuring Benny Blanco.

According to Fox News, the music video sees the pop star exploring the dark side of childhood fame.

The 26-year-old singer rose to stardom at th
e age of 16 years with the release of his album 'My World 2.0,' after he was discovered on YouTube at the age of 13.

The visuals for "Lonely" feature young actor Jacob Trembley portraying the role of the teenage Bieber. The video shows how isolated the pop star felt despite growing up in the spotlight.

"Maybe when I'm older it'll all calm down, but it's killing me now/ What if you had it all but nobody to call, maybe then you'd know me/ Cause I've had everything, but no one's listening, that's just (expletive) lonely," Bieber croons in the song.

"Everybody knows my past now, like my house was always made of glass/ Maybe that's the price you pay for the money and fame at an early age," the lyrics of the song go.

The 'Cold Water' singer had previously spoken about how hard it had been for him to strike the balance between a normal childhood and success.

According to Fox News, Bieber had also spoken about addiction and had revealed that he had dealt with mental health issues including depression, anxiety, and ADHD. (ANI)

Navratri has tremendous possibilities, let's enhance our energy system: Kangana Ranaut

Actor Kangana Ranaut at a temple. (Image Source: Twitter)

New Delhi [India], October 17 (ANI): Urging everyone to "work on enhancing our energy system", actor Kangana Ranaut on Saturday extended her greetings as the holy festival of Navratri began.

The Queen actor took to Twitter to share a throwback picture of herself from a Shakti temple seeking blessings from the Mother Goddess.

She wrote how the festival of Navratri can bring in "tremendous possibilities," for everyone.

"Shiva is absolute nothingess Shakti is the play of energy which means Shakti is everything #Navratri has tremendous possibilities, let's work on enhancing our energy system #Navratri2020," she tweeted.

The celebrations of Sharad (autumn) Navratri involve worshipping Goddess Durga and her nine forms. The fun-filled festival is celebrated in different ways across the country. Over the next nine days, devotees offer their prayers to Goddess Durga and observe fasts.

Also known as Sharad Navratri, the occasion is believed to mark Goddess Durga's victory over demon Mahishasura, signifying the victory of good over evil.

The 10th day of Sharad Navratri is celebrated as Dussehra or Vijaya Dashami. (ANI)

'Laxmmi Bomb' director reveals why film's title was changed from 'Kanchana'

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Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], October 17 (ANI): Raghava Lawrence, the director of Akshay Kumar and Kiara Advani starrer upcoming film 'Laxmmi Bomb' recently revealed why the film's title was changed from the original title 'Kanchana'.

On being asked about the reason behind changing the title for the Hindi remake of his Tamil film 'Kanchana', Lawrence said, "Our Tamil film was named after the main lead character Kanchana. Kanchana means 'gold' which is a form of Lakshmi. Earlier I considered going the same way for the Hindi remake but we collectively decided that the name must appeal to the Hindi audience as well and what better than Laxmmi."

"By god's grace, it was turning out to be a cracker of a film, so we named it 'Laxmmi Bomb'. Like a dhamaka of Laxmmi Bomb cannot be missed, the transgender lead character is powerful and radiant. Hence the name fits perfectly," he added.

The filmmaker further talked about why he chose to film a story that emphasises on the transgender community. To which he responded saying, "I run a trust and a few transgenders approached my trust for help. When I heard their story, I felt like I wanted to tell their story to everyone through the character called Laxmi in this movie. After watching the film audiences will know what I am talking about."

The director further dished on his thoughts on the idea of helming a movie that for the first time had a mainstream Bollywood actor playing a transgender character.

He said, "after 'Kanchana' released in Tamil, the movie received huge appreciation from transgenders. They directly came to my home and blessed me. So, in Hindi when Akshay sir is playing the role, I believe that the message will reach an even wider audience. My special thanks to Akshay sir for accepting and playing this role."

Last week, the 'Khiladi' actor shared the trailer of 'Laxmmi Bomb' Akshay is playing the characters of 'Asif' and 'Laxmmi', one is trying to convince the parents of Kiara, while the other has come to take revenge.

The character of 'Asif' does not believe in ghosts as a dialogue confirms-- "Jis din sach mein mere samne bhoot aaya na, toh maa kasam choodiya pehn lunga. (The day a ghost appears before me in reality, I swear by my mother that I will wear bangles)." Later in the trailer, he is seen admiring his hands full of red bangles, while the same dialogue can be heard in the background. As the trailer moves forward, the carpet of both comedy and horror rolls out in snippets.

The movie is set to premiere on November 9, 2020, on DisneyPlus Hotstar. (ANI)

Friday, October 16, 2020

Abhishek Kapoor a master in capturing human emotions: Vaani ahead of shooting new film by him

Vaani Kapoor

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], October 16 (ANI): Bollywood actor Vaani Kapoor, who is all set to start shooting for her next film with Ayushmann Khurrana, has termed her director Abhishek Kapoor a "master in capturing human emotions."

"Abhishek is a master when it comes to capturing human emotions. He has done it brilliantly in films like Rock On!!, Kai Po Che, Kedarnath among others," she said.

"I was awed by the way he depicted the story of three friends in 'Kai Po Che.' It was real, it was simple but complicated and it was heartbreaking but beautiful. I cannot wait to work with him because I feel I will learn a lot on the sets of this progressive love story," she added.

The Befikre actor also said that she is grateful for the good reviews she got for her last release WAR, in which she was paired opposite Hrithik Roshan.

"It was a huge film with megastars. It was Hrithik and Tiger coming together for the first time on screen and I also happened to be a part of a big song. I may have had a smaller part to play in the film but it was substantial," she said.

Kapoor recently wrapped up the shooting of Bellbottom, in which she is paired opposite Akshay Kumar. (ANI

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