Vaani Kapoor is thrilled that she got the opportunity to work opposite Akshay Kumar in the upcoming film 'Bell Bottom', a film in which she has a small but impactful role.
The actress says the decision to do the film was instant because she got a chance to share the screen with the actor.
"I'm fortunate to have got the opportunity to work with one of the icons of Hindi cinema today, Akshay Kumar sir. I'm deeply thankful for his trust and faith. I have a small but impactful role in 'Bell Bottom' which I'm hoping will be loved by audiences and critics alike," Vaani said.
The actress is thrilled with her journey and opened up about her instant decision on working with Akshay.
"I'm just thrilled that my journey in cinema so far has enabled me to be a part of the film and the fact that I could share screen space with Akshay sir, who is larger than life and such a great person, the decision was a no-brainer," he said.
Vaani also shared a secret that her father, Shiv Kapoor, is a huge fan of Akshay and he was ecstatic that the actress had an offer to do a big film opposite him.
She said: "I also have to share that my dad is a huge fan of Akshay Kumar and he was ecstatic that I was getting the opportunity to work with him. It was also amazing to see my dad so happy that I would be working with this megastar whose work he has loved for so long. He was just over the moon when I broke the news to him."
Vaani added: "So, for all these reasons, 'Bell Bottom' is a truly memorable film for me. I hope that it is loved by audiences worldwide."
She will be next seen in 'Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui', opposite Ayushmann Khurrana and 'Shamshera' opposite Ranbir Kapoor.
Our answer to JLo... Malaika Arora, but don't take our word for it, check out her latest photoshoot which is proof enough!
The diva, who is a few yeas shy of fifty did a promotional photoshoot, looking drop-dead gorgeous in a one-shoulder gown. The star will be seen as a judge in the upcoming reality show Supermodel of the Year season 2.
Her stylist Maneka Harisinghani posted the photos on Instagram. Malaika is dripping gold in a label Slubne Atelier OrOr by designer Patrycja Kujawa which features a thigh-baring risque slit.
The ensemble with a metallic silver corset and sweetheart neckline shows off the star's envious curves. Harisinghani captioned the pictures: "Set FIRE to the R.A.I.N..."
Rajpal Yadav, who has been in the film industry for 24 years, says he is happy with what he has achieved till date. However, the talented actor, who is mostly known for his comic roles, says he has broken stereotypes and tried to avoid getting typecast.
"I'm very happy with what I've done till today. From day one I had decided that I would never repeat a character that I have played. Actors get typecast very quickly. So even if I'm offered a similar kind of role, I change its mentality. An actor cannot change his physique but the mentality can be changed," Rajpal Yadav told IANS.
The actor also revealed what he did to break stereotypes.
"I've done all possible variety of roles from negative to comedy to lead and supporting. Some people say, you should not play supporting characters once you've played the lead role. But I have done that and I enjoy breaking these theories," he added.
Among the kind of roles that he has portrayed on the screen, Rajpal is known for the comic ones. How easy or difficult is it for him to nail a comic role?
"Nothing is easy," replied the actor, adding, "But if your director is good, then the task becomes even more easy for the actor. If you are not understanding a situation and unable to properly communicate with your director, then that reflects on the screen as well."
Talking about his personal and professional life, how have things changed amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic?
"The entire world has been affected by the pandemic, from travelling to shooting to sports and everything. Can anyone imagine that the Olympics would be held without an audience? I believe in the saying 'jaisa desh vaisa bhesh'. So I will try to live according to the way other citizens of our country are living," he suggested.
On the work front, the actor's latest is the digitally-released comedy film 'Hungama 2' directed by Priyadarshan. Rajpal has collaborated with the filmmaker earlier in hilarious films like 'Bhool Bhulaiyaa', 'Hungama', 'Bhagam Bhag' and others.
Opening up on collaborating with Priyadarshan once again, he said: "Whenever I have worked with Priyan Ji, I have experienced a new thrill and I'm very happy to be a part of his Hungama 2 as well. Priyan Ji is an expert with comedy of errors. The miscommunication, running around and complicated situations he creates on the screen, he does it without an iota of confusion in his mind. He does his homework properly, is very focused and energetic on the set."
With films mostly releasing on OTT platforms in the present time, does it make a difference to him as an actor?
"I want OTT platforms to become very successful and at the same time cinema halls should also start functioning soon. I would like to thank OTT platforms for releasing our films at a time when theatres are closed because of the pandemic. Because of them, at least our films are reaching the audience," the actor concluded.
Also starring Paresh Rawal, Shilpa Shetty Kundra, Meezaan Jafri and Pranitha Subhash, 'Hungama 2' streams on Disney+ Hotstar
Singer Neha Bhasin has been named as the first confirmed contestant of the new season of the controversial reality show 'Bigg Boss OTT'.
The news of Neha entering the show has been confirmed by the streaming portal Voot. Names of the other celebrities who will be seen in the show are still under wraps.
Neha is known for lending her voice for popular Bollywood numbers such as "Swag se swagat", "Asalaam-e-ishqum", "Heeriye" and "Jag ghoomeya", among many others.
'Bigg Boss OTT' marks the 15th season of the reality show 'Bigg Boss'. Filmmaker Karan Johar has been roped in to host the digital version, which premieres on August 8 on Voot.
Karan will anchor the drama for the six-week run of 'Bigg Boss OTT'.
After the completion of the digital exclusive, the show will move into Colors with the launch of Season 15 of 'Bigg Boss', hosted by Bollywood superstar Salman Khan.
The growing popularity of the OTT space has helped in bringing talented actors to the forefront and one such name is Pankaj Tripathi, who has amassed a big fan following with his portrayal of Kaleen Bhaiya from 'Mirzapur' and Guruji from 'Sacred Games'.
He has often been called the "king" of the digital space. The 44-year-old actor credits the audience for all the love they have showered on him.
"I am humbled and it feels really good to be so loved. I'm thankful to all the viewers who decide whom to make the 'King' and the 'Queen' from among us actors - we actors call such viewers the intelligent and thinking audience - and I'm very thankful to them," Pankaj said.
The actor stressed that the numbers game in the industry keeps shuffling up and down.
He said: "I believe that originality means creating a space in the audience's hearts with good storytelling and performances that they wouldn't just like but also get inspired from."
"You see, the numbers game in the industry keeps shuffling up and down, but the most important thing to remember is to continue being a part of great stories so it reaches the hearts of the audience."
He feels thankful to be recognised for the work he does.
Pankaj concluded: "When I get to hear of the news where the audience is talking about the craft...personalities, and their preferences when it comes to content, it makes us actors feel very humbled and thankful to them for recognising the work that we do."
He has redefined high-octane action entertainers with his death-defying stunts, power-packed performances and sprinkle of laughter with witty lines. Filmmaker Rohit Shetty, who has given a new meaning to action cinema agrees that the genre in Hindi cinema has immensely evolved.
Rohit, who currently awaits the release of his film 'Sooryavanshi' told IANS: "It has evolved a lot especially because of the exposure to the west. We have technicians from all over the world coming to India and working in our films. The same team who worked in Cape Town on 'Fear Factor' have done a lot of stunts with me in my films as well."
The 48-year-old filmmaker, who has given a gamut of hit franchises such as 'Golmaal', 'Singham', films like 'Simmba' and 'Chennai Express', added: "Because of the kind of budgets with which we operate and the evolution of the CGI technology, our action has definitely evolved a lot in a good measure."
Shetty has had a track record of his masala entertainers featuring Bollywood biggies such as Ajay Devgn, Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone and Shah Rukh Khan being super-hits at the box-office.
Talking about how he has managed to have a 100 per cent hit track record with all his films, Shetty has no clue.
He laughed: "That I really don't know."
The filmmaker, who was a stunt double for actor Akshay Kumar in the movie 'Suhaag', just feels he is "lucky".
"All I can say is that I am blessed and that I am lucky that they (the audience) like my films and I am thankful to them that I have reached here today," he added.
Shetty has always pushed the envelope when it has come to his films. He has dabbled in action, comedy and even sprinkled romance on his movies.
He does not have a favourite genre as he says he just enjoys shooting.
"I enjoy shooting; be it films or 'Khatron Ke Khiladi'. I only work when I am going to enjoy doing that otherwise I won't do it," he said.
Asked his mantra to handle difficult people and situations calmly, Shetty shared: "I think one has to adapt and realise that everybody is not going to be on the same page as you are. One also has to be patient with everyone because every individual is different where thinking is concerned."
He shared that being patient is the key.
"It is also important to know how well people are trained when it comes to action. As far as Khatron Ke Khiladi is concerned, the contestants are not trained for action, so you need to keep that in mind and be very calm," he said.
The filmmaker is currently seen hosting the 11th season of 'Khatron Ke Khiladi' on Colors.
Actress Hina Khan, whose film "Lines" recently released on an OTT platform, had to shoot scenes involving bike rides for which she learnt how to ride a bike in order to ace the part.
Hina plays the role of Nazia in the film, which traces the life of a family living in a small village on the Kargil borders and how an outbreak of war changes their lives. The film stars Hina alongside well-known actress Farida Jalal.
Hina practised on a Yamaha bike of the '90s. She had to learn how to ride a bike from scratch, but got a hold of it within a week.
Sharing her experience, Hina told IANS: "When I noted that there is a scene in which I have to ride a bike, it was shocking. I was so nervous as I had never ridden a bike before and had to start from scratch.
"I did fall a couple of times and got injured too, but nothing major happened thankfully. It was all worth it in the end. And yes, it was tough, but it was super fun as well."
The Akshay Kumar-starrer spy thriller "Bell Bottom" will now have a theatrical release on August 19.
The film's release was pushed from April 2021 to July 27 due to the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic in the country.
Akshay shared the news on Twitter, along with a motion poster of the film featuring the entire cast of the film.
"Mission: To Entertain you on the BIG SCREEN Date: August 19, 2021 Announcing the arrival of #BellBottom! #BellBottomInCinemasAug19 @vashubhagnani @humasqureshi @LaraDutta @ranjit_tiwari @jackkybhagnani @honeybhagnani @monishaadvani @madhubhojwani @nikkhiladvani @EmmayEntertain," Akshay tweeted.
"Bell Bottom" is an espionage thriller set in the 1980s. The film was largely shot in Glasgow, Scotland, amid lockdown. Ranjit M. Tewari's directorial also stars Vaani Kapoor, Lara Dutta Bhupathi and Huma Qureshi.
Prabhas starrer period romantic drama "Radhe Shyam" will hit the big screen on January 14, next year.
Prabhas shared the film's poster on Instagram on Friday morning. In the poster, the actor looks dapper in a classic black suit and is seen carrying a briefcase in one hand.
For the caption, he wrote: "Can't wait for you all to watch my romantic saga, #RadheShyam, which has a brand new release date - 14th January, 2022 worldwide!"
"Radhe Shyam" also marks Prabhas' return to the romantic genre after a gap of almost a decade. It also stars actress Pooja Hegde.
The multilingual film is helmed by Radha Krishna Kumar, presented by Gulshan Kumar and T-Series.
Mumbai, July 27 (IANS) On a day when businessman Raj Kundra, who stands accused in a pornography case, was sent to 14-day judicial custody by a Mumbai court, former "Bigg Boss" contestant Sofia Hayat said on Tuesday that it is not uncommon for Bollywood aspirants to be tricked into shooting for pornographic films by unscurpulous businessmen.
"A casting agent once said to me that there was an intimate scene and I have to show the director how well I can act for it," recalled Hayat, who had entered "Bigg Boss 7" as a wild card entry.
"I knew this was a trick because professionals would never ask any artiste to perform such a scene. I have done two love scenes in my career, and although I am not inhibited about such scenes, it was a closed set and nobody had asked me to perform the scenes before the shoot," she said.
Bollywood aspirants, Hayat said, should beware of such propositions. She added that pornography desensitised people from love and spoke in favour of it being treated by the courts on a par with rape.
"It switches people off love and only allows lust. Anyone selling porn is an enemy to the energy of love," Hayat said.
Some of her professional work, she added, was screen-recorded and uploaded to apps like the one that is being investigated for Kundra's alleged links with it. "Pornography is a violation of the rights of a woman and courts must treat it like rape," Hayat said.
She also pointed out that a number of businessmen took advantage of young women in the film industry. Their only motivation is money -- and what they did to women was the equivalent of rape, she said.
Aditya Roy Kapur has been roped in to star in the Hindi remake of the Tamil hit film 'Thadam'. He says as an actor, getting a chance to do a double role is double the preparation and challenge.
Based on true events, this yet-to-be-titled thriller will see Aditya Roy Kapur in a double role for the very first time in two completely different avatars. Helmed by debutant director Vardhan Ketkar the film is tentatively planned to go on floors in September this year.
"I am inspired and excited to be part of telling such an interesting story. The original film was incredibly riveting and entertaining, and it left a lasting impression on me. As an actor, getting a chance to do a double role is double the preparation and double the challenge, and I'm certainly up for it," Aditya said.
Talking about his latest association with Murad Khetani and working again with Aditya, producer Bhushan Kumar said: "When Murad Bhai shared the idea of the Hindi remake of Thadam I was excited as it had received a lot of acclaim down south. Working with like-minded people is always fun, that is why I like collaborating with Murad Bhai."
Since the release of 'Thadam' in 2019, producer Murad Khetani was keen to make the film for the Hindi audience.
"When I watched 'Thadam' I instantly knew that this story needs to reach the masses. Soon after I reached out to the Tamil makers and acquired the rights of making this film in Hindi. When I shared the story with Bhushanji, he came on board immediately. Aditya has been doing great work and his image as an action hero is being highly appreciated," Khetani added.
The film is being produced by Bhushan Kumar's T-Series and Murad Khetani's Cine1 Studios.