Mumbai, Sep 20 Actress Swara Bhasker, who has carved a niche in Bollywood with her acting skills, has said that she still feels like a student at heart, and she asks too many questions to her directors and writers while shooting a film.
Swara was interacting with the media at the Celebrate Cinema Festival 2019 organised by Whistling Woods International along with Meghna Ghai Puri, Prakash Jha, Hrithik Roshan, Neeraj Ghaywan and Anjum Rajabali on Friday in Mumbai. She was a panelist at the festival.
"I never believe I have made a transition from being a student to a panelist. I feel I am still a student at heart because I have so many questions to ask and I realise that when I am working on a film set. My approach for every role is like a student. I make notes out of scripts and I ask too many questions to the director and writer while shooting for a film. I enjoy doing that," said Swara, who has worked in films such as the "Tanu Weds Manu" series, "Raanjhanaa", "Prem Ratan Dhan Payo", "Nil Battey Sannata" and "Veere Di Wedding".
Sharing her feeling about attending Celebrate Cinema Festival 2019 as a panelist, Swara said: "I feel that it is very necessary to have freedom of discussion and freedom of raising questions in an educational institution. I feel if you are not raising your doubts or questions in an educational institution, then you will not be able to learn properly. Discussion and knowledge shouldn''t be restricted. It should be made available to everyone. I feel this kind of festivals makes it possible for students to gather knowledge beyond their classrooms."
Talking about her next projects, Swara said: "I am producing my next film and I will act in it as well. Right now, it''s in scripting stage and it''s about to go on floors. I have also written the story for one film, and soon it will go on floors, too. My next release would be a web series titled ''Rasbhari'' which will be streamed on Amazon Prime Videos."
Swara Bhasker was last seen in "Veere Di Wedding" (2018) along with Kareena Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor and Shikha Talsania.
Mumbai, Sep 20 Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli's throwback moment on Twitter has set off a buzz, with fans comparing his hairstyle from the younger days with Salman Khans distinct hairdo in the hit movie "Tere Naam".
On Friday, Virat took to Twitter to share the throwback photograph of himself.
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) September 20, 2019
"Me looking at my younger self going #Throwback #16yearsold," he wrote along with the photograph.
In the first image, the style icon can be seen posing for a portrait photograph in his teens, and in the second he looks fit in a casual T-shirt.
For the fans, the image brought them memories of Salman's character Radhey in "Tere Naam", and his iconic hairstyle.
"Your younger hairstyle was the same as Salman Khan hairstyle in 'Tere Naam'," one user wrote, while another exclaimed: "Wow".
Mumbai, Sep 20 Sanjay Dutt has penned a heartfelt note for Mahesh Bhatt on the latters birthday, expressing his gratitude to the veteran filmmaker for standing by him at a time when he needed a friend.
"I read somewhere that a friend is someone who understands your past, believes in your future and accepts you just the way you are. Luckily, I got to experience this kind of friendship with you. When the entire world turned their blind eye to me, you were standing tall right beside me. On your 71st birthday, accept this letter as a token of gratitude for everything you have done for my family and me," Dutt wrote on Twitter.
— Sanjay Dutt (@duttsanjay) September 20, 2019
Talking about their friendship, the "Sadak" actor wrote: "Like an old couple, we have become veterans in the film industry sailing in the same ship which keeps gliding even in the stormiest night…Besides, professionally, you are my biggest support system. Your unwavering faith gave me courage in the darkest time of my life. You are a living inspiration for everyone who knows you."
Sanjay Dutt has worked in Mahesh Bhatt films such as "Sadak" (1991), "Naam" (1986), "Gumrah" (1993) and "Kartoos" (1999). The actor-director duo pairs up again for "Sadak 2", a sequel to the 1991 romantic-thriller "Sadak", which starred Sanjay Dutt with Pooja Bhatt.
"Sadak 2" features Dutt and Pooja with Alia Bhatt and Aditya Roy Kapoor, and is expected to hit theatres in July next year.
Mumbai, Sep 20 Alia Bhatt happily struck a pose with "Sun raha hai na tu" hitmaker Ankit Tiwari's daughter Aryaa, who was named by the actress' father and filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt.
Ankit took to Instagram to post a photo in which Alia is smiling at the camera and Aryaa is comfortably resting on shoulder of a woman.
"No caption needed. Aryaa and Alia. Both are looking sweet hai na? @aliaabhatt
#aryaatiwari #aliabhatt #alia #alia #AnkitTiwari #ankittiwarionline #ankititansfans #ankitiwarilive," he captioned it.
The Bhatt family and Ankit share a close bond.
Ankit had earlier told IANS: "Bhatt Saab gave me a break and introduced me to this industry. Whatever I am today is because of him. And for my daughter, I wanted the same. After her arrival, I wanted her to seek Bhatt Saab's blessings."
The singer-composer even wished Mahesh Bhatt on his birthday on Friday.
"#happybirthday @maheshfilm sir. You are like my teacher Sir. A teacher who is more than a friend, a guide, a mentor ,a source of inspiration. Many many happy returns of the day sir, hope it brings joy and happiness in the coming year. #happybirthday #maheshbhatt @poojab1972 @aliaabhatt #Sadak2 #thankful #positivevibes," he posted on Instagram.
Mumbai, Sep 20 Alia Bhatt has a super-cute birthday message for dad Mahesh Bhatt, who she calls "a good guy", the "best", the "wisest", "funny" and "super-talented".
Alia took to Twitter on Friday and posted, "Hey pops. It's been great knowing you for the last 26 years.. you're a good guy. Probably the best.. also the wisest.. also you're very funny.. did I tell you I think you're super talented too? Happy Birthday Daddy There is NO ONE like you..I love you @MaheshNBhatt".
On the work front, the filmmaker is coming up with "Sadak 2", a sequel to the 1991 romantic thriller "Sadak" which starred his daughter Pooja Bhatt and Sanjay Dutt. "Sadak 2" also stars Sanjay Dutt, Pooja Bhatt and Alia Bhatt along with other actors.
Mumbai, Sep 20 Bollywood actor Arjun Kapoor has hilariously trolled actress Alia Bhatt over her African safari Vlog.
Alia, who recently went on vacation with her reported beau and actor Ranbir Kapoor in Kenya, took to Instagram to announce her latest Vlog from the trip.
In the video, the "Raazi" actress can be seen savouring the local cuisine, interacting with the locals and embracing all things wild.
She ends the video saying: "Even if you spot a lion or a buffalo, just try to stand completely still, they'll walk away. If you run, they'll chase you."
Before sharing her YouTube video, Alia shared a candid pic of herself, which she captioned as, "Welcome to the jungle New vlog on my beautiful African Safari now up.. Link in bio."
Responding to the caption, Arjun wrote that it's 'Vlog' and not 'vlog', as the "Udta Punjab" actress had written.
Following this, Alia's best friend Akansha Ranjan Kapoor took the actress's side.
Giving it back to Arjun for trolling Alia, Akansha wrote: "It's a millennial thing. Tum naghi samjhoge."
New Delhi, Sep 20 Indian talent shines bright in the nomination list for this years International Emmy Awards, but don't confuse it with the Primetime Emmy awards gala.
India has got several nods at the 2019 International Emmy Awards, and all the credit goes to Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.
Saif Ali Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui's "Sacred Games" has bagged nomination in the Best Drama section, and Netflix's anthology "Lust Stories" has been nominated under the Best Miniseries category. Actress Radhika Apte has been nominated for Best Actress for her performance in "Lust Stories", and Sunidhi Chauhan's "The Remix" is competing in the non-scripted entertainment category with nominees from Argentina, Belgium and the UK.
There's a catch here.
The International Emmy awards are a separate event from the main awards -- known as the Primetime Emmy Awards -- which recognises shows produced in the US. In fact, they have a much greater legacy because they have been around since 1949.
The 71st Primetime gala, which are bestowed by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, will be held on September 22 in Los Angeles, while the International Emmy Awards will be held on November 25 in New York.
Sunday's Primetime gala will honour the best of the small screen of last year, with "Game Of Thrones", "Chernobyl", "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel", "Barry" and "Fosse/Verdon" being in contention for top awards.
The International Emmy Awards on the other hand recognises excellence in television programming produced outside the US. They are presented annually by the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences since 1973. The 47th edition of the award will be held in November in New York.
When it comes to this year's International Emmy Awards nominations, which span 21 countries across 11 categories, Brazil and the UK lead the pack.
There's more to the Emmy story.
American daytime television programming is honoured with the Daytime Emmy Awards, generally held in May or June. Then there's Sports Emmys to recognise the best in sports programming, and News and Documentary Emmys to spot the best in national news and documentary programming.
Creatives working on significant developments on the engineering and technological aspects of television are honoured by the Primetime Engineering Emmy Awards. There's a regional chapter in the whole story with around 20 bodies in the US handing out Regional Emmys to identify great talent in the regional television markets.
In addition, there are Emmy awards for excellent students, highest achievement Emmy and an Emmy to recognise great public service.
By Arundhuti Banerjee
Mumbai, Sep 20 The National award-winning actress Priyamani, who stars in the web series "The Family Man" alongside Manoj Bajpayee, says, without degrading what other actors may feel about the issue, she avoids intimate scenes because such content is not suitable for a family audience.
"I do not want to associate myself with sexual content on the webspace. Honestly, I understand that as an actor I should be comfortable with playing different characters. I am also not degrading those actors who are part of stories that require intimate scenes, but as an actress, I wouldn't be doing any scene that requires smooching and making out. I am not comfortable," Priyamani told IANS.
The new web series, streaming on Amazon Prime Video from Friday, tells the story of a middle-aged, middle-class commoner who is on a mission to achieve something extraordinary in order to protect the country.
Priyamani plays his wife.
Sharing the insight of her character in the show, the celebrated south Indian actress said: "My character Suchitra is a housewife who is constantly balancing everything in her life including her family. I think women have the natural ability to do multi-tasking."
"So when her husband is not there, she becomes the father of the children and spends quality time with them. She is the boss of the house but at the same time she has the desire to explore new opportunity as a professional," she said.
"As a wife, since she does not know what her husband really does, and living under the impression that he is a government officer who does a desk job, she misunderstood her husband. in the course of the narrative, however, she discovers more, about her husband," she added.
Starting her a career in 2003 with the Tamil film "Ullam", Priyamani has acted in films like "Paruthiveeran", "Thirakkatha", "Mana Oori", and "Ramayanam" among others.
While the actress is interested in exploring more opportunities in Hindi cinema, she hopes the show will help her get a lot of film offers, but she mentioned that she would not be able to wear the bikini, like many other mainstream Bollywood heroines.
"When I wore the swimsuit for the first time in one of my earlier films, I received flak from people who asked me why I was doing so, and if I was trying to build a ‘glamourous' image. In south India, the audience is more traditional than the Bollywood cinegoers. Having said that I applaud those girls who have the confidence to flaunt their skin very gracefully on-screen. It is just that I am not comfortable with that idea," said Priyamani.
The show "The Family Man" is directed by Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK. The show also features Sharib Hashmi, Darshan Kumar, Gul Panag, Dalip Tahil among others.
(Arundhuti Banerjee can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org)
New Delhi, Sep 20 Radhika Apte says it's a great feeling to be nominated in the Best Performance By An Actress at the International Emmy Awards for her act in the Netflix anthology "Lust Stories".Nominations for the 2019 International Emmy Awards were announced on Thursday by the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
Radhika will compete against Jenna Coleman from the UK, Brazil's Marjorie Estiano and Marina Gera from Hungary. "Lust Stories" is also nominated in the TV Movie/ Mini-Series category.
"It's a great feeling to be appreciated for your efforts and also I'm thrilled that Indian content is at par with today's world television," Radhika said exclusively to IANS.
"The new digital platforms have made it possible for us to better our content and have given us the platform to put it up. I'm absolutely thrilled that both 'Sacred Games' and 'Lust Stories' are nominated," she added.
"Sacred Games", featuring Radhika, has a chance to win in the Drama Series category at the awards ceremony, which will be held on November 25 in New York.
Jaipur, Sep 20 The Rajasthan High Court on Friday ordered the quashing of an FIR lodged against Bollywood film producer Boney Kapoor on charges of duping an investor of Rs 2.5 crore in the name of organising a Celebrity Cricket League.
The alleged victim, Praveen Shyam Sethi, a resident of Ramnagaria in Jagatpura, registered an FIR in June this year against three people namely Boney Kapoor, one Mustafa Raj and the director of the Signature Cricket League -- Pawan Jangid -- for allegedly duping him in the name of unrealistic returns on his investment in the Celebrity Cricket League.
The complainant and his friend made a huge investment, but the league was not organised. Hence, an FIR was lodged at Pratap Nagar police station.
A legal team from Boney Kapoor's office confirmed that the FIR has been quashed against him but not against the other two accused. The order copy from the court is yet to come but the judgement is out.
In his plea, Kapoor said that knowing Mustafa, he attended the press conference at his request but he never collected any money from him.
The court had reserved the verdict on September 16 after hearing both the sides and on Friday, while announcing the verdict, it quashed the FIR against Kapoor.