Thursday, 27 April 2017

'Baahubali' team cancels premiere after Vinod Khanna's demise

The team of film #Baahubali2TheConclusion, has canceled the films premiere which was to take place on Thursday, as a mark of respect for veteran Bollywood actor-politician, who died on Thursday. He was 70.

"We are deeply saddened by the loss of our beloved, the legendary Vinod Khanna. The demise has come as a huge shock to all of us. As a mark of respect for our dearly departed, the premiere event of 'Baahubali : The Conclusion' is now cancelled. Love and remembrance, Karan Johar, SS Rajamouli and the entire team of Baahubali," read a statement released on behalf of filmmakers Karan Johar, S S Rajamouli and the other team members.

Karan is presenting the Hindi version of the film.

Modi condoles Vinod Khanna's death

Prime Minister #Narendra_Modi on Thursday condoled the death of veteran Bollywood actor-turned-politician #Vinod_Khanna who died after a prolonged illness. He was 70.

"Will always remember Vinod Khanna as a popular actor, dedicated leader and a wonderful human. Pained by his demise. My condolences," Modi tweeted.

Khanna was admitted to Sir H.N. Reliance Foundation Hospital in Mumbai in the first week of April and breathed his last at 11.20 a.m. on Thursday due to advanced bladder carcinoma. 

The actor was the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Lok Sabha member from Gurdaspur in Punjab. He was into his fourth term as MP from the seat.

Veteran actor-BJP politician Vinod Khanna dead

Veteran Bollywood actor-turned-politician and former union Minister #Vinod_Khanna died here on Thursday morning after a prolonged illness, a family friend said. He was 70.

Khanna was hospitalized over a month ago for cancer but the family then remained tight-lipped.

Khanna is survived by his former wife Geetanjali and their sons Akshaye and Rahul, who are now actors, and his present wife Kavita and son Sakshi and daughter Shraddha.

The senior Khanna was admitted to Sir H.N. Reliance Foundation Hospital in the first week of April.

Walk in nature and shake off the summer heat

Just "walk it off", is what most people say to cool others down. The coming months will surely hit you with soaring temperatures. How about challenging yourself by #hiking or simply traversing a plantation? To beat the heat, merge with #nature by walking through a #rainforest or in a stream and then wink back at the sun.

A relaxing spa therapy or scrumptious meal easily make it to the to-do list when you check into a hotel. How about opting for nature walks organised by some of the luxury hotels in the country?

The Lalit Resort & Spa in Bekal, north Kerala, is surrounded by picturesque gardens, organic farms and a river. The guests are shown the coral lake, a walk around the river and more.

They have also tied up for a plantation trek with Ratnakaran from Thonikadavu in Kasargod district, Kerala. Guided by Ratnakaran, guests can take a walk through plantation where they can find coconut, walnut, cashew, papaya, black pepper and betel nut trees.

Stone, Lawrence 'saved' Brie Larson's life

Oscar-winning actress #Brie_Larson has revealed that her friends and actresses #Emma_Stone and #Jennifer_Lawrence saved her life and came to her rescue at a low point during the promotional whirlwind for her 2015 film "Room".

"I felt lonely and bad sometimes. I was embarrassed to keep talking about myself. Emma wrote this beautiful e-mail out of nowhere, and then one day Jen sent me a text message after she saw ‘Room', and we started talking," Larson told Vanity Fair magazine, reports

The text, Larson revealed, ended up being a group chat including actresses Lena Dunham and Amy Schumer.

'Lipstick Under My Burkha' cleared for theatrical release

Feminist drama #LipstickUnderMyBurkha is cleared for a theatrical release in India after the country's Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT), decided that the film can be issued an adult certificate, equivalent to an NC-17 rating.

At a press conference on Wednesday, producer of the film Prakash Jha was asked to comment on their victory. "I am very happy for the film, after our battle with censorship, 'Lipstick Under My Burkha' cleared with A certificate and will be released soon," Jha said.

"I really laughed when I heard the CBFC (Central Board of Film Certification) decision and the way they had interpreted the whole film. It was ridiculous to interpret a story like that. Our society and all other societies have stereotyped women's existence. Women should look, think, behave, dream or do anything in a particular way which is entirely male oriented. They (women) will be part of our life but the way we (men) want them to be. Women cannot think, dream or talk about their career or satisfaction," the "Rajneeti" helmer said.

Want to be a smart producer: Richa Chadda

Bollywood actress #Richa_Chadda who is producing Punjabi short film #KhoonAliChithi says that she wants to be a smart producer by making films which will not only benefit cinema but also prove profitable for her and financers.

Present at the screening of the film on Wednesday, Richa was asked about the comercials involved in short films compared to feature film.

"For short films, profits are low but at the same time investments are also low. People don't sell their homes to make short films. It's just one month earnings which is easily recoverable," the "Masaan" actress said.

"Also I want to be a smart producer. I will never make a film which would only benefit cinema. But I want to make films which benefits me and my financers and at the same time it has to be meaningful," she said.

The actress, who was part of realistic films like "Gangs of Wasseypur" and "Sarabjit", said: "Since ages we have been told that only entertaining cinema is profitable and there is no money in realistic cinema. But its not true. In fact real life is more entertaining. Even biopics work."

Katie Price not a fan of Kim's 'big' derriere

British TV personality and glamour model #Katie_Price says she doesn't like reality TV star #Kim_Kardashian's "big" derriere.

Price's comments come after a few "un-airbrushed" photographs of Kim wearing a bikini while on holiday in Mexico spread on social media, reports

Asked about Kim's images, Price told The Sun newspaper: "I don't like big bums, so that's not for me. But a lot of the young girls... they look online and you know they do airbrush pictures, when I do my photo calls they are un-airbrushed. It is what it is."

Price, who is famous for her surgically-enhanced figure, said she doesn't ask for her own images to be retouched.

Priyanka wanted 'Baywatch' character to be feminine, evil

Actress #Priyanka_Chopra, who will be seen playing a negative role in her upcoming Hollywood film #Baywatch, said she wanted her character in the film to be feminine and evil at the same time.

"I have played villain in Hindi films before, like 'Saat Khoon Maaf' and 'Aitraaz', but I wanted Victoria (her character in 'Baywatch') to be very different... I wanted Victoria to be very feminine and at the same time very evil, as there is something very scary about that," said Priyanka at the press conference of the film on Wednesday.

When asked what made her choose "Baywatch" as her debut film in Hollywood, Priyanka said: "After 'Quantico' I was offered some amazing films. But I liked 'Baywatch' the most because, one, it was a huge, big, global movie and I was a 'Baywatch' fan when I was growing up. And secondly, I was playing a villain in the film.

I'm the worst liar: Emma Watson

Actress #Emma_Watson considers herself as "the worst liar".

The 27-year-old says even though she earns her living "telling the truth under imaginary circumstances", she is awful at lying, reports

During a conversation with Interview magazine, the "Beauty and the Beast" star was asked if she considered acting to be a form of lying.

She replied: "Ugh, no! Acting is telling the truth under imaginary circumstances. I cannot think of a worse way to describe acting. Also, I'm the worst liar ever."

Sarvar, Sartaj sing title track for kids' show

Singers #Sarvar and #Sartaj, who have crooned the song "Bapu sehat ke liye tu to haanikaarak he" for "Dangal", have now lent their voice for the title track of animated investigative TV series #GattuBattu.

"It was an amazing experience to sing the title track for the new show 'Gattu Battu'. I really hope my friends and fans would love our new song. I am a great fan of detective shows and I am looking forward to watch the new series," Sartaj said in a statement. 

Sarvar shared: "I have been following shows on Nickelodeon since I was a kid. 'Motu Patlu' title track has been my favourite. It's a great opportunity to sing to the lyrics penned down by Gulzaar uncle for 'Gattu Battu'."

Rajamouli gave me whole arc of a woman's life: Anushka

Actress #Anushka_Shetty, who essays the role of Devasena in #Baahubali2TheConclusion, says that the film's director S.S. Rajamouli has given her a whole arc of a womans life.

During an interview on CNN-News18's "Now Showing", she said that people rarely get to play a character who transforms from a young person to an old lady, read a statement from the channel.

"I feel Rajamouli has given me a whole arc of a woman's life... from being a young girl to a woman, a mother... it's beautiful," Anushka said.

Asked about why Katappa killed Baahubali, Anushka said it would be unfair to let out the answer to the million-dollar question before the movie releases on Friday.

Sharing screen with Salman will be surreal: Angad Bedi

Actor #Angad_Bedi is happy that he will get a chance to share screen space with #Salman_Khan in #Tiger_Zinda_Hai. He says Salman is "writing his own destiny and breaking his own film records" and hopes to learn some success tricks from the superstar.

Angad, who has been recognised for his work with "Pink" and "Dear Zindagi", will start shooting for the Ali Abbas Zafar-directorial in Abu Dhabi from May 4. 

"Salman bhai is the biggest draw at the box office. All his films have been loved by the masses. I get to be in his market. I can only gain from him. The love that the audience has for him is very special. He's writing his own destiny and breaking his own film records," Angad told IANS in an email from Mumbai.

He added: "Sharing screen time with him is going to be a surreal experience. Looking forward to this collaboration."

It is a sequel to 2012 film "Ek Tha Tiger", which was directed by Kabir Khan. 

Process of building a character is magical: Kirti Kulhari

Actress #Kirti_Kulhari, who shot to fame with "Pink", is now playing the protagonist in National Film Award-winning filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar's forthcoming film #Indu_Sarkar. She says as a performer, building a character is an interesting process.

She plays a poetess who stammers in the film that is set in the 1980s. 

Kirti told here: "The process of building a character is so magical that I cannot explain in words. In this film, while going through the understanding of my character, I realised how stammering is going to be an important part."

"So, I started analysing how stammering can create a difference in her personality, her confidence level, social acceptance and emotional expression, among other things."

"We have mostly seen in films that stammering has been projected in a very caricaturish way. But here, I tried my best to do justice to that part with best of my ability. It is always good to manage the authenticity." 

Composers, singers, lyricists stars of my life, says Mohit Suri

Filmmaker #Mohit_Suri says composers, singers and lyric writers have always been stars of his life.

Asked if he thinks lyricists often don't get recognised for their work in Bollywood, Suri said: " No not at all". 

"I genuinely believe, like I've said the stars of my life have been composers, singers and the lyric writers...I know that there is a tendency to look at the singers, as the main ones but I have always appreciated their work coming from a family who has an ear for music that I have also learned over the years," Suri told over an email from Mumbai. 

There were reports that Manoj Muntashir was "unhappy over not being acknowledged for crafting ‘Main Phir Bhi Tumko Chahunga'" for "Half Girlfriend". He had also expressed his displeasure over people heaping praise on composer Mithoon and singers Arijit Singh and Shashaa Tirupati for the romantic track, and not talking about his contribution. 

"Half Girlfriend", starring Arjun Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor, is adapted from celebrated author Chetan Bhagat's novel of the same name.