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Alia is an extremely secure actor: Amruta Khanvilkar

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New Delhi:- Actress Amruta Khanvilkar had fun working with Alia Bhatt in “Raazi”, and says the fact that she is grounded reflects her upbringing.

“Apart from the story line, Meghna Gulzar was one of the key reasons for me to do the film. I have never played the role of a Pakistani Muslim before, and that too playing a real-life character was very intriguing,” Amruta told IANS.

“Every day was an enriching learning experience – be it speaking language (Urdu dialect) or being around Meghna ma’am or shooting scenes with Alia. The entire experience was enthralling.”

Based on Harinder Sikka’s book “Calling Sehmat”, the story of the film “Raazi” revolves around a young Kashmiri girl who gets married to a Pakistani Army officer and becomes a spy to give inside information about the neighbouring country to protect her own.

On working with Alia, she said: “I believe she is an extremely secure actor and an extremely receiving and giving actor. Her performance in ‘Raazi’ speaks volumes of her talent. This girl who in just 25 years of age has achieved so much in such less time and has seen stardom like no one else her age – but despite all this, she is so grounded, which truly reflects her upbringing.”

Amruta finds Alia “a friendly and jolly person”. “There are totally no airs about this girl. She makes all her co-stars feel extremely comfortable – I too shared a good bond with her throughout the shoot,” added the actress, who has featured in projects like “Golmaal”, “Nach Baliye 7”, season two of “24”.

Amruta says working with Meghna was on her bucket list. “Meghna ma’am was one of the main reasons for me to be a part of this film. She was literally my ‘bucket-list’ director. Working with Meghna ma’am was a learning each and every day, right from getting my character right, to the Urdu lessons, to the body language of Munira, everything was well discussed and decided by ma’am.

“There was so much of a detailed work going on in every department, that as an actor, it made our jobs very easy. One thing I absolutely love about her is that she is the most composed and calm director I have ever worked with.”After the movie, the actress took a short break.

She said: “I feel my choice of work allows me to take a break as and when I want. With the release of ‘Raazi’ and its promotions, I couldn’t spend quality time with mom. Hence, right now, I am on a break for two days at Radisson Blu Resort and Spa, Alibaug, and we are having an absolutely amazing and relaxing time.

“My ideal holiday would be taking my full fam-jam along with me to a place like this, where we could just relax and unwind together as we do not get to do that in Mumbai with everyone’s busy schedules.”

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Sonakshi’s ‘mantra’ for instant dose of happiness

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Mumbai,  Actress Sonakshi Sinha says her mantra for an instant dose of happiness is to watch something that is light and happy.

English Entertainment channel Romedy NOW will introduce a specially curated property ‘Happy Hours’, a line-up of romantic comedies, in collaboration with Sonakshi-starrer “Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi”.

“My mantra for an instant dose of happiness is to watch something that is light and happy like a rom-com or a chick-flick, which is light viewing and makes me forget all stresses,” Sonakshi said in a statement.

“From the films that will air on ‘Happy Hours’, ‘Monte Carlo’ is my favourite because it is about three girls and a case of mistaken identity. ‘Monte Carlo’ is a fun and light watch which makes you smile and gives you butterflies in the stomach and shares a storyline similar to ‘Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi’,” she added.

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Varun Dhawan wishes father David Dhawan on birthday

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Mumbai,  On the ocassion of the 63rd birthday of director David Dhawan, his son and actor Varun Dhawan penned a heartfelt message for his father.

The “Badlapur” actor on Thursday wrote on his Instagram account: “Happy birthday Pa. All I can say is I don’t know anyone else who is as passionate about making movies like you. Can’t wait to get back on set with u, DD NO. 1.”

Along with the post, he uploaded an old photograph in which the director, who has helmed various hit comedy films, can be seen standing with actors Govinda and Satish Kaushik on the set of the 1996 hit comedy film “Saajan Chale Sasural”.

Varun also shared a few photos from the birthday celebrations on his Instagram stories. One photograph was of a gifted handmade scrapbook and a collage of posters of his father’s films.

On the work front, Varun will be seen next in Sharat Katatria’s directorial “Sui Dhaga – Made in India”, which is slated to release on September 28.

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Kareena to be showstopper at Monisha Jaising’s LFW finale

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Mumbai,  Bollywood star Kareena Kapoor Khan will take to the ramp at the finale of the forthcoming Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) Winter/Festive 2018 edition as the showstopper in a creation by designer Monisha Jaising.

Kareena has added magnificence to LFW finales in the past. She dazzled the ramp when she was pregnant with her first child Taimur, and then she also did her first ramp walk at LFW after delivering her son.

“But this season is even more special, she says.

“We have a big announcement to make which I cannot wait to share with everyone. I’m also looking forward to Monisha’s collection which will be a glamorous interpretation of the ‘Shades of a diva’ theme,” Kareena said in a statement to IANS.

The “Veere Di Wedding” star, who is the brand ambassador of Lakme, will reveal how the brand and she plan to bring alive this season’s beauty theme of “Shades of a diva”.

“It’s always great to have Kareena as the showstopper for the Lakme Absolute Grand Finale. We are delighted that this season she will be there as India’s ultimate diva, to bring alive our beauty theme of ‘Shades of a diva’ in Monisha’s effortlessly glamorous designs,” Ashwath Swaminathan, Head of Innovations, Lakme said.

The forthcoming edition of the fashion gala will be held from August 22-26.

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