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Manjot Singh on a mission to break Sikhs’ image in Bollywood

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New Delhi, May 16  Actor Manjot Singh of “Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!” fame says whenever he expresses his desire to do serious and romantic roles in Bollywood, he is told that a “Sardar will only be accepted in a comic role”. The young actor believes only Sikh actors can break this perception.

The audience has seen his comic side in films like “Student of the Year” and “Fukrey”.

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He agrees that he has done many comic roles but “not the ones where I have had to humiliate myself. The kind of roles that I have taken up were more like situational comedy”.

And he wants to explore more genres.

“I wish to do a serious role and a romantic role but whenever I express what’s on my mind, I am told that a Sardar will only be accepted in a comic role. People cannot imagine a Sardar wearing a pagdi (turban) romancing an actress,” Manjot told IANS in an email interview.

“What they do not realize is that this perception about Sardars has been set by Bollywood itself and only we can break it. Most of the Sardars in the industry face this. That perception is slowly changing with actors like Diljit Dosanjh and me who are taking up more serious roles.”

In fact, he is also planning to produce a movie on a “Sardar who has a dream to become an actor but each time he goes for auditions, he is turned away because there is no comic character in the movie”.

He was last widely praised for his role in the 2017 film “Fukrey Returns”, which will air on &pictures on May 20. It is his first sequel.

On the challenges of doing a sequel, he said: “There are many challenges, especially if the first part has performed well and has been appreciated by the audience. The biggest challenge is that the second part should do as well as the first part if not better.

“That is a risk for both the producers as well as the actors. For ‘Fukrey Returns’, we did not want to make the sequel only for the sake of money. It took us four years to crack an idea that the audience will enjoy as much as its prequel (‘Fukrey’).

“It was a journey, a continuation of the story. There was a lot of thought put into the story and screenplay.”

Would he like to feature in a sequel of another film?

“I would love to be a part of ‘Namaste London’ because I love the movie. Whenever I watched it on TV, I wished to be a part of the movie. People also tell me that my comic timing is similar to that of (actor) Akshay Kumar’s. My mother believes that I express anger quite convincingly on screen,” said Manjot.

He had also participated in the show “Fear Factor – Khatron Ke Khiladi”.

“I do enjoy television but I haven’t got anything that would interest me. Also, I had started working in movies including Punjabi films, so television took a backseat. I have got some good offers, but not what I want,” he said.

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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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