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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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Colours are important element for homes, says Twinkle Khanna

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New Delhi, May 24  Producer and interior designer Twinkle Khanna says it is important to include colours at home as it plays a major role in how things are perceived.

Colours are important element for homes, says Twinkle Khanna

Twinkle has collaborated with Kohler for a campaign titled Colours and Finishes, which focus on going beyond just plain old chrome finishes in the bath space and encourages the consumers to opt for more unconventional colours in their bathroom.

Asked if she feels it is important to include colours at homes, Twinkle told IANS over an e-mail interaction from Mumbai: “Colours are quite an important element. Look at it this way; colours play a very major role in how we perceive things, and in this case, rooms. You want each room in your house to have a specific vibe, and to get that vibe, colours are your primary set of tools-be it the wall colours or the hues added through elements.”

Colours are important element for homes, says Twinkle Khanna
The 43-year-old, who ventured into designing in 2002 and is the co-owner of The White Window, a chain of interior designing stores, says the bath space has evolved the most over the time.

“Amongst all the rooms in a house, the bath space has evolved the most. Think about it. Whether its technology, design, craftsmanship, or colours and textures, the bath space is the ripest canvas for showcasing your personality and creativity,” she added.

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‘Sanju’ trailer to release on May 30

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'Sanju' trailer to release on May 30

Mumbai, May 24  The trailer of Rajkumar Hirani’s much-awaited film “Sanju”, featuring Ranbir Kapoor in the shoes of actor Sanjay Dutt, will release on May 30.

'Sanju' trailer to release on May 30

The teaser has already piqued audience interest in the movie, which showcases the highs and lows during various phases of the actor’s life.

Ranbir’s transformation depicting different phases of Sanjay’s life has been lauded.

Hirani released multiple posters of the film, revealing the varied looks of Ranbir from the biopic.

'Sanju' trailer to release on May 30

Written and directed by Rajkumar Hirani, the film will also stars Paresh Rawal, Manisha Koirala, Vicky Kaushal, Sonam Kapoor and Dia Mirza, amongst others.

Produced by Vinod Chopra Films and Rajkumar Hirani Films in association with Fox Star Studios, the film will release on June 29.

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Big B accepts Rathore’s fitness challenge

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Big B accepts Rathore's fitness challenge

Mumbai, May 24  Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan has accepted Information and Broadcasting Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore’s fitness challenge titled #HumFitTohIndiaFit. He says his mantra his to be continuously mobile.

Big B accepts Rathore's fitness challenge

“Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore we accept the challenge of #HumFitTohIndiaFit fitness challenge. Main mantra: be continuously mobile, get up for every errand yourself, gym each day, push away that excess morsel of temptation, drive or cycle yourself (and) see the sun more often”.

Rathore earlier this week had appealed people to get fitter. He posted photographs and videos on his exercise regime on the social media to inspire others.

Big B accepts Rathore's fitness challenge

To keep the fitness campaign going, the Olympian shooter and politician challenged Bollywood star Hrithik Roshan, cricketer Virat Kohli and badminton player Saina Nehwal to post their respective fitness mantras on the social media.

Even Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was challenged by Kohli, said he will post a personal fitness video soon.

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