Connect with us

Bollywood News

Monalisa turns choreographer for ‘Nazar’



Mumbai,  Actress Monalisa says it was fun to teach dance to her co-stars Harsh Rajput and Sonyaa for a scene in the show “Nazar”.Monalisa, who is currently playing a “daayan” in the Star Plus show, choreographed the wedding dance act with the duo.

“I am a dancer and it has always been my passion ever since I learnt Bollywood dancing. When I heard that Ruby (played by Sonyaa) and Ansh (played by Harsh) would be shaking a leg with each other on their wedding day, the dancer in me wanted to jump at the opportunity to choreograph their wedding dance,” Monalisa said in a statement.

“Being a dancer myself, the makers of the show encouraged me to teach the on-screen couple a few steps. I really enjoyed choreographing the performance and had a lot of fun on the set,” she added.

Rituraj Singh on portrayal of sexual issues on TV.Actor Rituraj Singh is happy that the preferences of the audience towards content on television has transformed drastically over the years. Rituraj is known for his work in TV shows like “Banegi Apni Baat”, “Maan” and “Aahat”.

“Twenty years ago, viewers were not as open to sexual issues as they are today,” Rituraj said in a statement.

Rituraj will soon be seen in a millennial drama on Times Group’s soon-to-be-launched OTT platform. The series will revolve around the life of a social media influencer, essayed by Rajat Barmecha, and how he deals with sexual issues.

Talking about his role, he said: “Playing this role would have raised quite a few eyebrows and probably created a storm. But I would have still been game for it as it is a challenging role.”

‘Taarak Mehta…’ actor hopes to help newcomers with his app.Actor Gurucharan Singh, known for playing Roshan Sodhi in the show “Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah”, says he has come out with a mobile application to help newcomers in showbiz.

“I never had to struggle to get my first work. Because my sister and her husband used to stay here (Mumbai) and I knew I have a place to stay and that’s the biggest concern for any newcomer in this city,” Gurucharan said in a statement.

“Apart from that the biggest concern is how to showcase the talent of an artist. I came up with an app for this reason — a platform where someone can showcase their talent, whether it is dance skills, singing talent or acting potential,” he added.

Gurucharan came out with GCS Star App earlier this week. He says there will be a “panel of distinguished people” judging the talent being showcased on the app.

“We will also try to provide them work. I hope and I wish that this app will open a new arena for new talent in the industry and they don’t have to struggle for their first break.”

Bollywood News

Mallika Sherawat supports FIAPO to promote veganism




New Delhi,  Actress Mallika Sherawat has extended support to the Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO) to promote veganism in India, and has urged fans to try a vegan diet for 21 days.

Mallika took to her Twitter handle to promote FIAPO’s #21DayCompassionChallenge, asking her fans to ditch dairy and other animal products and try a vegan diet.

In the video, Mallika talks about choosing a compassionate future for herself.

She said: “I believe in compassion for all. I feel we are all inherently compassionate, but fail to see the reality. I have been vegan for more than 15 years and for me veganism is a lifestyle choice – a healthier and cruelty free way of living! Many people think, to be vegan you have to give up a lot of things, but being a long time vegan, I can proudly say I have not given up on anything.

“In fact, I am much healthier and happier knowing no animal had to suffer for my food. I don’t drink cow’s milk and I don’t eat meat because no one should suffer for our choices. I urge all my fans to take the challenge and try veganism for 21 days.”

There is an increase in the number of people choosing a vegan diet.

FIAPO’s Executive Director Varda Mehrotra said: “The best thing about being a vegan is to be able to live a life aligned with one’s values. We can only be in peace knowing we aren’t harming, killing, maiming others for our greed.

“In the last decade there has been a tremendous shift in how veganism is perceived in India. While many organisations and individuals are dedicatedly working on creating awareness, a Bollywood actor speaking up and promoting veganism is a huge push for veganism in India.”

Continue Reading

Bollywood News

Industry no more stuck on one hero, heroine stories: Divya Dutta




New Delhi, National Award-winning actress Divya Dutta, who turned 41 on Tuesday, has been a part of the film industry for over two decades, and she says stories have evolved a whole lot from being centred around just one hero and heroine.

“Industry is no more stuck to typical one hero and one heroine films. Now, filmmakers are producing content-driven films. We are looking into more different and diverse stories. It is a beautiful time for filmmaking right now,” Divya told IANS over phone from Mumbai.

Having featured in the latest release “Manto” and the short film “Plus Minus”, Divya is garnering a lot of positive response from the audience for her roles in the films.

She said: “I am overwhelmed with the responses I am getting for my roles. It always feels good when someone appreciates my acting.

“Both ‘Manto’ and ‘Plus Minus’ are based on true stories. I am glad that people are accepting non-fiction films and are keen to hearing more untold true stories. We have so many stories scattered around us and through films, we get an opportunity to convey those stories to people. This is one of the beautiful changes our cinema has witnessed.”

Divya has appeared in more than 100 movies of different genres and languages. This year, she won a National Award for Best Supporting Actor for the 2017 film “Irada”.

For her, the National Award acts as a source of inspiration as it inspires her to do good work everyday.

“I am honoured that the nation has appreciated my work and felicitated me with the award. I am humbled that people accept me in all kinds of roles. I am gratified after winning the National Award and I want to continue doing good work for my people,” Divya added.

The “Veer-Zaara” and “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag” actress is a writer too. In 2017, she launched her first book “Me and Ma” and she is now in the process of writing her second book, to be published next year.

Born in Punjab, Divya has also maintained her link with her roots as she has worked in Punjabi movies like “Shaheed-e- Mohabbat” and “Des Hoya Pardes”. She will next be seen hosting a Punjabi chat show.

“The format of the show is quite similar to actor Aamir Khan’s “Satyamev Jayate”. It will be an interactive Punjabi show which will focus on the prevailing social issues.”

Be it Hindi or Punjabi — for Divya, language is not a barrier. She has also acted in Nepali movie “Basanti” and tried her hand in a Malayalam film titled “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”.

The actor said: “Be it Punjabi cinema or Marathi or Malayalam cinema, now regional cinema is growing beautifully. People are liking regional films. One will be amazed to see the stuff regional film industries are producing.”

Divya, who made her debut with the film “Ishq Mein Jeena Ishq Mein Marna” in 1994, still feels she is a little girl who has just begun her career.

“I am on role reversal. It feels I am reversing my journey. All my friends are saying that I am still a 16-year-old girl. I feel it is just the beginning…. and there is more to go.”

Continue Reading

Bollywood News

Pranitha Subhash enjoys keeping in touch with fans




Mumbai, Actress Pranitha Subhash says she likes to stay in touch with her fans, but wants to add a personal touch to the whole experience.

For this, she has come out with her personal app. Pranitha launched the Pranitha Subhash Official App in collaboration with New York-based tech firm EscapeX, read a statement.

“I am really excited to be launching my very own app. I have always enjoyed keeping in touch with my fans and interacting with them but with this we take it one step ahead since it’s so personalised,” Pranitha said.

“I’m hoping to keep it very interactive and I promise to keep checking it as often as possible. I will have lot of contests, lots of fun and it’s going to be much more than film promotions. I am really excited about this,” added the actress, who has worked in Kannada, Telugu and Tamil films.

Continue Reading