Shilpa Shetty says there was a time when no one took her seriously to offer her the role of the protagonist, adding that she is glad that she has survived through the tough times. “Back in the 1990’s, I have to be honest we were all typecast, either you were a very good actress and would get those kinds of films or you would be typecast in those glamorous roles. And I was the latter, so nobody really took me seriously to offer me the protagonist’s role,” said Shilpa.
“The game-changer for me was ‘Dhadkan’ where director Dharmesh Darshan really stripped me off all that glamour and actually kept the glamour but he wanted it all covered. So funny enough he was the first to tell me “I want you to look glamorous but in an Indian outfit›… That changed the entire perspective of people and that film went on to become a huge hit and then I did a lot of films after that where there were meatier roles but, honestly I didn›t care, for me, it was just work and I was really young then,” she added.
The actress continued: “Today we are getting scripts where everything is elucidated on paper, we didn›t have vanity vans and we still went to work with a smile on our faces in the sun and wearing those chiffon sarees in the snow. So we’ve done all of it and enjoyed it.”
“So today I feel we lead far more luxurious lives as actors, we are very pampered with an entourage of staff and managers. I love this phase as well, I feel very pampered and important but it was madness and today there’s method to that madness,” she added.
Shilpa walked into Bollywood with the 1993 Diwali release ‘Baazigar’. The Shah Rukh Khan-Kajol blockbuster released on 14 November day 27 years ago. Looking back, Shilpa said: “I was too young to think and know. I feel that today’s girls and boys in the industry are so sorted, they come all prepared. But I was a 17-year-old and when I was offered ‘Baazigar’, I just did it for the luck and extra pocket money and Venus signed me for three movies.”
“And I thought they would just do 1 and forget about it and then ‘Baazigar’ became a platinum jubilee hit and after that, they signed me for ‘Main Khiladi Tu Anari’. Again ‘Chura Ke Dil Mera’ became a huge milestone for my career and then ‘Dhadkan’ was the third film. And now 27 years down the line I am doing ‘Hungama’ which is not my comeback but another film with the same production company, who would’ve thought that I would last 27 years,” said Shilpa during a conversation with actress Neha Dhupia in a podcast of ‘JioSaavn #NoFilterNeha’.
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Tiger Shroff’s ‘Heropanti 2’ slated to release in December
New Delhi [India], March 2 (ANI): On the occasion of his 31st birthday, Bollywood actor Tiger Shroff announced the release date for his upcoming film ‘Heropanti 2’ along with a new poster of the movie. The film is slated to release on December 3 this year.
The ‘Baaghi’ actor took to his Instagram handle and shared the movie’s poster, captioning it as, “My first love is back – action, thrill, like never before! Let’s celebrate this one together on the 3rd of december in cinemas.”
In the new poster of the movie, Tiger looks inevitably heroic as he points his guns from the rooftop of a car.
The film is the sequel of Tiger Shroff and Kriti Sanon’s 2014 debut film ‘Heropanti’. Apart from Tiger, the sequel will also star Tara Sutaria in a lead role. The first look poster of ‘Heropanti 2’ was unveiled in February 2020. The movie will be directed by Ahmed Khan, who also directed Tiger’s last release, ‘Baaghi 3’. (ANI)
Salman Khan, Anil Kapoor extend best wishes to Ahan Shetty for his debut film ‘Tadap’
New Delhi [India], March 2 (ANI): Shortly after the announcement of Suniel Shetty’s son Ahan Shetty’s debut project ‘Tadap’, superstar Salman Khan and Anil Kapoor have extended their best wishes and success to the debutant actor by sharing the poster of the upcoming movie.
The ‘Dabangg’ actor took to his Instagram handle and shared the poster of the film which features Ahan Shetty in an ‘angry young man’ look, as he poses on a motorbike.
Wishing the actor, Salman wrote, “Ahan wish u all the best and success may all your hard work, discipline and dedication pay off.”
He further added, “The tadap of hard work should never die … @nadiadwalagrandson @ahan.shetty.”
Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor also shared the poster of ‘Tadap’ on his Twitter handle and congratulated Sunil Shetty stating that his son will surely make him proud. “Have been waiting to hear this news for awhile now! Congratulations @SunielVShetty !! I am sure that #AhanShetty will make you just as proud as @theathiyashetty has! Wishing him all the success and love for #Tadap!!”
Earlier Ahan’s father Suniel Shetty had thanked actor Sharad Kelkar on Twitter for showing his support for the movie. He wrote, “Thank You @SharadK7 for your love and support!”
The movie’s poster sees Ahan as he lays down on the motorbike while smoking a cigarette. The star kid is seen donning a maroon T-shirt, and a pair of loosely fitted brown pants. With a full-grown beard and neck-length hair, channeling an ‘angry young man’ avatar, the actor is sure to win people’s hearts with his debut project.
Ahan’s debut with Sajid Nadiadwala is an addition to the legacy as Suniel Shetty too was launched by the producer.
‘Tadap’ is a Milan Luthria directorial, starring Ahan, Tara Sutaria, Saurabh Shukla, Kumud Mishra, and Sumit Gulati. The film is being produced by Sajid Nadiadwala and co-produced by Fox Star Studios. Penned by Rajat Arora with the film’s soulful music by Pritam, ‘Tadap’ will hit big screens on September 24, 2021. (ANI)
Gwen Stefani, Cardi B, Kelsea team up for iHeartRadio’s International Women’s Day celebration
Washington [US], March 2 (ANI): To celebrate International Women’s Day this month, some of the biggest names in music like Cardi B, Kelsea Ballerini and Gwen Stefani are teaming up.
According to People Magazine, iHeartMedia on Monday announced the launch of ‘iHeartRadio Presents SeeHer Hear Her: Celebrating Women in Music,’ a one-hour special featuring discussions with Cardi B, Kelsea Ballerini and Gwen Stefani set to air on International Women’s Day on March 8.
‘SeeHer’, the largest global movement to eliminate gender bias in marketing, advertising, media and entertainment, has partnered with iHeartMedia to create a “celebration placing gender equality center stage,” according to a press release.
The first-ever special event will feature interviews with the female artists that will stream on iHeartRadio’s YouTube and Facebook pages on March 8 at 8 p.m. ET (available on demand through March 14).
As reported by People Magazine, the celebration will “dive into the lives of these three leading female artists – from their girlhood dreams and the mentors who inspired them, to achieving those goals and becoming leaders and role models for future generations.”
Cardi, Stefani and Ballerini will also share how they are using their music platform and social media presence to activate and encourage other women as well as highlight the universal challenges that women face.
The event will also feature footage and interviews with other top women artists.
“iHeartMedia is excited to partner with SeeHer and their SeeHer Hear Her initiative to inspire us all with the stories of amazing women breaking new ground in Hip Hop, Pop and Country music,” Gayle Troberman, executive vice president and chief marketing officer for iHeartMedia said in a statement.
“This International Women’s Day it’s important that we are all reminded of what equality can sound like, as we come together to celebrate, inspire and support one another.”
To kick off the celebration, iHeartMedia will launch an eight-day countdown to International Women’s Day beginning Monday.
The countdown will air across 600 iHeartMedia broadcast stations in every format, on social media platforms and the company’s biggest podcasts.
Per People Magazine, on March 8, women will take over the mic on popular iHeartMedia radio shows and podcasts to have conversations about equality, inclusion, inspiration and what everyone can do to help get more women heard, according to the release.
From 5-6 p.m. local time that evening, iHeartMedia broadcast stations will play the biggest hits and new music from today’s female artists and offer special playlists on the iHeartRadio app.
“We launched #SeeHer Hear Her as part of the SeeHer movement in 2019 to eliminate gender bias in the music industry and increase the percent of women in front of and behind the mic,” added Nadine Karp McHugh, president of SeeHer.
“We are making progress, but there is a long way to go. We are delighted to bring this important initiative to scale with iHeart surrounding International Women’s Day. Together we See Her,” added McHugh. (ANI)
After split from Ashley Benson, G-Eazy sparks romance rumours with model Josie Canseco
Washington [US], March 2 (ANI): American rapper G-Eazy and model Josie Canseco sparked dating rumours after they were spotted spending time together at a party in Hollywood Hills over the weekend.
According to the outlet, the 31-year-old rapper was seen cosying up to the 24-year-old model, who at one point rested her leg on his lap.
But the sources to Page Six told the outlet that Canseco, the daughter of former MLB star Jose Canseco, has put G-Eazy in the friend zone.
“For the record, there is no relationship romantically between the two of them,” Canseco’s representative told Page Six on Monday.
“They are old friends. That is how she wants to maintain it.”
Her representative added that she is “newly single” and “just enjoying life” and was out celebrating her three new covers in Maxim Mexico with friends.
Their public snuggle session comes nearly a month after G-Eazy ended things with actor Ashley Benson.
As reported by Page Six, he and the 31-year-old ‘Pretty Little Liars’ alum were first linked in May 2020 when they were photographed holding hands and kissing. The new romance surprised fans as the ‘Spring Breakers’ actor had just called it quits with model Cara Delevingne the previous month after two years of dating.
Before dating Benson, G-Eazy was linked to Halsey, who is also friends with Canseco.
Meanwhile, Canseco dated Brody Jenner for a few months but they broke up in October 2019. (ANI)
Parineeti Chopra shares first teaser of sports biopic ‘Saina’
New Delhi [India], March 2 (ANI): Bollywood actor Parineeti Chopra on Tuesday revealed a teaser video of her upcoming sports biopic ‘Saina’, which is set to release later this month.
‘Sainaa’ is a biopic on India’s star badminton player Saina Nehwal.
The ‘Hasee Toh Phasee’ actor, who has trained extensively for her role in the film, took to her Instagram handle to share a teaser of the movie. She captioned the post as, “SAINA! 26th March in cinemas.”
In the 30-second teaser, we witness the journey of the national sports icon from a young enthusiast to a professional. She says “I do not care who my opponent is, I will simply go for the kill”. At the end of the teaser, a brief glimpse of Parineeti as Saina Nehwal can be seen.
Earlier, the 32-year-old actor had dropped the first look poster of the film, which also featured the release date of the biopic. It showcased a clear blue sky and a hand with a tricolor wrist band, that is open in the air to catch a shuttlecock.
Written and directed by Amol Gupte, ‘Saina’ is being produced by Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Sujay Jayraj, and Rajesh Shah. It brings on the big screen the journey of one of India’s greatest athletes, Saina Nehwal.
The movie will hit the theatres on March 26. (ANI)
Meghan Markle’s interview with Oprah Winfrey features a subtle nod to Princess Diana
Washington [US], March 2 (ANI): The Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle who is pregnant with her and Prince Harry’s baby, paid tribute to her husband’s late mother Princess Diana during the couple’s highly anticipated interview with Oprah Winfrey.
According to E!News, in a preview for the tell-all, which is set to air on March 7, Archie Harrison’s mom could be seen wearing Princess Diana’s bracelet. It is the same bracelet that Harry took two stones to have Meghan’s engagement ring made. The outlet has learned that the couple wanted the bracelet to be worn in order to have his mother there with them during the interview.
In a sneak peek from the bombshell sit-down, Harry even referenced Diana’s death, saying his “biggest concern” with the scrutiny they have received from the British press has been “history repeating itself.”
Per E!News, Harry told Oprah in another preview clip, “You know for me, I’m just really relieved and happy to be sitting here talking to you with my wife by my side. Because I can’t begin to imagine what it must’ve been like for her going through this process by herself all those years ago.”
As reported by E!News, Meghan and Harry announced their decision to step back from royal life in January 2020. Since that time, the pair has relocated to Southern California with their son Archie.
As the family prepares to add a new member, Meghan, who suffered a miscarriage in July 2020, and Harry have made the decision not to return as working members of the royal family.
“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have confirmed to Her Majesty The Queen that they will not be returning as working members of The Royal Family. Following conversations with The Duke, The Queen has written confirming that in stepping away from the work of The Royal Family it is not possible to continue with the responsibilities and duties that come with a life of public service,” Buckingham Palace announced in a statement on February 19.
“The honorary military appointments and Royal patronages held by The Duke and Duchess will, therefore, be returned to Her Majesty, before being redistributed among working members of The Royal Family,” the statement continued.
“While all are saddened by their decision, The Duke and Duchess remain much loved members of the family.”
‘Oprah With Meghan and Harry: A CBS Primetime Special’ will air on Sunday, March 7 at 8:00 p.m. EST/PST. (ANI)
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