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After Mehendi, stage set for Sonakshi-Zaheer civil marriage and celebratory party

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Mumbai, June 23 (IANS) The stage is set for the much-anticipated wedding of Sonakshi Sinha with long-time beau Zaheer Iqbal.

The wedding celebrations officially kicked off with the arrival of producer Ramesh Taurani’s wedding gift for Zaheer — a wine bottle accompanied by flowers.

Ahead of their wedding, Sonakshi and Zaheer hosted a private mehendi ceremony for family and friends. Sonakshi, known as Sona among friends, wore a stunning red and brown outfit, even as Zaheer’s relatives welcomed her into Bandstand Building A, which is how the Iqbal residence is known.

The Sinha family home, Ramayana, was brightly lit up on Saturday evening in anticipation of the wedding.

As officially announced by Zaheer’s father, Iqbal Ratansi, it will be a civil marriage, which will be followed by a celebratory party at the upper-crust Mumbai restaurant, Bastian, on Linking Road, Bandra West.

The restaurant, which is owned by Shilpa Shetty, is now helmed by the formerly New York-based Michelin-starred celebrity chef, Suvir Saran.

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Sonakshi and the man she lovingly describes as her “personal psycho”, Zaheer Iqbal, have been dating for the past seven years. It was Salman Khan, a friend of Zaheer’s family and Sonakshi’s ‘Dabangg’ co-star, who played Cupid, according to media reports.

It is said that the couple met when Zaheer was shooting for ‘Notebook’, the 2019 romantic drama produced by Salman Khan. Zaheer was making his debut in the film opposite another newbie, Pranutan Bahl, daughter of actor Mohnish Bahl, and granddaughter of Nutan.

Zaheer, the eldest child of leading Mumbai jeweller Iqbal Ratansi, acted opposite her in the critically panned 2022 film ‘Double XL’, where he plays a London-based TV line producer, Zorawar Rahmani.

The film, which also features Huma Qureshi, sees Sonakshi as fashion designer Sara Kapoor, who relocates to London from Delhi after a broken relationship.

Zaheer was last seen on the big screen in a special appearance with Salman’s brother-in-law Aayush Sharma in the action film, Ruslaan, released earlier this year. Like ‘Double XL’, ‘Ruslaan’ also bombed at the box office.

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Vikas Jain on what’s the best thing Ankita Lokhande cooks: Nothing

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Mumbai, July 14 (IANS) Former ‘Bigg Boss 17’ contestant Vikas Jain has talked about his wife Ankita Lokhande’s favourite dish and what she cooks the best.

In a promo for the show ‘Laughter Chefs Unlimited Entertainment’ shared on Instagram, Vicky, Ankita, and their close friend, actress Rashami Desai, are seen having a fun conversation.

In the clip, Vicky is asked about Ankita’s favourite dish and what she cooks best, with Rashami adding a ‘tadka’ of fun to the replies.

The first question posed was, “What is Ankita’s favourite dish?” Vicky replied, “Bhindi roti.”

Adding an extra zing to the answer, Rashami quipped: “Woh uska pati hai”.

The second question was, “What does Ankita cook the best?”

Vicky responded with a loud laugh, “Nothing,” and Rashami quipped, “Ankita cooks Vicky the best.”

The caption for the promo reads, “Har married man ki kahaani Vicky ki zubaani!” (Every married man’s story in Vicky’s words!)

In another promo clip, Krushna Abhishek jokes with his friend Archana Gautam while preparing a dish.

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Krushna tells her, “Ek Bhojpuri film plan ho rahi hai. Agar aap karni hogi to batayega.” (A Bhojpuri film is being planned. If you want to do it, let me know.)

Archana asks if he is the “hero in the film”.

Krushna jokes, “Uska title hai ‘Subah subah halla hua, shaadi se pehle lalla hua’.”

The promo is captioned, “Archana aur Krushna ka yeh mazedaar duo kar dega entertainment ki saari hadein paar.”

The show is hosted by chef Harpal Singh Sokhi and Bharati Singh on Colors TV.

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Tanuj Virwani: Thinking about when I can finally hold my little one

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Mumbai, July 14 (IANS) Actor Tanuj Virwani, who recently announced that he is set to welcome his first child, said that he is only thinking every moment about when he can finally have his hands on his “little one”.

On July 11, Tanuj, who is currently hosting ‘Splitsvilla 15’, took to Instagram to announce that he and his wife, Tanya Jacob Virwani, are expecting their firstborn.

The actor shared the picture with the caption: “Always believe in God and in the Power of the Universe. Miracles Do Happen. We are Pregnant and cannot wait to welcome our little Bundle of Joy into the World. Boys and Girls, ‘Baby has entered the chat’. Om Sai Ram.”

Talking about his emotions, Tanuj said: “In my entire life, I have experienced many moments of joy. Some due to my profession and some due to my personal life, but none, I repeat, none comes even nearly close to this feeling.”

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Reflecting on his upbringing, Tanuj shared how he has always been nurtured and loved immensely by his parents. He used to wonder how his parents could bring such unconditional love to him.

“Today, I officially feel that I am on that journey as well, I can feel my parents a lot more than before. It’s not just the birth of a young baby but also, in a way, a rebirth for me as a human being. Tanya and I are immensely happy with this, and God has been kind.”

“There are so many wishes coming in from all corners of the world, and we are ecstatic,” said the actor, who is the son of actress Rati Agnihotri.

Tanuj, who began his Bollywood career with ‘Luv U Soniyo’, shared: “I am literally thinking every moment about when I can finally have my hands on my little one. There’s still time for that to happen, but the wait is difficult. I only have thanksgiving for all our well-wishers, and I truly remain indebted to one and all.”

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“I would request everyone to kindly pray for us so that happiness and prosperity continue at our residence, especially at a time like this,” he added.

The actor said he is on cloud nine, and the feeling is truly inexplicable.

“I am looking forward to this new role of fatherhood in my life, and I am all ready to make it the best role ever,” he said.

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DJ Abhay Deol spins the console at Kolkata gig: ‘A place ain’t lit till the people ain’t dancin’

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Mumbai, July 14 (IANS) Actor Abhay Deol, who was recently seen in the streaming series ‘Trial By Fire’, turned the tables at his recent gig in Kolkata.

The actor has found a new interest in DJing and has performed in Kolkata.

On Sunday, he took to Instagram and shared a video of himself playing music at the console under neon pink lights as the crowd grooved to the beats.

In the caption, Abhay wrote: “The place ain’t lit till the people ain’t dancin.” Kolkata, you are definitely lit. Some snippets from the night, listen with headphones on if you wanna get a glimpse of my set. #dj #music #fun #play #dance #beautifulpeople.”

Earlier, the actor invited suggestions for a DJ name, asking his followers to help him with a new moniker.

On the professional front, Abhay starred in the crime drama series ‘Trial by Fire’, written by Prashant Nair and Kevin Luperchio, and directed by Prashant Nair, Randeep Jha, and Avani Deshpande.

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The series also stars Ashish Vidyarthi, Anupam Kher, Rajshri Deshpande, Rajesh Tailang, Ratna Pathak Shah, and Shilpa Shukla in pivotal roles.

Additionally, his road trip movie ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’ is set to celebrate 13 years since its release on July 15.

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Gurmeet Choudhary feels connected with ‘Bihari family’ as he speaks Maithili

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Mumbai, July 14 (IANS) Actor Gurmeet Choudhary, who has been receiving positive responses for his recently released streaming series ‘Commander Karan Saxena’, shared a video on his Instagram on Sunday, speaking in his native Maithili language.

In the video, he spoke in Maithili and expressed his dedication to his titular role in the series.

The actor said: “A lot of people from Bihar are today in the administrative forces, they’re IAS, IPS, RAW agents, and in diverse roles.”

Gurmeet encouraged his followers from Bihar to work diligently before promoting his show and urging them to watch it on OTT platforms.

The actor captioned the video: “Today’s Mood: Speaking in my Maithili language, feeling connected with my Bihari family.”

Maithili is native to the Mithila region, which covers parts of Bihar and Jharkhand, as well as the Nepalese Koshi and Madhesh Provinces.

Gurmeet, who is also a martial artist, was born in Bhagalpur, Bihar. His television career spans two decades, during which he has starred in many prominent shows.

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Regarding his show ‘Commander Karan Saxena’, the series revolves around a RAW agent navigating political intrigue and betrayal.

Gurmeet portrays the role of Commander Karan Saxena, based on a character created by writer Amit Khan.

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‘Kill’ director Nikhil Nagesh Bhat says he doesn’t portray violence as a part of bravado

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Mumbai, July 14 (IANS) Director Nikhil Nagesh Bhat has been garnering praise from all quarters for the portrayal of violence in his recently released movie ‘Kill’. Unlike ‘Animal’, the violence in his film is receiving appreciation for its thoughtful depiction rather than mere sensationalism.

Nikhil spoke with IANS and shared how the portrayal of violence was well thought out.

“I’m not trying to make violence for someone’s greed or selfishness,” he said.

The director shared that in his narratives, those involved in violence endure significant pain, grief, and loss.

Nikhil told IANS: “Violence, be it at the protagonist’s side or the antagonist’s side, you will end up feeling defeated.”

This perspective also resonated in his earlier film, ‘Apurva’, starring Tara Sutaria, where the female protagonist kills those who have abducted her.

The director further mentioned, “I don’t portray violence in film as a part of bravado or through the lens of glorification. Violence has consequences, which are much more ghastly than the reasons for violence. I’m not trying to glamourise violence; rather, I don’t believe in attaching swag to violence.”

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Nikhil may look at the on-screen violence through a certain lens. But, what about filmmakers like Quentin Tarantino, who like to be a little indulgent while portraying violence on screen, case in point being ‘Pulp Fiction’ or ‘Kill Bill 1 and 2’, what is his opinion on filmmakers who like to take this route?

The director said: “Quentin Tarantino is a legendary filmmaker. As a viewer, you get a certain high, and you feel so energised given the experience is so immersive. It’s nearly impossible to not be influenced by his storytelling. Every filmmaker has a voice which grows with time, and that’s what make the platter of stories so delectable. What’s the fun if everyone starts making the same stuff?”

Talking about his biggest influences, Nikhil told IANS: “Not just Tarantino, I have a huge penchant for Shaolin films, Bruce Lee’s work, and Jackie Chan’s movies.”

The story of ‘Kill’ had brewed in Nikhil’s mind for nearly two decades, a testament to his enduring passion for creativity.

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Reflecting on maintaining objectivity in filmmaking, he stressed the importance of patience.

“I feel patience is something which every filmmaker needs to have. It’s a talent to have because every film has its own journey, and takes its own time to be made.”

He continued, “Even while writing the script, casting, and taking a shot, all you need is patience. Only a lot of patience and hard work will get you the reward.”

Nikhil faced personal challenges during the film’s production, suffering a slipped disc just a month before shooting began. Despite the physical pain, he remained dedicated, personally demonstrating action sequences to his team from a nearby bed.

The director told IANS: “Given it’s an action film, I had to brief the actors and the team by showing them what I wanted, and it required body movements.”

So, there was a bed next to me, every time I was done explaining to them what I wanted in a sequence, I would come back and lie down on the bed,” he added.

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