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Anupam Kher admits he's a 'bad dancer' – and reveals his first acting role

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Mumbai, May 27 (IANS) Anupam Kher, who is well-known for his versatile performances in mainstream cinema as well as international productions, admitted at an event here on Monday that he is “a very bad dancer”, but he does “dance with emotions”.

He also went down memory lane and talked about his first outing as an actor when he was in Class V in school — he played a monkey in Lord Hanuman’s army.

The memory was triggered by the ‘gada’ (mace) he was carrying at the launch of the live-action film ‘Chhota Bheem and the Curse of Damyaan’, where he will be seen along with Makarand Deshpande and Navneet Kaur Dhillion. The film will be released theatrically on May 31.

Talking about his poor dancing skills, Kher said, “That is why the audience has not seen me dancing quite often.”

Two songs from the film, ‘Jamboora’ and ‘Zara Muskura’, were unveiled at the event in the presence of the cast and crew. It was in the context of the songs that the actor was asked about how it felt to dance to the songs.

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“I am a very bad dancer,” Kher said. “That is why the audience has not seen me dancing that often. But very soon you will see me in a surprise avatar in this film. I wish I was a great dancer too. Actually, I dance with emotions. I believe I dance through my acting.”

The senior actor then shared his experience of working with children in the film.

“It was very difficult to match with the energy levels of the kids,” he averred. “Their questions, their spontaneity were unparalleled. A very famous director from Hollywood once said to me that when children are in the frame, don’t act, because nobody is looking at you.”

He went on to note: “I believe that is very true. Working on this film was like a crash course for me. It was a learning experience. I had great fun.”

Holding the ‘gada’, Kher said, “Can you believe it? I am holding a ‘gada’ right now, and my first-ever role, the first-ever, was of a monkey in Lord Hanuman’s. I was then in the fifth standard. This is the first time after school that I am holding a ‘gada’. I feel like a ‘Bada Bheem’.”

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Looking very happy to be in the company of child artistes, Kher spoke about what he learnt from them.

“They are children of this generation. Trust me, I have done a lot of movies with child artistes in my career, but these kids are very straight, they are modern, aware, and know how to use the mobile phone,” Kher said.

“You can actually learn a lot from them,” he continued. “If you sit down with them, they’ll teach you a thing or two. Even I try to learn from them. I don’t go on sets thinking I am someone who knows things. I go as someone who is seeking something from people on sets.”

–IANS

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Left's ideology never ceases to amaze me: Kangana Ranaut on Trump's assassination attempt

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Mumbai, July 14 (IANS) Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut, who is gearing up for her upcoming film ‘Emergency’, reacted to the assassination attempt on former US President Donald Trump, saying that Left’s ideology never ceases to amaze her.

The actress took to the Stories section of her Instagram and shared two pictures of the Pennsylvania rally where Trump was shot.

In the pictures, Trump could be seen wounded with blood dripping from his ear.

“Trump was shot in his rally, he survived this assassination attempt but leftists are clearly getting desperate… everyone needs to be careful,” the actress wrote.

She then pointed the gun at the followers of the left ideology, saying: “This man almost 80, after taking several bullets gets up punching fist screams ‘Hail America’ will win this election. That’s right-wing, never start a fight but be the one to close it.”

“For America he took a bullet on his chest, if he was not wearing a bullet proof jacket he would have not survived this assassination attack. Left ideology never ceases to amaze me, Left’s main dissent with the right is that right is violent they love to fight for Dharma and left essentially believes in love and peace so the woke left tried to kill Trump so hate and violence cant win. Hmmmm … very smart left very smart,” she added.

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However, Pennsylvania voter records show that Thomas Matthew Crooks, Trump’s shooter, is registered as a Republican.

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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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