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Big Boss OTT 3: I'll miss Salman Khan, but Anil Kapoor has got his own vibe, says Mannara Chopra

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Mumbai, June 22 (IANS) Mannara Chopra, who impressed fans with her time on ‘Bigg Boss 17’, said she will miss Salman Khan in ‘Bigg Boss OTT 3’ although new host Anil Kapoor has got his own vibe.

Talking about Anil Kapoor replacing Salman Khan as the host of ‘Bigg Boss OTT 3’, Mannara said, “I will miss Salman Khan who has always been my mentor. Even when I was coming out of the House on the final day, he gave me such amazing tips. I will definitely miss Salman Khan, but we cannot deny the fact that Anil Kapoor has got his own vibe.”

‘Bigg Boss OTT 3’ kicked off on Friday with Mannara going live for the opening episode.

“I am looking forward to Anil Kapoor as the host. He is looking terrific, especially the way he is interacting with all the contestants and welcoming them in his own ‘Jhakass’ style… I have all the respect for him,” she said.

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When asked if she would appear in the new season, Mannara said, “Bigg Boss is one platform which got me closer to everyone. Whenever they need me, I will always be there.”

“My new song is coming out on June 27 and I am hoping to collaborate on something with the Bigg Boss,” she Mannara, who has acted in films like ‘Prema Geema Jantha Nai’, ‘Zid’, ‘Thikka’, ‘Rogue’, and ‘Sita’.

’Bigg Boss OTT 3′ airs on Jio Cinema Premium.

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High time that mangrove forests are humanised: Filmmaker Rohit Varma

New Delhi, July 25 (IANS) While mangrove forests are depleting globally, and India does not have a different story, its importance here has not been highlighted enough.

To counter the same, wildlife filmmaker Rohit Varma is set to release his short film ‘The Last Frontier’ on July 26 – celebrated as the ‘International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem’.

While discussing the risk of habitat loss with Godrej & Boyce (G&B) – a manufacturing company pioneering biodiversity conservation, in India, he and his co-director Sara felt the need to highlight the importance of mangroves and shine a light on its preservation.

“The film was produced in the aspect ratio of 5:1, and premiered at Conscious Collective, a three-day-long event curated by G&B Design Labs. The platform’s idea was to create awareness about the need for conscious living, which was perfectly communicated by our film. The original aspect ratio needed a large screen. The 5:1 ratio wasn’t fit for a digital release. Sara and I worked on a 16:9 ratio so the film could reach a wider audience on digital platforms,” recalls Varma.

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“All of us have witnessed cyclones and subsequent destruction in urban landscapes, especially in regions where mangroves have depleted, he says, adding, “The forests make up the last barrier between the sea and land. Removing these barriers for construction activities will majorly impact people who stay close to the sea.”

The filmmaker, who approached veteran actor Shabana Azmi to lend her voice to the film and the mangroves, says the decision to humanise mangrove forests was a conscious call. “And to do so, we needed an impactful voice.”

Even as the number of documentaries made on the environment in the West outshines Indian productions, he says it would be unfair to say that Indian filmmakers are not focusing on environmental issues and that many films feature these issues in India too.

“I agree that not many mainstream films spotlight environmental issues. That is probably because they are committed to the commercial angle and the former kind of films will always garner a limited number of viewers,” Varma adds.

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Born and raised in Balaghat, a small town bordering Kanha National Park in Madhya Pradesh, Rohit, taking his passion for wildlife and photography ahead, created ‘Nature in Focus’ – a media and production house that centres on natural world stories. Today, he is a cinematographer, director & producer, and a part of various projects including ‘Mysteries of Monsoon’, ‘Project Tiger’, ‘The Real Jungle Book’, ‘The Last Frontier’ and ‘Destination Wild India’.

“One has to be in nature to understand what it is and how it works — and what it gives to us,” smiles Varma.

While Amit Kilam (Indian Ocean) agreed to compose the background music for the film, Varma says when working on wildlife films, one just dives in with an outline of the script. “It (script) gets clearer as we continue shooting. Nothing is certain in the wild so it is paramount to improvise while on the field.”

Because a wildlife film requires extensive research, the team connected with scientists and researchers who further helped shape the narrative of this film.

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While there has been an endless debate on development vs deforestation, the filmmaker believes it is important, but not at the cost of cutting down trees.

“A planned and well-researched development plan is what the earth needs and deserves. I am as much against development as I am for conscious, planned and well-researched development,” he asserts.

No documentary filmmaker is happy with almost absent distribution system for this genre in India, and Varma is no exception.

“Yes, it is not great in India. However, If the government intervenes, it would be helpful. These documentaries must reach a wider and more inclusive audience,” he says.

Currently working on a natural history film, which should be premier in October this year, Varma is also discussing some concepts with the team at Godrej. “If everything goes according to plan, we will have another film before the end of this year,” he concludes.

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Aishwarya Sharma congratulates hubby Neil Bhatt as he embarks on his new show

Mumbai, July 25 (IANS) Actress Aishwarya Sharma, known for her role as Patralekha in TV show ‘Ghum Hai Kisikey Pyaar Meiin’, continues to entertain her fans by sharing fun-filled videos on social media.

Aishwarya recently took to her Instagram stories and cheered for her husband Neil Bhatt for his upcoming TV Show. Sharing a teaser of the show, shared on Instagram by ColorsTV, she wrote: “Congratulations @bhat_neil. All the best for your new journey.” This was accompanied by a party and celebration emojis.

The couple often posts endearing pictures and videos with one another.

Recently, Aishwarya delighted fans by recreating a classic song from the movie ‘Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega’ alongside her best friend Ashna. The video showcases their lively dance moves and Aishwarya’s active engagement on social media.

Her husband and actor Neil Bhatt is all set for his upcoming TV show ‘Megha Barsenge’, which could be seen from August 6 on Colors and Jio Cinema.

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Aishwarya Sharma gained prominence for her portrayal of Patralekha in the popular series ‘Ghum Hai Kisikey Pyaar Meiin’ where she impressed audiences with her performance as an antagonist alongside Neil Bhatt and Ayesha Singh. She remained a part of the show from its inception until her character’s storyline concluded with a generational shift.

Following her departure from ‘Ghum Hai Kisikey Pyaar Meiin’, Aishwarya ventured into Rohit Shetty’s adrenaline-pumping reality show, ‘Khatron Ke Khiladi 13.’ Her participation in the show provided a platform for her subsequent appearance on ‘Bigg Boss Season 17’ where she, along with Neil Bhatt, garnered admiration for their authentic personalities.

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Urvashi Rautela shares first look of 'Ghuspaithiya' ahead of trailer launch tomorrow

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Urvashi Rautela shares first look of 'Ghuspaithiya' ahead of trailer launch tomorrow

Mumbai, July 25 (IANS) In a thrilling revelation for cinema enthusiasts, the first look of ‘Ghuspaithiya’ has been unveiled, setting the stage for an eagerly anticipated theatrical experience starring Urvashi Rautela, Vineet Kumar Singh, and Akshay Oberoi.

Urvashi Rautela shared the poster on her social media and captioned it: “Nothing is safe here, Na hum, na tum aur naa hi humare raaz! Trailer out tomorrow! #GhuspaithiyaAlert #GhuspaithiyaInTheatersOn9thAug @urvashirautela @vineet_ksofficial @akshay0beroi @ghuspaithiyathemovie @4ventertainmentofficial @surajproduction @zeemusiccompany @aafilms.official #SusiGaneshan #MRameshReddy #JyotikaShenoy #ManjariSusiGaneshan #love #UrvashiRautela #UR1 #UR7 #tollywood #bollywood #hollywood.”

‘Ghuspaithiya’ explores the intersection of suspense and human drama, anchored by a talented ensemble cast. Urvashi Rautela, known for her captivating presence on screen, joins forces with Vineet Kumar Singh and Akshay Oberoi, both celebrated for their versatile performances across genres.

The trailer release is scheduled for July 26, 2024.

Directed by Susi Ganeshan and produced by M. Ganesh Reddy, Jyotika Shenoy, and Manjari Susi Ganeshan under the banner of AAFilms, this upcoming film promises to deliver suspense and intrigue. It is scheduled for release in cinemas on August 9, 2024.

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Akshay Kumar breaks into 'nagin dance' for song 'Hauli Hauli’ from 'Khel Khel Mein'

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Akshay Kumar breaks into 'nagin dance' for song 'Hauli Hauli’ from 'Khel Khel Mein'

Mumbai, July 25 (IANS) Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar is gearing up for the release of his upcoming film ‘Khel Khel Mein’. This eagerly anticipated flick is set to captivate audiences with its lively track ‘Hauli Hauli’, which will release shortly.

Taking to Instagram, Akshay Kumar recently shared a BTS video of the shoot of the song. He wrote: “Mehnat, Muskurahat… Aur saare unit ki Mohabbat… Yeh sab ikattha kar ke aap ko saunp raha hoon! Aaj! Jaldi aa raha hoon. Trailer se pehle gaana, bajaao! #HauliHauli song drops today at 5 p.m. #KhelKhelMein #GameIsOn.”

In the video, Akshay Kumar, Vaani Kapoor, Ammy Virk, Taapsee Pannu, Aditya Seal, and Pragya Jaiswal, can be seen dressed in festive ethnic attire.

With the song playing in the background, the star cast can be seen grooving to the tunes of the song. At the end of the video, Akshay does ‘Nagin Dance,’ which makes all his co-stars laugh and also elicits a funny reaction from all his fans.

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The song ‘Hauli Hauli’ is sung by Garry Sandhu, MellowD, and Neha Kakkar. It will premiere today, July 25, at 5 p.m.

‘Khel Khel Mein’ is set to be released on August 15, coinciding with Independence Day. The film will clash with the Shraddha Kapoor and Rajkummar Rao-starrer ‘Stree 2’ at the box office.

Presented by Gulshan Kumar, T-Series, and Wakaoo Films, ‘Khel Khel Mein’ is a T-Series film, Wakaoo Films, and KKM Film production.

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Diljit Dosanjh teases fans with his new track, collabs with the American rapper NLE Choppa

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Diljit Dosanjh teases fans with his new track, collabs with the American rapper NLE Choppa

Mumbai, July 25 (IANS) Punjabi superstar Diljit Dosanjh, who has been having a terrific run on the professional front, surprised his fans on Thursday.

The singer-actor took to his Instagram on Thursday, and dropped the teaser of his upcoming track ‘Muhammad Ali’.

For the same, Diljit has collaborated with the American rapper NLE Choppa.

The teaser shows Diljit Dosanjh and NLE Choppa vibing to the electrifying beats, promising another anthem that transcends borders and genres.

Meanwhile, Diljit has another project waiting in the wings.

The actor-singer’s upcoming film ‘Sardaarji 3’ is set to debut in theatres on June 25, 2025.

2024 has been a great year for Diljit so far. The Punjabi superstar garnered critical acclaim for his work in the streaming biopic ‘Amar Singh Chamkila’. The film, which released on Netflix, is noted for its narrative style and a chartbuster OST by the Oscar and Grammy-winning composer A. R. Rahman.

He was also seen in a cameo appearance in the female-led film ‘Crew’. The film which starred Tabu, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Kriti Sanon in lead roles, received great response upon its theatrical release.

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Diljit even performed with the English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran during the latter’s India tour and made him sing in Punjabi while performing on stage at Mahalakshmi Race Course.

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