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Emily Blunt in talks to star alongside Dwayne Johnson in ‘The Smashing Machine’

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Los Angeles, March 1 (IANS) Actress Emily Blunt is currently in talks to feature in the upcoming film ‘The Smashing Machine’ starring Dwyane Johnson.

The Academy Award-nominated actress would essay the role of Dawn Staples, the new wife to legendary MMA fighter Mark Kerr.

The story is about how Dawn struggles to find her place within Champion’s chaotic and contradictory world while trying to set up a life together, as reported by deadline.com.

‘The Smashing Machine’ is a drama based on the story of Kerr, the legendary MMA fighter from the no-holds-barred era of the UFC. He struggles with winning, relationships, substance abuse and friendship, set in the year 2000.

Kerr was a two-time UFC Heavyweight Tournament Champion, World Vale Tudo Championship tournament winner, a PRIDE FC Heavyweight Champion, 1992 NCAA National Wrestling Champion, 1994 National Freestyle Champion and 4x ADCC World Submission Champion.

The MMA fighter was also a subject of a documentary titled ‘The Smashing Machine’ in 2003.

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‘The Smashing Machine’ is directed by Benny Safdie, who has helmed projects such as ‘Heaven Knows What’, ‘Good Time’ and ‘Uncut Gems’.

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'Bigg Boss OTT 3': Deepak Chaurasia reports live from House; Sana Makbul praises Shivani's 'sadagi'

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Mumbai, June 23 (IANS) Journalist Deepak Chaurasia, who is a contestant on the controversial reality show ‘Bigg Boss OTT 3’, is reporting live from the heart of the ‘Bigg Boss’ house.

On the second day of the show, Deepak brings viewers the headlines of the day: YouTube sensation Shivani Kumari made waves with her first swim in the pool, sparking excitement among the housemates.

His second headline of the day is that tensions grew when Bigg Boss forgot to wish social media influencer Sana Sultan Khan a happy birthday.

The third headline is that the kitchen is now abuzz with discussions as housemates deliberate over today’s lunch plans.

In the ‘Bigg Boss OTT’ house, genuine moments of camaraderie often shine through. This Sunday, the audience saw television actress Sana Makbul and Kritika Malik praising Shivani’s ‘sadagi’ (simplicity).

They celebrated Shivani’s natural beauty and simplicity.

Sana, while applying mascara to Shivani, praised her for her effortless elegance.

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Kritika chimed in, saying, “We need makeup to look good, but Shivani, you look beautiful even without it.”

Will these heartfelt compliments bring the girls closer, or will the day’s events stir up new challenges?

The show also features contestants actor Ranveer Shorey, TV actors Sai Ketan Rao and Poulomi Das, rapper Naved Shaikh a.k.a. Naezy, social media influencers Vishal Pandey and Lovekesh Kataria, ‘Vada Pav’ girl Chandrika Dixit, YouTuber Armaan Malik and his two wives, Payal and Kritika, astrologer Munisha Khatwani, and Indian boxer Neeraj Goyat.

The show, which is hosted by Bollywood superstar Anil Kapoor, is streaming on JioCinema Premium.

Meanwhile, Sana Makbul, who began her career in modelling, appeared in the reality show ‘MTV Scooty Teen Diva’ in 2009. She then starred in the teen musical series ‘Ishaan: Sapno Ko Awaaz De’. She was also a contestant in ‘Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 11.’

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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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'Bigg Boss OTT 3': Vishal Pandey, Lovekesh hide poha packets; Ranvir Shorey gets angry

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Mumbai, June 23 (IANS) The morning of the second day of ‘Bigg Boss OTT 3’ saw social media influencers Vishal Pandey and Lovekesh Kataria hiding packets of poha as a prank, leaving the housemates worried about the missing food and suspecting a robbery.

The housemates found apples and oranges in the drawers of social media influencer Sana Sultan Khan and YouTube sensation Shivani Kumari, adding to the chaos and leading them to believe it was a special task.

It will be interesting to see whether the housemates uncover that the robbery was a prank and not a special task, or if this will lead to more confusion and chaos.

The makers took to social media and shared some pictures from day two.

The snaps show actor Ranveer Shorey in a confused state of mind, Vishal holding the poha packet, and Sana smiling in the last photo.

The post is captioned: “#BiggBossOTT3 ke dusre din gharwalo ko mila reality check! Aakhir kyu hai Ranvir Bigg Boss se khafa?”

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The show is streaming on JioCinema Premium.

Meanwhile, Vishal has nine million followers, and Lovekesh has two million followers on Instagram. Sana has 6.5 million followers on Instagram.

Ranveer started his career with his friend and co-actor, Vinay Pathak. He was the host of the talk show ‘Ranvir Vinay Aur Kaun?’ and ‘The Great Indian Comedy Show’. He made his debut in 2002 opposite Manisha Koirala in the film ‘Ek Chhotisi Love Story’.

The 51-year-old actor has also featured in movies like ‘Khosla Ka Ghosla’, ‘Traffic Signal’, ‘Ugly Aur Pagli’, ‘Singh Is Kinng’, ‘Do Knot Disturb’, ‘Bombay Talkies’, ‘A Death In The Gunj’, ‘Sonchiriya’, ‘Lootcase’, ‘420 IPC’, ‘Tiger 3’, and ‘RK/RKay’.

He has also been a part of web series like ‘Rangbaaz’, ‘Sacred Games’, ‘Metro Park’, ‘Sunflower’, and ‘Tabbar’. Ranveer has also participated in ‘Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 5’.

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'Bigg Boss OTT 3': Sai Ketan breaks down in front of Deepak Chaurasia; recalls getting Rs 100 for short film

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Mumbai, June 23 (IANS) ‘Bigg Boss OTT 3’ contestant and TV actor Sai Ketan Rao opened up about his life struggles inside the house during a conversation with journalist Deepak Chaurasia, recalling how he received just Rs 100 for a role in a short film.

In a video shared by the show’s makers on Sunday, Sai, who is known for his roles in TV shows ‘Mehndi Hai Rachne Waali’ and ‘Imlie’, became emotional while speaking with Deepak.

Sai is seen crying in the video and saying to Deepak: “2016 me maine ek short film kia tha… hero ka bhai tha main (In 2016, I did a short film in which I played the role of the hero’s brother).”

Sai was referring to the 2016 Telugu short film ‘Devil in Disguise’.

The actor then continued, “Rs 100 mile the mujhe or is pure time me struggle kafi tha. Hamari situation bahut hi kharab thi… maine sab kuch kho dia… paise kho diye opportunities kho diye, My father was never there in my life (I got Rs 100 for my role in the short film. There were a lot of struggles. Our situation was very bad… I lost everything — money, opportunities, etc. My father was never there in my life).”

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Deepak replied sympathetically, saying, “So sad,” to which Sai further added, ” Unhone hame chodh dia (My father had left us).”

The video ends with Deepak consoling Sai, saying, “Don’t cry.”

The post is captioned: “Hero ka bhai tha, 100 rupay mile the – Sai Ketan gets real about his life struggles.”

‘Bigg Boss OTT 3’ is streaming on JioCinema Premium.

Meanwhile, Sai has been featured in TV shows like ‘Chashni’ and ‘Agni Sakshi’, and web series such as ‘The Baker and the Beauty’, ‘Aham Bhramhasmi’, ‘Love Studio’, ‘Beyond Breakup’, and ‘Three Half Bottles’.

He has also starred in Telugu movies like ‘Most Eligible Bachelor’, ‘Ajay Passayyadu’, ‘Strangers’, ‘Pellikuturu Party’, and others.

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'Bigg Boss OTT 3': Housemates wake up to energetic beats of 'Udta Punjab' on Sunday

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Mumbai, June 23 (IANS) It’s a relaxed Sunday morning at the ‘Bigg Boss OTT 3’ house on the second day, with contestants waking up to the energetic beats of ‘Udta Punjab’.

The visuals show social media influencer and YouTuber Armaan Malik hugging his second wife, Kritika Malik.

Armaan is participating in the controversial reality show along with both his wives, Payal and Kritika.

Television actress Sana Makbul and the famous ‘Vada Pav’ girl Chandrika Dixit also grooved to the track.

However, it will be interesting to see whether the day will remain smooth and easy or if there will be any storms on the horizon.

On day one, the audience witnessed actor Ranveer Shorey criticising social media influencer Lovekesh Kataria’s behaviour over a rationing issue. Tension flared in the house during a discussion about dividing food between vegetarians and non-vegetarians.

Ranveer asserted his right to take his share according to his needs, but things got heated when Lovekesh approached the ‘Ugly Aur Pagli’ actor too closely. Ranveer replied, “Be in your limits. I’m double your age; so, don’t cross boundaries.”

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Day one also featured a heated debate task, with journalist Deepak Chaurasia stepping into the judge’s chair.

The house was split into two rival teams: Lovekesh, Indian boxer Neeraj Goyat, and Armaan on one side, while Ranveer, social media influencer Sana Sultaan Khan, and TV actor Sai Ketan Rao on the other.

During the debate, Sana accused Armaan of portraying himself as a husband rather than an individual.

Day one also included a special Tarot card reading for Armaan by astrologer Munisha Khatwani.

Other contestants in the show include TV actress Poulomi Das, rapper Naved Shaikh a.k.a. Naezy, social media influencer Vishal Pandey, and YouTube sensation Shivani Kumari.

The show, hosted by Bollywood superstar Anil Kapoor, is streaming on JioCinema Premium.

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