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Jaya Bachchan's inspiring journey from FTII to Bollywood star, Samajwadi MP

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New Delhi, April 9 (IANS) Jaya Bachchan, renowned for her work in Indian cinema and politics, is celebrating her 76th birthday on Tuesday.

Born as Jaya Bhaduri in a Bengali family, Jaya’s father, Tarun Kumar Bhaduri, was a well-known journalist and a poet.

After completing her education, Jaya attended the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune, where she honed her acting skills.

She made her acting debut as a teenager in 1963 with the Bengali film ‘Mahanagar’ directed by Satyajit Ray. The film starred Madhabi Mukherjee in the leading role.

Jaya then transitioned to Hindi cinema and quickly gained prominence with her versatile performances in films like Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s directorial ‘Guddi’, and ‘Anamika’.

The 1971 movie ‘Guddi’ featured Jaya as a petite schoolgirl who is obsessed with actor Dharmendra. The film had created the girl-next-door image for her.

Movies like ‘Uphaar’, ‘Piya Ka Ghar’, ‘Parichay’ and ‘Bawarchi’ made her a superstar.

In 1973, she married Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan, becoming one of the most celebrated couples in Indian cinema.

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Jaya first acted with Big B in the 1972 romantic drama ‘Bansi Birju’. She took up the part of ‘Mala’ in the 1973 action crime film ‘Zanjeer’, after many lead heroines refused to work alongside Amitabh due to his series of flops.

The film turned out to be a big hit, creating Big B’s angry-young-man image. The two have then worked together in films like ‘Sholay’, ‘Chupke Chupke’, ‘Mili’, ‘Abhimaan’, and ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham’, among others.

Her daughter, Shweta, was born around the time Jaya and Amitabh were working on Ramesh Sippy’s directorial ‘Sholay’.

Following this, she focused on raising her children — Shweta and actor Abhishek Bachchan.

She is the mother-in-law of actress and former Miss World Aishwarya Rai. Abhishek and Aishwarya got married in April 2007. They have a daughter, Aaradhya.

Jaya’s daughter Shweta is married to businessman Nikhil Nanda, who is the son of actor Raj Kapoor’s daughter Ritu Nanda. The couple has two children — daughter Navya and son Agastya.

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Agastya has recently made his acting debut with the teen drama ‘The Archies’.

Jaya then starred in Yash Chopra’s 1981 romantic drama ‘Silsila’, alongside her husband. She also wrote the story for the 1988 vigilante action film ‘Shahenshah’, starring Big B.

After a gap of 17 years, Jaya returned to acting with Govind Nihalani’s 1998 ‘Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa’, which revolved around the Naxalite movement.

In 2011, she appeared in the Bangladeshi film ‘Meherjaan’ starring Victor Banerjee and Humayun Faridi. The film is based on a Bangladesh-Pakistan love story set against the backdrop of the 1971 Bangladesh atrocities.

Despite her successful acting career, Jaya’s interests expanded beyond the silver screen. In 2004, she entered politics and became MP in the Rajya Sabha, representing the Samajwadi Party.

Throughout her tenure, she has been a vocal advocate for various social causes, including women’s rights and the welfare of artists and performers. She has been elected five times as a Rajya Sabha MP.

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Jaya was last seen as Dhanalakshmi Randhawa in Karan Johar’s romantic comedy ‘Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani’. The movie stars Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt in the lead roles.

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Akansha Ranjan Kapoor plans for European holiday after 'MaayaOne' wrap-up

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Mumbai, May 26 (IANS) Actress Akansha Ranjan Kapoor, who is busy with her Telugu film ‘MaayaOne’, shared her upcoming travel plans.

The actress said that she is looking forward to her “Euro trip” once she wraps up ‘MaayaOne’.

Akansha, who is known for ‘Guilty’, ‘Ray’, and ‘Monica, Oh My Darling’, told IANS that her next destination will be the snow-clad mountains and picturesque locales of Switzerland.

The actress said: “I’m planning to do a Euro trip after wrapping up ‘MaayaOne’. So this July or August, I will go to Switzerland since I’ve never been there.”

Sharing some of her favourite destinations, Akansha told IANS: “I love small, quaint towns in Europe like Seville and also really love Prague.”

When asked about her travel hacks, the actress said that she likes to travel light.

“I’m a very, very light traveller. I never carry more than one bag. I pre-plan every outfit and look, so I’m never overpacked or confused. I have little pouches with outfits, shoes, and jewellery for each day. It makes life much easier. Travelling light is the best,” she said.

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Shehnaaz Gill grooves to ‘Aye udi udi’ as she enjoys holiday in Mauritius

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Mumbai, May 26 (IANS) Actress Shehnaaz Gill is currently enjoying her getaway in Mauritius and shared a sneak peek into the holiday.

Shehnaaz took to Instagram and shared a video of herself at her resort.

The actress is seen walking on the beach in a white shirt paired with black shorts, and then playing with water.

The video, which features ‘Aye Udi Udi’ from the film ‘Saathiya’ as the background music, ends with Shehnaaz sharing a glimpse of the picturesque locale.

The actress captioned the video with the lyrics of the song: “Aye udi udi… Aye khwaabon kii burii…”

The song was originally picturised on actress Rani Mukerji and Vivek Oberoi and is sung by music composer Adnan Sami. Released in 2002, ‘Saathiya’ was directed by Shaad Ali. It revolves around a couple, who despite heavy opposition from their parents, run away and get married. However, their fairy-tale romance develops cracks.

Shehnaaz began her journey in the Punjabi showbiz industry with the music video ‘Shiv Di Kitaab’ in 2015. She then appeared in ‘Majhe Di Jatti’ and ‘Pindaan Diyan Kudiyaan’ in 2016. In 2017, she made her acting debut in the Punjabi film ‘Sat Shri Akaal England’.

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However, life took a turn for the better after she featured in the 13th edition of ‘Bigg Boss’ in 2019. She became a social media sensation and has since featured in films such as ‘Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan’ and ‘Thank You For Coming’.

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Romance gets tadka of bhangra in Diljit Dosanjh's 'Tu Juliet Jatt Di' track

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Mumbai, May 26 (IANS) Punjabi superstar Diljit Dosanjh, who is currently in his best phase, released the music video of his track ‘Tu Juliet Jatt Di’ from his upcoming Punjabi movie ‘Jatt & Juliet 3’ on Sunday.

The music video features Diljit sharing the screen with actress Neeru Bajwa as he courts her by singing the song and performing bhangra, adding depth to the vibrant track and visuals.

The production design features several elements that lend a certain grandeur to the visuals with a sparkly texture and tone.

Both Diljit and Neeru alternate between the shades of black, blue, red, and green with regards to their outfits in the video.

The music for the song has been composed by Bunny, with vocals by Diljit. Sonically, the track has a vibrant flavour, blending Indian and contemporary elements.

The song is released by Times Music in association with Speed Records.

‘Jatt & Juliet 3’ marks the third instalment of the superhit ‘Jatt & Juliet’ franchise, in which Diljit and Neeru have been constants.

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‘Jatt & Juliet 2’ broke all records in Punjabi cinema as it emerged as the highest grosser in Punjabi cinema.

The upcoming film sees Diljit and Neeru reprising their roles of Fateh and Pooja as they navigate new challenges in their lives.

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‘Not just emotions, you need to think about Sunny Leone's 'Splitsvilla' advice: 'Not just emotions, you need to think about game as well’as well’, says Sunny Leone on ‘MTV Splitsvilla X5’

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Mumbai, May 26 (IANS) Actress Sunny Leone, who hosts the dating reality show ‘MTV Splitsvilla X5’ shared on the latest episode of the show that contestants have to strike a balance between their emotions and the game.

Following a dance-off challenge, Rushali basks in newfound confidence in Harsh as their chemistry outshone Harsh and Shubhi’s chemistry in the dance-off.

In the upcoming episode, the Splitsvillains face the challenge of choosing two ‘Lit Couples’. They must now choose two Lit couples from the winners of the dance-off

Arriving at the challenge location, the Splitsvillains are greeted by Tanuj and Sunny who reveal the task: ‘Lit Lag Gai.’ The unique challenge setup instantly caught eyeballs, with two nets on either end of a swimming pool.

Sunny said, “Ye aapke liye difficult tha ya easy? Because you don’t just have to think about your emotions behind it, aapko game ke baare mein bhi sochna padega.”

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Tanuj and Sunny went on to announce the chosen Lit couples. These lucky pairs will be the team captains, each selecting two more couples from the winners. The challenge is aptly named ‘Lit Lag Gai’. The boys of the Lit couples must sit in boats, and the remaining two from each team will stand on either end pushing and pulling their way to score a goal.

Drama escalates as Dev Karan confesses his desire to form a genuine connection with Shubhi, hoping she’s more than just a player.

‘MTV Splitsvilla X5: ExSqueeze Me Please’ is available on MTV and JioCinema.

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Mallika Sherawat loves pushing her limits when she works out in the gym

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Mumbai, May 26 (IANS) Mallika Sherawat is a fitness enthusiast, going by her workout video on social media, where the actress shared that she loves pushing her limits during her workouts.

Mallika on Sunday shared a video of herself performing HIIT rope slams while dressed in purple and black athleisure wear.

“I love working out in the gym, love the sense of accomplishment that comes with pushing my limits. Btw my gym trainer is ruthless,” she wrote in the caption.

Earlier, on Friday, the actress shared close-up pictures of herself and talked about how botox and fillers are not needed to look pretty.

The actress captioned the images: It is possible to look pretty and attractive without Botox and fillers. One’s self-worth and confidence need not to be tied to Botox.”

Mallika added: “Focussing on overall wellness through diet, exercise, avoiding alcohol and cigarettes etc promotes a healthier and more authentic sense of beauty and self esteem #saynotobotox.”

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Talking about her work, Mallika was last seen in the comedy-drama ‘RK/RKay’, directed by Rajat Kapoor, co-starring Kubbra Sait, Ranvir Shorey, and Manu Rishi Chadha.

Mallika made her Bollywood debut in 2002 with ‘Jeena Sirf Merre Liye’. She was then seen in films such as ‘Khwahish’ and ‘Kis Kis Ki Kismat’.

However, she rose to stardom in 2004 with her bold performance in ‘Murder’. Following that, she starred in films like ‘Pyaar Ke Side Effects’, ‘Aap Ka Suroor’, and ‘Double Dhamaal’.

Mallika has also worked in Hollywood films, including ‘Hisss’ and ‘Politics of Love’. In 2012, she featured alongside pop star Bruno Mars in his parody video.

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