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KJo, Shilpa, Rakul Preet, Ananya & others wish 'incredible' dads for being their 'greatest inspiration'

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Mumbai, June 16 (IANS) Bollywood celebrities such as Karan Johar, Shilpa Shetty, Ananya Panday, Bipasha Basu, Rakul Preet Singh, Jackky Bhagnani, and others on Sunday wished their dads on the occasion of Father’s Day by sharing unseen photos on social media.

Filmmaker Karan Johar posted a photo on Instagram with his late father, Yash Johar, who was the producer and founder of Dharma Productions. The photos show a young Karan adorably holding his father, and another photo features Karan with his children, Yash and Roohi.

He captioned it: “Forever using your love, grace, ambition, humility, and compassion to guide me in every aspect of my life, papa… especially with Yashi and Roohi.”

Shilpa Shetty, who was last seen in the web series ‘Indian Police Force’, shared a montage video on Instagram stories.

The video features throwback photos of Shilpa with her late father, Surendra Shetty, along with glimpses of her husband Raj Kundra, their children Viaan and Samisha, and her father-in-law.

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The actress captioned the video: “Celebrating the incredible fathers in my life… My amazing husband, my late father who watches over us, and my wonderful father-in-law. Your love and legacy continue to inspire us every day. Happy Father’s Day.”

Rakul Preet, who is married to filmmaker and actor Jackky Bhagnani, shared a video of childhood pictures with her father, wedding photos, and snaps of her father-in-law.

The actress wrote: “Happy Father’s Day to the man who taught me strength, integrity, and the power of standing up for what’s right. You’ve been my greatest inspiration and the guiding light in my life, pappppppi. I love you. Thank you for being our constant in everything we do…”

“To my wonderful father-in-law, you welcomed me in this family with open arms and a heart full of warmth. Your kindness, wisdom, and unwavering support mean the world to me. Thank you for being an amazing father-in-law. I feel so blessed to have you both in my life,” added Rakul.

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Jackky also shared photos with his father and father-in-law, writing: “Dad, you’ve been my hero, my icon, always inspiring me to keep going no matter what. Your strength and resilience have taught me that the show must always go on. Every day I look at you, I learn something new, and I’m grateful for your unwavering guidance.”

“To my father-in-law, your greatness shines through in every action, reminding me of the importance of being strong and righteous. What I’ve learned from you is invaluable. Thank you for being my inspiration. This Father’s Day, I celebrate both of you for the unique ways you’ve touched my heart and enriched my life,” added Jackky, who recently produced ‘Bade Miyan Chote Miyan.’

Ananya Panday posted a photo with her father, actor Chunky Panday, on Instagram stories and wrote: “The best papa in the whole wide world.”

Singer Neha Kakkar shared a series of pictures with her father, captioning them: “My Daddy Strongest and Bestest!! Happy Father’s Day to My papa and every papa in the world.”

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Bipasha Basu shared black-and-white photos with her dad, along with some celebratory pictures.

She wrote: “No one like my Papa. Love you Papa. Happy Father’s Day.”

‘Yodha’ actress Raashii Khanna took to Instagram stories and shared a video of her and her father happily dancing and singing.

The post is captioned: “From silly singalongs to cheering me on through life’s performances. You’re the melody to my heart, papa. Happy Father’s Day. Today and every day.”

Sonali Bendre shared a picture of her father and husband, filmmaker Goldie Behl, with the caption: “Happy Father’s Day to the best dads ever.”

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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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‘Bigg Boss OTT 3’: Ranvir Shorey predicts Chandrika Dixit’s eviction from show

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Mumbai, July 14 (IANS) In the upcoming ‘Weekend Ka Vaar’ episode, actor Ranvir Shorey has predicted that the “viral vada pav girl” Chandrika Dixit will be evicted from the ‘Bigg Boss OTT 3’.

In a promo shared by the channel for the episode, host Anil Kapoor is seen discussing the impending eviction of a contestant.

The caption of the video read: “Aa gayi faisle ki ghadi, kya hoga janta ka decision? Kiska ‘Bigg Boss OTT 3’ ka safar aaj hoga khatam?”

The clip starts with Anil asking Ranvir for his prediction on who will be evicted.

“Aaj kisi ek sadsiya ko ghar se beghar hona hai. Aapko kya lagta hai Ranvir,” Anil asked.

Ranvir replied, suggesting that Chandrika’s social media influence is not as strong as that of Vishal Pandey, Lovekesh Kataria, and Shivani Kumari.

“Shivani Vishal aur Lovekesh inki social presence Chandrika se kayi zyada hai,” Ranvir said.

Anil then asked Shivani if she believed she would be saved. She expressed hope that her fans would support her and prevent her eviction.

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Ranvir posed the same question to Sai Ketan Rao, who admitted he was unsure about who would be evicted this time.

In the previous episode, Chandrika faced criticism from Anil for not having her own “muddas” (issues) to present and consistently portraying herself as a ‘victim’ in the house.

However, on Sunday, reports about her eviction were doing the rounds.

Reports also claimed that Armaan Malik and Chandrika were among the bottom two contestants in the show, which airs on JioCinema Premium.

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