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Who does Lakshmi Manchu want to share screen space with? Vikrant, Diljit, Pratik Gandhi

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Mumbai, April 26 (IANS) Actress Lakshmi Manchu has showered praise on Vikrant Massey, Diljit Dosanjh, and Pratik Gandhi.

The actress also expressed her desire to work with all three of them if given the opportunity.

Lakshmi told IANS: “I’m always raving about the new movies that I see and that have touched me and moved me. And yes, Vikrant Massey was just unbelievable in ’12th Fail’. I’m a big fan of Prateek Gandhi right now, and I just finished seeing ‘Chamkila’, and wow.”

She continued: “I was a fan of Diljit Dosanjh as a musician. But my God, as an actor, he’s just something else. So I want to work with all of them, not just one.”

The actress will next be seen in the Telugu film ‘Agni Nakshatram’ alongside her father, Mohan Babu.

” ‘Agni Nakshatram’ looks amazing. I’m super excited for people to see my dad and me together for the first time. And I think I held my own in this movie because I think my dad was not prepared to see what was coming his way with me,” she shared.

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After ‘Agni Nakshatram’, she has more projects lined up for release.

“My upcoming projects include three films in Telugu. I have a Hotstar series that is coming up, and I have a Tamil film that’s ready for release,” she said.

–IANS

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Divya Khossla gets emotional during first screening of ‘Savi’ in Indore

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Mumbai, May 26 (IANS) Actress-filmmaker Divya Khossla became emotional during the first public screening of her film ‘Savi, which also stars Anil Kapoor and Harshvardhan Rane, in Indore, Madhya Pradesh.

Before the screening began, Divya addressed the audience, saying that neither her father nor her family had seen the film yet.

The actress was heard saying: “We haven’t shown the movie to anyone yet. Even my own family, my dad, has not watched the film. You are the first ones to watch it, we have only watched it in the office. I am getting so emotional, I feel like I’m sitting with my family and watching the film.”

“This very first show is happening here tonight with all of you, and it is a moment of pride for me. I am very thankful I got to come here and watch it with all of you. I hope you all enjoy it with your family and friends,” Divya added.

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‘Savi’ is a jailbreak thriller. It is set to release in cinemas on May 31.

An Abhinay Deo film, ‘Savi’, is produced by Mukesh Bhatt, Bhushan Kumar, and Krishan Kumar, under the banners of Vishesh Films and T-Series.

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'Dance Deewane' winners Nithin, Gaurav now wish to choreograph Hrithik Roshan

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New Delhi, May 26 (IANS) Bengaluru boy Nithin NJ and Delhi’s Gaurav Sharma, the ‘Dance Deewane’ winner duo, shared that they would like to choreograph for Bollywood’s ‘Greek God’ Hrithik Roshan.

At the show’s ‘Parivaar Ki Grand Finale Party’ on Saturday night, the winners performed on the tracks ‘Hai Rama’ and ‘Roop Suhana Lagta Hai’ from the 1994 vigilante action film ‘The Gentleman’. Along with the trophy, the winners were awarded a prize money of Rs 20 lakh.

Talking to IANS, Nithin, who is 19 years old, said he has participated in various dance reality shows in the South. “It was my dream to do the North’s ‘Dance Deewane’. This was not easy but I did the hard work,” Nithin said.

For 22-year-old Gaurav, it was a very ‘khushhaal’ journey on ‘Dance Deewane’.

On whom the two would like to choreograph in the future, Nithin named three stars: Thalapathy Vijay, Yash and Hrithik Roshan. Gaurav also expressed his desire to choreograph Hrithik.

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Looking back their performances, the duo said they really enjoyed performing on ‘Eyy Bidda’. In the words of Nithin, “The ‘Eyy Bidda’ performance was my favourite because it was a very jolly act.”

The ‘Eyy Bidda’ performance was Gaurav’s favourite too. “In the other performances we have done stunts, but in that act there was only fun, dancing, and there was the interaction with the judges.”

Talking about their most emotional moments in their ‘Dance Deewane’ journey, Nithin said: “When my Nana and Nani came in the grandparents’ masti episode. I got very emotional about it. It was my dream to bring my Nana-Nani on to the stage and make them see my performance. They were very happy. They also danced on the stage, which was a very cute moment.”

For Gaurav, his best moments was “when my parents came on the stage”.

On where they would like to see themselves after five years, Nithin said: “I want to be seen as an actor on the big screen. I have to fulfil that dream.” Gaurav wants to become a full-time choreographer in the years ahead.

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The last episode kicked off with the dance queen and judge Madhuri Dixit Nene setting the stage ablaze by grooving to ‘Khoya Hain’. Emotions soared when the other judge, Suniel Shetty, sang ‘Sandese Aate Hain’ from J.P. Datta’s ‘Border’, where he and Sunny Deol played the lead roles. His performance moved everyone to tears, adding a heartfelt touch to the spectacle.

–IANS

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Farah Khan quips she wants to ‘get in bed’ with Karan Johar

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Mumbai, May 26 (IANS) Filmmaker-choreographer Farah Khan was a day late to wish Karan Johar on his 51st birthday, but she had a hilarious way of making it up to him.

Farah on Sunday took to Instagram and shared a reel, where she is seen holding the quilt on the bed and saying: “It’s Karan Johar’s birthday, and I am here. And I feel he’s in his birthday suit and now I am going to check him out.”

Farah then pulls the quilt, and Karan says “aah” as he sits in his night suit.

He is heard saying: “I can’t believe I am in bed with you on my birthday.. I am in bed with you and I don’t know if it’s a problem for you or me.”

Farah captioned the reel: “In bed with the birthday boy!!… u know there’s nowhere else I’d rather be. I love you Karan.”

She shared the reel of her stories and wrote: “1 day late but… Happy Birthday @karanjohar u know how much I want to get in bed with u. (sic).”

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Venkatesh Daggubati aces airport look with checkered shirt and denims

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Mumbai, May 26 (IANS) Telugu star Venkatesh Daggubati was spotted at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai on Sunday.

The actor was seen arriving at the airport dressed in a black T-shirt, paired with a checkered shirt and denim jeans. He completed his look with Wayfarer sunglasses and white sneakers.

Venkatesh posed for the paparazzi stationed at the venue and briefly interacted with them prior to entering the airport terminal.

He is one of the biggest stars of the Telugu film industry and has a prolific career spanning 38 years. He is known for portraying a variety of challenging characters

On the work front, the actor was last seen in the film ‘Saindhav’, which collected Rs 25 crore at the box office. The film also starred Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Arya, Shraddha Srinath, Ruhani Sharma, Andrea Jeremiah, and Baby Sara.

The Telugu star is reportedly working with director Anil Ravipudi on his upcoming film. The film is a crime thriller and will see Venkatesh in the role of an ex-cop. The film sees him caught in a spiral as he sinks into the abyss because of his ex-girlfriends and an amiable wife.

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Tillotama Shome highlights the tough journey of indie filmmakers like Payal Kapadia

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New Delhi, May 26 (IANS) After Shweta Dhanwanthary spoke up about the travails of indie filmmakers who find it so hard to sell their storyboards in India, OTT star Tillotama Shome took to Instagram with a heartfelt post to amplify the point.

Both posts, which are essentially critiques of the celebrity culture that drives story selection in mainstream Indian cinema, are in response to Payal Kapadia winning the Grand Prix at the 77th Cannes Film Festival on Saturday night.

It was the highest international award an Indian filmmaker has received at a global event after the honorary Oscar for Satyajit Ray in 1992. And yet Kapadia ‘All We Imagine As Light’ was able to see the light of day because of support from international producers Thomas Hakim and Julien Graff, and funding from a whole host of European agencies — Arte, Cineworld, CNC, Condor, Eurimages, Gan Foundation, Hubert Bals Fund, Luxbox, Pulpa Film and Visions Sud Est.

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In a long post, Shome said: “I wanted to put some flowers out today to celebrate the women from my country at Cannes. How did they get there? Ask them and you will weep.”

She then made the point that seems to be on top of the mind of many in the film industry. “It’s nothing short of a miracle for an Indian indie film with no institutional, financial or emotional support from the country, to make it this big,” Shome said.

Speaking like an artiste feeling for others of her ilk, she asked: “How were the films funded, how difficult was it to complete the film in that budget, and oh, how did the actors put together the money to fly to Cannes, so they could bring home the prize, that we are so proud of?”

Shome concludes with these heartfelt words: “Let us put some skin into this game if we are feeling so proud. Otherwise it’s not pride, but just shame for not believing in your own storytellers, until the world asks you to look at them.”

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On Saturday night, as soon as the news of Kapadia’s win came out, Dhanwanthary took to X to make the same point. As already reported by IANS, ‘The Family Man’ star concluded her post with a telling line: “They succeeded despite the industry’s typical standards of success and non-existent encouragement.”

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