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Actor Naseeruddin Shah: I don’t regret having done ghastly movies

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He counts among the greatest ever on the Indian screen, without doubt. To say Naseeruddin Shah is an icon as a cine artiste would be an understatement. From the art of acting he exuded in Paar, Sparsh, Pestonjee, Junoon, Mirch Masala or Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro, to the unforgettable screen presence of mainstream roles in Masoom, A Wednesday, Jalwa, The Dirty Picture or the Ishqiya films, the 70-year-old Bollywood veteran has been there, done that.

The much-feted actor has been equally at home on screens big and small (some feel his role in the TV serial Mirza Ghalib is his best ever), and has recently forayed the OTT space with the series Bandish Bandits, too.

In a career spanning over four decades, there have been instances when he failed to create magic on screen, but he tells you he has no regrets.

“I don’t have a single regret in life. Yes, I have made mistakes but I have overcome them. I have put them behind me and moved on in life with learnings. I would be a fool to keep regrets in life. I have acted in several ghastly movies. I ate some of them. I might have not enjoyed working for those films but I don’t regret having done them. Each and every decision of mine has taught me something or the other,” Shah told IANS.

“It has been a great and fulfilling journey. It has been better than I thought it would be. I feel ‘tript’ (contented). I feel blessed to be able to fulfill my dreams. I think I have to find newer dreams now. I am still finding and exploring new things. You can’t expect any favours from life. It’s up to you to find the challenges,” he added.

The actor recalled his initial days when he was unsure of being able to fit in the film industry.

“I was not at all sure where I would fit in the film industry. Then I realised I did not need to fit in the film industry except to dabble in it now and then and make some money. An alternate world opened up for me,” he added.

The actor par excellence is now focussed on helping young actors understand the art of acting.

“There is whole world of learning in my own chosen profession. The desire to keep honing my craft is what kept me going and make my work alive on stage. I ended up reading a lot of literature and then I discovered teaching, which I found stimulating. Helping young actors, working with them and taking them on in order to fulfil their potential — I found that as a great joy. I hope I am able to continue that as long as I live,” Shah expressed.

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Neetu Kapoor remembers Rishi Kapoor on wedding anniversary

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Veteran actress Neetu Kapoor shared a social media post in the memory of her late husband Rishi Kapoor on their 41st wedding anniversary on Friday.

Neetu shared a video on Instagram which comprises a collage of scenes from different films featuring the two of them in their younger days as well as recent years.

Captioning the video, Neetu wrote: “Justtt” along with a heartbroken emoji. “Would have been our 41 years today,” she added. 

Bollywood stars Neetu Singh and Rishi Kapoor had tied the knot on January 22, 1980. The coupe are parents to Bollywood actor Ranbir Kapoor and jewellery designer Riddhima Kapoor Sahni. 

Rishi Kapoor breathed his last in Mumbai on April 30 last year after a two-year battle with leukemia. Wife Neetu often takes to social media to express her pain of missing him.

Neetu will next be seen in Raj Mehta’s comedy Jug Jugg Jeeyo. She stars alongside Anil Kapoor, Varun Dhawan, Kiara Advani and Prajakta Koli.

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Actor Varun Dhawan and Natasha Dalal head to Alibag for wedding

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Bollywood star Varun Dhawan and Natasha Dalal reportedly left for Alibag along with their families on Friday morning, for their wedding. While the ceremony in on January 24, rituals begin from Friday.

Social media pictures and videos that surfaced on Friday show Varun’s parents David and Karuna Dhawan leaving in one car while his brother Rohit Dhawan along with wife Janvi Dhawan and their daughter leaves in another.

Natasha Dalal was also spotted leaving her residence along with her parents.

Varun and Natasha are reportedly to tie the knot at The Mansion House Resort in Alibag, that is 20 minutes away from Mumbai via speedboat.

Earlier source close to Varun told IANS: “Varun and Natasha will be leaving for Alibag on January 22. They will tie the knot on January 24 and it will be a close-knit family affair, keeping the global pandemic in mind, because there are elder family members in both the families. It will be around 40 people from both the families gather for the occasion.”

On the guest list the source had added that “no Bollywood celebrity will be attending the ceremony now, because then the guest list would cross 500, which is not practically possible, keeping Covid-19 in mind”.

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Actress Tamannaah Bhatia: I’m back to my pre-Covid body

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Tamannaah Bhatia says she has regained the strength of her pre-Covid days thanks to two months of consistent workout. On Friday, Tamannah shared a gym video on Instagram where she can be seen lifting weight. 

“You don’t have to be extreme, just be consistent. 2 months of consistent, supervised workout routines with @devimeena and @kirandembla, and I’m back to my pre-covid body! In your face Covid-19. #BeStrongerThanYourExcuse #MakeItHappen #BeastMode #doiteveryday,” the actress shared.

Tamannaah tested positive for Covid in October. The actress underwent treatment at a hospital in Hyderabad for a week.

She will next be seen in the upcoming Telugu sports drama Seetimaarr. In the film, Tammannah will be playing the role of a Kabaddi coach named Jwala Singh. 

The film, which is currently on the floors in Hyderabad, is being helmed by Sampath Nandi and also stars Gopichand in the lead. Actor Rohit Pathak will be seen in a negative character.

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