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Actor Rana Daggubati: Didn’t go to college so never connected with college stories

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Rana Daggubati completes 11 years as an actor this year, and his new Telugu film “Aranya” opened on Friday. The multilingual film is titled “Kaadan” in its Tamil version, and also has a Hindi version titled “Haathi Mere Saathi”, which got postponed owing to surge in Covid cases in Mumbai.

Dadasaheb Phalke-winning producer D. Rama Naidu’s grandson and Telugu superstar Venkatesh’s nephew, Rana started out starring in the Telugu political drama “Leader” in 2010, and made his Bollywood debut in Rohan Sippy’s multistarrer “Dum Maaro Dum” a year later. Ever since, he has mostly been active in his home turf of Telugu cinema but has occasionally also worked in Bollywood and Tamil films.

“When I came into the industry, there was nothing, no alternatives. We only had mainstream cinema and I had very little to choose from. I am not someone who did regular love stories. I didn’t go to college so I never connected with college stories either. I was not somebody who was a big fan of regular, commercial cinema that were set on patterns of revenge, action and pieces like that,” Rana tells IANS.

The actor, whose role as the antagonist Bhallaladeva in the blockbuster “Baahubali” films brought him pan-Indian recognition, says he never considers language as a barrier while signing projects.

“I have never kept language as a barrier. All of it eventually came and fell into where I am today, in my comfort zone,” he says.

Over the past decade in Bollywood, after “Dum Maaro Dum”, Rana has worked in the films “Baby” and “Department”, besides essaying cameos in “Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani”, “Housefull 4”, and “Welcome To New York”. He feels this is the best time to tell new stories on screen.

“Now I get many stories whether it is Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Hindi. I get all stories. So, I think it’s beautiful whether you are a filmmaker or an artiste. Definitely, there was never a better time than today for storytelling,” he says.

The actor’s film “Aranya”, which is titled as “Haathi Mere Saathi” in Hindi recently got postponed due to the rising cases of Coronavirus in Mumbai.

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Bipasha, Karan announce pregnancy: ‘A creation manifested by our love’

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Bollywood actress Bipasha Basu and her actor husband Karan Singh Grover have announced that they are all set to welcome their first bundle of joy.

The 43-year-old actress took to Instagram, where she shared a motley of pictures from her pregnancy shoot. In one picture, Bipasha is seen dressed in a white shirt while her husband Karan is seen lovingly kissing her baby bump.

She captioned the images: “A new time, a new phase, a new light adds another unique shade to our prism of life. Making us a little more whole than we used to be. We began this life individually and then we met each other and from then we were two.”

“Too much love for only two, seemed a little unfair for us to see… so soon, we who once were two will now become three. A creation manifested by our love, our baby will join us soon and add to our glee.”

She added: “Thank you all, for your unconditional love, your prayers and good wishes as they are and will always be a part of us. Thank you for being a part of our lives and manifesting with us another beautiful life, our baby Durga Durga.”

Bipasha met Karan on the sets of “Alone” in 2015. The two got married in 2016. The actress was earlier dating actor John Abraham.

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Danny Boyle saw Anil Kapoor’s ‘Taal’, offered him ‘Slumdog Millionaire’

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Actor Anil Kapoor revealed that Danny Boyle saw his film ‘Taal’ and his performance in it that made the Hollywood filmmaker offer him the hugely successful film ‘Slumgod Millionaire’.

Anil also shared that he was destined to do this film as it was first offered to actor Govinda and then it came to him.

As the film, which also stars Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Akshaye Khanna, completes 23 years of its release on Saturday, Anil took to social media to share some pictures from the shoot and pen a note.

“23 years of Taal! I will forever be grateful to have been a part of this iconic movie. In many ways, I was destined to do it, as my role was first offered to Govinda but ultimately came to me.”

“It was Taal that Danny Boyle saw and my performance in it that made him offer me Slumdog Millionaire, I thank my lucky stars for the love and support of the phenomenally talented showman @subhashghai1 saab and for 4 hugely successful milestone films with him!”

‘Taal’ released in 1999. The musical romantic drama is directed by Subhash Gahi. It was also dubbed in Tamil as ‘Thaalam’.

‘Slumdog Millionaire’ was nominated for ten Academy Awards in 2009 and won eight, the most for any film in 2008.

The British drama film is loosely adapted from the novel ‘Q & A’ by Indian author Vikas Swarup, telling the story of 18-year-old Jamal Malik from the Juhu slums of Mumbai. Starring Dev Patel as Jamal, and filmed in India, it also stars Freida Pinto.

As a contestant on ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’, Jamal surprises everyone by being able to answer every question correctly, winning 20 million. Accused of cheating, Jamal recounts his life story to the police, illustrating how he is able to answer each question correctly.

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Kareena opens up on her iconic character Poo having her own movie

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 Kareena Kapoor Khan’s over-the-top Poo from ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham’ is one of the most memorable and loved roles from the actress’s career. The Bollywood diva herself finds it unbelievable that even after 21 years of the film’s release the character is still relevant amongst all age-groups.

Kareena’s character Poo is not only known for her taste in fashion but also one liners such as “Kaun hai yeh jisne dobara mudke mujhe nahi dekha”, ‘P.H.A.T – Pretty, Hot And Tempting’ and “Tumhe koi haq nahi banta ki tum itni khoobsurat lago. Not fair” among many others.

Asked if she feels that Poo deserves a movie to herself, Kareena, in conversation with IANS, said: “Oh God! Like I think now this character is so relevant with this generation more than it was then.”

Kareena talks about what makes the character, which comes from Chandni Chowk in New Delhi and then moves to London with her sister essayed by Kajol and brother-in-law played by Shah Rukh Khan, have such a massive fan following.

“I think for the way she is, the way she talks, the kind of millennial Gen-Z kinda words that she uses connect somehow.”

The 41-year-old actress added: “So, I think it is because of that more than anything else. Let’s see a film someday, who knows.”

Kareena’s latest release is ‘Laal Singh Chaddha’ starring Aamir Khan. The film is an adaptation of Tom Hanks’ iconic movie ‘Forest Gump’. It also stars Mona Singh and Naga Chaitanya.

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