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Actor Vardhan Puri on granddad Amrish Puri: We were best friends

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Budding actor Vardhan Puri has shared some of his fondest memories of his late grandfather, actor Amrish Puri, on the latter’s birth anniversary on June 22.

Amrish Puri was born on June 22, 1932, and he gave many memorable performances in Bollywood, including arthouse films such as “Nishant”, “Manthan” and “Bhumika”, as well as commercial hits such as “Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge”, “Karan Arjun” and “Nayak: The Real Hero”. He is best remembered for his role as Mogambo in “Mr. India”. He made an international mark playing Mola Ram in Steven Spielberg’s “Indian Jones And The Temple Of Doom”, long before it became fashionable for Bollywood stars to foray Hollywood.

For Vardhan of course, he was more than an accomplished actor.

“We were best friends before being anything else. When he was around, I did not need anybody else. He was so gentle with all the children. We used to bond over classic cinema, Discovery channel and cartoons. He really was a gentle giant and the most loving man I have ever come across,” Vardhan told IANS.

“He was kind, compassionate and so full of love for anyone and everyone. He had an amazing sense of humour, and women and children felt very secure in his company. We have never heard him raising his voice or getting angry like he would do in films. It is still so difficult for me to separate the grandfather from the actor and superstar that he still is. We all miss him terribly,” he added.

Vardhan calls him a master of his craft.

“He had devised his technique and it worked so brilliantly for him. That is why he is the most versatile actor of all times,” said the youngster about Amrish, who had acted in Hollywood films such as “Gandhi” and “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom”.

Vardhan considers Bade Raja Thakur of the 1997 film “Virasat”, as the best Amrish Puri character. “(It is) So believable, so real, so palpable, so emotionally correct, so dual and so magnetic. Every time I watch the film, I cannot help but cry.”

Amrish Puri died on January 12, 2005, at the age of 72.

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Rakul Preet Singh: ‘Work mode is happy mode’

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Actress Rakul Preet Singh is back to work and calls it her happy mode. Rakul on Tuesday posted a video on her Instagram Story, where she is seen getting her hair and make-up done.

Alongside the image, she wrote: “Work mode is happy mode.”

The actress did not share what she was shooting for or other details.

On the work front, Rakul’s latest release was the digital film “Sardar Ka Grandson” co-starring Arjun Kapoor and Neena Gupta.

The actress’s dairy is full as she has several films lined up. She will be seen in “Attack”,”MayDay”, “Thank God” and “Doctor G”.

She also has “Indian 2” starring Kamal Haasan.

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Jacqueline Fernandez: It’s time to dance

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Actress Jacqueline Fernandez is in the mood to dance, going by her Tuesday post on Instagram.

Jacqueline’s new image shows her lying down and flaunting a beautiful smile at the camera. She is seen wearing a white crop top with a mesh neckline. She kept her look simple, with just a pink lip tint.

“It’s time to dance,” she wrote as caption.

The actress recently featured in the music video “Paani paani” by rapper Badshah and singer Aastha Gill. The video of the song, shot across Jaisalmer, crossed over 100 million views in just 12 days.

Jacqueline has a packed schedule right now. She has “Ram Setu” and “Bachchan Pandey” coming up with Akshay Kumar, “Kick 2” with Salman Khan, “Cirkus” with Ranveer Singh and the multi-star cast horror comedy “Bhoot Police”.

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Actress Soha Ali Khan gets Covid vaccine

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Actress Soha Ali Khan on Tuesday informed that she has got herself vaccinated against Covid-19.

A day after her husband and actor Kunal Kemmu announced about getting jabbed, Soha posted a clip on Instagram of getting her vaccine shot.

“Got the jab! #covid_19 #vaccine How about you?,” Soha wrote.

Kunal on Monday had written: “Vaccinated and ready to get back on set. #vaccinationdone #staysafe.”

Soha and Kunal got married in 2015. They welcomed their daughter Inaaya in 2017.

On the work front, Kunal was seen in the musical thriller “Malang” and the OTT-release heist comedy “Lootcase”, besides the web series “Abhay 2”. Soha’s last outing, in 2018, was “Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster 3”.

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