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Actress Kangana Ranaut’s birthday: Here’s a binge-watching guide

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Bollywood ‘Queen’ Kangana Ranaut has entertained movie buffs with several outstanding performances through her career of nearly a decade and a half.

Her journey from being a girl from a small village in Himachal Pradesh with starry dreams to a National Award-winning Bollywood superstar has been full of twists and turns. Coming from a village near Manali, Kangana entered tinsel town with no starry connection, and went ahead to make a place for herself in Bollywood. She proved her talent and versatility with films like “Gangster”, “Woh Lamhe”, “Life In A…Metro”, “Tanu Weds Manu” and “Fashion”. While she hit the right notes with her talent, Kangana was ridiculed for her accent, derided for her fashion sense and censured for her honesty.

As she turns a year older, IANS suggests a few movies you can watch to keep yourself entertained during isolation

* GANGSTER (2006)

She entered Bollywood with the movie, directed by Anurag Basu, in 2006. It is a love story of a gangster, which tells a tale of a romance that is gritty, painful, and comes with twists. It also stars Emraan Hashmi and Shiney Ahuja. Besides gripping story and powerful performances, the film is still remembered for its songs.

* WOH LAMHE (2006)

Kangana essayed the role of a troubled glamorous actress who battles fame, pride, and schizophrenia. It explores the life of the actress as she meets a director, played by Shiney Ahuja, and falls in love. The film takes the audience on a journey about how the two bond with each other in difficult times. The movie is said to be based on sensational yesteryear star Parveen Babi and her relationship with Mahesh Bhatt, who has written the film.

* TANU WEDS MANU (2011)

The comic drama turned the notion that marriages are made in heaven, on its head. The film narrates a love story of two completely opposite people — Tanu and Manu. The 2011 romantic drama is directed by Aanand L. Rai, and also stars R. Madhavan, Jimmy Sheirgill, Deepak Dobriyal and Swara Bhaskar.

* QUEEN (2014)

The film tells the story of Rani who, after being dumped by her fiance two days before their wedding, packed her bags and travelled to Europe for the pre-booked honeymoon alone. Shaken, she explores her identity and self-confidence as she explored the foreign land and met new people. Directed by Vikas Bahl, the movie was a runaway hit and made Kangana A-list star.

* MANIKARNINKA: THE QUEEN OF JHANSI (2019)

With “Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi”, Kangana brought the story of Rani Laxmibai alive on the silver screen. Directed by Kangana and Radha Krishna Jagarlamudi, the film also stars Atul Kulkarni, Suresh Oberoi, Danny Denzongpa and Ankita Lokhande.

* PANGA (2020)
One can also watch Kangana’s “Panga” in this difficult time due to the global outbreak of coronavirus. Directed by Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari, “Panga” also features Neena Gupta, Richa Chadha and Jassie Gill. The film, released on January 24, revolves around a kabaddi player, played by Kangana, who wants to make a comeback in the game after marriage and motherhood.

* LIFE IN A… METRO (2007)

Set in Mumbai, the film narrates stories of lives of nine people and how their lives change when their fates intertwine. It explores complexities of emotions, and other dilemmas. The film also stars Shilpa Shetty, Kay Kay, Irrfan Khan, Konkona Sen Sharma, Sharman Joshi, Shiny Ahuja and Dharmendra.

* TANU WEDS MANU RETURNS (2015)

Sequel of “Tanu Weds Manu”, the 2015 film starts after four years of Tanu’s (Kangana) and Manu’s (R. Madhavan) marriage. They have parted ways but still retain feelings for each other. The film also introduced Kangana’s double role Datto, an ambitious Haryanvi girl. Manu falls in love with Datto. The film is about finding love and the spark in the relationship again.

* FASHION (2008)

The movie is about an ambitious small-town girl Meghna Mathur (Priyanka Chopra) who wants to make it big in the fashion industry as a supermodel. Kangana had a supporting act of a supermodel, who sees decline in her career and resorts to drugs.

* JUDGEMENTALL HAI KYA (2019)

“Judgementall Hai Kya” reunites “Queen” co-stars Kangana and Rajkummar Rao after a gap of around five years for a killer thriller drama. The dark comedy revolves around Bobby (Kangana) and Keshav (Rajkummar) as they lead their life trying to figure out the difference between reality and illusions. A murder investigation brings more chaos to their lives. It is about finding the person behind the murder.

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Anuradha Paudwal recalls recording of ‘Bahut Pyar Karte Hai’ from ‘Saajan’

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 Anuradha Paudwal, who has given voice to several popular tracks like ‘Mujhe Neend Na Aaye’, ‘Dhak Dhak Karne Laga’ and many more shares an interesting anecdote from her recording days.

The renowned singer will appear as special guest on the reality show ‘Sa Re Ga Ma Pa’. She goes down the memory lane after looking at contestant Anshika Chonkar’s performance on Anuradha Paudwal’s melodious song ‘Bahut Pyar Karte Hai’ from the movie ‘Saajan’.

Revealing an incident from the day of her recording, Anuradha Paudwal said: “Back in those days we used to record multiple songs in a day, so we always were in a motion and our voices were also prone to that. So, one day, while I went for the recording, I was told we would rehearse a bit before the final take of the song, and I agreed.”

“I still remember there were live musicians because it was supposed to be a live recording and I heard the song and went on to rehearse for it. And when it was done, I asked when we would be recording the final one, and to my surprise they said it was done. So, the scratch version of the song that I recorded thinking I was rehearsing, actually went on to be the final song for the film and I had no clue about it,” she added.

Vishal Dadlani, Shankar Mahadevan and Himesh Reshammiya are the judges on the singing reality show ‘Sa Re Ga Ma Pa’. The show hosted by Aditya Narayan airs on Zee TV.

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Kamal Haasan returns to take over as anchor of ‘Bigg Boss Tamil 5’

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Actor-politician Kamal Haasan, who returned from hospital on Saturday after recovering from Covid, took over as anchor of the reality show ‘Bigg Boss Tamil 5’ from actress Ramya Krishnan who had stepped in for him for a week.

Confirming his return, the makers of the reality show released their first promo showing Kamal Haasan hosting the event.

In the promo, Kamal said, “I, who have recovered only because of your love, am back with you all again today.”

“This season, from what I have observed from the outside, I think people are playing as individuals. Each one has their own plans and strategy. Let’s watch the outcomes of their strategies tonight,” the star said, much to the delight of the fans who were sorely missing him in action.

Ramya Krishnan had to step in to anchor the show in Kamal’s place for a week, after Kamal Haasan tested positive for Covid-19. The actor isolated himself and underwent treatment at the Sri Ramachandar Medical Centre in Porur from where he was discharged on Saturday.

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Deepika Padukone flies to Hyderabad for Nag Ashwin’s magnum opus ‘Project K’

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Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone preps herself to put the shoulder to the wheel on her upcoming magnum opus ‘Project-K’. Helmed by ‘Mahanati’ fame filmmaker Nag Ashwin, the movie is to star Deepika as the female lead.

As Deepika Padukone was spotted at the airport, it is reported that the ‘Piku’ actress has flown down to Hyderbad for Nag Ashwin’s upcoming movie ‘Project-K’. In her cropped lavender blazer-pant set, the actress was seen in a perky mood.

Sources reveal the actress is to participate in the first schedule of the upcoming movie in Hyderabad before she leaves for Mumbai. Deepika is to appear in Shakun Batra’s film, for which she is to begin dubbing as soon as she wraps up her present commitments.

Starring pan-India star Prabhas Uppalapati as the hero, the movie is said to be Nag Ashwin’s much-hyped venture. Touted to be a movie with a big budget, the movie is to feature megastar Amitabh Bachchan in a key role as well.

Prabhas, who is currently busy with ‘Salaar’ and ‘Aadipurush’, has reportedly allocated bulk dates for the project. A major portion of the film will be shot in special sets that are laid up in Hyderabad’s famous Ramoji Film City.

Telugu’s ace producer C. Ashwini Dutt is bankrolling this mega-budget project and the film is expected to hit the screens in 2023.

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