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Actress Lara Dutta Bhupathi: It’s an exciting time to be in business as actor

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Actress Lara Dutta Bhupathi is all set to make her OTT debut in an untitled web series, and she feels right now is a very exciting time to be an actor, because there are work offers in films as well as the digital platform.

“I think OTT (Over-the-top media services) platforms are providing great content to the audience. Now, mainstream actors like Saif Ali Khan, Abhishek Bachchan and myself are working in web series. I think the lines are blurring and now an actor doesn’t think in terms of whether he or she wants to concentrate only on films or on digital platform. I think there is so much content happening, and there are great directors and great stories being. It’s a very exciting time to be in the business,” said Lara on Friday, while interacting with the media at an event to unveil her skincare line, Arias, at Health & Glow store in Mumbai.

The actress makes her digital series debut in an untitled Hotstar show that also features Karan Wahi. “I am working with Karan Wahi in a web series, and apart from us, there are other actors who feature in it. But I will talk about it in detail after some time,” she said.

Asked if she is following season 13 of “Bigg Boss” and whether she would like to participate in the reality show, Lara said she always looks forward to watching Salman Khan on screen.

“I am more excited to see Salman (Khan) anytime on screen. I watch the show for entertainment but I will not participate in ‘Bigg Boss’. I would like to visit Bigg Boss house as a guest for one episode, though. I don’t want to cage myself anywhere for three months,” said Lara.

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Nawazuddin says good people are needed for making good content

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Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who has been nominated in the Best Actor category at the International Emmy Awards for the Netflix film ‘Serious Men’, says for that making good content, good people are also needed.

Talking about what’s more important according to him – content of a project or who all are starring in it, Nawazuddin in a conversation with IANS said: “I think both are important.”

“A lot of content is being made but it will not come out and shine till the time the directors, actors and their performance isn’t there.”

He says if the actor or the maker are not good then there is no meaning to the content.

“No matter how good the content is, if the actor or the director is not good then there is no meaning to the content. For making a good thing, good people are needed,” he concluded.

‘Serious Men’ is based on Manu Joseph’s book of the same name. The film, directed by Sudhir Mishra, is a sharp take on ambition and caste politics, put in perspective in the Indian context.

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Rajkummar Rao to star in Anubhav Sinha’s social drama ‘Bheed’

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Filmmaker Anubhav Sinha has announced his next film titled ‘Bheed’, a social drama starring National Award-winning actor Rajkummar Rao.

Anubhav said: “‘Bheed’ is one of those titles that the whole team jumps at the moment you propose it.”

Talking about roping in Rajkummar for the lead role, the director said that for him, “casting was crucial”.

He added: “Raj is a very intriguing actor. He is one of the very few actors who can be so successfully transparent in a story. There always was a keen desire to work with him and I am looking forward to it.”

On working with Sinha, Rajkummar says it is a matter of “great honour and privilege to collaborate with a filmmaker who has such a distinct voice”.

“I have always found myself gravitating towards stories that trigger conversation. Even as an entertainer, I want my work to get people thinking. This is an important subject and the character needs me to stretch myself as an artist, beyond my comfort zone. I can’t wait to start shooting and lose myself in this universe.”

‘Bheed’ is jointly produced by Bhushan Kumar’s T-Series and Anubhav Sinha’s Benaras Mediaworks.

Bhushan Kumar said: “Anubhav and I have a long standing relationship since Tum Bin. And every outing together is even more exciting than the last one. Thappad is a film I am incredibly proud of and I can’t wait for ‘Bheed’ to kick off. It’s another of Anubhav’s deeply stirring stories and I am so proud to join hands with him yet again on this one.

“Raj is a wonderful actor and I can’t think of anyone better to pull off a film like this.”

The film will be shot across Lucknow. It is expected to go on floors in November as the unit continues their pre-production for the next few weeks.

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ED summons Bollywood actors Nora, Jacqueline in black money case

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The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has again summoned Bollywood actresses Nora Fatehi and Jacqueline Fernandez in connection with an alleged Rs 200-crore money-laundering case, official sources said here on Thursday.

The case pertains to an FIR filed by the Delhi Police in connection with an extortion racket allegedly perpetrated by scamsters Sukesh Chandrashekhar, Leena Maria-Paul and others, involving several bigwigs.

The central probe agency had already recorded their statements earlier and they are being summoned again as witnesses for further probe.

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