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Actress Parineeti Chopra shares her version of ‘Band Baajaa Baaraat’

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Parineeti shares her version of ‘Band Baajaa Baaraat’.

Bollywood actress Parineeti Chopra has shared her version of “Band Baaja Baaraat” in a new post on social media.

Parineeti shared a sizzling photograph of herself on Instagram. In the image, she is seen sporting a black lacy corset paired with high-waisted pants, holding a jacket and wearing a peaked cap.

“‘Band Baaja Baaraat’ (my version),” she captioned the image.

The actress, who was last seen on the big screen in the film “Jabariya Jodi”, currently has three films in the pipeline — “Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar”, the Hindi remake of Hollywood film “The Girl On The Train” and “Saina”.

The release of her film “Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar”, which was set to open on March 20, was pushed due to the outbreak of coronavirus in the country. The film also stars her “Ishaqzaade” co-star Arjun Kapoor.

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Rajkummar Rao on Bollywood journey: Came to city with no background or backbone

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Rajkummar Rao has time and again proved that he is one of the best actors in Hindi cinema. Be it his performance as the strong-willed lawyer in Shahid, a dreaded terrorist in Omerta, a gullible boy in Stree or the naive Pritam in Bareilly Ki Barfi, the actor has raised his bar with every new role.

“The journey has been pretty overwhelming. I never expected this to happen. I always wanted to work of course and that’s why I invested so much time on training and came to the city with no background or backbone, and with very little money. From there to here it is still like a dream to me, but I don’t sit back and think about it,” Rajkummar told IANS.

The actor likes to lives in the moment.

“I live each day as it comes so I just enjoy each and every moment. I love acting and playing different characters on screen and as long as that is happening I am more than happy,” he added.

How does he manage to up his own game each time with his performance? “I really don’t know. I just love what I do and I want to take risks. I try to do something different from what I have done earlier,” he replied.

The 36-year-old actor currently awaits the release of her next film Roohi, a horror comedy. The film co-stars Janhvi Kapoor and Varun Sharma.

Roohi follows his 2018 hit Stree, which seems to have started a gamut of horror comedies in Bollywood, including “Atithi Bhooto Bhava”, “Phone Bhoot”, “Bhoot Police” and “Bhool Bhulaiya 2”, with “Laxmii” having already released last year.

“I hope all these films do well at the box-office. The point is to take Indian cinema to the next level and raise the standard of our cinema, which is already on the way up. We are making way more good content now, so I just hope all these films are amazing and do well,” Rajkummar told IANS.

Roohi is is slated to hit the big screen on March 11. With the sudden rise in Covid cases, is he concerned about audience turnout at the theatres?

“No, not really. I think the kind of precautions the theatres are taking you will feel pretty safe going there… We anyway see people going out, of course people are being careful but that is the same thing. You have to be a little careful while you go watch a film but the experience of watching a film on the big screen in a dark theatre is something else. That you cannot recreate anywhere else,” he replied.

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Katrina Kaif looks forward in 2021

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With game nights, workout videos and fun with family and friends, Katrina Kaif’s social media platform has been followed avidly by fans. The actress recently spotted in PepsiCo India Slice’s newly launched TVC which encourages consumers to take the ‘Sabse Thick Sabse Tasty’ challenge thereby reaffirming its position as the thickest and tastiest mango drink in India. IANSlife caught up with the star to talk about the shoot, her days in lockdown and what she’s looking forward to in 2021.

Q: How does it feel to be back to work after months of lockdown?

A: As much as I have learnt and grown internally during the lockdown I really did miss the hustle and bustle of my job. While the lockdown was critical at that point, I made sure I spent quality time on things I rarely get to do, but now that work has gradually begun with all the necessary precautions, I cannot be happier. The joy of filming is irreplaceable.

Q: Do you feel there is a difference between shooting in a pre and in a post-Covid world?

A: There surely is a difference as maintaining social distancing and various other precautionary norms are a must unlike before. But all the sets I’ve been on have made sure that the crews’ safety is a priority which makes it a very safe working place, giving us artists the creative liberty needed.

Q: International travel is on standstill… did you manage to take a holiday or a getaway and how was it?

A: I actually made a trip to Maldives during the pandemic for the shoot of Slice’s new ‘Sabse Thick Sabse Tasty’ campaign. I had mixed feeling when I was getting ready for the trip — on one hand I was excited about the shoot post the lockdown and on the other hand, I was nervous about travelling in the ‘new normal’ and ensured I took all the right precautions, throughout the trip — COVID tests, ensuring social distancing, using face masks. Shooting in Maldives was such an exhilarating experience and it was one of the best shoots I had.

Q: Women’s Day is around the corner, the lockdown has been especially tough on women, how do you feel they should celebrate this Women’s Day?

A: I feel everyone has their own struggles to deal with, men, women, kids as well as senior citizens. The lockdown has been challenging for everyone. We should be so grateful for our lives of privilege and these times have been really hard for so many people. However, I’m glad to see how women have realised the importance of “me time” and hope they continue to take time for themselves even post the lockdown.

Q: What are you looking forward to in 2021 and what is the one lesson of 2020 you will carry with you forever?

A: While 2020 has reminded me about the joys of little things, 2021 is a very exciting year for me as well. I’m thrilled about the work I’m doing and cannot wait to share it with the world.

Q: Last and certainly not the least why is Slice your go to drink in the summer?

A: My association with Slice goes back a long time — it gives me pure, indulgent joy to drink Slice. Slice is my favorite mango drink and I am beyond excited to launch the new ‘Sabse Thick Sabse Tasty’ campaign that exudes my confidence in the brand. I cannot wait for my fans to take the taste challenge and discover the pleasure of drinking the thick and tasty Slice themselves.

Speaking on the new campaign, Anuj Goyal, Associate Director, Tropicana and Slice, PepsiCo India said,”Consumers have expressed immense love for Slice which is a testament to our confidence in the product. However, we wanted to take a step further and encourage our consumers to take the new Sabse Thick Sabse Tasty blind taste challenge to bolster Slice’s position as the tastiest and thickest mango drink in India. We are excited to reach out to our consumers this summer through this campaign featuring the incomparable Katrina Kaif.”

The TVC film, set against the beautiful backdrop of a beach, shows brand ambassador posing the ultimate taste challenge to a fan. The blind taste challenge set off by Katrina urges him to make a choice and take up the taste challenge to discover the thickest mango drink in the market.

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Kangana Ranaut to Taapsee over tax raid jibe: ‘You will always remain sasti’

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The war between Kangana Ranaut and Taapsee Pannu just heated up on Saturday.

It all began when Taapsee took a jibe at the recent tax raid at her place, and stated that, considering she was quizzed about a bungalow she never owned in Paris and a five-crore receipt, she didn’t “so sasti anymore”. This was in reference to a comment made by actress Kangana Ranaut’s sister Rangoli in the past saying Taapsee was “sasti” (cheap).

“You will always remain sasti because you are sab rapists ka feminist… your ring master Kashyap was raided in 2013 as well for tax chori… government official’s report is out if you aren’t guilty go to court against them come clean on this … come on sasti,” tweeted Kangana as a retort.

Kangana’s tweet came after Taapsee wrote earlier in the day: “3 days of intense search of 3 things primarily 1. The keys of the “alleged” bungalow that I apparently own in Paris. Because summer holidays are around the corner 2. The ‘alleged’ receipt worth 5 crores to frame n keep for future pitching coz I’ve been refused that money before 3. My memory of 2013 raid that happened with me according to our honourable finance minister P.S – ‘not so sasti’ anymore.”

The houses of filmmaker Anurag Kashyap and his partners from his production house Phantom Films as well as Taapsee were raided by the IT department earlier this week.

A search was also conducted on the premises of filmmaker Vikas Bahl, and executives of Kwan Talent management. There was a report that stated that income tax authorities found discrepancy and manipulation of income, running into crores.

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