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Actress Rani Mukerji: Learnt a lot about humanity doing ‘Black’, ‘Hichki’

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Bollywood actress Rani Mukerji says she learnt a lot about humanity essaying roles as the specially-abled Michelle McNally in Black and the Tourette Syndrome patient Naina Mathur in Hichki.

“I learnt a lot about humanity by doing these outstanding, sensitive films like ‘Black’ and ‘Hichki’. I think these films contributed to making me a better human being and I’m fortunate that I got to do these films and be a part of such beautiful cinematic visions of Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Siddharth P. Malhotra. I hope these films managed to spark the right conversations in society about the need to treat everyone as an equal,” she said.

“I learnt about the resolve of people who are determined to triumph despite the odds stacked up against them, their dreams, their aspirations and essaying these powerful girls on screen, made me a stronger human being. I’m grateful that I can talk, see, hear and I realised that, as human beings, we might be taking these things for granted,” she added.

The 42-year-old actress says for her, Black and Hichki were emotional experiences that opened her eyes more towards inclusivity, kindness and gratitude.

“As citizens of this country, we must all do our bit to constantly bring conversations about inclusivity and equality to the fore. Every citizen has rights and I realised that there is a lot of work that we all need to put in individually, to stop discrimination and stereotyping of individuals like those I have portrayed in ‘Black’ and ‘Hichki’,” she said.

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Kangana Ranaut remembers Rani Laxmibai on her death anniversary

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Actress Kangana Ranaut took to social media on Friday to remember Rani Laxmibai, the legendary warrior queen of Jhansi, on her death anniversary. The queen died in battle on June 18, 1858.

“On this day when Rani Laxmi Bai made supreme self-sacrifice, remembering her iconic roar which shook British Empire, ‘Main apni Jhansi nahi dungi’. Manikarnika: Queen of Jhansi,” Kangana wrote in Instagram story.

Kangana had starred as Rani Laxmibai in the 2019 film “Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi”, a film she also partially directed. She also shared a couple of videos featuring scenes from the film in her Instagram post.

The actress also shared a message for AL Vijay, director of her forthcoming film “Thalaivi”, on his birthday on Friday.

Sharing a photo with the director from the set of the film, Kangana wrote on Instagram story: “Happy birthday to my most favourite director to work with, Thalaiva of team #Thalaivi. Best wishes sir, can’t wait to see the film”

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Pankaj Tripathi: Those of us who have power and potential must look out for others

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Actress Pankaj Tripathi feels those who have power and potential must take up the duty of looking out for others more than ever today. He addressed the subject through an audio clip on social media.

“It’s time for us to be selfless and help anyone who looks like they’re in need of it. Trust me, doing this will feel good. Care is always welcome, especially in times of crisis. A book I read recently describes how even in the presence of a powerful king in the jungle — which is the lion — all the inhabitants of the forest have to look out for themselves,” said Pankaj.

“In human society, it’s not the same. Those of us who have power and potential must take up the duty of looking out for others who need us more than ever today,” he added.

Meanwhile, as life slowly trickles back to normalcy, Pankaj looks forward to his upcoming films. His next release is probably the much-hyped “83”, which is ready for release. The film narrates the story of India’s first cricket World Cup victory in 1983. Tripathi plays the team’s manager Man Singh in the film that stars Ranveer Singh as Kapil Dev, captain of the Indian team.

He will also be seen alongside Akshay Kumar in the film “Bachchan Pandey” which is currently on the floors in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. The Farhad Samji directorial film also stars Arshad Warsi, Jacqueline Fernandez, Kriti Sanon and Prateik Babbar.

Among his other projects is “Mimi” starring Kriti Sanon, a film about surrogacy.

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Kriti Sanon reveals a gym secret: ‘ Instagram v/s Reality’

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Actress Kriti Sanon showcases expectation versus reality when it comes to leg workouts, in her new Instagram post on Friday.

Kriti has posted two videos on Instagram. In the first clip, she is seen doing squats with weights effortlessly. The second video showcases what actually went on, and you realise the first video is a neatly edited clip that makes Kriti’s exercise regime seem so easy.

“I hate squats,” Kriti declares at one point in the second video. She seek a minute’s break but her trainer won’t allow more than 30 seconds.

“Leg day and Me!! @yasminkarachiwala Expectation v/s Reality Or rather…. Instagram v/s Reality. Don’t forget to Swipe… to see how much I love doing legs!” she wrote as caption.

On the professional front, Kriti has a long line-up of films ahead. She has wrapped up shooting for the upcoming supernatural film “Bhediya”, co-starring Varun Dhawan. The Amar Kaushik directorial is slated to release on April 14 next year.

She will be seen in “Mimi”, which is based on surrogacy, and also star with Akshay Kumar in the action comedy “Bachchan Pandey”, and with Tiger Shroff in the action drama “Ganapath”.

Her upcoming roster also includes “Hum Do Hamare Do” with Rajkummar Rao, and “Adipurush” with Prabhas and Saif Ali Khan.

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