Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar, who was recently seen in an advertisement of a tobacco brand along with Ajay Devgn and Shah Rukh Khan, has issued an apology for featuring in the commercial after it received flak from the netizens.
The actor took to his social media to tender an apology through a long note. He wrote, “I am sorry. I would like to apologise to you, all my fans and well-wishers. Your reaction over the past few days has deeply affected me.”
Although the advertisement was for an ‘elaichi’ (cardamom) product, given the laws surrounding surrogacy marketing in India, it triggered a slew of memes and reels as people on the Internet dug up an old video of the ‘Bachchhan Paandey’ star where he can be seen promising that he would never work in a tobacco product advertisement.
In fact, Goa BJP’s medical cell convenor Shekhar Salkar also urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to strip Bollywood actors Amitabh Bachchan, Ajay Devgn, Akshay Kumar and Shah Rukh Khan of their Padma Awards for featuring in such ads. However, it is to be noted that the Government of India earned Rs 4,962 crore in taxes for the financial year 2020-2021 from tobacco companies.
Continuing his note further, Akshay wrote that he still stands by what he said in that particular video that surfaced on the Internet, “While I have not and will not endorse tobacco, I respect the outpouring of your feelings in light of my association with Vimal Elaichi. With all humility, I step back. I have decided to contribute the entire endorsement fee towards a worthy cause.”
“The brand might continue airing the ads till the legal duration of the contract that is binding upon me, but I promise to be extremely mindful in making my future choices. In return I shall forever continue to ask for your love and wishes(sic)”, he concluded.
Mother’s Pride: Neetu Kapoor wants to work with Ranbir and Alia
Veteran actress Neetu Kapoor, who has been applauded for her performance in her comeback film ‘Jugjugg Jeeyo’, says working with her son and Bollywood superstar Ranbir Kapoor alongside Alia Bhatt would be her ultimate dream-come-true.
Asked if she is critical of Ranbir and her daughter-in-law Alia’s work and Neetu told IANS: “Well, I do not look at Ranbir’s work as a mother but as an audience. So yes, I am critical and have my share of honest feedback with him. But it is also true that my son is a really good actor, there is hardly a bad performance Ranbir had so far. Even when he acts in silence (referring to ‘Barfi!’) he is wonderful, isn’t he? And no, it is not a mom speaking but an audience.”
She went on adding, “I said it on Alia’s face that I really do not know what is the next milestone of her performance she would achieve after what she delivered in ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’. I am sure she will, but for me, it was the ultimate Alia Bhatt performance. So, as an audience, I am excited to know how she can break her own benchmark of performance as an actor!”
While the veteran actress is choosing to work wisely, she mentioned how her interest is more into working with good directors.
“It is important to collaborate with good directors, young minds, especially those who can challenge me to push my limit as an actress. I won’t mind doing a mother’s role on-screen but if only it is written with substance if only it is impacting the narrative. And at the same time, I as an actress can play any role, even a woman in uniform or a romantic story of an elderly couple. The actress in me is looking for a challenge,” she said.
Post the release of ‘Jugjugg Jeeyo’ Neetu is planning to take a break before gearing up for her next.
“I am working on a film but the announcement is yet to happen so I am sorry that I cannot reveal much. I think we will start shooting for it in October. I also agreed to do a web series that is in the process of writing. Again, too early to share details. I will work on these two projects as of now. But before that, I will take a vacation…I am slowly coming back to my grove,” shared the yesteryear heroine.
As she is quizzed who the actors she wishes to work with from the younger generation and Neetu promptly replied, “It would be a dream come true if I get a chance to work with Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt. I am manifesting it! Ye alag baat hai ke dono mere bachche hai, lekin superstar bhi toh hai na? (giggles)”
‘Jugjugg Jeeyo’, also starring Varun Dhawan, Kiara Advani, Anil Kapoor, Manish Pual, Prajukta Kohli, is running in theatres.
Varun Dhawan becomes emotional while speaking about Remo’s health scare
Bollywood actor Varun Dhawan got emotional on the sets of ‘DID L’il Masters’ while talking about choreographer-filmmaker Remo D’Souza’s health scare.
With the finale coming up, viewers are in for a treat as the star cast of ‘Jugjugg Jeeyo’ – Anil Kapoor, Kiara Advani, Varun Dhawan, Prajakta Kohli, and Maniesh Paul will be seen appearing on the show to motivate the top 5 contestants to give their best.
While they brought the house down with their funny antics, intriguing anecdotes, and enchanting dance moves during the shoot; it was Remo D’souza’s power-packed performance that entertained one and all.
In fact, after the phenomenal act, Varun Dhawan and skipper Vartika Jha also decided to shake a leg with Remo on ‘Illegal Weapon 2.0’.
He even poured his heart out and got emotional as he spoke about Remo’s recent health scare. The actor mentioned that he was extremely worried when he heard that Remo had suffered a heart attack.
Varun went on to thank the ace choreographer’s wife, Lizelle, for being his constant support system and helping Remo get back on his feet.
As Varun mentioned, “I have never said this before, but I will today! Not a lot of people know, but Remo Sir is very close to my heart, and he will always be. In fact, I was really very scared when I got to know about his health scare, and I would really like to thank Lizelle for taking care of him and always being his support system.
“I know she is the reason why Remo sir is standing here today; she has motivated him to get back on his feet. I love him from the bottom of my heart, and I am happy to see him on DID L’il Masters’ Finale.”
While Varun and Remo’s adorable conversation will melt your heart, wait till you witness the other extraordinary performances of the top 5 contestants and their intense battle during this Fantastic Finale!
‘DID L’il Masters’ will air on Sunday on Zee TV.
Bobby Deol’s kids help him tap the pulse of his audience
As he found his audience and successfully catered to them with new-age content on OTT that has given him a great chance to revamp his career as an actor, Bobby Deol shares how his children played a part in that.
In conversation with IANS Bobby said that even though every film and project has its own destiny, staying in tune with the new generation of audience and their sensibility is important.
The actor made his debut on OTT with the Netflix original ‘Class f 83’ followed by the huge success of the web series ‘Aashram’ and web film ‘Love Hostel’.
Asked about how he gets the understanding of a new-age audience and Bobby told IANS: “While I must admit that all the projects happened because I was at the right place at the right time, as an actor I also believe that we should be in tune with the growing audience. As an actor and individual, I am evolving, so as our audience, their sensibility is changing.
“One of the advantages I have is my children. They are teenagers and they consume a lot of content on OTT platform. So I have a fair idea of what kind of content that youngsters are watching. It is easy to get the pulse of the audience from them; in our house, it’s filled with youngsters.”
“However, when I decide to do a show or a film, it is completely my decision; I only do work that I feel connected to as an actor. My children of course support me. But I take a call on my projects quite independently,” he further added.
The actor is now preparing for two projects – Netflix original ‘Penthouse’ and the feature film ‘Animal’.
Talking about both his upcoming projects, Bobby shared, ” Even though I cannot talk much about either of these two projects, all I can say is they are very distinct from one another. In ‘Penthouse’ my character’s look is very stylish, and fancy, a kind of Bobby Deol image that I had earlier and the story is very engaging. ‘Animal’ is a multi-starrer film with Sandeep Reddy Vanga. He is a very good storyteller and also commercially successful. He directed ‘Kabir Singh’.”
“For me, it is going to be so much fun because for the first time I will be working with Ranbir Kapoor. I am reuniting with Anil Kapoor (post ‘Race 3’). We haven’t started our shooting…so yes, looking forward to both the projects,” he signed off.
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