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Anurag Arora: I’ve refused many cop characters

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“Delhi Crime” actor Anurag Arora has often donned the khaki uniform in films and web series. Now, seen as an army officer in “Ek Duje Ke Vaaste 2”, the actor is set to return as a cop again in the second season of “Delhi Crime”. But he says he doesn’t take all the “cop characters” that come his way.

Whether it was the popular web series, “Delhi Crime”, or Bollywood films, including “Maatr”, he has played the role of a police officer on-screen a number of times.

“There is a concept of ‘typecasting’ in our industry, so I think it gives people a security that ‘this person can do a particular role’. They don’t want to take the risk ‘ki ye banda dusra role kar paega ya nahi’ (whether the actor will be able to play another role or not). I have refused so many cop characters because I don’t want to be typecast,” Anurag told IANS.

“The last film I did was ‘Kabir Singh’ which was different. ‘Delhi Crime’ is also different. It is the first time you see a different perspective of police. I try my best to break the monotony,” he added.

He slipped into a uniform again, this time to play an army officer in the new TV show “Ek Duje Ke Vaaste 2” that is aired on Sony Entertainment Television.

“It is always fascinating… the army. There is always an attraction. The army people have different lifestyles. I see this as an opportunity to pay my tribute to the Indian Army,” said the “Fukrey” actor.

This is just his second TV show after 2018’s “Yeh Pyaar Nahi Toh Kya Hai”.

Asked why he doesn’t take up too many TV shows, the “Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!” actor said: “I think the real scenario of our TV industry is not that good… content wise. I am surprised to see that TV (content) in Turkey and Pakistan is far better than ours,” he pointed out.

Like his first show, he won’t be sticking around for long for his second TV project either. He is an actor who likes to do different things.

He will be seen reprising his role as Sub-Inspector Jairaj Singh in the second season of “Delhi Crime”.

“I cannot reveal much about that. The only thing that I can say is that this time, it is a different case. It will be the same character with a different case,” he said.

He has another web series, “Patal Lok”. “It is a crime thriller involving the police and criminals. I am playing a cop again… a different cop,” he shared.

As for films, he will be seen in “Roohi Afza”, also starring Janhvi Kapoor and Rajkummar Rao.

“I have done a small part. The film is about the ‘bhoot’ (ghost) and all. It’s a horror comedy. I am playing a ‘bhoot bhagane wala tantric’ in that. I am looking forward to it as I haven’t done comedy till now,” he said.

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Aamir Khan’s ‘Laal Singh Chaddha’ release pushed to February 2022

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 The release date of Aamir Khan’s ‘Laal Singh Chaddha’ has been pushed back once again due to delays amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Aamir Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan-starrer, which was expected to release around Christmas this year, will now be releasing on Valentine’s Day next year.

Aamir Khan Productions made the announcement via an Instagram post on Sunday.

The post reads: “We welcome the decision of the administration to allow cinemas to re-open from 22nd Oct.”

“Due to the delays faced as a result of the pandemic, we will be unable to release our film, ‘Laal Singh Chaddha’, this Christmas.”

“We will now be releasing ‘Laal Singh Chaddha’ on Valentine’s Day 2022.”

The announcement comes just a day after Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday announced that all cinema halls and drama theatres in the state will reopen from October 22.

‘Laal Singh Chaddha’ reunites Aamir Khan with his ‘3 Idiots’ co-stars Kareena Kapoor Khan and Mona Singh. The film also features Naga Chaitanya and Manav VJ in key roles.

Directed by Adavit Chandan, ‘Laal Singh Chaddha’ is an adaptation of the 1994 Hollywood film ‘Forrest Gump’ which was based on Winston Groom’s 1986 novel of the same name.

It is produced by Aamir Khan Productions, Viacom18 Studios and Paramount Pictures.

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Sanjay Leela Bhansali on the inception of his debut web series ‘Heeramandi’

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As Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s upcoming magnum opus ‘Heeramandi’, his first-ever web series, is soon to be released, the ace director shares his inspiration for making the show.

Talking about its inception, Sanjay said, “I remember when I was a four-year-old kid and my father had taken me to a shoot and he said you sit here and I’ll meet my friends and come. I was in the studio and it seemed the most comfortable to me. More than a school, a playground, a cousin’s house, or anywhere in the world, I thought it was the most beautiful place. When I look back at 25 years, I think it’s very precious to me because you have to be blessed to be able to get a chance to make a film and that’s why I cling on to the studio because the studio floor is the most magical, that’s my temple, that’s my everything.”

He further added, “‘Heeramandi’ was something that my friend Moin Baig got to me as a 14-page story, 14 years ago and then finally when we presented it to Netflix, they loved it and they thought it had great potential to make a mega-series. It is very ambitious, it’s very big and vast. It tells you the story of courtesans. They kept music, poetry and dance and the art of living. It shows the politics within the brothels and how to emerge as the winner. It is a difficult one but I hope we come across with flying colours this time.”

The series will explore stories of courtesans and the hidden cultural reality of ‘Heeramandi’, a dazzling district, during pre-independent India. It’s a series about love, betrayal, succession and politics in the ‘kothas’.

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Priyanka Chopra’s Global Citizen Live look makes her trend

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Actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas took the internet by storm on Saturday when she hosted the Global Citizen Live concert in Paris. Her dress, with an Earth theme got a fantastic response from fans, which made her trend on Twitter.

Priyanka wore a beautiful ensemble by designer Prabal Gurung as she hosted the concert on Saturday, which will be streaming live for 24 hours from different parts of the world.

Not only did Twitter users point out her beautiful dress, but also the fact that she made India proud by hosting the global concert in Paris.

Meanwhile, the actress gave fans a glimpse into her trip on social media. She uploaded a picture with the popular Eiffel Tower in the backdrop and captioned in on Instagram as: “An Evening in Paris”.

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