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Arjun Kapoor: I’m only excited about being a villain this birthday

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He will be turning 37 on June 26 but it’s not his birthday Arjun Kapoor is excited about. The actor instead is gung-ho about his upcoming film ‘Ek Villain Returns’ and said that he is only excited about celebrating being a villain.

Talking to IANS about his 37th birthday plans, Arjun in a conversation said: “My birthday is full of villain because ‘Ek Villain Returns’ (releases) soon and I am only excited about being a villain this birthday. All my plans are revolving around being a villain and celebrating being a villain and bringing ‘Ek Villain Returns’ to you.”

Looking back, Arjun has had a “pretty fun year”. Now he has a gamut of releases coming up starting with ‘Ek Villain Returns’, ‘Kuttey’ and ‘The Lady Killer’.

Arjun, whose first job in the film industry was as an assistant director on Nikhil Advani’s ‘Kal Ho Naa Ho’ in 2003, said: “I have had the chance to play a complete villain and the release of ‘Bhoot Police’. I managed to shoot ‘Kuttey’ and I have just almost completed ‘The Lady Killer’. So, (I have) been able to be in three different worlds… Also and I am looking forward to a theatrical release. It has been a fun year.”

With a string of releases lined up, Arjun feels the responsibility.

“The pressure is always there but then excitement is also a lot. It has a lot to do with the fact that these are three films I shot after selecting them with a lot of excitement and care in order to make sure that I present myself to the audience in a new dynamic way. There is a lot of intensity in all three films,” said Arjun, who is fondly called ‘Baba’ by his fans.

The ‘Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar’ actor describes ‘Ek Villain Returns’ as “very cinematic”. He shared that ‘Kuttey’ “has mad energy” and that ‘The Lady Killer’ has “the raw edgy intensity” which he wanted to explore.

“So, the pressure is to make sure that the audiences enjoy all the three films and my work comes across as different. But that pressure is good. One must always have that pressure while making a film…You can’t take the audiences for granted. Nervous excitement is the best way to put it,” added the actor, who is in a relationship with diva Malaika Arora.

Arjun says he is looking forward to see how the audiences react to him.

2021 and 2022 have been years of personal developments for Arjun. He is focussing on his health and has taken to fitness seriously.

“I think it has been a year of my personal developments also. I have learnt to take care of myself also… Yeah, so right now is the new exciting times. The year that has gone by will allow me to see the results in the coming year. So, looking forward to my hardwork paying dividends and love from the audience.”

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Assam CM urges Aamir Khan to postpone his visit to state

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 Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has urged Bollywood actor Aamir Khan who expressed his willingness to visit the state on the eve of Independence Day to plan the trip after the conclusion of ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ celebrations.

“Aamir Khan spoke to me and he intended to come to Assam during the Independence Day celebration. But it may shift focus from Azadi Ka Amrit Mohatsav… hence I told him to fix a date after August 15,” Sarma told the mediapersons here on Friday.

The Chief Minister, however, said that he has good terms with Khan and they often speak over the telephone.

Though the intent to visit Assam is unknown, sources said Khan wanted to promote his latest release ‘Laal Singh Chaddha’, which is a remake of the iconic film ‘Forrest Gump’.

It could not be known if the actor has agreed to come to Assam after Independence Day.

Khan’s latest film has been embroiled in controversy for the last few days. Some sections were calling for a boycott of the film claiming that the Aamir Khan-starrer was disrespectful towards the Indian Army.

Notably, Khan had earlier extended a helping hand to the flood-affected people of Assam by making a contribution of Rs 25 lakh towards the CM Relief Fund.

Sarma then took to Twitter to thank the Bollywood actor.

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Sunny Leone: Grateful that Bollywood accepted me with open arms

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It has been a 10-year-long journey in Hindi cinema for Sunny Leone, who feels grateful that Bollywood has accepted her with open arms and that career in cinema reiterates her faith in the fact that hard work always yields result.

The actress began her career with “Jism 2” after a stint in “Bigg Boss” season 5. She then starred in the popular number “Laila” alongside Shah Rukh Khan in “Raees”. She was also seen in the web-series “Anamika” among many other projects.

Talking about her journey, the actress said: “When my husband Daniel Weber and I first started working, we borrowed money from the banks to start our first company and we turned that into a successful venture.

“When Bollywood happened to us, it was the next chapter in my entertainment career. It’s been an amazing journey ever since. I am humbled. The amazing love and support that my fans have showered on me has helped me scale new heights. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without their appreciation.

“My journey in cinema reiterates my faith in the fact that hard work always yields results. I love my life and I love my job.

“I have a wonderful family, a great partner in Daniel, three beautiful children, a lovely home and a career that I have worked hard to put together.

“I work every day, sometimes without any offs and I have never been satisfied with where I am. I am grateful that Bollywood accepted me with open arms and I have been able to create for myself a space in an industry that happens only to chosen ones.”

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Kangana says negativity around ‘Laal Singh Chaddha’ is created by ‘Mastermind’ Aamir

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Actress Kangana Ranaut has targeted Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan, whom she tagged as a “mastermind” for skillfully creating negativity around his upcoming release ‘Laal Singh Chaddha’, and that he made “Hinduphobic” film ‘PK’.

Kangana took to her Instagram Story where she lashed out at Aamir and asked him to stop “making it about religion or ideology”.

She wrote: “I think all the negativity around upcoming release ‘Laal Singh Chadda’ is skill fully curated by mastermind Aamir Khan Ji himself.”

“I think all the negativity around upcoming release ‘Laal Singh Chadda’ is skillfully curated by mastermind Aamir Khan Ji himself, this year no Hindi films have worked (barring one exception of a comedy sequel).

“Only south films deeply rooted in Indian culture or with local flavour have worked, a Hollywood remake would have not worked anyway.”

She added: “But now they will call India intolerant, Hindi films need to understand the pulse of audiences it’s not about being a Hindu or Muslim.”

“Even after Aamir Khan ji made Hinduphobic ‘PK’ or called India intolerant he gave biggest hits of his life please stop making it about religion or ideology, it’s takes away from their bad acting and bad films.”

Directed by Advait Chandan, ‘Laal Singh Chaddha’ stars Kareena Kapoor Khan alongside Aamir Khan. The film is the official Hindi adaptation of Tom Hanks’ iconic movie ‘Forrest Gump’.

It is scheduled to hit the screens on August 11.

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