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Chunky Panday: I’m proud to be Ananya Panday’s dad (Ld)

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 Actor Chunky Panday makes no bones about being known as actress Ananya Panday’s father and says that he always wants to be known as that.

Ananya is Chunky’s elder daughter, who made her big Bollywood debut in 2019 with Karan Johar’s “Student Of The Year 2”.

In just two years, the 22-year-old has been one of the most talked about personalities in the industry and has garnered a fan following of over 3,157,000 followers on Twitter and 19.6 million on Instagram.

She even has a great lineup of films such as Shakun Batra’s yet-untitled next starring Deepika Padukone and Vijay Deverakonda starrer “Liger”.

Talking about his daughter’s growing success, Chunky reminisced about the time when his father shared the excitement of being known as the “Aankhen” actor’s father.

“Years before I had become an actor, I had very famous doctor parents. I was always known as Doctor Panday’s son, naughty son,” Chunky told IANS.

He added: “Then one day after becoming an actor in 1987, I remember my father was in Delhi attending a heart surgeons’ conference and when he was introduced on stage he was introduced as Doctor Panday, who also happens to be actor Chunky Panday’s father and my father was so excited.”

“In fact, there were no mobile phones then but he called me up on an STD line and said ‘Chunky, I am very proud of you. I have been introduced as your father’,” the actor recalled.

Chunky feels exactly the same for Ananya.

“The same goes now, I think when I am introduced as Ananya’s father anywhere, it’s pure excitement and happiness. I think seeing her success is making me happier than seeing my own success. When my success was happening I was too busy working,” said the 58-year-old actor.

“With hers, yes, I am working but it really makes me proud and it is 10-fold more to see a child succeed at something.”

He asserted: “Yes, I am proud to be Ananya Panday’s dad and I always want to be known as that. And I have another daughter Rysa Panday, I want to be known as her dad, too.”

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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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