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Kangana Ranaut opens up on her drastic physical makeovers for roles

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Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut credits her fitness coach Yogesh Bhateja for the transformation she acquires for various roles.

“We have been working together for a few years now, we have done many transformations together — the Cannes look, Panga, Thalaivi and now Dhaakad. My characters are very demanding, which he understands well and makes the plan according to the requirement of the script. He knows when to exert and when to hold back and, of course, never fails to get results,” Kangana said.

For her recent films, Kangana underwent drastic transformation from gaining weight for Thalaivi and shed the extra kilos for the action film Dhaakad.

Talking about the journey of Dhaakad, Bhateja said: “It has always been a roller coaster ride, as every character had its own specifications whether it was about looking strong and sturdy in Panga, getting size zero figure for Cannes, gaining 20 kilos for Thalaivi or dropping all those extra kilos and getting a sharp and masculine for Dhaakad. Kangana is very focused, always ready to learn new exercises, a fast learner and fun to train with.”

“For Dhaakad, we got very little time for prepare but I must say that she took it very sportingly and with full dedication though I gave her a very hard time in the toughest fitness regime,” he shared, adding: “She has been enthusiastically performing, I planned the whole routine by keeping the movie perspective in mind as it has got lot of action sequences so I incorporated multiple forms of training exercises like plyometrics, weight training, Animal flow and yoga asanas in it to make her more functionally efficient and injury-free.”

Thalaivi is a biopic of late Tamil politician J. Jayalalithaa. The bilingual film will trace the journey of the late leader from silver screen to politics. It is directed by AL Vijay, and also stars Arvind Swami, Prakash Raj, Madhoo and Bhagyashree.

Dhaakad is a spy thriller in which Kangana will play the role of Agent Agni, while Arjun Rampal will be seen as the antagonist in the film. Arjun’s character is named Rudraveer. The film is directed by Razneesh Razy Ghai, and slated to release on October 1, 2021.

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Ranveer to Deepika: My ‘babygirl lookin like a Fazillion buxxx’

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Bollywood’s livewire star Ranveer Singh seems to be in awe of his actress wife Deepika Padukone’s performance in the upcoming film ‘Gehraiyaan’ and praised her by saying his “baby girl lookin like a fazillion bux”.

Ranveer, who does not shy away from professing his love for his wife on social media, posted a picture of Deepika from the film.

“Moody, sexy and intense!!!A Domestic noir ? Sign me up! All the favs @shakunbatra @ananyapanday @siddhantchaturvedi @dhairyakarwa Naseer the Legend! and my babygirl lookin like a Fazillion buxxx @deepikapadukone produced by the sexiest of them all @karanjohar.”

Directed by Shakun Batra, Amazon Original Movie ‘Gehraiyaan’ stars Deepika Padukone, Siddhant Chaturvedi, Ananya Panday, Dhairya Karwa as leads along with Nasseruddin Shah and Rajat Kapur in pivotal roles

Jointly produced by Viacom18 Studios, Dharma Productions and Shakun Batra’s Jouska Films, the movie will have its World Premiere exclusively on Prime Video on February 11.

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On 11 years of ‘Dhobi Ghat’, Prateik Babbar calls the film a game-changer

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As ‘Dhobi Ghat’ completes 11 years on Friday, actor Prateik Babbar maintains that the film was a game-changer for him.

The Kiran Rao directorial, which also stars Aamir Khan and Monica Dogra, allowed Prateik to explore his potential as an actor.

While talking about the same, Prateik said: ‘Dhobi Ghat’ was a game-changer for me. Not only because it minted the fame that it did, but it also taught me a lot as an actor.

The actor said that it opened up the boundaries with regard to experimentation for his performance: “There was a lot I could explore with my character, and it allowed me to learn more nuances of acting. I still can’t believe it has been 11 years since the film. It feels surreal!”

Meanwhile, Prateik Babbar has a packed calendar for the year as he is gearing up for multiple projects, including ‘Bachchan Pandey’, ‘Four More Shots Please! S3’, ‘Woh Ladki Hain Kahan’ with Taapsee Pannu and Pratik Gandhi, and Madhur Bhandarkar’s ‘India Lockdown’.

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Ayushmann: ‘An Action Hero’ is mounted at a scale that deserves to be shot in big locations

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Bollywood star Ayushmann Khurrana, who is currently in London shooting for his next, ‘An Action Hero’, is excited to be shooting for the first time in the UK as it will help him explore the beauty of the country, its art and heritage.

The film, directed by debutant Anirudh Iyer, will see Ayushmann essaying the role of an action star, who indulges in real-life action for the reasons that will be revealed during the course of the film.

The actor reveals that a film like aAn Action Hero’ required a certain scale of canvas. Hence, shooting in London was essential.

He says: “This is the first time that I will be shooting in London and I’m quite excited to explore and see the beauty of the country from close quarters.

“‘An Action Hero’ is mounted at a scale that deserves to be shot in big locations. So, while we will film in some gorgeous places of India, we will also shoot at some really breath-taking places in the United Kingdom which I’m sure the audiences will love to see on the big screen.”

Talking about the blessings that come with the profession of acting, he says: “We actors are blessed because our profession takes us to remarkable places, makes us meet and collaborate with incredible people and also helps us make fantastical memories.

“Through the course of my career, I have always loved to travel to new places and thankfully I have been presented with opportunities that allow me to travel to so many beautiful locations in the world.”

‘An Action Hero’ is being produced by Aanand L. Rai’s Colour Yellow Production and Bhushan Kumar’s T-Series.

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