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Neha Dhupia debuts baby bump on Lakme Fashion Week runway

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Actress Neha Dhupia, who is expecting her first child with actor-husband Angad Bedi, showed off her baby bump while walking for designer Payal Singhal at the ongoing Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) Winter/Festive 2018 here.

She walked the ramp with her husband Angad for Singhal’s show titled “The Showstopping Bride”.

Neha said that it is a “memorable” moment for her.

“It’s been amazing to be on the ramp looking and feeling like this… A lot of people take a break and won’t come to work, but that’s not true,” Neha told IANS.

“I believe in ‘work thy saviour’. I have been a workaholic… Coming here and being with the one you love the most and wearing the designer you love excessively… has been great,” added the actress, who was seen in an embellished lehenga and choli.

Talking about Angad’s reaction to her pregnancy, Neha said: “His reaction was really amazing. He is going to make a rock solid father as he is a rock solid husband… I can’t wait to see him change diapers.”

Angad, who looked dapper in an embellished sherwani, was happy to walk with Neha on the ramp.

The son of ex Indian cricketer Bishan Singh Bedi said that he ran behind Neha for 15 years and this is the first time he was “actually walking with her”.

Singhal’s show was held in association with the Lakmé Salon. The line was inspired by folk art tapestry.

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‘Poison 2’ director: Difficult to shoot with social distancing restrictions

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Director Vishal Pandya, who is known for helming the “Hate Story” franchise and “Wajah Tum Ho”, has started shooting for his upcoming web-series “Poison 2”. He says it is tough to shoot with all the restrictions.

“It is difficult to shoot with these restrictions and all because what happens is ‘ek hota hai paper likh kar aana’ (rules and regulations written on paper) that’s a different thing and implementing it that is a different thing. (There is) Social distancing and then unit strength is also less. It takes time,” Pandya told IANS.

He says eventually people will get the hang of it.

“I think it is going to take a couple of weeks to get into the groove and make it a habit,” he said.

In this heat, wearing the PPE suits gets uncomfortable, Pandya pointed out. “I could see people are getting a little uncomfortable. Of course, no one was saying but somewhere you could sense the irritation. It’s too hot wearing all these masks, PPE kits and gloves,” he said.

Still, everyone is following guidelines, from the lightmen to spot boys and actors, he said.

The director said a lot of scenes have been reworked keeping in mind social distancing. “We changed a lot of scenes where one actor doesn’t have to touch the other actor. They have to maintain two to three feet distance. Somewhere, we are compromising from a creative point of view — I think it’s going to be with everyone,” he said.

Pandya saluted the frontline workers and health workers like doctors and nurses.

“Today, I salute all the front line warriors, doctors and everyone because we wore the PPE kit for just half a day and I can see the reaction. So, I salute all the doctors for what they are doing,” he said.

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Singer Guru Randhawa: It was good to perform after almost 3 months

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With his gloves on and maintaining safe distance from his audience, singer Guru Randhawa hit the stage after almost three months.

Live shows had been called off during the lockdown, which started in March, to battle the COVID-19 pandemic. And now as things are gradually returning to normal, Guru performed at a private show here.

“I performed after almost three months and it was a good experience. Though the audience was limited, they were very entertaining. We sang songs that we usually sing for our shows and earned as well,” Guru told IANS.

“In terms of precautions, my team and I tried our best to follow them. I was wearing gloves and my team was wearing masks and gloves. As per all social distancing measures, we tried our best to be safe and keep minimal contact,” he added.

He was also accompanied by less staff members. “It was just my manger and the band,” he said.

He thinks it’s safe to do such shows now.

“But times are such that one needs to take maximum safety measures. With avenues opening up and following all government social distancing guidelines, we should be able to do private live shows,” said the “Suit suit” hitmaker.

Virtual gigs had become a trend during the lockdown, but he said that once things get better, the usual live shows would be on.

Asked if he is going to do more private shows in the near future, Guru said: “If you talk about Indian artistes and their earnings, it majorly depends on live shows. So I have started doing live shows and I hope other artistes who are getting an opportunity, should also do it because that’s the way forward.”

“With all the precautions, we were able to do it this time and hopefully, will try the same in future gigs,” he added.

During the lockdown, he might have stopped performing but he continued to give fresh music to his fans. He had released “Mueve La Cintura”, which is his first Spanish song with the international star Pitbull. The Punjabi pop sensation had also unveiled “Satnam Waheguru, a Soulful Meditation”.

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Actress Vaani Kapoor cast opposite Akshay Kumar in ‘Bellbottom’

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Actress Vaani Kapoor will star opposite superstar Akshay Kumar in upcoming espionage thriller “Bellbottom”. This will be Vaani’s first film with Akshay.

“I am elated to share the screen space with Akshay sir. I am also thrilled to partner with the whole team who have already made me feel at home at this initial stage of our film. Hoping that this excitement will translate beautifully on screen,” Vaani said.

Inspired by true events, the film is set in 1980s, the story is about one of India’s forgotten heroes.

Directed by Ranjit M. Tewari, the film is scheduled to go on floors later this year. It is written by Aseem Arrora and Parveez Shaikh.

Welcoming Vaani to the team, director Ranjit said: “Vaani’s character in the film is extremely intriguing. She has a certain flair and we’re all very excited to have her on board!”

Explaining the casting choice, producer Jackky Bhagnani said that the script made him choose a fresh pairing.

“Vaani is an intelligent and an effective actor and I have loved all her performances. The female lead in eBellbottom’ has to be in sync with Akshay sir’s screen persona. The role is meaty and I am confident that Vaani will ace this one,” said Jackky, who is backing the film with his banner Pooja Entertainment.

“Bellbottom” is scheduled to release on April 2, 2021.

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