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Shreyas Talpade says No similarities between ‘Setters’ and ‘Why Cheat India’

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Actor Shreyas Talpade, who is gearing up for the release of his next film titled ‘Setters’, has said that there are no similarities between his film and Emraan Hashmi starrer ‘Why Cheat India’.

Shreyas Talpade, accompanied by his co-actors Aftab Shivdasani, Ishita Dutta, Sonnalli Seygall, director Ashwini Chaudhary and producers Vikash Mani and Narendra Hirawat, was interacting with the media at the trailer launch of his upcoming film in Mumbai on Thursday.

‘Setters’ sheds light on the mafia and corrupt practices prevailing in the Indian education system. Notably, Emraan Hashmi’s recent release ‘Why Cheat India’ also highlighted corruption in the education system.

When asked about the similarities between the two films, Shreyas said, “I haven’t watched ‘Why Cheat India’ yet. People may try to find similarity between the two films but I feel both films are really different.”

“The modus operandi of the people that we have shown in our film is very fascinating. When I heard story of this film, I felt that their way of operating is bit filmy but later, I realised that such incidents still take place in our country,” Shreyas added.

Shreyas said he learned Banarasi language to play the film’s character.

“I have learnt Banarasi language to play my character in the film. I have also worked on how these people operate, how they carry themselves in public and how they behave with each other,” he said.

Shreyas said that he feels fortunate to be a part of the film, “I feel fortunate that Ashwini (Choudhary) ji thought of me to play this particular character as I have played comic characters in my career in most films. I feel really happy to be part of this film because as an actor, you always try to play various kinds of characters. So, once I got the opportunity I put in complete effort to play this character.’

Set in Banaras, Jaipur, Mumbai and Delhi, ‘Setters’ is scheduled for release on May 3, 2019.

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Rhea Chakraborty’s judicial custody extended till October 6

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A Mumbai Special Court on Tuesday extended the judicial custody of Bollywood actress Rhea Chakraborty till October 6.

Shortly afterwards she and her brother Showik’s lawyer Satish Maneshinde moved the Bombay High Court for bail.

“Rhea Chakraborty and Showik Chakraborty have filed a bail application in Bombay High Court. It is coming up for hearing on September 23 before Justice S.V. Kotwal,” said Maneshinde.

The actress was produced before the Special NDPS Court vide video-conferencing this afternoon after her 14-days judicial custody ended on Tuesday.

The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) is expected to seek a day’s custody for Showik Chakraborty later in the day.

The Chakraborty siblings, along with several others, were arrested in connection with the drug case investigations as part of the probe into the death of the late actor Sushant Singh Rajput.

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Actress Mouni Roy: I am getting used to new normal

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Actress Mouni Roy, who will soon be seen in the digital film, London Confidential, opposite Purab Kohli, says that lockdown taught her some of the greatest lessons in life.

The actress, who is currently in Dubai, told IANS: “I realised a few things during lockdown that we otherwise never get a chance to sit down and analyse. I have understood that, in reality we need very little to feel happy because happiness is there in the small things of life. At times we just gather a lot of stuff in our house for no reason. In normal life, we tend to engage ourselves in many things that are otherwise irrelevant! If we want, we actually can stay away from such things!”

“I have also realised that as human beings we will come across different emotions like anger and being upset, but it is also very easy to drop these negative emotions if we work on these. If we practice meditation and yoga, and not just read thought-provoking books but apply those thoughts in life. We can get rid of negative emotions. Looking at the bigger picture, we do not even know what actually we are running after! It is like an endless goal, but we do not know where it is heading!” she said.

The actress shot her new film with Purab in London just after the process of unlock started.

While the cast and crew of the film maintained social distancing, Mouni said initially there was a sense of tension on the set.

“There were several rules. We were using disinfectants time and again. Only one department could be present at the set . We were following all of it but in the beginning, there was tension because obviously we have never been used to such rules on a set. Eventually all these became normal. Since I have left Mumbai, I have done seven swab tests! But again, this is part of the new set of rules. I am getting used to the new normal,” shared the actress.

“London Confidential” is directed by Kanwal Sethi and produced by Mohit Chhabra and Ajay Rai.

The story by S. Hussain Zaidi revolves around the search of people from China who are involved in the spread of a virus.

On her character, Mouni said: “Uma, my character who is an R&AW official facing a challenge and racing against time to find the important evidence and a mole in her team. There is a backdrop of pandemic, and of how she cracks the information of another upcoming virus that can create another pandemic situation.”

The film also features Kulraj Randhawa, Sagar Arya, and Diljohn Singh among others and is slated to stream on Zee5.

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Veteran actor Prem Chopra: Talent is not dependent on age

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Veteran actor Prem Chopra, who will turn 85 on September 23, feels that talent has nothing to do with age.

Chopra has played roles of every shade over the decades in more than 360 films, and notably “Bobby”, “Kati Patang” and “Do Raaste”. He was one of the most popular screen villains in Bollywood during the 1970s and 1980s.

While he has worked for over six decades, he feels an actor never retires, and there is always work if a person is willing to work hard.

“Talent is not dependent on age. If you are talented and deliver on whatever character is given to you, you will always be in demand,” he said.

Talking about a regular day in his life, Chopra shared that he does yoga each morning and likes to swim occasionally to stay fit. He also talked about his love for poetry, while openiong up on the show “Zindagi ek Safar” on Tata Sky Seniors.

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